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July 20, 2017
Sandra Dreaden was diagnosed with metastatic
liver and gall bladder cancer on July 6th. She is still undergoing diagnostic
testing, but surgery is not an option. Of course, Sandra and her husband, Art,
who just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, and four sons and wives, are
reeling with this unexpected news, but are facing it together. Your prayers for
God’s healing, mercy and direction in the decisions to be made would be very
July 15, 2017
Max, at age 92, is temporarily in an eldercare facility. He would appreciate your prayers for strength enduring the health issues of great age.
July 15, 2017
Joe is presently at Altercare in Stow recovering from pneumonia. He is beginning to feel better. He and Bess very much thank you for your prayers.
July 13, 2017
Jeromy and Tara Plagenza would like to ask for
your prayers on behalf of their daughter Gredel. Gredel was burned when she
pulled down a bowl of boiling soup on herself. She is going to Shriner's burn
unit in Sacramento to be cared for.
Update: Gredel is now at the Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento. She did sustain first and second degree burns and possibly some third degree. They will pop the blisters that have now formed and keep her overnight. Shortly afterward, she went to sleep. A further evaluation will be made in the morning. The ride to Sacramento was a two hour trip. She slept the entire trip. Jeromy and Tara thank you for your prayers and ask that you continue to pray for their daughter.
July 12, 2017
We’d like to request your prayers for Marty
Miller. A short while ago, he cut his fingers on a table saw and is on his way
to the ER. As he said, “I just cut my fingers on a table saw. No bones or
anything. They will be normal again, it'll just take some time.”
Update: Just a quick update. I don't want people to
worry about me.
July 12, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Nancy Elliott.
She has had ongoing issues with one of her kidneys and recently was informed by
her doctor that several things are causing it not to function properly. A
treatment plan is being formulated. Also, she is dealing with kidney stones,
which she has had before. Your prayers for God’s intervention and complete
healing would be greatly appreciated.
Update July 14: Nancy had surgery for the kidney stones and came through fine. They weren’t able to completely dissolve the stones, but were able to break them up somewhat. As a precaution, they also installed a stent. Nancy will have follow-up x-rays next week. At this time, she is extremely nauseous. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Update July 20: Nancy has been recovering well from her kidney stone surgery last Friday. A treatment plan has also been established to help with kidney function, and once completely recovered from the surgery, that treatment plan will begin. She wants to thank everyone for all the prayers and cards received.
June 23, 2017
Michael’s lung cancer has metastasized to his
brain. He now has two brain tumors, one approximately three inches and one
approximately nine millimeters in size. The oncologist recommends surgery on the
large mass and targeted radiation on the smaller mass. He is meeting today with
a neurosurgeon to discuss the options.
June 22, 2017
Scott's emergency gall bladder surgery went fairly well and he hopes to be released tomorrow, at last report. Please pray for a full recovery.
June 20, 2017
Bill Walker is dealing with significant prostate and heart problems. He requests the prayers of the brethren on his behalf and he expresses his appreciation in advance.
Update July 15: Bill went to the hospital toward the end of the week. He and Connie would appreciate your prayers for his healing.
June 19, 2017
Garrett has had several bouts of very intense vomiting and dizziness. The first time he thought it might have been food poisoning, but when it happened again, today, he went to the ER to have it checked. The doctors think it is most likely being caused by a stroke. Tonight, they will do an MRI of his brain, and he will be in the hospital, at least, overnight. He and Geri would very much appreciate your prayers.
Update June 20: Garrett's extreme dizziness has continued, though somewhat abated. However, this morning (Tuesday), he will undergo a surgery to open up a compromised or "blocked" vein or artery from his heart to his brain. After that, the doctors will hopefully have a better assessment of what is causing his current condition. Please keep Garrett in your prayers.
Update June 22: Doctors did a procedure to ascertain the nature of the stoke. The procedure went reasonably well and Garrett is resting at Akron-General. His nausea has abated somewhat, which is particularly relieving. He and Geri are still waiting (as of late this afternoon) to be briefed by the surgeon.
Update June 24: Garrett and Geri thank you for your continued prayers. Garrett is scheduled to go home Friday afternoon where he will better rest and receive ongoing physical therapy.
June 16, 2017
Connie had a colonoscopy this morning. The doctor found a large polyp in her colon. The doctor informed us it must be removed, either through scope or surgery. In addition, the doctor has to wait on the biopsy results to determine if the polyp is benign or malignant. Please pray for God's intervention and healing.
Update July 4: Connie’s biopsy results on the polyp in her colon came back benign! She now must have it removed, either by laser or surgery (ideally laser). Thank you for your prayers.
Update July 20: The surgeon told Connie that the polyp would likely require laparoscopic surgery. Ideally, the removal could be done by scope, so that there is little or no recovery time and no incision.
Update July 21: We received this
clarification from Reggie after posting yesterday's update:
June 7, 2017
Please remember Kim in your prayers as she will go into surgery on Thursday, June 8th. She is scheduled for surgery at UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas. The surgery should take place in the morning, and the surgeon said it will last about 3 hours. Kim's mother, Joyce Kerns, will update us regarding Kim's hip surgery.
Update June 9: Just a short update to let everyone know that everything went really well for Kim with her hip surgery. If everything continues on this path she may be able to get out of the hospital by this weekend. The family thanks everyone for their prayers.
June 3, 2017
Eleanor is in great pain. I am having to watch
and help her do everything. I will be absent today and maybe tomorrow for
services unless she improves dramatically. Please pray for us.
June 2, 2017
There is a new bacteria that is growing in Crystal's lungs. This bacteria is not destroyed by the antibiotics that are typically administered in such circumstances. From a medical point of view, the doctors will begin what they consider, a drug of last resort, tomorrow. We know that each of you will pray on her behalf, knowing we serve the true God with whom all things are possible.
