April 7, 2020

Dr. Angie Mickle, Dean of the Cedarville School of Nursing, began 2019 with a series of trials that severely tested her faith. On January 7, surgeons spent nine hours removing a benign tumor from her brain, which was originally thought to be malignant. Three days after the surgery,  she had a stroke. And then while she was recovering at home in February, her seven-month-old grandson suddenly stopped breathing. She desperately tried to revive him, but he went to be with the Lord.

This tragic set of circumstances made her question Jesus and wonder aloud through many tears why He would permit so much suffering in her life. But the Lord met her over and over again, and she found a deeper trust in Him in her pain. Her inspiring story causes those who hear it to look more closely at their relationship with God. She testifies to the goodness and greatness of the Lord in the midst of her loss.

In addition to serving as a leader in the School of Nursing, Dr. Mickle is also a major in the Air National Guard. She is a nurse practitioner and Chief Nursing Administrator for the 121st Medical Group at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio.

Mickle felt that God wanted her to name her tumor, which was benign. She decided to call it “Joy,” in view of James 1:2-4. Doctors told her the tumor likely had been growing in her brain for 15-20 years.

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