In October 2007 I was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer - uninsured and left untreated - and given a prognosis of 1-2 years. In April 2014, after finally acquiring health insurance, I was diagnosed with a large Choroidal Melanoma and had my left eye removed. It felt like my life was over. And then on December 22, 2014 my husband was baptized and we were both confirmed into the Catholic church. My experience with First Confession and First Communion has left me Awake and Alive. It doesn't matter how my journey ends - nor the size of the pebbles and boulders along the way. God's got this! And for the first time in years - I have perfect peace.....

Awake and Alive

Around four years ago my youngest son, Jesse, recommended the band Skillet to me.  It took me all these years to finally check them out....but now am so glad I did.  This song, Awake and Alive, really spoke to me.  It's been almost a week since hubby and I officially became Catholic.  If I had to describe in just one sentence how taking Eucharist makes me feel, it would be 'Awake and Alive'.  We've been on this journey to becoming Catholic for over 10 years now.  It's been such a struggle to overcome the discrimination that many Christians feel toward the Catholic church (we ARE Christians, too).  Father Vic said it best, 'It's difficult to look at something that is so different from what you've always thought it to be'.  I finally learned to open up my heart and mind and really learn what the Catholic church is about - and I fell in love with God all over again.  The night of December 22, 2014 was the closest to God that I have ever felt.  And I will NEVER be the same again.

I know what I believe inside
I'm Awake and I'm Alive