This is a picture of me, five years ago. Five years ago, I had a surgery on my arm that was supposed to stop the tingling from a pinched nerve and prevent nerve damage. Five years ago, that surgery damaged my nerves and sent my autonomic nervous system into a tailspin. Five years later, I’m… Continue reading Five Years
When Good Plans Go Bad
It can be frustrating when you have ideas for your life that just don’t work out how you planned. As part of academic advising, I had things all planned out, I knew what classes I was going to take when. In spring of 2013, I would graduate with a Bachelor degree in Neuroscience. Everything looked… Continue reading When Good Plans Go Bad
The New and the Old
This was posted a bit early so I could submit it to the Chronic Babe blog carnival, enjoy! It is almost that time of year again; the time of year where people are looking forward to the new year and reflecting on the old one. I have an even greater reason to do this. December 31,… Continue reading The New and the Old
An Unusual Anniversary
Exactly one year ago today, I was studying for my biology class, just like any other day. I stood up, and in doing so, my life changed. Isn’t it amazing that life can change in a split second? I had no idea that the numbness and tingling I felt would last so long, or become… Continue reading An Unusual Anniversary
“He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…in this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” 1 Peter 1:3 and 6 In our growth group, we are reading through 1… Continue reading Hope
Comfort from a Storm
One thing that I’ve been questioning recently is how God could have allowed all this pain to happen to me when so many people were praying for my surgery to go well and cure the pain. A few days ago, God revealed a comforting analogy to me through nature that helped me understand a little… Continue reading Comfort from a Storm
For the first time in a long time, I am doing nothing, not because I have to but because I can. Sure, I have a few things I could be doing, but they aren’t urgent and can wait. It seems bizarre that if something I want to do pops into my head, I have the… Continue reading Absolutely Nothing
How Can I Say Thanks?
During worship this morning, I stood gritting my teeth and holding back tears, desperately clutching my arm to my body in an attempt to protect it from the low bass sound waves ricocheted around my body. For some reason, my arm responds to low sound waves the same way your arm might if it was… Continue reading How Can I Say Thanks?
I Can Niko
The purpose of this blog isn’t for me to complain, but to comment on my life with a chronic pain syndrome, which of course includes pain. Even though pain is a part of my everyday life, it isn’t always the thing that most affects my life. Sometimes the emotional struggles are just as difficult as… Continue reading I Can Niko