Linda Szalankiewicz had two lesions checked, one on her femur and another on her
hip. At this time the doctors have determined to just watch them rather than do
anything about htem now. This was good news for the time. However, Linda is
scheduled for a liver test on October 31st. Please keep her in your prayers that the
results will reveal nothing to be concerned about.
Both Ed and Linda, along with the rest of the family appreciate your prayers and ask
you continue to pray for Linda's healing.
Carley is asking for special prayer concerning her personal health problems. Her issue's have worsened and are now causing her to make some very serious decisions. Please pray God will give her the courage and wisdom to make the right decisions as she weighs her options on what to do. She is very concerned and is hoping for God's intervention as she faces these challenges.
Zoe has been diagnosed with viral meningitis and will be released soon to go home. This is not as serious as bacterial meningitis, but is still serious enough since it deals with the immune system. There is nothing that can really be done for it other than for it to run its course. Please pray it will leave her system quickly as to not disrupt her Feast plans with her family.
SPECIAL PRAYER-UPDATE ON OLIVIA
There appears to be some improvement in Olivia's condition. She is showing signs of normalcy and was actually laughing and playing. However, she is far from complete healing.
Yesterday 9-11-18 marked a full week of using the GVHD treatment. This week of treatment was important before beginning to wean her off of some of the medication she has been on. She is now off of all narcotics. This was a big benchmark before she could be considered for release. She is no longer in pain, but did go through some very painful withdrawal symptoms––but that has since stopped.
Yesterday, all antibiotics have been stopped and she is handling this very well. Next, they will begin to wean her off of the steroids. If everything goes well and her levels stay relatively stable, it means her intestines have at least healed somewhat. If this is the case the doctors will begin to consider having her begin eating solid food.
Please continue to pray this little girl will continue to make the progress she is making. The family really does appreciate your prayers considering Olivia's condition.
Update on Paul McIntyre
Paul is improving tremendously. He is now in Therapy and attempting to rebuild the replacement hip that has been installed due to the car accident he had some weeks ago. Paul is intending to go to the Feast this year and is looking forward to attending the CGI Myrtle Beach site. He is still adjusting to the loss of his beloved wife, Anna, due to the accident; and is doing as well as could be expected, considering this shocking accident and the death of his wife.
Please continue to keep the family in your prayers as some of the children are having a harder time in adjusting to the loss of of their mother during this time.
Here is an update about Gary Dullum from his wife, Faith
First, I really want to thank so many of you who have come, brought food, plants, sent us emails or texts, cards and ESPECIALLY have continued lifting Gary/us up in your prayers.Earlier this week Gary's oncologist explained some things. He said if we had gone to MD Anderson in Houston after the initial chemo infusion regimen wasn't totally successful, specialists there would still have used the same exact chemo and chemo pill therapy as was done here, because they are the only chemo known to treat Gary's type of cancer: highly aggressive (90 some on a scale of 1 to 100) Neuroendocrine Carcinoma (when first discovered in January it had already metastasized all throughout his body). So we would have spent all that time in Houston getting the same treatment, and then would have had to return home in the same shape (or worse) he's in now too weak to try any clinical trials at MDA anyway.We told him how we expect relatives to visit from out of town the last week of September he responded by asking if they couldn't come sooner, since he wasn't sure Gary would live until they came! He suggested we begin hospice care. When I went to get the car Gary asked him How much time? , and he responded 2-3 weeks, depending on his will to live. Some of you know that Gary was in the hospital Mon.-Fri. last week for inability to empty his infected bladder, and remains catheterized still. He's unable to eat/drink much of anything now.We'd so much appreciate prayers that Gary will have an appetite, and his body use nourishment to be strengthened enough to at least enjoy being with relatives when they come.Much love to all,Faith Dullum
Update on Olivia
Olivia’s body wasn't quite ready to be weaned from the steroid and the introduction of broth to her diet. She made it about 48 hours before everything reverted back—her pain medications and steroids were increased and an additional agent (drug) was added to see if that will help get the GVHD under control. She's also back to a water/ice chip diet. With the steroids and pain medications she is doing okay. She's not back to the improvements seen last week, but there’s hope she'll get there in the coming days. The plan is to give her another week with the additional GVHD drug on board and then they'll try and wean steroids again. (Long-term steroid and pain medications just aren't sustainable or good for your body.)
Sarah add: We're trying to change our mindset and settle back in here. The implications are that we will be inpatient for at least another month and her body will take many months to heal from the GVH. Even though we knew that this fall holy day season would look very different this year we hadn't pictured being in the hospital for all of it. We are planning and thinking of ways to find joy in the disappointment.
Please send encouragement to :
5131 Bridgewater Rd
Family I ask for your bold fervent healing prayers: My Daddy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer just 13 days ago. As I write this, I have just said goodnight to my dad and walked downstairs into the "Chapel" at the hospital pleading with God to heal him.
The cancer has spread to his hips (impending fracture in his hips), pelvis,spine (lesions on spine) etc He had a surgery to slow down the cancer, however, it has already spread to so many places. He is skin and bones.
I have been so strong for 13 days and I've been his biggest advocate. Also my mama's. My dad was her caregiver for years. (She has had 4 strokes) but I had to put her in a nursing home as she is not safe alone in their apartment. I have had to go to bat for both of them since the news as professionals do not always do what is best for our loved one or follow through or keep in communication with the other specialists on his case. I am an only child and it is exhausting but most of all I love him so much and he deserves to have a great life. Life has been hard and now this. I want some GREAT years left so me and my husband can make the rest of his days the best of his days.
My dad has been remarkable. He makes all the nurses laugh but I can see the waiting of what the game plan is, is understandably wearing on him. We just keep waiting for the rest of the tests and then what their next suggestion is. Some have mentioned surgery.
