Tuesday, March 6, 2012

An Eagle Kiss

Not many people  get a picture of this proud bird
snuggled up  next to them!
cid:A9A78CD7-E018-42C4-BD62-C14EF166DFDAFreedom and  JeffFreedom and I  have been together 11 years this summer.
She  came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken  wings.
Her left wing doesn't open all the way even  after surgery,
it was broken in 4 places.
She's  my baby.

When Freedom  came in she could not stand
and both wings  were broken. She was
emaciated and covered in  lice. We made the
decision to give her a  chance at life, so I took
her to the vet's  office.  From then
on, I was always  around her. We had her in a
huge dog carrier  with the top off,  and it
was loaded up  with shredded newspaper for her to
lay  in.  I used to sit and talk to  her,
urging her to live, to fight; and she  would lay
there looking at me with those big  brown eyes.
We also had to tube feed her for  weeks.

This went on for  4-6 weeks, and by then she still
couldn't  stand. It got to the point where the
decision  was made to euthanize her
if she couldn't  stand in a week. You know you don't
want to  cross that line between torture and
rehab,  and it looked like death was
winning.   She was going to be put
down that Friday, and  I was supposed to come in
on that Thursday  afternoon. I didn't want to go
to the center  that Thursday, because I couldn't
bear the  thought of her being euthanized; 
but I  went anyway, and when I walked in  everyone
was grinning from ear to ear. I  went
immediately back to her cage; and there  she was,
standing on her own, a big  beautiful
eagle.  She was ready to  live.  I was
just about in tears by  then.  That
was a very good  day. 

We knew she  could never fly,  so the director
asked  me to glove train her.
I got her used to the  glove,
and then to jesses, and we started
doing  education programs for  schools
in western Washington  . 
   We wound up in the  newspapers,
radio (believe it or not) and  some
TV.   Miracle Pets even did a  show
about us.

In the spring of  2000, I was diagnosed with
non-Hodgkin's  lymphoma. I had stage 3,
which is not good  (one major organ plus
everywhere), so I wound  up doing 8 months of
chemo.  Lost the  hair - the whole
bit.  I missed a lot of  work. When I
felt good enough, I would go to  Sarvey
and take Freedom out for walks.  Freedom would
also come to me in my dreams  and help me fight
the cancer. This happened  time and time again.

Fast forward to  November 2000

the day after Thanksgiving,
I  went in for my last checkup.
I was told that  if the cancer was not
all gone after 8 rounds  of chemo, then my last
option was a stem cell  transplant. Anyway, they
did the tests; and I  had to come back Monday for
the  results.  I went in Monday, and I  was
told that all the cancer was  gone.

So the first  thing I did was get up to Sarvey and
take the  big girl out for a walk. It was misty
and cold. I  went to her flight and jessed her
up, and we  went out front to the top of the
hill.   I hadn't said a word to
Freedom, but somehow  she knew. She looked at me
and wrapped  both
her wings around me to where I
could  feel them pressing in on my back 
(I was  engulfed in eagle wings), and she
touched my  nose with her beak and stared into my
eyes,  and we just stood there like that
for I don't  know how long .  That was a
magic  moment.  We have been soul mates  ever
since she came in.  This is a very  special bird.

On a side  note:  I have had people who
were sick  come up to us when we are out, and
Freedom  has some kind of hold on
them.  I once  had a guy who was
terminal come up to us  and
I let him hold her.
His knees just about  buckled and he
swore he could feel her power  course through his
body. I have so many  stories like that..

I never forget  the honor I have of being so close
to such a  magnificent spirit  as
Hope you enjoyed  this!
But they that  wait upon the Lord
shall renew their  strength;
they shall mount up with wings as  eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and  they shall walk, and not  faint. 
Isaiah  40:31 Cancer is a strange cell.
You can go along for  years in remission
and then one day it pops its head up  again.
If you ever have it you will never be free of  it.
Pray for the day there will be a permanent cure.


93% won't forward, but I'm Sure You  Will.
A small request.....Just one  line
Dear God,
I pray that You will guide  someone to find a cure for cancer in 2012.
In Jesus  Name,
All you are  asked to do is keep this circulating.
Even if it's only to one more  person.
In memory of anyone you know who has been
struck down by  cancer or is still living with it

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