Actually, your post fits beautifully with the original spirit and intent of this forum. Water only fasting is about healing first and foremost. The Water Fast
itself does not do the healing, but rather allows the body to heal naturally. As we have all found out, this is not an easy process, and it takes a lot of time and discipline, more than a lot of us have at this point.
I first began investigating fasting as a teenager wanting a quick way to drop weight. I could fast over the weekend, lose 5 or more pounds, but gain it all back before the week was out. Hardly a safe and healthy lifestyle for anyone; plus it led to experiments with purging which thankfully never took hold. However, as I matured and read about fasting for other reasons, I began to appreciate it even more. Unfortunately, I got caught up in "religion" (as opposed to living by faith and grace) and pretty well abandoned Water Fasting
for years thinking it was not a "Christian" thing to do-how wrong I was! It was only after I turned to alternative medicine after the traditional failed to help me that fasting once again became a subject of interest. It seems harder to do now, perhaps because I know it will not be a quick fix, but I still believe in its potential to help improve the health of many people.
You said that the pain does not define us and you are correct. However, I have let that happen to some extent. When I am hurting or even just very tired I walk with a limp. My eyes look like I have been crying, I move slowly and have trouble concentrating. People who knew me before the injury or care about me can quickly tell when the pain is overwhelming. Others see me as slow witted, incompetent, and I get teased about "walking funny". This bothers me so much, and I have withdrawn from a lot of social activities, volunteer work and even church work because of the stares and cruel comments. Some folks at church have even suggested my heart is "not right" because I'm not being healed through prayer.
Anyway, enough about me. The point is that we are all seeking relief and release from health issues that have radically affected our lives. Mike simply amazes me with his spirit and determination to go on. So many people with far less pain and suffering have given up and gone on disability, he keeps fighting for a normal life for himself and his family. Plus his faith is so strong. Skyflier soars despite health and weight issues that drive many people into seclusion,you can sense her love and faith in her posts here. Marion opens up to share her emotional/spiritual pain that can be as great as our physical pain. And ,you Ann, have accepted a necessary change in your lifestyle, a lack of acceptance of your choices from those closest to you, and still radiate as a person of grace and encouragement. While this thread may seem somewhat off-topic is does show what real support can be. God bless you too.