June 2, 2017
Your prayers for comfort and strength for the
Bowman family of Ontario, Canada, are requested.
May 26, 2017
After experiencing some shortness of breath
recently, especially when lying down, I had a routine check-up at the hospital.
The doctors discovered I had Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib). This problem was
corrected, but the cardiologist discovered I also had a leaking heart valve. The
mitral valve opens, but does not close completely.
Update July 7: My cardiologist informed me this morning, that it would not be advisable to operate at this time. One of the heart’s mitral valve's flap is shorter than the other, which would make it very difficult to repair. I was advised to wait for three to six months to see if technology advanced to the point that it would offer me additional options. The bottom line is, the team of cardiologists consensus is, that the operation/procedure would just be too risky for me at this time. They will monitor me over the next several months. Loree and I have been praying for God’s will to be done regardless, and willingly accept this as His will for me at this time. The concern and prayers of my brothers and sisters have been greatly appreciated! Thank you for your continued prayers to our merciful Father on my behalf.
May 24, 2017
We received a note from Mike Waddle today. A nodule of some type has formed inside of Mike's throat at the jaw line. This is causing difficulty in swallowing. He has an examination scheduled for tomorrow. He requests your prayers on his behalf.
Update May 26: After the manual exam and after thoroughly scoping my throat from my mouth to my lungs, along with my esophagus, nothing was found, it was gone. Please thank everyone for their effectual prayers. Our gracious God hears our pleas.
May 11, 2017
Mr. William A. Lemmon is requesting prayers
because he will be going into the hospital in the next few days (date depends on
the doctor's orders) for analysis concerning his swelling feet. They are going
to do a spinal tap.
May 10, 2017
Mrs. Gertrude Himes, a shut-in in Pennsylvania, has been taken to Indiana Hospital in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Apparently, she fell sometime last night and was unconscious. They believe she is having heart related problems, and are doing tests. She has asked for prayers.
Update May 11: We just received this
text from Mrs. Himes’ son:
Update May 15: We just received the
following text from Jeff Himes:
Update May 16: Mom is doing much better.
Her blood pressure lower. She is resting and ready to start physical therapy
tomorrow. She would like you to know how much she appreciates having the support
of a caring family. Thank you for your prayers.
Update May 29: Mom isn't recovering as
we hoped. She doesn't seem to be getting better. She is struggling with the
rehab work. She will be reassessed on Wednesday by her doctor. She may need some
other sort of procedure. I think she is getting discouraged. We visit everyday,
but she is sad. We're praying for good news on Wednesday. Thank you, everyone,
for the cards, they helped.
Update June 7: Mom would like for you to
pray for her. The blood clot in her leg seems to be worsening. She thinks it is
getting larger and it is more painful. She will appreciate your request for
God's healing very much.
May 8, 2017
We’d like to request your prayers for Bernie
Walls. Mr. Walls was taken to the hospital in Atlanta (where he and Betty were
visiting family) this evening and is now in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Mr.
Walls heart rate is very high – and until they can get this rate down, little
else can be done. He is also loosing blood through his colon and doctors may
recommend a transfusion to bring his levels up.
Update May 9: Thank you for your
continuing prayers for Bernie Walls. His heart rate has lowered, allowing
doctors to begin to consider other issues. He received a blood transfusion, so
he is feeling a bit stronger. Tomorrow (Wednesday), he will undergo several
tests including needle biopsies of the masses and a colonoscopy. If he is strong
enough, several other tests will likely take place as well, to determine what
courses of action doctors feel he should pursue.
Update May 12: Please continue your prayers for Bernie Walls. After the CT scan yesterday, the news was not as hoped for. A very large growth was found in Mr. Walls abdomen that has invaded and blocked the colon and spread elsewhere. If he is strong enough today – and it can be scheduled – a surgery is planned for a colostomy to give him some relief and comfort. The hope is, that after a few days of recovery, Mr. Walls can be transported back home to Ohio for palliative care. Please ask God for healing and strength for Bernie, Betty and the family.
Thank you for your continuing prayers for Bernie Walls. Mr. Walls was able to have the surgery to perform a colostomy today. Unfortunately, this is all they were able to do. The very rare and very large growth is so involved with his other organs (colon, stomach, pancreas) and veins, that no attempt could be made to remove it. Apparently this was the largest and most involved tumor of its type they have ever seen. The staff is doing all they can to make him comfortable, so that in a few days, he may be able to come back home to Ohio. Please pray for God’s intervention and healing for Bernie – also for strength and comfort for Betty and the family.
Update May 15: Thanks for your
continuing prayers for Bernie Walls. He has stabilized enough to be transferred
out of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit into a regular room. He’s still losing
blood somewhere, so he had another transfusion to bring up his levels. The
biopsy samples have been sent to Emory University for analysis to try to
determine the exact type of cancer he is dealing with. Knowing this will help
determine what, if any, further treatment there might be. He has not yet been
allowed to eat, so he is being sustained through a feeding tube. While he has
not yet been able to stand and be mobile, nurses got him up into a chair today.
Both he and Betty earnestly desire for Mr. Walls to get strong enough to come
home to Ohio.
Update May 18: Thank you for your continuing prayers for Bernie Walls. Physically, things are not going well for Mr. Walls. His pain level had been quite high, but he is currently resting comfortably. He has been transferred to hospice care, in the hospital, in Atlanta, and it is likely that he will not return to his home in Ohio. Please pray for Mr. Walls, Betty, and the family during this time of trial.
Update May 23: It is with great sadness
that we need to inform you of the death of Mr. Bernie Walls. Mr. Walls ended his
race earlier this evening on Monday (May 22nd) at about 5:00 pm with his wife
and children at his bedside. Details on calling hours and his funeral, here in
Ohio, will be arranged tomorrow and we will forward them to you as soon as they
have been finalized. Betty will be flying home to Ohio on Wednesday with her son
Shane. Please pray for Betty, as well as Mr. Walls' children and grandchildren
during this time of sadness and loss.
