Please consider this true story of my family and our battles with blindness, cancer, heart surgery and the astonishing miracles that went hand-in-hand with each struggle.I would like to introduce you to Cole, my eldest son who is blind, a cancer survivor, and who has already had 52 surgeries in his 13 years of life. Although Cole has suffered through much in his short life-time he has also experienced a life-time of miracles. His first affliction with cancer was miraculously healed. Although blind, he has seen angels. Most amazing of all are the times he has been a visitor in heaven.
Through this story you will also meet Clay, my youngest son. Although Clay has not had to go through as much trauma as his older brother, he certainly had more than his share when he had open-heart surgery at the age of seven.
That is just the very tip of this iceberg. There is so much to tell that each chapter will leave you breathless and wondering how all this could happen to one family. Although this story guides you through the many struggles our family endured it is also contains uplifting stories of love and laughter. It is truly one of those books that make you laugh, cry and gasp in astonishment.
It has been in my heart to share my story. My desire is to glorify God by telling of His miracles and presence in the life of my family. It is also my intent to offer this story as a means of encouragement to families who are dealing with disabilities or difficulties in their lives. This is exactly the encouragement that was painfully missing while I was on this journey.
This is a true story of my families life with blindness, cancer, heart surgery and so much more: also with all the miracles that went hand-in-hand with each one. I told this story with my heart and my perception of what happened. I will be introducing you to my husband Mike, a wonderful husband and father. Cole who is blind and a cancer survivor, who has also over gone over 52 surgeries in his thirteen years of life with many miracles from God. Clay my youngest who has shown his great courage and love for God through heart surgery, allergies and asthma.
When I started to journal when I was pregnant with Cole. I never dreamed that I would be able to take that journal and make it into a book. Who would have thought that my life, my families life would have been so filled with hardship and miracles that a book could be made.
As I sit here thinking about what I would like you to know. A thought came into my mind, Did I want this life, is this my childhood dream and fantasy of what my family would be like? The answer to this would first have to be an honest no!, but believe me as fast as that no would leave my lips the yes would be already emerging. Please know I would not want the pain and suffering my children have endured, I would change that. But to think of my life with out them, I can not.
I am grateful for all that happened as I feel it has all blessed us in so many ways already and I know deep down there will be many more blessings to come. I think to my self, with out this journey would we be as close to each other as we are?, would God be as big apart in our lives as he is?, would we be the people we are; growing daily from our mistakes and repenting for them. I can honestly say I do not know! I want to say yes to these questions, but deep in my heart I am who I am today because of my journey and allowing God to be my guide in this life, not my humanness being my guide.
I know God had his hand on us from the beginning and before this journey started. He has kept us going when we humanly should not have been able to. I have learned that I must start my faith in him a new every day, I can not live on yesterdays faith alone.
I am writing this story to bring glory to God as you will witness his wonderful miracles in our daily lives as a family who struggles with many difficult situations. This book not only tells our story, but it is a testimony to the fact that, no matter what life gives you; all things are possible with the help of God. I want you to see how strong our boys are physically, emotionally and spiritually so that you may know that no matter how small you are, God is with you and will help you through all things if you truly surrender yourself to him. My hope is that this book will be an encouraging resource to assist you along your own personal journey. May it bring you great comfort to know that you are not alone.
In life, most things come to an end. I am so excited to know that my family’s life here on Earth is just the beginning of this great journey. I want to thank you for joining us on our travels thus far. I look forward to having you come along with us on the next great leg of this journey. Sometimes, as I look into the future and think where we should go on our next trip, all the worries of cost, location, weather, and timing come flooding into my mind. Sometimes this is so overwhelming that I do not even want to continue. The same occurs when I think of our medical journey; will Cole’s cancer stay in remission? Will Cole get the miracle of sight? And will Clay’s heart stay strong? When those thoughts start to inundate my every being, for a split second I just want to stop—stop thinking, stop moving, and stop planning—because it all seems too hard and painful to endure. Then I remember that God is in control. I do not need to plan; I need to surrender and trust him. He will be faithful in his own timing. So no matter what is involved in the travel plans and wherever our destination takes us, everything will be all right with him as our guide.
As I start this next journey, I can already see God’s unending faithfulness. From Cole getting a longtime prayer and dream answered, to Clay experiencing great accomplishments, and Mike and I growing closer every day with the great joy of watching our boys become strong young men in Christ. I encourage you, my dear friend, to never stop looking forward to the next great journey lying before you, even if this destination is not what you hoped or dreamed for. May God bless your travels and make his presence known to you always.
Blessings in him.
“Walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7).