|Except I didn't even have the strength to hold a stick, much less hit anybody!|
|I sure couldn't see it then! I'm learning.|
Life at 4 years out was unthinkable. (Not only could I not dream of the fact, doctors wouldn't even speak of the possibility.)
So here I am, 54 months into an experience that defies medical explanation.
It has not been an easy road. Especially those first two years!
It got WAY WORSE before it even remotely started getting any better. That 6-8 month mark nearly did our marriage in!
4 year thoughts, none of us knows our true life expectancy, what our futures hold. The blank slate before us is in God's hands.
Tomorrow (April 26) will be the release of an amazing book about a lady who let God take that "blank slate" and do something amazing. She did not let her stroke (worse than mine!) define her. Eight-year stroke survivor (her strove-a-versary was just 4 days ago), Katherine Wolf, along with her patient and loyal husband, Jay, take turns writing chapters in Hope Heals through Zondervan publishing.
40 DAYS ON LIFE SUPPORT. 2 YEARS IN BRAIN REHAB. A SEVERELY DISABLED BODY. A MARRIAGE CHALLENGED TO SURVIVE.
ONE STORY TOLD BY TWO VOICES.
She was 26 years-old and her six-month-old baby James slept in the next room. After undergoing an emergency sixteen hour brain surgery, she was not expected to live or recover. By God's miraculous grace and with the help of her husband Jay, Katherine relearned to speak, swallow, walk, and care for her son. An excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery has led the Wolf family to their new normal, in which almost every moment of life is marked with the scars of that fateful April day in 2008. Now, [eight] years later [and with a new baby they thought would never be], she and Jay are stewarding their story of suffering, restoration, and Christ-centered hope with this broken world through their ministry Hope Heals.
Be sure to visit the ministry website and also order your copy of the book, by the same title, today! (Kendra, yours is already in the mail. You are gonna find this book both painful, because of all the first-hand memories it stirs, and powerfully healing.) This is a book that, personally touched by stroke or not, you are going to want to read yourself and maybe ever keep a copy or two on hand to give away to others!
HOPE HEALS is a book about what it means to believe in a loving God who has allowed you to fall into the very deepest trenches of life and expects you to keep going. - Even though Jay and Katherine have material in spades about suffering, their story is the polar opposite of a ‘Misery Memoir'. - Not Your Misery Memoir