Alison’s Story

14 Jun

Alison is my oldest child. She was born severely premature and has some cognitive delays along with Cerebral Palsy.  Our church put on a special senior service for all our high school graduates.  The families had the opportunity to put together a display of photos and academic, sport, etc. accomplishments.  Our journey has looked different therefore trophies and other such accolades haven’t been a part of her life.  Alison decided to share her story because it is her greatest accomplishment. Our display was a modest piece of tag board with some pictures and her story. I am so proud of her and her resilience and positive attitude, she is my hero! With a little help from mom…here is her story.

MY STORY

My name is Alison Jordyn.  I was born October 31, 1995 at 7:51 PM.  My mom is Rebecca and she was just 17 and 24 weeks pregnant when I was born.  I weighed 1 pounds 12 Oz. I was born so premature that my eyes were still fused shut.  My mom told me what a whirlwind of doctors and nurses there were, all working hard and fast to give me the best shot possible.

I had open heart surgery when I was only two weeks old weighing 1 pound 10 oz.  From brain hemorrhages to dangerous blood infections I fought through each one becoming stronger each day.  My mom told me that she should plan on me being in the hospital for at least 6-8 months but since I am stubborn (I get that from grandpa) I decided 2 1/2 months was long enough.  One month and one day before my due date I was discharged weighing a hefty 4 pounds 7 oz.

When I was born they took my mom aside to prepare her for what life would be like for us.  Because of the grade 4 brain hemorrhage she was told I would never walk, that I would never talk, and that I would be plagued with illness, allergies, and asthma.  Fortunately, my mama has that same stubborn attitude as grandpa and me and never gave up hope.

I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when I was five months old.  Two months later I rolled over for the first time.  At ten months old I said my first word, “hi”.  On December 28, 1997, I took my first steps and I never stopped moving!  I am now 18 and still haven’t been plagued with illness, asthma, and allergies.

When I was in kindergarten my mom was taken aside again and told that I had learned all that I would ever learn. She told my mom that I was incapable of learning new things and maybe school wasn’t for me.  That didn’t stop us!  I have learned so much and I have accomplished and done more than anyone ever thought possible.  We wish we remembered her name because we would like to send her a graduation announcement 🙂

My mom says that I am proof that God is still in the miracle business.  With God, even the impossible becomes possible.

I know my accomplishments seem ordinary to most and that’s OK.  I don’t have many earthly awards and that’s OK too.  You see, my biggest accomplishment is that my life saved my mom’s life.  God chose to use a sick little baby to save my mom from a life of addiction and instead led her into a life of salvation.  Now that my mom knows Jesus my whole family knows Him.  It’s pretty cool to think that I am the reason my whole family will go to heaven.

I am excited for what the future holds because I know the One who holds it.  My future is bright and the opportunities are limitless and I look forward to seeing where my journey takes me……..because my story is just beginning!

Our display

Our display

Thanks for reading!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

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30 Responses to “Alison’s Story”

  1. clothedwithjoy June 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    I just bawled my eyes out. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!

    • Zilliana June 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      That is such a beautiful story. What an amazing testimony you have. God bless you for sharing it.

    • Rebecca July 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      Thank you, my friend! Your kind words blessed our hearts!

  2. Rebeca Jones June 14, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    What an awesome story! Congratulations, Alison. And congratulations, Rebecca, as well. What a wonderful testimony of our Lord’s goodness and grace. Many blessings on a bright and exciting future! 🙂

  3. Hunt FOR Truth June 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    😀 nice

  4. Karl D Rhoads June 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Reblogged this on On a Personal Note and commented:
    Want to talk about faith? Top this!

  5. bizigal June 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Congrats! That is so awesome! I love to hear things like this.

  6. The Vintage Couple June 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Vintage Couple and commented:
    Rebecca is a wonderful role model for young Christian wives like myself. Her amazing daughter Alison allowed her mother to share her testimony on her blog. I am really proud of Alison! She graduated high school and she is going to do amazing things in her life. Alison you’re a excellent role model. If it’s in the Lord’s will for you. I think you should create your own blog. You can inspire so many people! You have truly inspired me. To God be the glory!!!

    Blessings,
    Aisha

  7. Jacqueline F. Holmes June 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    What a beautiful story of how God ALWAYS have a bigger plan. Congratulations, Alison – you are a walking miracle. Truly Gods gift. I am so excited for what he has in store for you. Blessings and favor be upon you mightily.

  8. gabecox June 15, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    “Your misery could become a ministry” – Jason Strand at church today. Both you and Alison took something that seemed impossible and turned it into a testimony. So proud of you! God takes our scars and turns them into stars, and Alison is definitely a star.

  9. Yvonne I. Wilson June 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Oh wow Rebecca, what a powerful and moving testimony this is! All glory and praise be unto God! Indeed a miracle and a beautiful shining star Alison is. With your permission I would love to publish Alison’s story on my blog. God is great and greatly to be praised!! 🙂

    • Rebecca June 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

      Oh my friend, your kindness blesses our hearts and to Him all the glory! Thank you! You absolutely have my permission! God Bless you!

      • Yvonne I. Wilson June 15, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

        Thank you Rebecca for granting permission. I will set it up for publication this coming Wednesday 18th and I will link back to your website. God bless you also!

  10. paulanderson13 June 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Fantastic story. God is using you. Thank you for sharing!

    • Rebecca June 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you, for the sweet encouraging words! God be the Glory! ~Blessings, my friend~

  11. thisbeautifullyimperfectlife June 17, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing from a vulnerable place and blessing me today.

    • Rebecca June 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      Thank you, my friend! God be the glory! ~Blessings~

  12. mrsratfire June 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Hello Rebecca- just wanted to tell you what a lovely writer you are!

    • Rebecca June 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

      Thank you for the sweet compliment! You really blessed my heart! ~Blessings~

  13. An Unfolding Glory June 22, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    What a beautiful story! It just proves that children are indeed a deeply profound gift from the LORD! Congratulations to both of you.

    • Rebecca June 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

      Thank you my friend! You blessed my day!

  14. Mama Gillean July 6, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    Wow, the faith in Alison’s heart is astounding! Isn’t it amazing how God uses children to save many many people! I believe God is using my son in the same way. Although we have already known God, having our son made our faith stronger and deeper. I can’t wait to hear my sons testimony. Alison has an amazing mommy and is blessed that God chose you as her mom.
    God bless you family, this testimony is definitely one that will stick in my heart forever. I love hearing about Gods miracles in children (our son is one of them).

    Mama Gillean

  15. notdonnareed July 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    Such a beautiful story from a a beautiful young woman

    • Rebecca July 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      Thank you, my friend! Your words really blessed us. Thanks for visiting. ~Blessings~

  16. sallyjadlow July 9, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Loved your story. Sounds like the ones I write in “God’s Little Miracle Book”. I’m working on book IV at present. I wonder if I might contact you to write it? My books are available on Amazon. Just go to Amazon and type in Sally Jadlow in the search bar.

    • Rebecca July 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      My friend, I absolutely know and love your books! What a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I am humbled to have you read our story.
      It would be my pleasure to have you contact me. My email is luvmybebebugs@gmail.com
      and # 763-228-3607.
      Thank you, my friend. ~Blessings~
      Rebecca Vahdat

  17. Dave Shackelford July 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Rebecca, thank you for sharing your story. Always remember, our awesome Father God is great, good and gracious all the time. Keep lookin’ up!

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