Sunday, November 14, 2010

Crossing the Red Sea

The Red Sea sparkles in the light, as the rays of sun dance on the peaks of the gentle waves. It is a beautiful and glorious sight. Over 14 years ago, I stood on the shores of the Red Sea, marvelling at the grandeur of my surroundings. The colors, sights, smells and sounds awakened my senses and overwhelmed my mind. I was at peace and at home in a foreign land.

My first journey to the Red Sea, Spring, 1996
Just over 18 months ago, I found myself standing again on these shores, this time in a figurative sense, as I frightfully watched the Pharoah's Egyptian chariots chasing me down, ever nearing the very shores on which I stood. My diagnosis was one that came with enemy soldiers and little chance of escape. But even in the moments of great fear, faith lived on and so God parted the water and I began the long and difficult but miraculous journey across my Red Sea.
A photo of my second time at the "Red Sea".

At some time, we will all face our own Red Seas. My hope for each of you is that when you near the shores of your personal sea, you will know that
You do not have to cross alone.
You can be surrounded by family members, friends, neighbors, angels and a loving Heavenly Father who is waiting to part the water.

"A Miracle for Jodi Brown" is now complete. Healing is still occurring and bumps still occur along my path, but my MIRACLES have happened, first and foremost because of a loving, caring Father in Heaven who granted me a second chance at life. But YOU also played a large part in my miracles. You are the angels who prayed and fasted with faith. You are the friends that brought dinners, cleaned my house, drove my children and took care of my family when I could not. You are the friends and strangers who sent me messages of love and hope, when I had little hope left. Each day as I crossed my Red Sea, you walked by my side, making sure there would be dry ground for my journey.

It is with mixed emotions that after 568 days of fear and faith, helplessness and hope, I bring this blog to a close. I feel total joy in knowing that I AM STILL HERE to be a wife and a mother, a daughter and a sister, a neighbor and a friend. I also feel a strange sadness to see this stage of my life come to an end. Though I will not miss my illness or my physical struggles, I will miss the feelings of being part of something bigger than myself, being part of true miracles from God.

I do know that this is the time for me to start fresh, with new-found hope for a brighter future. Please join me again, this time to help others find the inspiration and hope that make miracles happen! Mine is now a Life Under Construction, with detours and orange cones, but with improvements and beauty waiting ahead!

Go to: http://www.lifeconstructionzone.com/ and click on "Follow" to join me on a new journey, as we find inspiration and hope while navigating through the detours of life!

Before I say my final tearful "good bye" on this blog, can I ask one tiny favor? Please leave just a little comment to say you were here and part of my journey. Many of you have never even told me your names, while others I know well, but all of you are now part of my family, and to all of you, I express my love and thanks for making miracles happen!   Love, Jodi

42 comments:

Lorraine said...

Jody, I have been following you since the beginning. Lois and Ef are my aunt and uncle from her side. I have been amazed at you and your journey so far and wish you a happy and healthy life for the future!

Cluff Chronicles said...

Reading your blog has helped increase my faith and it has helped me remember the things that are important in my daily life. I am so happy you are recovering. You are truly an inspiration. I have a friend here in Lubbock who has had to go on his own journey with a liver transplant that has not worked well. They are not of our faith, but they are Christian and the journey has been the same, one of faith and miracles. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Jodi Orgill Brown said...

Lorraine, thank you for your silent support over all this time. May I also wish you a healthy, happy life for the future! I hope you'll join us at lifeconstructionzone.com, where the adventure continues. Please give Ef and Lois my love! Thanks again.:)

Nicole and Jeff - It's been waaay too many years since we've all been together, but the memories are still fresh. Thanks for your love. I love to check in on your blog and see how the family is doing. Keep it up. Love, Jodi

Julie Johnson said...

Jodi, I have always followed your blog and I love that it made me feel connected even though I don't live by you anymore. We miss you guys!

Els Manning said...

Oh dear Jodi... good luck with your next step. Continued blessings to you! You are an amazing lady! Love you!

Rachel said...

Jodi,
Thank you for sharing your journey. You never cease to amaze me!
Love ya,
Rachel Decker

Melinda Velasquez said...

You are so inspiring! I love that you are starting fresh. Way to go Jodi!

Mikey and Mindy said...

Hey Jodi, the new blog looks great. How about creating a family one? I'm sure you're not too busy for it all : )

Thanks for the posts.

Karen said...

Jodi..I have been so glad to be able to follow your journey, through good times, and bad. You are an amazing example of strength, faith and hope. You (and your family) have truly been an inspiration to so many. I look forward to reading your new blog....and hopefully enjoying reading about many happy times to come! Love you!! Your cuz, Karen

Kara said...

Jodi I have loved being able to follow you on this blog. You are an amazing person and a true example of enduring through life's challenges to find the blessing in the end. (I just talked on that in sacrament mtg today:) I love running into you and hopefully we will keep on doing it!

annie said...

It's been lovely. You are my hero. Big love and kisses.

C. Hartley said...

Jodi, thanks for being strong. Clark

Flints Facts said...

Jodi, You continue to inspire and amaze me daily! Thank You for being the example that you are. I cherish the friendship that we have, and look forward to sharing many more happy times in the future! Good Luck with the next step. Sending lots of love and hugs your way! Kel

Anonymous said...

Jodi, I love you! xoxo, Liu

carolyn said...

Aloha Jodi, I am going to miss your blog. I've enjoyed reading and commenting. Your blog has helped increase my faith and optimism each day. Mahalo! I look forward to your new lifeconstructionzone another adventure awaits ahead. Thank you again for all your inspiration thoughts! You are an amazing inspiration to us all! Aloha nui loa and tons of hugs!! love Carolyn

The Nolands said...

