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Sharon Laylor puts her trust in God

Published:Saturday | October 13, 2018 | 12:14 AMShanna kaye Monteith/ Gleaner Writer
Laylor: I love others more and re-dedicate my whole self to God as I firmly want to launch out into the deep for Him.
Laylor was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine, which caused left side paralysis and a second degree heart block.
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It was an ordinary day in July for Sharon Laylor, a 40-odd-year-old taxi operator, who would get up early to ply her usual routes.

However, sometime during the day, she realised that her head was pounding with an ache that forced her to drive home earlier than usual as she thought she'd pass out if she didn't.

"I went home, took a bath and climbed in bed. I began to feel dizzy as if death overshadowed me while the headache intensified. I tried to jump off the bed as I didn't want to die in the room.

"Upon attempting to run, my legs gave way and I fell. My mouth began to lean to the left side and my head felt like it was going to explode," she recalled.

 

RUSHED TO HOSPITAL

 

Laylor said that she was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine, which caused paralysis on her left side and a second-degree heart block. She was admitted for a week where she was told that she would need therapy sessions for three months if she were ever to walk again.

Upon her release from the hospital, Laylor's movement was extremely limited and she depended on her family members who had to do most things for her, including bathing her. It was a challenging period for the entire family.

Her eldest daughter, who would later accompany her mother overseas to seek further treatment, told Family & Religion that Laylor was low in spirit and in shock over her ordeal.

"She didn't feel good with others helping her and didn't want that quality of life. She's always known as the 'vibes master' and she's always working, so she was very uncomfortable with the state she was reduced to," she said, adding that the family of worshippers tried holding on to faith that she would be healed.

One morning, some two weeks later, while overseas, Laylor said that one of her sisters came to her room and invited her to pray and believe God one more time for a healing touch.

Laylor, who has been a strong believer and a very active praise leader for over 30 years, obliged.

 

ANOINTING

 

"A towel which was anointed by my sister's minister was used to wrap my paralysed foot and hand. Immediately, the anointing fell in the house and I felt as if a hand pushed me off the bed," she said, sharing that she immediately leapt from the bed walking, running, and praising God.

The experience, according to Laylor, has greatly impacted her faith as she told Family & Religion that now, she prays and fasts more.

She said: "I live in the Word more and put on the whole armour of God. I love others more and rededicated my whole self to God as I firmly want to launch out into the deep for Him. I now take His Word more literally, that no weapon that is formed against me shall prosper."

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