Blessed. The greatest word to describe how I feel in reflecting about this. Incredibly blessed. I became empowered to advocate for the medical condition that had inflicted my life and the lives of all of the people who love and care about me. For each person battling the same all around the world. To advocate, educate, and give hope. Hope is medicine in itself.
Both my husband and I felt a strong calling, to start attending church. Having just relocated to begin anew, we had not yet become affiliated with a church, still being somewhat new to our surroundings. After a while, we began attending a church. I knew straight away, God had led us there. I became overwhelmed with hope, faith, and joy. I could feel the presence of God each week we attended.
A week came when we attended church, where our church featured a video about a strong and fearless woman with a family who was battling an incurable form of cancer that had spread to her bones and brain. I was so inspired by her strength and perseverance. I also felt a new calling. A calling to do something that I had never done before. Reach out to the church and share my story.
I wasn’t certain what would happen in doing so. I decided that I would leave the result in God’s hands. Again, I say blessed. Our church had read my story and decided that they would like me to share my story to the entire church and to the world on video.
This was something that I had never done before, however, I knew that it was something that not only I knew I could do but had to be done for all who fight epilepsy each and every day.
Both Chris and I were given the opportunity to share my story on camera, in great detail. How it affected us together and individually and how we overcame in a tremendous way.
I can say with certainty that this moment in life is one that I cherish and will cherish for all of my life as not a lot of people are given the opportunity to share their story in this way.
The day of the video debut, it was most certainly challenging to hold back my emotions as I witnessed my story unfold on a large screen amongst many Christ-Followers. Reflecting on where both my husband and I began, where we are now and holding onto hope for where God leads us. Thinking again, blessed.
Even though, I am battling this challenging condition, I am blessed.
How thankful I am to our church for providing the opportunity to share my story and raise epilepsy awareness locally, nationally and globally.
Whenever an unpleasant situation occurs in life, do not consider it to be the end of the story. God has the pen in hand and is continually writing many more plans for you.