post your prayer requests

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2008 at 6:53 pm

      Im sure we all, in one way or another, reach out to some higher power, right? So, why not do it together? No matter what our beliefs are, the power of a group of people focusing on one cause is amazing!

      This is mine…

      i just got an email asking for prayers for a little boy who fell off a tractor on July 4th. apparently, he is at U of M right now, in a coma, with a blood clot in his brain. He hit his head when he fell. His best friend asked his mom to send out emails asking for prayers that his buddy will live, and have a normal life once he gets better. The boy is going off to camp this week , where he plans to ask for group prayer for his friend, also.

      I don’t know this boy or his family, but i think they need prayer right now more than i do, so this is my prayer request today.

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2008 at 8:54 pm

      Count me in Jamie. And here is another one for you. We have a little boy
      (2) in our community who has a rare form of leukemia and has to go to another province for treatment. He and his family could use our prayers.

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2008 at 10:44 pm

      Jamie and Jan, Both of those little boys will be in my prayers tonight and everynight. Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2008 at 10:52 pm

      Jamie, he and his family will be in my prayers.

      Jim C

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2008 at 12:17 am

      Jan,

      i’ll pray for your little guy, for sure!!! and his family and health care providers.

      Jim,

      Again, you rock! Thanks!

      Emma,

      I know we can count on you! Thank you!

      take care everyone!

      jamie;)

    • July 13, 2008 at 12:33 am

      Kevie and I will say a prayer too!
      Dawn

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2008 at 5:27 am

      I have to admit I am not a religious person in that i do not attend church etc but that is not to say i dont believe in God. I do believe in the power of prayer though and i know how comforting it was to know that so many people were praying and that prayer requests had gone out all over the world for me.

      So keep up the good work guys, I’m sure it is helping these worthy people

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2008 at 9:38 am

      Yolande,

      You don’t have to go to church to feel a sense of belief. I don’t attend church very often either, but I do believe in a higher being and in the power of prayer. I also believe in positive energy and that it can help heal. So that being said, for those of you who are not religious, you can add your positive energy to our prayers and we can send that to those who are struggling with lifes challenges.

      I truly believe that the prayers and energy sent my way during my bout with GBS are what helped me heal and get home as quickly as I did. I was told I would be in hospital for a year and was home in 4 months.

      Jamie, thanks for this thread and I hope we can all put aside our own pain and suffering for a moment and think of others who may not be so well off. I think that we can offer our own suffering up to assist others to deal with theirs.

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2008 at 10:16 am

      Prayers to both boys for recovery and for their families that they get through these rough times.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2008 at 10:55 am

      i am not a very religous person in the traditional sense of the word, but i do believe in God, spiritualism, and the power of positive energy. definitely believe in the after-life, angels, spirit guides, healing, etc. had too many experiences not to believe in it. actually, i kind of think most religions from around the world have the same belief base and purpose, but worship differently. how can we all come out worshiping the same way when we are scattered all over the globe?

      when we ask God, Allah, aliens, mother nature, the Virgin Mary, deceased loved ones, meditate – all of us serve the same purpose when our heart is in the right place;)

      love ya all!!!
      jamie

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2008 at 12:03 pm

      Our family hopes all will be o.k..and he is in our thoughts and prayers… On July 4th 1968 I spent the night in the hospital due to an accident from falling off the back of our Ford Major tractor, while raking hay with my older brother.. The Lord was looking out for me that day, as my arm got wedged/caught on the rear tractor tread and fender.. I went sailing off the tractor…Luckily, I ended up with a broken wrist… This was my only Hospital stint until this gbs/cidp stuff came along last fall..

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2008 at 1:59 pm

      Jamie and Jan, have you heard how those children are doing? I, like many others, do not attend church regularly, but each morning when I awaken, I thank God for another day, I pray before my meals, and I pray everynight for my family, friends, including all of you, the military, police, firemen, and emergency personnel that all are our heroes that keep us safe. I feel His presence, or else my guardian angel, or some being’s presence with me when I am going about my day, whether it is a good or bad day. I truly believe my faith and survival instinct have seen me through a few really critical times in my life, when my family has been talking funeral arrangements. and my body has struggled to survive. Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2008 at 8:58 pm

      i havent heard anything about the boy. my friend forwards a lot of stuff to me that has been forwarded to her. that is how i got the boys story. i think she said she knows the family but not the boy. if i hear anything, i’ll let you know.

      Sounds like most of us have small (or large) miracles! Like, making it thru a tractor accident with only a broken wrist, or surviving an illness. How wonderful the world is. I could share so many stories with you guys! Sure you could, too!

      Best wishes to you all!
      jamie

    • Anonymous
      July 15, 2008 at 8:16 am

      Good morning everyone,

      Prayer is one of the most amazing things we have today.

      Absolutly one of the reasons that I’m able to be writing this message today is prayer – answered prayers.

      I have a couple of requests today…….

      1. My brother is in the Army and is “gearing” up to deploy soon. It will be his first deployment, we are not sure of the date – I don’t know how that works, I assume the Army tells you when “you need to know.”

      2. I have a cousin who just had twins – VERY early. I’m not sure of the minutia of details (how many weeks….???) but both girls are little. I think around a couple of pounds a piece. Last I heard (they were born a month ago, I believe) they were doing much better, but not out of the woods yet. I would ask for prayer for both of those little girls and their mom and dad. Pretty taxing time for all.

      Thanks, it means a lot to me.

    • Anonymous
      July 15, 2008 at 8:52 am

      Brett
      Your brother and those babies will be in my prayers.
      May your brother always stay safe and those babies improve.
      Please keep us posted.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      July 15, 2008 at 9:03 am

      Prayers are on the way for your brother that he may be safe as he serves. For the two babies, also a prayer that God’s will be done and that he protect and keep them safe as they struggle for their lives.

      God Bless, everyone. As to the little boy I asked for prayers for, there has been no word around town of late. I will see if I can find anything out when I get back home. Thanks for asking about him though. We don’t know the family personally but my husband knows the father through work.

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 1:29 am

      you name it and i’ve got a prayer coming your way – all of you.

      i thought id tell you guys that a week before i started getting better, i went to a healing service. i was one of only a handful of people who went to the front to have “healers” lay their hands on them. the man never asked me what to pray for and i dont know what he normally does, but he put his hands on my head, neck, shoulders and back while he said his prayers. maybe it is a coincidence that i got better? maybe not? but it is something to be thankful for!

      dont know if you believe in this, but im a nurse and every patient i had who passed away and was able to talk would tell me about the “people” who were with them, usually at the end of their beds. this happened to my son, too, last year when he almost died at U of M. He was surrounded by deceased loved ones and they told him that he had a choice to stay with me or to go with them, if he couldnt take the pain anymore. i was with him in his bed and he was begging them to let him stay. he wrapped his arms and legs around me, buried his face in my chest, and was crying and begging me to forgive him if he had to go, telling me that he didnt want to leave me. they let him stay. they let him stay!

      i know we are never alone and our prayers are heard and we are surrounded by more love than we could ever imagine.

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 5:55 am

      The two boys will definitely be remembered in my daily prayers.
      I’ve experienced the power of prayer enough to believe.

      I’d like to add someone to the list:
      My daughter and son-in-law’s best friend just found he has a brain tumor, he is 25 and has two little one’s at home. Pre-op tests found other issues that are postponing the surgery. If all goes well he’ll receive a date for brain surgery on Aug. 8th. Please pray for a good outcome.

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 9:25 am

      JayDee, Adding this to my prayer list. Wow, we are awesome you guys. There is so much power in prayer and thankfulness. Add in that we are praying as a group and we will make a difference in the lives of people in need.
      Again, God bless everyone for joining in our prayer group.

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 10:17 am

      Jaydee,

      You brought tears to my eyes just thinking about your loved-one and his family, especially those babies. I’ll pray for them every time i say my prayers. I’ll have my son pray for them, too, since we say our prayers together in his bed. He is only 7 years-old, but i swear he has a special connection.

      Can i tell a short story about him?

      When he was 4 years-old, a very close family member died and the entire family was there when he passed on. I’d never taken my little guy to church or talked to him about religion, other than “Now I lay me down to sleep…” prayer every night. We didnt talk about God, Jesus, Heaven, etc. – no reason, just too busy (bad excuse).

      Anyway, after he died, there was a group of us standing around talking and my son was playing on the floor. Out of nowhere, he looked up at us and said, “I’m going to be okay. I am protected. Jesus is standing right behind me. He is touching my back. He said we are going to be okay”. He said it very matter-of-factly and immediately went back to playing.

      About five minutes later, he looked up again and in the same matter-of-fact manner said to all of us, “Do you want go to heaven or do you want to go to hell? If you want to go to heaven, then all you have to do is believe in Jesus”. Then, he asked each one of us seperately without letting us respond, “Do you want to go to heaven”? After that, he went right back to playing and never said another word about it.

      I have asked him about that night and he says the exact same thing every time – Jesus really was standing beside him and that there was also another young man there in a black suit, with brown skin and black hair, “maybe Uncle Sammy’s brother”. What he didnt know is that Sammy had a brother who he was very close to, who died when he was 25 years-old and fit the same description.

      Many other things have happened like that since then, especially when i was really sick. I dont tell many people, unless i feel like it would help them to know. Geez, I feel so silly telling you all these things! Plus, my son hates talking about it, so im feeling a bit guilty right now.

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 12:43 pm

      Jaydee,I will be praying for that young man and his family daily.
      God bless him and his family as they go through this terrible time.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 4:50 pm

      Jamie, WOW! What an awsome story about your son. I definitely want him praying for everyone on our prayer list.

      Thank you all for praying for Matt. The rest of the story is that there is a group of young people (Late 20’s) that formed a very strong bond when another old high school buddy went through a rare cancer. There are almost 30 people in this group, now with babies of their own. James, the young man with cancer, Ewings Sarcoma, continued for 5 years to amaze his Dr.s as he would rally each time the Doc.s were about to count his days off.
      James finally did pass 2 years ago, and this group of friends continues to do cancer walks and fund raisers. Matt was as close to James as any of the group, so when he got this news they all headed into CHicago Rush to be at his side. And they will continue to be there, already planning how they will shuffle the 2 babies and be with his wife and family as he goes through the surgery.
      All these “kids” believe in the power of prayer and have been an amazing example to so many people in our area. I couldn’t be more proud to have my daughter and son-in-law heading the whole group.

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 9:35 pm

      You all are included in my prarers everynight. I do have to respond to a couple of you individually, but I truly am praying for everyone.

      Jamie, Your stories about your son made me cry my eyes out. It also made me remember when I was so very ill and all my family was making funeral arrangements, EXCEPT my son-he said he knew I was tough and would survive. And I truly believe God listened to whatever was said; I was too sick and don’t even remember a few of those days.

      Brett-the neonatal units in hospitals are incredible these days-they have music playing and the nurses talk to those babies constantly-at least where I worked-the smallest precious baby I took care of was 16 oz. Regarding your family in the Army-they get a little notice when they are being deployed so that they can get their affairs in order, but not a lot of time….I will tell you one thing I started doing after my son was deployed and in Afghanistan after 9/11-I light a candle every morning for him during all of his deployments, which for him have lasted up to 7 months-and when he gets on US soil, he will call and say ” Mom, you can blow out the candle now” and I do. It has become a special tradition between him, me, and God that has endured 9 1/2 years now and I will continue to do it every time he deploys.

      Everyone-I thank God out loud every day when I wake up and think – today is the day the Lord hath given you, go forth and make good use of it. Some days I fail Him, but I try.

