No Pain, No Gain

Pain

I haven’t had the easiest childhood, to say the least. Life has forced me to grow up too fast and too soon, at a pace that I could barely follow. I was unceremoniously thrown into the whirlpool of pain, anguish, and intolerable emotional purgatory.

Nobody asked me if I wanted to do this. If I felt strong enough, fast enough, big enough. Life just handed me a truckload- full of agony which I needed to work through and deal with.

I’ve been diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease at a very young age. Years ago there was scarce information as to what a tick bite can do, let alone the impact it has on the body. For years I have suffered physical pains, and mental health struggles; in addition to uncomfortable and painful symptoms which affected my studies, my concentration, and my relationships.

Over the course of my late teens I have visited countless of medical doctors who specialized in this field and were to help me out of the devastating illness. For years I battled loneliness, depression, and anxiety, as I tried to make sense of my life and the pain that I was experiencing.

I was upset at God. Wondering how he can make it happen. Questioning what I have done to deserve a miserable life.

Throughout the times of my illness, I was constantly striving to connect with God, believe in him, and find strength and comfort in the difficult times. It was mighty hard many times. When the pain was excruciating and my spirit was low I felt like I couldn’t take another step without crumbling.

I have always found my way back, even if I would spend a few days in misery I would connect with my creator thereafter, for I felt that his presence and love was the only thing that kept me going in the hard times.

After many long years of both medical and holistic medicine and treatment, I was finally, unbelievably… cured! It took a lot of physical, emotional, and spiritual energy to get to know the real world. The world consisted of (for the most part) people who were feeling fine, doing well, and living their lives.

I couldn’t imagine how I would be able to be a part of a society where laughter, camaraderie, and cheerfulness were the norm.

As the years passed I have learned to enjoy life and to appreciate the God-given miracles, blessings, and opportunities. I now see more than ever that those years of constant tears, desperation, and sadness were what ultimately made me stronger.

I am who I am today precisely because of the limitations that I’ve had growing up; I am God-fearing and deeply connected to the source who gives life. If not for all the times of confusion, fear, anxiety, and agony I would not have been the person I am today.

It isn’t to say that troubles are welcome and that it doesn’t hurt like hell. It’s just that when you’re going through a hard time, when you feel like you can’t push any longer and you don’t have it in you to fight anymore- just keep in mind that one day, in the (hopefully near) future you will look back. You will appreciate this time. You will know why it all happened.

Wipe those tears and keep going. That which is hurting you, breaking you, and devastating you, is what will ultimately create and form the beautiful person you are meant to be.

Published by Simone E

Passion for words, people and life. I aspire to find meaning, inspiration, and God in everything that happens.

87 thoughts on “No Pain, No Gain

  1. This is truly inspiring and I’m glad you stayed connected to God, I can understand and I’ve questioned Him a lot of times myself but our God is kind, faithful and forgiving and the way He works our far from our wildest imaginations. I am honestly happy to learn that you are now cured, our God is indeed great. Stay blessed always my friend. 💝

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    1. Thank you dear for your warm and kind words. At times we question God, yet if we really seek the answer he will give it for us!
      Our God is certainly kind, we just need to hold on when the road is touch.
      Thank you for your blessings and kind words, they mean so much 🥰

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  2. Beautiful, thank you, dear Simone!
    Yes, Love Divine is with us wherever we find ourselves, and holding onto that reality keeps us growing.Wishing you sweetness and Light!
    *smiling heart*

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  3. An important message, Simone, for all who have struggled, or who are struggling now! Your courage in sharing your own personal experiences provides hope and inspiration for others to follow! Thank you for sharing your light with the world! ❤

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    1. Thank you for your words. I am trying to inspire with the experiences and challenges I’ve been dealt with over the years.
      I’m glad that you find its message encouraging and inspiring.
      Your feedback is truly appreciated, Anita 🥹
      Thank you for your support!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words 😊 Yes, we should most definitely try to avoid that which causes us pain.. although unfortunately sometimes we can’t do that. We need to let the pain wash over us and make us into better people.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing your story ( facts) of life. Ultimately you have overcome the sufferings that you had from the childhood. It is all due to faith in God 🙏
    Amazing! I consider these events as miracles 🙂
    I feel very happy to come accross your website 😊
    Your posts are full of classic thoughts. I must spend some time with your posts. To know more to grow more.
    You are also invited and requested to visit my website.
    https://arunsingha.in
    Regards 😊🙏

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, they mean so much! Yes, it is only through my faith that I was able to pull through and I am glad that you can see the miracles, as did I 😊
      Thank you again for your kindness. I look forward to viewing your site too!

