HOPE the Good Thing That Never Dies. Last year, my dear friend was experiencing limited mobility. Her doctor recommended surgery for a deteriorating disc in her neck. Little did she know that this procedure would be the beginning of a year of physical and emotional suffering that she had never known. The extreme pain during the recovery process produced thoughts of hopelessness and despair.
My friend was not permitted to drive, nor could she bath, dress or feed herself. Although she was grateful her grown children stepped in to assist her, she felt guilty and powerless. One day, her misery turned to tears of anger, frustration and fear. She experienced new levels of crisis and loss wondering if life would ever be back to normal. She said in regret, “If I had known this outcome, I would never chosen to have surgery.” Did I mention her name is Hope and that her story does not end here? Over the past year, Hope has gained a new understanding of her name.
As time passed, Hope recovered strength in her body and renewed perspective—taking one day at a time. When I see her we talk about refusing to say, “Just give up hope so you will not be bitterly disappointed!” We encourage one another to continue risking our hearts over and over again as part of the vitality of life and fulfillment of our desires in ways we had not imagined.
Beth Holloway, MA, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Rosario Counseling & Associates and has more than 12 years’ experience in the mental health field. She specializes in counseling individuals and couples who have experienced all types of losses including abuse, domestic strife, and trauma. She enjoys leading group therapy classes in the areas of Divorce Recovery, Spiritual Enrichment, Couples and Parent/Child Relationships, Grief Processing and Depression Recovery. Beth has had the privilege of traveling all over the United States and to more than 10 foreign countries and has been enriched by learning about people from diverse cultures and ethnic groups.
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