I’ve learned so much during this incredible experience. My sister and I were reminiscing about how after the transplant we both just passed out Into a deep sleep, we had anticipated and had gone through so much to get to that point it exhausted us. We were awaken by the night nurse who told us we both slept through the shift change which she said was unusual because most people are wake with numerous questions. It was if we just fell in the arms of almighty God relying on Him to work through the transplant for complete restoration, no more concern. We listened intently as the details were explained but I told Rida (my sister my) “that was way too much information given too quick to remember” she said, “you don’t have to remember that is why I’m here I’ll take care of everything” and that was music to my ears, that is exactly what I did. The next 9 days were the worst of all but that is all behind us and I am grateful. It was during those critical days I learned the most about gratitude, and resonates loud and clear today. So grateful that God gave us strength to pursue avenues to get to the transplant trial, there was no other options. He gave us hope that forced us to keep on trying. Just this week in Bible study I was reminded even though I don’t know what God is doing I am learning that “all things work for the good”…(Romans 8:28) including trials endured by this disease. The Lord showed Himself strong through the transplant team, other doctors, nurses, support staff and even other patients.
I learned that I was created to have His characteristics, so how I live, what I say, how I act are all ways to show gratitude when those things reflect Him. Any opportunity I have to sing praises to God I will, (Psalm 147:7), with my whole self-every single part of me, because there were times I was unable to speak let alone sing but I tried. I am going to express gratitude through my doing for others, serving whatever that looks like. Psalm 150 mentions praising the Lord 13 times, overflowing from my heart is praise to my God, great things He has done.