Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I sing as I walk and walk and walk...

Growing up I often sang a song at church in the children's Sunday school about pioneer children and their experiences crossing the vast expanse of the American West. The chorus of the song declares that they "sang as they walked and walked and walked and walked and walked." A lot of walking. This song has been on repeat in my mind recently.

I've felt over the past weeks and months as though I, too, am making a seemingly endless trek. Each day requires effort and perseverance. The progress is slow and painstaking, often so slow that it isn't even noticeable. So, on occasion, I force myself to stop walking and look back, measure the progress I've made, the hills I've conquered, the valleys I've climbed out of.
  • After plenty of doctor's visits, adjustments to treatments (both medicinal and otherwise), the various symptoms of this disease, joint pain being but one, are showing noticeable improvement. We have found the approach that is working for me. Adjustments will have to be continually made over the years ahead, but we're making tremendous strides.
  • I no longer need my pain medication on a daily basis. I can type for a full fifteen minutes at a time before my fingers give out, whereas I couldn't manage to type at all only a few weeks ago. I walk with less of a limp. I don't drop things as often. Though things aren't perfect they're so much better.
  • My body, taxed as it is, continues to hold its own. I am recovering nicely from a recent bout with pneumonia. Some complicating health issues that I deal with are holding steady, a blessing for which I am daily grateful.
  • I am still writing, though much slower than before. I don't know what my publishing future will look like (what writer does, really?), but I am enjoying being able to write again regardless.
  • I've been healthy enough to give back to friends who have supported me through my struggles. I am part of the Altered Perceptions anthology to benefit the amazing Robison Wells and to help his family through some very difficult times. There is something very healing in being able to serve others when you, yourself, have needed the help of so many.
The journey is long and isn't at all over. With a chronic illness the journey is never over. But I've come pretty far. And through these struggles I've found that gratitude and perspective is what gives us the strength to sing as we walk and walk and walk and walk.

10 comments:

Kate said...

I can't begin to describe how much I admire you.

Agneta and David said...

Delighted to hear that you are able to do some writing! Albeit slower. Take your time! We, your fans are a devoted lot. A swedish proverb tells us: "one who waits for something good NEVER waits too long". Your attitude, honesty and bravery is beyond words.

Heather said...

So good to hear things are improving for you! And that you're writing a little....we all look forward to the hope of another Sarah Eden book! I actually just finished a re-read of all your Regency era books last week!
Hope things just get better and better!

Shanda Cottam said...

This is great news. It is reassuring to look back and see the improvement. Praying that things will continue as they have and soon you might even sing as you skip--for a few minutes anyway. ;)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Thank you for sharing this. I needed this remember to look back. I was excited to find your publisher FINALLY put Longing for Home (1) on audible. So enjoyed the book. Now I hope they put the second book up soon.

Jewel said...

What beautiful milestones, my friend. I'm so glad that you're able to find these positive aspects in your walking. Sometimes it can be hard to enjoy the view from where we are, but I'm impressed by your walking skills, lady!!

Phil and Jean said...

Thank you. You are an inspiration to me. Remember, the very things that should stop us is exactly what will make us exceptional!

Lori said...

Thank you for you're history of your struggles. I'm glad that you are starting to see improvement--albeit slow improvement. The disease is difficult to be sure, but you seem like a fighter.

I look forward to your next work whenever it may be. Yours are some of my favorites!

Lori said...

Oops! Meant to say thanks for sharing your history....! :-)

Tanya said...

I just barely read my first three books of yours and loved them. I look forward to reading more of them. I am sorry to hear that you are in pain. You probably already know this, but in the off-chance you don't, you can buy software that does voice to text so that you don't have to type.

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