My Glimpse of God this week comes in the person of my sister Debbie Maratea. She is my older sister and one of the best as we have grown up into adults and have come to learn and appreciate what family love is and how is abounds through and with God’s grace and heavenly touch.
Debbie is a single mom and has been since my nephew was born. His father was an abuser and by the grace of God Debbie was able to leave the abusive relationship and make a life for her and her son. She survived without any support from him and has done a great job raising her son alone amid many struggles. Her son just had back surgery last week and she has been tending to his recuperation and recovery and again, by the grace of God he is healing nicely. Her love for God, others and her cats are such an inspiration and she is a beacon true perseverance, courage and strength. She is a determined, compassionate, loving, caring, selfless individual who has always strived to be the best person that she can be. I am blessed to be called her sister and my husband and I are blessed to call her friend.
Well this week she suffered a stroke. 100% blocked artery in the brain with 3 more troublesome spots. She managed to take herself to the ER, go figure, and then contacted me to let me know the she was there. That hospital, which is in Oxford Valley PA, and I am in Aston, was going to transfer her to another hospital in Philadelphia because they were not equipped to do a brain MRI at that location. She did not want to go there because her doctor was not associated with that hospital and because their reputation was not the best. When I found out what was happening and what hospital she needed to go to, I first contacted her doctor’s office to get some direction on how to proceed, I then called John, picked him up from work, and then picked Debbie up at the ER and proceeded to take her to Abington hospital ER where she was then admitted.
Due to the stroke, Debbie was told by the doctor that she cannot return to work. Her work has been a major source of stress and the catalyst to the stroke event occurring, and because she has minimal use of her left side, both arm and leg, she will be unable to go back to work. She does not get paid when she is not at work, her work does not pay into disability. I have set up a go-fund me page to ask for help from whoever feels called to contribute. He page is: gofundme.com/debbie-medical-stroke-bills
iF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE CONTRIBUTING TO THE GOFUNDME ACCOUNT, BUT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO HELP HER, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND IT TO ME, DR. COOKIE MAGEE, 14 CELLA DRIVE, ASTON, PA 19014 AND I WILL FORWARD TO HER IMMEDIATELY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Her bill just to show up at the hospital was $400.00, which she could not pay. Her time away from work as the symptoms apparently were becoming more apparent has caused her great financial stress. Debbie listened at the onset of symptoms and had an MRI done, but the results did not come in at the time of the stroke. I don’t want to see her lose her home or her car or see her not be able to get her medicine because she cannot afford them.
So as we begin a new week, and for some a new normal, I would suggest that you think about how illness, stroke, cancer, heart attacks can occur at any time and that you should not only appreciate the gift of the loved ones in your life, but also the gift of your body and listen to it, because it is talking to you. You know when your body is speaking a different language, one that is unfamiliar and perhaps scary, but the body is trying to tell you something and you need to pay greater attention and listen, only you know your body and its unique language. We need to be here for each other and support each other in the good and challenging times, the scary and the consoling time. God did not create us to be on an island, alone and afraid, but placed us in His creation around those we call family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and church to pray for, lift up and encourage each other on the journey.