Linda Batiste’s Legacy: Love, Helping Others, and Still Making an Impact from Heaven

There’s not much else to say. Please read about Ms. Batiste’s life and legacy, a story written by Jane Akre of Mesh News Desk. It’s a lovely tribute to her character, the strength of a dear mesh-injured woman. Her family, our community, and I, personally, mourn the loss of my friend and her grateful and giving soul. I am thankful she is no longer suffering.

 Click to read the full story here: Linda Batiste’s Legacy

Linda, may you rest in the peace which passes all understanding. 

Linda, may you lie in green pastures with the peace that passes all understanding.

Linda, may you lie in green pastures with the peace that passes all understanding.

May you lie in green pastures, made just for you.

We will see you again one day.

We love you.

♥♥♥

Psalm 23

1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,a

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

♥♥♥

Sunday Reflections: August 16, 2015

Sunday morning I awoke singing “How Great is Our God,” because of my time spent with the Clinton-Batiste Family. This family sings in joy and in sorrow.

“KC” – this rendition is just for you, by keyboardist Ben Tankard.

Linda’s Celebration of Life ceremony was truly that – A Celebration. In the small sanctuary at Macedonia Baptist Church, we all celebrated her life and her passing. Family members played instruments and sang. The ceremony was humble, and those in attendance were of one mind and Spirit. We sang; we danced; we cried; we laughed; we listened to the wisdom of church elders. The service lasted about 2 and a half hours, but it felt like a singular moment in time.

Probably most impactful to me personally was the way in which the pastors and worship leaders honored Linda but also made sure we all understood one thing: Linda’s Celebration of Life was for The Living, and that is the way she would have wanted it.

To this end, we were all asked to examine our own lives. Do our lives reflect the Lord in the way Linda’s has? Did we learn the lessons she taught us? Do we honor her by living out our faith in word, action and deed? Do we honor her by following the words of wisdom she spoke to us? When Linda and I spoke; I mostly listened, for I knew that her wisdom would bless me and go well beyond anything I could do or say to comfort her.

Pastor Reese (left); Lee Horton (right)

Pastor Reese (left); Lee Horton (right)

Pastor Thomas E. Reese, of New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, gave a soul-penetrating sermon. He preached that we could all honor Linda best by living our lives in the way she had – with God as her strength. Having grown up with Linda in DeRidder, LA, Pastor Reese reminded us of something Linda said often when her children or grandchildren came to her with a problem, fear or pain, “Lean into God, Baby. Lean into God” she’d say. That was her way.

Pastor Grady Anderson, recited Psalm 90. The Psalms were written by several different writers. Moses wrote only one of them, Psalm 90. The Psalms were composed during a period of about one thousand years from the time of Moses (about 1500 B.C.) to the time of Ezra (about 450 B.C.).

His reading of this Psalm was of great significance to me, personally, and I’m sure to many others who were there. Through the reading of the Word of God, Pastor Anderson reminded us that if we live “but 70 years,” we are blessed by God. And as the Psalm says, if “due to strength, we live 80 years,” our pride is “but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.”

The reading of the Word impressed upon my heart that Linda, having passed at just 65 years of age, had labored the life of someone who lives to age 80 “due to strength.” I am grateful, then, that she labors no more and that her body, ravaged by mesh and cancer is made whole. She has no more sorrow, no more pain, no more suffering. That is something to celebrate.

She is resting in peace now.

She is resting in peace now.

Psalm 90

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

You turn man back into dust
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it passes by,
Or as a watch in the night.
You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep;
In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.
In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew;
Toward evening it fades and withers away.

For we have been consumed by Your anger
And by Your wrath we have been [i]dismayed.
You have placed our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
11Who understands the power of Your anger
And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

13 Do return, O Lord; how long will it be?
And be sorry for Your servants.
14 O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,
And the years we have seen [r]evil.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

Linda Batiste Memorial Service – 11:00 a.m TODAY

Ms. Batiste in happier times.

Ms. Batiste in happier times.

Many of you may want to pray or follow along with Ms. Batiste’s services. Here is the memorial service program, so you can remember and honor her in your own way.

As I remember this wonderful woman, my images of her are of a woman with an unshakeable faith who showed amazing strength during what so many of you know to be an arduous journey with mesh, a journey filled with pain, disability and so much loss in so many ways. But these losses are common to us all, and mesh injured women and their families are a sort of “family of chance” in this way, bound together by the hard road we all walk.

As we grieve our “family member by chance,” I hope we remember her as a mother; a grandmother; a great-grandmother; as a wise teacher and a nurse in service of others. For our community, she is a pioneer who paved the way for us all. She faced her oppressors, on behalf of so many of us, with dignity, strength, grace, and faith. To her family, she was the Sun in their Solar System. She was the family matriarch. She was Grandmother.

