FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain.
Thirteen-year-old Isaiah Custodio was a victim, though not a casualty, of the most rare type of AVM, caused when a tangle of blood vessels rupture in the brain. An arteriovenous malformation can develop anywhere in your body but occurs most often in the brain or spine. Even so, brain AVMs are rare and affect less than 1 percent of the population. *
“Life changed for our family after I received a call that Isaiah had a headache,” said Christina Custodio, Isaiah’s mom. “Things deteriorated very quickly after that, and doctors determined Isaiah’s brain was filled with blood from a severe brain hemorrhage.”
Christina documents the emotional journey of mother and son in her new book, When God Changed His Mind. By her son’s side for the entire six-week hospital and rehab stay and during his subsequent recovery, Christina shares of the ups and downs of the exceedingly trying season.
“It was an extremely difficult time, yet it had many beautiful moments—bonding with my son, feeling the love of our community, trusting God, and experiencing joy in the midst of hardship.”
Readers will be moved by Christina’s dedication to her son and by her steadfast faith in God despite uncertain outcomes. She wrote When God Changed His Mind to inspire others to see Jesus and glorify Him in their own hardships and stories.
“Throughout the initial uncertainty for Isaiah’s life and then the ensuing challenges with his recovery, I had an amazing peace from God and trusted Him to provide what we needed,” Christina said. “If we look through the lens of Jesus, we can find joy in any circumstance.”
* https://www.mayoclinic.org › brain-avm › syc-20350260
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christina Custodio is a gifted writer and speaker. With a degree in psychology and Christian counseling, she pursues many passions, including motivational speaking, blogging, photography, and teaching. She and her husband, Ozzy, live in South Carolina and are parents to Abrianna, Isaiah, and Olivia. For review copies and media interviews, contact: