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Letter of the Month Thank you for being honest

I am a 32-year-old mum sitting here reading Woman Alive with my 11-week-old daughter. I have just finished reading Ruth Strange’s article, Should we really treasure every moment? (August). Since having my daughter, whose birth was quite

My beautiful daughter Annie Elizabeth

traumatic, I have had two lots of antibiotics for infected stitches, two bouts of mastitis, bleeding and cracked nipples from feeding for weeks on end and I am now sitting here one week after having an operation under general anaesthetic, where I was re- stitched. I feel like I am back at square one and not, ‘treasuring every moment’, as I would like to or being told I should! Thank you Ruth, for not making me feel so alone and being honest about the rubbish bits; I do think some people look back with rose-tinted glasses. I love my daughter very much and especially like the last paragraph, remembering that even when I don’t treasure each moment I know I can trust God with her day, her future and her eternity. Charlotte, Romford

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Inspiring Stories Two articles in your August

edition touched me personally. This wasn’t in my plan! by Emily Owen talked about how she dealt with the diagnosis of neurofibromatosis, which eventually led to deafness. There was not a hint of feeling sorry for herself, and God is now using her in a wonderful way through her writing, and the sharing of her testimony. Then there is Joni Eareckson

Tada, who has had an amazing life-long ministry, despite her disability. Her articles in Woman Alive are always

positive and encouraging, even though we know she has many day-to-day struggles.

I too have learned that God has a plan for all of us, even when we feel there is nothing we can do. After a 32-year nursing career, my health deteriorated and I had to retire early. Nursing was all I knew, or so I thought, but the Lord had other ideas. He is now using me in ways I never imagined, using the skills I already had. What these two inspirational

women prove, and what I am learning through my disability, is that God works through

We’d love to hear your views on this issue of Woman Alive. Write to Jackie at Woman Alive, CPO, Garcia Estate, Canterbury Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1BW or e-mail Please include a full name and address with all correspondence.

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