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The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways

10.12.19 • Lynette Townsend • Volunteer Storyteller

The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways

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Guy Dadson can relate to the story of the Prodigal Son.

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     He grew up in a Christian, faith-filled family in El Segundo never belonging to one particular denomination. He and his younger sister had a happy childhood with their stay-at-home mom. His father, a scientist and engineer, entertained Guy and his sister with home science projects.

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     When Guy turned seventeen, he wanted to leave the state, and he wanted to study in an excellent chemistry program. The University of Utah took care of these needs. Once accepted, he left his family and headed off to college.

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He dropped out within ten units of a degree.

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     What followed was out of character for Guy. Attending college gave him the opportunity to make some bad decisions. He started smoking cigarettes. Drug use followed, including experimentation with various substances. Drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana and cigarettes became a norm for Guy. This continued all throughout college. He dropped out within ten units of a degree.

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…he had an “ah-ha” moment.

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     Guy got a job at a grocery store throwing freight at night. Injuries became common place. The last straw was an injury from a pull-up bar that broke free from the wall. Guy fell to his knees on a concrete floor. He had to work that night even though he was severely hurt. Pushing himself though work, he had an “ah-ha” moment. He was tired of his physical job and wanted to think for a living. At the age of twenty-three, he sold every possession he couldn’t fit in a backpack, got on a plane, and flew home to California. Calling his mom, he said, “Mom, I’m home! Come and pick me up.”

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     Guy said at this time in his life he could really identify with the Prodigal son. His parents were aware he was having problems and knew he had dropped out of college. Despite this, they welcomed him home. Within a week, both parents made it clear he was going to go back to college. He took a bus to Cal State Fullerton to inquire about completing his degree.

     At this time, Guy was ready to apply himself. He left all his bad habits in Utah. When he got to Cal State Fullerton, there was an interesting shift. He was bombarded by people who were all about the Lord. On the first day, he found a Gideon’s bible in his dresser. A person walked up to him and started talking about Jesus. In his math class, another person had him announce his faith in the Lord right there in the hallway. He couldn’t help but think how strange this was, coming at him all at once.

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      Then Guy met Claudia, his future wife. In the spring of 2001, Claudia and Guy were both working in the same research lab. In the Fall of 2001, Claudia she said she had a question. An awkward silence followed. Guy knew what she was going to say. Finally, she asked Guy out. He said, “Yes, of course, I’d love to go out!” And, remember the incidents previously regarding the Lord?  Guy was now about to date someone who would tell him about her religion—Claudia was Catholic.

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He was bombarded by people who were all about the Lord.

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     Guy proposed to Claudia twice (funny story) in 2005 and he went through the RCIA program to become Catholic. They got married in 2007, moved to Aliso Viejo and became parishioners at Corpus Christi Church. Guy was a college professor teaching chemistry, and Claudia was a chemist working in the pharmaceutical industry. When Claudia became pregnant, she eventually quit work to become a stay-at-home mom. A second daughter arrived and their family was complete.

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     In December of 2012, an optometrist visit gave Guy some alarming news. He was told his optic disk was getting bigger, suggesting his optic nerve was swelling. He was referred to an ophthalmologist, and given good news and bad news: the good was that it was just hydrocephalus, a buildup of spinal fluid. The bad news was that it would require surgery.

    Guy saw a neurosurgeon who presented two options: place a shunt to drain the fluid or a ventriculostomy, a procedure to create a hole in the ventricle, creating a new path for the spinal fluid to travel. He opted for the shunt feeling it would be less risky. In retrospect, Guy felt the Lord had another plan for him. The shunt malfunctioned, an infection followed, the shunt was removed making the hydrocephalus return. They end up performing the second of the two options: the ventriculostomy. Guy felt after being offered two options, “I chose not the option that the Lord had in mind for me and so the Lord made it happen.” After that, the hydrocephalus didn’t return.

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Guy felt the Lord had another plan for him

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     In 2017, Guy had another health scare with the discovery of a cyst on his spine. Once again, the Lord works mysterious ways, for a previous issue had led to this diagnosis.

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     He was referred to the same neurosurgeon that performed the ventriculostomy. Another surgery took place to remove a large cyst running several feet up his spine.

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     This isn’t the end of Guy’s physical problems. Looking at him, you may notice his 6’ 5” frame doesn’t stand as tall as it could or perhaps his gait is a little off. When asked how he keeps a positive attitude he simply answers, “I have so many blessings in my life. It’s really hard to be upset.”

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     In addition to teaching college chemistry, Guy is involved in two ministries at Corpus Christi. Being a social guy, the Hospitality Ministry suits him just fine. His welcoming smile greets parishioners at the 10 AM Mass. He’s also involved in the Children’s Ministry. He loves working with kids and feels his love for teaching is a God-given gift.

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“I don’t think we will ever have another church we’ll call home.”

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     Guy also feels his strong faith is the reason that he can walk around with all his physical issues and not be upset about them. He appreciates being able to come out and help at Corpus Christi. Even though he, his wife Claudia and their girls live in Laguna Niguel, they still make the drive to Aliso Viejo for Mass at Corpus Christi. Guy sums it up nicely, “I don’t think we will ever have another church we’ll call home.”

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Other Stories of Faith 

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The Journey From Hardships to Blessings

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Do you have a great story or do you know someone at Corpus Christi that has a wonderful story to tell and would be a perfect person for us to interview? Please contact Alyssa  at: alyssaeugenio@corpuschristialisoviejo.org or call her at: 949.297.8517  and she will be happy to talk with you.

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