Beauty for Ashes – Episode 292

Health, Hope & Inspiration

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Featuring: Avery Garn

Published: December 11, 2021

Two things can be true at the same time.

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Show Notes:

Joining Rev. Percy McCray behind the microphone is Avery Garn, who has recovered from a 17-hour surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

Avery was a young schoolteacher, conducting virtual classes when she received her diagnosis of a brain tumor during the COVID-19 outbreak in April 2020. She recalls the day she received the unwelcomed news.

“I’m at home, the phone rings and my ear, nose and throat doctor says, ‘I got your MRI results. I wanted to let you know that you do have a large brain tumor,’” she says. “My response was just to be hysterical, I laughed and there was also, a level of some relief has to come to have an answer. I had been experiencing pain for a couple years, chronic head pain and back pain. It was getting to the point where it was pretty debilitating.”

Sit back and listen to this woman’s journey of vulnerability and redemption, how her faith was put to the test, and what she ultimately learned in the midst of a major health care challenge.


  • “[After receiving the bad news] I walked back in from the front porch and I just fell apart.”
  • “I was very fearful of surgery. The doctors warned me of all of the side effects, such as facial paralysis and hearing loss.”
  • “There are two pieces of my faith that resonated the most throughout. And I really dwelled on the first, being that I had to reconcile, what does a good God mean?”
  • “Two things can be true at the same time.”

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