      Bless you Jamie for all your stories; they are not silly. They empowering!!!!
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm

      Jamie, I got the warm fuzzies reading your son’s story. It isn’t silly but I do know that he did have that visitor. When I was on life support, I didn’t think I was going to make it. One day when I was alone in the ICU cubicle, I started to cry and I couldn’t stop. I was so distraught and had prayed until I couldn’t pray anymore. Suddenly the warmest hand I have ever felt touched my shoulder and in that moment I felt an immediate peace. A kind and gentle voice said to me “Don’t worry, pretty lady. You will be going home soon.” I knew something was happening so my eyes flew open. There was no one in the room and no one left the room. From that moment on, I began to get better. When things were despairing, something magical would happen. One night it was a nurse that I had never seen before and never saw again who knelt down beside my bed and prayed for me because I had told her I was exhausted from praying so hard and that I couldn’t pray anymore. She said “Well, maybe you need some help” and that was when she began to pray for me. Whenever I would get upset or lonely, the bed would gently rock just like being in a boat on gently rolling water. Nurses would stop in on their way by just to see if I needed anything. It was wonderful and I knew that there was someone walking beside me on my journey. I have never forgotten that touch and I never will. Think me crazy if you want to but I am and was honored to have my “visitor” and I carry that warmth with me each day.

      I believe God doesn’t give us any more to handle than we can. There is such power in that belief.

      Emma, the candle is such an awesome tradition that you have created with your son. I know from your words that is something you find comforting. I hope you get to blow that candle out many more times. That will mean your son is home safe and sound.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 12:11 am

      Jan and Emma, I love both of your stories! And the story about the group of high school friends was awesome, too, wasn’t it!!! What a special bunch of kids!!!

      It makes me so happy to hear about your “visitor”, Jan! How amazing that when it is God’s will, he always provides for us at the perfect time.

      One of my small miracles happened when i was about 20 years-old. For some reason, i had always felt my whole life that my “guardian angel” or “guide” was a man. And on this day, it was the voice of a man that saved my life, along with my son, little sister and two cousins.

      It was in the middle of the night and i was driving all of us southbound on a major freeway. The only vehicle in sight was an old, white conversion van that was driving 1/2 car length ahead of me in the outside lane. We were both going the same speed, and since there was no other traffic, i just stayed where i was in the fast lane, rather than passing him.

      “Go where the van is”, i heard loudly in a man’s voice. There were no males in the car and my son was a toddler. Also, no one else seemed to hear anything. I ignored it because i had no reason to move out of the left lane.

      “Go where the van is!”, i heard again, plain as day. Again, no one else seemed to hear it. I argued with him silently that i had no reason to move.

      “GO WHERE THE VAN IS!!!” It was so loud and frustrated that it scared me into listening. I immediately looked toward the van, so i could get behind him in the slow lane. Wierd – the van was pulling over onto the side of the road. So, I literally went “where the van was”, taking its place in the slow lane, without saying anything to anyone in the car. They were busy talking and goofing around.

      Everyone started screaming hysterically when i was half way into the right lane. I’d never heard such fear in my life, but i couldnt look to see what was going on until i was done changing lanes. “What? What’s wrong?!!!”, i shouted at my car-ful of screaming teenage girls. I looked back at the van, and it was sitting safely on the side of the road.

      “WHAT’S WRONG???!!!”, they screamed at me. “WHAT DO YOU MEAN, WHAT’S WRONG? YOU DIDNT SEE THAT CAR? YOU HAD TO SEE IT – YOU MOVED OUT OF ITS WAY!”

      I had no idea what they were talking about. Apparently, a northbound car went through the wide, grassy median, and was going to hit us head-on. They said it was literally only an inch away when i suddenly moved out of the way. I didnt see it. I was looking at the van.

      I still wonder who that man was. I really believe it was my great-grandfather. He died before i was born, but i have multiple memories of holding a black and white photo of him, crying. I would tell my parents and grandparents all the time that i wanted my great-grandpa and that i missed him, evne though id never met him. My sister did the same thing. Kinda wierd, ha?

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 12:30 am

      Not wierd Jamie-truly amazing! What an incredible story. And thank God for that man’s voice, whoever he was. You are here today and your family, and you can bear full witness to the true glory, if not only to God, but also to your great grandfather. Is there a way you can name your new little babe, a middle name or something, after him?

      Jan-I have always said that to me, touch is the most important feeling we have. I may be wrong, but I always touched my patients and my family and friends-I grew up with it and will forever give it. Isn’t it truly amazing that when we are at our worst, that if we go to God in prayer, He gives us peace?

      How I loved both of your stories, Jamie and Jan.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 8:58 am

      Yeah, God works in mysterious ways. I firmly believe it was Jesus in my room that day. It was like he was standing there talking to me. And the peace of the bed racking like a boat in water always gave me the sense of Him as well. He used to talk to the people from a boat or in a boat and it felt like he was talking to me in a non-verbal way.

      Jamie, whoever it was with you , it was obviously someone who felt you still had purpose on this earth and wanted you to be safe. Thank goodness you are as you have so much to offer the world.

      Thanks ladies for sharing with us and for being part of my life.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 11:49 am

      thanks girls! I was thinking last night how the three of us always end up hanging out in the same conversations:) always nice to have your company!

      Emma,

      As i was typing last night, I was trying to come up with a way to name this little guy after my great-grandpa. His name was Bert, though. Gonna find out today what his middle name was. Something cool about him, he loved to carve little things out of wood, and my dad still has a baby rattle that he made. (It survived my dads house fire). He died when dad was 10.

      Jan,

      When i read your story, I wondered if that nurse who came in was an Angel. And about the rocking boat, im sure you are right! How much he must have loved you at that time, to come to your bedside himself. And to imagine that he loves us all that much, every minute of every day! Wow!

      My little son told me there is a difference between Angels and Guides/Guardians, and many adults have confirmed what he said — Angels are God’s soldiers and dont act on free will. They do what they are instructed to do. Guides are around us all the time, and are more free to do as they wish. Do you agree?

      My 7 year-old son worried me when he told me about his “guide”. He showed up multiple times when i was at my worst, standing at the foot of my son’s bed. he’d smile, wink, and nodd his head at him. Then he would turn around and walk away. My son said he was “about the same age Jesus was when he died on the cross – about daddy’s age”. My hubby is 32.

      i would call him his Angel. He say, “He’s not an angel, mom”. He’d say he was there to protect him, that he kept him safe, and that he was his friend. It scared me that maybe it was something bad, if it wasnt an angel, so i asked around. That is when i learned the difference between angels and guides or guardians, whichever you like to call them.

      Eron said he is tall and thin, with brown skin and tight black curly hair – kinda long but still short, “like an inch long”. He wears jeans and a white T-shirt, with a black belt. He has a friendly face and smile and is nice. He never spoke, until the last time he visited, which was a couple months ago. He was there very frequently and then one day Eron told me very matter-of-factly that “he” had to go, but would see him again when he is 19 or 20.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 1:23 pm

      I often wonder what I still need to accomplish in my life-want to do so much, but this all the time pain in my legs makes it hard to even think more than just enduring the pain.

      In your travels Jan, have you ever felt a presence beside you protecting you on your journey? I have on really snowy days or sometimes I just feel a presence beside me, while I am driving. Makes me feel good and that I am going to have a safe journey. I often joke with hy friends that with what I have been through in my life, I am on my second guardian angel. Maybe it is as you say, a guide or guardian Jamie.

      A quick story-my cousin(age 10) and I (age11) were riding a bike-one stood and pedaled, the other sat on the seat. Every time she pedaled, I got this impending forboding awlful feeling, and when I pedaled, it went away. We rode this way for a few hours, changing positions probably every 20-30 minutes).That forboding feeling really scared me, but I didn’t say anything to her. Finally, going down a hill and she was pedaling, I had that feeling again and about 15 seconds later, we wiped out on the bike. My knees were full of gravel that the doctor had to dig out, and several scrapes and minor cuts, but my cousin was ok. Have never had that again.

      Not even when my older son was killed. I do remember that I looked over at him lying on the living room floor as I left for work and smiling. It was quite common for lots of teen boys just sleeping over, and there were probably 6 or 7 guys on the floor that marning. I always wished that I had had a chance to say goodbye to him. I was so angry with God for many years for taking my son. Felt so devastated-that isn’t even the best word. But I have made peace with God and now I have accepted Him into my life again-I know He never left and likely was carrying me for a long while. Sad story-looks like it is going to be a weepy day again.

      I pray that you all have a good day and Jan, that your journey is a safe one.
      You’re right Jamie-we three were up at the same time last night- just a trio of night owls.:) Take good care. Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 8:21 pm

      Oh my dears Jamie and Emma, How I wish we lived in the same community. I am so in need of a friend who understands thing like this and I fell so blessed to have met the two of you here. Jamie, I think your son is so accurate in what he tells you. I believe we all have someone who guides and protects us. And yes Emma, I do feel a presence with me. So many times things have happened that I can’t explain…accidents where I should have been hurt but wasn’t, etc.

      Emma, I did not know you had lost a son. I am so sorry. It is never easy to lose someone we love and I have no idea how it must feel to lose a child. I am not sure I could ever get over that loss. But how wonderful that you have let God back into your life. He will guide you as you journey. I think he did carry you. I love the poem “Footprints” because I think that so many times in life when we feel alone and deserted, all we really need to do is see His presence in our life and we will have the peace and love we so desire. Your son’s life and his death have a purpose and we may never know that purpose during this life. But I believe in the end it will be revealed to us and we will find the peace in all the tragedies of our life.

      Take care ladies and sending you love and warm hugs.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm

      Emma,
      I’m so sorry you have had to go through the loss of your husband and son. What terrible hurt you have gone through. God never left you, he just waited patiently for you to come back to him.
      Blessings and prayers
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 1:09 am

      I dont know what to say except that i wish i could jump through this screen and hug you girls! I’d cry; i know it! It is just so nice to have you to talk to! Cant imagine what it would be like in person.

      Emma, i know there is nothing i can do or say to take away the pain of losing your son, but i can simply be here. sometimes we just need the presence of someone who cares. When my son was sick, id either feel a desperate need to talk about it, or i wouldnt want to be alone, but wouldnt want to talk either. I imagine you must feel the same way, although i havent walked in your shoes. im happy for you that you let yourself feel the anger you talked about. We have to do that, but most people dont allow it or admit it. I dont know how long it took you to trust God enough to open up to him again, but however long it was, know that he understood.

