Shoveling

A Big Win by Brea Persing

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I was shoveling river rock the other day for a landscaping project. For most people, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but for me, it was a HUGE win.

I shoveled, with an actual shovel, for about an hour and a half with minimal soreness the next day. Let me tell you why this was such a big deal, because I almost died three years ago because I was so sick. In December of 2016, I was in organ failure and, up to that point, the doctors couldn’t figure out what was going on. I found an amazing integrative doctor that specialized in internal medicine and she figured it out right away. I won’t go into details now, but will in a later post. Let’s just say even with treatment, they weren’t sure if I was going to make it. But I’m a FIGHTER and I knew I would!

So a year into healing, I had more energy and was doing better, but I still had to be careful with how much energy I used up in a day. If I would have tried to shovel river rock nearly two years ago, I would have been in bed, not able to get out of it for about a week. My body just couldn’t handle that sort of thing. Even a year ago I would have had a hard time. Even though I had been doing better over all, some things came up and I went downhill again. Plus I was dealing with rotator cuff injuries in BOTH shoulders!

Looking at it this way…if someone had asked me to do this two years ago, I would have lasted five minutes, carrying very minimal stones, and then handed the shovel back and climbed on then couch to rest. If someone had asked me to do it a year ago, rotator cuff injuries aside, I would have lasted about thirty or so minutes but then not able to function much the next day or two. However now, I lasted an hour and a half lifting big shovel fulls of rock and carrying them to their place! Again, minimal soreness the next day and I was able to function just fine.

I am so happy with how far I have come. There is still healing that is taking place in my body, but nearly three years later, I am no longer just trying to survive, but I am getting stronger each day!

Thank you Lord for saving my life, thank you to my team of medical professionals that I had and have all around the US, literally in four different states, and to all of the people that have supported, prayed for and loved me on this journey of healing…not just physically, but in so many other areas of my life.