Category Archives: paralyzed

If I Lived

You may have read this statement before: “After my accident, January 1, 1991, I developed pneumonia and the doctor put me on a ventilator. He told Earl if I lived, I would be brain damaged, ventilator dependent and bedridden for life, and he was too young to be stuck with an invalid wife. Then, the …

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“Berta.” “Berta.” My eyelids fluttered in the bright light. Then I saw Earl leaning over me. I tried to speak, but couldn’t. Earl explained, “You’re in ICU at Western Baptist Hospital. You had a wreck. Your neck is broken and you’re paralyzed. You have a trach and you’re on a ventilator. You and Kari were…” …

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A Plan I Didn’t Want

Many people have told me, “I don’t think I could ever live like you.” What they mean is live paralyzed, in a wheelchair. I’d heard it said, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.”  As I began my spiritual journey, I had no thought that God’s plan for me would include …

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