Turning Pain into Love
Author: Michael Roels
Editor: Vonda Henderson
Independently Published (Kindle)
Turning Pain Into Love takes the reader on the journey that author Michael Roels followed after being in a major automobile crash at the age of 21. There were no broken bones, and the ER physician told him that he would experience pain for the next three months. That three months turned into over three years. Roels and his friend Kim, who was driving at the time, continued to experience pain and emotional trauma. Luckily for him, his mother and his brother were there to watch out for him. Not being able to function in day to day life is not something you think you will be facing at the age of 21!
Dealing with the insurance company, dealing with doctors, treatments, and medication became all that life had to offer. Then there came the dependency on the mediation. Surgery was not recommended. After three years, discussions on disability came up – at the age of 24! As his medical treatment was discontinued, one of the nurses informed Roels that the medication he was taking could be contributing to his pain levels, as it blocked the body’s natural endorphins, hormones that act as natural painkillers. Roels went straight home and surrendered his pain to God (and stopped taking the painkiller Vicodin). He also called his attorney and told him to drop his pain and suffering case, simply because he no longer wanted to deal with the insurance company (and the case could drag on for another two years). I was impressed by this, as it took a load of mental and emotional stress off of him.
At this point in time Roels started walking on a daily basis, and started working (still in pain, but working towards his goals). In 2001 he started massage school, as this was one thing that had helped him with his pain, and it was a way in which he could help others. Roels has worked in North Carolina, California, and Hawaii. He and his wife, also a massage therapist, own their own massage business (Essential Balanced Bodywork) in Clemmens, NC. Roels is certified by the NCMTB as a continuing education provider, and teaches the RoelsMethod to other practitioners.
At the end of the book Roels talks about unconditional love, which he terms the only real, existing love. He presents the reader with a list of goals and action steps when working in the following life areas: Attitude, Know Thyself, Forgiveness, and Empowerment. There is also a list of suggested reading from such authors as Helen Schucman, Bruce Lipton, Don Miguel Ruiz, Louise Hay, and Eckhart Tolle, and a summary of thoughts for reflection.
Roels shares his story, his journey, in the hope that he can help others deal with their pain – physical, mental, and emotional. He talks about the power of God in our lives, and how this power can transform suffering into a lifetime blessing. About having a positive attitude, and the intention to make a difference in the world.
If you are living with chronic pain of any kind, and despair of seeing that “light at the end of the tunnel”, then this book is for you. We take Roels journey with him, and he gives us the tools to make a difference in our own lives.
© September 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited withour written permission from the author.