After reading some of the other blog posts on this topic, I am humbled by what people are willing to share. There are definitely awful challenges that I have faced that I am reluctant to put out here for people to read. I don't want to be judged for what I've done or what I've gone through. What it boils down to is that I grew up in the school of hard knocks. But I met each challenge, though sometimes reluctantly, and moved on.
There've been challenges from childhood---parent's divorce/remarriage/re-divorce; developing migraines at age 11 (that were untreated), putting up with my father's temper which could turn violent on a whim.
|From Headache and Migraine News, a child's drawing of a migraine.|
Towards adulthood, I found myself a victim of "date rape"; I married someone that my father disapproved of and consequently was persona non grata. Said husband later left me for a younger, prettier version. On a positive note, I did finally start getting treatment for my migraines and met the man of my dreams.
Moving from Florida to New Mexico proved to be a huge challenge because of a variety of things, such as my husband losing his job after three months so I went back to work. Having to put my children (3 and 5) in daycare broke my heart. Oh, did I cry. My mother-in-law was living with us and she went off the deep end. That is a story for telling at night over a campfire.
Like I said, the fibromyalgia/spinal stenosis has been going on for a long time, and it isn't going away. The challenge therefore becomes "How am I going to learn to live with this?" It is a daily chore to go to bed at night not knowing how I will feel the next day. The migraines will do that to me too.
|For more information on fibromyalgia, I refer you to the Fibromyalgia Network|
What I have learned is that God is with me in the hard places. To paraphrase a popular Christian song by Casting Crowns, I live praising God through the storms.