Today was a rough day, my back has been bad the last few days but this morning it was worse. It has been a long time since I have been in that much pain and worried about my back. The pain was so bad that it made me sick to my stomach. I didn't get up or do anything till 11:30 a.m. Finally Amy and the girls took me to my chiropractor, who helped me get the pain under control. So instead of sharing any more of my day, I wanted to leave you with this inspirational information about a pianist called Paul Cardall. It was something I needed to read tonight, so I would stop feeling so sorry for myself. You can go on line and listen to his music too, he is amazing! Good night dear friends.
Four-time Billboard charting recording artist and award winning pianist, speaker, and author Paul Cardall has entertained sold out audiences and inspired people worldwide with twelve studio albums and various published writings.
Born with a severe congenital heart defect (single ventricle or half of a functioning heart), Cardall was given only days to live but defied medical expectations, enduring a series of surgeries and illnesses throughout his lifetime.
As a teenager, after the tragic loss of a friend, Cardall found comfort in music and would later established himself as an international-bestselling pianist.
In August 2008 Cardall was suffering severe heart failure and was told by medical professionals he needed a heart transplant or would slowly grow weaker and die. While facing an unknown future, his younger brother Brian, one of the rising stars in the scientific world unexpectedly passed away.
Cardall records on his blog, "If you were told you only had a week, a month, or a year to live, what would you change? This perspective empowers you and I to understand what really matters in this world. If we change, if we improve, there is a rippling effect of love and strength, which has the power to change our family, community, and so on..."
After waiting 385 days on the transplant list, doctors found a heart and surgeons performed a miraculous surgery.
Paul Cardall has a unique perspective on life. His optimistic message combined with powerful instrumental music inspires people and gives them courage, strength, hope, and faith in understanding how to live a more fulfilling and peaceful life. http://mytricuspidatresia.blogspot.com/
"Paul Cardall had end-stage heart failure. We talked about options. There were no easy options. He could choose to live or choose to die. The latter would be easier. He chose life, not passively, but vigorously, with the kind of energy that left me asking what I had been doing with my own life.” -Angela T. Yemtan, M.D., Director Adult Congenital Heart Program Intermountain Region
"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. " ~ Confucius
"When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, 'Try it one more time." ~ Unknown
"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place." ~ Unknown