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August 28, 2019
I would appreciate your prayers for my upcoming
back surgery on September 3rd. I'm hoping to only be in rehab for 2 weeks.
August 21, 2019
Kirk is having serious pain from his gall
bladder, gall stones, fatty liver and high pancreatic numbers. They believe a
stone was stuck in the pancreatic duct and has now passed, leaving high liver
Update August 23: Kirk had the gall
bladder removal surgery yesterday morning. He has been discharged to go home in
another hour or so.
August 13, 2019
Please remember Marleta in your prayers. During
an examination today, a 100% blockage of an artery was discovered. A stent was
placed in the blocked artery. We will have further information later.
Update August 20: Marleta is still in the hospital. She has injured her knee. Please pray for her heart artery blockage issue and knee problem. She needs to be able to walk so she can go home to recover. Thank you for your prayers. We hope to update you again soon.
August 5, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Mrs. Mancini who
is suffering from a severe illness that has hit her hard during the last few
days. She had been doing better the last few weeks after many months of illness,
but now she is asking for Godís quick intervention and relief for her suffering.
August 1, 2019
Lori, who lives in Tennessee, requests your prayers. She has been experiencing chest pain and several arterial blockages have been diagnosed. She is scheduled for surgery this coming Friday, August 2nd. We will keep you updated.
Update September 10: Lori is back from
the hospital and feeling better. She had blood clots in her leg and lungs. The
blood clots no longer exist and we thank God for this outcome! She thanks you
for your prayers. Please continue to pray for her full recovery.
July 16, 2019
Mrs. Pat Snodgrass is requesting prayers for
healing. To her ongoing health problems, additional difficulties have recently
appeared. She has been experiencing dizziness and vomiting. This has resulted in
a significant loss of hearing in her one good ear. She is being treated, but if
this situation persists, there is the possibility of complete loss of hearing.
Update August 2: Iím writing you on
behalf of my mom and dad (and myself and our whole family.)
Update August 4: We just received news
that Pat Snodgrass died around 12:45 AM today. Your prayers for the family are
Update August 7: A memorial service for
Pat Snodgrass is scheduled for August 31st. Here is the location and times:
July 8, 2019
Al Ashurst is requesting prayer for God's healing. He just received some bladder tests that raised questions and is going to have further tests this Thursday. Please pray that no serious problem is found.
Update July 12: The
cystoscopy procedure confirmed the earlier CT scan indications of two tumors
in the bladder. The urologist has schedule me for surgery to remove the tumors
the first week in August. Please ask the brethren to pray that the tumors are
benign and that the surgery goes well.
Update August 2: Iíve been in hospital
for two days because of an unexpected drop in hemoglobin. I had been having
bouts of dizziness, and blood tests revealed a 40% drop in hemoglobin in four
months. The surgery to remove bladder tumors has been rescheduled for August
Update August 13: My son drove me and
Eleanor to the hospital for my bladder surgery this morning. Everything went
well, maybe even a little better than the doctor expected. He wanted me to wear
a catheter for at least one week and then do a post-surgery checkup. I was home
by 2:00 PM and am now resting quietly for the rest of the day. There is some
soreness, but nothing serious or unduly discomforting. Thank you for all the
prayers on my behalf. I was thinking of you all this morning before we left for
July 6, 2019
Brad and Kayla Hauenstein request your prayers
for Kayla's health. She is in the hospital, due to severe fever and infection.
Please pray for her improvement and encouragement! She recently gave birth to
their daughter, Emma. We will update you on her situation as soon as we know
Update July 7: After some meds and a medical procedure, and most importantly, your concern and prayers to God, Kayla is doing much better and should return home sometime tomorrow! Thanks for your love and messages!
Update July 11: Kayla was discharged
from the hospital Monday night and is very happy to be back home with us! Emma
and I are glad sheís home, too! We are trying to let her take it easy. She was
still very sore and tired, but they prescribed some pain medication and more
antibiotics. She will follow up with her doctor next week to make sure sheís
healing alright this time. Please thank everyone for their continued thoughts
July 3, 2019
Barbara Roush requests your prayers for her
son, Jason. Two weeks ago, he bumped his head pretty hard. He has been
experiencing severe head pain since that time. He has been hospitalized and at
this time, they do not know what the underlying issue is. Barbara is traveling
to his home in Texarkana to assist.
