The Ball is Rolling….10 Days!

Ten days!
That’s how soon I’ll have my surgery.
I’m so excited, so over-the-top thrilled! And I can’t stop praising God for His goodness. In case you’ve been following this journey, here’s an update of what’s happened and what’s happening next:

  • Yesterday, 6.15.15, I had a TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram), which basically takes internal pictures of your heart while you’re under light sedation. This procedure confirmed that I have severe aortic regurgitation and moderate mitral valve regurgitation.
  • Tomorrow, 6.17.15, I’ll have a cardiac catheter procedure (please pray they find a vein for my IV. My tiny veins like to hide, but not tomorrow!)
  • Early next week I’ll have my first consult over the phone with my new Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Allan Stewart, from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York to decide what type of procedure I’ll have (mechanical valve vs. tissue valve, etc.)
  • June 26 (if all goes well with testing), TEN SHORT days away, I’ll have heart surgery!!!!

{Lauren C. Creative Commons}
{Lauren C. Creative Commons}

If I could jump without getting winded, I would! So pretend the above picture is me. 
Thank you for your advice.
Thank you to all of you who supported me in other ways.
But mostly, thank you for praying me through this new journey in my life.
You guys are simply amazing!!!
“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James 1:17
This, indeed, is a perfect gift.
Thank you, God!
How about you? Do you have a praise you’d like to share? It’s always uplifting to hear how God is working in your lives. Maybe you have a prayer request? I’ll be honest. Anytime I’ve publicly asked for prayer, God has moved mightily.
*For those who have asked how they can help in other ways, my big sis set this up to help offset the medical fees: Gofundme. I’m hoping to upload a short video clip of my heart cath procedure today.


  • Rose

    I am so very excited and happy for your Dabney. You are an inspiration and a joy to know and be around. I continue to lift you, your family and your medical team up in prayer. Please, I would love to help you in any that I can. May God continue to bless you!!!! (((((HUGS))))) Rose and family

    • dabneyhedegard

      Rose, Your family is so very precious to me!!! Thank you for your prayers! How about this, while I’m away in NY, maybe you and the kids could love on Maddie and my kiddos? Maybe Judy can even whip up her special chicken dish. 🙂 I’m going to miss my kids dearly, and I’d love to know someone was loving on them when I’m away.
      Love you, Rose.

  • Barbara

    The Tuesday at 10 “Galatian Girls” have your back, front, & sides for that matter. We left the top open for God the Father to send heaven down to earth over your body. We prayed from the heart for your heart to be restored, for God to heal your broken heart. Thanking and praising God in advance for His mighty work in His mighty child of God – you!
    Peace, protection and provision be yours in Jesus name. Amen

    • dabneyhedegard

      Amen! I love this. Thank you, sweet friend!! Please tell your “Galatian Girls” I said thank you, as well! 🙂

  • Barbara Olson

    Awesome news Dabney! God is up to something BIG once again in your life. Can’t wait to see how this is all going to unfold. You are in the most capable hands of the Great Physician who will give all the guidance and wisdom needed for your new doctor in NY. Love you girl and will be continuing to prayer for you here as will our church for you remain on our church prayer list.
    A great praise to share from here is the healing that has taken place in the life of a 19 year old young man who was involved in a tragic accident when a semi-tractor tire exploded while he was working on it. The force blew him back causing his head to hit a metal table. This happened in February. He was unconscious immediately and air-lifted to a hospital in Chattanooga. He remained in a coma many days. His jaws were broken and he had other facial lacerations, but the biggest concern was the brain injury he sustained in the accident. He finally showed signs of life and after many weeks in the hospital here and slow steps toward recovery, he was moved to Shepherd’s Center in Atlanta. He couldn’t see or speak for weeks and couldn’t walk. He is now almost 100% rehabilitated. He is walking, talking, can see, and was able to give his testimony in his church a couple of weeks ago. He still spends his weeks in rehab in Atlanta, coming home on the weekends, but is expected to be released sometime in July! His life is another of God’s great miracles! To God be ALL glory! This family used to be members of our church.

