In Praise of Second Chances

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We probably all have times when we like the idea of getting a “do over,” or a second chance to make life better.  Unfortunately, it often takes a crisis for us to realize the blessings we had in the first place.  The good news is God loves to give us second chances, and even third […]

No Ordinary People

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When critical events bring change into our lives, they do so in every arena.  If you have strokes or other major health issues, that event effects your body in every way.  The thing I learned was that my body had to work hard to recover and I had to be willing to work on it […]

The Truth about Quitting

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You’ve been trying hard.  You’ve been doing everything the doctors and the therapists have told you to do.  You still can’t dress yourself or do the simple things without help.  You wonder if all this effort is even worth it.  After all, this is hard and you didn’t sign up for life to be hard.  […]

The Call to Love

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You may wonder what a guy who spent years as a CFO and CPA may know about love, but trust me, I learned some things in my stroke experience. God knows how to help you be a better partner and He can shine a light on your marriage. Since it’s Valentine’s week, I wanted to […]

Letting Go of the Old You

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One of the effects of having strokes or any health crisis is that you quickly realize that the “old” you is gone.  It’s a little strange to wake up, in my case, after several weeks in a coma, only to discover I was no longer the Mark I had been before.  At first, I grieved […]

The Blessings of Storms

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When you’re going through a storm, there is very little that feels good, much less anything that feels like a blessing.  When I first started getting a handle on what it meant to do the work of recovery after my strokes, I don’t think gratitude was my first thought.  Anger, uncertainty, and “why me?” were […]

A Perfect Storm

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A “perfect storm” happens when a rare combination of factors come together at precisely the right time to create an extraordinary event. When you think of perfect storms, you may imagine hurricanes and tornados, but for me, the perfect storm of my life happened when I had two strokes at the age of 46. The […]

When Nothing Is the Same

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When you’ve suffered a life-altering event, nothing feels the same.  At first, you desperately want things to get back to “normal.”  You want to feel good again and be able to do all the things you did before.  You want your body to respond when you raise your arm or move your foot.  You want […]

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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If you’ve been in the recovery process for a while, you may find yourself feeling like you always have to take a step back before you can move forward. That process can feel very slow and you may wonder if it’s worth the effort. Every morning when you rise, you have choices to make. You […]

When There’s Too Much Noise

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If you live almost anywhere in suburbia, you can feel like you never have a quiet moment.  Either you’re assaulted with the literal noises of the outside world, or you’re overwhelmed by the noises of fear and doubt and worry and uncertainty that spin around in your head.  Wherever you are, there is simply too […]