For such a time as this

I spoke at my home church last night; our minister was away visiting his son. My subject was the first heart surgery in 1944 (The Blalock-Taussig Shunt) and how it was invented by what was probably the most unlikely team ever: a dyslexic, deaf female Cardiologist; a Black man working in an era of Racism; and a White, privileged surgeon who was distantly related to the President of the Confederate States of America. That three such people could work together and create a whole new field of medicine couldn’t have been coincidence, but rather¬† was a fulfillment of scripture: “… you have come into the kingdom for such a time as this.”

I’ve never spoken here (about heart defects) before; I’ve never had to. These are my friends and practically my family, they already know my story. They’ve lived it with me.

But when you receive as much as I have, it’s only right to give back. I’ve been blessed to have doctors and nurses with amazing skills, great parents (A recent study has found that Cardiac Kids with affectionate parents have a better outlook on life than other CHDers.) and a lot of “Good Luck” – if you believe in luck, that is.

So I have to give it back, or pay it forward, or whatever you wish to call it. And that’s what I’m trying to do. Heart Mom and Heart Dad, my family and I were right there where you are once. If I can help anyone in the same boat, then I feel like I should.

We’re all in this together, gang. Those of us who have been here before, it’s up to us to get up front and lead.

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One Response to “For such a time as this”

  1. Kelly Says:

    made me weep. thanks Steve.

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