When I first got sick and was in the rehab hospital, I remember asking the medical staff to let me speak to someone who had also had a brain injury like mine. I wanted them to tell me a little about my then new disability. At the hospital, they told me that they did not know anyone else who had experienced a bleeding stroke like I had. And so, my only choice was to begin living my new life. Fast forward nearly thirty years and I happened to come across a site on the internet that was talking about a young lady named Katherine who had lived through a cerebral hemorrhage just like me! I contacted them and they sent me a copy of her story, which is now in book format. I have recently started reading her story, called “Hope Heals” and our experiences are quite similar.We have both experienced His hope and blessings.
The one big difference in Katherine’s life was that both her and her husband was a believer in the Lord at the time of her bleeding stroke. Through it all, God carried each of them during this harrowing experience.
Although I did not go to church regularly, I did consider myself a Christian. But after my own brain hemorrhage, I became so angry with God that I then considered myself an atheist.
Unbeknownst to me though, God was already in charge of my life. I meet a social worker in the rehab hospital and she directed me towards an agency that paid for me to go to college.
For the five years while I was an undergraduate, I thought, without any doubt, there was no God. Then I graduated and my super busy life became so boringly slow.
I did not know it at the time, but God quietly reentered my life and led a friend of mine to invite me to her church. That Sunday, it was a simple message and they were mostly talking about Jesus, but I loved what I was hearing! I didn’t know Jesus then, but I sure knew I wanted to learn about Him.
It has now been twenty years that I have been a believer. Along the way, I met my husband at a former church. He and I are now attending a nearby Catholic church and I hope to join soon.
I have only read about half way into Katherine’s story. Her story is quite interesting and very similar to my own. Once I finish “Hope Heals,” I promise that I will write a review and post that. For now, I need to return to reading …
Romans 5:3-4 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
3 Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, 4 and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope,
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