Update May 24: We have the
arrangements for Mr. Bernie Walls calling hours and funeral service.
Funeral Service: Monday, May 29th, 11:00am
There will be a luncheon following the funeral
service on Monday. The main dish will be provided, but we would like to request
that you consider bringing side dishes or desserts. Please call Katie Wengerd -
330-284-8768 - to let her know what you would like to bring and if you can help
serve. The luncheon location will be:
May 8, 2017
Vera Sickles called a few minutes ago with
information on the calling hours and funeral service for her husband, Ralph.
May 5, 2017
I had blood work done and got a call from the
doctor's office, that I need to come in. My blood platelet count was low. While
I am not going to jump to conclusions, I would like to ask for your prayers that
if there is something going on, that God will heal it.
Update June 16: I ended up going to the
ER, yesterday, because the pain had gotten so bad. The pain in my hip and groin
has been unbearable. The x-rays show nothing broken, which is a miracle in
itself, considering the fall and having titanium hitting concrete. I am still
having a great deal of problems getting around. Sitting and walking are the
worst. I would appreciate prayers of my family in Christ.
Update June 20: Just wanted to thank
everyone for their prayers. After the prayer request went out and after giving
my hips a rest for a couple of days, things are doing much, much better. I will
see the orthopedic surgeon who did the hip replacement, 14 years ago, on Monday,
but I’m looking for a positive outcome.
Update July 15: I would like to request prayers for my sever back pain. As you may remember, I have bulging disks as well as problems with my hips and nerve damage. The doctor thinks that a couple procedures may help, but I don't want to have to go through them, as there are risks. I would appreciate prayers from my spiritual family in asking God for healing and guidance.
May 5, 2017
After seeing my family doctor, there was
discovered a mass. I have no further info on it yet. Further testing is
scheduled. I am requesting prayers from the brethren that God will heal me.
Update May 11: Lori will have bi-op procedure tomorrow. Please pray for favorable results.
Update May 17: We just received the
following from Bill Mullen:
Update May 25: Here is an update on my
health situation. I have a MRI on Friday. Next week, there will be two more
procedures and then I will begin chemotherapy the week of June 12th. Please
thank everyone for their prayers and support. The outpouring of love and concern
has really helped me during this difficult time.
Update June 13: On Wednesday, we
received a good report from Lori's surgeon. A second biopsy on the right side
was negative. The tumor on the left side is of the most treatable type. Lori had
her 1st chemo treatment Monday and is doing well. Please continue to pray for a
good final outcome. The support from the brethren is so greatly appreciated.
Update July 4: Lori had her 2nd chemo
treatment yesterday. All test results were good. Your continued prayers for a
good outcome are appreciated. We are grateful for all the prayers for Lori, and
are confident God will bring her thru this trial successfully.
Chris and LaDonna Teague
May 5, 2017
Chris and LaDonna Teague would appreciate
prayers. LaDonna has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
Doctors told her this type does not have remissions as some others have with MS.
The prognosis is rather bleak but she maintains her faith in God’s ability to
heal, whether now or at Christ’s return. Meanwhile she is getting Home Health,
and medication to help with the jerking, muscle spasms and rigidity. In
addition, she is starting a diet protocol that has helped others with
inflammation. She asks that you pray for God to help them have wisdom, peace and
strength as they tackle her issues with MS.
May 3, 2017
Thank you, to all, for the prayers that Walter
would have a successful surgery. He went into surgery at 1:00. Then recovery at
2:45. The surgeon was pleased that it went well. Your continued prayers would be
appreciated that the healing and therapy will finally help Walter to be able to
walk without pain.
April 30, 2017
Bruce Gore was admitted to the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, late Friday afternoon. He has been suffering from shortness of breath and had a CT scan Friday to see what might be the cause. Based on the CT scan results, he was diagnosed with a bilateral pulmonary embolism. He is receiving treatment with anticoagulants and hopes to be released from the hospital on Sunday. The family would appreciate your prayers for God’s healing and that the treatment will be swift and effective.
April 28, 2017
I wanted to thank everyone for prayers on my
behalf and ask for continued prayers for my current health condition. Overall, I
am greatly improved from this past winter. I'm able to attend Church services
more regularly and get a few things done around the house. Unfortunately though,
I am still having issues with my blood work and energy levels. My white blood
cell count has been very low and this last month, my platelets dropped
substantially leaving both my General Practitioner and my Naturalpath concerned.
Since I had cancer 6 years ago, both doctors have agreed that if, within the
next 30 days, we can not improve my blood work, the next step would be to go to
Cleveland Clinic to be further evaluated. I am on both nutritional and
homeopathic supplementation at this time. Please pray that God leads these
doctors in whatever way He sees fit to help me, and also that He heals the
situation so that no further hospital visits would be necessary. Cleveland
Clinic would present other challenges, as it's quite a trip from West Virginia
and I would prefer not to be away from the family for any length of time.
Update June 2: Mrs. Janice White just found out that she has leukemia as a result of a recent biopsy. Obviously, this is distressing news for her and her family, so your fervent prayers for her healing and strength are requested.
Update June 17: I wanted to send an
update to all the brethren to thank them for all their prayers, love and
support. Don and I decided to seek holistic treatment for my leukemia in NY and
arrived here Monday evening. Since we are from NY, we have family we are staying
with while we go in for outpatient treatment. We are very pleased with the
center we are going to, as they believe in building up the body and allowing it
to do what God designed it to do, while trusting God as our ultimate healer. The
doctors and staff are upbeat, positive and energizing. At this point, the plan
is to spend a couple more weeks here in intensive treatment, come back to WV for
a week, and then re-evaluate.