      Good night ladies;)
      Sweet dreams

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 12:39 pm

      Many thanks Jan, Jamie, and Shirley-my son’s anniv. of his death is coming up in a couple of weeks and it has always been a difficult day for me at the cemetery, but I go there and just talk and think about his struggles and yet I remember too all our good times. And I really pray for strength and courage. I am tired from my ivig, but had to write back when I read all your responses. And I am in tears again, it is amazing how the tears appear instantly, but I let them come. This time a headache came with the tears, but I still want to say, before I go back to bed, that I truly believe that God gave me an incredible opportunity to counsel my patients and their families-I had lost parents, a son and a husband and best friends and other family members, I could really help those patients and their families with their grief, because I really did know what they were going through. God has yet to show me my journey; it is difficult to believe and trust in Him that my only purpose left in my life is to endure daily chronic pain and disabilities; yet, I have held so many adults and children as they died, and even was with my mom when she died;had my feet tucked under the sheets with her as God took her away, and it was so peaceful(just her and me in the room-rest of the family was elsewhere in the hospital or had gone home to get some sleep-it was 11pm); she was never a nurse, but was always a caregiver, and I have followed in her path. As to my husband, he died in my arms. As to my son, God had to carry me-within a week of his death the hospital had sent me a bill and with the bill was the police report and the emergency room room report & code sheet, and this was a double blow to me, because I understood every word of these sheets, and you know, I have only been able to make peace with the whole accident to totally believe in my heart that he died instantly-I cannot accept it any other way. His name was Tim. Jan, you are right-God does not give us more than we can handle, but geez, I feel like sometimes he gives me an awlful lot. Also, though, God gave me another son,DIL, and granddaughter to love and cherish and wonderful, wonderful friends and family-I returned back to the hospital 2 weeks after Tim’s death and all the doctors and nurses took lots of time to give me hugs and welcome me back. Our faith is tested every day, and sometimes I really do cry to God and say, I just can’t do any more Lord, you gotta do the rest, and He does. I really do feel a presence in my life all the time, but sometimes whoever is right next to me. I am a highly structured, likely obsessive-compulsive with organization and cleaning and making lists( right down to numbering my errands so that all of them are on the righthand side of the road, so that when I am done, I am back home-makes sense to me) and a perfectionist-NONE of these work well with a chronic illness! And besides, God loves to have fun with my lists-cuts those numbers from 15(a good day for me) to, oh maybe 5 and then HE makes my body rebel-yesterday, I was telling Jan that I only drove 9 miles to get some meds( I was out) and I was exhausted. And today I cancelled my appointments; I am staying in my nightie-did my routine of making the bed, bathroom duties and coffee and oatmeal-I do not vary that routine no matter how badly I hurt-but I think that’s all God and my body are going to let me get away with. I wrote a post in the tavern and to you ladies here and that’s it. I know you understand that is all I can do today. Not even going to read any other threads, it hurts my eyes to read them. And I am really rambling here. Shirley, have a nice weekend. Jan, have a safe trip home and be careful with those calves. Jamie-despite how I feel, I am excited for you and your baby-and your whole family-I pray all goes well for you-and truly believe your news next week will pull me out of my doldrums. Love you guys………….Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 1:03 pm

      Emma, Hang in there. Rest and be safe.

      Jan, I hope your trip home is good.

      Jamie, keep us posted – and thank you for the stories. They have been great to read.

      Everyone have a great, restful weekend.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 2:09 pm

      [B][I][FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=4][COLOR=purple]I just wanted to post this after all the pain & upset I’ve went through in the past yr. With the loss of my wife & all the relatives I’ve lost. This is for Everyone ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/I][/B]
      [B][I][FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=6][COLOR=#800080]Always Remember I’m Pulling For You, Hoping for the Very Best for Everyone ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/I][/B]

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm

      Hi everyone!

      I dont have too much to say today, but i just wanted all of you to know that i am thinking about you. Sometimes, that includes laughing, other times, includes crying. Today is both! My heart breaks when i hear of your struggles, but sings when i hear of your triumphs.

      Sometimes, I have felt like my children and i are the only ones in the world who have lost so many people in such a short period of time. With each loss, I would think that one was the last, that i couldnt handle any more, let alone my children. But, they kept coming and each time got harder, with me feeling more empty, my husband pulling away, and my oldest son rebelling more, fighting depression. My brother killed himself when we were teenagers, and my mom has attempted suicide many, many times. My youngest sister has, too. So, with the tragedies came the fear of my mom, sister, or son killing themselves, like my brother. The past 2 years have been such a struggle that i do not know how we made it through.

      But, I come here and hear your stories, and then i feel better knowing that i am not alone. It hurts to hear your pain and not be able to help you directly, but i am so happy that we can atleast talk to one another in a way that we cannot talk to anyone else. You are all great people and i love being in your company;)

      Peace be with you!

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Jamie,

      I’m so sorry you have gone through so much tragedy and still worry about your son, mom and sister hurting themselves.
      Your a strong woman to have made it through these last two years, try to stay strong.
      You have a delightful personality that has cheered many of us on these forums. I have kept up with your postings.
      We are awaiting the arrival of that sweet new little one your about to have and want to hear all the details.

      Blessings
      Shirley

    • July 18, 2008 at 6:10 pm

      I have to add a quickie….

      When my oldest son was little, I would often get an overwhelming feeling that I would lose him. I would end up in tears, but also with it came the undeniable urge to lay my hands on him and pray. I would do this while he slept. This happened often until he was 6. A neighbor came to our door and told me my son had gotten hurt. I figured it was a stubbed toe or skinned knee. She told me i needed to come right away. He was lying in the street near another neighbors mini truck….the owner hadnt put it in park or put the parking brake on and it rolled out of the driveway. It rolled over my son, pinned him under it. Broke both ankles, had severe burns from the hot exhaust on his arm, hit his head, bruising, etc. I was beside myself and thought as they airlifted him away I would never see him again. He recovered though and I have never had the overwhelming urge to lay my hands on him and pray again. He still has scars but I have my son…he is 17 years old now and a great kid.

      When I was little I would lay my hands on my mom while she had a migraine. I would do this and pray and concentrate on her feeling better. It often made it go away or relieved it enough for her to rest. It still hurts me that I couldnt do that for her when she was on life support last year from respiratory/cadiac arrest. If I think about it…thinking if only I laid my hands on her….it eats at me. But on the flip side, I do believe it would have taken more ‘power’ than I could have mustered to create the miracle she needed. God had other plans, and so did she. *sigh*

      I would repeat over and over “heal my body heal my soul” and run my hands over my body when I first got sick. Did it help things not progress more than they did? Did it help me stay on my feet when I still think I had no business actually walking at one point? I dont know for sure, but I do believe in the power of positive thinking and prayer.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 6:27 pm

      fairly odd mother,

      What sadness and tragedy so many of us have been through.
      I believe we need that positive thinking and prayer to help us get through those tragedies.

      Blessings
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 10:36 pm

      *sigh* Yes, the power of positive thinking and the power of prayer and the power of touch. Isnt it truly amazing that we can tell each other these stories and not share them with family or friends? I dont mean that remark to be an insult but since I just joined in June, I feel so incrediby close to so many of you and you have helped me more in a month than in my lifetime? Terry, I will be forever grateful to you for referring me to this forum. It is truly hard to accept God’s ways and impossible to understand. All I can say is, when things get too much for me, I go to God in prayer and tell him I just can’t do anymore and tell Him to take over and He does. I pray for all my “forum friends” everynight and God knows who I mean. Wishing you all my love and sending you all a hug, Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 11:44 pm

      I am so glad I found this posting. I pray every night before going to sleep and when I’m driving or just sitting around. I don’t get to go to church very often but enjoy it when I do go. So I am trusting my GBS family with someone very dear to my heart. My daughter is 22 years old and is Gay. She is struggling so hard with this, she cries and asks me, mom why me. Her dad’s brother is gay, and one of his aunts is gay so i truly believe it is genetic. However, since we live in a very small town this lifestyle is not accepted and so she has such a hard time. She is currently living with another young lady that is 26, both of them tend to drink a little too much and the other night I received a phone call around 10:30 pm, it was my daughter crying, she needed me to come and get her, apparently her and her friend had gotten in a fight and beat each other up. When I picked her up her face was all swollen, she has a busted lip, it is all swelled up, she has scrape marks around her neck and is just a mess, the other girl didn’t have any marks on her on wednesday night but today my daughter says that she has two black eyes (the other girl). I can’t believe they did this to each other and my daughter is taking all the blame for it, this girl actually started choking her and then the fight was on. I told her both of them are too blame and that alcohol makes things worse. she says she will never drink again adn she is an emotional wreck because she doesn’t want to lose this girl. I have tried to talk to her without lecturing her but it isn’t working. the only thing I know to do is pray for her. So please, if you could, pray for my daughter that god’s will be done. I worry every day that she will try to take her life because she is so scared and unhappy. I know God can work miracles and I pray for a miracle every day. but regardless I love her and will stick by her no matter what she decides. Thanks so much for listening.

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2008 at 2:29 am

      Sherry, Is your daughter able to talk to her dad, or the aunt and uncle about any of her feelings, living in a small town, etc? Is it possible that the two girls might get back together. As a mom you just want your children in a healthy, happy relationship, hetero or gay. I will pray for God to give you the right words to say to yur daughter; I’m sure you have the right words, but you and your family are in my prayers. Take good care…. Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2008 at 2:32 am

      Hello all! Im happy to see we are all still posting on this thread. i hope it helps all of you as much as it does me. I think of you all the time and cant wait to come here to see how you are doing.

      Stormy,

      I know it is not the same as having a child who is gay, but i do have several family members, including two teenagers, who are gay. The girl is my sons age and they are very, very close and talk or hang out on a daily basis. We have two uncles who are gay and they didnt even know one another existed until they were grown (different moms). My uncles and my two cousins seemed obviously gay since they were small children, so i believe they were born that way. I am happy your daughter is open with you and has accepted her sexuality to this extent so far, but i am sure she has a ways to go before she feels totally comfortable in her own skin. My girl cousin is rebelling like mad. We think it is about her sexuality, and no one knows hwo to help her, except to not judge her at all. she is who she is, and that does not bother us. she is still our Beth, and im sure you feel the same about your daughter. i wish i had the magic words to fix everything, as my family is in need of them, too. i do know that many gay people struggle with depression and end up “self-medicating” with alcohol and/or drugs. has she been to counseling to help her come to terms with her own feelings? is there a good place where she can meet other gay women her age? Maybe she stays with this girl because she doesnt know how to meet someone better?

      On another note – i was in a very abusive relationship with my oldest sons dad. i was only 18 when i left him, and my son was 2 months old. i believed his threats and was too scared to leave him until i realized that forever is a really, really long time – too long to live that way. I decided id rather have him kill me, than have my son grow up in such a situation. Before that, there was nothing anyone could say or do to convince me to leave him. i was too scared that he’s follow through with his threats. One day though, it was like the light switched on and i just had this huge awakening. no one else could do that for me.

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2008 at 2:35 am

      sorry i just ended my post like that, but my son came upstairs and i didnt want him to see what id written about his bio-dad.

      good luck to you all and i’ll keep praying for you!

      goodnight!

      jamie

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2008 at 12:09 pm

      Good morning, Offering a prayer to God that we all have peace this weekend. You’re almost there Jamie, hoping and praying that you have a smooth delivery and a beautiful baby–you are an incredible woman to have been through so much and still be so helpful and caring to so many others. Felt your prayers Jan, hard to explain, just am feeling a strength today that wasn’t with me yesterday. Sherry, praying for you and your daughter. Jan, prayed all night that you got home safely. Take care everyone.
      Love, Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm

      good afternoon everyone!

      just popped in to say hi and let you all know that you were on my mind. hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! take care of yourselves and cherish the little things;)

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2008 at 4:59 pm

      Praying that you have an uneventful delivery of a healthy beautiful baby.:) Take good care.

      Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2008 at 6:52 pm

      Jamie,

      Thinking of you all day. Hope it is going well. Can’t wait to be a cyber grandma:D

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2008 at 4:03 pm

      Yes,they are an incredible thing.I pray for you, I pray for the children,I pray for us. I know if more people pray,then everything will work out O.K.I n God’s eyes.I know there are people worse than me. Please with the BLESSSING of your help save them.xoxoxoxox Roxie

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm

      Amen, Roxie, Amen………also adding a prayer for Jamie specifically..she was due to have her baby yesterday, and she hasn’t posted anywhere yest. or today. Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2008 at 8:56 pm

      Yeah, I am thinking no news is good news. I am sure she is busy being a new mom and well, we wouldn’t be a priority right now:D I am praying that all went well, that she and baby are doing well. I am looking forward to hearing her news.

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2008 at 11:54 am

      Hi everyone! Sorry i havent posted in a few days. ive just been busy with my kids. trying to let them have a good time before baby arrives. sure i wont feel like extra kids running around with a little one here, so i thought id do some big kid-overtime right now. They’ve had friends staying the night all week. doc stripped my membranes, said im only dilated to 1, and that im 50% thinned, and thats all. i go again monday morning. he said if no baby by the following week then i can “twist his arm”. thank you for your thoughts and prayers. i certainly appreciate knowing that you are thinking about my family and i:p i promise i’ll let you know as soon as baby comes. i think about that every day and i know im gonna be going crazy until i get home to tell you! meanwhile, ive gained 3 lbs every week since i stopped taking my medicine, and now im outgrowing all of my maternity clothes:eek: my little sister calls me, “Buddah”. Bratt! It’s cute, though.

