Dabney Hedegard

Author, Speaker, Professional Patient


God can do all things. No plan of His can be thwarted. Job 42:2

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The Ball is Rolling….10 Days!

The Ball is Rolling….10 Days!

Ten days! That’s how soon I’ll have my surgery. Yippee!!!!! I’m so excited, so over-the-top thrilled! And I can’t stop praising God for His goodness. In case you’ve been following this journey, here’s an update of what’s happened and what’s happening next: Yesterday, 6.15.15, I had a TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram), which basically takes internal pictures of your heart while you’re under light sedation. This procedure confirmed that I have severe aortic regurgitation and moderate mitral valve regurgitation. Tomorrow, 6.17.15, I’ll have a cardiac catheter procedure (please pray they find a vein for my IV. My tiny veins like to hide, but not tomorrow!) Early next week I’ll have my first consult over the phone with my new Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Allan Stewart, from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York to decide what type of procedure I’ll have (mechanical valve vs. tissue valve, etc.) June 26 (if all goes well with testing), TEN SHORT days away, I’ll have heart surgery!!!! Yippee! If I could jump without getting winded, I would!...

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Roar Back

Roar Back

Mid-Saturday morning, I received the most hurtful email. The writer shared how her and her friends read my blog, and she basically surmised in bullet-point format their thoughts on how I had failed as a Christian.  I’ll only repeat a few of their comments…so hang with me. I promise there’s a redeeming reason in why I’m reopening this wound, and why a small part of me is thankful for her gumption to send the message my way. One person said I’d lost my witness when: “she made the doctor her god. She is a hippocrit.” And another, “Her condition is not critical.” And the one comment that still stings, “What gives her the right to ask for funds. If she stayed local then she could pay like everyone else.” The emailer ended with “I am not sure the public sees this as walking in faith.” Ouch. That’s when the nauseating feeling set in and my heart did the one thing my it’s not supposed to do: rapidly race. More soul-searching...

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Search Me {And Surgery Update}

Search Me {And Surgery Update}

I’ll never forget the day I learned my cancer had returned. Standing in the kitchen, I gripped the phone as my oncologist shared the news. My knees gave out, and I slid to the floor. Deep from within, moans I’d never heard before bellowed out. Shock, fear, and then anger set in as I shouted to God two words: “Why me?” What had I done to deserve this? Looking back, I now see that God had a plan, one which included a great deal of earthly pain on my part, but would eventually turn into back-to-back miracles on His. His plan, the best plan, would slowly unfold over the years and point hundreds of people to Christ. And isn’t that the greater goal? Even in my weakest moments, when my fleshly fear winds me tighter than I’d like to admit, the Bible says He sees and knows my needs even before I cry them out. That’s why He sends a Helper, the Holy Spirit, to search our hearts and...

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