In Sickness and in Health With Karen Wilkinson – 070

What If You Had to Advocate For Your Spouse’s Life?

I know what it’s like to stand at your husband’s bedside, preparing for him to leave this earth. Karen Wilkinson has experienced the stress and pressure of fighting for her husband through a medical crisis, advocating for what he wanted, and they have both lived to tell the story. Her desire is to encourage us to be prepared to face a trial of this kind, while also maintaining a deep faith. She also shares how this near-death experience has affected their marriage and how they invest in it now on the other side of it. This story is heart-warming, gut-wrenching and causes you to be deeply introspective. Get ready.

More about Karen Wilkinson

Fifteen years ago, Karen Campbell Wilkinson, a graduate of The Ohio State University, gave her husband David the choice to medicate her or give her sunshine. Since that statement was made, Karen and her husband have resided in sunny Naples, Florida, with their two sons and rescue dogs. Having worked as a respiratory therapist for 15 years at Level One Trauma Centers, she is experienced in the process of organ procurement and transplantation, as well as responding to emergent life and death decisions. Karen has since retired from healthcare and shifted into real estate, representing customers in buying and selling homes and setting up medical practices in the sunshine state. She is the author of On Borrowed Breath: A memoir of faith, love and advocating through a health crisis. You can learn more about Karen on her website.

Don’t miss the previous episodes I mentioned:

Click to hear How to Truly Enjoy Sex (with Dr. Jennifer Degler)-069)
or listen in Apple Podcasts

Click to hear the most recent #prayingforyourhusbanddaily podcast episode Praying For Your Husband’s Wife – 068 or listen in Apple Podcasts here.

Here are the books Karen recommended.
The 6 Pillars of Intimacy: The Secret to an Extraordinary Marriage
On Borrowed Breath

Here is the resource Karen mentioned on getting your affairs in order.

Looking to invest in your marriage? Read more about my passion for #prayingforyourhusbanddaily and watch the most recent video about RESENTMENT on Instagram here or watch on YouTube below.

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