Update July 4: Janice is back home and continues to steadily improve in energy and overall health. She is planning to return to New York for more treatments soon. The White family thanks you for your continued prayers.
April 26, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Daisy Dobbs. She slipped while doing yard work this evening and badly hurt her wrist. She is in the ER now to see if it is a bad sprain or a fracture/break. She is in a lot of pain and is requesting prayers from the brethren.
Update April 27: Daisy has a very bad
break and may need surgery. She is in a lot of pain and has been given pain
killers. She will see a surgeon today.
Update April 29: Daisy is scheduled for
hand surgery on Tuesday and would appreciate your prayers that it goes well. She
told us that she knows God intervened during her fall because somehow she went
airborne and landed on her hand instead of falling face-first into some rocks,
as would have happened normally. She thanks God that it was not worse than it
Update May 2: We just heard from Daisy,
that the surgery went well and she is home recuperating. She will be in a cast
for a number of weeks, and will be attempting to do everything with her
non-dominant left hand.
April 26, 2017
Mrs. Jeanie Stinnett is requesting prayers for
Update May 15: Mrs. Jeanie Stinnett
wants to express her thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and concern
for her health and specific request regarding the potential amputation of her
infected toe. On her recent visit, the doctor was surprised that her toe was
healing beyond his comprehension. He wanted to know what she was doing to get it
to heal so well and so fast. He said that she made his day!
April 18, 2017
Just a quick update on Ezra's condition. His
bad cough and flu/bronchitis symptoms over the weekend and LDUB turned into very
raspy, strained breathing last night and this morning, along with a very bad
April 14, 2017
Annie Shaw has been diagnosed with breast
cancer. She recently began experiencing severe pain in her lower back, which
quickly became worse every day. Tests determined the cancer is a type that feeds
off of estrogen. It has spread to her spine but not to any major organs. The
tumor in her breast is too large to remove and will have to be shrunk for
surgery to become an option. The same is true for the two spinal tumors.
April 14, 2017
Prayers are requested for Debbie Magruder,
daughter of Larry and Linda Neff. She has had longstanding autoimmune issues,
but a little over a week ago, she experienced a severe reaction to an infusion.
There are many symptoms, including excruciating pain and weakness in her
muscles, inability to even stand, abdominal pain, tachycardia, high blood
pressure and nausea. It is hoped that the effects of the infusion will wear off
in the next week or two and that a diagnosis and effective treatment for the
long term problem can be established.
Update April 21: Thanks very much to everyone for the prayers and cards regarding Debbie. She began to improve early in the week and is now able to walk a short distance with a walker. The overall progress is slow but noticeable. Some of the symptoms are poor muscle strength, inability to walk, nerve pain, muscle spasms and breathing problems. She will be in rehab until at least Sunday. After she goes home, she will receive in-home care for about six weeks. Continued prayers are greatly appreciated.
April 14, 2017
Hal Henderson has sent through an update on
Linda's surgery this afternoon. He and I were able to spend some time together
at the hospital today, and here's further information on the procedure from this
April 9, 2017
Jamie is the daughter of Jim and Sharron Franks. Two weeks ago, she contracted salmonella poisoning from some food she ate. She had to undergo emergency surgery to remove as much of the bacteria as possible and is currently being treated in ICU at a hospital in San Salvador. The family would appreciate your prayers, on behalf of Jamie, that the current treatment will be effective and that she will make a full and speedy recovery.
Update April 12: The doctors discovered
peritonitis, caused by an extremely rare form of bacteria that she had
probably contracted in something she had eaten the night before. She got better
after the surgery and was released to go home on Wednesday, March 29th. But, she
could never regain her strength and was extremely weak. She was re-admitted to
the hospital on Friday, April 7th. She developed the same symptoms and then on
Sunday morning, her organs began to fail. At that point the ICU doctor called in
the family and explained to us that she may not survive. That was devastating
news. In less than a day, suddenly and remarkably, things began to change. Her
organs began to work and after removal of fluid from her stomach cavity, she
began to improve dramatically. By Tuesday, she was out of ICU and in a regular
room. She was also told that the bacteria was finally out of her system and that
she would make a full recovery. Today, Wednesday, April 12th, she is sitting up,
walking around, with everything back to normal. Her organs are all functioning
properly. So, outside of a nice scar on her stomach and many bruises from the
numerous needles, she should be back to normal. We were told last night
(Tuesday), that she could probably go home on Thursday. The hospital staff are
calling it a miracle.
Jim and Sharron Franks
April 5, 2017
Mike Peters requests your prayers for his wife,
Alayna, who is experiencing severe neck pain. This pain has caused breathing
problems. Please pray for Alayna's healing and extreme pain issues. We will
update you as we know more.
April 3, 2017
Please pray for Jessica Ramsey. She has just
been told that she needs to have a C-section as the baby is breech. They will be
taking her to the operating room shortly. This is not an emergency C-section,
just very unexpected and stressful. Please pray for the safety of Jessica and
Update April 4: The Ramsey family is
happy to announce the birth of Azariah James Ramsey. Baby Aza was born April 3,
2017. He weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. After laboring for
about 7 hours, Jessica suddenly found out that Aza was breech. Within an hour
they we're headed in for a C-section. Surgery went well. Baby is doing great,
but Jessica's recovery has been painful. We thank you all for your prayers. Your
continued prayers for Jess's recovery would be appreciated too.
April 1, 2017
Dale has begun chemo again for the skin cancer. It has affected his fingers making it difficult to play his piano. If you know Dale, that’s significant and he would thank you for your prayers.
March 31, 2017
Would you mind sending out a prayer request for
Annika? She has not been keeping anything down for the past 24 hours and has had
a high fever for past 48 hours. She is getting dehydrated as a result and is
Update April 1: Annika is still running
a fever, but the nausea and vomiting seem to be subsiding. As a result of her
keeping fluids down the dehydration would seem to be a little less of a concern.
