Here’s a short story about my battle with epilepsy, paralysis and overcoming trials in life that might otherwise destroy you.
By the time I was one year of age I had contracted a deadly disease called viral encephalitis that left me with brain damage and paralysis on 1/2 of my body. I had also gone through a form of brain surgery that wasn’t very successful.
My mother told stories that I was some kind of a miracle baby. Somehow after all of this, my body didn’t give up. About 1 yr. later I began to move and talk again.
At ten years of age I began having grand mal seizures as a side effect from the disease. They attacked my body for the rest of my life. Still I didn’t quit going.
My wife Gwen married me knowing full well that I had a very unique and serious condition. She also knew I had special gifts and a love for God. We went on to have a great loving family with kids, pets, ect. She didn’t give up. My goods somehow outweighed my bads.
When we came to the North Shore of lake superior in Mn., my employers were aware of my conditions. They knew also that my skills as a chef and entrepreneur had great potentials. They took me on and gave me a chance. I became rated as one of Minnesota’s best chefs and I helped make Bluefin Bay into a premier Resort/ Restaurant. I also created and marketed a line of gourmet food products for Bluefin bay. People believed in me and I also believed in myself. With Gods help and direction I beat the odds and achieved all my goals.
It would be nice if the story ended here but it doesn’t.
About 5 years ago, when things seemed to be going alright, seizures tried once again to take me down. I was forced to stop working due to health reasons and I lost almost everything we had except our home, our family, and our faith. The career I so loved was suddenly gone. My license was revoked and I could no longer even be left alone, but God provided for us and once again he showed me that I couldn’t give up. Slowly, with Gwens help I got my life back on track.