Keep going. Remember that you are a warrior. That means you are a fighter.
I think this week’s Pain Warrior Pep Talk is needed!
I know some of you have been struggling and feelng like things just won’t ease up. Like the weight of your problems are crushing you. Life can become frustrating when it seems like one issue with your health has backed off, but another has now reared it’s ugly head. Keep going. Remember that you are a warrior. That means you are a fighter. You were built to endure this war. Trust that a season will come where things will ease up for you – whether it be a remission, a cure, or one of your problems passes. IT. WILL. COME.
There is a scripture that I often hold on to during my toughest days or weeks;
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
This scipture came from a letter that was written by a man named Paul. He was an apostle who had faced many trials, tribulations, abuse – physical and verbal due to his faith in God. This quote in itself highlights the facts that as a believer, we WILL encounter situations and pains that will feel like we are being broken down, but we won’t be crushed. We won’t be destroyed by it. I have found this has helped me because I turn to God for strength when I feel like chronic migraine is weighing me down. Like everybody else, I also struggle. But I cannot rely on my own strength. If I did, I would have ran out of strength and given up on my life eventually. But it is God who continues to renew mine when I feel like quitting. Now I share this not to preach at people and convince you to get baptised tomorrow, but to be one hudred percent transparent about how I get through my tough times, and HOW it is that I manage to stay afloat and have the energy to encourage people. If I was to exclude my faith from this to suit people’s feelings – then that, quite frankly, would make me a fraud and a liar.
This is what keeps me going, I hope it will encourage you warriors. You can have an amazing future lying ahead of you. However, you’ll only get to see it if you keep on pushing and don’t give up. I’m in right in the middle of this struggle with you. Keep your head up warriors.
Until next time,
Although your situation looks dark and it’s easy to believe that life will always be this way – dare to be the person who refuses to believe that.
It has been a few weeks since I posted the last Pain Warrior Pep Talk – but you guys know it’s a struggle to blog as a person with a chronic illness!
The last few weeks have been more difficult than usual. Morale was low and my canister of ‘patience for chronic pain’ was running on empty. There were loads of tears and prayer. But God always renews my strength when I feel like I can’t cope anymore.
So warriors I want to encourage you to hang on in there, don’t you throw in the towel on life. Although your situation looks dark and it’s easy to believe that life will always be this way – dare to be the person who refuses to believe that. Now I’m not talking about being a person in denial, I’m talking about choosing to believe that life will get better for you. Tear yourself away from this concept that says ‘things will only get better if your ilness is cured’. Instead, your mind should be set on the concept that says ‘things will only get better if you choose to live life beyond your illness’. What if I told you that your life can be better right now, DESPITE your sickness? It can be, but it all STARTS with your attitude and your perspective on life. It comes down to you choosing to look at life differently. This isn’t an easy transition, but it can be done. So let’s explore it…
How is it that there are people out there who have experienced terrorising and heartbreaking situations – yet they still manage to have genuine smiles on their faces? How do they manage to have true contentment? How do they get there? This is something I have been exploring and learning myself. I will continue to share more with you as we go along. The first thing I’ve come to recognise is the best way to start changing your perspective on life is by recognising what good things you have going for you.
Keeping that in mind, I have a task for you this week warriors; I want you to focus on one value this week – gratitude. what are you grateful for? Write those things down and pin it up in the place that you spend most of your time. This will serve as a great, visual reminder that you’re blessed.
Although it can seem impossible to love life when you are battling with chronic illness, I don’t believe it is. However, the first step to learning how to do this starts with not giving up on life. You can’t continue to love life if you have given up on it. So keep your head up, keep walking THROUGH this dark tunnel (like I mentioned in the last Pain Warrior Pep Talk) and hang on in there.
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments on anything that has helped you to change your perspective on life warriors!
I am pleased to write that the Pain Warrior Code blog has been nominated for the Liebster Award! I would love to start off by thanking the lovely Alyssa – the lovely lady who is being the ‘Fight MS Daily’ blog. She is very inspirational and posts fantastic articles that really reach out to people – hence why she has such a large following! I encourage you all to check out her blog and give it a read. My favourite article of hers is…
This version of the Liebster Award comes with 6 rules, they are:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Share 11 facts about yourself
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave you
- Nominate 11 bloggers who deserve the award
- Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer
- Let them know they’ve been nominated
11 FACTS ABOUT ME!
- I’m a devout christian, I believe in having a personal relationship with God and following his will for my life. I’m a not a religious person. Neither was Jesus.
- I can play 3 instruments WELL: guitar, piano and ukulele. I play more but…I’m not so great at them!
- I can speak Turkish, I grew up with a lot of Turkish friends and took interest in the language.
- I LOOVEEE cultures; which is why I have a degree in anthropology.
