What are the odds? | The Community
The Anglican Church of Canada home page
Sites at the Anglican Church of CanadaFind a ChurchFrequently Asked QuestionsStaff Listing

What are the odds?


“For surely I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NRSV

This is a passage that most are familiar with, and one that I’m sure you have seen many times. For me today, this passage has a great impact.

I turned 30 today. I know that in the whole grand scheme of things, 30 really isn’t that old. I still have many miles to go, but looking back, it has been quite a journey.

I was born January 15, 1986, 13 weeks premature. Like most premature babies I had underdeveloped lungs and was required to be put on a vent. Another common trauma faced by many preemies are brain bleeds. I was no exception, and suffered a significant bleed in the right hemisphere of the brain.

Through many ups and downs, and after what my parents described as a long 3 months to wait, I was finally able to go home.

Short of six weeks later after my homecoming, a common virus sent me back
into intensive care with a collapsed lung, where I declined quickly. My parents were told that they had a very sick child who was in imminent danger.

However, as you may have guessed, this was not the end of the story.

After several long weeks in hospital, I was finally able to go home. Wonderful things were to follow, but as life happens, not everything was perfect. As a direct result of complications at birth, I would later be diagnosed with a disability. I have had tremendous help with great doctors and therapists, and I have learned to circumvent and thrive beyond these obstacles.

And you know what? I made it this far. I have been here for 30 years. 30! It’s unbelievable to me on some days, especially today. And that is something to be celebrated. I certainly do not know what God’s master plan is for me, but I will be here to find out. I am so grateful for the gifts that I have been given, and for being able to live completely independently, despite such a beginning.

Thanks be to God.

Nicole Grieve

About Nicole Grieve

I’m a Parish Administrator serving The Church of Saint Bartholomew in Sarnia, Ontario. Besides serving such a wonderful parish, I love spending time with my family, coffee, and serving in children’s ministry.
This entry was posted in Administration and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to "What are the odds?"

  • Nicole Grieve