Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving: Scars and Side Effects

Thanksgiving Day 3: Scars and Side Effects

Yesterday I had a very productive day, but it was also very long. By the end of the day, my body was literally giving out on me. By the time I drove home from the Church at 7:30pm, I could barely walk, see or sit. Once at home from all the day's activities, I climbed into the tub to relax before bed. While there, I noticed the scars on my stomach and leg, where they removed fat to "relocate" to my brain in an attempt to plug my spinal fluid leak. These scars are not "attractive" in a normal sense, but I found myself feeling oddly grateful for them.

These scars, along with those on my head, and even my facial paralysis, are daily reminders of the miracles in my life. These are present because I am still here! My life is truly a miracle, as are the blessings I've experienced because of my trials. I may not always "appreciate" the scars and side effects, but I am always grateful that they remind me of my Savior and His love for me!

What are you grateful for today?


Anonymous said...

It is extremely interesting for me to read this blog. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

Els Manning said...

good for you to feel the gratitude remembering the reason you have the scars. You are here, and obviously in the moment. What a way to be! While preparing my lesson for sunday i was thinking about people of courage...oh girl you are on that list of mine. The courage to go on when you are so over it...(ha) And courage to pull everything together and face the stares...Courage to look at those scars and the courage to find apreciation for them... i can go on...but you get the idea..and the feeling i feel for you. Respect...

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