This week I’m hosting Kathi Macias with The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt (print book US only/ebook in other countries) and Grace Fox with Morning Moments with God (US and Canada only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The drawings end Sunday (Dec. 8th) evening.
Dr. Laura Branson, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I went from being a wife and mother of two children to a widow with one child because of a car accident that took my husband and son. I was already a doctor, but my passion soon became working in a free clinic in a poor neighborhood—that and raising my doctor and sending her to medical school so she too could become a doctor.
What do you do for fun?
Now there’s a difficult question. Before my husband died we did all sorts of things together—took long walks in the woods, sat in front of the fireplace after the children were in bed, even went dancing on occasion. But since he and my son died, I’m afraid I’ve done very little for “fun,” and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
What do you put off doing because you dread it?
Dealing with my own heart issues. They’re always there, nagging at me, but I have a tendency to stay as busy as possible so it’s easier to ignore them. Sooner or later, though, I know I will have to face them.
What are you afraid of most in life?
Losing my daughter. She’s all I have left—that and my medical practice—and I can’t imagine functioning without them.
What do you want out of life?
I want to help others, which is why I have devoted my medical practice to helping those who can’t otherwise afford medical care. I also want to see my daughter succeed in a medical career and to marry a godly man, like her late father.
What is the most important thing to you?
I would like to believe it’s my relationship with the Lord, but lately I’ve had so many issues crash in on me that I find myself questioning my faith in ways I never imagined. I’m trusting God’s faithfulness to bring me back to where I need to be with Him, but I dread the painful pathway that may involve.
Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?
I’ve always been a reader and used to enjoy nothing more than a sweet escape-type romance. Since my husband’s death, I haven’t been able to enjoy that sort of reading, so I stick primarily to medical-type reading. I do, of course, still read my Bible regularly, though at times I wonder if my heart is in it as it once was.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My marital status—not that I would ever want another husband, but I doubt that I will ever stop wishing I had my late husband back. I know it’s impossible, but it’s the way I feel. I feel the same way about my beloved son, whom I lost at the same time. I would give almost anything to have him back again.
Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
Nope, no pets. I’m too dedicated to my practice to have time to properly care for one.
If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
Without doubt, back to the day I lost my husband and son. I would find some way to keep them off those icy roads that day—some way of stopping the horrible accident that ripped my heart in two.