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WHAT'S UP, LEONA?
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 by Leona Choy

So many friends have asked me about my health as I look forward to celebrating my 97th birthday in June, that I need to use my website to inform them. I'll just slip this report between my regular posts.

My recent medical diagnosis: I must accept the possibility that I have Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Now that was a surprise!

The facts in brief: Recent increasing abnormal physical symptoms show that A-fib is causing my chronic elevated high blood pressure and irregular and too-rapid heartbeat. There's an abnormality in my heart's electrical system causing nagging shortness of breath and extreme fatigue. The top chambers of my heart are not adequately pumping blood out with the danger of clot-forming. X-rays show an enlarged heart and atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, among other heart issues.

This is not a complaint list—“The Joy of the Lord is my strength.” All the above are not unusual at my advanced age in exchange for the blessings of longevity.

God is well able to heal me or help me cope with physical or spiritual heart blockages. I remain on meds to reduce stroke risk. I'm thankful for meds despite the side effects. (To cheer me, the stats are: 50% of patients with heart failure survive 5 years.)  I'm scheduled for an Ultrasound (echo-cardiogram) and an appointment with my new cardiologist soon to see what procedure is recommended.

My Eternal Perspective:

I'm not concerned about limited survival time this close to God's Earth Finish Line for me! I'm deeply grateful for my continuing ability to carry forward His purposes for my life. I know that my “earth suit” body is destined to be exchanged for a more glorious one adaptable to Jesus' Father's House where Jesus has secured a reservation for me. I'm happy to keep accepting the equivalent of an "enlarged spiritual heart" with its new opportunities and challenges to encourage others for as long as He has planned. My every breath is in His hands.

Because of certain other physical conditions, my walking is limited. I miss mobility and balance, but my fingers, despite increasing arthritis, still work on the computer keyboard. I am blessed. Jesus, the Great Physician, is on call 24/7. My four sons abundantly supply all my needs.

I continue to live independently and find my circumstances similar to the apostle Paul “under house arrest” in Rome [aka Winchester, VA] with ample freedom. (Acts 28) “Paul lived there for two entire years [at his own expense] in his own rented lodging, and people came to him in large numbers. He welcomed all with testifying, trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, by teaching and proclaiming the Kingdom of God with all openness and boldness, unhindered and unrestrained. [He welcomed everyone who came to visit. He urgently explained everything about Jesus Christ. His door was always open.“

That's my calling too! I can no longer GO out and about around the world, so I welcome visitors eagerly to COME—but not in great numbers all at one time or every day like Paul’s open-door policy!

God is satisfying me with good and I'm content (Psalm 103:5) with this time of life which He is providing “in green pastures and beside still waters to restore my soul” (Psalm 23:2,3). I don’t think of myself as in negative lockdown. I'm working on curbing my lifelong pace in the fast lane and learning to navigate uncharted waters in the nineties.

Still, in the example of the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:10, I'm trying to accept my growing physical WEAKNESS in the way he did. Paul was known for his strength and ceaseless active service for the Lord. Weakness was a new "Gift from God” for which late in his life "he took pleasure, delighted, and accepted, cheerfully making up his mind to be proud of and boast about." In our human weakness, God's power is displayed more completely. Christ's strength moves in on my weakness and I become stronger in Him. Weakness is a new platform for me to demonstrate that "God's grace is sufficient" and God is good all the time.

(Isaiah 40:29-31, various translations combined) uplifts me.) "God strengthens the weary [and weak] and gives vitality to those worn down by age and care. God doesn’t get tired out and doesn’t pause to catch his breath. He energizes those who get tired and gives fresh strength to dropouts. Even young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. He empowers the feeble to spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind."

I hope to flourish and soar as long as God wills. Thank you, friends, who are praying for me.

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For the interested, here's a summary of CHF. Heart failure is a new experience for me. .

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17069-heart-failure-understanding-heart-failure


 

 

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Lindsay Van Sicklen From Arkadelphia Arkansas At 4/16/2022 9:46:33 PM

Dear Leona, thanks for your update. Your perspective on aging, longevity and God’s using us in ALL seasons of life is blessing me immensely. Sending love and prayers.

Reply by: Leona Choy

LET'S NAVIGATE THIS SEASON TOGETHER IN GOD'S STRENGTH.

