Did you ever make a very difficult choice that resulted in a positive life changing event?
Explain this wonderful experience and how it changed your life.
I would say that my switch to vegetarianism can fit this question. It was not difficult for me to resist the temptation of eating meat. The difficulty was in finding out how to eat without meat, but more importantly, how to sustain this diet in a society that is meat-crazed and meat-driven. I automatically cannot eat 98& of most restaurant menus simply because almost all of the choices have some kind of meat. In addition, many groceries that you wouldn't think of have meat or were cooked in meat.
It has benefited me greatly. I am now much healthier for it. I lost 10 pounds just by switching over without paying close attention to my diet (I still had snacks). I continued down that road by cutting the crap out of my diet and lost about another 10 pounds. More importantly, however, I am living by what I believe in.
Yes, I suffered from complete infertility. By that I mean I had a radical hysterectomy without ever having children. After dealing with it for 13 yrs my husband and I decided that adoption was the solution to our childlessness. We picked an adoption agency where open adoptions were common. We were chosen by a 16 yr old girl who was hospitalized for 6 weeks while waiting for the baby to be born. She and the baby had almost died the night she found out she was pregnant. During her stay in the hospital I visited her on numerous occations and came to like her and her mother. When the baby was born he had numerous health issues. One of those issues was amniotic banding. He had lost a foot inutero. He needed surgery and would require specialized health care for years to come. Also her doctor told us the 16 yr old mother needed a hysterectomy. Her near miscarriage had damaged her so badly that any future pregnancies could possibly kill her. At that time she had an uncle who was a Shriner. He stepped up to offer both her and the infant help if we didn't take the baby. My husband and I agonized over the how to handle the situation. After a lot of prayer and soul searching we decided we could not take the baby. I suffered PTSD afterward but after 6 months of prayer asking God to give me a sign that I had done the right thing. I got a phone call from the young mother. She told me that he was scheduled to have a hystectomy within a month and her son had just recovered from his 1st surgery. (1 of many he would indure) She thanked me for allowing her to keep her son. She told me that she prayed for me daily because if I had taken her son she would have never been able to have her own child. Although that situation broke my heart and still does (10 yrs later) I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I had to give that baby back to his mom eventhough she begged me to keep him. I saw them 18 months after his birth. He was walking on a prostetic foot and she was beeming with pride. Again she thanked me for knowning what was right. I now have 3 adopted children all happy and healthy. They are my reward for doing the right thing.
Yeah, I experienced something like that. That is when I decided to become a Christian. I am an atheist before. It's totally life changing. I learned to move forward and find my worth again. I discover the power of praying and how God moves in our lives.
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