I am embarrassed and ashamed that I forgot to mention the most important fact about the mother of the little boy in those pictures, my good friend Kim. It's a part of the book, but I neglected to mention it here. I was living in Phoenix in October 2008 when I got a mass text from our friend Brandy, asking us all to pray for our friend Kim, as she'd had a brain aneurysm hemorrhage. I had just seen her in April, when that second picture was taken. I hadn't wanted to move away without seeing them, so I had gone over to visit a couple days before moving to Phoenix. Now she'd had an aneurysm hemorrhage??!! I was in shock. We were all stunned that it could happen a third time in such a young group, and I was terrified about the odds of her surviving when I'd already survived two...had I used up all the odds??!!! I was even more scared for those two boys that needed their mom, but fortunately she came through with less physical damage than me!! She has trouble with her memory, but I'm just glad she can move both arms!!
It seems fitting to me that I finally get this blog up and running when we’re T-minus one week away from the 11-year anniversary of my first stroke, which will of course also be Father’s Day and my 31st birthday, as well as one year since learning of the family who shares the sadder side of that anniversary with ours. There will be many things on my mind that day, the least of which isn’t my book, and how desperately I want to get it published so I can share the ups, downs, and benefits of the wisdom learned from the past 11 years. I’ll be able to reach so many more people beyond my own already-affected circle once it’s published, but I can also use this blog to reach people, pass on information to and educate others about what I’ve learned and continue to learn, and share inspiration and sympathy with others going through their own struggles. God bless you all, and feel free to comment and share!