A personal account of my dealings with progressive multiple sclerosis. And my battle with trigeminal neuralgia and the brain surgery that stopped the pain!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Heading to TNA national conference

Well we're getting ready to pack up and go to the TNA national conference



This conference will be in Dearborn Michigan. We've attended the regional conference in Nashville previously. But never the national one.

I've ask people to pray as I consider this an opportunity to minister. So many folks who deal with unspeakable pain. Desperate and suffering alone. When they come together with others who have experienced this monster hopefully they feel less alone.

Some have considered ending their fleshly lives because they aren't able to tolerate this hell any longer. Some have lost marriages, friends, all of their hopes and dreams because of their intimate connection with trigeminal neuralgia.

So my desire is to be available for anyone who needs hope in the midst of their pain. I cannot stop their pain; but I can lead them to someone who can promise to walk through it with them and give them a future and a hope. I can be a living resource of hope for those whom MVD surgery is an option. They can ask questions about the surgery. And know first hand that someone has found relief via major surgery.

Tommy and I don't get many trips alone. We've been blessed with the Florida trip (a gift from precious friends); but we've most often got family traveling with us on that trip.

So we also look forward to the long road trip together. I'll pile up good podcasts and a few audiobooks and some music. We'll enjoy traveling together.

Our plan is to stop half way and visit with some friends who live in Cincinnati. Then spend the night there and head the rest the way to Dearborn the following day.

The conference was provided as a scholarship from the TNA. So we only need to provide our travel expenses and our room. We could not have afforded this otherwise. The hotel looks wonderful. Most meals will be provided.

I'll post more about the conference and some pictures soon.

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Love Jesus! Mac Enthusiast! Love all things tech!

Married to high school sweetheart for 42 years! 
Multiple Sclerosis tries to get me down. 
Previous Trigeminal Neuralgia sufferer-successful MVD in Nov of 2006. 
Mother of 2 grown sons. GrandMother
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Podcast lover. Previous fitness instructor.. previous Childbirth educator, previous school bus driver, previous racewalker.

Lots of previous.. but unending future! Gifts: encouragement, helps, discernment. Lover of People.

Recently my youngest son 33yrs old- (now 37)  was  diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease- this is the toughest road yet. But by God's divine hand- we'll survive. 


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