While living with a spinal cord injury, I’ve had the support of many family and friends. My church family has also been supportive over the years. Encountering a life-altering event such as a spinal cord injury may cause you to ask why did this happen. At times, there is a lot to endure while undergoing the physical and emotional strains of a disability, but I remain focused on my faith in God to get me through the tough times.
I heard a preacher say recently that we have circumstances in our lives, but it’s up to us as to how we live with those circumstances. I don’t dwell on the things I’m not able to do, but grateful for my abilities. I can’t control that I was injured, but I have to live the best life possible.
I have turned what could be considered a negative situation into a positive outcome. I believe it is my purpose to be an advocate for myself and others who are living with disabilities. Knowing that I have so many compassionate and caring people in my life allows me to keep smiling and remain uplifted.
The book of Hebrews states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Keep the faith and remain strong!