Slide "Truly my soul finds rest in God:
My salvation comes from him.
Truly He is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress,
I will never be shaken."

Psalm 62:1-2 (NIV)
Living in the State of Joy

Some people live in California,
Others in Arizona, New York or Maine.
Still others live in the State of Joy.
Many wonder how to get there.
It's easy, really, requiring no travel.
Simply, the decision to be there.

- Author unknown
Slide The Lord is my

strength and my


- Psalm 28:7

"But those who hope in the Lord

Will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles,

They will run and not grow weary,

They will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 40:31
God always gives

His best to those

who leave the

choice with him.

- Jim Elliot
Be joyful in hope

Patient in affliction

Faithful in prayer

Romans 12:12
Even to your old age and gray hairs

I am he, I am he who will sustain you

I have made you and I will carry you

I will sustain you and I will rescue you

Isaiah 46:4
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.

Painful moments, TRUST GOD.

Every moment, THANK GOD.

-Rick Warren
Life is like two rails on a railroad track,

and at all times you have something

good and something bad in your life.

-Rick Warren
With your help I can advance against a troop;

with my God I can scale a wall."

2 Samuel 22:30
The Lord will cover you with his feathers,

And under His wings you will find refuge.

His faithfullness will be

your shield and rampart.

Psalm 91:4
I am not afraid of storms,

for I am learning how to sail my ship.

- Louisa May Alcott
Be not afraid,

neither be dismayed,

for the Lord your God is

with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:6
The Lord God is

my strength,

my personal bravery

and my invincible army.

Habakkuk 3:19
When I am afraid,

I put my trust in you.

In God, whose word I praise -

In God I trust and am not afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?"

Psalm 56:3 NIV
The Lord will cover you

with his feathers,

And under His wings

you will find refuge.

His faithfullness will be

your shield and rampart.

Psalm 91:4
I present my body to God for it is

the temple of the LIVING GOD.

God dwells in me and HIS LIFE

permeates my SPIRIT, SOUL, and BODY

so that I am filled with the

fullness of God daily.

Romans 12:1-2; John 14:30
I let the peace of God

Rule in my heart

And I refuse to worry about anything."

Colossians 3:15
I will not let the Word of God

Depart from before my eyes

for it is life to me; I have found it

and it is health and healing

to all my flesh.

Proverbs 4:21-22
I will fear no evil for

thou art with me Lord,

your Word and your Spirit

they comfort me

Psalm 23:4
I trust in the Lord with all my heart,

And I lean not unto my

own understanding.

In all my way I acknowledge Him

And He directs my path.

Proverbs 3:5-6
EAT what nourishes

your body.

DO what nourishes

your soul.

THINK what nourishes

your mind.
Gracious God,

Help me to remember

that in all circumstances

and challenges I am being

formed by your hands.

Yet, O Lord,

you are our Father.

We are the clay,

You are the potter;

we are all the work

of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8


I created this website as a place where those struggling with medical adversity could come and sit under the palm trees. Imagine how the gentle breeze feels across your skin or the sound of the ocean coming in and going out; as if each wave were taking away the problems and bringing in the cleansing waters of God.  In times of trouble, I love to sit with God on the beach.  I believe it is one of His many gifts to us where nature nurtures our body and soul.

Is there a medical storm brewing within you or someone you love? Have you experienced illness? Have you been a caregiver? Are the medical issues piling up until you feel alone to slay the medical giant? Are you ready to scream – “Stop the world I want to get off?”

The mission of this website is to assist you in overcoming medical adversity through inspirational writings, resources, and a sprinkling of humor.

Whether you have come searching for information and insight for yourself or for a loved one; it is my prayer that you will draw hope, strength and encouragement from the writings posted on this site. If that happens, give the glory and praise to God.

Many blessings for the day, my friends.

About My Book

Are you facing a medical challenge or know someone who is?
Sooner or later it happens to most all of us. We find ourselves staring at a diagnosis we don’t want to hear. What do you do? How do you respond? Often the fear of the unknown is worse than the condition.
With authenticity, candor, humor, spirituality and grace, Surviving Medical Mayhem will help you not just survive but thrive. Discover the healing power of knowledge, humor and faith – three vital health ingredients you need to absorb in heavy doses. These three “miracle medicines” can make all the difference in how you navigate the mayhem of medical adversity and help you walk through this new journey with more, joy, confidence and peace.



Embrace Faith and Prayer as a vital part of your healing.


Find comfort in others who have faced a similar journey.


Harness the power of humor and perspective to heal faster.

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A book’s a dream that you hold in your hand. Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a writer.  I shared this with an author friend of the family.  She said “Loretta, write what you know.”  But at 10 years old – What did I know?

Flash forward a couple dozen years and I found myself with a plethora of experiences relating to medical issues: my own, my family, and my friends.  With those experiences came the stories.  Survival stories, really.

Through these stories I realized God was leading me to do more and the birth of this blog and the book Surviving Medical Mayhem was bornI also love to share my stories in person and conduct Christian based workshops, seminars and talks to provide tools to survive and thrive through medical adversity.

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