Please go boldly before our Merciful Abba's throne and petition on his behalf. So that he heal my dads fractures or lesions or make his bones STRONG or work through the doctors to give him some GOOD years. Also please allow application for Medicaid to go fast and smoothly. Also we dont know what is the best step. Im terrified of him living alone. He wants to go back to their apartment but agrees that he can no longer care for mom, thus, nursing home for her. I can't imagine, if God does not intercede, what this would do to mom....
I know we have another life coming that will not compare to this...I've tried to focus on that and did well many days...but today, Im allowing myself to grieve as I dont want to surpress all these feelings and have them manifest later.
May our Messiah be my Daddys intercessor to our Holy Abba. It is by his stripes we are healed. Please pray fervently. Today I am feeling it more than ever. The other days I was more "spiritual" but God wants us to come to Him no matter what. I am a daughter that adores her dad and is begging for healing. Thank you family. I could never do all this without my faith, never. All Glory goes to the Great I AM!
Please remember Landon Mclaughlin's friend Momina’s family in your prayers. Her father died in an car accident Monday night and her mother is in critical condition.
We have good news about Wayne Hendrix––he is “much improved.” His energy is coming back and he is not sleeping as much. His cough and voice is getting stronger and is back in the pulpit speaking every Sabbath according to his travel schedule. However, keep him in your prayers as he is still not fully recovered.
From Greg Sargent, COGWA pastor, Kansas City, KS; Columbia, MO:
Gwendolyn Scarborough, a seventeen-year-old girl in the Kansas City congregation, requests prayers for God to heal her of a brain malformation. One year ago, Gwendolyn went to a neurologist to determine what could be causing headaches and dizziness which had been occurring for six years. Two MRI’s confirmed that she had Chiari 1 malformation, a condition in which the brain grows into the spinal cavity and spinal fluid pools, causing pressure on the spinal canal. Due to worsening conditions in the past six months, multiple neurologists have recommended surgery. If her condition worsens, permanent nerve damage could result. The surgery will involve removing part of her skull and opening room to relieve the pressure and restore the spinal fluid flow.
Gwendolyn has been anointed and the hope and prayer is that she will be healed prior to surgery. Please pray that she will be healed, but if she must have the surgery, that it will be completely successful with no complications and a speedy recovery. Surgery is scheduled for July 16.
5245 Owl Creek Rd.
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Please pray for Alfred Hensell's brother, Dennis He is in Eden Hospital with an obstruction of the bowel.
Carley’s friend Diane, long time member of God’s Church, who we’ve been praying for, while she battles cancer is not doing well. As we know she was originally diagnosed with Stage #3 breast cancer. This was not good news as it was also considered a very aggressive type of cancer. She has been in a chemo program for the last 5 months with unsuccessful results––the tumor is now the size of a small melon. The doctors attempted to treat this "increased size" with a 6 week program of intense radiation, but had to stop after almost completing it, due to burns Diane experienced caused by the treatment. Recent tests on the results have confirmed the cancer has metastasized in her lungs, upgrading her to a stage #4 cancer condition. Doctors have decided this tumor is inoperable due to it’s size and depth.
Diane is reaching out in an effort to obtain a "particular test" that will help her more specifically target the type of cancer she has, which has turned out to be chemo resistant. The specific test is known as R.G.C.C. This is a blood test that analyzes tumor cells and cancer stem cells, with results that suggest the best chemo and/or possible holistic treatment options for the particular cancer.
The problem is this test is expensive and not covered under her Insurance. So, she has set up a go fund me account at the link below. Please keep Diane in your prayers as she and her family continue this struggle with this growing disease she has been battling. She has been left with no other options.
Update on Bob Williams of Carsonville, Michigan:
Bob'a colon cancer is stage 4. He has decided not do have chemo and will go with diet and nutrition supplementation. Continued prayers are requested. His wife Georgia is having eye surgery on June 25. If it does not help then there is nothing else physically that can be done to prevent blindness. Pray for mercy for both of them.
Rose Kennedy would greatly appreciate your prayers for her husband Dave and herself . Her husband was diagnosed with high blood sugar and she was bitten by a tick on the 25 of May and need prayers that she does not become sick with any illnesses due to this bite. Thank you very much.
Please pray for Lynne River's daughter, Kaylynn Michelle Dean. She is pregnant and facing a lot of emotional issues with co-workers. She also is facing some issues in her education. Please pray that these work out for her. Also pray that the baby's father's transfer will come through. Thank-you.
Judith Kopec is asking for prayer for her brother, Jim Considine. A mass has been found in his lungs and will have a biopsy on Thursday.
George has been making progress, but two days ago he was rushed to the hospital after falling from a “black out.” He is now home resting and seems to be recovering alright. But, please keep him in your prayers as he try to gain his regular routine.
Sara Hendrix is asking for prayer for her 10 year old niece and her nephew. It is serious personal reasons. Please pray as God knows the situation.
Loretta Jasper (from London Ontario, Ca) who is still undergoing cancer treatments found out this week that Leland, her husband, and long time member of God’s church, has been diagnosed with Sugar Diabetes. He has been put on insulin with two different types, to be applied in the morning and evening. He appears to be responding to the insulin treatments in a positive fashion and is balancing his sugar levels––this is a good sign. But he will have to undergo additional tests and the hope is they will be able to get control of this as soon as they can. Please pray he will continue to improve.
Please keep Doctor Shelly in your prayers––Rene Shelly’s dad––a long time member of God’s church. He presently is under Hospice care and is not doing real well. The family is asking to keep him in your prayers as they go through this process. Also, Rene fell some time ago and broke her hip. She is recovering, but do keep her in your prayers as well.