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We received a call around 9 pm Sat., August 18, 2012, that my mom, Nancy Howard, had a gunshot wound. A man came into the garage as she was arriving home, just before she exited her car, and shot her once, just above her left eye. The bullet traveled through her throat and lodged just above her right lung. My mom was able to call 911 and talk with the dispatcher and EMTs before they intubated and sedated her. She is stable and responsive, knodding her head and squeezing the hands of those she loves. We have a great support network, and my mom is a fighting like a champ, and we expect to have her home soon!
Back again! Here's a few updates that my Mom asked me to share, as quoted directly from her.
Posted on August 18th, the 1-year anniversary of the shooting:
"So very thankful that my Heavenly Father is the giver and sustainer of life, and that on this day last year, He chose to save my life. I'm grateful for the 911 dispatcher who took my call, the police and emergency personnel who worked to rescue me, and the doctors and nurses who received me at the hospital. God used them all!! I'm also grateful for my family and friends who have stood by me and helped me in so many ways. I'm thankful for all the prayers from those who know me but also others all across this country who don't even know me, but yet have prayed for me and sent cards. God has blessed me beyond what I could ever have imagined. He is Faithful and True, the Great Physician and the one who will always love me, and never forsake me and I praise him! Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, especially on this milestone day. This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!!"
Posted on August 23rd in response to the comments and hugs from supporters:
"I have finally gotten to read all the wonderful thoughts, words of encouragement, comments of your memories, and wonderful Praises to God as I celebrated the one year anniversary of God saving my life. Thank you all for rejoicing with me and celebrating August 18, 2013, my "new year's eve", because August 19, 2013 was my "New Year's Day"... the start of another year of life with a journey ahead of me that is still as unknown as this last year has been, yet with a greater HOPE because of the Lord who has shown himself Faithful and True to the promises in His word. Isaiah 41:9b - 10, "I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Zeph. 3:17, "The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Love to you all...now I'm off to the new journey!"
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