February 27.2014- How Do They Do It?

I have chronic pancreatitis.
As many of you know, I was very ill with severe pancreatitis in late 2011 through most of 2012. At that time the doctor’s thought it was a one time deal as a result of a combination; a birth defect in my pancreas and blockage from gal stones.
But I have continued to have issues and this summer my diagnosis changed to “chronic”.
Every day I live with pain and nausea. Some days are better than others and I am thankful for that. But the symptoms are always there and I will deal with that the rest of my life.
I’ve always been a fan of survivors. The sheer fact that they keep going even when the odds are against them inspires me.
And I have always wondered how they found that will, that desire to keep pushing on.
Now, my personal experience has been with parents that fought cancer. While it pained me, I admired their fortitude and bravery as they pushed on with life until they couldn’t anymore.
I certainly don’t compare myself with my parents or with anyone else that has a chronic or life threatening illness. I am blessed to have a team of doctor’s and nurses that work hard with me, to try to get me some relief. Some that suffer never get a break at all from the constant pain and trauma of their illness.
How do they do it?
At my house it is faith that has that has carried me through. I don’t know where I would be without it.
I find myself praying more these days. I’ve prayed for as long as I can remember but now it is more about others. I pray for the sick and those suffering and battling. I pray for friends and I pray for strangers. I pray for compassion and understanding. I write people’s prayer requests down and I pray over those notes, an idea that I picked up from my mom. I pray for the right words to say to encourage others.
And that leads me to this thought. When you don’t know of anything else to do for a family member, a friend, a neighbor or even a stranger, maybe you will pray for the right words to say to encourage another.
Leo Buscaglia once said, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”
― Sam Levenson
How do they do it? Let it be with a little help from a friend.
~ Robynn

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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