      Okay, talk to ya later! Ive got cleaning to do;)

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2008 at 12:03 pm

      Hey Buddah:D I’m so glad you posted. Being you’re a mulept(?sp) that dilation and thinning can change quickly, you already know that. Couse, if you would like to wait and have that baby on my birthday Sept. 1, I wouldn’t mind(no, I didn’t think you would:rolleyes: )

      You’re in my prayers every night. Good luck kiddo, and have fun with the other kids. Take good care. Cyber gramma Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2008 at 1:29 pm

      Jamie I was hoping you would have the baby on Wed and then I could always remember its birthday. Oh well as long as the baby is healthy, any day is a good birthday! Thinking of you.

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2008 at 11:12 am

      Jamie, I remember being a Buddha….and don’t want to go back there. I hope you don’t over do it with all the kids. You need to rest up so that you can get home from the hospital real quick. Your cyber grandmas are gonna be waiting….:)

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2008 at 10:15 pm

      hey ladies!

      still no news on this little one! im sore and tired, but thats all. no signs of labor. wouldnt that be cool if it landed on one of your birthdays! my babies never cooperate though! both of my others were overdue by atleast a week. im hoping doc will have mercy on me when i see him monday:p think he’ll break my water for me if i explain to him that ive already outgrown those maternity clothes? i doubt it:rolleyes:

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2008 at 11:10 pm

      Continue to pray that all will go well for both you and the baby, and the rest of the family. Cyber gramma emma’s birthday is on Labor Day-Sept 1-maybe you could borrow the biggest scrubs they have, probably in surgery, and wear those,:D They might put you to work though.:eek:

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2008 at 1:42 am

      Well I didn’t come back to any baby post, so I assumed you are both connected:D Well maybe tomorrow the doctor will break your water and then things will start moving. Saying a prayer for you, baby, and your whole family, Jamie.
      Know you must really be getting excited. Take good care.

      Cyber gramma emma

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2008 at 11:10 am

      Jamie, I was two weeks overdue with all my kids! By the fourth, I had come to expect it and didn’t even waiver until that time. My second child, a son, was born on his dad’s birthday. It was about 5 minutes to midnight and the dr. was giving me heck because I wasn’t pushing right/hard enough. But I was watching the clock because I knew if I could make it through those 5 minutes then the baby would be born on his dad’s birthday. When the clock stuck midnight, I told the dr. “Let’s get this show on the road!” and our first son was born 6 minutes later. It was awesome and he and his dad have always been close, I believe as a result of the bond that formed due to this.

      Anyway, good luck today and hope you don’t have to wait too much longer.

      Love the other cyber gramma!

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2008 at 7:49 am

      Jamie, best wishes on this new babe you are about to bring into the world. There is nothing more exciting and fantastic.

      Friends, I need a prayer !!!!!!!

      My son, Connor, is set to start kindergarten on August 15th. He is very reluctant b/c he is painfully shy. He is very smart, reading already and I know he’ll do well once he adjusts.

      Yesterday he was with my neice and her daughter b/c my day care lady is on vacation. I picked him up and we all went to the pool. Taylor, my great neice, is four. She had a runny nose and was wiping it all over the place…yes, I know…gross. Anyway, these kids spent the entire day together and last night my niece called me to say that she had taken Taylor to childrens urgent care b/c of a rash. CHICKEN POX.

      Connor has been vaccinated but I know he can still get it and with my luck…well, he’s just gonna get it. The problem is that it can take up to three weeks to appear. Just in time for school. If my baby had to start a week late, he’d be devistated.

      Please pray for him that if he’s going to get the pox, he gets them now rather than in time for school !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      thanks everyone, I know your prayers are a powerful thing.

      well wishes,
      Stacey

    • July 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

      Hi Stacey!
      Praying the little man gets to campus pox free!!! On the positive side, if he does get it, you will not have to worry about a booster for the current vaccine he has. I remember Kevie and Nick’s first day!!! Nick was so shy!!! Kevie was the social butterfly!!! What an exciting time for both of you. FYI, if in fact he does get them, being that he was vaccinated, they usually only get a couple of marks, you may not even notice it unless you are looking for it. That’s what happen to Kevie. By the way, how are you doing? What was the end result for the amount of ivig you were getting? When is the next infusion?
      Good luck and we will say prayers for both of you guys!!
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2008 at 8:30 am

      Hi Dawn,

      Friday is my fusion and it’s 40g. I asked why and they said they wanted to see how I do with it. I may end up getting it five days. I want to ask the nurse to bring her swimsuit so that we can do treatment next to the pool. ๐Ÿ˜€
      I dont know what’s going to happen.

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2008 at 9:51 am

      Hi Stacey, Praying that Connor stays pox free and that you do well with your fusion. I start mine today. Used up the last dredges of my last ivig over the weekend-feel like my tank is empty. Emma

      Jamie, a prayer for you wherever you are, that all goes well. Remember, like Jan said she is always late, you could wait till my birthday.:D Take good care.
      cyber gramma Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2008 at 10:31 am

      Hi Stacey, Will add my prayers to everyone elses. I hope Connor misses those pesky things, but if he is going to get them, better now than later. I hope he doesn’t have to miss his first day of school. That is a special day for everyone.

      Jamie, still saying a prayer for a healthy “grandbaby”. Take care girl!

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm

      hi everyone! we had our baby!! i started with regular contractions saturday night at 11p.m. and was gonna go to hospital, but i couldnt find my car keys:eek: i was home alone and my hubby works 1 1/2 hours away, so i just kept myself in denial until about 2 a.m., when the contactions were 6 minutes apart. called hubby and he said he was getting out of work early, and would be home around 3:30 a.m., so i waited for him to take me instead of waking up my parents.

      bummed when i got to hospital cuz i was only dilated to 2cm and was 75% thinned. just hung out until noon when doc came. then i was bummed again cuz i was only dilated to 5cm, baby was too high, and contactions were a bit irregular. so, he said no pain meds until he breaks my water at 2p.m. i was progressing too slowly and meds would drag it out even longer.

      at 1:30p.m. i started walking again – alone while hubby slept. i was miserable, but i wanted to progress a lot before doc came and walking was the only thing i could do to keep myself sane – i hurt so bad. nurse said to just keep walking til doc comes at 2. so, thats what i did. only, doc never came at 2. he did call at 2:30, but nurse was busy transferring a pre-term girl to a larger hospital, and i hadnt been checked since doc saw me at noon. i heard her tell him i was doing the same, and then she went back to helping the other girl. i did nt want to bug her cuz taht other girl needed her more than i did at the time – she was sobbing and i only [B]wanted[/B] to cry at that point:o

      by 3pm, i hurt so bad that i couldn walk anymore so i went back to my room, and rocked back and forth on an big exercise ball. couldnt take much more, so i hollared at hubby to get nurse, only hubby wouldnt wake up:mad: finally, i gave up on his sleepy butt, and rang for the nurse, asking for her to bring pain meds and to check me. then i climbed in bed, still alone with hubby across teh room chillin’ in the recliner:rolleyes:

      15 minutes later, nurse came in, checked me and started shouting orders like, “get so and so”, and “go see if that other doctor is still around – her doc isnt gonna make it in time”. she had that room set up so fast! i asked her (she’s my friend) if she was gonna be delivering my baby herself and she gave me that look that there was no doubt in her mind what was about to happen. she said there was no time for pain meds and that we’d have our baby in ten minutes.

      15 minutes later, we had our baby. doc had arrived just in time. we are all wonderful and are back at home now. hubby stayed up all night with baby and let me sleep. we named him Kai Nicholas. he weighed 7lbs12oz and was 21 inches long. he has tanned skin and dark brown straight hair. he has my big feet and long toes. has his daddy’s hairline and ears, and maybe my lips. the rest in a toss-up. i’ll post pics soon. hubby will have to help me with that.

      okay, gotta get going!
      talk to ya soon!

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”3″]Yay!
      congrats to you Jamie, did Hubby wake up in time to ‘help’?:D
      Going to post your news on the thread-Jamie-new baby yet, (on the lighter side) everyones been waiting.
      Take care of our cyber nephew/grandbaby

      By the way, that’s a beautiful name!
      V[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 5:23 pm

      Jamie be sure to visit the tavern. We are partying in your honor! Well and Kai’s too. Again Congrats!

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 8:23 pm

      OK kid-I reread your post a couple of times-NO WHERE did I read the word epidural—-Love to you all and I’m praying that you all are ok—I know it is after the fact, but when I get done zappin a couple of nurses, I’m coming after your doc, nurse friend, and perhaps your hubby-know you love them all, and you can hate me for saying this, but they let you down….. 2 cm, 75% thin and high station-sounds like you got there in plenty of time. I am so proud of you Jamie, but you shouldn’t have had to do it alone. I know in a few days you can explain the rest, but at least I can say congrats again-now you can pick up that quarter…………mad gramma emma

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 10:44 pm

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype]I have a prayer request this is for my half sister, she is to undergo open heart surgery in the morning. She has several clogged arteries around her heart, she is very worried about the surgery. She’s 72 & I think she believes the surgery won’t turn out ok.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 11:36 pm

      Terry, my prayers are with your sister.

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 11:38 pm

      Terry, prayers are on the way. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Please let us know how the surgery goes.

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2008 at 3:47 am

      Terry, I will pray for your sister-I know deep down what you are thinking, and I will pray that her surgery is a success. The open heart surgeries and stints that they do are effective these days. She will look pretty puffy for a couple days because of all the fluids that they had to give her during the surgery, but then her recovery will start getting better. Usually during this lengthy surgery, there is a nurse or someone that comes out every 1/2- hour and lets you know how she is doing and what the doctor has done so far and will be doing in the next hour. I will pray for her, you, and your whole family.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 10:09 am

      [FONT=Courier New]Well my half sisters surgery went ok, she had 4 clogged arteries. I haven’t heard anything from anyone this morning as to how she is this morning.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 10:30 am

      Terry-ok is good!! She got through the surgery. I will keep praying for her to have a speedy recovery. Emma

    • August 1, 2008 at 10:36 am

      WOW! I didn’t know about this PR thread. I’m relieved to know there are saints on the front line of these battles as well. God’s richest blessings to you all for fulfilling the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). I will concider it an honor to join you in prayer and to cast my burdens as well.

      Please pray for strength, rest, encouragement and confidence for my wife. The last few days have been really rough for her. My latest motor function decline, the incomplete initial diagnosis, and the CIDP Dx yesterday have weighed heavliy on her. Also we’re looking for CIDP confirmation in the spinal tap next Wednesday; wisdom in treatment; and to begin treatment quickly.

      Can we possibly get an Angel smiley icon put on the smiley tool bar???

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 11:07 am

      Gary, good idea with the angel icon! And prayers on their way.

      I have a request. My son has a friend who is a single mom. She is having some challenges parenting her 4 year old son. In the last five days, he has run away 3 times and been gone for more than an hour each time. I believe he may be affected by a disability. My son has asked me to speak with her and she wants me to call her today. I ask that you pray for us as we deal with whatever is to come, that God will give me the right words to say as I help this young mom find answers/solutions. She is devastated right now and just needs support. Hopefully I can help her find that in our community. My background is in the disability sector so am going to use my knowledge to help.

      Thank you everyone. God bless.

