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Caregiver Injures Shoulder, Faces Struggle to Work

Michelle found purpose in helping others as a professional caregiver, but when a shoulder injury threatened her ability to perform even the simplest tasks, she was concerned about the long-term impact of the growing pain. Read Transcript

- Started out like achyand I would try and like

go home and rest and lay on my back

and it just all the suddenturned into this sharp pain.

- [Narrator] It had takenjust a couple of days

for the ache in Michelle Ebee's shoulder

to turn into excruciating pain.

A professional caregiver,she says it happened

while moving a patient who was paralyzed.

- He was heavier than I was used to moving

and so I'd be like moving him around

and I tore something inmy shoulder, or something,

I don't even rememberhearing a pop or anything.

- [Narrator] Twice she had to miss work

as even the simplesttasks became unbearable.

- Washing my hair wasa challenge, honestly.

Anything that was moving myarm any further than here.

So dishes, putting dishesaway, I had to get my roommate

to get everything fromthe top shelf for me.

I'd just be popping Advil all the time,

nothing helped, likethat didn't even help.

I had to put a coldcompress on it every hour.

- [Narrator] By Sunday thepain had spread to her neck

and other shoulder and she asked

her pastors to pray for her.

As they did, she feltGod gave her a promise.

- He just affirmed to myheart that this wasn't

something that was going to be long term.

- [Narrator] As it so happened,the church's week long

summer camp started on Monday.

As a youth leader, Michellewas determined to go,

despite the pain.

- It was a brutal first day

and it was just really, really painful.

- [Narrator] Even raisingher hands during the worship

service that night was excruciating.

- So I would be worshipingeither like this

or like this because I couldn'traise the shoulder at all.

And I was like okay God, Iknow you're gonna heal me.

Please heal me, please heal me.

And then I was just like no, can't do it.

- [Narrator] Then the nextday Michelle was on her way

to the morning servicewhen the pastors wife, Jan,

caught up with her.

- And I just walked rightup to her and said Michelle,

you're not gonna believe this,but this is what's happened.

- [Narrator] Jan said earlier that morning

she was watching The700 Club on her laptop

while getting ready to leave.

- And there was a wordof knowledge for someone

who had severe pain in their shoulder.

- As someone you got severeproblems in your right shoulder,

it's a deep injury andit's like your shoulder

has locked up and God'shealing and he's restoring it.

Just begin to do whatyou couldn't do before

and realize God is healedyou, he's set you free.

- I thought that is for Michelle,

I am gonna claim that for Michelle.

- I just looked at her and I was like wow,

that one's for me, justpray for me right now.

- [Narrator] After Jan prayed,

Michelle went into the worship service.

- Worship starts and I was likeokay, well, let's test this.

And all the way up, they just like,

I was able to lift themboth and I was like,

oh my gosh, the pain's gone,

and I just cracked up laughingin the middle of a song.

- [Narrator] After worship ended,

Michelle couldn't wait to tell Jan.

Jan even took some videoshe posted on Facebook.

- Hands at her shoulder, weprayed, and look at this.

(women cheering)

That is the shoulder, oh my gosh!

Only believe, Jesus said only believe.

Well, she just went happy crazy.

She just was so excited andjust lifted up her hands

and just began to worship the Lord.

And so we knew that she was touched.

- [Narrator] Today, Michelle's shoulder

has not given her anyproblems and has strengthened

her faith in God.

- Totally changed my lifehaving that moment happen.

God wants to heal us, hewants to see us thriving

because he loves us and because

we love him we can believe forothers to be healed as well.

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