Renewal Story: Christina

Posted: October 31, 2018

Christina’s job literally saved her life. She was working her housekeeping shift in a hospital when she suddenly experienced a strange tightening in her face. She went to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. “You could have died if you hadn’t come in here when you did,” the doctor told her. 

After emergency surgery, Christina had a positive prognosis but a length and difficult recovery ahead. She had lost her apartment and moved in with relative. “They used me,” she says. “They took my food stamps and didn’t give me anything to eat.” Christina suffered a setback and returned to the hospital. 

Christina’s life was saved a second time when she came to stay at Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County and received care from our Healing Shepherd Clinic. “They care about my well-being,” she says, “not about taking something from me.” Working with Christina’s doctors, clinic staff monitor her progress and keep track of her medications.

“They’ve been really helpful,” Christina tells us. “They gave me advice on how to boost my energy because I don’t want to be addicted to pills when I get better. I walk and I drink more water now.”

While waiting for her appointments, Christina talks to other patients and sees how Healing Shepherd Clinic makes an impact on the homeless community in North Texas. “Some people think you’re nothing because you have no home, but that’s not true. The clinic gives people stability. It’s easier when there are people with a smile and a heart who are willing to help you.” 

Christina’s recovery is ongoing, but her positive attitude is a big help. “People ask me, ‘Why are you always smiling no matter what you’re going through?’ Because of God’s love. I have blessings in every single step.”

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 John 2 NKJV

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