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  5. My dear friend Simone,

    If we look at life only as beginning with birth and ending with death, then the endless bond of cause and effect breaks and everything seems to make no sense. In this way, we cannot even understand why God gives us such a hard life. But if we understand that life stretches like an ocean across time and space and does not end with death (one door closes, another opens), that real life means consciousness, then we can also understand action and reaction, cause and effect strung together as on an endless string of pearls, and then we will wonder why some people have a bearable life and others have to suffer excessively. In spiritual terms, the answer is karma (again, we should know what karma really means, because there is not just one karma but three different karmas and an extra karma that does not involve cause and effect. If you want to know more about this, I can recommend a book that is freely available in PDF format.

    Here is the link:

    Click to access WHEEL_of_Life_engl_2019.pdf

    It gives us the understanding that we ourselves have caused the things that determine our lives, even in the many previous lives. It says in the scriptures: “That which we sow we must reap.

    Here is another link telling about the Law of Karma by Sant Kirpal Singh, in case you are interested to read.

    Wishing you strength and courage to overcome all those things that burden your life, dear Simone.

    There is always hope.

    Hugs and love
    Didi

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    1. That is very true, dear Didi! The pain we experience and the suffering we go through here is all but temporary. There is lots of hope, light and love in the future worlds.
      Thank you for your insight and for the book recommendation. I will certainly check it out 😊

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      1. Yes, dear Simone, problems are there to make us stronger and to solve certain things that remained earlier ignorant to us. Even bitter medicine is medicine for the soul 🙂
        Hugs and love, my friend 🙂
        Didi

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  6. Brave Simone 💕amazing story of so much strength in you for fighting for an answer to your illness. Congratulations and keep up the good fight! Thanks for sharing your blog with me. Will be perusing more as time allows. Have a beautiful Sunday peace Victoria

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    1. Thank you Victoria for your kind words. I relate to your posts many times due to my own Mental health struggles caused by my illness.
      Thanks again for reading 😊 Wishing you well, too!

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  7. what a beautiful, inspiring & encouraging sharing! thank you so much for telling of your journey through challenges to active & positive presence in the world! i am grateful for your message, resonating a lot with my own gleanings through 80 years of living full up. now living in a nursing home, i have a good opportunity to share in my divinely inspired blog here at wordpress. i loved what you share here🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼

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    1. Thank you dear for your sweet words! I am happy that you found it to be inspiring! Yes, we can all see what and how we have grown throughout life. I appreciate you stopping by and for your feedback 🙂 Will sure check out your blog often!

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    1. That’s good! I’m happy it offered you that important reminder 😊 At times it’s so difficult, especially when we’re going through hard times.. faith keeps us going!

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  8. You have so beautifully summarized how experiences not only shape and mold us, but they also reveal us. Often times, we are stronger than we know. Our experiences open our eyes to new realities, including our inner selves, things we didn’t know we’re capable of enduring, we didn’t know we had it in us to do. Brilliant piece, very inspiring 😊

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    1. Thank you dear! Very true point. The experiences we have tell us a lot and as time goes by we learn more lessons that we hadn’t seen before.
      I’m glad you found inspiration 😊

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  9. I can relate to you on so many levels and this is the first post I have read of yours. You and I hold a lot of similarities with the childhood and chronic illness. Though they are also very different it felt really good to read something about someone who knows what it is like. Thank you!

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    1. Reading your words just made me smile. Because it does not happen often that I encounter one who relates to what I went through.
      Thank you for your kind words, they mean so much 😊 And I’m so glad that we’re both in a happier, healthier place at this point in our lives!