Jennifer Phillips From NJ At 4/16/2022 1:47:03 PM

Dear, dear Leona, You are still Wonder Woman strengthened with the Lord's grace, courage and joy of the Lord! You amaze me and continue to be my favorite role model as you face yet another medical issue! I'm sending love and praying for you with this recent diagnosis!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” I'm hanging on tight to this verse and chose it in the KJV because God's promise includes shouts of “Yea” with it—a (“YAY!) a positive victory exclamation

Linda Ann Fumea From FL At 4/16/2022 7:16:58 AM

"So we do not lose heart ... though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day" (2nd Corinthians 4:19). It amazes me how God takes care of those who are about 'His business.' Thank you for your faithfulness, it is an inspiration to me. Love you !!

Reply by: Leona Choy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” I'm hanging on tight to this verse and chose it in the KJV because God's promise includes shouts of “Yea” with it—a (“YAY!) a positive victory exclamation

Anne Jong From Los Angeles, CA At 4/13/2022 10:39:36 PM

Dear Leona, Thank you for your update and sharing of your Godly perspective of life and aging. Accepting the limitations come with our aging process is not easy. However, God is our strength in our weaknesses. May the Lord continue to strengthen your heart and your spirit. That His good and perh

Reply by: Leona Choy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” I'm hanging on tight to this verse and chose it in the KJV because God's promise includes shouts of “Yea” with it—a (“YAY!) a positive victory exclamation

Dot From Dan At 4/13/2022 3:03:30 PM

Ah Leona, Leona. Hold my hand as we press on together to the finish line! Have a holy Holy week. Thou shalt rise again and we will celebrate together holding hands and singling! N

Reply by: Leona Choy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” I'm hanging on tight to this verse and chose it in the KJV because God's promise includes shouts of “Yea” with it—a (“YAY!) a positive victory exclamation

Patricia Christ From At 4/13/2022 3:00:43 PM

Dear friend Leona, Thank you for all your honest truthfulness in keeping us posted on your progress in your life and heart issues. We love you and appreciate praying for you for God to carry you along in the ways He wills. Blessings and love. We have the 3 Choy boys and oldest Bender boy here now.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” I'm hanging on tight to this verse and chose it in the KJV because God's promise includes shouts of “Yea” with it—a (“YAY!) a positive victory exclamation

Kathy Sonnek From Minnesota At 4/13/2022 10:28:58 AM

What a beautiful essay and so inspiring! May you continue to be blessed, Leona, as you have blessed so many others. With prayers, Kathy

Reply by: Leona Choy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” I'm hanging on tight to this verse and chose it in the KJV because God's promise includes shouts of “Yea” with it—a (“YAY!) a positive victory exclamation

Rhea Tantlinger From At 4/13/2022 9:46:28 AM

Oh Leona I so love you! Your posts are always encouraging. I'm always thinking of you and praying for you. I am now in Purcellville with my daughter. Love you Much, Rhea

Reply by: Leona Choy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” I'm hanging on tight to this verse and chose it in the KJV because God's promise includes shouts of “Yea” with it—a (“YAY!) a positive victory exclamation

Carol Hopfensperger From Denver At 4/13/2022 9:13:04 AM

I always love your positivity….in light of all the bad you see good, you praise in light of the difficulties. Leona, you are such an inspiration and I continue to pray for you. Love, cousin Carol

Reply by: Leona Choy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” I'm hanging on tight to this verse and chose it in the KJV because God's promise includes shouts of “Yea” with it—a (“YAY!) a positive victory exclamation

Frances M. Johnson From Denver, Colorado At 4/13/2022 4:29:22 AM

Hi Leona, you will be here for as long as God needs you here instead of there. God’s blessings on you and your loved ones forever.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” I'm hanging on tight to this verse and chose it in the KJV because God's promise includes shouts of “Yea” with it—a (“YAY!) a positive victory exclamation

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ONLY A CHAPTER
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5/28/2020

WOUNDED WARRIORS
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5/26/2020

WEARY OR JUST TIRED?
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5/24/2020

WEARING PAJAMAS IN COMBAT?
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5/22/2020

RETHINKING THE PREPPER MINDSET
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5/20/2020

THE INTRIGUE OF ISOLATION
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5/18/2020

CONTEST OF THE CONDIMENTS
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5/15/2020

THOUGHTS FOR US “VULNERABLES”
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5/13/2020

WHO WANTS TO PLAY STATUE?
Leona Choy
5/12/2020

BALCONY CONCERTS
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5/11/2020

GIANTS IN OUR FAMILY TREE
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5/8/2020

