July 22, 2015
This Week’s Storyteller is…
Jim Halley, Asbury, Orange Park
I have always been active with the Boy Scouts of America. All three of my boys (no girls) are Eagle Scouts.
I am a physician who used to take a week off to go with the troop to summer camp. We went to a camp in Virginia near West Virginia. During one summer, I was mountain biking with the boys when I started to get dizzy. We came off the mountain and put the bikes away. I started to feel better. They began asking if I was ready for lunch, as it was near noon.
At that point my whole right side went numb, and I had difficulty swallowing. They took me to the top of the hill where I was met by an ambulance. They took me to a small hospital in West Virginia, which did not have its own neurologist. They had a sort of a “circuit rider” neurologist who came every Wednesday. He worked me up and found I had a cholesterol and clot problem. I did a prayer to God and Jesus to save me so I could live to see my boys grow up and see grandchildren.
From that point, I started getting better and almost fully recovered. I went back to my practice and worked another 19 years before I recently retired. I do not have grandchildren yet, but all three boys are married, and there is always hope. I feel that Jesus let me live to be a positive influence in my family, church and community.
Up Next Week…
Michelle Maldonado, Nuevo Pacto, Sebring
“Everyone I have met and worked with has mentored me in some way.” The young adult shares her story about how mentors in her church have influenced her spiritual growth and journey from early childhood.
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