Dare to Dive Deeper

 

Dive-Deeper-Graphic2 Timothy 1:7 -“For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind.”

As I prepare to start treatments tomorrow my mind can’t help but fathom all the goodness of God and the possibilities that might be in store. The excitement that awaits. Even if I am not fully healed, as I would like, my trust and confidence remains in Christ. That He will bring this around for His perfect glory.

The future remains unknown and staring down that tunnel it can often appear rather intimidating. For once I am ready to run full sprint down that tunnel and embrace whatever awaits. With Christ I can face anything!

Yet, it saddens me to think how many Christ followers remain in a state of timidity. Instead of answering God’s call to dive deeper, to enter a spirit of love, and of a good mind. Most prefer to play in safe, floating on the surface, (some frozen by fear) yet never willing to embrace the depths. The wonderful depths God has waiting for us, where we can only truly know Him more (often from living life with Him, through trials and mistakes.) Don’t live a life in timidity, don’t just live in complacency. Live the life God intended and made you for.  Don’t be a lion with a purr! Be a lion with a roar!

That is how I am facing this new adventure that lies ahead. Even with a sinus cold and feeling less then ok, I am confident that God will sustain me! I challenge you to dive deeper! Strap on that scuba gear and go to greater depths! You won’t be disappointed! Yes, you will face trials & tribulations, you will face times of uncertainty, but I dare you to find your identity in Christ! It’s so worth it!

I’m reminded of a song by Steven Curtis Chapman I grew up with “Dive”….

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“I’m diving in, I’m going deep, in over my head I want to be
Caught in the rush, tossed in the flow, in over my head I want to go
The river’s deep, the river’s wide, the river’s water is alive
So sink or swim, I’m diving in”

If you have no idea what I am talking about but want to know more about this awesome God I served I’d love to hear from you and do my best to help answer your questions. Feel free to email me at bryanyork4@gmail.com  (bare with me on response time as I am going through treatments, I will reply when available though 🙂 )

Lastly, thank you so much for everyone who has donated https://lords-compassion-ministry.networkforgood.com/projects/28245-support-bryan and offered prayers or words of encouragement! Words are not enough to express how humbled and amazed I truly am!

The results are in!!

Bringing good news is imparting hope to one’s fellow man. The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.” -Patti Smith

 

In my last post, you might recall that I mentioned I had a blood test done at my last doctors appointment. Well the results are finally in!!!

Yesterday I met with my primary doctor to go over the results………

HDL (Good Fats) was originally 23.        I was able to get it up to 33!

LDL (Bad Fats) was originally 100.         I was able to get it down to 78!

My liver and kidneys were fine! My blood sugar was right were it should be to.

The dieting I started (in September) and working out with a trainer has really paid off! All thanks to God!

Plans going forward are to stay on the eating plan and maybe add a few things back once in awhile. I plan to continue working with my trainer as long as I am able.

My next adventure is Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment starting June 5th. I am very thankful for my dear friend Jazmen for setting this fund page https://lords-compassion-ministry.networkforgood.com/projects/28245-support-bryan on my behalf. I am very humbled and so thankful for those who have given! Couldn’t do it without your help. God Bless. Also if you are curious and just want more information on what my treatments will look like, feel free to check out the link. 🙂

2 year mark!!!

Exactly 2 years ago to this day, I lay in the hospital . Fearful and confused as to what was happening to my body. Unknowingly I had gone through a mild stroke.(At 27)
2 years later I am still here on this earth thanks to God’s grace & mercy on my life. I am thankful for each breathe and thankful that I get to somehow influence you in same way or form. I am stronger and still getting better.
The last thing I want is to waste the time I am given. With each passing year I am reminded just how short life is and precious time is.
Thank you Jesus for life itself and being able to be a part of your perfect plan!

Cleared to dive!

My visit Thursday with my primary doctor went really well! Both nurse and doctor were very positive and said I looked fantastic. They had me step on the scale and weighed me at a healthy 154lb. (This same time last year, when they weighed me I was 165lb. This was far before I started eating differently and working with a personal trainer.)

The only drag was I had to fast for my blood test and all the waiting around. When they went to draw blood the first time, they couldn’t find my vein. So I had to go over to the hospital (they got it first try!) and wait some more. My appointment that morning had been at 11:15pm. By the time they finished and I ate it was nearly 2:45pm. I was pretty hungry ( Mind you, I had not eaten since dinner the previous night!) and tired!

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Receiving Instructions from Eddie

 

My visit and trial run with Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Institute was a success!