June 25, 2019
Please pray for Leatata Pedersen. She is in the
hospital battling congestive heart failure. She is doing better, but her
condition is serious. Please pray for her recovery and for her strength. Leatata
has been a member of God's Church since she was very young. She is a dedicated,
Godly woman who is needed by her husband and God's Church. We need her to be
Update June 27: Pete and Leatata thank
you for your prayers. She is now at home, seeking to regain her strength. She
has congestive heart failure and limited kidney function. Please pray for her
strength and healing. We will update you again soon. We trust that God will
Update July 5: Pete and Leatata send their thanks to each one of you for your prayers for Leatata and the cards she has received. Leatata is slowly progressing in regaining some strength. They thank you in advance for your continued prayers on her behalf.
Update July 26: Leatata has been admitted to the hospital, due to increased difficulty concerning her kidney function. Pete and Leatata thank you in advance for your continued prayers.
Chris and Margie Carothers
June 23, 2019
Please pray for Chris and Margie Carothers. Their landlord just told them they need to move out of the house they rent, as the owner wants to bulldoze down the house and rebuild. This was an abrupt and shocking request made by the landlord. Chris maintains the very large lawn for the landlord, and has been of great help to that family over the years. Also, the brethren have been using the Carother's rented home to meet in Ohio, as well as us holding the Passover service and Holy Days in their home. The Carothers have been wonderful and very hospitable to all of us who meet for Church in Ohio. Losing this home is an unexpected and sudden shock to the Carothers. They will need to find housing quickly. Please pray that God would direct Chris and Margie to find a suitable home in the next few weeks. We will keep you updated.
June 22, 2019
This week, Jim had an urgent, second, detached retina surgery on the same eye as before. He is now home and beginning a more extended recuperation period. Your prayers for complete healing and clear vision are appreciated.
June 15, 2019
Steve was diagnosed, this past week, with stage four colon cancer that has metastasized to the liver. Your prayers for God's healing are much appreciated.
Bruce and Emily Keen
June 13, 2019
Update June 21: We would like to thank each
of you for your prayers on our behalf. Though our lives have been greatly
affected by the recent flooding, we are in the process of getting settled into
new living quarters. The many gestures of kindness and support have been most
encouraging and uplifting to each of us. Once again, thanks so much.
August 5, 2019
We had to take Alene to
emergency, again, at Hillcrest hospital in Cleveland. She is down to 89 pounds
and very weak. Please ask the brethren to pray for her.
Update August 8: Alene was submitted to
Hillcrest hospital last Monday with severe dehydration and digestive problems.
In addition, she is experiencing severe abdominal and back pain. The doctors
think they may have found the cause of the problem. An operation is scheduled
for this afternoon or tomorrow. Thank you for all of your prayers. Both of us
really appreciate it. Only our Creator can give true healing.
Update August 9: 9:35 AM - No doctor in yet. She just got up to go to the bathroom, really weak and unstable. She's still on clear liquids. She said around her abdomen seems to feel better, she said that's a good sign. No doctor in yet.
6:35 PM - The doctor came in and wants to keep her till they are sure digestion is working properly. She is slowly gaining strength, but is still very weak. She's now on a full liquid diet. She said the pain seems to be reduced. She is feeling better and that's a good sign.
Have wonderful Sabbath,
Update August 13: Alene came home from the hospital last Sabbath evening. The operation went fine. She is doing a little better today. Her appetite is improving. She had a good breakfast this morning. Still very weak and tired and sleeps a lot. She is drinking 'Ensure', so we think that will help build her strength. She has gained a couple pounds. That is good news. Another doctor's appointment is scheduled for Monday morning with the surgeon. We are continually thanking our Creator for his mercies towards us.
Update August 19: Alene has been out of
the hospital for one week now, so we took her to her doctor's appointment this
morning. Even though we have been working hard to help her regain some strength,
she has lost an additional three pounds and is now down to 86. She just does not
seem to be able to eat or have an appetite. One positive note is that she did
say her pain level was down to 5 from 8. According to the doctor, she is
suffering from pancreatitis, but he is not sure of the cause. She was given some
antibiotics, to see if that would help. It will take about a week for results to
be seen. Please pray that God will miraculously intervene and that she can gain
some strength back. Thank you for your many prayers. We thank God every day for
his many blessings we have enjoyed.
