I was the “sick kid” growing up. I literally flunked gym in elementary school. The doctor excused me from gym class from that point on. I couldn’t jump rope or keep up with the other kids. Long childhood short—besides the inability to run, jump and do the things normal kids do, I had many surgeries including hip surgery at age 11, many respiratory infections, mono and pneumonia by age 17.
In some ways I was “Normal.” Growing up with my three sisters was an experience. We worked hard. We played a little. I am thankful for my parents as I learned good work ethics and moral values.
I became blind in my right eye at age 16. I found out I had a disease called kertaconus. Hard contact lenses fixed that issue until the cornea continued to bulge out and the lens no longer held it back—popping the lens off and out of my eye. At age 19 I had my first of 6 cornea transplants.
I graduated high school and started working a full time job for the State of Michigan. At the age of 21 my life’s dreams were shattered by an incurable disease called Multiple Sclerosis.
I love to laugh. Laughter doesn’t make the pain go away. But it is a great break from the pain and is medically proven to help us by releasing hormones that fight pain. I choose to take laugh breaks. It does my body good. I hope my story (and my books) will give you hope and encouragement.
The truth is, I cannot do this life alone. I needed and still need the help of my Savior Jesus Christ. He's alive. How do I know? If He wasn't, I wouldn't be either. He is Life. He loves you and so do I!
Prevailing HOPE is my story, and my heart - to give you hope and encouragement in the midst of all we go through on this earth. It’s my journey, and how the Lord has shown me how I can be okay, even when life is not okay. My prayer is that all who read this, will draw closer to the Source of All Hope - the Lord Jesus Christ.
Life Lessons From a Service Dog
We hope my short tales brings a smile to your heart. As a Service dog I am always learning new stuff and sometimes I even get in trouble. But I love every minute. I am sharing what I’ve learned in a book to encourage you that in the midst of life, there are more lessons to learn. Life is a blast, with many challenges (opportunities!).
Just ask me “the Shadow” - I know!