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It was a nice summer morning as I waited to be picked up by my husband. A dear old doctor friend had passed away and we were going to the funeral together. 
As we chatted quietly with friends in the church lobby my husband suddenly bumped into me saying, "I have one of those cramps in my leg."  Not thinking too much of it because he'd had these many times in the past I turned to resume conversation.  He bumped into me again ... harder this time.  "Oh no!  It's going up my other leg!" he said and down he went overtaken by a grand mal seizure. 
"He has an AVM (arteriole venous malformation ... mass of malformed veins) on the front right lobe of his brain," came the report from the doctor.  Life changed in an instant.  Time to take a deep breath.  Decisions were made about how to treat this mass that was a literal bomb in his brain. 
A special procedure to shut this mass down non-invasively was done at the University of Virginia but almost a year later the bomb went off.  I was told, "He's had a massive brain hemorrhage.  Call your kids home.  He's not going to make it." 
The next morning I could hardly take a breath let alone a deep one.  The stress of this event had literally taken my breath away.  Suddenly all that I thought was important paled in comparison.  Life was forced to slow down as we prepared for the worst.
He didn't die.  He held on!  Surgery was performed to remove the mass.  Though he didn't recover immediately or fully and was hospitalized for a full year, I've learned to make time to slow down, take deep breaths, and enjoy each day that we're given. 
Too often we find ourselves majoring on the minors.  When life events like our family has endured come you quickly learn what is important and what isn't.

Take deep and full breaths each day that you are alive.  We need to make time to slow down before we have no more breaths to take.

posted on: 7/21/2009 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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