Have you ever been on a beach and seen all the seashells that have washed up on the shore? Some are shattered into pieces, broken apart by the sea. Others remain whole with a few blemishes here and there.

These “treasures on the sand” are like us, some broken; others whole, yet scarred. Whether it is a chronic illness, a haunting trauma, or some other form of persecution, we can be encouraged that we are still a magnificent jewel that is being refined every single day.

When I was fifteen, I found myself unexpectedly battered by life’s waves when I began to have pain in my chest. Over the course of two years, it spread to every inch of my body. Imagine the worst pain you have felt in your life, multiply it by two, then take it and place it all over your body, head to toe.

That has been my daily battle.

In order to cope with it all, I began to delve into one of my beloved past times, writing. I started the blog, Treasures On The Sand, as a means of not only trying to encourage others fighting the same battle, but to act as a mirror for myself, giving me words I needed to hear in order to keep it going.

I was officially diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, in 2018, five years after the fact. After going to twenty or so different medical specialists, I was starting to lose hope, thinking that my life was over.

It was only the beginning of it.

After finding some relief at a clinic in Arkansas and training there for a time, I discovered a fundamental piece of the puzzle that leveled the playing field in battling not just CRPS, but all forms of chronic illness.

Engaging the mind in the healing process.

This changed not only my view on chronic illness, but on life in general.Thus entered my calling to professional counseling. I have seen just how much both the mental and emotional impact the physical. I hope to encourage and educate people on this fact, so that they too can find hope and a better means of living life.

And so, even though I still have my flares here and there and have much left to discover in life, I am determined to pursue this calling to its fruition. As I do, I pray you will join me on this journey and find hope and healing for yourself as we travel this road together.

Are you with me?