I WITNESSED A MIRACLE!
Living the majority of my life as a pessimist, I have witnessed The Secret working in reverse first hand. I always knew that something was holding me back. I worked so hard at finding the reason in my environment. It was always someone or something elseï¿½s fault. I could spout many examples of the ï¿½reverseï¿½ Secret, but I want to share how the true purpose of The Secret came to fruition in my life.
In November 2006 my wife surprised me with news that we were expecting our third child. This was not a planned pregnancy, and to be completely honest, I was not excited. We are in our late 30s, and so many of our future plans came to what I thought was a screeching halt (my pessimistic attitude shining through!!). Immediately I knew something would be terribly wrong with this pregnancy. I obsessed with it, and no matter what, I could not get excited about the prospect of having a third child. My every thought was of how negative this would be in our lives.
Well my negative thoughts and feelings manifested in a way that I never could have imagined. On March 23rd 2007, my wife began to feel strange. She called her doctor and her concerns were dismissed. She was told to put her feet up and rest through the weekend. On Monday March 26th 2007 she began to swell up like a tick. Needless to say, but I could tell that something was seriously wrong. She called her doctorï¿½s office a few minutes before they were to go home for the evening. Again, her concerns were dismissed and she was told to go to a local pharmacy and have her blood pressure read by one of those machines in the waiting area. She followed their directions and came home and said that her blood pressure was off the scales. I knew that those machines arenï¿½t always accurate, and most of the time they were broken. I asked her how she felt and she said she felt fine. I told her to call her doctor the next day and demand to be seen.
The following morning I went off to work. A little after noon on Tuesday my wife called and said that her doctor was sending her to the hospital because her blood pressure was truly off the scales. I left work and met her at the hospital. Her room was a buzz with doctors and nurses attending to her.
To make a long story short (because I have so much more to share) I will simply say that the physicians were lost for an explanation. She was given the most powerful blood pressure medications, that did nothing to help. It was finally determined that she had to deliver our son. The problem was that he was only at an estimated 23 weeks gestation. And even that was in question because the sonogram showed that he was even smaller. We were told by three separate specialists that due to his size he was likely younger than 23 weeks gestation, and that he had a 0% of survival. I was brought to my knees. I never expected to lose a child in my lifetime!
We went through the grieving process in the short time before they came in to wheel her to the OR. I was told that when he was delivered that he would be taken off to the side and life saving procedures would begin and that they would bring me over and I would have to be the one to tell them to stop.
When they wheeled her in to the OR, I was told to stand outside and wait while they prepped my wife. Those 15 minutes were the most emotional of my entire life. I prayed like I never prayed before, and a very strange calm settled in the room. A rush of positive emotions filled my soul and I KNEW that everything was going to be all right. The surgical staff came out and led me to my wifeï¿½s side. The c-section lasted only a few minutes and the OB-Gyn (who happened to be a friend of ours, who just happened to be on call that day) carried him off to the side cradled in the palms of her hands. After a minute or two they asked that I come over and a nurse helped me over to him. I was completely numb from my head to my toe. When I got near him I saw the smallest baby that I had ever seen. He was the size of my hand and was the oddest shade of blue/purple I could have imagined. They were trying unsuccessfully to inflate his lungs with a ventilator and there was a nurse who had a stethoscope that covered his entire chest listening to his decreasing heart rate. The neonatologist turned to me and said that he was even smaller than they had thought and that there was nothing that they were going to be able to do for him. In my mind I simply shouted the word ï¿½PLEASE!!!!ï¿½. As God is my witness, at that moment the ventilator was able to inflate his lungs and the nurse calling out his decreasing heart rate (it started at 111 bpm and was down to 40 bpm) got a strange look on her face and said, ï¿½I now have a heart rate of 80. Now 100ï¿½. The neonatologist shouted orders to his staff and away we ran. The hallway was cleared and we ran as fast as we could to the NICU. He was born barely 10 inches in length and weighed only 12 ounces.
In those moments I witnessed what power positive thought has. I witnessed a miracle that day, and I hadnï¿½t even read The Secret yet.
A week or two went by and the gravity of the situation began to sink in. All the physicians in the NICU were telling us not to expect him to make it. I knew that things had to change in our lives, and that this child survived for a reason.
