THIS IS MY STORY . . .

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Jan 3, 2019
Dear friends,   As I look back on 2018, it brings back so many emotions and memories....  But, I see God’s faithful hand throughout all of it once again.   There were many joyous and happy times....like when my family and I were able to spend 10 amazing days at Disney World/Universal Studios Orlando in February (a very, very special gift from some dear friends).  It was such a memorable trip.     But less than 6 months after that, I experienced one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through—my body going into septic [...]
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Jun 6, 2018
“When the storms of life hit, they almost always appear stronger to us than God’s word.  It is crucial for us to remember that our perceptions can be deceptive.  When circumstances strike fear into our hearts, the questions we must always ask ourselves is, where is your faith?  What God wants is for you to trust what He says over what you see.” ~unknown (I took a screenshot of this quote months ago and can’t remember who wrote it.. 😅)   Hey friends,   On June 4th, 2011, I graduated from high school.  That was seven years ago.  7 whole years. :(  It's been [...]
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Jan 9, 2018
Dear friends,   Happy New Year!!!  I’m very late in posting my annual end-of-the-year “reflections” post, but better late than never, right?! ;)  I didn't get to post this on December 31st like I usually do or even at the very beginning of this year because I was feeling pretty sick from a terrible feeding tube infection (more on that below)....right after that, I caught a bad virus, and both of those together really took its toll.. :(   2017 was the hardest year health-wise, and I know I said the same thing in 2016’s “reflections” post...but each year [...]
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Jun 21, 2017
"I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse." ~Philip Yancey Hello friends,   Oh, where to begin??   On June 2nd, I decided to try a little more of my medical cannabis chocolate because I had a pounding migraine and my strong pain med wasn't helping.  Well, I had a terrible reaction to it which landed me in the ER by ambulance.  I experienced a pounding, high heart rate, muscle jerking all over (I was afraid all the jerking was going to cause a seizure), extreme muscle weakness, and drowsiness (so bad that I had to try my [...]
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Apr 26, 2017
"It is a glorious thing to know that your Father God makes no mistakes in directing or permitting that which crosses the path of your life.  It is the glory of God to conceal a matter.  It is our glory to trust Him, no matter what." ~Joni Eareckson Tada    Hello friends,   I'm so sorry it's been more than a month since I last blogged! :(  To be honest, the last several weeks have been very rough....   Long story short, I had yet another ER visit/hospital stay at the beginning of April because of issues with my port, neurogenic bladder [...]
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Mar 7, 2017
"The manifestation of God's glory is not limited to miraculous healing. God refused to remove the apostle Paul's "thorn" of suffering so His grace might be seen and proven sufficient.  Though no one would choose hardships, there is no greater proof of God's power and grace than when He gives a person supernatural strength within the pain.  Such men, women, and children experience God's glory in a way which most of us know nothing.  Often this brings greater impact from God than would a miraculous healing!" ~Glory in Suffering   Hello friends,   *This update is [...]
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Feb 22, 2017
"I choose to believe that God is good even though He doesn't heal me.  That when life goes wrong and I suffer, He is with me.  To join with the prophet to sing "He deals wondrously with us!" even when the wonderful life I expected doesn't turn out the way I'd hoped." | He Speaks in the Silence   Hello everyone,   First off, for those who aren't on Facebook, I just want to share with you some good news!!  Last week, I had a repeat venous duplex scan to check up on the DVT (blood clot) that formed in my subclavian and axillary veins.  Well, guess what?!  The [...]
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Nov 15, 2016
"Pain is a forest we all get lost in Between the branches, hope can be so hard to see And in the darkness, we've all got questions We're all just trying to make sense out of suffering, but You say I am blessed because of this So, I choose to believe As I carry this cross, You'll carry me..." ~Carry Me by Audrey Assad   Hey friends,   Just a short update.  Thank you all for continuing to pray for me!  I know I've said this before, but you are a huge encouragement!! :)   It has now been more than 3 months since my hip [...]
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Oct 26, 2016
"Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering.  It is the presence of God." ~Sam Storms     Last week, I threw up a ton again, and it never gets easier. :(  We don't know what caused it this time...but my GI dr. thinks these vomiting episodes are from my gastroparesis/intestinal dysmotility.     My feet have been burning horribly lately.  I don't know if the nerve pain is getting exacerbated by the change in weather or what.  My pain dr. did switch up one of my medications a little while ago, so it could be because that is not at a [...]
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