Hi Amy welcome to FW! It sounds like you have had some incredible experiences. I'd love to read some of your poems. We have some amazing poets here. I've dabbled some, but have a hard time with the meter and hearing rhythm.
I also have had experience with chronic pain. I haven't been healed yet, but God has used my illness in so many awesome ways. In fact one of the reasons that I'm so late in welcoming you was that I went in the hospital on August 1 and just got home Sunday.
I've written many stories about my illness and ways that God has used them. I think it is great that you entered the blog challenge. It's a wonderful opportunity. We had a testimony contest that closed last month, but I hear that another one may be in the works for next year so keep popping in. It sounds like you have an amazing testimony.
The writing challenge is a great opportunity too. If you haven't entered that, I'd really encourage you to check it out. The topic for this coming week is exotic. The theme for this quarter has been ex words. The top ten winners overall each week will eventually be published in an anthology.
I'm glad you found you're way to FW and hope you keep coming back and share some of your work!