May you rest in peace, Linda. You were one of a kind.

UPDATE: A Tribute to Ms. Linda Batiste: Mother, Grandmother, Nurse, and Mesh Pioneer

The Mesh Warrior:

IMPORTANT UPDATE: THE LOCATION FOR MS. BATISTE’S SERVICES HAS CHANGED.

PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING NEW INFORMATION BELOW:

SERVICES WILL STILL BE HELD ON Saturday, August 15, 2015.

Visitation will be from 10:00am to 10:45am and services will follow immediately, approximately 12:00 Noon.

Services and visitation will now be held at:
Macedonia Baptist Church
3925 Bucknell. Dr
Garland, TX 75042

Please send flowers or condolences to:
Chamberland Funeral Home
333 W Avenue D
Garland, TX 75040

Originally posted on The Mesh Warrior:

Linda_Elizabeth_BatisteIMG952180To Our Mesh Family and Mesh Warriors:

Please share this post with your family, friends, and community.

My friend, and MESH PIONEER, Linda Batiste has passed away. She went to be with her Savior Saturday morning.

If you are well enough, and close enough to attend her memorial, it would be a generous support of her, her family, and our mesh community.

Ms. Linda Elizabeth Batiste passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

She would have been 66 on October 29.

Viewing and Family Reception – 10:00 a.m.
Memorial Service – 12:00 Noon
Chamberland Funeral Home
333 West Ave. D
Garland, Texas 75040

Graveside Service to Follow:
Lincoln Memorial Park
8100 Fireside Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75217

Ms. Batiste was a woman with a sturdy, loving character, who always maintained her faith and believed with all her heart that God’s will for her life was for her good and His glory.

She was…

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A Tribute to Ms. Linda Batiste: Mother, Grandmother, Nurse, and Mesh Pioneer

Linda_Elizabeth_Batiste IMG952180To Our Mesh Family and Mesh Warriors:

Please share this post with your family, friends, and community.

My friend, and MESH PIONEER, Linda Batiste has passed away. She went to be with her Savior Saturday morning.

If you are well enough, and close enough to attend her memorial, it would be a generous support of her, her family, and our mesh community.

Ms. Linda Elizabeth Batiste passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

She would have been 66 on October 29.

Viewing and Family Reception – 10:00 a.m.
Memorial Service – 12:00 Noon
Chamberland Funeral Home
333 West Ave. D
Garland, Texas 75040

Graveside Service to Follow:
Lincoln Memorial Park
8100 Fireside Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75217

Ms. Batiste was a woman with a sturdy, loving character, who always maintained her faith and believed with all her heart that God’s will for her life was for her good and His glory.

She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She is survived by her son James Clinton, her daughter Lydia Elmore, grandchildren James Carheel, Carrie Phillips, Sara Gaston, Tasha Clinton, Joshua Clinton, Linda Elmore, Terrance Jefferson, James Elmore, Naddeah Clinton, and Anthony Elmore, and host of great-grandchildren.

Ms. Batiste was a pioneer for all women suffering from mesh-related complications. Enduring pain and while walking with a cane, Ms. Batiste attended almost every day of her landmark trial against Johnson and Johnson last March and April. Though she lost the battle for her life; she died knowing that she had won the war. Johnson and Johnson has appealed her verdict, but 12 jurors in a Dallas courtroom granted justice to her family and her.

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Grandson, Joshua Clinton; Ms. Linda Batiste; and Aaron Horton – at an event to honor Ms. Batiste after her trial concluded.

Her favorite flower was The Sunflower, and her favorite color was purple. The 23rd Psalm was her favorite scripture, and she recited it often.

Please send words of encouragement or other sentiments to:

Chamberlain Funeral Home

On Behalf of Ms. Linda Batiste

333 West. Ave. D

Garland, Texas 75040

The family is in need of donations for food during this time and a headstone. Please click on the link below to donate for these purposes. The link has a tracking number, and 100% of the proceeds will go to James Clinton (her eldest son), her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. You must be logged in to the site to donate, though you may do so anonymously.

https://themeshwarriorfoundation.nationbuilder.com/linda_batiste

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Sunday Reflections: August 8, 2015

I began this blog to educate women and men about the dangers of polypropylene mesh implant.

I began this blog to educate the community at-large about a dangerous medical device that causes preventable suffering, injury and pain.

I began this blog because transvaginal polypropylene mesh injured my mother and changed her life forever.

I began this blog to provide a sense of hope, a deep knowing that, “You are not alone.”

