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Can a chronic illness and a blessing be one in the same? The answer lies within us. We hold the key. The problem is that many of us never pick up the key, unlock the door and continue on our journey. Too often the tight grip of depression becomes a stranglehold keeping us from acquiring the abundance that God has promised.

My name is Chris Tatevosian and I was once in that place beyond self-pity, loneliness and fear. It’s a long story entitled “Life Interrupted, It’s Not All About Me.” I have written my memoir to help others with chronic illness, their spouses, family members, friends and caregivers deal more positively with the stress put on one’s relationships as a result of life being interrupted by chronic illness or disability.

My affliction, multiple sclerosis, has changed my life in so many ways. I am in a wheelchair, legally blind struggling to perform simple tasks because of my compromised motor skills and my wife of ten years left me in 2001. I was living, if you can call it that, a life of severe depression.

My greatest fears had come true. There was no way I was ever going to be able to meet a woman and fall in love again. I did not know where I was going to live — perhaps in a nursing home, or maybe with my elderly parents.

I had no purpose in life. Eighteen years of school, employed as a nutritional chemist for seven years before making the career jump to Occupational Safety and Health Coordinator I became completely disabled in 1994. I was unable to work. What a waste.

But God had a different plan for me. I don’t know where it came from or how it happened, but God showed me that “my illness was an opportunity to remake myself into something better than I was before” When I begin helping and ministering to others in similar situations as myself by writing my book, God filled my life with abundance. When God comes on the scene it’s truly amazing. The following is my real-life experience with the living God:

I married, Jane, the most beautiful and caring woman in April 2007. We have the most incredible and loving relationship. Jane and I purchased he house next door to my parents who live in the house where I was raised. Because the symptoms of MS worsen with heat I have been unable to go outside during the summer for the last 10 years. Our new home has a swimming pool and I haven’t missed a sunny day yet.

As I explained, I am unable to work because of my disability, however I am busy between 6 and 10 hours a day reaching out and ministering to those who would benefit from reading my story. Today I keep busy as an author, columnist, motivational speaker, and host of the blog talk radio show “Winning Life through Pain” which you can hear by logging onto www.RSDcoachlife.com on Tuesdays at 2 PM Eastern. All shows are archived, so you can listen at your convenience.

If I was able to overcome my greatest fears, I’m positive that anyone can. To learn more about my journey and how to avoid making the same relationship destroying mistakes that I made when my relationship was interrupted by chronic illness Look up the book Life Interrupted, “It’s Not All About Me…” and to order your signed copy visit www.lifeinterrupted-nolonger.com

I would like to conclude with a quote from the Rev. Billy Graham, who said, “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” Please also check out this interview link: http://www.bizymoms.com/podcast/authors-and-books/index.html#4

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Chris and his wife Jane

Chris M. Tatevosian is the host of host of “Winning Life through Pain” on BlogTalk Radio (www.RSDcoachlive.com). He is also the author of “Life Interrupted, It’s Not All About Me,” a Motivational Speaker, Columnist, Talk Radio Host and has been seen in MSFocus Magazine, Pathways Magazine UK, Metro West Daily News, USA Today.com, Forbes News.com, www.assistnews.net, Women’s Online Magazine, Holliston Reporter.com

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