Many of you read or heard the miraculous story of Jayden Woodson, the little baby that God literally raised from the dead. In 24 hours time, he went from being declared deceased by the doctors and scheduled for organ donation; to opening his eyes, responding to voices, smiling, grasping his mother’s finger, and emphasizing to everyone that he was still there. He was alive!
Personally, I had never witnessed something so amazing before in my entire life. When he was six months old, I had seen little Jayden on the afternoon the day prior to him being declared deceased, lying virtually lifeless in his hospital bed where machines Continue reading
Those that say that miracles don’t exist anymore, have not had the privilege to bear witness to the life of little, Jayden Woodson, for his amazing life can be described as nothing less than miraculous.
In utero, baby boy, Jayden was diagnosed as having hydrocephalus or fluid on his brain, and the decision was made that after his birth a shunt would be placed to drain the fluid so that he could live as normal a life as possible. A harrowing several days after his birth, the doctors were shocked to discover that their diagnosis had not been accurate….he did not in fact have fluid on his brain–he instead had fluid filling the cavity where his brain should have been also known as hydranencephaly. His family was given the devastating news that perfectly plump little Jayden, was born without a brain and that he was functioning on the reflexes of his brain stem which is what pumps the heart, regulates breathing, etc. They were instructed to say their goodbyes to Jayden, who although already on a respirator, would most likely not last through the night. Continue reading
Today is Father’s Day, but it is also the eve of the first Heavenly birthday, of our beloved college cheerleading coach, Myron Doan. It is impossible to believe that a year has passed or that he is really gone.
My husband and I both have amazing fathers that we love dearly, but on this Father’s Day, I have found my thoughts resting with Myron. Myron may have not had biological children of his own, but he was a true father to so many. I know that I have written about this before, but to my husband, Jared, and I, Myron will always remain one of the most important pieces of our family. Continue reading
Recently, I found this list from The Pain Foundation, entitled “16 Things People In Chronic Pain Want You To Know” and it was a fun and excellent representation of what people in chronic pain truly do want others to understand. Inspired by this, I am have made my own list of things that I wish people could understand about my own, personal struggle with severe chronic pain.
1. It hurts just to be. I am always in pain whether or not I appear to be so. I have good days and bad days, but pain is my constant companion. Continue reading
It has been five years this month, that what had been a minor, long term but only slightly bothersome injury, took a life changing turn as it became a debilitating battle with severe, chronic, pain and constant muscle spasms. A lot has changed and transpired in the five years since my life was turned upside down by pain, and in reflecting back on it, I found myself in a conversation with my 12 year old daughter about it. Sitting on my bed with her, I asked her “Do you remember what Mom was like before I was always in pain?” Continue reading