Overcoming Difficult Trials

About Me

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Dear Reader,

I am a retired teacher and brain tumor survivor.  My surgery to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor was on July 23, 2011 at St. Josephs Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.  St. Josephs is said to have the best neurological department in the nation and I can’t complain about the care I was given.  In fact, I give it high praise.

My walnut sized tumor was located on my frontal lobe, which affected my behavior and emotions.  I was clinically depressed for nearly 8 years.  Per the request of my loving parents, I left the life I built in a small southern Oregon town and moved to Colorado Springs to be closer to them. 

I adopted a former student when he was twelve and I have never been married. I never found the perfect man who could put up with my passion for Christ and GARDENING!

I started this blog in October of 2012 out of a pressing on my heart to encourage others living through difficult trials.  He is leading me down a new career in writing and public speaking.  If you would like to read more about me please go to:  http://about.me/CherylZ1961/

I added several links to the about.me website.  I am the author of                                “THE BARNABAS CORNER” at Good News Broadcasting & Multimedia                http://gnbm.org/

I am also a contributing writer for Inspirational Christians for Today.                                        http://inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com/

I just set up a Tweet account so you can look that up too!                                                                             https://twitter.com/CherylZ1961

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7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I know it is all mind boggling but once you learn it all, you will be a pro!!!

    • cherylz1961 on said:

      Hello Ms Terry,
      I am so pleased to find that at least 3 of my faithful readers found it to my new blog site. How do you like the look of the new graphics? I wanted it to appeal to both men and women, yet promote hope and a Christian perspective.

      In my late 40’s I was hoping to retire by age 56 and forget about the tech world. Ha! God had different plans for sure! I pride myself (as a teacher I told my kids this all the time) on being a LIFE LONG LEARNER. I just never imagined the technology of today was a part of the curriculum God had in store for me!
      PS-How did you get to this new domain? Did you go to the old weepingintodancing.wordpress.com site and get redirected?
      I ask only because I paid for the service but they did a rotten job of it!

  2. Hello Cheryl…thank you for liking one or more of the posts on my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has encouraged you. Please continue check in on us from time to time and follow if you will. Thank you again and remember to have Faith 1st.

  3. Heather on said:

    Hello I don’t know why i am here but got here via Steve Aitchson’s site. Question: how to you know what God’s purpose is for you?

    • cherylz1961 on said:

      Hello Ms Heather,
      You have asked a complicated question and I can’t answer it in a sentence or two. I can only speak from what I have been living through the past 5-10 years.
      First: God’s ultimate command is to love Him and others, so that we might lead others to redemption and the knowledge of Christ. How each of us accomplishes this purpose is different based on our character, sin nature, and God’s uniquely designed path for each of His children.
      Second: Your path/ministry may be different now than it was ten years ago but I believe it is all preparation for His ultimate plan for us. I was a school teacher for 25 years. I believe He is using those skills I developed to continue teaching but in a different realm or environment. I have moved on to writing and I think He may even lead me into public speaking. Ultimately, my purpose remains the same; sharing the Good News. I will use the gifts of the Holy Spirit (each of has at least one) to encourage and build up my brothers and sisters in Christ.

      *If you want God to direct you then pray for wisdom (James 1:1-5) and patiently listen and wait for God to speak to you. Look for confirmation in the Word and through other believers. Blessings!

  4. Ms Heather,

    Came across your website from a mutual friend, Greg Holt from @writinggomer. My mother was just diagnosed with Glioblastomia Brain Cancer stage 4 with no symptoms. It can’t be removed as it is in the center part of her brain. It has been a shocker for me and trying to do all I can with the time I do have with her. Thank you for sharing your experience with what you went through. It gives me hope through Christ.

    Mark – Solomons Porch Radio

    • cherylz1961 on said:

      Hello Mr/Ms Radio,
      I am so sorry to hear about your mother’s brain cancer. My tumor was not cancerous but left undiagnosed for so long it nearly killed me. It was on my frontal lobe and they managed to get all of it, according to a recent MRI.

      Who can understand the ways of the Lord? I don’t pretend I have the answers to why one person gets cancer and another person’s illness is non-cancerous. God is a healer and still does miracles today. However, HIs will always prevails….. whatever that may be.

      I think spending as much time as possible with your mom and building up memories is a good thing. I am doing that with my own mom as her memory is failing. Family is precious and good-byes are not forever. I look forward to heaven, where there are no more tears, pain, and hopefully… no more good-byes.

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