Update August 23: We had to take Alene
to Hillcrest hospital again yesterday. She has been losing one pound per day
during the past week and is now down to 81 lbs. She is very weak. Please
continue your heart-felt prayers for her miraculous recovery.
Update August 27: Brethren, Alene is
very positive and looking forward to whatever God has in store for her. Please
pray for her strength and healing. I was able to see her smile once again,
yesterday, at the hospital. It was wonderful! Your prayers are greatly
appreciated and be encouraged to 'love one another', even with all of our
differences. God has called us for a reason. Alene's sister from Montana has
been here through all of this trial. Alene has greatly appreciated her presence.
Update September 3: Alene is having
another test today, they will then decide how to proceed with the pancreas
operation. Your prayers are much appreciated.
Update September 4: Alene slept well last night. They got the blood work this morning. Siegel's team, Dr. Amber Schussler was in.
Here's a Summary of the visit:
Update September 8: Alene was in the
Hillcrest hospital all of this week and was transferred to the Brookdale nursing
home yesterday. She will be there until Thursday of next week, when she will be
transferred back to Hillcrest hospital for an operation on her pancreas next
Friday. The doctors have determined that she has a tumor on her pancreas. She is
in good spirits and is looking forward to relief from the pain she has had since
May. She tells me often, about how much she has appreciated your prayers, cards
and letters. Thank you for your continued prayers for Godís help and strength.
Update September 12: Alene was doing
pretty well yesterday. She is in a nursing home in Richmond Heights. She has
been receiving therapy and showing some strengthening. She has also gained some
weight from using the feeding tube. She will be transferred to Hillcrest
Hospital this morning for a doctor's appointment in preparation for her pancreas
operation tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers.
Update September 13: Just met with Dr.
Siegel. Surgery ended early because they found cancer that has spread to her
lymph nodes. It is inoperable. Next, we will talk to the oncology (cancer)
doctor to find out what treatment options are available.
May 2, 2019
Most of you know that Iíve had problems with my legs for a
long while now. I made an appointment with the surgeon who did my back. Iím very
sure that whatís happening in my feet, direct towards him. It feels like there
is a ball under my toes and it burns. It's mostly the left foot, but the right
is getting worse now. Also, I'm making an appointment with my orthopedic doctor.
The front and back of my right knee have gotten so bad that I can hardly walk.
Iím hoping that my usual doctor didnít write
in his notes, ďno more shots, needs knee replacementĒ. Thatís what he has told
me the last three times. Perhaps, with the situation as it is, heíll allow me
one more shot.
Update August 28: I'm on my way, out of the door, headed for knee
surgery. I'm hoping I can hold up without my partner there, but remembering, my
God is always with me. I will update you after surgery.
Update August 29: The surgery went well and I am home. Now comes the hard
work. I'm so missing Steve.
Update September 6: Yesterday, I went to physical therapy and they had me
lay on my side and was told to bring my leg up as high as I could. Well,
something in my back didn't like that. I got up this morning around 2:00 and I
couldn't get out of bed. So, I prayed, took pain meds and then got up around
6:20 this morning. It was extremely difficult, but I did make it out of bed. I
have called my back doctor to see what he wants me to do. I'm already doing
better than most at this stage, so I may back off for a while. I will leave that
up to the doctor after I pray about it.
Update September 12: I see the enemy working his charms. Iím looking for
a new place to live. I need to find "by income" housing and was hoping it
would/could be near Tallmadge, Ohio. Perhaps someone needs help with a roommate?
I know that God has my back and I just pray to be obedient to His direction.
May 26, 2019
This past week was
Olivia's 4th anniversary of the original diagnosis. She is now coming up on her
1st anniversary of her bone marrow transplant. The following is excerpted from
her mother's update:
Update July 29: From Sarah (Mom): ďWe are doing our best to conquer summer! Hard not to feel like we have so much fun to make up for after all that time in the hospital. Over the last month, Olivia has made tremendous progress in terms of her energy levels, strength and emotional well being. Hard to be in a good mood when you're feeling yucky. As a result, our days have been filled with adventures (of varying sizes). It feels pretty tremendous to be able to make plans and to watch her swim and run and skip and sing and jump and play with friends. Medically, she's doing great as well! We're still in the long process of weaning her major immunosuppressant and overall it's going pretty well. She's down to about 25% of her original dose and has about two weeks until the drug is completely weaned. We were at the hospital on Monday and her counts are looking great as well. In exciting news, we don't have to head back to the hospital for four weeks! Her appointments have been every 7-10 days, so this is a massive jump! Plus, it's a huge vote of confidence from our medical team, that they're confident in her amazing progress! There's still progress to be made. She isn't back to her pre-transplant energy levels and we have some cognitive setbacks to work through. She still has some pain from time to time, mostly in her feet and legs. They think it's probably residual neuropathy from some of the drugs and hopefully it'll resolve over time. Thanks for your continued prayers and support, we feel so blessed to have so much love in our lives.Ē Please keep this brave young girl in your prayers.
