Kyle Veazey
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Kyle Veazey

Chickamauga, Georgia, United States | SELF

Chickamauga, Georgia, United States | SELF
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Are You With The Z - EP: 01/25/2011



Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheth me." That phrase "all things" is often times misread. The phrase "all things" comes from the Greek word "pas" which means "some of all types of things. We as Christians sometimes believe that if we just trust in God, we can do anything we set our mind to. When I was 11 years old, I was having the best basketball season of my life, but after every game, I would be exhausted and sleep the rest of the day and into the next morning. When we went to the doctor for a regular check up, the doctor pointed to my neck and said with a concerned voice, "Have you noticed that big lump on his throat?"
I remember when my parents told me it what was wrong with me. I was sitting in the kitchen. My mom was to my left with her arm on the counter. My dad was standing in the hallway with his back to the dining room. And with a serious tone my dad said words that would change my life forever- "Kyle, you have cancer." Over the next four years I would go through two surgeries and two radiation treatments for my cancer.
Just when it looked like my life was going to be a smooth ride from here on out, another shocking blow hit us unexpectedly. I was 15 and not acting like the usual Kyle Veazey. I went to my neurologist whom I'd had since I was 10 for Touret Syndrome, ADD, and OCD, and my mom told her how I'd been acting. She looked my mom in the eye, pointed to me, and said, "That is not the boy I've known all these years. Take him to get an MRI of his brain." An MRI was not new. I'd had plenty from my cancer. After we got the images back from the MRI, not to our surprise there was a lump the size of a golf ball on my brain.
We scheduled surgery for September 10th, 2001 at Children's Hospital in downtown Washington, D.C. I had the surgery. Everything went fine. The next morning, my father and I see smoke billowing out of a building near us. We thought it was a fire. No big deal. My Dad, who works for the government, got a call from Mom asking him if he had to go to work. He said in a confused manner, "No. Why would I have to go to work?" She told him to turn on the television. Just as he did, we saw a plane smash into the side of a building. September 11th, 2001, is a day that would change America forever. September 12th, 2001, is a day that would change Kyle Veazey forever.
September 12th rolls around and as we are packing our bags getting ready to walk out the door, the doctor comes in and says, "I'm sorry. We have to do another surgery." We said that was fine. We'd been through multiple surgeries before, what would two more hurt? 5:00 p.m.: I'm lying in ICU after undergoing major brain opporation when suddenly, my upperbody shoots up. I try to scream, but nothing comes out. Then as abruptly as I shot up, I fall back to the bed lifeless. I'd had not one, but two strokes that left me paralyzed from the neck down on my right side. I'd be in the hospital for 33 days straight learning how to walk, talk, and think again. I could easily I spend the next seven years praising God and rejoicing in my tribulations, but to do so would be a lie.
I would spend the next seven years hating the doctor, hating God, and wanting to die. It wasn't until February of 2009 that I realized it's not about me; it's about God. I would begin speaking at Fellowship of Christian Athletes groups at Middle and High schools all over Northwest Georgia and Chattanooga. Then, in August of 2010, I surrendered my life to the ministry, and on January 2nd, 2011, I would be a headliner at a church for the first time. Now I know why God gave me all my obsticles in life. It was so I would rejoice for what God has blessed me with. As I begin my career as a musician and a evangelist, please pray that I keep my focus on God and put Him first.
And remember, ask yourself, Are You With The Z?