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Our summer vacation…..just before the revelation.


Hi! My name is Wanda…..aka Wandawoman…. ūüėȬ†¬†¬† ¬†¬† (college nickname and … I love working with youth… it just fits) That should explain it… anyway…

THEN: I love this picture that ¬†you see.¬†¬† It is of my family…¬† (Grant,¬† Joy and my husband… Chuck)¬† We were¬†vacationing in ¬†Navarre , Florida when this was taken by some sweet stranger on the beach.¬† Yes… I will never forget this trip.. not just because it is¬†SO hard to get a good picture of two ¬†teenagers¬†EARLY ¬†in¬†the ¬†morning..¬†AND ¬†the sun¬†was in our eyes….CLICK! Now how hard is that??? But, seriously…..¬†I knew something was brewing inside of my ear… I had hoped it would just be a BAD case of earwax! Now, I know….

TODAY:¬† ¬†It is a beautiful fall … Sunday afternoon. The air is turning crisp and my taste buds are gravitating to¬† things with pumpkin spice and anything with caramel. Football is on in the other room and I am enjoying this season of¬† “calm”.. as¬†I know a storm is on the horizon.

I am glad you came to my blog…. ! Thanks… I hope you can stay around.¬† I never dreamed I would have one. I have never been interested in blogs until the week after I was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma.¬† I will never forget the morning I decided to “peek” ¬†into the blogs of what other people have blogged about¬† as¬† I thought I could learn from their experience and they have had the surgery…..I wanted to get my heart ready for what my brain was going to experience….

My heart stopped!…. My eyes filled with tears… I could only look at two blogs and I HAD to stop! They were so full “WHY ME’s”, bad attitudes and horrible pictures!!¬† I had to shut down the computer and run away…

My surgery is set¬†…¬†December.¬†… 17.. 2013….( Acoustic Neuromas are benign and ¬†grow really slowly.)¬† There is no danger of waiting 78¬†days…¬†¬† 14 hours and 5 minutes …but who is counting??¬† There is never a good time for brain surgery…so December is the best we have.

I am a 3rd grade teacher of the greatest students in the land! They are amazing! I love them so much and I am looking forward to sharing this journey with them.

I have titled this blog ” under the BRAINbow”…because I am a Christian… and I love the Lord with all of my heart. God puts rainbows in the sky after it rains to show everyone on earth His covenant promises. Well, I am ready to walk directly into this storm… and through this blog , I will testify to the ways He is so FAITHFUL!

I¬† am sure there will be the ¬†good, the ¬†bad and¬† the ugly… but isn’t that life?

So, let us put on our galoshes , raincoats and hat…. and ¬†walk with me!

If you have an Acoustic Neuroma and you have a ¬†blog… and you somehow found mine… LET ME KNOW! I want to encourage and BE encouraged! I need you!

I teach at Westminster Christian Academy….I pray ALL of my thoughts and heartfelt words reflect my Lord and Savior , Jesus Christ. They do not necessarily reflect the sweet school¬†that I work at.¬†¬†This is just a disclaimer… (now a disclaimer for the disclaimer…I do hope that¬†EVERYTHING I do and say would be a good representation for WCA. I¬†love my school!)


11 Responses

  • I love you, my beautiful friend! So thankful that God allowed our paths to cross and that we have this beautiful friendship. You are good for my soul and I love you dearly!

  • Tonja Wallenstein September 30, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I love you Wanda and I’m thankful that you have invited us to walk through this journey with you.

  • Very proud of your God-Given attitude…you and Chuck mean a lot to Jody and I and you have daily prayers coming your way…

  • Your web site is really useful. Many thanks for sharing. By the way, how could we keep in touch?

  • You have the best attitude and it shares the great love and peace found in our heavenly Father’s arms. Thank you Wanda for being a strong and positive role model for so many, while leaning on God in the challenging days. Remember that many care deeply for you and hopefully you will honor dear friends and family with the blessing of helping you out when needed too, in the days to come. Love you!

  • I know without a doubt that you will use this journey for His glory and His only. I love you my dear “niecey” and I’ll be following you and praying for you. You’re the real deal.

  • Wanda, you are a shining light for Jesus Christ. (John 8:12) I will be praying
    that God will use your journey and trials to be a light for others
    with acoustic neuroma….and for those who may not have your condition
    but need Christ.

  • Thanks so much for sharing your journey. I hate to ask you at school where there is so much going on but want to know how it is going. I am encouraged by your faith through this struggle. You will always be our family’s Mary Poppins (or Giselle from “Enchanted”)….full of fun and magic in the classroom. I am still convinced the birds and chipmunks help clean your room and grade your papers while you sing:)

  • Maximus the Eagle Owl October 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Wanda.
    We are all following you and wishing you the best. You are one of our absolute favorite classes to visit.
    I know you will able to RISE above this obstacle.
    Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  • Wanda, just wanted you to know that our prayers are with you during this storm. You have always been such a inspiration to me and I know to so many others. I have always said that Chrisitians are not given umbrellas to escape the rain of misfortune, illness etc., you are an example of one sharing her umbrella with someone going through the same rain. God Bless you and your family.


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