May 25, 2019
Greyson is the 11 year old grandson of Jim Parkhill in New Mexico. Greyson has a congenital and now life-threatening digestive condition. Please add him to your prayer list.
May 19, 2019
Bess fell early last week and broke her hip at the care center where she now lives, in the Cincinnati area. The repair surgery went well and she will be receiving strength recovery therapy in the coming weeks.
Hedgepeth and Rupp Families
May 19, 2019
Early last Friday morning (about 2:00 a.m.) the Pennsylvania home of Esther (Rupp) Hedgepeth and her husband, Gene Hedgepeth exploded, killing them and severely injuring their son Rod. Mrs. Hedgepeth was the sister of Marlene (Rupp) Cowell, wife of elder Jim Cowell. Marlene comes from a very large family, many of whom are in one organization of Godís Church or another. Please remember the family in your prayers for Godís comfort at this time of terrible tragedy.
Update May 25: There will be a memorial
service, Saturday, June 1st, at 2pm, at
Desiderio Funeral Home:
May 19, 2019
Ian Healy (grandson of Louis and Carol Petit) Ė ďCarol and I would appreciate our brethrenís prayers for Ian. He is going to the doctors on Monday to have extensive tests to determine if he is healthy enough to do dialysis. He is scheduled to go into the hospital on May 24th to have a tube put into (I think) his stomach for dialysis. He will do dialysis at home every evening until he has an operation to put in a new kidney. We're not sure when that starts. He was put on the donor list a couple of weeks ago and there are about 5 people who said they would give a kidney to Ian if they are a match. Our prayers were that Ian would not have to go on dialysis, but it looks like he will have to. Judith, Ianís mother, is quite stressed so prayers for her are also appreciated.Ē
May 19, 2019
I would like to request prayers for Patti Reed. Patti is my sister. She had a massive stroke. Please ask God for His intervention.
May 4, 2019
Neal has been experiencing extreme pain in his neck and legs.
May 4, 2019
Jenny has been suffering from very severe bursitis and would appreciate your prayers for Godís healing and relief from the pain. Especially, please pray for Godís healing of a severe, open-sore bruise on her leg.
May 4, 2019
Mitch's prostate surgery went quite well. The doctor was satisfied that he removed all the cancer, but will need to verify that with follow-up testing. Mitch thanks you for your prayers.
Update May 12: Mitch got word from the doctors that his scans are clear, the pain has subsided, heís up and around, and feeling well! He and Anita thank you for your prayers!
May 3, 2019
They have taken a biopsy of Mr. Oliverís skin growth on his face. The doctor speculated it is cancer. He will have results back in a week to determine the next step. He has a follow up appointment in 2 weeks. His plan will be to freeze the area if it is not cancerous. If it is cancer, he will surgically remove the area on his face and go from there. Please keep Norman in your prayers.
Update May 17: Mr. Oliver saw the
dermatologist today. He is scheduled to have about a square inch of skin on his
cheek removed. His surgery is scheduled for June 10th at 9am. They are confident
that all the skin cancer can be surgically removed with this procedure. Prayers
for Mr. Oliver would be appreciated.
May 2, 2019
We just wanted to let you know that Sam was
admitted to the Cleveland Clinic yesterday, May 1st. He will be having open
heart surgery because they found a clot. That is why his machine kept going off.
Surgery will be scheduled for one day next week. We will appreciate thoughts and
Update May 15: Sam had exploratory open heart surgery. The surgery was to determine if there was a blockage in his heart or a mechanical malfunction in his artificial heart pump. They did not find any blockage in his heart. They were able to determine it was a mechanical issue in the pump. He is supposed to be released sometime this week.
