This Week's Program
Ruth Ann’s story is similar to that of my friends who also suffered from an aneurysm. She, like Ruth Ann, told me that she experienced the worst headache she ever had in her life before being found unconscious by her daughter and subsequently airlifted to a hospital that could treat her prognosis in a nearby city.Continue Reading
This Week's Resources
Brain Aneurysm resources – This website says as many as one in 15 people may develop a brain aneurysm in their lifetime.
Caring Bridge – Free, personal and private websites that connect people experiencing a health challenge with family and friends. The site provides a place for a family member or members to write updates, share prayer concerns, indicate needs and for friends and relatives to post their comments and notes of their care. It is non-profit, no donation necessary to participate.
Take a meal – A website for times when “filling their table will warm their hearts. Simplifying meal coordination so friends, family, neighbors and co-workers can show they care.” Anyone can create a customized, private, online sign-up sheet to include phone numbers, driving directions, food allergies and more that makes it easy for friends and family to take meals to those in need. Check first with the family to see if such a service is wanted.
Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana – Hospital where Ruth Ann was taken for their outstanding neurosurgery unit and surgeons.
North Goshen Mennonite Church – Home church of Ruth Ann and Jerry Wittrig, and also the childhood church of Shaping Families producer Melodie Davis.
BOOK: God's Funny That Way: Surviving A Brain Aneurysm; Anything After That Is A Walk In The Park by Lori Quaranta, CreateSpace, 2008.
VIDEO: Charles Cummings' personal tale of surviving a brain aneurysm and his experience at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
That Thin Line
The line between health and illness, effervescence and moroseness, life and death draws pretty thinly sometimes. While young, we don’t notice the vagaries of the breadth of that line. It becomes more noticeable as we age. But it is drawn in sharp relief when faced with a health crisis.Continue Reading
Eugene and Martha had one child when they decided to adopt a child from Korea—but not an infant. As they worked through the adoption process, they ended up receiving a three-year-old boy who did not know any English and had much to adjust to in his adopted country. Eugene and Martha share frankly about challenges they faced in raising their child to adulthood. That child is now a successful attorney in New York City.
Favorite Family Recipes
From the best-selling cookbook, Mennonite Girls Can Cook, this recipe is from Kathy McLellan. She says, "When my mom invited guests for lunch, she would serve these savory pinwheels along with hot cheese sauce. There was usually a crisp garden salad served on the side."Continue Reading
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Material for any group setting where you want to discuss marriage/parenting topics. A 12-session guide featuring Shaping Families audio interviews, along with Bible texts, prayers, discussion questions, and activities. Order book with three CDs or download here.
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