I began this blog to build a community of injured women and men.

I BEGAN THIS BLOG TO DEFEND THE VULNERABLE.

*Photo Credit: Health Council of Canada

*Photo Credit: Health Council of Canada

The more I have researched and written about mesh, the more I have discovered shockingly common truths. As I continue to unravel this proverbial ball of yarn, I have come to believe that the manufacture and implant of mesh is a tragic “symptom” of a much larger problem – a symptom of a much more widespread “disease.”

Suspending, for now, the discussion of failed policies, corporate greed, and complicit doctors; I have come to believe that there is an underlying “disease” which manifests in the profound, life-altering “symptoms” of mesh injury.

This disease is not of the mesh-injured victims. It is the disease of their oppressors.

The Disease is DECEPTION

The Mechanism of Action is OPPORTUNISTIC THEFT

The Motive is PERSONAL PROFIT

The Outcome is PREVENTABLE HARM TO THE VULNERABLE among us.

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WE, without the Chronic Disease of DECEPTION, find ourselves outnumbered by individuals and groups of individuals who work together to DECEIVE us through OPPORTUNISM in order to STEAL from us:

OUR finite LIFE FORCE

OUR finite LIFE TIME

OUR finite ABILITY to PROVIDE FOR OURSELVES

OUR finite PERSONAL ENERGY

OUR sacred FAMILY LIFE

OUR finite WEALTH

OUR God-Given DIGNITY

OUR God-Given HEALTH

OUR God-Given right to BEAR LIFE and to HAVE LIFE

and OUR God-Given right to pursue happiness and live our life’s purpose without the threat of violence

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These DISEASED DECEIVERS

STEAL from us simply because they can; because we are VULNERABLE;

because we have LESS POWER than they do.

Who are the vulnerable persons in our society, in any society? The answer is as old as time:

  • Children
  • Women
  • The Elderly
  • The Disabled
  • The Poor
  • The Sick
  • The Unborn

This list is not debatable, not subject to political rhetoric, not subject to the debate of intellectuals, theologians, lawmakers or any Supreme Court.

 IT IS FACT. 

Supported by thousands of years of evidence and billions of incidents.

In these relationships, the distribution of power is inherently UNEQUAL.

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  • Every child is more vulnerable than any adult.

Video: 8-yr-old boy is restrained by handcuffs

“He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, “Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”

– Genesis 33:5

“O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.”

– Psalm 10:17-18


  • Every woman is more vulnerable than most any man. 

rape-1Top 10 Countries With Highest Rape Crime for 2014 (America is number 4 of 10!)

UN Study Looks at High Rate of Rape (National Geographic, 2013)

Delhi rapist says victim shouldn’t have fought back (*BBC Online, 2012)

UN Study: Unite to End Violence Against Women (2011)

“Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children.”

– Genesis 32:11

“But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and brought her out to them; and they raped her and abused her all night until morning, then let her go at the approach of dawn. As the day began to dawn, the woman came and fell down at the doorway of the man’s house where her master was, until full daylight.”

– Judges 19:24-26


  • Every elder or aging person is vulnerable in the presence of any person, who is more able by youth, health, or a less precarious physical or mental status.

“Elder abuse” can be defined by abuse of someone AS YOUNG AS 50.

“In the U.S. alone, more than half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported.” (helpguide.org)

Educational Video About Elder Abuse (study.com)

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”

Exodus 20:12


  • Every physically or mentally disabled person is more vulnerable in the presence of any fully able-bodied person.

Video: Social workers caught on camera beating and torturing disabled people in care (2012)

“May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor.” – Psalm 72:4

“His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the hiding places he kills the innocent;
His eyes ]stealthily watch for the unfortunate.
He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;
He lurks to catch the afflicted;
He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.” 

– Psalm 10: 7-9


  • Every man, woman and child living in poverty is more vulnerable to any other man, woman or child who is not living in poverty.
    • Every day can be violent: Slavery, Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence, Police Brutality, Property Grabbing, Citizens Rights Abuse (*International Justice Mission/ijm.org)

Video: Kumar’s Story

(Courtesy of International Justice Mission)

Help the poor.

Help the poor.

Video: The Locust Effect

(Courtesy of IJM, licensed by Creative Commons)

“For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.”

– Deuteronomy 15:11

“If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest.”

– Exodus 22:25


  • Every person who is sick is vulnerable towards any person – man, woman, or child – who is not sick.

Video: The sick and vulnerable are taken advantage of by caregivers 

“You have seen it, O Lord, do not keep silent;
O Lord, do not be far from me.
Stir up Yourself, and awake to my right
And to my cause, my God and my Lord.
Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness,
And do not let them rejoice over me.
Do not let them say in their heart, “Aha, our desire!”
Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up!”
Let those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress;
Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over me.” 