My ears handled the pressure fantastically well and I passed with flying colors! ( + Lots of ear popping! 😉 ) Praise God!   Exiting the chamber, I had to get my barrings at first (from lying down for so long.  1hr ) but afterwards was ok.  Was a tad tired on the ride home but I think that was a factor of the previous days activities ( that and having to fast for my blood test the previous day)  I feel great today though! (Saturday 3/18/17)

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The next step is to start treatments on June 5th! I will undergo 40 sessions (as of now), and was able to get treatments twice a day. This will cut my treatments in half from 6 weeks down to 4 (Lord willingly my last treatment will be June 30th). Praying my body will be able to endure the treatments!

Thank you to all who have been praying and showing your support! 🙂 Blessings

March Madness Trial Run

Update as of 3/14/17:

At the end of this week, my future plans, regarding my recovery should be alot clearer.

Thursday: I have an appointment with my primary Doctor. This should be pretty standard and straight forward. What is important about this appointment though is that they are taking a blood test afterward. Not just any blood test! This test will determine how my cholesterol is doing.  Remember way back in September I started on a new eating plan. That was for this particular test and to see if I could balance out and better my cholesterol. Even more so decrease or get entirely off my cholesterol meds.  I would love it if I could get off the medication, but the least I am hoping for is a compromise. Maybe get intake of cholesterol meds down to 2-3 times a week.

Most likely I won’t know the results of my blood test for several weeks. Excited to start the process!

Friday: We are driving up to South Boulder, CO to do a test run at the Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Therapy Center. I am undergoing a trial run and to make sure my ears can handle the pressure. At first I thought I was going to test for only 20mins but found out yesterday I am getting a whole 1hr!  (really looking forward to how things turn out.) Hopefully my ears will naturally be able to withstand the pressure. If not the worst case scenario is they put tubes in my ears while I undergo treatment.

Our prayer is that with either appointment that God’s plan will be made clear going forward. That He will touch and inspire others through my humble vessel. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Blessings!

(P.S. depending how I am feeling, I will update you all after my appointment Friday or at least try and write Saturday)

Changing of the Guard & Diving

I had a meeting this morning with a doctor to evaluate me and see whether I was a good candidate for Hyperbaric Treatment. I passed with flying colors! The only concern we all had was my ears but overall it is a minor thing and she agreed I was cleared to undergo treatment if I choose. There are no guarantees the treatment will work and as the doctor put it “It’s simply a leap of faith” Now it’s just up to my family to pray and decide whether  we can meet the commitment.

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The commitment would require a round trip from Colorado Spring to Boulder, which is about an 3 hr drive round trip. Not to mention we would have to make the trip at least 6 days a week for a month and a half. There is the possibility of staying up in Boulder while I receive treatment but we are still exploring that option. Not to mention the $6,000 cost which covers 40 treatments. So even though I meet the requirements it’s still a pretty big commitment to pray about and consider over the next two weeks.

The treatment itself is one big mystery machine. Again there is not guarantee it will work but they were are all very optimistic.

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Hyperbaric Chamber

How it Works:

You sit inside this chamber and they pressurize it so that it is the equivalent to 20 feet below sea level. (Imagine diving!)  They then proceed to release pure oxygen into the chamber. At this pressurized level the oxygen has no choice but to enter your blood stream and travels all over the body. The idea is to rejuvenate areas of the body where blood flow has decreased or stopped flowing. Kinda like jump starting a car. You are inside this air tight chamber for an hour.  (not for the claustrophobic)

(At this facility they most frequently treat Vets dealing with PTS)

Changing of the Guard:

Since late September of last year I started working with a Personal Trainer to up keep my therapy and to push myself. Chris was a fantastic trainer but several weeks ago he and his family decided to move back to New Jersey.

Before he left, he handed me over to a young man by the name of Mike.

Both Chris and Mike have experience working with cancer & stroke patients. Are very knowledgeable in their fields and both highly skilled in the area of nutrition. Blessed to be in good hands!

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Change is Unavoidable

Where have I been all this time?

Since the last time I blogged I have been to New York and Pennsylvania. Visiting Westpoint Military Academy for my Dad’s school reunion and PA to visit family. What exciting times!

 

I am a little over 4 months into my eating plan and going strong! Was hard at first trying to come up with things to eat but now am doing great and feel fantastic! 🙂

Being proactive in my recovery I hired (September) a personal trainer to help me continue my rehab (since I am not allowed back to therapy til next year) Workouts have been going really well and it has been empowering to me to actually be able to work out! We did a recent measurement and I am down to 24% body fat! I also just recently weighed myself and between eating well and working out I am a more toned 160 lbs

The Changes Coming:

-On December 28th I have a pretty important meeting with a doctor at a Hyperbaric Therapy Facility http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1464149-overview to see if I am a good candidate. (The results of this meeting will be rather interesting!)

-Chris, my trainer, informed me that he and his family are moving back to New Jersey. Therefore in the new year I will be getting a new trainer.

-In March I reach my 2 year anniversary. What will my recovery look like then? (Blessed to say I have already made huge gains!)

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”    -William Pollard

Here’s to the new adventures waiting in 2017!