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Can 30 Year Pain Disappear Forever?

Shawn Brown - 700 Club Producer

Newly retired customer service representative Edna Calhoun is making the most of her free time.

“I love to get out and go places. I used to get up, you know, get together with some of um the girls, you know, I played like Spades. We have Spade Night. And loving my grandchildren, you know, I got two grandchildren," said Edna.

For years though, Edna couldn’t even enjoy the simple things in life. In 1987, she began experiencing sharp back pain following a string of car accidents.  

“What I've been dealing with these chronic pains, you know, especially if I sit down for a long period of time, you know, it's just that pain in my lower back," said Edna.

Edna saw and chiropractor and physical therapist. They suggested exercises to help. Her doctor also prescribed pain relivers and muscle relaxers. However, as the years went by, the pain only got worse.  

“Oh my God, the pain felt like bricks heavy on my lower back right above the tailbone. And I couldn't get that excruciating pain to go nowhere. I put the hot pads on it. I put the cold pads on it. And then, you know, I had to lay in the bed a certain way. I had to lay on my side, I had to put like a pillow that had an arch for me to sleep," said Edna.

Whether it was at work, where she had to sit for long hours or at home, Edna was in constant pain for 30 years. Often, she prayed.

“It was just like, 'Lord, come on. I can't take this pain,' but I had to endure it," said Edna.

Over the years Edna often turned to The 700 Club for encouragement. She was watching on September 1, 2020, when the hosts began praying.

“And I sat up, I said, 'That's me! They talking about me.' And I point my hands toward the TV. I touched the lower of my back and I felt like a warmth of, I mean, fresh air, I felt like something went across my lower back, like it went away. And then I said, 'Wait a minute, is this real?' I wasn't for sure. You know, and then I said, 'Oh, this is just a little fluke. It probably going to be hurting, you know, the next day.' And the next day I woke up, um it was like, 'Oh, it's not here.' I was so happy. And I--and I was just telling everybody. I was telling all my friends," said Edna.

Today she is as active as she can be, enjoying retirement and her granddaughters, thankful to God for healing.

"He hears your cry. He hears your prayer. Just trust Him. Just believe Him," said Edna.

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