April 29, 2019
David and Holly Eury want to thank you for your prayers on behalf of Holly's mother this past week. Holly's mother died this morning.
April 21, 2019
Dick has made some good recovery and is presently at a rehab facility across the street from Akron City (Summa) Hospital.
Update May 4: Dick has been home a few days, receiving home nurse visits to administer medication. He and Janice appreciate your ongoing prayers.
April 20, 2019
We are requesting prayers for MatŪas as he
continues to have congestion, cough and now a slight fever. He's had congestion
pretty much since birth, which, at times, seems to be better. He has been pretty
congested this past week, with increased coughing. We're praying he'll improve
Update April 21: MatŪas hasn't had a
fever all day, thank God. He's still congested and coughing, but at least it's
the getting mucus out. He never misses a feeding and is acting normally,
especially when he sees Carolina.
April 9, 2019
Connie has suffered with an auto-immune
disorder for a number of years. In addition to the chronic problems associated
with that, the doctors have discovered that she is experiencing bleeding on her
brain. Please remember to ask God's mercy upon her.
Update April 11: Connie is in the
hospital in Sacramento, California. Doctors have told her she has an infection
in her lungs, a type of pneumonia. Please continue to pray for her, as she has
extreme difficulty breathing.
April 8, 2018
Lori has found a lump in
her breast. An appointment has been made for May 1st with her doctor. She
requests prayers from the brethren for God's intervention.
Update May 2: Lori will have 4 days of
testing to determine a course of treatment for her breast tumor. Your prayers
are requested for healing. Results will be in Friday, May 9th.
Update May 10: Lori's tests came back negative. The cancer is confined to the tumor. Her surgery is set for May 20th. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Update June 21: I apologize for not posting earlier. We have been very busy with doctors for Lori and her parents. Lori's operation was successful. Pathology reports were clear. She's now preparing for radiation treatments. Your continued prayers are appreciated.
Update September 15: Lori completed
radiation treatments this week. Please pray that the cancer is now in remission
and this trial will end. It has been a three-year battle and we are worn out. We
appreciate the prayers for Lori and look forward to our future rest.
July 2, 2019
We are switching over, today, to hospice.
Hospice is more of a last-step help. They will arrange for a bed at home. He
will have a doctor that sees him at home. He'll be able to get a catheter put
in, so that either I or a nurse or even himself, can drain when he feels like
he's getting too full, instead of waiting. Now, there's nothing that says if he
starts getting stronger, that he can't get off hospice, but it is kind of the
last-stop on the road of how can we help Steve.
Update July 8: I just got a call from
the nursing home to come quickly. He's barely breathing. I just got the room set
up for him to come home today. Please pray, all of you! We need His Holy Spirit
to get through this!
Update July 10: We just received the
news from Christine that Steve died peacefully, at home, a little while ago. We
are confident that Steve ran his race successfully to the end, and is now
resting until the resurrection.
Update July 29: Link to Steve Featherston's Obituary:
In Memory of Steve Featherston
March 17, 2019
Patty (now in Florida, but recently from
Pittsburgh) had a double mastectomy on March 14th at Advent Health hospital in
Zephyrhills, Florida. Several of the brethren visited with her and she is doing
remarkably well. She has a very positive attitude.
March 17, 2019
Libby is recovering from the flu. She's now at
Green Village Rehab for therapy to regain her strength.
Libby Dezso c/o
Libby can take phone calls at 234-312-4365 or you can check with Bob at 330-745-4596.
Update April 6: After her illness and recuperation at the care center, Libby is happily back at home.
Update April 21: Libby was back home, then collapsed, taking her back to the Barberton hospital on Thursday.
Update May 4: From her husband, Bob: ďElizabeth continues to recuperate at home from her four-month health trial of diabetic foot ulcers, double pneumonia, plus a flu virus not covered in her flu shot. Because her immune system is still weak, she is not receiving visitors and her visits to public places are limited to doctor appointments. Therefore, she is not yet able to attend church services and will attend services and bible study with me online. We wish to thank everyone for their prayers, encouraging cards and kindness, plus a special thank you to members of the congregations in Eureka, CA, Yuma, AZ and North Canton, OH, who helped us through this trial.Ē
March 2, 2019
Jaxon (grandson of Rose Szymkoviak) is awaiting treatment for a very rare disorder, but young Jaxon still needs your prayers for healing.
