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Busy but Thankful

Dear friends,

I am so sorry I haven’t been reading your blogs and making comments. I have been in and out of the hospital twice in the last two weeks, and yet God has filled me with strength. I can’t say I’ve been joyful through it all, but I sure am thankful it wasn’t worse. For those of you that don’t write blogs but follow mine, I appreciate so much your kind words, encouragement, and abiding friendship.

I started one of the last two classes I have to complete to get my Bachelors Degree. I’ve been working on this degree for many years now – but not since my injury occurred. I was too afraid of failing! So far things are going pretty well but I’m scrambling to keep up!

I can’t wait to catch up with all of you very soon.

Terri

 

Advocates for Bill and Terri ~ A Spiritual Exercise — God’s Grace ~ God’s Glory!

This follow-up to a previous post, Words of Life ~ ADVOCATE, is a means to share how the Lord has been working in my heart the last few days, and to ask you to join me for a life-changing experience. The Lord brought Bill and Terri into my life several months ago. Bill lives in the southwestern […]

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My Story

I wrote this essay to be included and a friend’s book.

I became a Christian in 1989 when I was 25 years old. I had never read the Bible and had no idea I could have a personal, life-changing relationship with God. Prior to my conversion, I had been an alcoholic for 10 years. I started drinking when I was 15, and by high school, I was drinking in the mornings. I remember I was always desperate for the drink. It’s all I ever thought about and the only thing I craved. My life was miserable. I felt so alone, so lost and so hopeless. I just assumed my life would always be that dismal. I knew something was missing. Read the rest of this entry

Put Your Hope in God

Today I have hope because I am focusing on the right things. But my trek to this point has been hard.

As many of you know, I’ve had a rough several months. I’ve been in and out of the ICU, spent time in a long term acute care facility, and, for a while, was not able to return to the facility that has been my home for five years. That was probably the worst part of this journey. The good news is, I’ve returned to my facility, where much of the staff is like family to me, and I’m close to my church folk and many loyal friends who visit me on a regular basis. Read the rest of this entry

Rejoice in the Trials

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I’ve been lying in bed almost 3 months now. I am feeling so agitated. I’m so used to getting up every day and getting into my wheelchair. I love having the freedom to go outside, to be able to smell the fresh air and look at the flowers in bloom during this time of year. I love leaning my chair back and letting the sun warm my face. It feels so good, and I miss it. I was unable to use my wheelchair at the hospital, and now I’m at a new place one hour from my home and my wheelchair has not yet been transported here. I look forward to finally getting it next week.  Read the rest of this entry

Power of Hardships

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It’s been a long month. I’ve spent more than 4 weeks in a hospital setting, and many days laying in the ICU. As a quadriplegic, I am unable to move in the bed or get up and walk around, so lying completely still for days and days causes a lot of anxiety and depression. I feel like I want to jump out of my skin because I get so crazy. I was finally transferred out of the hospital but into another long-term acute care facility (LTAC). An LTAC is basically a step down hospital for people who are too sick to return home or back to a facility, but can’t stay in a real hospital. Read the rest of this entry

Update on Terri

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I am sending this to all my blogging friends asking for your prayers.

Over the last three weeks I have been alternating between the ICU and the step down unit at Duke. I am still in the hospital. Read the rest of this entry