Challenges

Romans 5: 3-5 “…but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…”

This page is dedicated to different challenges Eleanor has encountered during her life.

Eleanor’s life started out difficult as she was paralyzed from the waist down at two years old due to polio. Eleanor’s parents were told to not move Eleanor’s legs, however, Ira went against the doctor’s advice and put Eleanor on a tricycle with rubber bands and pushed her throughout the house. This tricycle method allowed Eleanor’s legs to move. Also, Eleanor’s mother administered the Kinney Treatment of hot packs on her legs and stretched out the muscles. Eventually, her paralysis subsided. She has a very determined spirit and she does not give up easily. She believes this determination resulted from having polio as a young girl.

When Eleanor was 28 years old, she had to have the linings of her sinuses removed. This allowed her to start detecting the toxins and smells that had been making her sick. Eleanor also found out that she has many allergies to different things in foods. It has been frustrating for Eleanor to avoid the different toxins that make her sick but she is thankful for friends and family that understand her sensitivity to toxins. This challenge has actually allowed Eleanor to be able to detect toxins before other people and this is beneficial for other people’s health as well.

Eleanor started to have difficulty standing when she was around fifty years old. She was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome. Over time, she lost the ability to do many things that she once enjoyed such as walking and playing piano. She now uses a motorized chair to try and keep some of her independence. Her response to this challenge in her life is to be thankful for what she can still do and continue to live life as fully as possible.

One challenge that Eleanor is now facing is aging. She has found a few things that have helped her through the challenges of growing older. One is to be thankful for the ability to still do things. The next is to share things with the next generation; Eleanor enjoys sharing the lessons she has learned, experiences she has had, and her talents. Eleanor tries to be a good role model for the younger generation. She assumes that there is a purpose in her life and that is why she is still here – this allows Eleanor to deal with the challenge of aging. Eleanor does her best to maintain a sense of humor during difficult times. And lastly, she believes that patience is a virtue. She says that it is helpful if we are patient with ourselves and others and believes that most people are doing the best they can, and that is all any of us can do.

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