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"A New Me" Blog

#32 A Hit Over the Head -

God must have thought I needed a hit over the head. He gave me one. One hour I could hear and the next hour, my right hear couldn’t hear anything. My first thought was wax. I tend to have lots of ear wax and many years ago I had wax buildup, enough to cause hearing […]

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#31 National Symposium -

In 2005, the national symposium for acoustic neuroma patients took place in Orlando, Florida. My husband and I made the decision to attend. We both wanted to learn more about radiation in case I ever needed treatment. The AN symposiums have informative presentations. Doctors are available to answer questions. Panels of doctors present case studies […]

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#30 Knots with Purpose -

One of the biggest things I have learned about this type of rare tumor – because it is rare, it’s important to see doctors who have treated many patients with it. And that means not a couple of dozen, but hundreds. This is true for both surgery and radiation. In other words, it’s important  to […]

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#29 A Time to Kill -

With my God-letter, I reached a decision – get radiation treatment. The very next Sunday in church, I heard the words from Ecclesiastes : “a time to kill.” I felt like that was confirmation of the decision—time to get treatment, time to kill this tumor, kill it with radiation. And here I thought kill meant […]

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#28 A Letter -

Maybe writing a letter to God will help me have the peace that comes with trust. Many times in my letters to God I ask for help making a decision. Sometimes my letters are about ugly emotions I’m trying to get under control. Often the letters ask God to help me make an attitude adjustment […]

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#27 Peace With Trust -

I have strong faith, with a lot of trust. Doesn’t that mean automatic peace? I know God is in control – of all things, including my future. So, where is my peace? Is peace a choice, like joy? I can look back and see many times when God worked in my life. That  comforts me, […]

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#26 Joy is a Choice -

I want to feel like my old self again. That won’t happen because I am a new self. The old self is no more. I miss that old self and grieve for it. The old self had a simpler life. This new self has a complicated life, thinking of about a disease that happens to […]

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#25 Flat Emotions -

I feel like I’m walking around in a fog. My emotions are flat. My brain waves feel like they must be flat. Someone tells me a joke and I wonder, “Why do they think it’s funny?” I used to have a sense of humor. Not now. A good friend dies and I can’t seem to […]

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#24 New Thoughts -

I go to bed thinking about IT. I wake up thinking about IT. I can’t stand thinking about IT and at the same time, can’t stop thinking about IT. Is IT growing? How dizzy will I be today? What’s going to happen to my hearing? Will I need treatment? Where will I go for treatment? What […]

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#23 Acceptance? -

I never used to question Romans 8:28. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. But this? How is this tumor working for my good? If I had the answer to that question, I might be able to accept […]

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