November 29, 2018

Where to begin the story of Michelle Wulfestieg? With her stroke at age 11? The one that paralyzed her right arm and leg. Or with her stroke at age 25? The one that took her whole body to the brink of death. Or perhaps the story should begin the moment she says the voice of God told her: Go back!

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she says, tearing up at the thought of that day 10 years ago.

But go back she did. And when she woke up in the hospital — as her family planned her funeral and her friend wrote her eulogy — she vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to bringing comfort to the dying.