“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
After the birth of my oldest son, in my early 30’s, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid disease. My fatigue had gotten quite overwhelming, but I thought it was just the result of having a new baby to care for and many interrupted nights. However, I was also having joint pain and general discomfort in my body. I remember lying on the single bed in the nursery one afternoon wondering if I was dying of some strange disease. Luckily, through the compassionate care of our family doctor it was soon discovered that I had low thyroid function. I would like to say that all was well after that, but I haven’t found that to be the case.
Over the years I have needed to come to terms with limitations that I didn’t have before. If I work too hard or just overdo it, I am often down for the count for a couple days afterwards. My limitations can be frustrating, especially when compared to my pre-hypothyroid self or my impressions of other women my age.
While I don’t enjoy my physical limitations, I have learned to have more compassion for others because of the changes in my own body. I’m not as quick to assume that everyone has just a few simple choices between themselves and a great stereotypically healthy body. I am continuing to learn how to be gracious to my own body and how to speak up for my own well-being. Compassion and kindness for myself and others are some of the beautiful lessons my body is teaching me these days. What is your body talking to you about?
God, Thank you for our bodies. Grant us open souls that we may learn anew how to live compassionately with ourselves and others. AMEN
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3 thoughts on “Comfort for your Body: Chronic Pain (John 1:14)”
I have appreciated this new series on taking care of our bodies. I have been on a journey that began 4 years ago of understanding, new limitations, and giving myself grace for the seasons and cycles that I’m going through.
Thank you Regina! I appreciate hearing from you and for your sharing. Being at home with our bodies seems to be a continual process!
So glad it has resonated and been meaningful! And thank you for sharing. May you experience wellbeing and hope as you lean into rhythms (chosen and otherwise!).