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Strategies for Living is a daily radio/podcast program hosted by Family Therapist David McMillian dedicated to helping listeners improve their quality of living in body, mind and spirit. Strategies presents topical issues featuring interviews with some of today's leading authors on topics ranging from healthy relationships to healthy lifestyles, from effective parenting to developing positive attitudes... [more]


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My Nephew Writes His First Book!/ David McMillian, LPC, LMFT
Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 4:58pm

Have you ever said ďIíve got a book in me?Ē  I know I have, but Iím also a big time procrastinator and havenít got around to writing it yet.  I likewise know a lot of other people through the years have said those words to me.  Sometimes I wonder how many books stay inside of us, never to be written or published. I had no idea until a phone call last year that my nephew Christopher ... [more]


You Never Know Who's All Up In The Family Tree/ David McMillian, LPC, LMFT
Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 4:28pm

You never know whoís all up in your family tree; recently some surprises fell out of mine. Let me explain. Recently I hosted Eddie Whitlock on Strategies for Living, talking about genealogical research.You can listen in the morning on Newsradio 710KEEL 9:05am to 10am.Eddie is a former radio host himself, whoís also written a book Evil is Always Human (self-published and available from amazon.com, ... [more]


Letter to God from Bernie Siegel, MD / Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 4:35pm

                                                      Dear God,      First I want to thank You for answer... [more]

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Stuti's Story; A local Miracle/ David McMillian
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 8:07am

One of the best things about doing this column, the radio program, and the cable TV/YouTube program is getting to meet people I wouldnít otherwise chance to meet and hearing their stories. Some of those stories have moved me, caused me to rethink things I thought I knew, some have given me hope and inspiration, and some have brought tears.  I recently met Ajay Jawahar, interviewed him on TV and radio, and you know what; he and his story did all of the above.  Today, I want to share some of the Jawahar family story with you; itís the story of a miracle and it happened right here.

 

On January 15, 2013, the day started like many other days, except for the winter weather. It was not severe enough to cancel school, and Ajay remembers joking around the breakfast table that morning with 17 year old daughter Stuti about having to go to school that day; no school breaks today, classes will be in session.  In a matter of hours, Ajay experienced every parentís worst nightmare. He went from seeing Stuti, the lively young woman, a senior at Byrd with a very bright future to a battered and helpless child in the Emergency Room fighting for her very life.  Stutiís heart was beating, but her brain wasnít working well at all; a machine even had to breathe for her.  The Glasgow Coma scale, a measure Ajay knew well because heís a neurosurgeon, goes from 3 to 15.  A 3 is essentially lifeless and a 15 is normal; Stuti was a 4, which made the chance of recovery somewhere between slim and none.

 

Ajay recalled his visit with the chief of neurosurgery after he examined Stuti, a meeting where the chief walked slowly up to Ajay and gave him a hug, not something that a doctor typically does when there is any good news or hope for treatment success.  Now Ajay has to go tell Stutiís mother the grim news about their daughter.  Mom Lisa is also in the medical profession, so he knows he canít fool her. Ajay has to tell her the truth and he gets himself ready to do just that.  When he goes into the room, his mouth opens to tell her and what comes out, he says downloaded and were not his words, ďSheís going to be alright.Ē  Heís astounded hearing what has just come from his own lips.

 

Three weeks pass, Stuti is still unresponsive and in the Intensive Care Unit, and Lisa and Ajay are sitting with her one morning, Lisa holding Stutiís hand.  All of a sudden, Stuti lifts Lisaís hand up to her own cheek and with momís hand caresses her own cheek.  Lisa is astounded.  She asks Ajay if he saw what just happened; he did, but thought it was Lisa who was doing the movement. Lisa puts her hand down, asks Stuti to do it again, and she does! A miracle?  The doctors and nurses canít explain it and thatís really what a miracle is.  Weeks pass by, Stuti has not repeated her movement, and her aunt challenges her to give them a sign.  Stuti holds her thumb up in that gesture we all know that says ďitís going to be all right.  Another miracle?  Maybe Stuti is a miracle.  Some of her professors at Centenary College, where sheís today pursuing a degree in psychology probably think so.  Thereís a lot more to this story, so I encourage you to get a copy of Ajay Jawaharís book Thumbs Up; Godís Love Endures Forever (2015, self-published and available from Amazon.com, at Bitter Sweet Flowers & Gifts in Bossier City or Yarns on Youree in Shreveport). 

 

Listen to the podcast and watch the YouTube video at www.strategiesforliving.com on the home page in the article on Stuti.  Miracles do happen; Godís love shines!

 
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