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One year removed from surgery, so much for which to be thankful

August 12, 2020 “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…” That opening phrase, from an anthem I learned as a little boy growing up in a Methodist church, was the first thing that popped in my head this morning. It’s ironic that it did, given that I haven’t sung it in years.  But it fit. Frankly it fits every day, but especially THIS morning. Because it was one year ago today, that I checked into Brookwood Baptist Medical Center for heart bypass surgery, that would clear 95% blockage in the artery commonly referred to as “The Widow Maker”.  It would be the beginning of an Odyssey that has been well-documented over the past 12 months by many friends and colleagues. I won’t repeat the story here, but if you are unfamiliar with it, I’ve posted a few links below: ABC 33/40    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaWjw5jBiks&feature=youtu.be WVTM 13      https://www.wvtm13.com/article/chris-stewart-readies-for-return-to-broadcasting-after-months-in-hospital/30289209# CBS 42     https://www.cbs42.com/sports/alabama/alabama-basketball-game-a-homecoming-for-broadcaster-chris-stewart/ Lindy’s Sports Annuals    https://www.lindyssports.com/college-football/sec/alabama/column/charmed-life-saved-twice-god-gets-the-glory/507157/ Within five minutes of waking up this morning, two other wonderful reminders were in my phone. I receive daily inspirational/motivational texts from a longtime acquaintance in Scott Wimberly. Today’s message stated “Do not confuse my bad days as a sign of weakness. […]