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  10. You are awesome, dear. Your story is such an inspiration to all of us. Never give up your faith in yourself and God. He is there to guide us through all the troubles that we have to go through. So proud of you, dear. 😊😊

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement! I appreciate your kind words and am delighted to hear that my words served as an inspiration.
      God is with us always and guiding us through every step in life! Sometimes we get to see it straightaway and other times we need to be patient.. Thank you for taking the time to read and commenting. It means a great deal 😆

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  11. Very inspiring. I’m so glad you made it through those sad moment in your life. My prayers to you my friend. Always have faith. i believe this happen for a reason and to turn us into a better person. God bless 🙏🏻❤️

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words and kindness. 🥰 Faith is what we shall always have! And yes, everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t always see it right away!

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    1. Thank you for reading and for your comment! We all need to enjoy the God given gifts. I’m happy to share my miracle and show the world that God is Good! 😊

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  12. Thank you for sharing your story! I had a very close childhood friend get Lyme Disease in high-school and I saw how hard it was on her physical and mental health. I wish that you did not have to go through that pain. I really enjoy your outlook on life. It is very inspiring.

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    1. Thank you for your kind and sweet words, I appreciate it 😊 Yes, then you are able to understand a bit of how it is dealing with a chronic illness. Unfortunately it effects every part of the mind and body, which makes it all the more difficult to deal with.
      Thank you for reading and for your feedback 🥰

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  13. Simone, you’re an inspiration to me. I’m a teen suffering from anxiety and ocd and my father is having some psychological problems in which every day he always groans and never smiles nor happy. You have given me hope that God will change my situation one day. Thank you Simone.

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    1. Your words brought tears to my eyes. I feel along with your pain and understand some of your struggles.. I know it’s a lonely journey and sometimes it just feels like it’s all too much to bear! I’m glad that I have given you inspiration. I truly believe that God will makes things work out for you, may it be very soon.
      Sending you my warmest 😍

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  14. You inspire many with your words. 🙏🏼 I was diagnosed with an incurable and chronic auto-immune disease at a young age as well. It was very difficult not to be able to do things my peers were doing and miss out on opportunities they had.

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    1. Thank you, I’m happy to hear that! Wow, I’m feeling along with you. I can definitely relate to what you’re saying. It’s especially hard growing up, feeling so different from everybody and in pain all the time.
      I hope you’re doing better! Sending you warm vibes 🥰

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  15. This is such a beautiful, inspirational and brave share. It must have taken much courage to give an account of your painful and challenging life experience. I have deep respect and admiration for you, Simone. You have taught me something about Chronic Lyme Disease today. I knew only a little about it and wanted to understand more about what you’d been going through, so I googled Lyme Disease and now realise how awful all these years have been for you. But, now, I’m absolutely delighted that you’re well again. What a blessing indeed. This piece resonated so much with me as I, too, had a very difficult early life, and then, I ‘acquired’ a severe disability (from an accident) about ten years ago and know what it’s like to have pain and struggle also. Nevertheless, I remain determined to make the best of my life and rejoice in everything I do have rather than what I don’t have. I have a great deal of gratitude for all my friends and family who keep me going along very happily. Take good care of yourself, my new friend. Love to you, Ellie x 💖

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    1. Ellie, your kind and sweet words mean such a great deal to me!! I find that the more I share my story with others I get to see that there are so many people struggling too.. everyone has their own story to share and I pray that everyone gets healed and better!
      Yes it definitely has been difficult growing up (it means so much that you took the time to look it up! 😊)
      I’m sorry about your experiences growing up and the accident. Hope it hadn’t left its mark on you too much..
      We can all learn from each other’s and see how to be stronger than our pain, and ultimately triumph!
      Thanks for being here Ellie, and for your kindness 💗

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      1. Dear Simone, thank you for taking the time to send such a lovely reply back to me. It’s appreciated. I believe that time is one of the greatest gifts we can give anyone. Nothing can replace it, really. That’s why I like to take an interest in the lives and experiences of my blogging friends and readers. If someone has been kind enough to leave me a comment, that makes me happy, and I want to let them know. I take nothing for granted. I totally agree with you that we can learn from each other; sometimes, another person has an idea or a different way of coping with life and perhaps, adversity, and I wonder to myself, ‘how come I didn’t think of that.’

        I hope today has been one of your better days. If not, I’m sending you some extra comforting and healing hugs. Take good care of yourself, Simone. Xx 💝

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      2. That’s very true, Ellie! You have a lot of wonderful ways of looking at things. Thank God I’m doing fine! I appreciate your kindness and concern 😊

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