I HATE needles with a passion. Even the sight of them sometimes makes me sick. My experiences with shots have never been very good.  I remember one night in an emergency room the nurse broke off two needles in my arm trying to get blood. That is just one of many bad needle stories in my life.

For the past 21 weeks, I have been getting two allergy shots, one in each arm.  My hope is the shots will relieve the “chronic daily migraine” headache that I have been dealing with for over four years now.  Every Wednesday I go to my doctor’s office to get poked in search for some relief of this constant pain. And every Wednesday I have a spike in the headache pain and I’m completely exhausted and sleep most of the day. Today was no different, new level of allergy serum and a new level of pain and exhaustion.

My question is, “How far are you willing to go to find relief, to change your life for the better?” For me the last 4 years has been about finding any kind of relief from this pain. Numerous doctor’s in multiple fields have been tried all for not. But I have found peace in dealing with the pain. God has brought an ever-present peace into my life.  As I have searched for relief from the pain, I have also searched for God and His will in my life. Through my searching I have found pain from my past that has shaped me, but God is reshaping me and making me new.

Sometimes we have to revisit the pain in our lives and go through it again to find relief and peace. Are you willing to take your shot?

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Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.