However, she is still not producing a normal amount of wet diapers and is still
quite lethargic and not acting like her normal self. Your continued prayers are
Update April 4: I wanted to provide an
update on Annika. She seemed to be improving on Sunday -- no fever, increase in
wet diapers, better (but still not typically chipper) disposition -- but Sunday
evening, we noticed a rash on her torso. By yesterday afternoon, it had spread
to her face and legs, so she was literally covered head to toe. We took her for
a follow-up with our family physician. He diagnosed a "viral exanthem", which
basically means a nonspecific rash following a virus. She did run a fever again
last night, but this morning, the rash, while still covering her body and face,
is somewhat diminished, and her demeanor has improved. Signs of dehydration are
also almost entirely cleared. She has lost a full pound since Friday, so we'll
need to work on fattening her back up, but at this point, it seems she is past
the worst and on the mend.
March 31, 2017
As some of you know, I was recently in Houston
for a periodical checkup on the situation with the prostate cancer.
Unfortunately, the exams show that the cancer has reappeared in the sacrum area
near the left ilium hip bone and posterior right rib area where it had appeared
before and has also spread to the lower spine area, which is new.
Update June 2: I continue to fight the
fight against a very aggressive prostate cancer which has now metastasized to
the bones. I am now taking a very strong medication. This week, my oncologist
said that I must continue this process indefinitely with the hope to control and
stop the cancer from spreading. Of course, my wife, Blanca, and I look to God
for healing and are very thankful for His mercy and the great love He has shown
us during this difficult trial. The trial affects the whole family and we ask
you to please remember them also.
March 29, 2017
Emily Keen's husband, Bruce, is in the hospital. We do not yet know what the problem is. He is extremely weak and cannot stand up. It does not appear to be a stroke, but they are not sure what the problem is. Please pray for Bruce and Emily during this time of great stress. Bruce and Emily are the parents of Joanne Paslak. They are the grandparents of Jason Paslak. We will update you as we learn more.
Update March 30: My father left the
hospital after some tests were run. He has new onset Atrial Fibrillation and an
infection. Both conditions are making him feel very weak. God certainly hears
our prayers. Today, he was able to get up and walk a little bit. He is on
antibiotics, a blood thinner and medication to control his heart rate. An
appointment was made to see a cardiologist for follow up, and we will watch
closely to ensure his white cell count returns to normal as the infection
Nero and Wade Families
March 26, 2017
Mary Wade would like to request your prayers
for her daughter, Kim Nero. Many of you are aware that Kim was diagnosed with
cancer last August, in several different parts of her body. Kim has undergone
various treatments, some have been successful and some treatments have not been
successful. The latest issue is a good sized tumor in her upper thigh that's
causing a great deal of pain for her, to the point that she has been admitted to
the Cleveland Clinic for treatment. In the weeks ahead, they are planning to go
to a cancer center in Texas for additional treatment. We would ask you to pray
for God to grant her relief from the pain as well as His intervention and
healing. Also please pray for her husband, Paul, and their two young sons, Owen
and Wyatt, as the family goes through this trial.
Update March 29: As you are already
aware, Kim had developed a large tumor near her abdomen (first reported on her
thigh). When her doctors checked on that, they discovered another mass on her
neck, putting pressure on the spinal column and causing quite a bit of pain.
They opted to deal with the growth in her neck area first, so Kim had that
surgery today (Wednesday).
Update April 1: The emergency surgery to remove the tumor which was paralyzing her neck seems to have been successful, but has severe lymphedema (swelling in the lymph system) which causes considerable pain. Please continue to remember her in your serious prayers.
Update April 21: Mary Wade just called
to let us know the latest on her daughter, Kim. The procedure today, at
Cleveland Clinic, to attempt to drain fluid from Kim's lungs, has been
successful, in that she is now breathing a bit more easily (with a bit of an
oxygen assist for now). They will continue to try to help her remove the excess
fluid if it reoccurs, especially in the lungs. The swelling in her legs is kept
under control with compression wraps.
Update April 24: We're saddened and
heartbroken to inform you that Kim Nero, the daughter of Mary Wade, died this
(Sunday) afternoon with family by her side. Kim fought a valiant fight, but in
the end, succumbed to the cancer in her body. She was 39 years old and leaves
behind a husband and two young boys. Funeral details are pending.
Update April 26: Calling hours for
Kim Nero are at Billow Funeral Home in Fairlawn as noted below:
March 26, 2017
Sandy Feiock is still in the hospital dealing with back surgery. We don’t have an update yet from earlier this week, but will keep you posted when we do.
Update April 1: There has been some progress with her back, but more tests were needed for why the lack of motor control for her arms. Please keep her in your prayers.
March 24, 2017
Since Thursday, Ronnie has been undergoing
excruciating back pain due to arthritis and a injured vertebrae. He is pain
sitting or standing. He asks that you pray for his healing and relief from the
pain so he can return next Sabbath.
March 22, 2017
We’d like to request your prayers for Shirley Edwards. Mrs. Edwards went into the hospital on Monday afternoon suffering with an extremely painful left hand. Her hand and her wrist are very swollen and red. She's now in Akron’s City Hospital (Summa). X-rays revealed that nothing seems to be broken, but doctors are apparently planning an MRI for tomorrow as it was too painful to do today. They hope this might reveal more of what might be causing the swelling and pain. Currently, Shirley is on some pretty strong pain medications as well as antibiotics. Please remember her in your prayers and beseech God for pain relief and healing.
March 20, 2017
Sarah (Gaug) Gangle, requests your prayers for her husband, Rob. Many of you met Rob at the Feast this past Fall. Rob recently had a kidney stone surgically removed. Although very painful, everything went well. During a follow-up MRI recently, it was discovered that Rob has a mass on one of his kidneys. Initial thoughts from doctors are the good possibility of it being a fatty cyst. More conclusive results will be known next week. Please pray for a favorable outcome and for comfort for Rob and Sarah during this stressful period!
