I just can’t say this enough… THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! Many of you are still praying for Christopher and asking how he is doing. I still get lots of emails and messages every week asking me to update you on my son’s recovery. So today, 10 weeks out from surgery, I thought I’d let all my StoneGable friends know how my son is doing! I am sure prayer played a huge role in his recovery and will continue to do so in the final outcome of his long road back to perfect health…
Today Christopher is walking! Without crutches. Without a cane. Just walking! It is a real miracle!!!
This is his second Periacetabular Osteotomy or PAO. You can google it if you are interested but here’s the short version… Chris’ pelvis was cut apart and screwed back together. His left pelvis was operated on 20 months ago because his left leg bone kept coming out of its socket when he walked or ran. And this past January Chris had a right PAO for the same reason.
Not an easy surgery. We traveled to Philadelphia to have the surgery done because there are very few physicians that do this rare procedure. A PAO has only be done in the last 10 years. Before that a person with my son’s condition would find themselves wheelchair bound for life. And because this is such an invasive and difficult surgery it is usually only preformed on someone who is young. Even then, no one can say to what degree a patient will recover to full health and mobility.
Christopher’s first PAO was l-o-n-g and arduous and the recovery was brutal! It took him 14 months to fully recover. He was hospital bed bound, then used crutches and then used a cane for months and months.
This current PAO was a totally different story. 10 weeks out and my son is walking without any assistance, albeit slowly! He is still in quite a bit of pain, but he tolerates that well. We are more than shocked and pleased by his miraculous recovery. And he will, according to his surgeon, make a full recovery! It has astounded all of us, Chris’ surgeons, nurses and physical therapists.
This brings me to you! There is no doubt that it was because of the 3,000 prayers, actual written out prayers, that were taken before the Throne of Grace on Christopher’s behalf. I received them on my Facebook page, in emails, texts and phone calls! All within a 24 hour period! They sustained us during surgery! God bent down in His great mercy and grace to do a miracle in my son’s life!
And those prayers did not stop! Since my son’s surgery I still receive so many prayers for him. All from YOU my dear readers… my friends!
Thank you for praying when I could not. Thank you for using this powerful weapon on my son’s behalf when I was so weak from fear and worry! When the prayers started pouring in the morning of Christopher’s surgery I started feeling God’s presence. I prayed what you prayed. I was so grateful for every single prayer. Because I could pray with you. And I did. I read every single good thought, read every name that “liked” my request for prayer, and read every prayer in union with the sender. All in all, over 7,000!
Prayer is our only defensive weapon against this fallen world and the powers of evil! But we have been equipped with the BEST and most powerful weapon! We need to use it always!
God knows what we want and need, but He wants us to let Him know. It’s a sign of submission and leaning on God alone! God is filled to overflowing with grace and mercy and power and favor and more. He knows what is best and will act accordingly. We can and should make our requests known to our Father in heaven. Just 10 weeks ago thousands of dear souls did and God healed my son.
It is God who is glorified in this healing! I hope when you hear of Christopher’s recovery you see our marvelous Father in all His power and might healing my son and you too give Him thanks!
On Easter Sunday Chris was out in the backyard with our family throwing the football and he even ran (well hobbled) a little. When I look at Christopher I see a strong, determined, healthy and happy young man. I see thousands of praying people lifting their petitions to the only Source of heath, healing and wholeness and I am more than grateful!
Today, Christopher and his beautiful, sweet wife Abigail are both doing well and are better from what they have endured as a young married couple. They love each other and are enjoying their new home, their jobs and are crazy about their dog Beau The Wonderdog! God works in strange and wondrous ways!
Please continue to pray and ask God to finish the work in Christopher He started! And pray for the private prayer and desire of Chris’ heart!
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