Life isn’t always easy.  I am probably not telling you anything you don’t already know.  No one is exempt from challenges in life. Some go through more challenges than others.  I have learned to be content with NOT (always) figuring out why.  But I know that is not easy. Especially if you are on the receiving end of a catastrophic health crisis. I can only imagine all the “why’s” YOU want to figure out. So, in typical me fashion, I want to put myself in your shoes. I need to.  Why? Because “physical therapy” is not ONLY physical. It is mental. It is emotional.

All that being said, here I sit. Trying to feel how you must be feeling. Here I sit, reflecting on my own life….

Why do some people seem to struggle at every turn?  And others don’t? I think I can relate. Not fully, but at least in part.  For me, it seems like I came out of the womb struggling. Literally.  I was born at 25 weeks and weighed 3 lbs…… 40+ years ago. (No further comment on the “+”) ?️.  Let’s just say it was a miracle I even made it out of the hospital.

It started with a struggle to breath, to eat, and to thrive.  My parents were told I would always be “delayed”. And so it was.  I pretty much spent my growing up years working 3 times harder to get half as far as my peers.

As I reflect, I think of the person I am today.  I expect to have to work hard, so I do.  I expect things are not going to be easy.  I anticipate (and plan) to have to work 3 times harder and get half as far.

You see, I was “trained” to think this way from an early age.  Now, as an adult, this way of working (toward my goals) is what makes me (somewhat) successful…… at life.  However, had you asked me growing up, I would have told you it wasn’t fair. When others were out playing, I was at home with a tutor.

When my friends were out partying (in college), I was home studying.

Not fair, right?


It WAS and IS the biggest blessing in my life.

I know how to work. I know how to struggle. I know how to fail. And now, I also know how to overcome. To conquer. To persevere.  Maybe, just maybe, our greatest challenges in life, ARE the greatest blessings.

And maybe…….

Missed opportunities, catastrophic injuries, losing a loved one, or receiving a life altering diagnosis IS a blessing in disguise.  I will end with this video. I hope the 5 minutes it will take you to watch this video gives you the motivation to continue to find the blessing in your struggle