What is the symbol of America?
The eagle symbolizes so much to so many, “Freedom”. I’m going to tell you a little about a special bald eagle named Freedom, but first let me introduce a friend, Jeff Guidry. He’s the author of a book, “An Eagle Named Freedom, A True Story of Remarkable Friendship”. This book touched my heart. I was at a place in my life where I was looking for answers to questions. I was experiencing many changes in my life. I met a wonderful man… (Bulldog Man), a good friend of mine had passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; I sold my house, and moved from one state to another without having a job to go to. All of these changes along with a few that I won’t mention occurred over a period of a couple of years. Because there were so many changes, I felt empty (alone, even though I wasn’t) and needed to have something to hold on to. One day, I opened an e-mail from a friend. The e-mail had an attachment of a video. The video segment was about an injured eagle and the man who rescued it. I watched the video; of course it brought tears to my eyes, it also gave me a sense of calm. I was intrigued. So intrigued, I had to get the book.
The book is about Jeff Guidry, a volunteer at the Sarvey Wildlife Center, and his experiences with the animals and other employees at the center. He befriends this injured eagle, and refuses to give up on this injured bird, although the bird is near death. Daily he walks, feeds, and works with the bald eagle until she is healed. The eagle has a name, her name is Freedom. The story doesn’t stop there; it takes you through another life event. This one is of Jeff; he’s diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He goes through the painful treatment and the fight for his life. He returns to Sarvey Wildlife Center to be with Freedom. This special bald eagle gives Jeff spiritual purpose; to fight, to live. Talk about a story going full circle. After reading, “An Eagle Named Freedom, A True Story of Remarkable Friendship” I took it upon myself to contact Jeff Guidry through Facebook to let him know how much his story meant to me. To this day, I remain friends with Jeff on Facebook, and look forward to new pictures and comments on his Facebook page about Freedom, and the other animals in his life.
|Jeff and Freedom|
|Jeff, Freedom and Jack|