Update March 31: Rob and Sarah Gangle sincerely appreciate all of your prayers and concerns pertaining to the mass on Rob's kidney. During a consultation with the doctor today, the CT scan from earlier this week, showed that it is a non-threatening cyst. The doctor did reveal today, that from tests the week before, there was a real concern for cancer! Once again, thank-you!
March 19, 2017
About three weeks ago, Manuel Quijano was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He has undergone several tests and after a meeting with several surgeons, radiologists and oncologists, yesterday, he was given the results of lab tests, images and studies they had done about his case. They all agreed that he has liver cancer and do not recommend surgery since it would mean certain death. They recommend other treatment avenues available in cases such as his. The chief oncologist prescribed a treatment which he will be starting as soon as possible. The medicine has to be brought from the USA and will attack, specifically, the type of cancer they found. Mr. Quijano does not feel any pain and he is gaining weight and strength again. He is doing exercises like walking, swimming and riding his bicycle. Mr. Quijano has requested prayers on his behalf.
Update June 16: It is with profound
sorrow and great sadness that we announce the death of Manuel Quijano, pastor of
the Church in Peru. He had been fighting cancer of the liver for several months,
but succumbed to a powerful infection. He died at 12:25 p.m. local time Friday,
June 16th. Manuel was 54 years of age and had served the congregations in Peru
as pastor for 22 years, since his ordination on May 6, 1995.
March 17, 2017
I am in great need of prayers! I'm going on 5
weeks of this illness. I started feeling better last week, but it seems like
right before the Sabbath, each week, a new symptom arises. I've missed about a
month of services, and I'm getting really frustrated. I think I now have a sinus
infection, and an ear infection.
Jack and Juanita Stephens
March 7, 2017
We’d like to request your prayers for both
Juanita and Jack Stephens. Mrs. Stephens underwent successful heart surgery at
Cleveland Clinic and had a stent placed to help blood flow to her heart. After
returning home, late last week, she began feeling very short of breath. She was
taken back to Cleveland Clinic where she is in an isolation unit with a case of
pneumonia. She is slowly improving.
February 27, 2017
Peggy Peindl's father, Art Gable, suffered a stroke late this week. She would appreciate your prayers for him.
February 24, 2017
We want to bring to your attention an urgent
need concerning our son Andrew. Andrew was cleaning snow off of his home and
fell to the concrete below landing on his face/head. Details are not clear at
this time. He has been taken by ambulance to the hospital. His wife, Theresa, is
on her way there by car. He is conscious. We thank you for your prayers and will
update as able.
Update February 25: We were able to
speak with Andrew this morning. He is able to sit up in bed. At this point,
there is impairment of short term memory, which is not uncommon with a head
injury of this nature. Hopefully, we will know more this evening.
Update February 27: Andrew was released
from the hospital and is home with his family. He is sore from head to foot and
experiencing a great amount of pain at this time, but alive and recovering.
Thanks to all for your prayers.
February 16, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Christine Featherston, who is presently in the hospital because of dizziness and passing out. She is scheduled for a heart echo tomorrow and will probably be seeing a neurologist.
Update February 17: Christine is still
in the hospital and can't come home until the test results come back. We are
both very sad that she is not able to be home for the Sabbath. Please continue
to pray to our Healer that He will resolve her health problem soon and give us
both strength during this continued onslaught.
Update February 19: First, I want to
thank you all for your prayers. It means so much and truly it helps when going
through these things, to know that others care and are praying.
Update February 25: I am sorry to have
to say that, after two days of relatively good days, Christine is not doing well
again. About an hour ago, she suddenly started sweating profusely and became
nauseated and light headed to where she barely made it to her chair. If she were
not near her chair, she would have fallen! Last night, her right wrist became
extremely swollen, as did her entire hands and fingers. I prayed for her, to
God, for healing and relief. A few minutes later, she had enough relief as to be
able to get some rest. It is not horrible today, but she cannot hold anything in
her right hand. If she tries to grip anything, the pain is so intense, she will
drop it. The prayers of all of the brethren, I know, contributed to her having
some good days and has affected our lives in a positive way. Continued prayers
would be very much appreciated for Christine. I am doing my best to pick up the
extra duties, but with my health, I could certainly use prayers as well.
Update March 5: Doing a little better,
had to get a few things re-done. The endocrinologist suspects possibly Cushing's
Disease, but I am doing better. Steve seems to have the flu. God has kept him
going, but last night, he just crashed. Please thank everyone for their prayers
they are precious and valuable to us. We thank you and love you all.
Update May 16: So, I won't be going to
Cleveland today. The doctor called and said my Vitamin D levels are severely
low, below 9 is what they said. So instead of coming in today I am going to take
5-6 thousand IU of D3 Vitamin D for the next two weeks. Check my blood sugar for
the next two weeks too. He also said there is something amiss with my hormones,
things that shouldn't be, are showing, so we will see what happens in the next
two weeks with all my numbers. Praying the Vitamin D deficiency is the culprit
and that, once this is fixed, the other things will fade away. Thank you
everyone for your prayers, not only for me but for Steve too. He has an
appointment today to discuss the low platelets. May God bless you all as He has
blessed us through your prayers.
Update June 27: Christine has had a sudden onset of extreme pain in her throat area and can barely talk and it is moving to both sides. She would like to ask for prayers please.
Update June 28: I want to thank everyone
for their prayers. That was certainly very weird yesterday. One moment I was
fine and the next thing I knew, the pain in my neck was horrible. I could
swallow just fine, but to talk, really hurt. This morning, it was in the
background, but it is now gone completely. I thank God first and foremost, and
all of you that prayed. God bless each one.