– Psalm 35:22-26

In you they have taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by oppression, and you have forgotten Me,” declares the Lord God.”

– Ezekiel 22:12


  • Every person in the womb, who is unborn, is vulnerable to every person outside the womb, who had the blessing of being born.

VIDEO: The Journey of Life – GENESIS

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 127: 3-5

“The angel of the Lord said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has given heed to your affliction.”

– Genesis 16:11


If, by the Grace of God, you are not among the vulnerable; then HELP the vulnerable; RESCUE the sick and; REMEMBER the forgotten; GIVE out of your abundance to those who have none.

I don’t know what your purpose is in this life, but I know for certain that NONE OF US IS HERE TO: OBJECTIFY, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, EXPLOIT, OR INJURE.

OUR PURPOSE ON EARTH IS TO LOVE, SERVE, AND HONOR OUR

Children, Women, Elderly, Disabled, Poor, Sick, and Unborn.

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”

– Matthew 25:45


Sunday Reflections

Happy Sunday! For me, it’s a day of reflection and contemplation.

Even when we’re on Facebook, we were meant to live for so much more. . .

Facebook is often simply a place for strife and gossip. In meditating this morning, I want to share. . . It wasn’t a wordsmith writer, a politician, a great orator, or a revolutionary who taught us how to deal with duplicitous people intent to cause strife and division. It was the God of the Bible.

I hope you’re inspired to live for so much more than petty argument and futile striving. There are some who will not follow wisdom, even if they are able to see its benefits. God tells us to withdraw from this kind of person, leaving them to their own desires (Matthew 7:6). He gives us permission to let them go, to pursue “the way that seems right to them,” (Proverbs 14:12) and He reassures us He loves them and will continue to pursue them, even though we are commanded to dismiss ourselves from their lives (James 4).

Our world says:
“Don’t get down on his/her level.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 9:7 says:
“He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
And he who reproves a wicked man gets insult for himself.”
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Our world says:
“Someone who is intent on breaking peace does not love someone who seeks peace. A person intent to cause strife will not seek wise counsel from anyone.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 15:12 says:
“A scoffer does not love one who reproves him; he will not go to the wise.”
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Our world says:
“Someone who is ‘wise’ by his own account is a fool. He/she will not listen even to people who call him out.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 26 says:
“A fool is more wise in his own eyes than seven men who would give a discrete answer.”
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Our world says:
“A fool is someone who does not learn from his/her mistakes. There is no reason to engage with a prideful person whose eyes and ears are closed to what others have to say.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 26:11-12 says:
“Like a dog that returns to its vomit
Is a fool who repeats his folly.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.”
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Our world says:
“Someone who belittles you and deceives you may say, ‘Oh, I was just kidding. You’re too sensitive.'”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 26:18-19 says:
“Like a madman who throws
Firebrands, arrows and death,
So is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, “Was I not joking?”
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Our world says:
“Someone who gossips and says hateful words will cause contention. If any of us kindles the flame of gossip, it will grow like a flame fanned. If you gossip or take part in gossip, it will come to define you.”

2,000 + year-old wisdom from Proverbs 26:20-22 says:
“For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
is a contentious man to kindle strife.
The words of a whisperer [gossiper] are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.”

It’s that time again #Election2014!

The Mesh Warrior:

This post is mostly NOT about politics or elections; rather it’s about how to “vote with your dollar” every day. When I originally posted it; midterm elections were nearing. For some reason, it’s on my heart to post it again today. I hope you enjoy it and that it stirs questions in your heart.

Originally posted on The Mesh Warrior:

Having a close family member with a chronic illness and injury is a life event that has shattered every paradigm I once had about the way the world works. I’ve lost faith and trust in every single manmade institution.

birds_meshShattered paradigms sometimes free us.

Truly, I have. I don’t trust anyone these days.

Still, I vote, because even though I don’t believe my paper vote matters much, if at all, I do believe it can’t hurt, so I continue to vote in local, state and national elections.

I also vote with my dollar, as I believe it’s a more effective and powerful way to change the way the world works.

I try my best to spend money with companies I KNOW to be TRUSTWORTHY, and I try my best not to spend money with companies that I know to be UNTRUSTWORTHY, and yes knowing the difference does require me to educate myself. But this is the complex world we live in…

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I hope each of you had a meaningful Independence Day celebration!

Used with permission. ©Larksong Photography.

Used with permission. ©Larksong Photography.

Happy Father’s Day!

If you get to spend time with the man who raised you today, you have more blessing than you know.

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”  ~ William Shakespeare

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