One day I sat on a rolling stool as the doctor and the next day I woke up on the other side of the sheets. When I permanently transitioned from surgeon in the operating room to patient in the emergency room, I discovered how to find blessings through adversity and “My Right Side Up Life.”

My personal journey with chronic illness, as well as the ups and downs of life, will encourage you to enjoy the ride. Glad you stopped by and I hope you will:

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I am Vickie Petz Henderson, M.D. I practiced obstetrics and gynecology for nearly twenty years, delivering over 5,000 precious babies at all hours of the day and night. Perpetually living in high gear, my life came to a screeching halt when I was diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease called myasthenia gravis. Previously, I pedaled my bicycle 100 miles in one day and the next day I struggled to walk 100 feet. It would appear my life was turned upside down, but I quickly discovered

My Right Side Up Life

Believing I was disabled to be enabled, I found a richer, fuller life and a new position

Physician for the Soul

physician for the soul


For years I counseled women from all walks of life through various difficulties. The countless hours spent listening to women share their deepest concerns and heartaches has perfectly positioned me to continue helping others via a different avenue – writing.

When I personally received a devastating diagnosis which took away  my strength and prevented me from working and enjoying the activities I loved most, I had to ask myself if I believed all the advice I doled out over the years.  My answer was a resounding, “Yes!”   I believe…

  • God is sufficient
  • His word sustains
  • He is able
  • He has a plan
  • I trust Him completely

Now it is your turn.

I always love hearing from you. I hope to help you find blessings in adversity.

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  1. Thank you, Vickie, for sharing your heart with our Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Church, Fort Smith, AR, Monday evening! Your testimony was such a blessing and great encouragement to the challenges we face! I will be praying that our Lord will give you added strength for encouraging others!

  2. Vickie, I saw you downtown today. It was a short visit, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and hearing you are feeling better. You have always impressed me by your warm smile and the twinkle in your eye. I figure
    ole Ken is a lucky man… actually he has told me that! : ) Anyway, just wanted to say Carol & I are happy you’re doing better and to learn you are doing public speaking. Hang in there cause life is what
    we make of it! norman & carol watson