Survivor & Bible Scholar
Last year, I joined Hope*Writers and a few months later, became a participant in a Mastermind for one year’s intense focus on writing goals. My goal was to focus on marketing my novels, but I gained so much more from the experience. I met a group of wonderful ladies and fellow writers. Each month, I am going to introduce you to one of these talented, amazing ladies.
The first lady I’m introducing you to is Pam DePuydt.
I first met Pam in Carlsbad, California at our first face-to-face cohort for the Hope*Writers Mastermind. Being at that conference was a big deal for me because I had only been sitting up for about a week.
I’m NOT exaggerating! SEVEN DAYS!
On October 24, 2019, I developed a debilitating migraine which would not go away. I went on medical leave from work on November 1 and spent four months
IN A DARK ROOM,
IN QUIET, SOLITUDE!
Doctors could not solve my problem, they had plans to start giving me shots in my skull.
In February of 2020, I began to attend our church’s prayer night and on Monday, February 24, God healed me of my migraine just in time for me to travel ACROSS THE COUNTRY to the first Hope*Writers Mastermind (more on this next week).
When Pam and I first met, we bonded over our love of Clive Cussler novels, murder mysteries, and especially our love of JB Fletcher. I was in a lot of pain from laying down for months and sweet Pam checked on me and gave me Tylenol because I didn’t have any with me.
The day I left Carlsbad; Pam gave me a little container with the last of her Tylenol for me to have on the plane ride. It was an unexpected, sweet gesture and it touched my heart. Pam asked me to return the container at our next meeting.
At home, I placed the little pink box on my dresser and every time I saw it, I prayed for her. We became friends, chatting back and forth. The next time we met for our next conference, we shared a room and spend many nights talking late.
Pam was born and raised in Western Montana. Married to Tim for 26+ years, he is a wildlife photographer and she travels with him in a motor home as admin help. Eight grandchildren keep her busy as well as being a writer. She loves to study the Bible and has been a leader in the Precept Ministries International Bible Study since 2007.
Six years ago, on February 15, 2014, she broke her neck which resulted in a spinal cord injury and mild traumatic brain injury. With prayer, surgery, and rehab, she is now a walking miracle instead of a quadriplegic.
She now writes to wives whose husbands have suffered from traumatic brain injuries about how to manage the stress and pain of their new normal. Her blog, Joy in the Moment helps spouses and survivors find joy after a brain injury. She even has beautiful daily devotions for you to enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed the introduction to Pam, a beautiful, talented woman I call a friend.
Until next time, may God’s grace surround you,