Hello! My name is Heidi Good Swiacki. I have been married to Steve for 25 years, which has been filled with laughter, trust and love. We have 2 great kids, Ashton 22 and Chris 16. I have ALS, aka Lou Gehrigs Disease. I was officially diagnosed March '05, I was just turning 45. This blog will be about a myriad of topics. I will share my ALS story which will hopefully encourage others. It will show that quality of life comes in many forms. I have to tell you up front that there will be some spiritual references. Don't be afraid or turned off by that. Since I have had ALS I have seen many miracles. Let's be realistic, who can be a happy, non-verbal,ventilated quadriplegic without Faith? I hope you will join me and make this an interesting, educational, inspirational forum. Humor and the ability to enjoy life is required! :)

Heidi passed away 3-25-13 :(

August 4, 2013

Hello, Steve here. To help with the healing process, I am going to continue on with Heidi's blog, primarily talking about our lives and how we as a family are learning to live on with Heidi's memories pushing us forward. Topics covered will be geared towards the affects ALS has on loved ones.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Miracles and More

Hi friends,
I have been working on a post for 2 months and it just ain't coming together. So I decided to set it aside for a bit and share with you some other things that have been going on recently.  Below is a piece I entered into a contest last month. It was to be spiritually based and could be a testimony or story. I did not make the cut but I really enjoyed doing it. There will be more contests. I am anxious for your opinions so don't be shy.

Miracles and More 

Hindsight is 20/20.  An employer said that to me over 15 years ago and it stuck with me.
7 years ago I was diagnosed with ALS, aka Lou Gehrigs. I am 52, a quadriplegic and on life support, I have had time to reflect and see God’s hand directing my life. People say God doesn’t do miracles in modern times. That’s just not true! You have to open your eyes and quiet your mind, you will see them. By the way, I am typing with my eyes, miracle! 
Have you ever had a task or an event you were trying to accomplish and every way you turn you hit a wall, an obstacle? That’s God telling you it’s not His will; time to change course. God wants what’s best for us and He knows before we do. If we don’t obey, He will make us obey!
I have a great family, 2 wonderful kids, a loving husband, but God was not first, more like last. I was in control and I could fix any issue that came my way. I am surprised He didn’t give up on me; never forsaken, just like He promised. God gave me several hints that my priorities were not aligned correctly.
We moved to a small valley north of Santa Barbara when the kids were 4 and 9, for a more wholesome upbringing. As a family we were active in the community. Both kids were enrolled in Christian schools, not because of our faith but it was a better education. This is a faith based community, all faiths. When I got sick the whole community came to help and 7 years later they still are.
God didn’t cause the ALS but He allowed it and He can miraculously cure me but I have some serious refining still to do. The Lord has tested me, changed me, opened my eyes and heart, and He isn’t done yet.
Our friends organized a ministry. The “Meal Angels” are a group of families that bring us dinner twice a week; they have been ministering to us with meals for almost 4 years. My girlfriends come every week to chat and read, these are angels that God placed in my life. Medically the Lord made sure I was surrounded by the best doctors and caregivers. When I started to need help at home He brought me Wanda. A solid Christian woman that has been with me now 5+ years, has journeyed with me, adapting as my body deteriorates. My other caregivers are all very spiritual, surrounding me the Word and the Love of the Lord. The biggest miracle God gave me was my husband. Only He would have known that Steve would be the right man for me in times like we are going through now, 25 years later. He has taken care of us, even financially. Two family members passed and even though we miss them and wish they were still with us, the money they left behind came at a time when we didn’t know how we were going to afford the looming medical expenses. So many miracles! My Lord has a plan, the plan is good and it is not done. Miracles are always happening, whether it is obvious or the subtle transformation of my mother, husband and children coming closer to God. Miracles are alive and well in these modern times. We just need to be quiet, watch and listen. Hindsight is 20/20.

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