Guest Blog – Nothing to do with baseball …

Michelle Counts is my guest blogger today. If you’ve dealt with a brain tumor you will appreciate  her story. If you know someone who has a brain tumor, maybe her words will help put circumstances in order. God is the Great Physician and Provider. See how he manifests himself through Michelle’s ordeal.

Michelle CountsI had suffered migraines for most of my life, but on February 18, 2015 my trip to the ER proved migraines were the least of my problems. Once at the ER things moved so quickly. Within an hour the CAT scan administered showed I had a large brain tumor and was admitted to the hospital. The next day I met with my neurosurgeon and he told me I had a left parietal occipital baseball size tumor with attachment to the superior sagittal sinus. He scheduled my surgery for February 27th.

On the day of my surgery, I asked God if he would not only see me through my surgery but also wake me quickly so my children wouldn’t worry over their unconscious mother. I took a photo of my beautiful children with me right into the operating room with me, looking at it as they sedated me.

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News on Brain Tumor Treatment

60 MinutesGlioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans, accounting for 52% of all functional tissue brain tumor cases and 20% of all intracranial tumors. GBM kills 12,000 people a year. CBS 60 Minutes’ March 29, 2015, episode, Killing Cancer, has been the topic of conversation in many brain tumor survivor circles.

If you haven’t seen it but are interested, follow the link below.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/polio-cancer-treatment-duke-university-60-minutes-scott-pelley/

Waiting

Oreo 1My dog, Oreo, was a master at waiting. But for me, waiting–especially for medical news–is the worst. It’s where you’re stuck in limbo between reality and fantasy. Will test numbers show the tumor’s back or will it still be gone? Will the MRI come back clean or will there be a cloud we need to address? Without a doubt, waiting’s the worst.

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Look for Moments of Victory

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Life is full of challenges, difficulties and trials. But there are also moments of victory. It’s our responsibility to seek those moments out.

When I saw this picture on the Today website, my heart leaped for joy. This girl and her family understood the power in searching for victories.

 

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Welcome 2015 in a Healthy Way

Daniel Fast picWe’re standing on the threshold of a new year … 2015. What will it hold for us? What purposes are waiting for us?

I will be participating in the 21-Day Daniel Fast starting January 1. This is something I have been doing in one form or another for the past six years. If you have ever thought about fasting but never understood its power or significance, here are a few reasons why people fast.

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Why Wasn’t It Me?

no one fights alone pinI find myself drawn to others who I share a common bond with. Mommihood is an easy bond. Or standing shoulder-to-shoulder with anyone who has pulled themselves through dark times to see a brighter day is rewarding as well. I feel welcomed in both of these circles.

A few years ago I became a member of another group: the brain tumor survivors group. Members of this tight-knit community come in all shapes and sizes, ages and socioeconomic classes. Within our differences, we still have one thing in common: survival. We each have our own story of frustration that comes with healing. We are represented with symbols (like gray ribbons) and cute sayings (“Gray Matter Matters,” for example). These reminders make me smile and appreciate my victory. But sometimes I forget the seriousness within all the cuteness. Continue reading

He sees you, he loves you, he’s just like you

2011-04-10 01.59.03Many of you who know me know of the trauma I went through in April, 2011. For those of you who don’t know, that’s when they found this …

Over the years since then, I have been blessed beyond measure by stories of those, too, who have had to deal with the ordeal of healing a life after dealing with a brain tumor.
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Editing … the Bane of Writing

August updated_10daysI’m in the throes of writing a memoir, Ten Days: A Journey Back to God, and am overwhelmed by all the editing that’s necessary.

Do I need all those was’s?

What words can I replace it with?

I sound like a doofus . Will anyone even care? Is there anyone out there who will read my story?

Fledging writers … and you know who you are … what breaks your back as you’re editing?

The Glasses

I love Monday mornings, because that’s the day I allow myself time to catch up on missed blogs from the previous week. This morning, I found a jewel that I needed to share.

We never know when God’s using our lives to uplift others. I hope you find Kenny T’s Morning Story and Dilbert as moving as I did.

http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com/

live second … now it’s your turn

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)

We were introduced to the i am second movement, December 2008. Many of those who watched the short videos couldn’t stop talking about them. Doug Bender, author of i am second, took 2 Corinthians 1:4 to a completely new level; well-known people—as well as some not so well-known—share a time of complete brokenness with incredible transparency and honesty of how Christ comforted them.

But now there’s more! Starting December 9th, the book live second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First, by Doug Bender will be available in stores and online. This devotional/daily reader will lead you through testimonies, Scripture and prayers designed to encourage, instruct, and grow you in your faith.

I will be participating in the Week of Second campaign in which bloggers all over the world will be blogging our insights and reflections on sample readings. I invite you to buy the book on December 9th and read with me! As a bonus, if you email your receipt to Doug, he will share with you $150 in free downloads.

If you are blogger, you can join this campaign by emailing Doug Bender at launch@iamsecond.com.

Join us as millions hear about the i am second movement and share in the power of testimonies for Christ!  Our prayer is that many will come to know Jesus or begin to grow in their faith and live second.

Make Jesus Christ first and as you live second!