Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure
far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they
planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their
son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just 6
months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family.
April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed,
suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. Miraculously, Jay
came home in time and called for help. Katherine was immediately rushed
into micro-brain surgery, though her chance of survival was slim. As
the sun rose the next morning, the surgeon proclaimed that Katherine had
survived the removal of part of her brain, though her future recovery
was completely uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope.
Through 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly 2 years in
full-time brain rehab, that spark of hope was fanned into flame.
Defying every prognosis with grit and grace, Katherine and Jay, side by side, struggled to
regain a life for Katherine as she re-learned to talk and eat and walk.
Returning home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed
purpose, they committed to celebrate this gift of a second chance by
embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than
they could have ever imagined. In the midst of continuing hardships and
struggles, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all
long to find...hope, hope that heals the most broken place, our souls. 256 pages
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