February 23, 2019
Ronnie is requesting prayer for what may be an eye infection. Please pray that God will intervene for Ronnie.
Update February 25: I just want to give
an update on my eye problem. Thank God it is much better today, and thank you
and all the brethren for your prayers. I look forward to being at Sabbath
services next week. I miss my brethren.
February 15, 2019
Jody Smith was involved in an auto accident
this morning. He is in the hospital at this time and has lapsed in and out of
conscious. We will keep you updated when we hear more.
We are home from the hospital. Jody had a
concussion. His head, neck, upper back and also his ribs are all hurting. He's
going to be in bed for the weekend.
February 15, 2019
Buddy is in the hospital in Rock Hill, SC and
has been diagnosed with gastritis and a large bleeding ulcer and a stricture of
the esophagus which has already been corrected. The bleeding seems to have
stopped, but they have requested a surgeon to come in today to evaluate whether
the ulcer warrants surgery or not. Please pray for his speedy recovery. Thanks
so much for your prayers.
Barring any complications, Buddy will go home
tomorrow (Sabbath) afternoon. The surgeon we talked to said surgery is his last
resort. The ulcer is so big he would have to remove 90% of Buddy's stomach. So
far, it looks like the meds are working very well, but it takes a long time for
such a large ulcer to heal. Just pray that it heals quickly and doesn't bleed
Update February 18: Buddy is doing much
better at this time. The bleeding he was having from the ulcer has subsided and
they are very grateful for your prayers.
February 14, 2019
Kitty Paloma requests your prayers on behalf of
her mother, Betty Dove. Mrs. Dove has a severe blockage in her heart and is
scheduled to undergo angioplasty procedure next Monday.
Update February 20: Kitty wants to thank
everyone for their prayers for her mom. The angioplasty procedure went well. She
is able to breathe much better and expects to be up and moving about normally by
Update April 14: Betty fell this
afternoon and broke her hip and some bones have been crushed. She will undergo
surgery tomorrow morning for hip replacement. You may recall, Betty had her
other hip replaced just last November, due to a fall.
Update June 20: Although Betty's recovery has progressed rather well, she suffered a setback last Tuesday. She lost her balance and fell backwards. We are not aware of any broken bones at this time. However, she has been vomiting since the fall and becoming increasingly weak. Kitty and her mother thank you in advance for your prayers.
Update June 22: Betty is doing somewhat
better. She is able to carry on a conversation without any difficulty. However,
when she sits up the vomiting returns. She was able to have a piece of toast and
some liquid. Please continue to remember her in your prayers.
Update July 12: Betty's recent fall resulted in two crushed vertebrae. The fragments are very close to her spinal cord, causing extreme pain on a continuous basis. Please remember her and her daughter, Kitty, in your prayers.
February 11, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Hank Rainbolt
who broke his ankle in an accident in his home today. He was told his recovery
will be six weeks. Besides prayers for the pain and a successful recovery, Mr.
Rainbolt is also asking for prayers that his insurance will be adequate for his
medical and employment needs.
February 3, 2019
Neal Warner would appreciate your continued prayers for his mother, Jean Warner, who has been diagnosed with MRSA.
Update February 9: Jean's MRSA condition has improved so well that she should be able to go home in a few days.
February 3, 2019
Pam has been having more symptoms from her Multiple Sclerosis condition lately and asks for prayer for relief of these symptoms and guidance for her doctors as they determine her new medications.
February 3, 2019
Joe's second eye surgery went very well last week. Please pray for a swift recovery. Thank you.
Update March 17: Joe is recovering at home from an irregular heartbeat episode. He's making progress and thanks you for your prayers.
February 3, 2019
Linda is recovering from heart surgery. Please pray for a swift recovery.
February 3, 2019
Linda had good news on her latest bone scan in her battle with cancer. She still needs to have a liver scan. Please pray for good news there too.
Update May 19: From husband, Ed: Today, we got very bad news. The disease has progressed significantly in Lindaís liver Ė that was the source of her recent pain Ė not the gall stone. The last two types/rounds of medicines failed to bring any good results. We are now fighting the last battle at this juncture. Next week, Linda will have surgery for implantation of a port so she can receive the strongest chemo. Her oncologist was very straight with us Ė if we canít stop it with this next round of medicines Ė we move to pain-management. We are praying for a miracle.
