thursday inspiration: resilience, coping, & faith w/ @la_jordan

can faith pull you through a crisis?

read below as the lovely Lola Jordan tells of her struggle with meningitis.

(reblogged from From Big Hair to No Hair)

Ultimate Sacrifice

As I think about what this good Friday means and I approach the hour that Jesus spirit was released from his body and was commanded into his fathers hands I can’t help but to become overwhelmed with a spirit of pure gratitude and thanksgiving. He died that we might live, he suffered that we might shine, and he rose from the dead conquering death. How blessed we are to have someone love us that much even in our sinner to lay down his life for us so that we might share in eternal life with him. For he is a healer, a giver, a lover, a friend, a counselor, a provider, and a savior!!!!! He is God all by himself!!

Today I want to thank him for being a healer in my friend Lola Jordan’s life for she is nothing short of a walking miracle.  April 3, 2014 she was diagnosed with meningitis that kept her in the hospital for a month experiencing server symptoms of this infection.
Below is her amazing story in her own words and a link if you want to read more about meningitis and its warning signs 🙂
Today as you reflect on his sacrifice think about how his sacrifice has blessed you 🙂

Dialogue with Lola:

  • How did you find out about meningitis?
    • I found out the night I came to the hospital and they performed the lumbar puncture (spinal tap test). This is the best way to diagnose meningitis.
  • What symptoms did you have?
    • Bad headache, nausea, vomiting, and a fever
  • What obstacles did you face in that month?
    • The biggest obstacle I faced was feeling helpless, and I was really sick, and I couldn’t do anything about it.
  • How did you overcome?
    • I overcame with love, support, and prayers from my family and friends.
  • How are you now?
    • I have 100% recovered.
April 2, 2014 was a day I didn’t see coming. It was going to be a long journey for my health. It started as normal day, when suddenly my head began to hurt. I am person that really doesn’t get headaches, but this particular day my head was hurting all day. I went to get food and thought that would make me feel better, but it didn’t. I went to sleep later that night, and started to feel hot and cold at the same time. I couldn’t keep the food down that I had eaten earlier. The next day, April 3, 2014, my dad took me to the hospital and I waited in the emergency for hours. The doctor finally saw me and said the only thing that it could be was meningitis. They performed the lumbar puncture, and it was determined that I did have meningitis. I had no idea that I was going to be in the hospital for almost a month. I got admitted and they started giving me medicine immediately for my symptoms. The first week in the hospital was the toughest, my fever wasn’t going down and I kept vomiting. They kept giving me medicine, but when I took the medicine there side effects. The side effects I got were slurred speech and blurry vision. I also was getting tremors, which mini seizures. It was really rough at this point. I had to do several cat scans and MRI tests to make sure my body was healthy. As time went on, I started getting better. I still couldn’t be released from the hospital yet. I was transferred to the rehab hospital where I had to work with a physical therapist because my body had become so weak being in the hospital for so long. I needed to build that strength back in rehab. I was also working with a speech therapist and making sure my brain activity was normal for a 22 year old. On April 20, 2014, which was Easter, I felt my spirit cry out to God like never before. I watched my church in Chicago online, but I soon as I turned it on, the worship team’s praise was on another level. I felt God speaking to me through that service and of course Pastor Hannah’s message spoke directly to my current situation. I had never been in the hospital on special days like Easter, but this Easter I was. I could not stop crying and I was thinking about how great God was and that his healing power was over me. I remembered that day also of when Jesus was raised from the dead, and he took all my sin to the cross, and when you think about that it brings me to tears. God loves me so much and his love is unconditional. There is no other love like God’s love and that is exactly what I felt on Easter when I was in the hospital. The remaining time I was in the hospital I was resting in God’s love. I was released from the hospital about a week later continued my rehab. I learned so much while I was in the hospital and it taught me to appreciate life a little more and remain humble. I have already overcame a life-changing circumstance was I was 15; I knew I was only going to become stronger. I am thankful, grateful, and blessed for the love, support, and prayers from family and friends. I love you all with my heart, especially Christa for allowing me to share my story. May my story inspire and encourage others.
I dedicate this blog post to my mom who passed away on February 23, 2007.
Love, peace, and light
Lola J.

Special Thank You!!!
My dad, Shayla, Ms. Sonya (Shayla’s Mom), Ebony, Mrs. Jones(Ebony’s mom), Mark (Ebony’ stepdad), Ebony’s aunties (Sandi, Sharon, Pat, and Getta), Adrienne, Jevita, Marcus, Marcel, Bryant, Jasmine, Denise, Sara, Justin, Raffinae, Ambra, Ashley O., Alexus, Brandon, Jeff, Steven, Jordan, Taelyn, Shanequa, Ms. Tolliver (Shanequa’s mom), Carol (Shanequa’s sister), Danielle, Janelle, Symone

for more info on meningitis, click here


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