How My Neuropathy is like YOUR Lack of Feeling

You probably get frustrated at stumbling blocks appearing from out of nowhere on your smooth-sailing road (I know I do). So, maybe my facing this obstacle will give you some weapons to use… a bulldozer might help… and make your struggle just a little bit easier.

I’ve experienced various side effects with each treatment. However, a particular one remains constant – a numbness in some of the fingertips and ends of my toes that is more commonly related to diabetes. During one stint, the lack of feeling was so severe, that it was difficult for me to type or put on a necklace or earrings.

In a flash, I decided, “Enough is enough!” So I went to my wardrobe and took out a jacket with –

15 Hooks & Eyes

NO, buttons, zippers, or snaps. Just 15 hooks & eyes. I put it on and slowly fastened e a c h one.

You may not think I accomplished much of a feat. To get an idea, if you’re a lefty, try writing a text while clicking the buttons of a keypad with your right hand. If you’re a righty, try it with your left hand. Okay, now imagine your attempt to close that many clasps or snaps! After five, and then another five, I wanted to give up, but I kept going.

What Neuropathy Will do to You

Injury to nerves interrupts communication between the brain and parts of the body and can impair muscle movement, prevent normal sensation in the arms and legs, etc., (and cause pain)..

Like my chemo, there are toxins flooding your whole body killing everything, damaging nerve endings in your life, too.

  • damage interupts communication between our hearts and heads
  • interrupts communication with God

Let’s deal with these items separately. The poisons injected in our lives often come from stressful or urgent situations life brings our way. Like a deer frozen by headlights on a dark highway, normal responses are deadened so that we can’t move or act consistently with the Word of God. In our head, waaaay in the back, we may know the right thing to do, but the pressure of the moment causes us to panic, make a wrong move, and compromise.

Point two, when we allow something deadly to invade we cannot hear or perceive direction from God when we need it most. It may be helpful for someone we trust to filter our knee jerk reactions through the counsel the Bible gives on how to proceed. At times, a drastic intervention through prayer is necessary to break a stronghold and open our eyes.

It is critical to not let the crisis that tries to consume us to be the driving force, but rather our trust in God and the peace and guidance He gives in the middle of our storm.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

Your storm is no different than the disciples’. Jesus promised to take you to the other side! So take a second to step back, turn aside, and seek His face, remembering to focus on His light for your problem. It’s not too big for Him.

2 Co 1:4 who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (ASV)

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2 Responses to “How My Neuropathy is like YOUR Lack of Feeling”

  1. 1 Amy
    septiembre 28, 2015 en 6:25 pm

    What a wonderful analogy! Thank you. And I pray for any remaining symptoms of neuropathy to be gone, in Jesus Name!!


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