Dan Dick recounts agonizing back pain, loss, and what it is teaching him about control, patience, and perspective.
Originally posted on United Methodeviations:
Those who know me well know that my 2012 crawled to a close with a whimper and a moan. An old back injury flared up with a bone spur off my spine that keeps me in a constant state of excruciating pain and chronic distress. I have NEVER experienced pain like this — and I hope it is making me much more sympathetic and empathetic with those who live this way all the time. I would wish this on no one, ever, for any reason. The other major event was the death of my father on December 23. Due to my back, I was unable to attend his memorial service and be with my family. (Poor me…)
The significance of these last couple months is a threefold challenge to my personal worldview: control, patience, and perspective.