This week’s theme: Living a Miracle
Life is a miracle. It’s magical, extraordinary, and unfathomable. Every day, miracles happen. Some may appear insignificant but making life a living miracle is a significant factor that can change how you live. When you realize that miracles are all around us, it will change your life instantly. Miracles can come in different shapes and sizes. Be willing to welcome them in your life.
From Fear to Fire: Secrets to Overcome Fear, Embrace your Gifts and Achieve Success
This is the place where real people share real challenges. Where you can find a common bond and uncommon wisdom through their stories. Use tips from the breakthroughs of others to jump start your success. Speaker, author, adventurer, and host Heather Hansen O’Neill takes you on the journey from fear to fire. Today we talk about living a miracle…that miracles do happen.
If you ask people about their earliest memories, most will recall holidays and family parties. But for Arthur, many of his earliest memories include going with his parents to regular hospital visits and staying overnight for blood transfusions. These treatments have been a frequent part of his life since birth because he has beta-thalassemia major: a rare genetic disorder that reduces his body’s ability to produce enough healthy red blood cells.
When reaching adolescence, most teenagers want more freedom, independence and control in their lives. For Arthur, it was the opposite, as he discovered that his lifespan would only last up to adulthood. After becoming an adult, Arthur was waiting for his death. It was at the eleventh hour, at the age of twenty-one, when Arthur was introduced to a miracle treatment, but only after the damage of iron overload from all the blood transfusion was done to his body.
Grateful to be given a chance to survive for a few more years, Arthur decided to do something with his life; to get married, buy a house and also to have children, knowing he had no prospect of any future for himself.
Arthur and his wife Helen celebrated their thirty-five-year marriage anniversary at the age of sixty. Iron Boy is a heart-breaking, gutsy and honest story about Arthur’s fight back from the darkness, and of his will to survive and prosper against all odds. To date, he has had 8600 injections, 700 blood transfusions and 2200 blood packs. In September 2016, Arthur was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on the Queens’ Honour list as a result of over two decades as the CEO for a disability organization, supporting disadvantaged people.
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IRON BOY can be found on Amazon. HERE
Note: Find a local blood bank to donate.
Quote of the Day:
“The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.” ~GK Chesterton
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