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Barry Johnson

Barry JohnLife After Limb Loss

Losing a limb is only comprehensible for those who have. It requires a mental and physical reacclimation of all of your faculties.

At the beginning of this loss, you feel life is over. You realize all of the simple things you once took for granted. Imagine not being able to … well, that would totally encompass the majority of this post.

As quick and nimble as I have always been, now life moves in a careful, cautious but deliberate slow motion. Imagine feeling pain in a part of your body that you don’t have. Sort of an “out-of-body” experience. The brain has not yet learned and/or heard about your missing appendage and continues to send sensations to the area where it once was. From what I have been told, some say this “phantom” pain will always be there.

I have had challenges, trials, tribulations, struggles, and heartache in getting where I am today, almost three years after my accident. Along with losing a leg, my mind was also damaged. I am not the same person that I was.

All I can say is, Thank You, Jesus! In spite of it all, I am still here. I could have been killed on that highway. Many motorcyclists have lost their lives in their “walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” Each and every one of the days that I made it through has made me a stronger and better person. My God knew it would take drastic measures to change me and save me from going to hell. If you have or have not lost a limb or will in the future, keep your head to the sky and realize you are much stronger and a better person than you think you are.

Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”

Good or bad, rich or poor, regardless of your race, color, or creed, Romans 8:28 was meant for you.

Too much transparency from me? Oh well!