MY STORY: SHERRY WHERRY
WALKING THROUGH THE PAIN
PLEASE BRIEFLY INTRODUCE YOURSELF, SO THE READERS CAN GET TO KNOW YOU? * First things first, yes my name rhymes and yes it is my real name lol. I love to laugh, and am passionate about helping people to be their best selves. I'm the Founder/CEO and Empowerment Strategist of Wherry Consultations, LLC, where I specialize in empowering women and youth to rise from their pain in order to live inspired and transformed. I am also the author of two books, an inspirational novel titled Walking Through the Pain, and a daily devotional titled Overcome Pain in 21 Days.
HIGH POINT Please describe a moment in your life that stands out as an especially positive experience.
July 22, 2012 will always be a special day for me because it was the first time that I experienced the miraculous healing of God. In February of 2012, while working an overnight shift at work, I fell on black ice in the parking lot. I would later find out that I had a herniated disc in my back and a labral tear in my right hip, and was scheduled to have hip surgery in addition to multiple back procedures. I was in constant, indescribable pain, and unable to walk without the assistance of a cane. I was out of work for several months, and honestly, was depressed and very angry with God. Between the pain medicine not working, the sleepless nights, and struggling to complete the simplest of tasks, I didn't understand why God would allow my life to fall apart, just when things seemed to be coming together. And while God did not immediately reveal the full "why", I knew that this time in my life was not a punishment from God.
On July 21, 2012 I cried so much that I wondered if I would ever be able to cry again. I couldn't take the pain anymore. The next day, Sunday July 22nd, I woke up and could barely move. I was also extremely tired due to only getting a few hours of sleep. Because of what I experienced back in 2007, I knew that I had to push my way to church because it literally was a matter of life or death.
Although I was late, I made it in time for the sermon. As my pastor stood to preach, he begin giving an exhortation. The Spirit was so high, and everyone present was praising and shouting - except me. I stood watching everyone, tears streaming down my face because of the pain I was in. As I sat down, my spirit aching just as much as my body, I prayed: 'God, take this pain away. I can't take it anymore'. As I was praying, I heard my Pastor continuing with his exhortation to the church. He said, "There's a release in the atmosphere!" And as soon as I finished my simple prayer, God spoke to my spirit and said "You have been released!" I immediately started running laps around the church, praising God!
The next day, i went in for my scheduled physical therapy appointment. As I told my physical therapist about my miracle, all of the clients and staff in the room stopped to listen. What amazed my therapist the most was the fact that at my last appointment just three days prior, I had to leave early due to being in so much pain. I left that appointment completely disheartened because I was scared that I would never recover from my injuries. For the next month following my healing, I was able to tell so many people about Jesus and the miracle that I had experienced. In addition to that, my back and hip surgeries were both cancelled! It was during this time that God revealed why He allowed all of this to happen - it was simply for His glory to be revealed through my story.
LOW POINT Please tell us about a time you didn't know if you would make it.
In August of 2007 I attempted to take my life. I had lost my job, was in a toxic relationship, and issues from my past resurfaced that I thought I had dealt with. I felt like the world would be better without me, and I was tired of being tormented mentally and emotionally. I went to the store one Saturday night and purchased a bottle of extra strength Tylenol. The next morning, I decided not to go to church. I was depressed, and had no desire to be around people. That afternoon, I begin taking the pills, two at a time until the bottle was empty. I took about 30 pills in all. I laid down to go to sleep and figured that I would be dead in about an hour. About 10 minutes after taking the pills, I begin to question if I made the right decision. I then realized that if I died, I would never know if happiness was truly possible. I called 911, and was admitted to the hospital overnight. Several of the staff that were assigned to my case were Christians, and spoke to me about hope. I was discharged the next day and my healing process truly began.
My turning point was my 2007 suicide attempt. It was a really low time in my life, and I was quite embarrassed that I, a Christian, had attempted suicide. I realized that I needed to take time to truly heal and address the pain in my life. That included counseling, restoring my faith in God, and learning what it really meant to be a follower of Christ. A lot of my disappointment and frustration at the time stemmed from me thinking that since I was a "good Christian", my life should be easy. But Jesus says that anyone that follows him must deny themselves and carry their cross. Understanding that suffering for God's glory is a part of being a Christian was instrumental to me healing from the pain I had experienced in my life.
WHO WAS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE?
My mother is definitely the most influential person in my life. My mother has endured so much, but she never gave up. She made sure that I knew who God was and pushes me to be the best that I can be. My mother is a woman of faith; is very creative, she has a great sense of humor; and is such a giver. She is full of wisdom, and I know that I can count on her for anything that I need. I am, because she is.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THESE LIFE EXPERIENCES ?
I learned that I must never lose hope, that God is my source, and that all things work together for my good.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUDEST OF ?
At this point in my life, I am most proud of the two books that I have published. I've wanted to be a published author since i was in high school, so to see that dream become a reality is pretty cool. I am thankful that God uses both of my books to help people to heal from their pain, and to restore their hope.
WHAT KEEP YOU INSPIRED AND WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE UNINSPIRED? My motivation is pleasing God and maximizing all that He has placed within me.
WHAT WISDOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO OFFER AS A SURVIVAL MAP TO OTHER WOMEN?
Romans 8;28 which says that ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, and answer His call to purpose. So no matter what you have experienced, believe that God can, and will use it for your good, which includes your purpose being fulfilled. Don't allow your pain to run you away from purpose, allow pain to run you towards purpose. And never love anything or anyone more than God. God must be your source, your desire, and your priority in everything that you do.
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION OR BUSINESS AND WHY?
I am a speaker, trainer and author because that is what God has gifted me to do. I truly enjoy empowering others to meet their educational, professional, personal, and spiritual goals.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PRESENT OR FUTURE PROJECTS? In addition to my books, I also have an online course, Walking Through the Pain: Practical Steps to Emotional Wellness.
The course and books can be found on my website at sherrywherry.com/product.
HOW CAN WE CONNECT WITH YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA? Email: Sherry@SherryWherry.com
Facebook page: Sherry C. Wherry.