Update June 15: Linda's advanced liver cancer condition is urgently in need of Godís healing. Lindaís condition is continuing to deteriorate at last report.
Update June 22: Report from husband, Ed: "Her exam, this week, showed extremely elevated liver enzymes, which is causing her cognitive issues. She can barely speak or eat on her own. They did give her a chemo treatment this week and it seems we are at the ďcrossroads.Ē If it takes hold, we have a shot at recovery, if not, the prognosis is only weeks now. She doesnít seem to be in any pain and sleeps most of the time (she is highly medicated at this point). We will know if the chemo is doing its job when we get the tests back next Wednesday."
February 3, 2019
Ed was in a car accident this past week. He came out with just bruises and no broken bones. However, the doctor found a spot on his lung while checking for injuries.
January 31, 2019
After a successful multiple bypass surgery on his heart this week, Paul went into heart fibrillation, ultimately having a mild stroke. Please pray for his complete recovery.
Update February 3: Paul and family thank you for your continued prayers for his recovery. He is now at home recuperating from his multiple bypass surgery on his heart last week.
January 31, 2019
Vicki fell on the ice early in the week and broke her hip. The surgery went well and she is now recovering. Your prayers thus far and forward are much appreciated!
Update February 3: Vicki is still in the rehabilitation unit of East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio and will most likely be there until next Wednesday. She is doing really well in physical and occupational therapy, but does not feel ready to come home yet.
Update February 20: The blood clot Vickie had, ended up not as serious as first thought. She is taking a blood thinner, but is continuing to recover from her broken hip.
January 31, 2019
Dale experienced a heart arrhythmia last week and was in the hospital (Akron City). He was doing better last Thursday.
Update February 3: Dale is home from the hospital, his heart rate is stable, but he is exhausted from the ordeal. Please continue your prayers for the skin cancer and other ailments.
Update May 12: Dale has been recovering from some severe heart atrial fibrillation, skin cancer and other ailments. Also this week, he's experiencing extreme neck pain. Thankfully, Friday, the neck pain lessened considerably. He sends his greetings to all.
Update May 19: Dale is in the hospital (Summa City in Akron), but scheduled to be moved shortly to Rockynol, a convalescent center. He reports that his heart is still in ďafibĒ and he is feeling very weak. Please pray for his strength recovery.
Update June 22: Dale moved, on Friday,
to the Youngstown area near his niece. We're sure he would be happy for
visitors, cards or calls. His new address is:
January 26, 2019
Luane Harris requests your prayers on her
behalf. She has been suffering with a severe case of the flu accompanied by a
January 26, 2019
Your prayers are
requested for Barbara, who has been battling a very serious post-surgery
infection (sepsis). Sheís been in the hospital since January 3rd for daily
antibiotic injections, but will be coming home today. She will need to be taken
to the hospital (one hour drive, each way) by her brother, Chuck, every day, to
continue the injections. The doctors expect the treatments to continue for
another 4-6 weeks.
Update February 14: Received from Chuck:
Update February 17: I just had an update
from the doctor. Her kidney is now functioning and it is now going to be a day
by day to see if she needs dialysis. Also, the infection is looking better too.
Her numbers this morning are 12% kidney GFR, her creatinine is 3.97, and her
inflammation marker is 126. Something has definitely changed. I pray that she is
on the mend. She still isn't out of the woods, but she is definitely better. I
could tell on the Sabbath that she was more herself and she was feeling better.
The doctor also said, if this trend continues, she may come home in 2 to 3 days.
Update February 20: Just heard from the
doctor. Barbara has baffled the doctors, because her kidney started to function.
They were expecting to take it out. Her levels have slowly started to improve.
Her functions are now at 14%. Her creatinine is now at 3.2. Of course, they
don't understand, but she has improved within the last 2 days. The doctors think
she has improved so much that she will probably come home in the next day or
two. They said she will not need dialysis with her numbers improving the way
they are. Her infection is still there, but her white blood cell count is
normal. They are still concerned with the infection, so she is now on another
round of antibiotics for another 6 weeks. She will be on these until the end of
Update February 23: Just wanted to
update you on Barb. She was discharged from the hospital, yesterday. She will
continue to have daily infusions. They now have her on 4 antibiotics. They did
remove her port for dialysis. That's good. She still has the catheter, pic line
for infusion and the drain on her side as the kidney is still leaking. However,
her blood work is heading in the right direction. Chuck has been ill for the
past few nights. He as a stomach virus. I just wanted to update you on Barb,
please thank all of the brethren for their cards, prayers and gifts on her
Update April 1: Barbara finished her
antibiotic treatments on Thursday of last week. She does have a surgery on
Tuesday to see if her kidney is still leaking. We will know more by then. She is
doing well and she is in good spirits, more like herself.
