By Ed Coghlan
You have heard the term, “God-fearing Marine”. At the National Pain Report we met one this month.
His name is Robert Rose and he lives in Gray, Tennessee and we found out he had written a letter to Congress complaining about the CDC Guideline on Opioid Prescribing, and it led to a conversation that he and I had first via email and then on the phone.
He’s a very interesting man.
Thus, we asked him for permission to republish some of the letter which he tells his story in a way that may be familiar to some of his fellow vets.
The 51-year old Rose is very candid about the role that his faith in God has played in his battle against chronic pain. He believes strongly that his faith in God has given him the energy to fight the fight for his fellow veterans suffering from chronic pain.
We invite you to read the entire story here.
Not surprisingly, his story caused quite a bit of reader response, which you can read at the end of the story. We were struck with several references that fellow pain patients had to their faith in God.
Here are some examples:
“I was so deeply touched when I came across this article on Twitter. I have some information that could benefit you and your family greatly. Please know that God will not forsake you. Whatever you do, remember that He loves you very much, and HE is a good, good Father.”
“One thing you’ve done with your article, Robert, is to let others know you depend on your faith in God to help see you through….and many have responded here that they also do the same. My faith was strengthened less than a year before my first back surgery started all my pain and disability issues. And I’m sure I would not be here today, twenty-five years later, if I didn’t know God was in this with me! I feel like I’m living proof of His love and grace, especially if you look at all I and my family have come through.”
Maureen (no last name)
“Robert, Amen to that! I could not do any of my painful life without HIM in it.
Faith is the key and I’m happy to hear that He got your attention in a new way 🙂
Proverbs 3:5,6 Healing hugs to you and your wife.”
Another reader Kristen K commented, not speaking about the divine or faith but rather on what we as a country owe our veterans (which is what attracted this reporter to the story in the first place).
“I want to say Thank you Robert for serving our country. I want to say the story made me very sad. I am angry that with all the sacrifices you have made for all of us that you are denied Pain Medication. I am going to pray for you and I hope that you get the help and services that you deserve. No one should have to go through what you’re going through. Let’s take care of our Veterans.”