WASHINGTON (CBS) – A day before he returns to Congress, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the stroke he suffered last January “was a gift from God,” because of the people he’s met during his rehabilitation, and “the inner faith that I developed.”
Kirk was set to return to work in Washington on Thursday, when he will climb the 45 steps at the U.S. Capitol to go to the Senate chamber.
The senator told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine he’s ready to get back to work, nearly a year after suffering an ischemic stroke.
“I did not go through a near-death experience,” he said. “There was a time when I felt death was close, when I was in the ICU. I had an argument with my mother to bring our pastor, from the Kenilworth Union Church, who came. And I said, ‘Let’s read the [23rd] Psalm,’ which everybody in Afghanistan that I served with usually had on do rag that was printed up: ‘Lo, though I walk through the Valley of [the Shadow of] Death, I fear no evil, for thou art with me.’” ...More HERE