This is not something I talk about freely, so I need to explain.
For 8+ years, I have been unable to grab the toilet paper with my right hand. Over the years I tried, but was unable to do it every time I tried. Now that I have moved into an apartment, the tp is a substantial distance for my left hand to grab. So this weekend, I successfully grabbed the toilet paper with my right hand! I know what you are thinking: wow!
OK, this is not a WOW moment, but it is a significant victory for me! Sure…you may not praise people for doing thin sort of thing, but this big deal; Its HUGE!
After Gordon and I speak to various audiences, I am always struck by the stories told to us privately by a few audience members. People confide in us with their own difficult journeys, whether it be from illness or injury or whatever might have happened.
With each story, I am reminded to be grateful that Gordon has the opportunity to get better. Not everyone has that chance. Some must endure the long, slow decline of affliction, facing each day without the hope of improvement. These people and the people who love them live with that reality.
Gordon and I have hope for a better tomorrow. Rather than endure a long, slow decline, we persevere through a long, slow recovery, always optimistic that improvement is around the corner. We remind each other how far Gordon has come in his recovery and talk about our goals for continued improvement. We don’t want to squander this chance we have–a chance that many people don’t have. We will focus on the bright side of our difficult journey.
I was good, but Jill is BETTER. She effortlessly delivers her talk with conviction and empathy. Every time I withess here delivering her talk, I get shivers down my spine. Don’t tell her I said this: She’s fantastic!
AND Jill is getting rave reviews: I pulled a couple for you to read:
“I love this book. An inspiring account of a family responding to tragedy with optimism, humor, faith and perseverance. A rerminder of how connected we all are and how we can help others.” John Stoops
“Read your book today. Inspiring! Took your book to my son’s baseball game and could not put it down for more than 5 minutes at a time. I could have easily missed the entire game to read this amazing story. I was glued to my seat reading your story in the sunshine and in the rain – found myself chuckling out loud, and even shed a few tears.” David Sorensen
“Jill and Gordon share some of their great life learning’s and advice that I love. I also really appreciated the bible verse quotes as it really helped connect what Jill and Gordon were going through to how to look to and use God during these extremely challenging times.”Cara Taylor
… “She tells an honest story that demonstrates not only her strength of character, and the depth of maturity in the children (reflecting the character of the parents) but also of her humility to accept what life has offered, but a resoluteness of will to recover and move forward.” P. Griffith Lindell