The Day My Life Changed

by Jan on February 8, 2011

“I find hope in the darkest days and focus in the brightest.”

– The Dalai Lama

It was May 1963, just two days before my 28th birthday. Following routine surgery, I developed an uncontrollable staph infection. Doctors could do nothing to stop it. They found an experimental antibiotic for me, the only one known to kill the infection, yet I was dying.

I had a baby only a few months old as well as two other small children. I wanted to live for them. My belief system was still in question, but I made my plea anyway, in case a deity might hear me. That plea went something like this:

“I want a chance to live. I promise that I will be a better person. I will love more and complain less. I will try to make a difference in the world.”

I can’t be sure what happened next – if what happened was a dream. But I have never forgotten the words.

“Take out the tubes,” I heard. Without a thought about whether what I was doing was wrong or right, I did what I heard. I pulled out all of the so-called life support tubes. A few hours later, for the first time in the three weeks I had been hospitalized, miraculously, I was sitting up when the nurses checked on me.

Doctors and nurses could not understand what had happened to alter my condition so completely. Three days later, I was discharged from the hospital. It was about five years later when I learned that this experimental drug had been found to kill people. It did not surprise me, for it killed my infection, and almost killed me as well. I, however, had been given the great gift of life, and what eventually became my purpose as well.

I believe my plea to live and to help others was answered that night. It led me to Weight Watchers, to lose 100 pounds and eventually buy a franchise in the mid-west, to help others find hope and a new life.

I believe I have made a difference. That inner voice saved my life. I have learned to listen to it most of the time, and without fail, it is always right.

One comment

you continue to make a difference ! Share the HOPE and LOVE THANK YOU XOXO Lee

by lee ann peterson on February 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm. #