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A Walking Talking Miracle

by Cassidy Martorana
(Grand Junction, Colorado)

Ten years ago at the age of 50 I had a lateral arterial descending heart attack which is usually associated with instant death. There was no pain with the heart attack nor was there any reason for it beings how I was a very healthy individual. While on the surgeon's table a drug was administered so that my blood would be thin enough to pass through the inserted stents with ease. The drug caused a bleed in my right frontal lobe which was the size of a grapefruit. I woke up with the inability to use and move my left side. Physical, occupational, and cognitive therapy enabled me to think more clearly, walk with the help of a custom made orthopedic brace and a cane, and also do everything one handed. Four years after the hemorrhagic stroke my husband filed for divorce which also meant losing my job since we owned a business together. I consider myself to be a walking, talking miracle in which God is using me in a mighty way. At that time I had a choice to make, either sit around and feel sorry for myself, or trust and believe that God had plans for me. After many prayers and much thought I decided to get a degree in psychology in order to help others who have gone through something similar. I'll be 60 years old when I get my BS in psychology and have no idea what I'll be doing in the future with my psychology degree nor do I know where God will take me after I am done with school. However, I do know that I won't be alone and that God will give me grace, peace and direction for moving forward living with a disability. God is already working in my life and has given me the chance to work with the blind and low-vision people in my home-town. It is not a paying job, but it is a start. Hopefully there will be someone out there who will look past my age and disability and hire me so that I can, once again, contribute to society.

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