Rising Above It All!!!

I’m really hoping that everyone is having a good weekend! I’ve had a pretty good weekend so far. It was a family day yesterday, and so we drove out to a Mineral Spa not to far from here, and spent the afternoon lounging in the spa pool they have. If you ever want a sure fire way to tire the kids out this is the way to do it. One of my daughters fell asleep in the car on the way home, the other was pretty tired as well and was nodding off as well. As for me it was a nice way to try and relax and forget about the pain. My pain is under control today and I feel like after a hard couple of days, that things might be easing a bit. I have to be the first to admit that it’s been really tough to stay positive. One thing after another has caused me to become frustrated and tired, and tried tried to knock me off my game.

This week I’ve been taking some time to think about how I’ve gotten to where I am, today, since being diagnosed with my CRPS. It’s been a really long six years for not only myself, but my family as well in dealing with this. When I look back to the beginning, I realize that it’s been a really long journey so far with lots of bumps along the way. I’ve gone from being scared and angry at the beginning, to where I am now which is strong and confident. I don’t know how things are going to end because as of right now the journey hasn’t come to an end. I’m just believing that God is going to show me the purpose that He has for my life. There is a reason that I’m going through what I am, and I’m learning things about myself that I never knew before.

When life threw me this curve ball my life was on track according to me, or so I thought. Then when my world was flipped upside down, I had a hard time accepting what had happened. I’m not going to lie I was angry because I had worked so hard to get to the point of my life I was at. All of a sudden I was forced to accept this huge change in my life, and what I realize now is that I was having problems with that. It was a matter of finally coming to terms with the way that things were and feeling good about myself. I had to understand that it wasn’t the end of the world when this all happened and that God had a different plan for me in my life. Through all of this though there was one thing that I had going and it was faith! Somewhere deep down inside my it was burning strong to help me through the hard times.

Slowly God stripped away all the anger, frustration, and confusion, to replace it with confidence, boldness, and of course an even stronger faith. Over time I’ve been able to see that there is an even greater plan for my life. So how did this come to be? It was a matter of seeing the great things that I can still do with my life.  Even more importantly it’s about being able to do amazing things for God. Their is a desire that’s been placed within me to help other people who are suffering from chronic illness. Maybe there is a reason I’ve had to suffer for all these years? Only God knows the answer to that.

As I’ve already mentioned I’m not at the end of my journey yet. I’m still riding that monster wave, and wondering where all of this is going to wash out. What I do know is that letting my disability win by ruling my life will never happen. I know that I have risen above that and will not suffer defeat. I’m happy with who I have become within all of this and where I am going. Am I going to have down days? Of course! I’m only human and don’t claim to be perfect. I do know that within His eyes I am perfect and that’s what really matters!

About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I’m married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family!

In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn’t fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it!

As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.

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2 Responses to Rising Above It All!!!

  1. bettyl says:

    Even though you’re in a harder place than most of us will ever be, it is still true that your attitude is the key. We all need to learn that our attitude toward our life or toward letting God help us is the turning point in anyone’s life. Thanks so much for sharing your outlook!

  2. Simplegirl says:

    Ross, This is a great post, it’s like sharing with a friend. I love that you are a fighter and try the best that you can to get through it even when there are bad days. People like you are the ones that inspire others to try to do the same. Following back form BF.

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