Eagle kissed by God

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From: JUNE CERRETA
Date: Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 3:24 AM
Subject: Fw: Eagle kissed by God
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This is an awesome
story.
 
 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful story….might make you
cry………..
 

This is the kind of story
you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of
control….

Not many people get a
picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to
them

Freedom and
Jeff
Freedom and I
have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby
in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all
the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. 
She's my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand
and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in
lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I
took her to the vets office.  From then on, I was always
around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top
off,  and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for
her to lay in.  I used to sit and talk to her, urging her
to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with
those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for
weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then
she still couldn't stand. It got to the point where the
decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand in a
week. You know you don't want to cross that line between
torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. 
She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed
to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go to
the center that Thursday, because I couldn't bear the thought
of her being euthanized;  but I went anyway, and when I
walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went
immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on
her own, a big beautiful eagle.  She was ready to
live.  I was just about in tears by then.  That was
a very good day. 

We knew she could never fly,  so the
director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the
glove, and then to jesses,  and we started doing
education programs for schools in western Washington
.    We wound up in the newspapers, radio
(believe it or not) and some TV.   Miracle Pets even
did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed
with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good
(one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8
months of chemo.  Lost the hair – the whole bit.  I
missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to
Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come
to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened
time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000, the day
after Thanksgiving.  I went in for my last checkup. I was
told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of
chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway,
they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the
results.  I went in Monday, and I was told that all the
cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to
Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and
cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out
front to the top of the hill.  I hadn't said a word to
Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped
both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing
in on my back  (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she
touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we
just stood there like that for I don't know how long . 
That was a magic moment.  We have been soul mates ever
since she came in.  This is a very special
bird.

On a side note:  I have had people
who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has
some kind of hold on them.  I once had a guy who was
terminal come up to us and I let him hold her.  His knees
just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course
through his body. I have so many stories like
that..

I never forget the honor I have of being
so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.

Hope you  enjoy
this!

May
God Bless You All.

“But
they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they
shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be
weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah
40:31

 

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