by Macy Johnson
“For just as the sufferings of Christ
flow over into our lives,
so also through Christ our comfort
(2 Corinthians 1:5 NIV)
my bone!” I exclaimed when, as a toddler, I revealed the noticeable dent in my
is a condition in which a person’s breastbone is sunken into his or her chest.
While the sunken breastbone is noticeable shortly after birth, the severity
typically worsens during the adolescent growth spurt.” (Mayo Clinic Family
off my deformity as insignificant, until the day my then teenaged son was
diagnosed and referred to a specialist. Alex had surgery at Children’s Hospital
to have a metal bar inserted behind his ribcage. If only it had been caught
earlier in his life, when his chest bones were not fully formed and did not
need to be broken.
God what good could come of this. My son breathed deeper and his heart pumped stronger
with added room in his chest, but why did his pediatrician fail to diagnose his
condition years earlier?
came several months after Alex’s surgery. I spoke to a group of women at church
and told them how God works in ways we may never understand, using pectus
excavatum as an example. A mother came up to me after the meeting and said
she thought her son had the deformity. I suggested she contact her son’s
pediatrician and confirm.
I met her
again several months later. Her son did in fact have the condition and at a
young age was able to avoid the horrific complications of Alex’s procedure. She
thanked me in tears for the alert.
I will be
ready and available to go through suffering so I can comfort others as Jesus comforts
me. I hope you will, too!