Facebook user, Lola Bee, updated her page with a statement of gratitude. You see, this woman was shot in the face with a 20-gauge shotgun over a year ago. Alive and well, she tells her story.
This Louisianan woman has much for which to be grateful. And for sure, she spares no testimony. The woman noted that, on February 6, 2015, she and her brother were both shot in the face with a high-powered weapon. While she didn’t note whether her brother had survived, she did mention that she was reluctant to publish photos of herself during the recovery process. However, her brother, Marion Brown, is alive and well also.
As her body reacted to the traumatic injuries, her face had become dramatically swollen. Via Facebook on February 6 — days ago — she finally allowed the world to see the recovery situation. From view of the face portraits, you can see the ballistic fragments scattered across her skin. While giving her testimony, the woman stated as follows.
“Today marks a year that me and my brother were both shot in the head with a 20 gauge shot gun. I’ve never posted any pictures of how I looked and very rarely spoke on how I felt because I felt nobody would understand. The hardest part of all of this was not being able to actually see my daughter because my eyes were swollen shut.”
“Through all of the surgeries I still maintained my 3.0 GPA and graduated, I still held down my job, I still ran my support group and started it’s store and I raised my daughter by myself. I never let it stop me. If I had been any closer I would have lost my left eye and I just thank God that I didn’t and I don’t have any permanent issues.”
“I may not still have a face without any bruises but I look at them as reminders that on February 6, 2015 me and my brother could’ve died and were both still here. This day changed me in a lot of ways but I’m still standing, I’m still solid and I’m still beautiful and even more determined!”
Several times between 2015 and the present, the woman expressed her gratefulness for life. Aside from surviving a major shot to the face — seemingly, an explosion to the face — the 30-year-old woman also expressed her gratitude in being able to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday, on August 13, 2015. In that post, the woman noted as follows.
“On August 13, 2014 at exactly 3:27 pm. I gave birth to the biggest blessing of my life, a 6 pounds and 10 ounces beautiful baby girl that was 19 inches long by the name of Khloe F. Mackey. After losing three babies within 9 months with my husband, after the doctors not being able to tell me why and even going as far as to tell us we should adopt God stepped in and showed out.”
“Khloe has truly changed me and my life for the better. I never thought I’d have a child to call my own but she’s here and all mine. This past year has been a roller coaster ride full of many ups and downs but if nothing else I am thankful to still be here to be Khloes mommy.”
“It hasn’t been easy but it was all worth it to see the smile on your face for the last 365 days. You are my everything, my world and my peace. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you or to protect you. Cant wait to get home so that we can play and get cupcake wasted. Happy Birthday My Sunshine, mommy loves you baby girl!!”
If you recall from her most-recently-dated quote, she operates and oversees a support group also. Well, as can be seen from one of the Louisianan woman’s posts, the group is focused on women who suffer from stillbirths, infant losses, and miscarriages. The group is called “Mothers of Unborn Angels.”
The woman’s group has amassed a following of over 32,000 people via Facebook. Likewise, aside from the woman ability to watch her daughter grow, she mentioned that she’s proud to know her group has been so successful in giving a voice to those women who typically suffer in silence about the topic.
Nonetheless, Lola also mentioned — days ago — that she had started receiving an influx of attention. Initially, many of her “random” friend requests had a suspicious resemblance to Facebook spam. So, she ignored several requests. However, after noticing that her post had been shared over 2,000 times, Lola checked the “Message Requests” section of her inbox and saw tons of messages from people of who had been touched by her story.
“I had no idea so many people would even see it or think anything of it, I just finally was at a place in my life where I wasn’t ashamed of what I went through because it made me stronger and it made me really begin to live my life.”
Likewise, she responded in thanks to those who have offered words of encouragement — noting that “how we handle and persevere through [obstacles] can actually touch someone else or possibly save their life.” And after surviving a shot to the face, this woman has every right to tell the world how grateful she is to be alive.
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[Image via Lola Bee/Facebook Public Photos]