WHAT ABOUT THOSE GRASSHOPPERS?
Leona Choy
5/6/2020

METATHESIOPHOBIA!
Leona Choy
5/4/2020

WITHERED HANDS
Leona Choy
5/3/2020

WRITE A TIME CAPSULE
Leona Choy
5/1/2020

CASTING PRACTICE
Leona Choy
4/30/2020

MASKS
Leona Choy
4/29/2020

LAST STRAW?
Leona Choy
4/28/2020

MY SURVIVOR ASSIGNMENT
Leona Choy
4/25/2020

SEGUE TIME
Leona Choy
4/24/2020

SURE, I'LL PRAY FOR YOU
Leona Choy
4/23/2020

MEANWHILE, WE GROAN
Leona Choy
4/22/2020

PARABLE OF THE DISORDERED EGG
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4/20/2020

CHANTING THE PSALMS—A “JOYFUL NOISE”
Leona Choy
4/19/2020

OUR GREEN ROOM/GREENHOUSE
Leona Choy
4/16/2020

PSALMS IN COLOR
Leona Choy
4/15/2020

TV WATCH AND PRAY
Leona Choy
4/14/2020

JUST PASSING BY?
Leona Choy
4/9/2020

A SAFE PLACE ON THE ROCK
Leona Choy
4/8/2020

GETTING A GOOD SHAKING
Leona Choy
4/7/2020

THE UPSIDE OF DOWNTIME
Leona Choy
4/6/2020

ANNOUNCING! PANDEMIC READ-A-THON!
Leona Choy
4/4/2020

GOD'S OBSESSION WITH FRUIT
Leona Choy
4/3/2020

BLOOMING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Leona Choy
4/2/2020

GRAY CLOUD FOLKS
Leona Choy
4/1/2020

END OF THE STORY
Leona Choy
3/31/2020

RAVENS DELIVERY SERVICE
Leona Choy
3/30/2020

CALAMITY COMFORT
Leona Choy
3/29/2020

A DESERT FABLE
Leona Choy
3/28/2020

A PERSONAL MESSAGE
Leona Choy
3/27/2020

SURFING THE PANDEMIC WAVES
Leona Choy
3/25/2020

HOW ARE YOUR “WITS” DOING?
Leona Choy
3/24/2020

FALLEN ROCKS
Leona Choy
3/23/2020

HUNKERING AT EAGLE SUMMIT
Leona Choy
3/21/2020

TENT DWELLING
Leona Choy
3/21/2020

A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
Leona Choy
3/20/2020

HANDS ON THE PLOW
Leona Choy
3/19/2020

SUBMARINE LIVING
Leona Choy
3/18/2020

A NEW HAPPY DANCE
Leona Choy
3/17/2020

SOCIAL DISTANCING
Leona Choy
3/13/2020

THE RELUCTANT PILGRIM
Leona Choy
3/11/2020

THE MYSTERIOUS "SELAH" WORD
Leona Choy
3/9/2020

MY CLAP OFFERING
Leona Choy
3/8/2020

ONE DOLLAR DAFFODIL
Leona Choy
3/7/2020

BOUND BY AN INVISIBLE THREAD
Leona Choy
3/4/2020

NOT SILENCED
Leona Choy
2/26/2020

BEING OWLISH ABOUT WISDOM
Leona Choy
2/24/2020

"In the beginning..." before GOOGLE
Leona Choy
2/22/2020

PULLED FROM THE BRINK
Leona Choy
2/20/2020

APPLE OF HIS EYE
Leona Choy
2/9/2020

SINGING HER WAY HOME
Leona Choy
1/31/2020

EATIN' SHORTBREAD
Leona Choy
1/24/2020

PLATFORM, PODIUM, PULPIT OR PEDESTAL?
Leona Choy
1/17/2020

BUCKET LIST AGAIN?
Leona Choy
1/12/2020

IN SEARCH OF A MAKEOVER
Leona Choy
12/31/2019

SEASONAL SAG
Leona Choy
12/30/2019

THE MYSTERY OF TIME
Leona Choy
12/28/2019

2020 MY RENEWED EAGLE YEAR
Leona Choy
12/26/2019

Post Surgery Report
Leona Choy
12/3/2019

SURGERY ENCORE
Leona Choy
11/23/2019

“You Have the Right to Remain Silent”
Leona Choy
10/31/2019

WHO IS SHAKING MY TREE?
Leona Choy
10/30/2019

WHO IS THE BOSS OF ME?
Leona Choy
10/15/2019

LORD, MOVE MY MOUNTAIN!
Leona Choy
10/13/2019

ANOTHER WAITING ROOM
Leona Choy
