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today is for gratitude (thinking out loud)


Linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for this bit of randomness.

Okay, not randomness. Not to me. Today, June 1st, is my four-year survival anniversary.

Four years ago, I had a major stroke, without warning, and I almost died. The doctors pretty much said I’d die. Fortunately, they weren’t the ones in control.

I believed I was going to die, honestly. I’m thrilled I was wrong, but the experience was life-changing.

Some days, I forget just how many things I have to be grateful for.

Today is not one of those days.

I was surrounded by family and friends. People I’ve never even met prayed for me. And God showed up in a big way. The doctors told my parents, “There’s a 97% fatality rate. We don’t know if she’ll ever wake up, and if she does, we don’t know what shape she’ll be in.”

I woke up the next day. I knew everyone. I didn’t—at that time—remember quite what had happened, but I knew I was in the hospital—and I did not have sensation on my right side, but now I remember almost everything, and I have a lot of sensation back. My neurologist released me completely one week ago.

I am so grateful for my family and friends. I love them all. I wouldn’t have made it without them.

Beyond anything, I’m grateful to God for being there with me, and for not being finished with me yet.

In the last four years, I have:

-finished my Bachelor’s degree.

-started grad school.

-changed jobs to a company I believe in and love.

-wrote a couple of novels (with plans for more).

-discovered that I have a gift for writing narrative non-fiction.

-finished two half-marathons (mostly walking, but the one scheduled for November will be different).

-hiked the Grand Canyon.

-realized that my plan for my life wasn’t big enough, and embraced the idea of more.

Gratitude. That’s what this day is all about.


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