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jmead1970

I pastor New Covenant Church in Knoxville, Iowa. I am 39 years old; my wife and I have been married for nearly 19 years. My oldest son, Brendan, will be 18 in June. My oldest daughter, Shaylee, is 12 and my youngest daughter, Madelyn, is 9. I had a stroke in December, 2008. I had to have surgery... Full Bio
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There are some things so good you could not make it up... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As many of you recall, in September I made the decision to step down from full time ministry. This was a big decision for me, because I have not known anything but full time ... Read on »
A little hard to admit, but the time has come for me to step out of full time work... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There are times when God’s work and His timing make absolutely no sense to us. In 2008 when I had my stroke, my family and the church were taken completely by surprise. As ... Read on »
I felt a little spacey at times... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This has really been an issue for a long time, but it seems to be becoming a little more apparent to my family. Last night we were doing some work around the house and my wi ... Read on »
New Book: How Big is Your God... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I just got confirmation that my new book, How Big is Your God, is available at Tatepublishing.com. Read on »
Hopefully I will have a little (or maybe a lot) more time... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Admittedly, my posting has been very sporadic of late (oh, who am I kidding, for the last 3 years...) It has been almost 6 years since my stroke (it will be 6 years on Decem ... Read on »
A little lethargic the last couple of days.... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The last couple days I have been really, unusual. I don't know exactly how to describe it. I'm tired all the time. No matter how long I sleep at night I never seem to get en ... Read on »
Happy New Year... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I know it is a day late, but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. It is hard to believe that I am starting my 6th year in my new life. I am 43, so that means that nea ... Read on »
A day late, but Merry Christmas... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It is hard to think about sometimes but 5 years ago today, I was in the Knoxville VA celebrating Christmas with my kids, my wife and  my mom and dad. 5 years later, the Knox ... Read on »
Holy Cow...I was not paying attention I guess... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Today, as I sit to write this, is December 18. I had noted on other sites (mostly on Facebook) that December 8 was the 5 year anniversary of my stroke. You read that right 5 ... Read on »
I got some interesting information, but I wonder about it... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I went back to my neurologist earlier this week; the neurologist that had been with me since my stroke left to take another position at the same hospital so I now have a new ... Read on »
Wow...I did not realize it has been so long... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I just looked today and was amazed that it has been over a year since I posted anything. On the surface that would indicate that everything has been great; but, the reality ... Read on »
It's been awhile... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I know it has been awhile since I have posted. I know, I know...shame on me. A little update: it has been nearly 4 years since my stroke. I do notice that I get tired more q ... Read on »
Sometimes my new life stinks... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine For the last few weeks I have been experiencing some pretty terrible headaches; not the kind that you can relieve by rubbing your temples or taking Tylenol, but headaches th ... Read on »
Some things continue to surprise me... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There are times when I seriously get humbled by how God uses things. In the last month I have been overwhelmed at the way in which God spreads his word. Just a few weeks bef ... Read on »
The blood pressure roller coaster has left the station... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I have always had problems with my blood pressure but recently (for about the last month and a half or so) it seems to be all over the place. My neurologist tries to keep it ... Read on »
Online book by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In response to some who have asked, I have uploaded a .pdf format of "Living the Life of a Miracle" to the Website. There is a little button on the home page that will take ... Read on »
I know that some will not understand... by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There are some problems that a stroke survivor faces that some people (even doctors) do not seem to be able to grasp. I have been to physical therapists, neurologists, speec ... Read on »
A recent article I received about stroke awareness by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I had received this article some time ago and wanted to post it on my blog. Maximizing Recovery Following a Stroke --Philip J Reed, on behalf of Valley Hospital Me ... Read on »
New Video for the Book, Living the Life of a Miracle by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This is the video I created to go along with my book. I appreciate all the people who have encouraged me along my path, now nearly 3 years! Read on »
New Video for the Book, Living the Life of a Miracle by jmead1970 Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This is the video I created to go along with my book. I appreciate all the people who have encouraged me along my path, now nearly 3 years! Read on »