Monday, October 25, 2010

Celebrating six years

Six years ago yesterday, I had my last electrocution-type pain from trigeminal neuralgia (TN). I thank God for His mercy.

Sometimes the pain from trigeminal neuralgia made it difficult to believe that I could be well again. Some people might call the past six years remission, but I call it a miracle. I was in terrible pain, had been for quite a while, when a group of people gathered around me to pray. The pain left, and it never returned.

As the prayer began, a passage from Psalm 91 was read:

 1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day. 
My prayers were answered. The trigeminal neuralgia pain stopped. Some people call it remission, but I know that it is a miracle.

About four years ago, I began to have a different type of facial pain. I knew right away it wasn't TN, but diagnosis was difficult. It is caused by my jaw.  I have faith that I will continue to live a life that is free from fear and filled with freedom. I can face the wind, sit under a ceiling fan or an air conditioner vent, and brush my teeth. I can read because my eye no longer hurts. I can talk and smile. And I pray.
May I say a prayer for you? If so, please leave a comment or email me. God bless you.

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  1. Don't you love anniversaries like that? Thank You, Lord, for Kathy's healing and for all those You are touching through her.

  2. Thank you for your blogs Kathy, they are so uplifting.

    I've had chronic facial pain for the past 22 years. I left my job in 2008 because I could no longer function. I went on pain meds until they were no longer effective for the pain.

    Then a few months ago something pain went away. I have weaned off my medications and have only had a few pain "attacks" although they were mild compared to the severe pain I suffered in the past.

    I am grateful that the pain has gone away but can't help wondering if/when it will return. I also feel as though I am living in a fog everyday, all day. My doctor explained it that this happens as we age, I wonder if it's an effect of the medications???

    I feel as though I lost myself through the many years of chronic pain. I guess I just need time to figure out my path since it's been shifted so dramatically in so many different ways.

    Wondering if anyone else has felt this way? I hope there are many others out there that have had their pain go away and that it NEVER returns.

  3. Normandie and Diane, thank you for your comments. Diane, I've met many people who wondered if their pain will return. One thing we can all do is try to get enough rest and avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Much easier said than done, huh?

    I've also heard many people say the medications put them in a fog. It's better than the pain in my opinion, but lack of mental acuity is difficult as well.