- I like K-pop music, and Korean dramas. I got into them last year and have been addicted since.
- I have three cats but I’m a dog person. Thats a long story…
- I’m British, my heritage is Jamaican. Both sides of my family are from there.
- I enjoy reading chick lit, but I hate chick flicks! lol
- It’s on my bucket list to travel to each continent across the world. I have intense wanderlust that is waiting to be fulfilled.
Answers to Alyssa’s Questions
- Do you prefer cats or dogs? I grew up with dogs first. So I would say I’m a dog person. I love that they rely heavily on their relationships with humans, compared to cats. They’re too independent!
- What is your favorite color? Blue!
- What is the most amazing place you have been able to visit? So far, it was the ruins in Side, Turkey. Particularly the Antique Theatre. I was in awe of the place!
- If you could go anywhere in the entire world, where would you go? It would either have to be Miami in Florida or Brazil.
- What has been the best day of your life? It would have to be the day I got baptised. It is the best decision I have ever made.
- Even though I already think you are amazing, if you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be? Probably my stubbornness. I know being stubborn can be a blessing sometimes. But other times, it’s not.
- Who is your biggest inspiration in life? It would have to be my mum, she made so many sacrifices for me and my family. She is a hard worker and determined. She has a hustler’s spirit (a law abiding one of course). She is solid. But she still has a big heart for people and is always fair.
- We all have bad days in life, how do you make it through those days? Sometimes it takes me a while to gather my thoughts. I ALWAYS take it to God. Sometimes I cry, lament or pray for strength. Other times I just listen to what God has to say to me. He always renews my strength and my mindset that I can get up and fight another day.
- What is your biggest pet peeve? People who chow down on food loudly. I shouldn’t be able to hear your mouth clapping. I shouldn’t hear sucking noises. Cut that nonsense out!
- What type of book do you prefer to read and who is your favorite author, if you have one? I LOVEEE music literature/fiction. I don’t know if that’s the right terminology but thats what I call it. Fictional stories that are based around characters who are musicians. I really enjoy them.
- What was your absolute favorite movie that you can never get enough of? It would have to be Bad Boys and Beverly Hills Cop 2…notice the pattern here? lol
My 11 Nominees:
Inside the Rainbow – https://insidetherainbow.blog/about/
Pain Pals Blog – https://painpalsblog.com
Romans 535 blog – https://romans535blog.wordpress.com
A Chronic Voice – https://www.achronicvoice.com
The Frozen Mind – https://thefrozenmind.com
Highway To Healing – https://highwaytohealingblog.wordpress.com
Gail Loves God – https://gaillovesgod.blog
Musings Of A Wounded Healer – https://thewoundedhealer.blog
Chronic Pain With A Higher Perspective – https://validatingchronicpain.com
Brainless Blogger – https://brainlessblogger.net
Life With An Illness – http://lifewithanillness.com
Undeniably Sara – https://undeniablysara.com
My questions for my nominees:
- Where are you from? (heritage/where you grew up)
- What does your name mean?
- What inspires you?
- What is your funniest memory/experience that you can recall of?
- What is your favourite quote from a film?
- What gift or talent do you wish you had?
- Which countries have you travelled to?
- Would you ever consider living abroad?
- Do you have a particular food that you can’t stand?
- What is the most valuable lesson you have learned recently?
- What made you want to start blogging?
I would like to thank everybody who has read and supported the Pain Warrior Code! I really appreciate all that you have done to help fulfil the purpose of this blog – which is ultimately to empower, educate and elevate people who suffer with chronic pain and illnesses. Please go ahead and check out the other blogs that I have nominated and tagged into this award post. Don’t forget to check out the lovely Alyssa’s blog as well!
Have a great weekend warriors!
I decided to use this quote for this week’s #PainWarriorPepTalk; “If you’re going through hell, keep going”. It is a common misconception that Winston Churchill said this, however it has never been recorded that he actually did say this.
Warriors, I pray that you will be encouraged by this short message. Sometimes a short sentence with a few words can carry a connotation of an essay.
The only way you are going to make it out of your hell is to continue pushing your way through it. If we were to look at the semantics of this quote, the key word used here is ‘through’. When you go through something, there is an entry point, and also an exit point. Like when you go through a tunnel. You WILL come out on the other side. This is something I have heard my pastor (Pastor Mike White) say before pertaining to the word ‘through’. So warriors be reminded and encouraged; walk THROUGH your pain and keep your head up. You will make it out alive. You might still have your pain at the end of the tunnel, but the most important thing to have is your peace of mind so you will continue to live your life to the fullest.
Hope you have a great week warriors,
So tomorrow is the day I finally have another MRI…will be posting about this. Pray for me warriors!