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Jodi C.
Jodi C.
Survivor

Tracey E.
Tracey E.
Survivor

Lauren C.
Lauren C.
Survivor

Lori K.
Lori K.
Survivor

Liane W.
Liane W.
Survivor

Beverly P.


Survivor

June 25, 2008 was to be a day of celebration for my twenty year old nephew, who was home from college and celebrating his 20th birthday. My sister had planned a dinner. As I started to exit the car, I remember announcing that my foot had gone to sleep. I was having an hemorrhagic stroke. I had no use of my right side, was fitted for a wheelchair, and I had to have my right arm taped to the arm rest so it would not get caught in the wheel gears. I spent seven days in the hospital, three in ICU , four weeks at Rehabilitation and another six at hospital.

The first day, I was helped into the chair and pushed into my bathroom. When the curtain closed I looked at myself and cried; I could not pick up my toothbrush, brush my hair or speak intelligently.  

Four weeks later I walked out of Rehabilitation with a cane and leg brace. Six weeks following, I  joined a full gym and enrolled in classes at the Community College. Today I have an AA in Liberal Arts, and will earn a BA in Legal Studies in 2012. It is not an easy road, but I know without a doubt that I can do all things through my Christ. My faith is stronger and bigger than this thing.  

I am still healing and will continue to heal, not only physically but spiritually. God promised he would never leave me or forsake me, and I trust him. Everything I go through, he is with me. The night they brought me to ICU the doctor told my mother, "There is only so much we can do, and the rest is left to the Big Guy."  

Well, I'm still hanging with the Big Guy.

 

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