My cousin is an amazing person. At the age of 16, she’s already been through at least 2 heart surgeries, maybe 3, and is headed into another one this Tuesday. And through it all, God has given her the opportunity to not only be a witness to the doctors and nurses, but also a blessing to her family and friends.

When she was born, she had to have a heart transplant. I don’t remember if she had any other surgeries after that until last year. She went in for her check-up and they said there were problems with her aortic valve. They repaired the valve using bovine tissue and unfortunately, this tissue has calcified and caused more blockage. (My aunt is the source of all the fancy terms.) So Tuesday, they’ll go in and take her pulmonary valve and use that in place of the aortic valve. Then the pulmonary valve will be replaced with a homographic (probably porcine) valve. Again, I can’t really explain all those terms, but that’s what I was told.

It’s really great, though, because Whitney was the one who decided to do it Tuesday. Her doctor was talking about possibilities of late February and then told her he did have an opening on Tuesday and she said, “Let’s do it!” God has given her an amazing amount of His grace to get her through all the struggles. And she has such a good attitude about everything. If you knew Whitney, wow. She’s just one of the sweetest people ever.

It’s interesting . . . I found all this out yesterday (the 20th) and read my Proverb-a-Day. So Proverbs 20:24 says, Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand His way?

Not only was that cool, but it was just something I totally needed yesterday. Things have been getting confusing around here, so it was just another thing to reassure me that God’s still in control and I don’t have to understand!


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