Struck Down; But Not Destroyed: Finding Hope in the Maze of Suffering

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At 27, at a time when everything was going right, Roxanne Smith had it all promising career, great health, engaged to a wonderful man then suddenly, without warning, it all changed. Smith was suddenly and unexpectedly struck down by degenerative disc pain, a debilitating condition that rendered her almost paralyzed in excruciating daily back pain. As her pain progressed, Smith vowed that when God had healed her of her condition, she would write a book, praising Him and His miraculous powers. This is not that book. Instead, this is the story of a woman who is still in pain a woman who spends the majority of her life as a horizontal member of society lying down but who is still able to live, raise a family and still gives glory to God in the midst of her suffering. In Struck Down; But Not Destroyed Finding Hope in the Maze of Suffering, Smith explains how, through much prayer and soul searching, she has thrived where others have wilted and that it is all due to the wonder of God's amazing grace.

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Roxanne makes her home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she spends approximately 21 hours a day in a horizontal position just to manage the pain. But from that position she is a loving wife to a wonderful husband, a mother to a well adjusted son, a Stephen Minister and now an author. She has found in her life that God's grace is truly sufficient.

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In the Beginning...

The week before our wedding, my back pain became disabling. I had seen two orthopedic surgeons in a 24-hour period, looking for answers. The pain had actually been aggravated by their examinations. The next day when I bent forward in the shower, I felt something tear behind my right hip. The pain which had begun three months earlier and had allowed me to work 80% of full-time got dramatically worse. It now exploded into my life as an all-consuming fire. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t walk more than about a block and the only semi-comfortable position was lying down. Going to work was out of the question. This really was frightening. What was happening to me?

Moving on...

Redefining myself and my purpose are crucial. What is the meaning of my life now? How long will I be like this? Can I survive with these limitations? Any time I am creating something instead of just surviving another day, my life seems bearable.

God's Grace manifesting itself...

Some gifts are so big and so generous they can never be repaid ― only received with gratitude. The gift can be material or financial; it can be the gift of love; it can be a particular skill; or it might be quality time. Often, it’s a combination of these. When a person is suffering, one of the biggest gifts you can give is listening to and caring about him or her. Uppermost in the suffering person is the longing for reassurance that the suffering has meaning and purpose; that the suffering will not take away everything that’s good; that the person who is suffering is still valued and essentially herself. Three people primarily helped me to find these truths...

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