A Huge Blessing Among The Storm

17 Apr
God’s timing is perfect.  About 2 years ago I started the treatment to have my teeth straightened.  I had too many teeth which were so crammed into my mouth that I had an overbite, my bottom teeth were very crooked and one of my two front teeth stuck out more than the other one.  I was teased quite a bit about my teeth growing up and did not have much confidence. The orthodontist told me I would need 8 teeth removed in order to “fix it”.  I will admit that I thought the orthodontist was crazy and I thought, “God gave me extra teeth for a reason…why would I remove them?”. But, I gave in because God did give us doctors too and on July 1, 2010 I had all 8 removed.  It went smoothly with no issues.  2 weeks later I had braces put on.  Braces are rough!  I will admit that I did not enjoy them, but those I knew that had them told me it would all be worth it in the end.  They were right.

God knew that I would get my braces off about 2 weeks after I was told I had breast cancer and 2 weeks before my surgery.  Perfect timing.  I am rejoicing and had one of the best days of my life between what will probably be 2 of my hardest days.  I have always been ashamed or embarrassed to smile, but not now.  I am no longer ashamed to show my teeth and no longer feel bad for Kevan when he has to introduce his wife.  Kevan assures me that was never the case.  During a time that should probably be a sad time for me…..I can’t stop smiling!

I want to say “thank you” to the wonderful staff at Lawton Orthodontics.  Everyone, from doctor Lawton to each of the staff members, made me feel like someone special and not like just another “orthodontic client”.  They knew my name when I came in and always seemed interested in how I was doing.  I’m sure they are like this with everyone and it is a great way to run an office and a great testimony.  When I came in yesterday one of the staff ladies came over to me and gave me a hug and told me she was sorry that I had cancer.  It was so sweet and it meant a lot to me.  Dr. Lawton was also sweet in how he responded and we talked over my different options.  God didn’t just bless me with perfect teeth, but also provided the best doctor and staff to go through the process with.  I highly recommend them.  If you are in the Orlando area and need an orthodontist they are the best!  I cannot imagine the joy they give to so many people when they smile their perfect smile for their first time.  It must be such a fulfilling job to give confidence and joy to so many.  If you are reading this, “THANK YOU!”

If I lose my hair due to chemotherapy at least people will be looking at my bald head and not my crooked teeth.  Lol!  Hair grows back.

God is so good to me!

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights…” – James 1:17

10 Responses to “A Huge Blessing Among The Storm”

  1. Julia April 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Jayde, I've been reading One Thousand Gifts again and it talks so much about giving thanks in the midst of the hard eucharisteo. I've been reading your blog and think you are such a good example of that!! By the way, I always thought you had a beautiful smile!!! 🙂 Though, I've been through braces twice so I kinda get what you're talking about:) Thinking of you!!!!

  2. Mrs. T. April 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    Jayde, you are one of the 1000+ gifts to us in your sweet, uplifting attitude about this new journey. Your smile looks great although honestly, I never really noticed your braces. 🙂

  3. Rick Beesley April 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Nice teeth! Thanks for the updates. I am praying daily for your healing and for God's presence with you.

  4. Deborah April 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Beautiful smile!!

  5. Jackie Colorigh April 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Jayde, Your teeth look awesome!! You are such an inspiration to all of us!! Tommy and I are keeping you and Kevan in our daily prayers. Keep smiling girl, God will see you through this!! Always in our prayers, Love ya,Jackie and Tommy

  6. Jayde April 18, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Thank you Deborah! You looked beautiful at church the other day. I can't wait to see pictures of your pretty baby! The day will be here soon!

  7. Jayde April 18, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Thank you Rick. I really appreciate your prayers!

  8. Jayde April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Hi Julia! I love hearing from you. It makes you feel a little closer even though you are so far away! I have heard you and a few others mention One Thousand Gifts so I downloaded a sample to my kindle last night. I am almost done with the first chapter. Thank you for your sweet comments Miss Julia! Miss you!

  9. Jayde April 18, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    You are very sweet!

  10. Jayde April 18, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Jackie! Thank you for your sweet comments and for your prayers! Love you both!

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