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 11:29 am

      gary,

      you gave me goosebumps! i think you just added another layer of depth to this forum! i mean that as a compliment. thank you for joining us and i will pray for you, your wife, and your health care team – to give them knowledge, skill, and compassion. good luck to you!

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 11:34 am

      God Bless you Jan, and I so believe in you that God will give you the right words to say to your son’s friend. Will add her and her son in my prayers. You’re already in them.

      Gary, will also add you and your wife to my prayers…take good care of each other. GBS and CIDP put such a strain on relationships, keep communicating with each other. I pray that you get all the treatment you need. Take good care and let God carry you for awhile-He is really good at that.

      Best wishes, Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 11:50 am

      well, was gonna fill u all in about baby but he just woke up and is starvin’:( hes sad right now cuz his belly needs attention! talk to ya soon! emma, youre on my mind so much! miss ya! and, yeah, i kinda feel the same as you about the labor. talk to ya more later!

      love to you all!

      oh, my 7 year-old wants to say hi…

      hihihihihihihihihihhihihihihihihihihihihihihi:eek: ๐Ÿ˜ก

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 5:01 pm

      Jamie…aren’t you done feeding yet? We’re waiting for our update. And I have candy for little Kai! I’m the “Sugar Granny” you know!!! My grandkids are coming tonight so I picked up a bucket of gummie candies….whales, worms, raspberries, frogs, all in one bucket….today when I went to town for parts. And then there are peach rings….yup! Gotta raise those grandkids right….they need to know who holds the key to the candy jar ๐Ÿ˜€ It also reserves me a special spot in their hearts. My MIL always had candy for my kids and they still talk about it….”Remember those chicken bones (raspberry hard candies, candy coated peanuts,) grandma used to give us? Sure wish they still had those!”

    • August 1, 2008 at 7:55 pm

      Janet, thank you. I prayed for discernment, wisdom and the right words for you.

      Jamie, can’t imagine going through this with a new little one, but what a true blessing a child is. (mine “little ones” are both married and I’m looking for day we get grandchildren) I pray for your health, strength and protection until your Dx.

      Emma, thanks for your encouragement. God has blessed our relationship (started dating in high school married 33 years this coming Aug 15th). My wife has a strong walk.

      May God bless you all with a wonderful nights rest in Him tonight. Gary

    • Anonymous
      August 2, 2008 at 12:44 am

      okay…what have i already told you? i gotta think about this:confused:

      we went to doc yesterday cuz his bilirubin was a bit high. it is coming down, though, and he does not look jaundice now. never noticed that he did, though. he gained 5 oz. and everything seems to be perfect with him.

      hubby is spoiling him:p they play on the computer together for hours on end every night – hubby just puts him on his lap. i love it! they are so cute!
      my boys spoil him, too.

      he laughed out loud yesterday – totally adorable!

      labor was without pain meds or epidural. that was not planned – just happened. partly my fault, cuz i knew the nurse was busy so i didnt want to bother her. she said to keep walking til doc arrived, so that is what i did. problem – he never came; he called and she was busy so she told him i was doing the same, without checking me first.

      i walked for the last time from 1:30 til 3 p.m., until it seemed impossible to continue. then, i sat on an exercise ball with my head on the bed until 3:15. couldnt take it anymore, so i kept telling hubby to go get the nurse. he never answered, so i thought he just wouldnt wake up, but he now admits that he pretended he couldnt hear me cuz he didnt feel like getting up:mad: anyway, i rang for the nurse myself and delivered the baby 15 minutes later. doc got there with less than 5 minutes to spare.

      i have an android (basically, male) pelvis, which is heart-shaped, very narrow, and with unusually tight ligaments. that was the worst pain, by far, and still hurts a lot! it is hard to walk and hurts to sit for long periods of time. wondering how long it takes to get back to “normal”.

      thanks for sticking with me thru this!!! you are all wonderful!

      jan, i hope everything went well for you and your sons friend. i’ll pray for them, and for you to find the right words for her to hear. maybe your ears will pick up on something that others have not? bless you for caring for other the way that you do!

    • Anonymous
      August 2, 2008 at 1:19 am

      OK Jamie kiddo of mine, I am bringing my zapper over-you are not far from me and sorry, the nurse is getting it first, when you walk through contractions it shortens your labor, and she should have been checking you at least hourly, the doctors rely on the nurses checking you to determine when to come in. So maybe I won’t zap the doc. But, but, but your husband not only gets zapped, he gets a kick in the butt-sorry sweetie, but you never should have needlessly gone through all that pain!!! It usually takes about 6 weeks for things to get back to normal. And I gotta tell you that you are doing a GREAT job feeding Kai if he has gained 5 oz. already. Sound like your hubby and other kids have adjusted quite well and you are truly amazing……now when can the other cyber gramma and I babysit?????? Get that pump busy and give us some bottles and we will be good to go.:)
      Love, cyber gramma Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 2, 2008 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for the prayers everyone. I had a great talk witht he young mom. It went really well and she was very grateful that I was honest with her. She has been at a loss, is new to our province and had no idea what she should be doing. Her son had been diagnosed in another province but the dr. did not refer her to any services….ARGHHH! But we got her pointed in the right direction. Now we need to pray that she will follow through.

      Thanks everyone for the thoughts and prayers. It is hard as a mom to hear and talk about your child having a disability. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt ๐Ÿ˜€ so hopefully sharing my personal experiences with her will help her to move forward. I am going to stay in touch with her and offered to do what ever she needs to support her.

    • August 2, 2008 at 1:41 pm

      A few weeks ago I was having a rough time missing my mom. I asked for a sign that she was happy and everything was going to be okay…really wanting a bright light and her image or trumpets or something. I was feeling so alone. Which happens more often than I care to admit. I started finding pennies and dimes in strange places. And since I have 3 kids who always scoop up loose change or snag it from the change jar, there isnt much spare change laying around. Anyhow, I would find a penny here, a dime there, or both together. Even found a couple while out and about…a penny next to my foot at the farmers market, a dime as I stepped out of my jeep in a parking lot. My hubby started handing them to me without knowing what I had asked for. At first I shrugged it off until I remembered my mom was really into the “pennies from heaven” thing. And she also knows that the number 11 means a lot to me (the dime and the penny). Could that have been the “sign” I asked for? Certainly no heavenly apparition, but I like to think somehow either she or someone was telling me things were going to be okay.

      I havent been finding as many recently, but that’s okay. I dont feel her with me, ever, but the loose change made me feel better.

      Also, I have had a few odd experiences with “feeling” spirits nearby. I saw an accident that the police had JUST shown up to and I started crying and felt so incredibly sad and alone. I told my friend (who thought I had lost my mind) that the man in the accident had just died and he was sad for his family. A couple of days later, I found the story in the paper. He did indeed die at the scene. I saw a truck on a flatbed one afternoon and got goosebumps all over and knew a woman had died in the accident. Later I found out that it was the truck of a newspaper delivery woman who had been hit by a speeding car earlier that morning and had died in the accident. The most recent was when my son and I went into an abandoned house to take photos and we went up stairs for some more shots. He left. I was overwhelmed by a very sad angry feeling but tried to ignore it to take photos anyhow. I got nauseated and it was hard to ignore the feeling to runaway. Outside I asked my son why he left and he said he felt someone in the house and it made him dizzy and sick to his stomach and it was very sad. When we were leaving the property, we found the mans cats…will explain in a minute….in a water runoff enclosure. All 7 were dead. We sat in the jeep and I told my son that the man died in the house and he was upset his cats were dead and that his house would be torn down. I later went back to the house with a friend who wanted some photos of the place…she wouldnt go upstairs, said it didnt feel right….and when we were leaving I noticed a sign with the family name and such on it. I did some research on the name, the man, and finally found his obituary. He did die in the house and it mentioned his beloved cats and kittens. I also found info that he had grown up in the house and 4 generations had lived on the huge farm. It had been sold off little by little but he refused to sell the small portion on which his home stood. I still think of this man and the feeling I got from being in the house, and it makes me sad to know it wont be much longer and is property will be turned into a parking lot. It is already surrounded by asphalt and stores, his house tucked in between like time standing still amongst the tall shade trees.
      [IMG]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3162/2725862684_f763872611.jpg[/IMG]

      Anyhow, sorry to ramble. And that this doesnt really have much to do with the topic o.O

      the cats: there were lots of catfood cans lying around the house and property. We believe, but dont know for sure, that the cats were baited and went to the only water source they could find. And fell in or got caught in the hole and couldnt get out and died, or drowned when the water level rose.

    • Anonymous
      August 2, 2008 at 2:42 pm

      Jan I will continue to pray for that mother and her son. I knew you could help and I think your sharing your life with her helped her realize she was not alone in this. That will help her reach out to the resources you gave her, God Bless You Jan for your goodness and kindness.

      Lori-I think at some point in our lives we all have had psyic feelings. By the way, my special number is 11:11. My mom bought me a lottery ticket and I bet on a combination of those numbers and I won that night-$60..00. It seems when I look at the clock for the time it is 11:11-strange? I was with my mom when she died and it was after 11pm but I didn’t look at the clock right then-have always wondered if that was when she died and still wonder what the meaning will be-an important event or perhaps my death? I miss my mom like you do–in a different way than I miss my husband and son–my mom was the one person I could always call just to say hi–I miss that-no one else carries that same meaning to me.
      And I think that dime and penny are your mom saying hi. How else can you explain it? Would you really want to explain it any differently?
      Thank God for all our moms, living and dead. And that we can remember them with a love that only a daughter and mom can have…….
      A prayer to God that you all have a safe and wonderful weekend.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 3, 2008 at 11:17 am

      Lori, thanks for sharing your story. It was really moving to think that we can feel such a sensoe of overwhelming sadness for someone we never knew. I also wanted to comment that the photo you posted was very nostalgic in a “sense and I loved the reflection of “new” in the “old” window.

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 12:08 am

      hi everyone!

      lori,

      i love your stories and i think they absolutely go along with the prayer subject. stories like that reinforce my belief in the afterlife. does me good to hear them. ive had a lot of them myself. that is why i definitely believe in a higher power.

      had an experience the other night. my mom had prayed that morning for a sign that my step-dad was still with her (and all of us). he and my oldest boy were very close. we were at moms house for the first time in about a year and no one knew but my son was in a room alone crying about my step-dad. he played a song that was special to them and then the light above him turned off by itself. when the song was over, it turned back on. we all saw it happen through the doorway. never had electrical problems or anything. then, on our way home, my sons ipod (that was turned off) started playing another song that was special to them. like i said, he had it turned off, plus that song was way down on the playlist, so it played totally out of turn.

      maybe it was nothing, but what matters is his perception of it. it made him feel better and that is what matters. i think those situations are small gifts from God. they feel like it anyway!

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 7:40 am

      Reading these stories about missing our moms, I had to share my story.
      As most of you know, my mom died on Valentine’s day after 6 mos of lung cancer. They had removed her lower left lobe and she never got out of bed again. A year prior to that, she battled breast cancer, went thru chemo and fought so very hard. The lung cancer was like someone stepping on our throats.
      And missing her. I cant explain the ways I miss her. I still cry alot b/c it’s still so raw for me. I was with my mom every day for those 6 mos and almost every day for the past year. I was there holding her hand when she left me.

      A few weeks later I had to have an excisional breast biopsy. I’d found a small lump and beleive me, I was scared to death. Having to go to surgery for the first time without my mom was even more scarey. She was always there for me. She was there when they did my first spinal tap and I screamed in tears and she hollered at the dr to stop.

