We’re pleased to introduce you to another fantastic member of Chronic Joy Ministry, Inc’s Board of Directors. Today, meet physical therapist and health care enthusiast, Rachel Thiel.
I am Rachel Thiel and I am an eternal optimist.
My journey with pain started with athletic injuries, aches and pains. At the time, it was clear that those were temporary experiences. I had back pain, laying-on-the-floor-unable-to-move back pain. Fortunately, I knew I could do something about it, and that while pain may return, it wasn’t permanent.
What I have come to realize is that a chronic pain or illness doesn’t mean permanent. It just means it’s been there awhile. The diagnosis may not change, I may still have X (for me, neck pain), yet I can impact how it affects my life, relationships, and faith.
Our society does not not fully understand life with chronic illness. As a health care provider, I have a unique opportunity to teach others how to have hope again. How to find quality of life and movement. Each day is about doing your best, even if you aren’t able to do much. The goal is better, whether that means better sleep, better food, or a better talk with God. Our bodies are vessels, they do not need to dictate our quality of life. God has provided plenty of room for joy and blessings.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Radical hope. Compassionate change. Equipping those affected by chronic physical and mental illness through community and education rooted in Jesus Christ.