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Enduring Miracles: Surviving the Effects of Valley Fever

Zapata, Afton

Verlag: AuthorHouse, 2008
ISBN 10: 1434348784 / ISBN 13: 9781434348784
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Titel: Enduring Miracles: Surviving the Effects of ...

Verlag: AuthorHouse

Erscheinungsdatum: 2008

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Inhaltsangabe: Valley Fever is endemic to the southwest region of the United States. Few people realize that the very soil they live upon contains a life-threatening disease. When soil becomes stirred through the process of economic development, farming, and monsoon storms a fungal spore called coccidioidomycosis becomes airborne and inhaled into the body of humans and animals causing harm to vital organs. Valley fever breeds a multi-cellular structure reproducing lethal cells inside the lungs, bones, and most deadly brain tissue. Unfortunately, my husband, Juan contracted valley fever which disseminated into the spinal fluid attacking the central nervous system and meninges causing fungal meningitis. Hydrocephalus, spinal fluid trapped in walls of scar tissue on the brain rejected much needed absorption for brain tissue to function normally.After ten years of marriage, we built a new home in Mesa, Arizona, had three young children, and found the greatest test of our lives. Juan was classified as one of the worse cases ever seen from the devastation of valley fever. His mortal existence was an extraordinary miracle and Juan and I wondered if we could physically and mentally endure the requirement of long hospitalizations, harsh medication and treatment, and inconceivable surgical procedures. We wondered if our family and marital vows to love and honor through sickness could endure such a catastrophic experience. With a high risk of mortality, unknown medical outcomes, and the deterioration of my husband's body, we put our faith to the test. We questioned why we were meant to live through this horrifying experience and then learned that we were meant to live and tell about it. We called upon the Lord to carry us through the turbulent storms we are often warned about. With the Lord's help we found unconditional love, moral strength and the power of enduring miracles.

Über den Autor: Afton Zapata is the third child of six children, raised in Boise, Idaho, via Colorado Springs, Colorado and Mesa, Arizona. Her parent's are credited for providing their children the insight to see two sides of every coin. Understanding these two perspectives in black and white has helped Afton make correct choices for her specific path in life.Afton has earned a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in Elementary Education and a master's degree from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership. Afton's heart lies in teaching where her skills spread far beyond the classroom. She teaches in various aspects of her home, church and community. Afton is married to Juan Zapata and have three children; Hillary, Zachary, and Gregary. They currently reside in Mesa, Arizona where they devote much of their professional time and energy to the window covering industry. Afton dedicates herself as a wife and mother, active member in her church, and volunteer in her community.Afton's passion for the art of writing has taken her through the writing process of children's literature, young adult fiction, and this memoir, Enduring Miracles. Afton hopes to leave her legacy of faith in the heart of her readers as others find themselves struggling to cope with individual trials and tribulation.

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