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The Test

Counter-CutSometimes bad things happen to good people.  Sometimes good things happen to bad people.  Sometimes good things or bad things just happen, and they change your life.  These events provide an opportunity to test the character of a person.  Some will crumble and others come out victorious.  God calls it “sifting” a person.

Such was the case for Jane Hefferan, a recent law school graduate who was bitten by a brown recluse spider.  She paid no attention to the symptoms because she was too busy with life and the symptoms didn’t seem that significant; most brown recluse spider bites appear to be but a severe bee sting.  That is exactly how most people would react.

When things didn’t improve she finally sought medical help, but it was too late.  Unknown to her, Jane also suffered from a rare disease called pyoderma gangrenosum that interferes with the healing process.  She needed surgery, but finally began to recover.

Just then she was bitten by a brown recluse spider a second time!  This time the symptoms were much more severe.  She required weeks of hospitalization, over 20 surgeries, and over 50 units of blood before she recovered.  She estimates her medical bills totaled more than $1,000,000 over a four year period!

But she did recover, and more.  She passed her bar exam, but the experience also changed her life plans:  She is going back to school to pursue a career in nursing as a patient advocate.  She came out victorious, passed her school test and character test, and is moving on to the next phase of her life.  That is inspiring, indeed.  May you and I do as well when our time of testing comes, for it will surely come.

Read the full article here: http://www.clickondetroit.com/lifestyle/health/Spider-bite-survivor-has-warning/-/2300442/16830242/-/127jd16z/-/index.html?treets=det&tid=2651079460813&tml=det_7am&tmi=det_7am_1_06000210032012&ts=H

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2212578/Jane-Hefferans-years-agonising-surgery-1M-medical-bills-brown-recluse-SPIDER-bite.html

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