Thursday, May 22, 2008

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Making Progress Toward Career Change

I've been regularly posting on Sufficient Grace, my primary website, including blogs on the following: Making the Most of Opportunitiesas referenced in the Bible, changing/healing broken aspects of our character, lessonslearned from ants, and having what the world sees as 'religious relationships', a.k.a. Christian friendships.

Slowly, I am getting in the rhythm of freelancing, researching issues like health insurance for freelancers, working while 'disabled', ways to keep working despite health concerns,shifting careers, and online networking.

Speaking of online networking, I also started building a professional network through Linkedin.

So who knows what direction this blog will go in now. I still have a disability, I am still a licensed counselor, and I still Believe in Grace.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

I kind of like cerebral palsy...

Not the declining affects on my body, but cerebral palsy in general. I have worked with so many kids having CP who are incredible in so many ways, who tend to be positive and determined despite their disability... that sometimes I'm almost honored to be 'one of them'. Not sure where this is coming from... maybe because I just read this in an article and wanted people to know being an adult with CP is not so bad... at least not at age 38.:

The most common complication of cerebral palsy is muscle contracture, which generally occurs in children. As the bones grow, the muscles normally keep pace. In cerebral palsy, there's a tendency for sufferers not to use their weaker or less coordinated limbs, leading to muscle atrophy. This can prevent the muscle growing with the bone, which can cause the joint to become permanently flexed and paralyzed. Once this happens, surgery is usually required to fix it.

Symptoms don't generally get worse over time, as the underlying disease isn't progressive. Atrophy, however, can worsen muscular symptoms and, in children, prevent proper growth. Weaker, less coordinated limbs often end up withered or undersized.

There's a serious lack of research on the effects of cerebral palsy in older adults. Some doctors believe that these patients may deteriorate faster after middle age, but for the moment there's no evidence one way or the other, nor are there any statistics on life expectancy for people with this disease. It's certainly not considered a fatal condition.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Of course the obstacles get larger as you race the course. You are better equipped than when you were at the starting line. You have Power which was unavailable before, and the further you advance on the course, the more you will face the ‘impossible’ which will leave you no choice but to draw on that Power.

Giving up is not an option. I won’t let you give up until you have completed your purpose. Don’t worry about how or when or why - focus on the task at hand today. I will take care of the rest.