Rebounding from Death’s Door by Jeff Elliott
This book tells the true story of the Elliott family– Jeff, Ruth, Jennifer, and Eric. Situated in Central Illinois, the Elliott family is your typical All American family. Jennifer and Eric excelled in athletics, Jeff was a firefighter–they were living a comfortable life. When Eric went to try out for 7th grade baseball, he blew the coaches away, striking out 13 batters in 7 innings. He was learning and improving so much! But towards the end of that season, something was not right.
Eric was complaining of blurry vision, and after a trip to the eye doctor, discovered he needed glasses. But that still wasn’t everything. He started complaining of headaches, nausea, dizziness, and was often running to the bathroom during games to vomit. Baseball tryouts came up again, and Eric was not the same promising athlete he once was. His vision had changed 3 times in 6 months, he was uncoordinated, and his parents suspected a massive growth spurt was the cause. They just did not have a solid answer as to what was wrong with their son.
In 1999, Central Illinois saw the worst blizzard with totals of 14 inches. Eric offered to help his dad start digging out their driveway. Every 15 minutes, Eric was stopping to catch his breath. After being outside for a few hours, it worsened, and his eyes started going crossed. They called his eye doctor, and said that his sinus troubles (what they thought was the cause) would not cause this, and to get him to the ER as soon as possible. But with all of this snow, and their rural home, it was going to be a task.
After going through some tests, an MRI was ordered, and Jeff watched the technician as her face turned concerned. When the doctor came in, the news was delivered: Eric had a large tumor, the size of an orange, at the base of his skull.
Overcoming all obstacles, financial trials, and Eric’s health concerns makes this book an unbelievable testament of faith and perseverance. It is a great read full of faith and trusting in the Lord.
This book is especially important to me. You see, Eric, is married to my friend Laura. We spend a lot of time with them and their two children, and I just think the world of them! This book is being made into a major motion picture called Hoovey and is set to release in early 2014. I flew to Dallas during the making of the movie to be an extra in it– and spend some time with the Elliott family.
It is an incredible story– a definite must read– and I can’t wait to see the movie (and maybe see myself in it!) when it comes out next year!
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