I am so proud of Ryan John Decker.
He WON the Great Comebacks Award for the west region!!!!
The Great Comebacks Award recognizes inspirational individuals recovering from serious GI illness or ostomy surgery, by sharing their personal stories, giving hope and encouragement so that others can reclaim their lives and pursue their dreams. I submitted his story back in July of 2013 and never expected to hear back...let alone have him win!
He flys out to Salt Lake City in April to be recognized at a national conference. We will continue to share more as details develop.
For now, we are just in awe of how his ostomy story has clearly developed and is being written by God! ThereIS purpose in illness and we see a great road ahead of Ryan to use this new platform to encourage and mentor men who are suffering through illness and ostomy recovery.
I doubt Ryan could have ever dreamed of purpose and hope in Crohn's Disease when he was lying in a hospital bed just 15 months ago. But God is writing this story, not us, and it we see unending glory and promise in this part of our journey.
Celebrating today! You rock the world Ryan John.
But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.