Today's blog is in honor of CRPS Month and my CRPS Painiversary that is next week. In the next few paragraphs, I will be telling you how I got this nerve disease and what CRPS is.
My life was changed in so many ways on November 16, 2006. I was injured with an IV needle ten years ago. I was admitted into the hospital to get some intravenous drugs because I had a migraine for a week. I went into the hospital with a migraine and came out with CRPS. At the time, I did not know I had CRPS. It took six doctors in a 15 month period to diagnose me with CRPS. I call November 16, 2006 my CRPS Painiversary.
You are probably wondering what in the world is CRPS. First of all, CRPS stands for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. It is a chronic neurological pain disease that is characterized by severe, relentless pain. CRPS has been around since the Civil War. It develops in response to tissue damage from trauma, such as burns, fracture, broken bone, sprains, infection, surgery, and in rare cases from an IV needle. This incurable disease can spread throughout the body. You can get CRPS at any age, anytime, and anywhere in your body.
I have become closer to God since getting CRPS. I truly believe God has given me the gift of writing poetry. My next blog will be a poem that I wrote about CRPS. I get so much joy out of writing poetry and it has a calming affect on me. I read my Bible regularly. I talk to God everyday.
I have learned to cope by living my life day-to-day. Giving up is not in my vocabulary. I will never give up without a fight. I pray every night that God will heal me from this nerve disease. I am at peace with my life. I cannot change what has happened to me, but I can move forward and live my life the best way I can. CRPS is not just a painful disease, but it changes every aspect of your life.
I am happy to say that I've been healed of CRPS for three years ago now. One morning, I woke up and I had no pain at all. After seven years of living in pain every single day, it felt really great to not be in pain and to be able to walk on my foot without pain. Since I've had CRPS wearing shoes was impossible. Now, I am able to wear boots again. I truly believe in miracles and that God has healed me from this awful nerve disease. We have an awesome God we serve.
Never take what you have for granted!