Tory Pereira- Sepsis Survivor
Hey everyone! I’m so sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my blog. I started working a part time job and it takes a lot of my energy, so I’ve been tired. My body will always be in recovery from the trauma I experienced but I am so thankful my body has recovered enough for me to handle working a part time job!
Before February of 2016 I was a world traveler and loved to travel any part of the world! Within 6 months, I went on a cruise to the Caribbeans Islands, walked over the London Bridge, hiked the mountains in Asheville, and spent Christmas jumping the waves in Florida. My next trip was the business trip I attended to San Diego, then Las Vegas where I underwent unexpected abdominal trauma surgery and was then stuck in a hospital bed in Vegas for a month. When I was discharged from the hospital I had a lot of anxiety and too many unanswered questions.
After experiencing my trauma in Las Vegas, I now had a fear of traveling. I was aware now more than ever, that bad things can happen to good people. One of my biggest fears is being stuck in a hospital bed again. What if someone hits us while we’re driving? What if the plane crashes? What if my stomach starts hurting, and I’ll have to go to the hospital in an unfamiliar city again. What if I die again? The questions and anxiety would flow throughout my mind and body when I had any thoughts of traveling. Would I ever get over my fear or would I be stuck in Statesboro forever?
August 25, 2017: First time traveling since my accident. Had a blast spending the weekend in New Orleans with my family!
My family lives in New Orleans and wanted to see me since I was discharged from the hospital. At the time I was too weak and fragile to travel so we waited until I gained some weight and was stronger mentally and physically.
After a year in recovery, it was summertime and I was invited to go on vacations, attend weddings but I backed out of everything. I let my fear of traveling run my life and I spent the entire summer in Statesboro, instead of being apart of festivities and being surrounded by my family and friends. I knew something had to change so I looked towards God for his guidance.
The next morning during my quiet time, God told me the perfect words I needed to hear. He said, “Fear is not a “physical” thing. It can’t force you to do anything. Fear only exists in the emotional realm, and you are not a slave to your emotions!” I told Papa God I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by my emotions, I want to overwhelm my emotions with His truth and His peace. Papa God then told me, “Perfect love casts out FEAR!” 1 John 4:18.The only emotion older and stronger than fear is love. Because of God’s love for me, I have nothing to fear <3
On August 25th, 2017 I let go of my fear to travel and I let God! I packed my bags with all the essentials: Bible, journal, snacks, crystals, essential oils, yoga mat and got ready to board my plane to New Orleans. I was so excited for my trip and was very proud of myself for not letting fear control my life anymore.
It was so heartwarming to arrive in New Orleans safely and give big hugs and kisses to my family! The weekend was perfect, filled with love, laughs, crab boils, and more delicious cajun food! I am so thankful to have such an amazing and loving God by my side to help get me through my struggles and feel stronger everyday! Love you Papa God!
If you have a family member or a friend who has been on your heart lately, reach out to them and say hey or send some love their way! It’s always nice to be the reason someone smiles. I missed everyone so much! I will start posting on my blog every other week again. I hope everyone has an awesome week, I'll talk to y’all soon! God bless :)
Peace and Love,
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