February 11, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Randy Zak, who lost his job this past week. Please pray that God provides him with a new one, soon, so that he can continue to provide for himself and his daughters.
Update May 26: I have been offered (and
have accepted) an accounting job at
Southern Glazer's Wine
& Spirits, the largest wine and spirits wholesaler in the US. I am very
grateful and wish to say THANK YOU for the prayers everyone has made on my
February 11, 2017
I've been experiencing some breathing problems
over the last two to three years, really, which have become more frequent and
severe over the last several months. A series of tests have revealed that the
main chamber of my heart is pumping considerably weak. Further tests, including
a heart catheterization scheduled for this coming Monday, February 13th, will
begin to determine what may be causing this issue and also identify a short term
and long term solution. While the medical profession can do some amazing things,
ultimately we trust God in His mercy to solve this and we place ourselves into
his hands. I would like to ask you to beseech Him on my behalf for His
intervention and healing.
Update February 13: Dear Brethren and
Update March 24: The following is an
update on my health.
February 11, 2017
David Miller is in the hospital, in Wooster, with breathing problems and shingles, extending from his right eye on around his head. He very much appreciates your prayers.
Update June 19: David checked himself into the Wooster Hospital, today, with what appears to be his recurring heart condition. He also requests your prayers for God's healing intervention.
Update June 20: David is still in the ICU in Wooster, but is doing somewhat better. Last night, he ate a good supper.
Update June 22: David is feeling somewhat better in the stepped-down ICU, but is still there for now.
Update June 24: David has taken a turn of for the worse as of Thursday. He has been sedated and placed on a ventilator. Please remember him in your prayers.
February 3, 2017
We’d like to request your prayers for Leah Sheppard. Leah is currently suffering with kidney stones and the resultant intense pain associated with stones. One of her kidneys is currently blocked and the other is partially blocked. She is being transferred to Akron General Hospital for treatment. Your prayers for God’s quick intervention would be much appreciated.
Update February 5: Hello,
February 3, 2017
Some of you have known that Todd Carey has been
dealing with some serious symptoms and health issues for a number of months.
Here is an update from Todd and Gloria:
Update May 15: It is with sadness and
loss that we inform you of the news that our brother, Todd Carey, died this
morning of causes related to his ALS. While Todd’s death was sudden and
unexpected, Gloria is coping as well as a faithful Christian woman and wife
could. She is thankful to God that Todd did not suffer to the extent that ALS
patients often do. She appreciates the prayers of everyone for her and her two
boys, Justin and Bronson, and knows that God will surely see them through this.
We will share with all of you details of any arrangements as we have them. We
have included the home address for Gloria and the boys.
Update May 18: We want to share with
everyone, that the memorial service for Todd Carey, will take place this coming
Sabbath, Saturday, May 20th, at 2 p.m.
February 3, 2017
Your prayers are requested for a shut-in member in Columbus, Gayle Rice, who is currently in the ICU at Mt. Carmel East in Columbus. Apparently, doctors are considering a tracheotomy for Mrs. Rice, who has suffered from severe breathing problems along with other serious health problems for years. Your prayers for God to give Gayle’s husband, John, the wisdom to know what decision to make would also be appreciated.
Update February 7: From Mr. Rice:
Update 1 February 23: The situation for
Mr. and Mrs. Rice is not good, and your urgent prayers for them are requested.
Mrs. Rice was released from the hospital last Thursday, but since then she has
fallen out of her chair multiple times, forcing Mr. Rice to call for help from
the local fire squad to help her up. She is barely eating and needs more care
than Mr. Rice can provide, so he is attempting to find an opening in a rehab
center. Yesterday, he called about 30 different facilities but none had an
opening. At this point, Mr. Rice is very discouraged.
Update 2 February 23: Once again, the
power of prayer has been dramatically demonstrated! Mr. Rice received a call
around 6 pm from a facility near his home that can take Mrs. Rice
tomorrow. This is the same facility that told Mr. Rice, this morning, that there
were no openings, and two or three people were already waiting for space.
Needless to say, Mr. Rice is overjoyed about the development, and wants to thank
everyone for their prayers. Let’s all thank God for His intervention for the
January 31, 2017
We are sorry to have to inform you that Alex Tasseff died last evening (Monday) at about 7:00 pm. Betty is doing fairly well considering the circumstances. Betty’s daughter and sister-in-law are with her helping to care for her and make the necessary arrangements. As soon as the details for the funeral are confirmed, we will pass that information on to you. Please keep Betty in your prayers.
Update February 1: Here are the details
of the funeral arrangements for Alex Tasseff.
January 29, 2017
Our little Selah can't seem to catch a break.
She has been sick on and off for the last month. Well, we just got back from the
urgent care, and now she has
not sure how familiar you are with it, but it's basically a really bad cold that
has settled into the lungs. There is nothing you can do to actually treat the
RSV, as it is a virus. We can only make her as comfortable as possible and wait
it out. We have to also be on the lookout to make sure it doesn't develop into
January 28, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Sharon Swanson.
She was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer this week. It’s hard
news to take, but the family’s focus is on a positive outcome. She has already
started fortifying her body with nutrition, detoxification and rebuilding her
immune system as she gathers information on all of the treatment options
available to her, and there are many.
January 28, 2017
Lisa Williamson is the third daughter of Louis and Carol Petit. She suffers from a congenital heart condition which flared this past week. She and they ask for your prayers for a full recovery.
January 27, 2017
Les Cooper died during the night of January 24th. His wife, Kaye, found him, cold in bed the next morning. The shock of it all hit her pretty hard and she was taken to the ER to get checked out. We have not heard of any details after that point, but it sounded like she was recovering from it and would be soon to go home. Les and Kaye lived just outside of Brazoria Texas and were long time members of the Church.
