The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to the regular routine again. I’m still on the mend after my gallbladder surgery at Christmas, but doing better by the day. It’s the start of a new year and I’m feeling even more optimistic that good things are going to come out of this year. When your dealing with an illness like CRPS there can be so many negatives causing discouragement. I felt like my post today needed to speak towards never giving up and always having hope!

I’ve been living with CRPS now for seven years and my hope to overcome is stronger now than it has ever been. The main reason that it has become so strong is that God has taken me from that place of anger and fear and replaced it with a faith and hope so strong, that nothing is too great for me to overcome. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that I will overcome this it’s just a matter of when! At the time my world was flipped upside down, I didn’t want to admit it but there was a lot of anger and fear over what was happening to my life! It was hard to understand why all of this was happening. It took a lot of praying and seeking God’s wisdom to help me get to a place where I could accept everything that was going on. All during that time however I never gave up hope!

The mental and physical drain on my body with an illness like this has pushed me to the limit on numerous occasions, but God is always there to fill me with strength and a sense of renewed hope. If you let your fear and anger control what you think and do, then without a doubt you’ll have problems seeing any hope at all. You have to find a way past all of that and come to terms with what has happened. It took me a really long time to accept all of this, not to mention a whole lot of praying for understanding.  As a result I’m in a much better place now!

Now I’m trying to move forward and set new goals for myself. Setbacks are just a part of what I have to deal with on a regular basis, and I’m more determined than ever not to let them stand in my way. I’m going to make the most out of my life regardless of what the circumstances are. If I’m going to do that then in no way shape or form does it mean that I can give up! So the way I achieve my goals is to stare adversity in the eyes and keep moving forward! It also really helps that God is right there with me every step of the way, and he can be with you through it all as well!