When I requested to join the blog tour for Halo Found Hope, I had no idea how much her story was going to impact my life. After walking through my mother’s brain tumor as a teenager, Helo’s story helped me to understand (in detail) more about what my mom must have dealt with years ago.
About the book:
Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room—was there any hope? A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life… and her family waited. Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn’t feel half of her face, couldn’t hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn’t even tell anyone that she felt hopeless… or could she?
Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles. Helo’s story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo’s story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn’t need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.
As a busy mom of 3, I was so able to relate with Helo. Because my mom had a brain tumor when I was younger, it’s always in the back of my mind that I could possibly develop one. So when Helo went to the doctor and found out (as a shock) that this large mass was in her brain, it really hit me just how quickly our lives can change! She wrote this book as a memoir, and gave incredibly detailed descriptions of every experience… from the doctor visit, to sharing with her husband, to what all they went through in preparation, to the scary situation after her surgery, to her recovery and transformation. Her writing made me feel like I was there with her, watching her go through everything. Helo is obviously such a beautiful woman, inside and out! Her story is life-changing. It will remind you of the important things in life, and will encourage you to love and reach out to people… all people… more. I’m so thankful that she was prompted to share her story! It is a beautiful picture of God’s grace and goodness, and of how different life can be when we trust Him!
Helo is offering a chance to win a free Kindle Fire and a copy of the book! Click the link below to go to the Litfuse site where you can register for your chance to win. To learn more about Helo and her story, you can visit her website: Halo Found Hope.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Halo Found Hope from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review on my blog. This review expresses my own personal opinions.