Saturday, June 9, 2012


From the words of Elana Johnson herself...
During the second week of June--that's the 11-15--I'll be hosting the Never Surrender blogfest. This is something anyone, anywhere can participate in. 

All you have to do is blog about a time you didn't surrender. Trained for a marathon? Queried agents? Had to study for an entrance exam? I'm looking for inspirational stories that you have experienced. Hard things you've accomplished because you didn't give up. I want to be inspired by you!

Anyone who blogs this week for the theme can enter to win one of three $15 B&N gift cards. Everyone who blogs this week will receive a SURRENDER swag package. 

I had just had my 3rd baby and I woke up in the middle of the night so sick I thought I was dying right then and there. We rushed to the emergency room with three small children in car seats, and the doctors said I had the flu. After a long week, I returned to the emergency room and was told it was all in my head. I wasn't really sick. Go home and take care of your children and stop wasting our time. There are too many people who are in real need of the emergency room.
This went on for three very long years.

I finally went to Mexico to be treated with some type of herbal remedies and and daily IV treatments. This helped sustain my health, but did not cure whatever was wrong with me. This all happened right after the the big AIDS scare and I was even told I had AIDS. I spent many, many long weeks in the hospital. Everyone had their own opinion of why I was sick, but no on really knew.

I was a pin cushion, and a test prodigy and a guinea pig. I finally took things into my own hands and began to study medicine myself. I diagnosed my own problem, went to the doctor and told them what was wrong with me and insisted they do surgery right away. It took a year for me to finally get back on my feet.

I felt like giving up so many times. I had three babies and while I was sick I became pregnant with baby number four. The doctors told me to abort the baby because I was so sick I would die during labor and delivery and the baby had about 10% survival rate. But I couldn't take the life of my precious child. It was indeed a long pregnancy, but i delivered a healthy baby girl who truly was my miracle baby. She has been the joy of my life!

I made the decision to never surrender and even though it was a hard time, it was all worth it.
What caused my sickness? My gall bladder.


  1. This looks like fun! I just signed up too.

  2. Thanks Sharon! I am so excited about reading Surrender. Nice to see you today! Hope your weekend is fantastic:)

  3. Wow, that sounds like a very scary time! I'm glad that things turned out okay.

  4. Hi Krista, Yes, it was pretty scary. Not knowing what was wrong with me and faced with the thought that I could die and leave all my children with no mommy, it was a long struggle.


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