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"May all who enter here, find comfort, peace, understanding, encouragement and love. Know now that you are 'not alone'."

~~Linda Bowser~~

Name: Kristen H
Age: 15
Location: Reading, PA
Sex: Female

Number of hip surgeries: 2
Reason for hip problems:
SCFE (Slipped Capitol Femural Epiphysis)

Profession: I work at a Local Farmer's market in a produce stand.

I had my left hip pinned when I was 10.  (March 95)  It was a complete shocker when the doctor came in and told me that I was going to have surgery.  I had been having this pain for a few weeks, it was really persistent.  Finally, after much whining to my mom that my leg hurt, she took me to the doctor.  Well, I went in and got some x-rays done and they showed early signs of SCFE.  The surgery was performed the next day with no complications.   

In October 97, I was experiencing the same kind of pain in my right hip like I had had in my left two years before.  I went to the doctor and they did some x-rays, nothing showed up.  By this time I was having a ton of pain in my hip area and he sent me for a bone scan at the hospital.

Sure enough, it was SCFE again.  This time I had a different doctor because my regular one was going out of town that week.  I had the second surgery with no complications.  (Except that I had a lot more pain with the second surgery than with the first.)

Now I am a normal teenager.  I take gym class, and participate in sports.

I've heard that SCFE is hereditary, but no one that I know of in my family ever had it.

Thanks, Kristen H

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I am posting this because you are very special people who have touched my life in one way or another.


A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared.

He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! 

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.

If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!

  • I asked for Strength ~ And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.

  • I asked for Wisdom ~ And God gave me Problems to solve.

  • I asked for Prosperity ~ And God gave me Brain and Brawn to work.

  • I asked for Courage ~ And God gave me Danger to overcome.

  • I asked for Love ~ And God gave me Troubled people to help.

  • I asked for Favors ~ And God gave me Opportunities.

  • I received nothing I wanted ~ I received everything I needed!

May your path be bright and full of light everywhere you go. And, I pray your feet will never stumble out of God's plan. May the desires of your heart come true, And may you experience Peace in everything you do. May Goodness, Kindness, and Mercy come your way and, may you gain Wisdom and grow in the Lord everyday. 


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