Author Leslie J Sherrod & Her Amazing Mother

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My guest today author Leslie J Sherrod tells a story of an amazing woman, her mother. Leslie is also offering a book for a drawing here. Please leave a comment to enter the drawing. Here’s Leslie:

“I was eleven years old

when my father was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. Prior to his diagnosis, severe fatigue and drastic coughing spells had left him weak, bedridden. The doctors tossed around words like pneumonia, tuberculosis, even lung cancer, until tests exposed the true culprit attacking his lungs: the systemic inflammatory disease of sarcoidosis.

Some people with sarcoidosis improve spontaneously, but a small number have a continuing, life-altering relationship with it. My father is in that number.  Over twenty-five years have passed since that initial diagnosis, and the decades have been filled with constant medical appointments, invasive tests, countless hospitalizations, and additional disabling chronic conditions that now have him confined to a wheelchair and the hospital bed set up in his living room.

And in the midst of all of this is my mother.

A quiet woman with busy hands, my mother has been a constant caretaker. When that diagnosis first entered our family in the late 1980s, my mother was working as a nurse on the night shift. With an ill husband and two daughters to raise in Baltimore City, she continued working while caring for him, nurturing my sister and I, and also tending to her father who had Alzheimer’s, and her mother who had a stroke.

I do not know when my mother slept,

and now that I am an adult with a family of my own, I do not know how she balanced it all. Resources were always limited. Sometimes the electricity was off and the food and clothes we had were donated. But she managed. And to this day, now unable to work but still required to serve, I haven’t heard her complain. She shares silly jokes and plays goofy games with her grandchildren, and few would know the trauma, the trials she’s endured, is enduring.

Her faith in Christ a foundation,

my mother’s compassion and care for others extends beyond her previous nursing duties and ongoing family obligations. She looks for ways to help others, even strangers, while facing her own challenges. I remember as a teen, a young woman with sad eyes, alone and pregnant, happened to sit next to us at church. My mother asked for her name, took down her address, and a few days later we drove to the young woman’s house with bags full of baby supplies. There are many such stories that reveal my mom’s faith and character in action.

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To purchase, click here. Without Faith: Book Two of the Sienna St. James Series

My current series’ protagonist, Sienna St. James,

a social worker like me, is a woman who faces private pain while working for the public good. Her marriage is in disrepair and the mysteries on her caseload keep her hands full. However, the lessons Sienna learns about faith and hope, sacrifice and joy, are ones I’ve witnessed firsthand through the life and continuing legacies of my mother.

You can learn more about me and my novels Like Sheep Gone Astray, Secret Place, Losing Hope, Without Faith, and the upcoming Sacrifices of Joy on my website,“–Leslie

Facebook: Leslie J. Sherrod
Twitter: @LeslieJSherrod

Thanks, Leslie. I’m so glad you had a godly mother who lived her faith. Too many times I’ve seen spouses abandon their husband or wife because of a life-threatening or life-altering illness. QUESTION: Was there ever a time in your life when you thought you had been pushed to your limits but pushed on anyway? Please share to be entered into the drawing for Leslie’s book!–Lyn

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6 Responses to Author Leslie J Sherrod & Her Amazing Mother

  1. Judy B says:

    I was pushed to my limits when I was a caretaker for my husband who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. I still worked part time because we needed the insurance, my folks stayed with my husband while I was at work. I don’t have a clue to when I slept. My husband’s hospital bed was set up in the living room and I slept on the sofa to be near him. This was truly one of the hardest 4 months of my life. (He lived only 4 months after his diagnosis) Bob went from a vibrant man down to a man who could barely function in the end. I was by his side when he drew his last breath. We had celebrated our 8th anniversary two days before he passed away. I prayed for God’s healing touch daily for Bob. Bob received his healing when God called him home.

    Judy B

    P.S. I’ve also survived brain surgery, breast cancer, death of my Mom 23 months ago, and my first marriage of 25 years ended when my husband left me for another woman. Can I say God is good? You bet He is!

    • StrongWomen says:

      So glad you drew on God’s strength, Judy. We never know what we might have to face. God bless.

    • Leslie Sherrod says:

      Wow, Judy! Thanks for sharing your story. I’m amazed at your strength and, yes, God is good!

  2. Leslie Sherrod says:

    What an awesome testimony, Dana, of God’s grace being sufficient enough to step in at our weakest moments – and carry us to purpose and peace. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Dana Spille says:

    Yes when my mother passed away in 2000 from lung cancer mesothelioma { she was not a smoker she got cancer from the place schooled she worked at for over 20 years as a teachers aid .I got sick right after she passed away and had to have surgery for gallbladder .With helping to take care of my mother while she was sick ,taking care of my family it was too much on my body I lost A LOT of weight and the chemicals in my brain got out of whack .I started to have panic attacks and got very depressed I want to die because I thought not living would have been better .But God step in and healed me !! He showed me me that I had things to do like raising my children and a job to do for His kingdom reaching those who are lost ,tell them them about His goodness . I made a promise to Him in 2001 that I would go where He wanted me to ,say what He wanted me to say and Do { help } those Her wanted me to help .I am doing my best to full fill that promise . Thank you for your time and Blessings DanaGirl Spille