Dear friends, thanks so much for reading this. Like so many people, I have a desire to write, to connect. I want to tell people about the difference that Jesus’ love makes, and to encourage others on the journey through life.
You may wonder what the strap line ” including love song for a wounded warrior” means, and so i would like to explain a bit more, although it takes all the courage I can muster.
My husband Colin died just over two years ago, in April 2018 after a long time of ill health, as he had intractable epilepsy. Many People have epilepsy which is well controlled – but not him.
Colin had an head injury, sustained on active service, and this was the cause of his seizures. He had quite a journey in military and civilian life, seeking to live with his injury and its consequences. Colin wrote reflectively about how he felt, fragments that give insight as to some of the experiences that he had, and he always wanted these published.
To give his writings a framewoek, I tried to provide a context for these writings, about how Colin’s disability affected his family, as we sought to love and support him. These writings, including a piece from our son Andrew, are the material for our book ” Love Song for a wounded warrior” which we have written about Colin’s life – a story of sorrow, humour, frustration, anger, joy and thanksgiving!
We offer this story to the world, even though I am full of trepidation – it feels like a very personal story to share. Yet I am also relieved to finally be able to fulfil Colin’s wishes and tell his story, and I pray that through this story, others might be encouraged – especially family and carers of veterans and people with disabilities, who can find that their road often looks bleak and rocky.
The things that helped us on our journey were God, prayer and encouragement, family and friends, music, forgiveness, understanding, medicine, oases of care of the way, and the knowledge that God never forgot us. These things were often all intertwined. PTSD symptoms added to the melee, and added an additional layer of confuson to deal with.
The booklaunch will be on the 24th of June on zoom, and I am prayeful that these writings might do some good- to encourage another family to persevere, to remind people that every story is significant, to raise awareness of issues for veterans, people with epilespy and their families, and to raise funds for charity. All proceeds from this book go to Epilepsy Connections, and the Coming Home centre in Govan. More to come on this…….
A prayer – Dear God, the bible is a book of stories of ordinary people
Who placed their trust in You, who made mistakes, who struggled, who fell down, and then stood back up,
Help us to reflect on our own story, to notice all You have done, and to be thankful,
Help us listen attentively and tenderly to each other’s stories, with prayer and deep care,
As You have called us, Amen.
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Look forward to reading your book Fiona.
Thank you. It is not as easy read, it is just to raise awareness
It’s been a rocky road for all 3 of you, Fiona but delighted the book is now to be published. Looking forward to reading it.
Fiona are so brave and such an inspiration to me. I can only imagine how hard this must have been for you and your son.
God bless you both xxx
Fiona I would appreciate a copy of your book and to join your Zoom launch on the 24th June.
Hi Nan, if you could contact me by email, I can send you the zoom launch details please. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks