Happy and thank you

Each of you have changed me. Forever. You have been God’s tools and instruments in my life to bless me beyond my wildest imagination. I love you so big!!! You might have signed up to bring a meal. Asked awkward questions that I actually appreciated, encouraged me when you had no idea I deeply needed it. Perhaps you brought me juice lunch and groceries again and again? Maybe you heard about me through a friend, and showed compassion on me and my family and prayed or shared. 

Driven me around consistently. Listened to me tell a story that had absolutely no meaning for you. You didn’t give me huh?!face. 

The common thread? You all are the same tribe that lovingly prays for me. Is there an any more meaningful act of love than a heart felt petition on behalf of a sister and friends’ soul? Negative. It is sacrificial, done in humility, and a completely intimate request and conversation between our One and Only.  Thank you friends for your commitment to faithfully draw near to our King’s throne on my behalf! My prayer through this all is that this bananas trial grows your faith as deep as it does mine. That in years to come we gladly share of these miracle laden surgeries and recoveries, wash and repeat, in complete awe. That we learn His nature on a deeper level and that we would actively seek to have His eyes and heart for others. So much so that we would be the light drawing people to salvation. That friends, is the success we seek, defined. What a beautiful thing this would be!! 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for every single prayer, sharing my requests, asking for prayer…

Tuesday, I felt like a kid getting picked up for a surprise, NOT like the fearful chapter ahead where I felt like I was jumping off a moving train. Chad I both were ready and given this most beautiful promised, perfect peace. And then 2 hours of not awkward/ not awkward silence ensued. 

….And then they found a hair. How funnnn. Can you Imagine? 7 hours on 2 other surgeries, sanitized for a 3rd time and there is a hair. The room now has to be transformed for the 3rd time into the cleanest, coldest  freezer in Orange County. Doesn’t everything almost die at 32° anyway? For sure that is where my freshly shaved legs go to flatline. Let me tell you how thrilled I would be as a nurse on team discovery. 

Not. You know that hair blower was crowned hated nurse of the week. My heart goes out to you human. 

So how am I? Welp. Better question is how has God answered our prayers? In His amazing Grace-I am alive! So thankful. So eternally thankful. I can hear. I can see. (I do have a floaters. A lot of random ones.) Headaches are strong and steady. Trying to come up with a pain management plan with doctors and nurses has been the challenge. I am in a lot of pain. A doctor specifically assigned to this role has walked through this door, and I am not going to lie, while he is aggressive, I do believe it will help. I need to get an Uber on the speed dial, but there is relief to be had for these debilitating afflictions in real time. I truly need to get over it and just accept the help when I get to that point.
Here is my battle wound. You can’t see it because I can’t for the life of me figure out how to put a picture in here maybe tomorrow?

I only accidentally touch her 20 times a day with dirty nails. Walking through through that web of you are probably going to die of an infected wound not a brain tumor or stroke is a fun little game I have been playing as of late. 

My loves, I have nothing left to write. I am officially out. ✌?I love you and thank you! Brain><out!

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  • Reply Rebecca Lewis September 4, 2021 at 3:13 am

    Love you Michelle!

  • Reply Kimi Schumacher September 4, 2021 at 6:28 am

    We’ve been praying all week and just so thankful your surgery went well. Continuing to pray for your recovery and pain. Praising God He got you through this!!!

  • Reply Steven Unland September 4, 2021 at 7:14 am

    Still praying and lifting you up, friend and sister!

  • Reply Karen Chien September 4, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Thank you for your update my friend. It is so good to “see” you through your witty writing and humorous antics. You are an amazing testament of Christ reigning in and through you. Such encouragement! Much love and hugs to you!

  • Reply Cheryl Birch September 4, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Michelle, you are an amazing woman who thinks of others before you think of yourself. In this act of acknowledging others, you minister so beautifully of God’s love and grace. Whether you see it or not, God is using you as a gifted tool to remind others of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Lives are changed because of the changes that have taken place in your life. Thank you, my sweet Michelle, for speaking truth and humility with a grateful heart. I love you so much and am praying for God’s continuing healing hand on your body and your soul. May He be glorified in it all!!!

  • Reply KM September 4, 2021 at 9:56 am

    You are a beautiful and amazing testament to how God uses the humble and the weak. Your love for Christ is contagious and peaceful to those struggling through a life that seems easy in comparison to yours. Thank you for your witty stroke of hand that offers such amazing guidance for those of us who fall off the path without excuse.

  • Reply Lindsie September 4, 2021 at 10:36 am

    You are just an amazing testament to God and so appreciate you sharing all of this with us! It sure helps me, and keeps me stronger and even more faithful, all the while thinking of you daily and praying hard for you and your recovery! Your funny humor makes me laugh and cry at the same time! 🙂 We can’t wait for your pain to decrease and get you home to your comfy bed with your kiddos! Big hugs to Chad, too. WE MISS YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE! Wishing you a stronger day, and in all of the coming days. LOVE YOU MICHELLE xo #ourwarrior

  • Reply Ashley September 4, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Oh how I love to “see” you through your writings ❤ You have always been a source of strength for me and I’ll continue to be your faithful friend in prayer

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