      When I came out of surgery for the breast…just before I woke up….and maybe I’ve told you guys this…but, I saw my mom. She didnt speak to me and all the colors except for her hair were pastel. She was wearing a flowing type of gown. I opened my eyes and immediately yelled out to the nurse, “I’ve got to tell you something, I just saw my mom”. I cried and cried. I knew, she was with me then. She knew how scared I was and she came to let me know it’s alright. After we left surgery, we went to walgreens drive thru to pick up the prescriptions. We went thru the far lane and when my husband opened the thing that you put your money in and they send back the meds…like at the bank…there was a PENNY in it.
      We’d asked her for pennies from Heaven. Coincidence, maybe…but I’d sure like to believe it was her.

      I havent had any more dreams or visions or whatever they are of her. I dont cry out in my sleep anymore. I used to cry real tears in my sleep and say things like “i want to come with you”. Scared my husband, I’m sure.
      We do find alot of pennies tho. Connor is always thrilled to see that Nana threw him a penny.

      I miss my mom as I knew I would. I just never knew how much. I wish she could be here for Connor’s first day of kindergarten…but, I know, that somehow, she will be right there with me…holding me up, keeping me strong.

      She was always my rock.

      God Bless our mothers in Heaven.

      Stacey

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 8:40 am

      Amen to that. And God bless our mother’s here on earth.

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 10:48 am

      wow, stacey, you brought tears to my eyes. i struggle a lot with my grandma’s death because she raised me as a young child, til about kindergarten.

      anyway, my real mother and i are close now, although we have more of a sister relationship. in many ways, i think i have prepared myself for losing my real mom because she struggles with depression worse than anyone i know. i cant imagine what it will be like when i do lose her, though. i feel for you.

      i lost my mother-daughter relationship when grandma died of breast cancer. i was 18. she was so perfect, loved me so much. i was truly the center of her universe and ive never felt that with anyone else. i dont feel her around me, but i know she worked her whole life to be where she is now – with the Lord. She was a very religous woman, so she must be very content where she is. i have dreamed about her 3 times, but the dreams seemed to be more than just dreams.

      twice, i dreamed of grandma when i was in a horrible relationship. grandma would pop up out of nowhere, shaking her finger at me, telling me, “I know what you are doing, Jamie…I know what you are doing”. She looked upset with me. id never seen her angry in my entire life, so it scared me and is part of the courage i mustered up to get out of that abusive relationship.

      The only other dream i had of her was when i was going through a really hard time in my life. I would cry whenever i was alone, which was only when i was driving to and from work and school. id cry for hours, talking to my deceased grandma and brother. One day, i was so desperate that i begged them to somehow let me know they could hear me. i needed that so badly. that night i had this very vivid dream – my grandma and brother, along with a group of other people who had been part of my life, were all standing together with their hands on their hips, looking at me, and saying, “YES, JAMIE!!! WE HEAR YOU! WE HEAR YOU! YES, WE ARE WITH YOU! NOW, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT? WHAT DO YOU NEED?”

      They seemed kind of frustrated with me that i would doubt them. Their tone was like they loved me so much but couldnt believe i had any doubt that they were with me. The dream scared me because it was so real, so i made myself wake up. I sat up in bed and outloud, i thanked them for showing me but asked them to stop because i was scared. i cant explain how much better i felt after that. it may have been just an ordinary dream, but it just felt like so much more and it may have changed my life for the better.

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 11:00 am

      Remember the boy who fell off the tractor and was in a coma?

      I have good news!!! He is out of the hospital now, after 12 days in a coma. His skull is still fractured, but other than that, he is fine. He appears to have no lasting affects:) The email was forwarded from his friends mom. Her and her son (the kid who asked his mom to start a prayer group for his buddy) had went out to lunch with him that day and said he was great!

      Congrats to all of you for a job well done! Maybe our prayers helped this boy and his family. You are all wonderful people and i thank you for your kindness.

      Oh, before i go, i have a cool little story for you…

      My friend’s nephew died when his girlfriend was pregnant witht their first child. The little girl is 2 years-old now. She’s too little to understand anything about her daddy. The other day, the girl was in her room playing and her mom heard her carrying on a conversation with someone. She asked her who she was talking with and the little girl said, “My Daddy”.

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 12:20 pm

      OK, my turn again for a prayer request. My hubby just found out that he is losing his job due to the downsizing where he works. He has worked for this company for 23 years and the current account for 7 years. So please say a prayer that he finds something quickly. With Michigan’s economy it will be a challenge we think. Our children told us we couldn’t move as they are a junior and senior in high school this year.

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm

      Oh Jan, that is bad news. I lost my job a few years ago so I can understand that stress. I was lucky and able to get another job right away. I will pray that as this one door closes for your husband, another one will open.

      P.S. You could always move to Saskatchewan….:D We are in a major boom right now and they are crying for employees almost everywhere. But yes, I know the kids don’t want to move!

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 4:20 pm

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype]I have something I want to add here, I talked to Debra’s physical therapist earlier today. Andrea is a person that always made Deb laugh, even when she was really hurting bad, she always stayed past her therapy time to chat & joke. Well her 11 yr old son had a lot of medical problems & he passed away on June 30th. This made me very sad today, that is one huge major hurt losing a child. This has just been a bad yr I don’t know what to expect anymore I just Hope for things to get better. Please keep Andrea in your thoughts & say a prayer for her & her family ! [/FONT]

    • August 5, 2008 at 6:45 pm

      Oh that is so sad to hear. Definite prayers!

      And one for you Dust, so that you may find personal peace and strength. I also send you a hug.

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 7:22 pm

      I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to lose a child. I will pray that god gives her the strength and courage she needs to get through the coming days.

      I too echo Fairly Odd Mother and will say a prayer for you Terry. You struggle so hard each day and I know you want to find peace. I am going to offer up my suffering for your sake. God Bless.

      Janet

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 7:28 pm

      JanB- I am so sorry to hear of yet another downsizing in Michigan-we are either downsizing or merging-this used to be such a wonderful state. You are already in my prayers and I will add your husband to my prayers that with all the experience he has, he will be able to find another job quickly.

      Jamie-I know I have said it before, but I am saying it again. You truly are an amazing woman. You and I have such identical pasts, that as I read your stories, I have the almost identical memories. We have survived to become the strong women that we are. I wish you only the very best. And thank you for the update on that boy-he is one lucky kid that God truly smiled down on and let him stay here longer.

      Terry, oh what can I say? I am so sorry that you are going through yet another loss. My heart and prayers go out to Andrea as I do know what she is feeling. You have been in my prayers since I first met you and you will remain there. God bless you Terry and give you strength to get through this and take good care of you.

      At night, I ask God to bless all my forum friends and watch over you all.

      A quick personal request for me. I am worse and struggling to get help to get me stable. My gp is my hero today and he listened through my tears of pain and frustration and is finding me new docs to help me. I know with your prayers and my own, I will get through this. And when I got out of my car at home today, there by my car was a penny. I thought of all of you as I picked up my penny from heaven. Hugs to you all.

      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 7:49 pm

      Emma, prayers are going your way. I am praying that you find doctors who will put your best interests in the forefront and get you the help you need to feel better. With the medical technology today, there is no reason for any of us to suffer as you are. Huge hug to you and know you are being prayed for.

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2008 at 7:55 am

      My mom used to tell me all the time, “tomorrow is a better day”. My prayers are with all of you.

      Stacey

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm

      Emma, I hope your Dr. can help you find answers. Its frustrating not to know how to make it better. You are on my daily prayer list.

    • Anonymous
      August 7, 2008 at 11:32 am

      thanks Jan and JanB for your prayers. Stacey-good saying your mom had.

      Have a new appointment with a new neuro next week, so was able to get an appointment quickly. I pray this is a good sign and…..

      I pray we all have a good day today.

      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 7, 2008 at 10:47 pm

      ok guys i am extremely stressed out. My son started school at devry on july 7, but he is absolutely dissatisfied with it. he is struggling emotionally about what to do..then out of the blue he is ask to try out for the soccer team at cincinnati bible college, this has been his dream to play college soccer. if he leaves devry inthe middle of this semester he will charged all kinds of penalties but in order to go to cinci he would need to start at the beginning of fall semester, which means he will probably lose his financial aid. I desperately need prayers right now to help steer himin the right direction and if anyone knows where we can still get some funding please let me know. sometimes churches and such sill help when a child is pursuing a christian education. this would be a blessing for him because he would like to do mission work and someother things so please please please keep him in your prayers..

    • August 8, 2008 at 10:09 am

      I’m having my 2nd Plasma Exchange today. During my 1st one yesterday I experienced the “drop in blood pressure” syndrome. The docs said it would probably never occur again and that stress probably caused it.

      The procedure wasn’t particularly stressful to me (I was a regular blood donor before CIDP), but now I’m stressed that the drop in blood pressure will occur again.

      I would like to have some prayer coverage at 1:00CT that I wouldn’t be stressed and that I would go through the PE without a drop in BP.

      Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2008 at 10:29 am

      Gary, and Stormy—

      Prayers are coming your way. I am in CT time so at 1 pm. I’m going to be praying. I will be out on an open tractor with nothing but blue sky between me and God, so will channel my prayers your way.

      Stormy, I hope your son finds the answer. Sometimes, you just need to follow your dreams and Gos takes care of the rest. Good luck and will pray that God helps direct your sons path.

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2008 at 10:49 am

      Gary,
      I had 17 Plasma treatments and my BP bottomed out twice. They never really pinpointed the cause. I will be thinking of you today. It is a scary feeling.

      Stormy,
      Your family is in my prayers also. I have a senior this year and he doesn’t know what he wants to be. It changes weekly. I pray that God will give them guidance to follow his plan.

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm

      Sherry-is there a way your son can try out for the team and get a sports scholarhip? Maybe the financial counselars will be able to help you somehow. You and your son are in my prayers.

      Gary – you likely won’t see this before your app’t., but the 1st treatment of anything always is more stressful-they will be watching you closely. You are in my prayers. ” Let go and let God ”
      Emma

    • August 8, 2008 at 7:38 pm

      THank you saints! I didn’t experience the “vaso” BP drop today at all. I felt a little stressed a couple of times and remembered the prayers being lifted towards heaven for me and immediately felt a calming presence of the Holy Spirit. I felt a little flushed and they immediately gave me some calcium and it went very well.

      I was reminded again of the people who lowered their friend through a hole they made in the roof to get him before Jesus. Thanks for carrying me to the Lord today.

      Hoping to return the favor…

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

      Awesome, Gary. The clock struck one here and with only the roar of my tractor, I offered up prayers for you. I am glad they helped. I also offered paryers for each and everyone of you, that God would give you all strength and courage to face this illness head on.

      God Bless, cyber friends.

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2008 at 10:25 pm

      Gary – so very glad it was a “piece of cake” for you today. I thought about you all afternoon and prayed that you were ok-glad you posted to let us
      know.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2008 at 11:07 pm

      Gary – Glad everything went well for you.

      thanks to everyone who has been praying for my family. Joshua will try out for the soccer team on monday so please keep him in your prayers. I am really concerned because he is making himself sick over this. I know soccer has always been his dream and if the lord wants him on this path what better place to be than a christian college. We have struggled to even be able to send him to college and now to lose all of the finances this semester will be difficult but if CCU wants him then I am sure they will help us figure out something.

      Thanks again for remembering us in your prayers.

      Sherry

    • Anonymous
      August 9, 2008 at 9:32 am

      Sherry- All my best wishes for Joshua making the team. And you are right, if CCU wants him bad enough they will figure out a way to get him. I will be thinking of Joshua Monday, and praying he does his best-a dream come true…..
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 9, 2008 at 11:45 am

      Sherry, will continue to pray for Joshua and that the Lord takes him on his path to success.

      Will think of you Monday. Be sure to let us know how it goes.

