LETTER: Sharing a testimony

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Hi, my name is Terry (Susie) Coe. I am 44 years old. I have Down syndrome, a heart defect and pulmonary artery hypertension. My mom, Inez, passed away two years ago. I went to live with my sister, Mickie, and niece, Amanda Upchurch. We live at High Ridge Apartments. About six months ago, I found out that I have a serious disease, PAH, which left me on oxygen 24/7, limiting my daily activities but not immobilizing me because I am a strong woman.

I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I am sharing my story because I want to be an example for others with disabilities of any kind. My favorite saying is, “Don’t worry, be happy.” I have encouraged a lot of people, especially my family, with these positive words. I think my mommy would be proud of me. I love my brother and sisters dearly. They are good people. I thank the Lord for them!

I want to share a testimony of a kind deed that a total stranger did for me.

Around my birthday, my sister took me to Olive Garden in Southern Pines. I had my favorite dish, pizza, but it was healthy [with] veggies. When I walked in the restaurant, a kind man greeted me with a smile and said, “Welcome to Olive Garden, glad to have you here.” This young man treated me with respect and made me feel smart. He gave me a tag that had my name on it that he fixed just for me. [It] made me feel special. This kind man also gave me a present for my birthday. It was a big towel with “Olive Garden” on it. I was so happy, excited and grateful for what this God-sent man did for me on my birthday. I am a blessed woman.

I want to thank all my providers and doctors for their care for me — Moncure Clinic, UNC Specialty Clinic in Sanford and Urgent Care in Sanford, also, Quality Home Health Care.

I have a new job at the Stevens Center, to keep me busy during the day. I’m loving it — computers, making soup, learning kitchen skills, everything. I just want my friends and the general public to know that there comes a time in life that change is necessary. “Change is good.” I’m looking forward to a whole New Year, filled with joy, peace and excitement. So if you need to make that change, I encourage you, too!

Terry (Susie) Coe