Update April 2: Barbara's surgery went
well. They removed the stint and her catheter. Her kidney has stopped leaking.
It's kind of amazing, they first told us her kidney would not heal until May or
June. She still needs to go to follow-ups to make sure everything is doing well.
Her kidney functions are a little elevated. They are concerned with that and
want to keep an eye on it. Otherwise, things are doing very well.
January 13, 2019
We just heard that Mrs. Janice Timmons died
this evening. Your prayers for her familyís comfort are appreciated. Cards of
condolence may be sent to the Timmons family at:
January 3, 2019
Your prayers are requested for Andrew and Theresa Carlson's youngest child, Kitt. Kitt was taken to urgent care earlier today and from there to the ER and from there to a pediatric hospital. Kitt is suffering with respiratory problems. The initial diagnosis is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Thank you.
Update January 4: Kitt has shown significant improvement. He is slowly being taken off oxygen support and is now able to eat. Thank you for your continued prayers.
January 3, 2019
Diane's husband reports that the cancer is taking its toll. Hospice is there now every day. He and Diane thank you for your prayers and ask for your continued concern on her behalf.
January 3, 2019
Todd is still recovering from open-heart surgery. He had a high blood pressure episode this week. He really appreciates your continued prayers.
January 1, 2019
We just received a call from Mrs. Burson. Mr.
Burson is having a medical emergency which might be a stroke. She is taking him
to the hospital in Cambridge. Your urgent prayers for Mr. Burson are
Mr. Burson. appears to be doing better, as he
is able to talk and has freedom of movement on both sides of his body. They are
still running tests, so we will send out any updates as we receive them.
Update January 2: Mr. Burson was released from the hospital today and is at home after spending last night at the hospital for observation. His symptoms indicated a stroke or a mini stroke. Now all those symptoms are gone and we are very thankful to God for His kindness and healing! Mr. and Mrs. Burson both greatly appreciate everyone's prayers. Mr. Burson is suffering from high blood pressure and would like to ask for everyone's continued prayers for his complete healing. It truly is an awesome thing to see God respond to His peoples' prayers as we show our love for the brethren and Him with our prayers.
December 30, 2018
Mr. Jerry Fields requests your prayers on behalf of his wife's son, Billy Tee. He has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg. This condition is very serious. In the past several years he has experienced eight strokes and a heart attack. Mr. Tee has two young children. Thank you.
Update January 4: Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Fields want to thank you for your prayers on behalf of Billy. The blood clot in his leg continues to persist. From a medical perspective, the only treatment available is the continuance of blood thinners. Please continue to remember the Fields family in your prayers.
December 29, 2018
Selah has taken a turn for the worse. Her oxygen is too low and they are admitting her to Childrenís Hospital. They had ruled out pneumonia, and after a breathing treatment, her oxygen level had briefly improved, but she is unable to sustain it and they donít know why. Thank you.
Update December 30: Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, first of all! Just to update you, Selah has RSV (again) and apparently this season's strand of RSV is particularly brutal and is hospitalizing kids that haven't ever had breathing issues before. She has weaned down from 4 liters of oxygen to 0.75 liters of oxygen and is still holding strong. Also, after a CT scan, an x-ray and a consult with neurosurgery, it looks like her shunt is fine for now! Her ventricles were slightly larger than the last scan but WELL within the normal range and no larger than right after they placed in the shunt 2.5 years ago. Thank God, at least that isn't it! Not sure how long we will be here, it will really just depend on how long she needs the oxygen support and whether or not she's (at least) drinking and (optimally) eating.
Update January 1: I just wanted to give
you an update on Selah. She is so much better! We actually got to go home today,
as her oxygen was completely back to normal. She is back to acting like her
spunky self. Thank you so much for all of the prayers during this trial. We are
so happy to be back home with a healthy Selah.
December 19, 2018
Narda Carrol, sister of Brenda Walker and Carla Roberts, was diagnosed with a mass on her brain and in other parts of her body. Please keep Narda in your prayers for healing.