God blessed me with the attitude of the glass is half full, not half empty, and it has helped me persevere through many difficult life experiences. Sometimes your attitude and enthusiasm can carry you farther than your abilities. In college, after already being named an officer in my sorority going into my junior year, I did not make the cut in the Longhorn Band as a piccolo player. Because of my perseverance and attitude, I learned how to be in the flag core and loved it!
After trying unsuccessfully for several years to start a family, I made the career change from a corporate career in customer service at the airlines to the position of Office Manager at our church in January 2003. We were hoping the job change would lessen our stress and help in our family planning. Instead, I believe it saved my life!
Three weeks later, I suffered a massive stroke caused by an undetected malformation of blood vessels on the right side of my brain. I underwent two brain surgeries, was in a drug-induced coma for seventeen days, was in the hospital for two months, and was left paralyzed on the left side. Soon after I was discharged, my husband lost his job because of the slowdown in the aviation industry from September 11th. We made a cross-country move from Minnesota to Arizona.
Seven years post-stroke and after lots of therapy, we decided to start our family through international adoption. We adopted a sibling group of three, and the kids were ages six, eight, and ten, at the time of the adoption. Our adoption journey is filled with blessings and challenges.
We cannot always control our circumstances, but we can control how we handle the unexpected challenges that come our way. I am thankful for the faith and attitude God has given me to endure all of our challenges.
Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Lori Vober suffered an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke at age twenty-nine and then developed epilepsy due to the stroke. She is a walking miracle and felt called to share her story, and her journey of faith and perseverance, to encourage others. Lori believes God has a plan for each of us, but life is about your choices! Even with her difficulties, she was able to become an adoptive Mom of a sibling group of three. She and her husband, Dainis, have been happily married for twenty-four years and currently live in Goodyear, Arizona.
Lori’s first book, published by Trilogy Publishing, will be released on March 11, 2022. It is titled “CHOICES When You Are Faced with a Challenge What Choice Will You Make?” Life rarely turns out exactly as you pictured it, and we all face challenges along the way. God always has a plan, but He leaves it up to you whether you follow His plan or not. Life is about choices. I have chosen to depend on God’s faithfulness through all our challenges.
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