    • Anonymous
      August 10, 2008 at 1:18 pm

      I’ve read through every post since my last one and will be praying for all of you! I miss you folks so much! It just seems that i am so busy with the baby and with my hubby being gone all the time (except sunday evenings), i have little time for myself! i didnt even shower yesterday – chose to nap with baby Kai instead:p

      I hope all of you are coming along well, despite the hurdles ive read about. seems like theres been a lot going on the past few days. ive read about loss of loved ones, loss of careers, worry about family members and friends, but you know what else ive read? lots and lots of love, caring, support, and inspiration! you all are so wonderful!

      i cant stay long, but please remember that im thinking about all of you and that i miss you on those days that i dont talk to you! Hugs, kisses and blessings to you all!

      Jamie

    • Anonymous
      August 10, 2008 at 7:45 pm

      Jamie, just what we all needed to hear! Hugs to you too.

    • Anonymous
      August 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm

      sherry,

      im sure you already know this, but i’ll say it anyway…

      it will happen that joshua will be where he is supposed to be. remember that in the long run, it is not the money (or loss of it) that will matter anymore. i know im not walking in your shoes, but if it were me, and if he could still attend college without that money, then id tell him to go for it! its easier said than done, though, im sure. good luck to you and joshua! you will figure it out. and we will be right here waiting to hear all about it;)

    • Anonymous
      August 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm

      Sherry-hi, have you heard from Joshua yet??? Thought about him yesterday and prayed God would reveal His plan for Joshua. All my best to you all.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm

      Hi all,
      Well guess what, Joshua made the soccer team. He has been invited to be a goalie for Cincinnati Christian University. There were two three time all american players that challenged him on the net and he handled it great, that was from 10-11 yesterday adn then the coach asked us to stick around and let joshua meet the team at 4:00 and then scrimmage with them afterwards. So we left cinci around 7:00pm. He finally got the call tonight telling him he had made the team. However, the school that he is already attending will only release 25% of his funding. It looks like he is eligible for a Dean’s Scholarship at CCU but that isn’t even close to covering what he will need. We are waiting to hear from the Financial Aid department to see what he would still have for this semester but it’s not looking good. He is so discouraged and confused and just doesn’t know what to do. Playing college soccer has always been a dream of his and to play for a team of this calibre would be amazing as well as the benefit of being a Christian based college. So at this point it doesn’t look like he will get to go. It breaks my heart for a young person not to be able to realize his dreams and of course worry about how this will affect his will power. (you know what I mean). I continue to pray that the lord’s will be done and that it will be the best thing for Joshua.

      thanks for all your prayers and understanding.

      Sherry

    • Anonymous
      August 12, 2008 at 9:38 pm

      First off, congrats to Joshua and your family. What a great honor! As to the funding, well, we’ll all put our prayer hats on and pray that God will work in a mysterious way to help Joshua be where he needs to be. If Joshua is intended to do this, it will happen The Lord will lead you to the right answer. Sometimes in life, God’s answer may appear to be no. We may not understand at the time, but eventually the answer will be revealed.

      God’s will be done! More prayers coming your way….

    • Anonymous
      August 13, 2008 at 10:58 pm

      swwweeeeeet!!! so happy for joshua! thats all i have time to say – im being beckoned by a tiny little boy:p

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2008 at 1:15 am

      Sherry-keep your positive spirit. Tell Joshua we are all so proud of him, and goalie!! WOW-I bet that coach knows where resources are to get Joshua on. I would put soccer pictures all over my house with positive , words on
      the pictures. Have you exhausted all the available federal progroms? Can your church help? No more questions–stay positive and know we all are praving for you both. Know that if it is meant to happen it will happen.Take good care Sherry. Tell Joshua congratulations from us.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks so much everyone. My house is covered with pictures of my kids, and definitely a lot are soccer related..lol. We are keeping a positive attitude and Joshua sounded much better last night when I spoke to him. I am such a lucky mom to have two wonderful kids…as well as the 7-10 others that I take care of (nieces, nephews, friends kids, neighbors, etc.) WOW no wander I’m tired all the time…Take care all and thanks for being such a great family…:D

      sherry

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm

      I have a special prayer request for a friend that had routine x-rays this week and her doctor CALLED her on the phone to tell her yesterday that she probably has bone cancer and scheduled an MRI for tomorrow. I spent the afternoon with her and took her out to lunch and helped her run a few errands.. I told her about all of you and asked her permission if I tell you about her and she said yes….her name is Gloria, she is in her late 50’s, has a little dog named Cisco, has poor family support, and 3-4 of us as friends. Please pray for her that God will be with her through all this. She is a very nice lady. God bless her and all of you.
      Thanks., Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2008 at 9:14 pm

      Prayers for Gloria are on their way. And for you too, Emma, as her friend. Friends and caregivers need our prayers as well. God Bless!

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2008 at 9:40 am

      My sister in law delivered at 32 weeks. Lauren was born early with the doctors being very positive based on my SIL being past the 28 wk mark. Lauren developed a blood infection that she wasn’t able to fight. She lived a short 20 some hours. She will be loved forever. Her sisters (2 and 4) now believe she became a butterfly and comes to visit them often. I pray for Beth (my SIL) and her family and love them dearly. Nothing I have experienced with my son’s diagnosis of GBS I know can come close to her pain. It makes me realize how lucky I am to now have a healthy boy who just happens to be a GBS survivor.

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2008 at 9:47 am

      Tucker’s mom…I will send a prayer out for Lauren and her family. I know that I will now think of Lauren each time I see a butterfly. There are so many beautiful ones around here this year and so know she must have been a beautiful baby….

      Prayers also go out to you as you help your SIL on her journey.

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2008 at 10:09 am

      Tucker’s Mom,
      What a wonderful way to remember Lauren. I will keep her, Beth, and all of you in my prayers. And also Tucker. Take good care of each other.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2008 at 10:45 am

      Asking for prayers today for Matt. I mentioned his story when this thread first started. He is the young man who found out he had a tumor on the brain earlier this summer. Matt has 2 kids, one 3 and the other 18 months.
      Surgery began early this morning at UW in Madison. I know he is getting the best care possible there.
      Please remember him today.

      I keep the rest of the prayer requests on my daily list. Good health to everyone.

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2008 at 11:17 am

      JayDee thank you for letting us know that today is the surgery. I am offering up prayers that all goes well. I pray they can get all of the tumor and healing can begin.

      God Bless

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm

      JayDee-Matt is in my prayers. The whole family. Will pray for a good outcome.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      August 15, 2008 at 10:34 pm

      Keeping all of you in my prayers..God can work miracles.

      Sherry

    • Anonymous
      August 16, 2008 at 10:39 am

      HAs anyone heard how Matt is doing after his surgery? Still saying a prayer today.

    • Anonymous
      August 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

      Janet, thanks for asking. Just got a second call from my daughter. Matt’s surgery took 6 hours, they were able to remove 90% of the tumor. The doctors are “hopeful” that it is non-cancerous. THey said they were very surprised that he was mumbling and moving 1 1/2 hours out of surgery. They attribute that to his excellent health and age. I think it is because of all the prayers you all sent his way.
      I will keep you posted as I am informed on his progress. Because I truly feel it will all be ‘progress’. Thank you all so much, again, for the prayers. Keep the prayers coming as Matt begins a long recovery.

    • Anonymous
      August 16, 2008 at 11:03 am

      [FONT=Georgia]My word for Matt is Hope, Hope that he gets better & Wishing him nothing but the very best.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 16, 2008 at 1:28 pm

      JayDee-thanks for letting us know about Matt. To be able to remove that much of the tumor is excellent. And the fact that he was mumbling and moving sounds very encouraging to me. I will continue to have Matt in my prayers that he has a quick recovery and a good outcome.

    • Anonymous
      August 16, 2008 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks for the update JayDee. We wil continue our prayer vigil as the journey will be long but it sounds so positive. God’s blessings!

    • Anonymous
      August 17, 2008 at 11:15 am

      We are still in disbelief as Matt’s wife informed us not to come visit in Madison, they are sending him home tonight! Everyone is more than a little nervous and apprehensive, but the support group is endless.
      We come from a small town, every church in the community has been praying and groups are already organizing to take meals and care for the kids as Matt continues his recovery.
      Amazing! The power of prayer. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

    • Anonymous
      August 17, 2008 at 11:31 am

      What an amazing story! The power of prayer and of God and his holy hand of healing! Wow. I can appreciate the apprehension of the family so will continue to pray for Matt and his family, and also for the community who has rallied together to support this family as they go through this journey. Praise God!

    • Anonymous
      August 19, 2008 at 10:15 am

      JayDee, how is Matt doing at home? Have been thinking and praying for him and others who post here.

      I have been unable to get an update on the little boy with luekemia that I had asked for prayers for. No news is good news….I hope.

      I would like to ask for prayers here for a personal issue that I need to resolve. I would ask that you keep me in your prayers as I go through this time. I know I have a path to follow and I am praying that this works out in everyone’s best interests. Thanks everyone.

    • Anonymous
      August 19, 2008 at 10:28 am

      Hey everyone, we have a new Cheryl, who posts as VENAV, that is going for a spinal tap today and was/is very nervous about the whole process. May I ask for prayers for her that she will have a good outcome? She has survived breast cancer, and is struggling to support her husband who has a form of ALS. She needs to be well. Hopefully she can get the help she needs for that to happen. Thanks everyone.

    • Anonymous
      August 19, 2008 at 12:21 pm

      Will add Cheryl to my prayers today. You were so helpful to help her post, cut and pasted for her Jan. You truly are a great supporter in this forum.

    • Anonymous
      August 19, 2008 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Emma!

    • Anonymous
      August 19, 2008 at 5:05 pm

      Jan 83, prayers going your way as well!
      Matt is doing well. Slept 5 hours without pain meds, but woke up feeling quite sick. Sounds like the pain got ahead of him. The Docs had warned that he would have one huge head ache and needed to stay on top of the pain. As his wife said, they learned from that.
      All things considered, he continues to do well.

    • Anonymous
      August 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks JayDee and glad Matt is doing so well. They do say to never let the meds “run out”, that they should be given on a regular schedule even if it means waking the person up. Just so happy for him, his family and all of you.

    • Anonymous
      August 19, 2008 at 8:25 pm

      JayDee-Jan is so right. Keep Matt comfy. If you get behind the pain then it takes longer for the pain meds to work, they don’t work as well, and sometimes then don’t work at all. Matt went through serious major surgery, and I would rather wake him up periodically to keep him comfy rather than wait for the headache to strike.

      A good example-My fatigue and leg pain were worse today so I stayed in bed more. Slept through my usual time of nerve pain meds and didn’t take them right away, and now I am behind in the pain. Not a good place to be.

      You are all in my prayers. Did they get any new reports back yet on the 90% tumor they were able to remove?

    • Anonymous
      August 20, 2008 at 2:23 am

      I normally don’t like to ask prayers for myself but I am getting rather worried about the outcome with my CIDP of unknown etology. I called Duke MDA/ ALS Clinic and asked them how long it would take for me to get reviewed by the doctors and when my appointment would be? My records are there but the doctor was out last week. So it’s going on 3 months now of being sick. Not seeing myself getting better. Please say a prayer for me! Duke told me that they have hundreds of referrals and records to go through. And from all over the world. Depending on each case and each doctor. Some can take two weeks while others can take 6 months. Let’s just say I’m on a waiting list and had to visit the ER tonight. I’m scared! Very scared! Please pray that I get treatment soon. Please! Normally I think of others before myself and pray for them and never pray for myself. But today I am praying!

    • Anonymous
      August 21, 2008 at 10:45 pm

      Most of you know my son went to Cincinnati Christian University two weeks ago to try out for the soccer team, and made it, but is unable to transfer due to finances. Yesterday there was a terrible tragedy on campus. Professor Jodie Edwards left her 11 month old baby girl in her mini van at 8:30 am when she reported to work. She found her around 4:30pm when she went out to her van to go home. She called 911 but the baby had already died. This is such a terrible tragedy and the staff and students are devastated. Please keep all of them in your prayers at this time.

      thank you so much

      Sherry

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2008 at 11:44 am

      Sherry, that is so tragic! Can’t imagine what that mother will go through. She’ll need lots of prayers to say the least.

