What am I doing with my second life?
Husband, dad, artist, cook, tech @JohnOneFive, traveler, wildlife enthusiast, brain aneurysm survivor, sinner saved by grace thru faith in Jesus.
Love you all as you are.
One weekend many autumns ago, we
were getting ready to have dinner when our doctor called us, and said "I just saw your CT scan reports. You
have a brain aneurysm, and you need to go to emergency right now, and get
admitted in hospital". So we skipped dinner, and quickly walked down
to the hospital.
It was only a few nights earlier that
I had one of the worst headaches I'd ever had. The usual painkillers did
absolutely nothing to ease the pain, which prompted me to see our doctor, and
proceed with a CT scan and CT angiogram.
Now at the hospital, it wasn't
long before I was told how serious my condition was. Also, the option to have
surgery sounded very dangerous. I could die on the operating table, or end up
paralyzed. But,I was prompted to tell the surgeon to go ahead and do it.
Less than a few hours later I was
on a stretcher, in a long, cold, quiet and empty corridor, waiting to be
wheeled into the operating theatre. My wife was standing next to me. Then the
surgeon arrived dressed in his light blue surgical outfit, and one last time
explained, and asked if I had understood how critical the procedure was along
with the unknown consequences.
I looked him in the eye, and said
"Yes. Doctor ..., I just want you to
know, that at this very moment, there
are over a hundred people around the world praying for you!" He looked
at me and smiled, and said, "I need
Moments later, after exchanging a
few words with the anesthetist, I blanked out ........ That must be what it feels
like to be dead.
But I woke up many hours later, and
realized that I was alive!!!
As they wheeled me to the
intensive care, I barely had the energy to shout "I am fine", to my wife who was anxiously and prayerfully
waiting along with her friends.
The operation went very well, and
not only was I released from hospital quickly, but I was back to work three
days later (even though my boss asked me to take two weeks off to recover)
Not once during those critical
moments did any negative thoughts such as that of dying, come across our minds.
That my friend, is what Peace is all
about. And only GOD can give us that kind of Peace!
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus"
- Philippians 4:7
For giving me a second life, I am
truly grateful to the one who made me, and knows me, as well as the doctors,
surgeons, friends, and family.
I now know what this verse means:
"I praise you
because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,I know that full
- Psalm 139:14
I have experienced many miracles,
and still continue to, but this one felt like going to the other side, and
coming back. And I cannot help but share with you my friend, how GOD uses whoever
HE chooses, whenever HE likes, wherever HE wants, through good times and bad, to glorify HIS name.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,
Ok guys, dinner is ready! Vegetables and salad are not optional. Steak is
Sometimes, the best steak is the one you make at home!
(Salad with Arugula, shiitake mushrooms and onion sautéed in butter, baked potatoes with Italian seasoning, microwaved broccoli with melted Swiss cheese, and rib eye steak. All this would be incomplete without the Sou'wester strawberry wine from Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia)
Just finished reading Dr. Joyce Knudsen's book, Refusing to Quit.
‘Refusing to Quit’ is Dr.
Joyce Knudsen’s latest, and last book which features true stories written by
twenty remarkable women, about their indomitable spirit to seek, and live life
to the fullest. The book concludes with Joyce’s own story.
The authors, who range in age
from 60 to 94, describe their varied life experiences, in their own style and
language, and each story is less than three pages long.
Whether it’s the lady with a 1000 sari collection in Australia, or the 94 year-old cryptologist who at 21, had tea with Eleanor Roosevelt in The White House; the ministers daughter and mortgage underwriter who refused to quit amidst the global financial crisis, or the woman from a rural North Dakota farm family who braved adversity, and later in life traveled the world and shook hands with Mother Teresa; this book beautifully illustrates the subject of aging, and self esteem, through the eyes of women over 60, who have a do-not-quit attitude.
I am not a woman, and I am not sixty, but I surely enjoyed reading the stories of these women, and I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter what their age or gender!