When my wife came home from the hospital I obviously was doing all the shopping for the household. Ever since my sonï¿½s birth I was searching for something and couldnï¿½t quite figure out what it was. One day I was walking through a store and was passing the book section. In a moderate display on the aisle was The Secret. Immediately my mind jumped to a commercial for the Oprah show that was advertising a ï¿½book that will change your lifeï¿½. I turned towards the display and saw that there was only one copy of The Secret left. I grabbed that book as fast as I could and practically sprinted to the check out line. Once I got home I devoured the book and found answers to questions that I never thought to ask.
Immediately things started to change. There was a boxing match approaching the day after I finished the book. I needed a break and wanted to go, but hadn’t told anyone. I dismissed the thought, knowing that I was needed at home. The thought persisted, and low and behold my neighbor who had no knowledge of my desire to go to the match called and said that he had a friend cancel on him and wanted to know if I was interested in going to the boxing match. When I told my wife of this, she immediately said that she didnï¿½t mind if I went.
The following Monday while at work, I looked up the website and read through almost every link. Knowing the financial woes that were awaiting us, I began to imagine money coming in the mail. I also printed out a check from the bank of the universe. In my mind I pictured $25,000.00. That amount would help cover some expenses while my wife was out of work. When I went to write down the amount, for some reason I wrote $17,000.00. I looked at my mistake and crumpled the check up and tossed it in the trash. I printed out another and wrote down what I had intended to. Something told me to retrieve the crumpled check and I did. I taped both checks to a bookcase in my office and looked at them. I visualized receiving the money. I didnï¿½t know how I would come about the money, but I visualized it coming anyway.
When I got home from work that day, my wife (who had read the book with some skepticism) met me at the door and said that I would not believe what came in the mail today. She told me that the bank had made an error when we closed on our house back in July of 2006, and they had sent a check for $800.00.
The next day I got to work and sat down, still marveling at the ï¿½check in the mailï¿½ ordeal. I sat there and looked at the two checks from the bank of the universe. All of a sudden I remembered that I had signed up for a cancer insurance program that preceding fall. I had added my family to that policy and blindly took out a rider for intensive care stays. I called my insurance agent who told me that my sonï¿½s stay in the NICU for the first 30 days was covered. When he told me the amount we would be receiving, I about fell out of my chair.
Soon a check for $18,000.00 came in the mail. It wasnï¿½t the 17,000 I wrote down, but I wasnï¿½t complaining. We began getting checks in the mail from friends and family who would send $25.00 or more here and there to help out. To date we have received $25,400.00 to help with expenses.
That is just the beginning of how The Secret has worked for us. I would go to the hospital every day and watch my son cling to life. When I would pull in to the parking lot around noon it would be full. I remembered the trick reference the parking stalls. One day as I drove towards the hospital, I imagined that the lot would be full again, but as I pulled in a white mini van would back out giving me a place to park. As I turned on to the road that led to the parking lot I could see that it was again full. As I entered the lot a small white SUV backed out of a stall on the exact same row as I had imagined on my drive over. Needless to say that I visualized a place to park every time I drove to the hospital. I am here to tell you that I never had to find an alternate place to park. There was an open stall EVERY TIME I pulled into the lot.
After seeing how this worked thus far, I thought I would try it on my son. I thought the book said you couldnï¿½t project change on someone else, but I tried anyways. I pictured him laying in the incubator and the light of God shining on him. I held on to that image and thought of it when I went to bed at night, and when I woke up each morning I would thank God that we didnï¿½t receive that dreaded phone call in the middle of each night. Each day he would make progress and he overcame every hurdle that was thrown at him. He had every issue a micro-preemie could face, but he survived.
On August 14th 2007, after over 4 months in the NICU and a hospital bill of 1.3 million dollars, we brought the baby, who had a 0% chance at survival, home.
The Secret has been working in my life in ways that I could not have imagined before.
We face an uphill struggle with my son, health wise and financially, but with the teachings of The Secret, we are moving forward and keeping that positive thought flowing.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU for bringing The Secret to me and my family!!!!!!!!
You have changed our lives forever!!!!!!