10/11/2019

DON'T BE SHEEPISH
Leona Choy
10/10/2019

THE VALUE OF SELF-TALK
Leona Choy
9/28/2019

LASER PRAYER
Leona Choy
9/27/2019

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY
Leona Choy
9/12/2019

CARRY ME, FATHER
Leona Choy
9/5/2019

MY PERSONAL SPIRITUAL WORKOUT
Leona Choy
9/4/2019

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
Leona Choy
9/1/2019

Lessons from My Cup
Leona Choy
8/20/2019

STRAW & THE CAMEL'S BACK
Leona Choy
8/7/2019

BECOMING MORE "FRUITY"
Leona Choy
7/10/2019

CREATIVE ENCOUNTERS
Leona Choy
7/3/2019

PITCHING IT RIGHT
Leona Choy
6/30/2019

“WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP?”
Leona Choy
6/25/2019

34580 and COUNTING
Leona Choy
6/18/2019

MOUNTAINS AND MOLEHILLS
Leona Choy
6/14/2019

CHEERLEADING
Leona Choy
6/6/2019

HANDS ON THE PLOW
Leona Choy
5/22/2019

WAITING FOR GRADUATION DAY
Leona Choy
5/17/2019

I THINK BOOKS
Leona Choy
5/13/2019

ONLY TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL!
Leona Choy
5/4/2019

HO-HUM FAITH
Leona Choy
4/18/2019

BREATHTAKING THOUGHTS
Leona Choy
4/7/2019

TOO MUCH ON MY PLATE?
Leona Choy
3/31/2019

EARTH SUIT vs SPACE SUIT: Increasing Tension
Leona Choy
3/4/2019

AVOIDING A SPIRITUAL "OOPS!"
Leona Choy
3/1/2019

PURSUING WISDOM
Leona Choy
2/19/2019

A THORNY MATTER
Leona Choy
2/15/2019

A SOMEWHAT GRUMPY CHAT WITH GOD
Leona Choy
2/12/2019

A FISH STORY
Leona Choy
2/8/2019

LET'S EAT NOODLES TOGETHER!
Leona Choy
1/21/2019

SATISFIED--A SECRET TO SHARE
Leona Choy
1/11/2019

STILL RUNNING
Leona Choy
12/29/2018

RESISTANCE TO ASSISTANCE
Leona Choy
12/6/2018

CHALLENGE OF THE FOURTH QUARTER
Leona Choy
11/26/2018

KEEPING A TRADITION
Leona Choy
11/15/2018

PUBLISHING FUND PROGRESS
Leona Choy
11/5/2018

"GOING STEADY" WITH MY "SUGAR CANE"
Leona Choy
11/3/2018

A SHOUT-OUT FOR A NEW BUTTERFLY
Leona Choy
10/31/2018

THANKSGIVING IN OCTOBER
Leona Choy
10/7/2018

REPEAT OFFENDERS
Leona Choy
9/30/2018

SHINING WHEN YOUR BATTERY IS LOW
Leona Choy
9/21/2018

I DESERVE IT...DESERVE IT NOT....
Leona Choy
9/13/2018

WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Leona Choy
9/10/2018

WAITING FOR GOD'S DUE TIME
Leona Choy
9/3/2018

STONES AND COVERUPS AND HOLY EARS
Leona Choy
8/31/2018

IT'S ALL ABOUT SHOES
Leona Choy
8/29/2018

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY CELL TOWER
Leona Choy
8/27/2018

REJUVENATION GOD'S WAY
Leona Choy
8/17/2018

STUCK IN THE MUD?
Leona Choy
8/13/2018

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
Leona Choy
8/8/2018

WHEN'S A GOOD TIME TO "EXULT"?
Leona Choy
7/30/2018

Survey For the Calendar-Challenged
Leona Choy
7/25/2018

Destiny Decisions
Leona Choy
7/19/2018

BEDROOM SLIPPERS OR HIKING BOOTS?
Leona Choy
7/18/2018

Hurrah for the Prepper Bridesmaids!
Leona Choy
7/13/2018

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
Leona Choy
7/10/2018

BARNACLES
Leona Choy
6/5/2018