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What do you think of when you see that word?   Most often people smile and think of happy times.  Milestones.  Journeys.

Last week, I had an anniversary.  Six Years.  June 15, 2016.

That day changed my life.





Being forced to journey down a difficult life path is hard.  Life can be hard, as I am sure many of you can relate.   From that turning point into the months that followed, I experienced a level of anger, fear, frustration, and pain that was overwhelming and frightening.  If I am transparent, I still have moments when all of those feeling come flooding back.  I have to refocus, remember, and look how far I have traveled.   God has been with me every step of the way.  He has opened new doors for me, gently guided me down new paths of discovery, and blessed me with an amazing family and support group.   Now, looking back, I can say that I have grown in ways that would have never been possible without that life changing event.  Living through the pain while counting anniversaries and blessings, can bring some level of peace my friend; when you have faith and believe that there is a greater purpose.

Am I glad it happened?  No, but I am blessed to have this experience that I can share with others.  Sometimes hardships are meant to be shared.  How many others are silently experiencing pain and feel that they are alone…that they cannot carry the burden one more day.  I count it a blessing to have the opportunity to be here every week writing this blog, and hope that the content is helpful to someone in some way.

There is a new crisis mental health lifeline that is live and available if you need to talk.  Please call 988 now if you are struggling.  If you are suffering with chronic pain, I also urge you to reach out.  Help is available.

I have CRPS/RSD-Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and understand how difficult it is to function with pain. I may not know what you are going through, but I care.

Give Yourself Grace,


“We may run, walk, stumble…or fly, but never lose sight of the reason for the journey or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.”  Gloria Gather