From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

January 26

On the night of her fifty-ninth birthday, Helen Weathers suffered a brain aneurysm. Her family waited through a six-hour operation to see if she would survive. When she started recovering, Helen was almost like a child. Although everyone wanted her back, it became clear that Helen might never be the same woman again.

She was placed in intensive therapy, and after seven months, she made it home to her husband and dogs.

“I am convinced that the only reason I was spared is to inspire others,” Helen says. She receives dozens of calls a day from people seeking help with similar disabilities, and she never turns anyone away. She knows deep in her heart that love and caring guided her out of the storm and helped her wade safely back to shore.

Helen Weathers as told to Diana L. Chapman

People can survive against all odds with the
love and caring of family and friends.

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