Jodi, you are truly amazing. Thank you for sharing your experiences, your life has been an inspiration to us, and to so many others. We are better for knowing you. Wish you the best on your new journey!

Jodi Orgill Brown said...

To all my dear friends.... Thank you, thank you for your kind words! Rachel, Melinda, LIU :), Kara, Annie, Clark, Celeste and Alan, Else, Carolyn, Kelly, Julie and Mindy - you are all amazing! Each of you are truly part of my miracles! Thank you for your love! I love that each of you are part of my life!!!

JulieBurns said...

Thank you Jodi, you are such an inspiration to so many people. I wish you the best.
Julie Burns

wjmom said...

So much love! Aundrea

Brittney said...

Jodi- Thanks you for sharing your journey. Wishing you the best for the future!

Brittney Campbell Gardner

Kelly Pia said...

Jody,we went to high school together. I started following your blog as soon as I heard you were sick. My family & I have prayed for you and are so grateful you are doing so well. Thanks for carrying on with your blog...I look forward to continuing following how you and your family are doing. Kelly Pia (Campbell)

Julie M said...

Jodi, I have followed you since your dad sent out the call for prayers 18 months ago and have been truly inspired by the words of your sweet family and your own words through out the last 18 months. Thank you for your example of faith and hope and for also allowing us to see the hurts and heartaches as well. You have made a difference in my life!

The Mom said...

We love your parents, and prayed along with them during your adventure. We rejoice in your progress.
Randal and Ann Allred
Laie, HI

Ogden Family said...

Jodi-
Just blogger friends now... we will be real friends some day. I will continue to follow your new blog and we can all heal together. God be with you and keep believing!
Heather Ogden

Rachel said...

Jodi, this is your little cousin Rach. I've always looked up to you (in more ways than one.) Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You have been in my thoughts and prayers throughout these last 18 months. I know that you will continue to recover and beat the odds. Love you!

Gerbear77 said...

Hi Jody-
I am the neice of Lois Orgill. She led us to your blog so we could watch your journey and join in on the prayers and support for you. You have been such an inspiration and example to me. I love your great attitude and I believe this is a huge part of your recovery. I'm so happy to know that things are going well for you and that you are able to enjoy this life again to the fullest with your family. May God continue to bless your sweet and amazing spirit! Geri Mackie

Veeda said...

Jodi, I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your new blog. You're so inspirational, best wishes always.

Michele said...

Hi Jodi,

I worked at PCC when we found out about your challenges at one of our Team Meetings. I have learned a lot by reading your blogs and it has helped me to remember to be grateful for all of the little things in life. Not to take anything for granted.
Your strength through your challenges have been uplifting and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your feelings with all of us.

Swalbergs said...

Jodi,
You are so amazing. I am so glad that everything is happy and healthy for you. You deserve the best!!! Emily

Anonymous said...

So so happy for you - you have truly inspired me! jg

Jackie Dillard said...

Jodi...you are so amazing! I'm so glad you're doing better! You are such an inspiration to myself and so many!

BloggerBuck said...

Jodi, and Tolan, and the kids. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. It was great to be able to keep up to date with the happenings. Love, Baileys

Lana Schow said...

I'm so glad we met last year at the "Thank you Luncheon!" I have loved following your blog and reading about your story. Thanks for being an inspiration and a friend!

The Watsons said...

Jodi,
I met you at Time Out For Women and I am still amazed at the journey you have been on. I hope that you will continue to overcome the obstacles that you come upon and that you always hold your head up high like you have for the past 18 months! I'm excited to keep following you on your new journey!

Love, Holly Watson

Choi Chatter said...

Jodi: I think of you often and have been wondering how you are. I'm glad to see you starting a new "chapter". What an amazing perspective you have had on this crazy journey. You are a true inspiration! Best wishes and hope to see you soon!, Love, Carrie Choi and family

Holly Frazier said...

Jodi, your journey has provided me with such inspiration and encouragement. I am thrilled that you are taking the opportunity to continue to share your hope and faith with us. You have helped me more than you will ever know. I'm one of God's miracles, too. For very different reasons, but the Power of God through human beings is not lost on me. God bless you and your family as you continue your journey!

Duncan D. Horne said...

A wonderful inspiring blog. I'm a Latter-day Saint living in Malaysia.

www.duncaninkuantan.blogspot.com

Diliana said...

Dear Jody,

I am truly humbled by your courageous example, firm faith and love for life the way it is. You are a living miracle and inspiration for hundreds and thousands of people out there. Thank you for who you are!

Anonymous said...

Jodi,

I've never met you, except for recently we've crossed paths on Facebook. I stand all amazed at the courage and powerful conviction you have in the power and love of God. I am in awe. What an example you are to me. Kristi is a lucky woman to have you in her life as her sister.

Scott Pierson

sahapan said...

Thank you for this wonderful story. I going to have a surgery in July 20112. Doctor said it will be a long recovery. I'm not sure what's going to happen to me. Your story is touching my heart. Have a wonderful life and God bless.

Anonymous said...

Just found this blog when searching about brain tumors. I think I've read almost all of your story, back from the beginning. Thank God you survived. And thank you for sharing. Janeen

Dianne Hancock said...

I just finished your book and am feeling so inspired
by your story. It is amazing that with all you have
been through and to have such courage and faith. God
bless you and your family and thumbs up especially to your
husband, parents (I love your dad) and your children.