My name is Beverly “Ms. Cookie” Thornton.
This is not a life story. It’s more of a lesson in life. How to accept it, endure and embrace it. About giving up and going on, acceptance, sinking low, and rising above. And most of all faith in God and not giving up on Him.
Four years and ten months ago I was at the point of death, which seem to look that way at that time. I fell out on my church lawn, Highland Community Church, unable to breathe, where an ambulance picked me up and carried me to the hospital. There I was diagnosed with a throat mass as large as a lemon or an orange, which was cancerous and had to be removed immediately. Okay this was on the 14th of January 2012 the surgery was scheduled for the following Wednesday. So the wonderful surgeon took it out almost. There was a piece left in the back of my voice box that could have been left in. To leave it in, meant that I would be able to talk. So the Doctor asked me what I wanted: leave it there and talk or take it out and lose my voice. My instant reply was to take it all out. It doesn’t matter whether or not I can talk because I want to live.
So the next Wednesday I had the surgery and it went well. I spent the week in ICU, and the next week I was on the floor on the way to recovery and soon after then went home, praise God. Of course I couldn’t talk any more, but I was alive by God’s wonderful Grace and Mercy. And believe it or not that’s when my life really changed for the best. I embraced my new life and know that moment still today. God and only God can do the impossible. He sustained all my needs then and now. I didn’t have a job, I had been laid off. Didn’t have no insurance but through God my debts were paid in full.
Not only did he do that, he He gave me the best Doctors in this world. In my time of need to follow up with a primary care doctor, God put a wonderful Doctor’s office just around the corner from my house. It’s not everyday that you hear about a doctor moving into a neighborhood like this. When I walk to see Dr. Scarborough for my appointment, we make sure we talk a little bit about medicine, but a lot about Jesus.
Thanks Dr. Scarborough
P.S. Today I have hope and love and so can you, and so can you. Just let the Lord live in you. Surrender it all to Him.
photo credit: Ritchie White Photography