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At the age of 20, I experienced what the docs called 2 herniated discs. The herniations on my L4 and L5 discs were so bad, they pressed into my S1 (Sciatic Nerve) and I lost all the feeling to my legs.
I remember laying in bed with little to no control over myself. I celebrated my 21st. birthday in bed without a big party and any friends.
This went on for an entire month. I remember rolling out of bed and using my arms as legs to make a trip down the 24’ hallway…through the living room and to the front door. You see mom n dad had a full view storm door. If I lay in front of it and propped myself up, I could see outside. I often did this for two reasons, to see life outside and to pay a visit to the one thing that never upset me, made me feel bad, or hurt my feelings. My piano. “I just wanna play” is what I always have said.
It was my 6 month anniversary of being paralyzed. I remember counting the dots on the ceiling above my bed. I came up with a different number each time I did this, but it is what I did to try and entertain myself. I was going nuts. I didn’t want to live like this anymore. I tried to hide my feelings from my family so they didn’t see the hate and mental stress I had. What would you think if you were told by 5 specialists from your local hospital that you may never walk again and never play your piano? I did what anyone in my desperate state of mind would do...
I talked to God….
I sure did. I said this to God….”God, If you give me my legs back, I promise to do something good with my music”. You see, I was facing a surgery called a micro disectomy. It was a 3” incision in the lower spine and they were preparing to trim the herniations to see if they could relieve the pressure from my spine. NO THANKS! I’ll pass! I prayed like the best prayer warrior that ever existed and told God that my deal was the best deal he had ever heard!
He answered my prayers….
Just 3 days after my 6 month anniversary, God gave me some feeling in my legs and feet. This was a huge victory knowing what was about to come. Well, after over a year in physical therapy and a lot more prayers, I walk to every piano I can and share my music with everyone who will listen. I have learned that my favorite audiences to perform for are children who have Cancer. I began traveling from hospital to hospital performing for children in Oncology.
God has a plan for each one of us. If we listen to him and pay attention to Gods direction…he will provide. I know this first hand. May I tell you how I know this? It’s because over 18 years ago I had a choice to make. I chose God… I have never had a surgery. Tomorrow when I wake up, I will walk to another child who has been touched by cancer, sit on a piano bench and share my music with them.
Thank you God for choosing me.