My regular readers and podcast listeners know I don’t make New Years Resolutions, however I do take some time and reflect on the last year. I’ve made some dramatic changes in the last year. As I reflect on the last year I’m amazed at the difference in my life and excited about what’s to come in 2018!! After being injured in our auto/semi accident in 2005, the worst time of my life began. I spent 12 long years desperately wanting to be normal again, but not knowing if it would ever be possible. The accident happened on a Friday afternoon, our family returning from a camping/family reunion vacation. Just 45 minutes from home, traveling in heavy traffic and construction the semi truck in front of us did not get over as instructed by the road signs. He continued to stay in the right lane for ten miles of signs telling him to get in the left lane. We stayed behind him because we were towing a camper and being followed by our teenage daughters in our second vehicle. We had already had a blowout on one of the tires on the camper earlier that day and felt we needed to be able to pull off in case another tire blew.
As we approached an overpass with a decorative arch the truck driver immediately hit the brakes and stopped suddenly. Since at this point we were fully in the construction zone and driving in the right lane, which was the shoulder of the road there was nowhere for us to go. If you’ve never pulled a camper, let me let you in on a little secret, they do not stop quickly!! Fully loaded the weight of the camper was approximately 7000 pounds, no matter how great your brakes are stopping takes some time. Just before we made impact with the semi truck my mother-in-law had called to ask when we would be home, because they wanted us to go to dinner with them. We made our plans (best laid plans of mice and men), and I hung up the phone, our 11 year old son sat in the back seat watching a movie and wanted to know what grandma had said. I turned around to tell him the plans…when all of a sudden I caught out of the corner of my eye my husband stomp on the break with both feet! The thought that crossed my mind was You can’t stop a trailer like that, we had the camper 7 years, pulled it all over the country and one thing I knew was stopping was a gradual process! The next thing I know we are under the back of a semi truck, suburban filled with smoke, and someone screaming at the top of their lungs. Long story short, we hit the semi truck, the camper hit us, then our daughters hit the camper. We were a metal sandwich!
We left the scene of the accident with no automobiles, no camper, minor injuries, except for me. I was pretty messed up! I spent 5 days in the hospital and the next 12 years going from wheelchairs to walkers and eventually a cane. That next 12 years were a blur of doctors, MRI’s, surgeries, physical therapy, depression, fear, anger, frustration, and pills, lots and lots of pills. I had ceased to be who I was and became this person I didn’t want to be, this person frankly that I hated. Dependent on my family for everything from showering to feeding me, and driving me to appointment after appointment. I hated this so much, I had alway been a strong independent woman. I came from a very long line of strong, independent women, I was an Air Force wife, for Pete’s sake, my husband often deployed in our military marriage and I handled everything no problem. Now I was dependent, totally dependent and I hated it!
Fast forward to 2017, we had just completed our 19th and LAST Military move. We were settling in our new home and starting over once again. I had improved, but was nowhere near the person I was before. I had accepted my fate, the rest of my life would be filled with daily pain, medications, doctors, bed, and disability. However, something began to change…the pain wasn’t as severe, despite still always being there. I began to sleep better, start doing a few things around the house like a load of laundry or put an occasional meal in the slow cooker. I attribute this to several things, an excellent holistic chiropractor in our last state, a smart, engaged, caring doctor who was determined to find me help, getting proper diagnosis’s and medications, weening myself off most of the shots, and other pills, the warmer climate, and a spirit of never quit, never give up!
Every day that went by I got a little better, until in April I decided I was better enough to fulfill a life long dream and start a Naturopathic Consulting and Coaching business. Now, knowing how unpredictable my Health was I decided to start slow, I started a blog, I can write from bed if need be and still get my message out there, put that Degree I worked so hard for and paid too much for to use. With much cautious I began and I started to realize something…the more I wrote, talked with people on the phone, learned how to blog from online classes, and put my words on the page the better I got! Every time I gave some of the precious little energy I had to someone else the more I got back. Every time I helped someone else, I helped myself. I still had bad days, but I don’t have to work at it every day, I can work when I feel up to it, but the more I did the more I wanted to push through and do.
As a Naturopath I believe we are a four part person, mind, body, emotion, and spirit. I had worked on the physical by treating my injuries, cutting down to the bare minimum of medications, supplements, Natural Treatments, I had worked on the emotions in counseling, I had worked on my spirit by feeding it the word of God, prayer, and meditation, but there was one component missing…my mind. My mind was still ill, I needed something for my mind to do, to feel like I was a valuable, contributing part of society. I have always been a thinker and a doer, I have known since 2003 that God had called me to speak and share my testimony of Childhood abuse and dysfunction, but I thought the wreck ended that (Oh, ye of little faith!). I hadn’t ended, just been delayed! Why? I’m still not completely sure, maybe my faith needed work, maybe I needed to learn to trust God and not myself for everything, maybe I just needed to be still and know God Was in control (Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:10 NASB), probably all these and more!
Now at the start of 2018 I look back at the beginning of 2017 and I’m amazed, not in myself and what I’ve accomplished, but in what God has done!! I work on the business 4 to 5 Days a week, true I work from my recliner mostly, but I contribute. Some days the pain dictates I lay down and rest or nap or not work that day, but more often than not I can accomplish something daily. From spending nearly 24/7 in bed to being able to sit in a chair, write, Network, promote my blog on social media, and even to co-hosting a podcast once a week! I can hardly believe it, I never thought it was possible (Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God (Mark 10:27 NASB) every week I’m able to do a little more and I’ve even come far enough to take a course on public speaking, set up a speaker’s website, and start pursuing opportunities to speak and share what God has done for me and in me. It still seems surreal, I try not to be a doubting Thomas (He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; (Luke 16:10a NASB) and worry about what if, what if I relapse, what if I’m suppose to speak or coach or consult and I’m having a bad day? I try to just rest in the Word and trust that God knows what He’s doing and He will give me grace and strength to do what He’s called me to do.
As I reflect on this last year I realize how important it is to trust God, to wait on Him, no matter how long it takes, be willing to do what He calls me to do, and give some of myself away to others. Everyone struggles with something, some struggle more than others and it’s hard to understand why, I still don’t know why I have been through everything I have. But I have learned if we are faithful, patient, and have faith in God He will honor His word and He will provide what we need and give us grace for everything we go through.
To find out more about Clamon Natural Health or having Elizabeth Speak to your group or organization contact me via email Elizabeth@clamonnaturalhealth.com or call (252) 268-2186 or connect with me through any of my social media links. When you reach out I will send you my mini e-course Foundations of Natural Health as my gift to you.
I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you!!