My Story

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As I began my journey to continue Choose Joy ministry of my late sister, Sara Gitz Frankl, I never dreamt that I would be adding my own story to hers.

Sara began sharing her story with the world in 2008, when she started a blog titled “Gitzen Girl”, after her childhood nickname. Sara began writing about her journey with a disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. Through her journey Sara ministered to hundreds of thousands of people, teaching and showing them now through faith and trust in God, we can choose joy despite the pain and suffering we face.

I walked much of Sara’s journey with her as she faced dealing with her disease. As the diseased progressed there were different twists and turns along the way. It was hard and even though I wasn’t dealing with the disease personally, I could imagine what she was going through because it hurt me too!

We each have our own story of pain and suffering. My family and I faced our own journey with the loss of Sara in 2011, as well as the sudden loss of our Dad in 2010.

Now, in 2017, I face a journey of my own. In January I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery and testing, I met with the oncologist to learn the treatment plan. Twenty weeks of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation!

It wasn’t until I heard those words about what was happening to ME…My life, that I realized we really can’t imagine what someone else is going through.

Sara’s God inspired words… Sara’s ability to Choose JOY… Sara’s faith and trust in God… They always means to much to me. I imagined her ability to trust in God… her ability to stay faithful… her ability to Choose Joy.

Now as I face my own journey, I pray that God will give me the strength to continue His ministry. To be a disciple just as my sweet sister Sara was… I am no longer imagining, but living this journey and my own ability to choose.

If you are facing trials in your life and want to follow me on my journey of Choosing Joy, please come along. You will find a place here where we can be open and honest all while believing and trusting that God knows the plans He has for us… one that will lead us to JOY.



5 Comments Add yours

  1. Andre Reid says:

    I’m honored and humbled to have the chance to follow you. God is so good to us. His love is so perfect. The problems we face are not so big when we have someone to face them with. God is at work in our lives my dear Sister and friend.

  2. Peg Reinking says:

    God blesses us through the sharing of your story and your faith inspired message. Thank you, Laura.

    1. gitznjo says:

      Thank you, Peg! The support of my community of family and friends has makes a difference! Bless you.

  3. Jay Morrison says:

    Laura, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the founder of the Boy Scouts:

    No one can pass through life, any more than he/she can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.

    Robert Baden-Powell

    Thank you for sharing and continuing this ministry.

    1. gitznjo says:

      Thank you, Jay. I love that. Blessings to you.

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