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Here is my story........as told by cousin Judy
My cardinal started pecking at my front window the day I came home from nine days in the hospital recovering from surgery. At first it was a nuisance as he started pecking in the early morning when I wanted to sleep. But he continued to visit several times a day. I started talking to him and returning his call. He would turn his head and listen then fly off. His visits became more numerous and persistent. I would get up in the mornings when he would awaken me and begin our conversations. At first it was just a ritual and I would go to him to let him know I heard him. Then it became a strong interaction and dependency. This lasted daily from April through late December.
I asked him to help me with the healing.
I took a painting class in December and chose to use my Cardinal as my subject, painting him in the snowy tree as I witnessed him. Friends and relatives who had heard my story gave Christmas gifts that had Cardinals on them.
After my last visit with the physician in December I decided more chemo treatments were not what I wanted. I had my last treatment in July after a dissatrous reaction to it and took a break from it. When in December the physician thought I should continue with a less aggressive treatment my mind had already decided to go another direction--to change my diet to Paleo and alkaline and to trust my faith in God for direction and healing. I told my bird that I was stronger and thanked him for being there. One day in early January I saw him on my back deck where he had never been before. I told him he really didn't need to check on me every day, that I was well and thanked him. He flew off and never returned. At first I felt a little lost without him and missed his visits but realized his job of caring for me was completed.
I truly believe God had sent him to me to guide, protect and strengthen me. I was led to find healthier lifestyle choices...to trust God's direction in making those choices. The companionship and persistence of 'my bird' gave me strength and much joy! Now I look at the beautiful carving you made and feel he's still with me. It means so much.
Kindred Spirit and cousin Judy
Hearing Judy's inspirational story launched the creation of Guiding Spirit.