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98-01 My guest for episode #98 is the amazing Katherine Wolf. At the age of 26, Katherine suffered a massive brainstem stroke while her 6-month old baby James slept in the other room. Against all odds, she survived the 16-hour brain surgery and perhaps even more miraculously she recovered her life, though it looks very different than she ever imagined. To this day, many issues remain, from walking and swallowing impairments to facial paralysis, double vision, right ear deafness, and lack of fine motor coordination in her right hand, and yet hope remains also. On June 26, 2015, seven years after the stroke, Katherine and her husband, Jay, welcomed their miracle son, John, into the world. Today, the Wolfs reside in Los Angeles, CA, and they share their journey of whole-hearted living and hope in Christ through many successful digital and in-person forums through their non-profit ministry, Hope Heals.

I met Katherine this year at IF Gathering, and ever since I have wanted to have her on the show. Also, some of you have heard her story or read her book, and emailed me to suggest her for the show. I am so excited we were finally able to make it happen. You are going to love this show.

In our conversation, Katherine shares what it was like to wake up two months after having a stroke. The last thing she remembered was being home with her napping baby, and two months later, she wakes up to machines, wires, and an amazing medical team. She shares what that experience has been like and how God has given her purpose to her suffering. She talks about how her body now is indicative of how broken our hearts are, saying “We’re all living out what I am living out on the outside of my body… We all have issues – terrible sad issues on the inside of our bodies – wounds and scars and we’ve been through the fire. You may not have a paralyzed face, but I bet you have issues with your appearance and don’t feel beautiful all the time. I can’t walk, but I bet you don’t feel free all the time even if you can.”

Even though your suffering may not look exactly like Katherine’s, she shares such valuable wisdom that I think will persevere your heart no matter what your path has looked like. I hope you feel encouraged by today’s show, knowing and trusting that God is good in every single one of our circumstances.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Katherine’s Book: Hope Heals

IF Gathering

Eight Twenty Eight by Ian & Larissa Murphy + Esther by Beth Moore + Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer + Being Mortal by Atul Gawande + Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler

What Katherine is loving: Kombucha (GT’s and Kevita), a capsule wardrobe and her neighborhood

Connect with Katherine

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

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