Friday, March 29, 2019

How To Spot a Stroke

Today is six years since I had a stroke.
Because I struggled to find my writing words after the stroke, I turned to art, hoping to find a way to be a writer again.

What do you call that?

A moment that diverts your course and sends you in a completely different direction?
A turning point? A boomerang?

At the time, it just felt scary, and discouraging.

Like when you go through a labyrinth, and you think you're getting close to the center, but instead, you find you have to go in the absolute opposite direction before you end up where you think you want to be.

But see?

How beautiful is it that hard things can become soil for new gardens?
Thanks to the stroke, I am here.
Making books!

Who knew?

Anyway, I guess I just wanted to say how thankful I am.
To be alive today.
Thankful for the way my community lifted me up during that time.
Thankful that this extra hard thing contained ingredients that helped me become an author and illustrator today.

Friends, for every hard thing you face,
I wish you courageous hope.

For every detour, I wish you creativity
that grows and blooms and heals.

And because I'm especially thankful for the people in my life, I made a little thing for you. Knowing the signs of stroke can save your life. 
Please feel free to read and share with your loved ones.
#strokeawareness #strokesurvivor #strokeinfographic

1 comment:

Anna Oswald said...

Hey Faith,

Haven't checked your blog for way too long. I love all the posts, but this one really struck me. I won't say "isn't it funny" because it wasn't, but isn't it interesting how our good and great God can use something has horrible as a stroke to bring about something as wonderful as your first books? Just more proof that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28.

I love you dearly. And because we are supposed to "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thess. 5:18) I am giving thanks for your stroke today.

Big hugs,


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