Also, I had more recently adopted the practice of thanking Hashem for my problems, as described in "Say Thank-you and See Miracles", by Rabbi Shalom Arush.
Then in the summer I fell.
VERY painful when it happened, but once my arm was in a sling, there was no more pain. Not even when I slept.
So I was sure it wasn't broken.
Twelve days later my chiropractor told me to get X-rays.
It WAS broken and I needed surgery.
I won't describe my utter panic at the thought of it all. But I wanted to walk my talk, so I started to thank Hashem for it. Frankly, though, it was puzzling.
Here I had already BEEN thanking Hashem for being able to walk normally and independently, and I fell, breaking my arm.
Plus, I kept hearing horror stories from people about their pain after surgery, while the bone was healing and with physical therapy.
Astoundingly, though, I had NONE--not with the surgery, bone healing, or physical therapy.
And, to the astonishment of the surgeon, my arm was totally healed in just three months!
So, what I realized was that, although I NEEDED to have a broken arm and surgery, Hashem blessed me that I DIDN'T need to have pain and that I had such a fast healing.
That is the power of gratitude!