    • dabneyhedegard

      This gave me goosebumps!!! Thank you, thank you for sharing this praise story! Our God is amazing. Thank you!!

  • Christin

    I am so glad to get an update on your impending surgery and health journey. I was just praying for you this morning and will continue to pray. I just know that GOD will continue to intervene in your life and let you shine a light for His glory!

  • Michelle

    God’s faithfulness to you brings such hope to me. Continued prayers for you through this time, as you live and move and breathe and have your being in Him. I’m going to be brave and ask for prayer, something I’m hesitant to do. I’m struggling with horrible fear, depression and anxiety. My husband and I moved to Atlanta almost a year ago, not by choice. It’s been a very lonely time, leaving our former home, church and friends. Hard year, two hospitalizations emergency surgery and a car wreck a couple weeks ago. Ugh I feel like I’m whining. Thanks for helping me step out and ask for prayer.

    • dabneyhedegard

      Oh, Sweet Michelle.
      You are NOT whining at all. Go back and reread what you just shared? Anyone in your position would feel exactly the same! Moving is tough in and of itself (big ugh!). Now add in trying to find that perfect church, meet new friends and then you are hit with medical stuff without friends nearby? Ugh is right! Please allow yourself to vent, be upset, even cry. But whatever you do, don’t feel an ounce of guilt for asking for prayer! He hears our prayers, especially when we publically ask for help. I am praying the Lord brings the most amazing friends into your life, that your health is restored, your MIND is put at ease, but most importantly, that your walk with God is stronger than ever from this not-so-fun experience. Sometimes it was during my loneliest days that I finally had a break through. Do you journal? If not, I’d encourage you to journal what you’re going through. The reason I share this is because sometimes when we look back at all the Lord has done, we see how many places He has shown up. It’s almost like keeping record of those glimpses of Him. I love rereading my journal…and let me tell you, I don’t hold back. I share my heart. My fears. My struggles, and then I release them over to God. There is something therapeutic in being totally vulnerable in front of Him. Then I find my favorite pastor to listen to or my favorite uplifting Christian music, and I DROWNED out that lying voice in my head that wants to remind me how awful my life is, how everything is not going to get better. The enemy loves to attack us where we are most fearful. It’s one of His favorite games. So I’m going to go out on a limb here. I know not everyone is a fan of Joyce Meyer, but I happen to really like her. She has some excellent messages online about depression, our thought life, battling the enemy. I love listening to the Bible verses she shares and I meditate on them. I have other pastors I love just as much, but she seems to shoot pretty straight when it comes to the battlfield in our mind. Love that. Also, if you’re in Atlanta, have you tried Andy Stanley’s church? He’s an amazing pastor too.
      Praying for you, sweet Michelle!
      God bless you!!!
      PS I hope some tiny bit of what I’ve said brings you a little hope that you are normal. And the fears you’re experiencing anyone would experience. That spirit of fear never comes from the Lord. Laugh back at the enemy. Tell him you know this is his game and you’re not going to play it. Read your Bible, play your uplifting music, speak the truth whenever you kind! Praying God’s wisdom and love will fill you!

      • daveandmichelle3@gmail.com

        Thanks Dabney for your encouragement. I’m actually reading Joyce’s book Battlefield of the Mind right now 🙂 . We tried Andy’s church, we like his teachings, the church is just too big for us. There’s one other thing that I would like to share….off and on for the past 8 or so years, I get suffocated under a horrible lie that doubts even the existence of God. It’s too shameful, I keep it in. I don’t know how to fight it, because I haven’t found anyone who has been victorious over this. I just want it to be out in the light and expose it.

