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Be All You Can Be!

Mark 14. 8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. [nkjv]

Randy Kraus was paralyzed. His left side was useless. But his right hand was good enough to lift the barrel of a .38 to his temple. Once, he’d been a police officer in Fresno, California and owned a private-eye agency. Once, he’d been strong and able. Now, all he felt was nothing.

His trouble started with Parkinson’s disease, but it didn’t end there. In July 2002, the 60-year-old Kraus went into the hospital for an operation that implanted electrodes in his brain to control the shaking. But during the operation, he had a stroke. He was paralyzed. The cop, the tough guy, the man who loved golf, “could think, but couldn’t move.” Transferred to a rehab hospital, Kraus wanted the therapists to give it to him straight. “You may never walk again,” they told him. “Maybe you won’t even be able to talk.”

Once home, he found he couldn’t lift a fork or take a drink by himself. Physical therapy was so painful and slow. What did he have to live for? So now Kraus held the gun against his head. Feeling the cold metal on his skin, he began to consider not his pain, but the pain he would cause his... read more

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