"The initiation of the first three years seemed to go by ever so slowly. Questions, fear, testing, trials, information, answers and insight swept Kip and me through a torrent of confusion and unknowns, finally bringing us to a place of definition. I was conclusively diagnosed as having a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury; the source of what was causing such upheaval within my body was finally identified. This intruder now had a name.
[Excerpt from my book worthy in his eyes: Part one: who is this stranger? chapter two: permanent disability]
I was devastated when I heard the term "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury." I was more than aware of the challenges I was having, but never imagined that type of diagnosis. For three years I had been through endless testing, mostly with neurologists, head trauma specialists, psychologists and psychiatrists. I had tried so hard to "work through it," with hopes of eventual healing.
Rivers of tears fell after the diagnosis, not just from me, but also from my life-mate, Kip. What lay ahead of us? What would the rest of our lives be like? What did the future hold?
I realize that all of us ask those same questions at some point in our lives, although not everyone acquires a disability. But since the accident I have realized that Jesus is the only One who can guide us safely through the storms of life. Tears are healthy and should be shed when our hearts break. But we mustn't let our tears flood over us so much that we can't see Christ's life-saving hand reaching out to guide us to a safe harbour.
I eventually recognized God's provision as He worked through an incredibly persistent team of specialists. Their research and testing labelled the culprit causing chaos in my life. Their counselling and support armed Kip and I with knowledge and even though the diagnosis was devastating and permanent, Kip and I finally had something to work with. It had a name. It was a starting point.
Full understanding would take many years. It was time to begin the journey of discovery and trusting Christ as my/our life-guide would make all the difference.
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