I always make it a point in my outreach to encourage everyone to keep holding on and keep trusting God even when things seem hopeless. After I have proclaimed and trusted in His faithfulness in my own desperate and dark situation, He has FINALLY blessed me with an amazing testimony PROVING His faithfulness!
Those of you who have been following my journey this past year know that I went through an extreme depression as well as a true “loss of a loved one” type mourning period due to the loss of my beloved medical career as an Orthotist/Prosthetist. I spent 6 years of school, 2 in residency, and sat through 6 national board exams (3 for each discipline) to become a practitioner in this field which was my identity and my life’s purpose. I also found this field at the young age of 16 and I am now 30 years old. I had dedicated HALF of my life to this career! After only a few short years of practicing in my field, EVERYTHING was ripped away from me due to the worsening of my spinal injury/chronic pain and I had to stop working on November 1, 2015. (If you would like to catch up on my story, I have blog entries for Chapters 1-5 available on this website.) After everything I have been through this past year, I am so incredibly excited to announce that:
GOD HAS GIVEN ME BACK MY BELOVED
CAREER!!!! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE
TESTIMONY HE HAS GIVEN ME!!!!
YEP! I am back working in my field and it was COMPLETELY unexpected! I am a practitioner but I am in a “teaching” role-I have a resident who I am teaching daily in the clinical setting…so that means that the intense physical strain on my body is now MUCH lighter! In addition to this, my amazing employer sees my disability as A GIFT that I can use to identify with my patients (their EXACT words), they have defined my condition under the protection of the ADA, and they are FULLY accommodating me!! God absolutely, 100% hand-picked this position with THIS employer and placed me EXACTLY where I needed to be! They have made MAJOR modifications to my work environment, tools, exam rooms, etc JUST TO ACCOMMODATE ME. What an incredible gift. What an amazing God.
Some days I still cannot believe this has happened! It was absolutely surreal at first…but, I will gladly shout from the mountaintop that this blessing absolutely is my reality!! MY GOD IS FAITHFUL. As long as I have breath, I will proclaim His faithfulness to the world. He has seen my tears, He LOVES me (AND YOU), and after this tumultuous, heart-wrenching, spirit-crushing year; where He literally forced me to give up everything I ever thought about loving and any semblance of my life as I knew and wanted it to be….He has given me back everything TEN-FOLD! Isn’t it just like our amazing, gracious, loving God to do something like THIS?! Praise Him from whom ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!