Many say someone with my story should have been aborted. I was conceived in rape but adopted in love.
Ryan Bomberger is an author, columnist, and international speaker. He’s also co-founder of the Radiance Foundation, an organization espousing the belief that every human life has purpose. The following is an opinion piece published in Life News.
It sounds dramatic. And it was. A week ago Monday, I was rushed to the hospital unable to breathe. I had suffered a pulmonary embolism resulting in blood clots to my lungs, and it was a terrifying experience. I had been battling blood clots for years and never knew. It was a mixture of health deterioration that led me away from my normal self for, especially, the past year. My heavy travel/speaking schedule, heavy creative demands, and heavy heart for reaching a broken culture was breaking me. I’ve always kept my wife and kiddos my highest priority but wasn’t protecting myself the way I should have.
Thank heaven I wasn’t flying when this happened! To further complicate things, bilateral pneumonia infection set in days after being admitted to hospital.
But the prayers, and encouraging messages and all kinds of support poured in! My wife Bethany and I are so grateful–so incredibly grateful–for all the love! There’s nothing like nearly losing your life to be reminded about how precious every single person you love is, especially family.
After a week’s worth of IV antibiotics/antiviral treatments and “remarkable progress”, as exclaimed by the physicians and other staff, I finally returned home two days ago. It will be a long journey of recovery, but we’re praying and believing for a God detour to complete healing! It’s easy to be overwhelmed by my fragile state, but I’m looking forward to being overwhelmed by what God will do through all of this.
In the meantime, we’ve had to cancel all of my in-person speaking events for the rest of the year. All virtual events are still in place. (Bethany’s were already moved to virtual due to the pandemic.) If you’re so moved, you’re welcome to help support us, personally, as we navigate through exorbitant medical costs and drastic loss of income through this GoFundMe link. Or you can make a one-time or monthly tax-deductible donation to The Radiance Foundation.
I will take time to heal. During this time, as I opt out of all travel for the rest of the year, we will continue to write, to create, and to engage the culture. We are excited to resume our Life Has Purpose podcast (starting 10/28/20) and continue to be a public voice of Life in a culture of death. Please join us in praying for the acquisition of new office space, and the resources and staff to replicate what we do by training others. The world needs more factivists who love Jesus and love people!
I now better understand how crucial rest is. We often dismiss it. Rest is a powerful spiritual weapon, too. You can’t thrive if you ain’t alive!!!
Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And he has tried to destroy me throughout my life, before I was even born. Many say someone with my story should have been aborted. I was conceived in rape but adopted in love. My birth mom’s courage set off a course of events she never could’ve imagined.