        • dabneyhedegard

          I love that book! Good for you!! Keep filling your mind with the truth. That’s the only way to combat the enemy. I tell you what, when I went through my bout of depression, I was SO afraid to tell anyone because I felt like Christians should be filled with the spirit and never ever be down. But, when I finally confided in a friend or two about my battle, they helped get me out of the house, and they helped to pray for me and not judge me. Man, the enemy is one smart deciever. He so wants to entangle our thoughts and get us doubting. And you are not the first to doubt the existence of God. It even took the disciples to see the miracles before they truly believed He was the son of God. This just gives you an opportunity to dig deeper and really search the truth. Even Jesus had a hard time convincing the people that He was the son of God, He eventually started telling them, if you can’t believe I’m the son of God, at least believe the miracles. And that’s the reason miracles still exist to this very day. He knew that there would be people like us that would go through our doubting days. It’s normal. And the first step is sharing with someone. I’ll be praying for you for this too! If you get a chance, also try to research the prophecies in the Bible that have already come true. It’s pretty amazing. And if you can join a Beth Moore Bible study, this will also help. I’m all about finding a group of ladies to confide in and pray with me. Man, that’s when God shows up. It’s pretty amazing. It’s so refreshing to know that we are not alone, that God created us for community. That’s why you’re longing to meet friends. We were created in the image of God and He desires our company, so no wonder we love to fellowship with friends. Thank you for reaching out! Please, please keep me posted. And I will be praying that you find a loving church to plug into, and that maybe you’ll try the journal idea. I love looking back to read my prayer requests and see where God has shown up. He’s amazing that way, and this helps me see when I have a record of His goodness.
          Have a wonderful night, and know that someone out there is praying for you!!!
          God bless,
          John 14:11 NET
          Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, but if you do not believe me, believe because of the miraculous deeds themselves.
          John 10:38 NLT
          But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”
          John 5:36 NLT
          But I have a greater witness than John–my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me.
          John2:23 NLT
          Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him.
          John 2:11 NLT
          This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

          • Michelle

            Thank you Dabney so much for your encouragement!! You have no idea how much of a relief it is to tell someone besides my husband and my mom. I am amazed that you, Dabney, this amazing woman of God, Mother, author, wife etc. responded to my words. Although I feel as if I know you, following your blog,listening to your interview on Moody, your encouraging Facebook posts, which are always timely!! You are a treasure to the Body of Christ!! 🙂
            Looking forward to hear the amazing stories that will give glory to God during your journey, upcoming surgery etc. Hugs to you…

        • Barbara

          My husband and I so appreciate your honesty so we may share with you our story and be in prayer for you as well. Our stories are surely different, but the bottom line for us was that we were challenged in our faith by a new atheist friend a few years ago. Both of us believed IN God but we could not give a reason for our faith when he threw many questions at us. So we told him we didn’t know much about evolution theory or creation theory but that we would study both of them and go where the truth is found. We were scared inside because, at that time, we really didn’t know much. We prayed and began studying. Now we thank God and our atheist friend for growing our faith with knowledge but we always do so with love, humility, gentleness and respect. Whatever your reasons for doubt, please consider running towards the enemy praying to God for protection, wisdom and guidance and most of all truth.
          1 Peter 3:15New International Version (NIV)
          15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

  • Nick Van Nice

    I gave a copy of your book to one of my clients in Chicago. He passed it along to his sister Peggy, age 44 who has stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The DR’s told her there is very little hope for her condition. After 6 rounds of chemo she’s very sick and being admitted to long term care. Peggy has read your book 3x, and she says it’s the only thing that gives her hope. She’s now praying and has a vision of possibility the Dr’s cannot give her. God is using your story to inspire and point her toward Jesus. Praise the Lord!

    • dabneyhedegard

      I am praying and BELIEVING with Peggy that God will intervene on her behalf!!! God bless her. Please, please keep me posted!!
      In His hands,

  • Amy Cruce

    Hey Dabney, so glad all seems to be moving forward, smoothly. I just saw the note that all the kids will be staying home. Please let me know any specifics I could help them/you with. We all will keep praying as well.

    • dabneyhedegard

      Thanks so much, Amy! You’ll just have to bug Jason when you see him. 🙂 You guys are the best!! 🙂 xoxo

  • Cheryl Plourde

    We love you, we’re praying for you and standing by for HOWEVER we can help!
    Can’t wait until we can run together! xoxoxoxoxox

    • dabneyhedegard

      Love you too! And I may need to rollerblade beside you. You’re one fast runner! 🙂

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