January 27, 2017
Your prayers are requested for Scott McIntosh,
who was recently diagnosed with a form of cancer. Scott is 30 years old and this
is his second encounter with the disease. Recently, during a check-up by his
oncologist, an enlarged lymph node was discovered. Surgical removal has been
recommended, but due to the node’s location and the fact that Scott has had
chemotherapy in the past, the surgery is considered to be quite difficult. One
doctor characterized it as “risky".
January 16, 2017
Karen Stevens (sister to Julie Warner) is suffering from a lung infection and is still in the hospital for daily dialysis because her sugar levels were very high and her oxygen levels were quite low.
January 16, 2017
Sherry Thouvenin's surgery, to install a metal plate, to set her severely broken wrist, went well. She and the family thank you for your prayers.
Update January 25: Sherry's broken wrist is healing well, your prayers are much appreciated.
Update February 5: Thank you all for
your many prayers regarding my broken wrist and subsequent surgery. I have a lot
of good news to report. There seems to be no nerve damage! Although the elbow
remains tender, the pain is improving considerably. I’ve begun physical therapy
and am beginning to see steady progress. Complete recovery will take several
weeks but I am well on the way. Thank you again for your prayers, cards, phone
calls and encouragement.
Update February 27: I just wanted to
give you an update on my broken wrist after my follow-up visit yesterday. The
good news is that the bone is healing well and I no longer have to wear the
brace! The doctor is pleased with range of motion in my wrist, however, he told
me not to expect 100% recovery. My elbow pain remains a bit of a mystery and is
being attributed to soft tissue damage. He does not feel I will gain complete
range of motion there either, but I will continue physical therapy for a few
more weeks and it is helping. Unexpectedly, x-ray indicates that the plate and
screws will have to be removed or my thumb tendon could potentially rupture.
This is a somewhat rare situation and surgery will probably be scheduled in the
summer after the bone is healed from the break. I see the doctor again in 4
weeks. Everyone’s prayers and concern have meant so much to me.
Update June 10: I am scheduled, next
Wednesday, June 14th, to have the plate and screws removed from my wrist which
were put in last January to repair my broken wrist. The doctor expects no
complications and believes my recovery will be rapid, but prayers for a
successful surgery are very much appreciated.
Update June 17: I wanted to let you know
that my wrist surgery went very well yesterday. The doctor found no significant
tendon damage and was successful in removing all the screws as well as the
plate. And thanks to everyone’s prayers, I am happy to report that I have very
little pain and all is expected to heal well.
January 16, 2017
Debbie Kuhns is troubled by the continuing effects of a mild concussion caused by a falling tree limb this past week.
January 16, 2017
Mariah Sattler is recovering from a car crash this week. No major injuries, but plenty of head and body aches.
Update February 27: Miriah was diagnosed, this afternoon, at the hospital, with a blood clot in her leg. This comes on the heels of her car accident a few weeks ago and the mononucleosis diagnosis after that. She, Jacob and her folks very much appreciate your prayers.
January 16, 2017
From Marc Buchholz: "I am doing pretty well, and I am able to still eat and drink by mouth, and not have my IV nutrition."
January 8, 2017
Anna Himes, a 90-year-old shut-in, is in the hospital in Grove City due to recent falls and failing health. Apparently, the situation was so bleak last evening that the doctors didn’t expect her to survive through the night, but she did. Her family is asking for prayers from the brethren that God’s will be done.
Update January 25: We just received word that Anna Himes died this morning. Thank you for your prayers.
Here is the information for Mrs. Himes’
December 31, 2016
Victoria Banit is in the hospital with complications of MS and other related issues. She thanks you for your prayers.
December 31, 2016
Blanche Smith continues to struggle with health
issues. She has great difficulty in sleeping. Only virtually constant motion
seems to alleviate the pain and anxiety. Mrs. Smith has appreciated the prayers
and concern of her brethren over quite an extended time of trial, and once more
requests your prayers.
December 29, 2016
Rachel Petty and her family would like to send a special “thank you” to everyone who has been praying for her during her battle with cancer. In December 2015, she underwent stem cell transplant surgery, then her system was flooded with medications to kill all cancer cells. This treatment also destroys all immunities, which is why her own stem cells have to be reintroduced into her blood within a few days. Last week, she had scans and tests to determine the success of this procedure. She is thrilled to announce that with God’s help this procedure was a success and she has now been declared cancer free! She is very grateful for the love and support of her brethren.
December 29, 2016
Last week, Dora developed an extremely severe toe and foot infection. Complicated by her diabetes, it is giving her great pain, making sleep and rest very difficult, even with pain medication. She would very much appreciate the prayers of her brethren. Home health care has now begun to help deal with the infection.
Update December 31: Dora’s health has improved quite a bit in the past few days, but she still has a stubborn and concerning infection in her toes and foot.
Update January 25: Dora’s toe infection is very serious. She is feeling somewhat better otherwise and is praying for recovery enough to be able to attend services.
Update January 28: Dora’s toe infection has reached the bone as confirmed by her doctor. She continues to need our prayers for God’s intervention.
Update March 5: Dora was taken to the hospital with severe nasal hemorrhaging, which is complicated by blood thinner medication. After the doctor installed a nasal balloon (ostensibly to put direct pressure on the affected blood vessel), she was able to go home until her appointment early next week. This is a very uncomfortable treatment. Please pray for her healing and comfort.
December 29, 2016
Carol Pettit has been having severe blood pressure swings over the past week and would appreciate your prayers.
Update December 31: These past few days, Carol has been noticeably better and thanks everyone for your prayers.
December 29, 2016
Ian is the grandson of Carol and Louis Pettit Sr. He has a transplanted kidney and his body is again showing signs of rejection.
Update January 25: Tests revealed the reason for the concern, but his doctors think that, with a regimented treatment, it will continue to function for some time. The bottom line is, he still needs our prayers.