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Wednesday, October 28, 2015


"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.” 

"Christian readers will find in these pages a powerful testament to the power of faith in dark times, and even agnostics will be uplifted by the joie de vivre of this remarkable woman.” — Kirkus Reviews

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This was one of the hardest books I have ever read. It is very candid and personal story shared by a woman who never thought her life would change so much by one trip to the doctor. Helo(pronounced Halo) has been having trouble with her hearing. After an MRI was performed it revealed that a tumor had wrapped around the carotid artery in her brain. I cannot imagine the emotions she just have gone through after receiving the devastating news

After meeting with doctors and discussing her options, surgery was the course of action. The surgery was successful but complications would soon set in. Her brain began to swell and quick action was needed to relieve the pressure. Halo went through many days of pain and finally  an emergency technique had to be used. They needed to bring the swelling down, before life threatening complications could lessen her chance of survival.

Halo would find herself in the hospital for eight long weeks recovering from surgery and complications. I am amazed at her endurance and unwavering faith she had during this experience. Her priorities changed and she learned how to really trust God, continue her faith and allow God to use her. She has been able to share her experience with others that are facing brain surgery or are recovering from it. Her strong comittment to helping others is very encouraging and will make a big difference to others.

She is not a complainer and  won't allow complaining around her. God chose her to take this path and He also equipped her to bring hope to others.. As you read her story, find strength in knowing that "God will never leave you nor forsake you." "Our hope is in the Lord." Thst is where Halo found the endurance to run this race and to share with others that even if you are going through a life threatening illness, God is there to give you strength, and renew your faith.

What we take for granted, Halo had to relearn. There were times as she was in therapy trying to catch a ball, that the task seemed overwhelming. But she never gave up and beat the odds. She is a survivor and a testimony of what hope, faith and prayer can accomplish.

"Hope found in God is the only place where searching for it stops." Helo Matzelle

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the author for an honest review.


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  • A beautifully framed poem written by Helo
  • $25 Starbucks Gift Card 
  • A Hardcover copy of Halo Found Hope

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