      Linda, sorry about your delay in seeing a Dr. It is so frustrating. I’ve been there! I’ll be adding you to my list, that you get some answers soon. Until then, hang in there and try to stay positive.

      Just got back from a visit with Matt. He has no appetite, due to the drainage from the brain into his stomach. He will get the stitches out on Sept. 2, and is trying to keep a positive attitude. I know he will be well again, but at his age, when you think you are invincible, it’s hard to maintain a strong spirit when you are so limited from the life you knew.

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm

      My nephew has a drainage tube that goes into his stomach too! It takes some time to adjust to that. He lost his appetite also at first but then gained it back later on!
      So traggic about the baby too. I know that would have killed me! I will say prayers for you both also. Thanks for praying for me too Jaydee! I guess we all three need them! So many more need prayers to! I will say a prayer for us all in here! Too many family sickness and tragedies along with folks loosing their homes. So I think I will say a huge prayer for us all! Thanks Jaydee!

    • Anonymous
      August 23, 2008 at 9:18 am

      Once again, I’m hear asking for prayers for Matt. Those who have been following his story know that we were very hopeful after his surgery.
      Yesterday Matt was informed the tumor is cancerous. They will know more after the return trip to UW in Madison on Tuesday. The family is devastated to say the least.
      Cammie, Matt’s wife has really stepped up to the plate and ended a post yesterday which is well worth repeating…
      Don’t wait for the storm to pass…learn to dance in the rain”
      I’m going to keep that one filed whenever I think I’m having a bad day.
      Prayers to you all and thank you for your continued prayers for Matt and his family.

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm

      hi everyone! i’ve missed you and i’ve had you all on my mind daily! i will be praying for all of you, your families, and friends. im am so sad to hear of the tragic events that have happened since i was here last. i know good things have been happening, too, and am so happy to hear of them!

      i have to tell you about a dream i had the other day, while taking nap. it was a rough day. my 13 year-old was acting up and had me in tears again. this happens almost daily and it was getting to be too much. i laid down for a quick nap with the baby and ended up crying myself to sleep, talking to my deceased grandmother. i was telling her how much i missed her, needed her, and wished she was here to hold my new baby.

      during my nap, i dreamed of my grandmother. she raised me during my early years and died when i was 18. i miss her desperately and have dreamed of her only a couple times, and only during the most difficult times of my life.

      in my dream, i was at a carnival and someone came up behind me, wrapped thier arms around me and set their chin on my shoulder, with their cheek against mine. i looked over my shoulder and there was my grandma! she was just smiling at me and then she looked infront of us. i turned to see what she was looking at, and there was my new baby, kai. he was dressed in all white and glowing, with heavenly lights shining all around him.

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm

      JayDee, how devastating for Matt. I have been away for a couple days and was so sad to read this tonight. Sending more prayers your way, for Matt and everyone in his life. Also, Stormy, how tragic for that mother. She needs all our prayers, so sending offerings her way as well.

      Jamie, neat story, neat dream. Your grandmother is with you always. You may not be able to see her but she is walks beside you each day. Keep talking to her….I am sure she hears every word.

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2008 at 8:12 am

      Hi Jaydee! Will keep you in my prayers and hope things get better for you! My children are all grown up now all living on their own. My middle daughter at the age of 13 started her mess of misbehaving and from 13 to 17 she gave me a fit! I had a lady once tell me an old saying.
      Better enjoy them while you can! They touch your heart when they are small but make you cry when the get tall! She was right about that one!
      So sorry to hear about Matt! My prayers are there too.
      Your dream! I honestly believe in spirits. And I honestly believe in your dream that your grandmother actually payed you a visit from heaven. She was there in your dream. She’s watching over you and the baby and was trying to let you know she has her hand on your shoulder and is giving you comfort.
      A big cyber hug heading your way!

    • August 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm

      I’ve been out awhile so I thought I would provide an update … and thought a “praise report” might be encouraging news that some could use.

      I’ve now had 5 PE’s (5 in 7 days – they gave me the weekend off). I had a B-12 injection and left for Seattle to embarc on an Alaska cruise (more on the cruise at a latter date) the day following my last PE. My worst CIDP day so far was the next day in Seattle before we boarded the ship. I was so very weak, winded and light headed.

      Praise be to God, the good news is that the PE’s seem to have worked. I have regained significant motor control and strength in my fingers, wrists, toes and feet and I am seeing daily improvement. The sensory has improved significantly as well, but sensory seems to also wane somewhat throughout the day.

      I have a follow up with the Neurologist on September 5th and he plans to schedule a “booster” PE afterwards. Also we’ll talk at that time about the next course of action (IVIG probably – my glucose test indicated diabetic so steroids are now an unpreffered treatment that will require hospitalization if we go that route). I have an appointment with an endochonologist to follow up on the glucose test…I’m not sure I believe the diabetic diagnosis…

      We serve an awesome God!

      LindaH, I lifted up your request just now, I am sorry I was out and missed your request.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm

      Gary, definitely praise worthy news! I am glad this is working for you and will continue to pray for it to keep working. Glad things worked out in time for the cruise…..that in of of itself is awesome!

      Praise God!

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2008 at 10:16 am

      Hi everyone. Sherry (Stormy) is going in for some surgery today and is very nervous about the process. She has been stressing so I thought I would ask us all if we could offer her up a quick prayer that she will sail through the day with flying colors.

      Thanks everyone.

    • August 26, 2008 at 10:46 am

      Just saw that LindaH has an appointment today. Pray that from this appointment she will get the right treatments started immediately …

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2008 at 5:53 pm

      Thank-you Gary! I pray for you also and hope that you continue to heal and I pray for Sherry today and hopes that her surgery goes well and she was able to stay calm! And I pray for my son right now whom is in the US Navy that just got called back to sea. And I pray for world peace! And I pray for all that need special prayers tonight. Whether sick, or have needs, I pray for all!
      God Bless!

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2008 at 10:08 pm

      Hi everyone..thank you for the prayers..surgery went well and I posted a note on the tavern telling you about my unbeleivable day..take care.

      love all

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 12:28 am

      hi everyone! thank you all for continuing to post here. i think it does all of us a world of good:) today sounded like a good day for us!!! gary, stormy, jan, linda…is that everyone today? anyway, glad to hear you are doing well.

      about my dream, one of you said that you believe my grandma was with me. i think so, too. i called my grandpa today and told him about my little visit from grandma. i hope it made him feel as good as it made me feel! but you know, whether it was just a dream or not, it is my interpretation that matter the most, right? and i say grandma still loves me:p and my new baby, too:p

      have a good night everyone!!!

      hugs!
      jamie

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 5:06 am

      Hi Jamie, When my father died, I went through a terrible time dealing with his death. Had my mother whom has disabilities to care for and had to help her get on her feet. It was terrible. My father and mother lived in the country on 3 acres of land. I never used a tractor before, never used a gas blower or a weed wacker. Had to figure out how to flatten my fathers half acre garden.
      I felt so all alone with nobody helping me to help my mother. One day while trying to figure out that stupid weed wacker that I could not crank I felt as if God let my father come back to help me out! So strange because it felt like I had a man’s hands wrapped over me and cranked that weedwacker up. Then I heard my father’s voice and he told me what to do and it felt like he was holding that weedwacker. And then there were other times I felt his spirit. At first because I was in so much pain for loosing him, I thought I was going crazy. At that time also, my husband and children were still living in PA. All trying to get ready for moving. My father’s spirit I honestly believe came back to help me and guide me through my hardest time. His spirit knew that I needed him and he came back. My grieving for my father became easier to cope with for I knew he was still around. Making it easier for me to except.
      Not to long ago my husband took me to his gravesite to change his flowers. We stopped by a yard sale and I found some porcelian music boxes. All were taped and packed well. There was no way they could play on their own because of the way they were packed. When we got out of the truck I placed the flowers on his grave and talked a few minutes. Got teary eyed and then my husband and I got into the truck. He started the truck up getting ready to leave when one of those music boxes began to play! He has told me things to tell my mother and only my mother knew about those personal things. So we know now, that his spirit is indeed there! Watching over me and my mother. Your grandmother has seen the baby and was letting you know that you had a precious angel. She came to bless the baby and was letting you know she was indeed there. Believe and she will come around whenever you need her!
      Will keep you in my prayers.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 8:02 am

      Hoping I could get on the prayer list.

      Right now I am having a major personal crisis with my oldest sister and husband. My husband is the executor of my moms estate and my oldest sister is fighting everything every step of the way. She now has told my husband that my mom hated him and that he isnt family. That is so far from the truth. My mom and oldest sister barely spoke b/c she wasnt around. She wasnt there to help take care of her, didnt come home as my mom begged on her death bed to see her oldest daughter….so many and so much heartbreaking things that it would take me forever to type.

      My mom loved my husband. She trusted him and was greatful that I had him in my life. She knew she would not have to worry about me and she thanked him for giving her the best gift of all…her grandson. Connor was every twinkle in her eye for the last 5 yrs of her life. If I could only show the love she had for him.

      I havent fully grieved yet…there’s so much of this misery going on that I cant. It has to end.

      The estate was all ready to be finished and my sister is off her rocker again screaming at my husband and causing nothing but problems.

      I ask for prayers for her…to find peace with herself so that she can be a civilized and decent human being.

      And prayers for my husband to get thru this horrible time of emotional abuse and drama.

      thanks everyone, I know you will help.

      Well wishes,
      Stacey

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 8:23 am

      Hi Stacey! I will keep you in my prayers during this tragic time in your life. I have seen this happen in my family too and I think it happens in all families. Instead of letting someone handle the estate in a proper way they have to give that person a hard time. I would just completely ignore her demands and let her know the Will is legal and what’s been done has been done by your mother’s wishes and to let it go. Believe me she will pout for a while and be ignorant to you for a while, but then she will come around. But you have my prayers and I do hope things get better where you can get things final and have your life again without having a sister causing you problems. One day she’s going to end up needing you and maybe then she will come around. Let us know how things go! Cyber Hugs heading your way!

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 9:55 am

      Stacey,

      First off let me say how sorry I am that you have lost your mother and now have to go through this challenging time. I want to say as well, how selfless you appear in your request. You did not ask for prayers for yourself, but rather your sister and your husband. That shows true and full love them. God bless you for that.

      I want to suggest something that may be going on. Your mom had requested that your sister be at her deathbed, but your sister did not come if I understand you correctly. I believe your sister may be going through a phase of guilt…that she didn’t see her mother more often, didn’t see her at the end. By fighting and holding on to the settlement, she is in essence holding on to your mom. She doesn’t have to face the end if she holds on to this little piece. Her anger at your husband may very well be anger at herself. Think about the last time you were angry at someone. Were you really angry at them or was it someone else or something else? This may be what is going on for her. Often we direct self anger at others to avoid having to deal with our own personal issues. If we can understand this, than we can try not to take the attack from a personal perspective and can see it for what it really is.

      Stacey, I will pray for your sister that she finds the peace she needs to move through this element of her grief and for you husband that he will have the courage and strength deal with what ever this throws his way. I am also going to pray for you…that you continue to love your sister, find the grace and courage to accept where she is at in the grieving process and that you will also have a chance to grieve the mom you so truly loved. In the end I will pray that you all find the power within you to celebrate your mother’s love and her life.

      God Bless.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 10:09 am

      Stacey
      My husband was the executor of my sisters estate and I was beneficiary. She was killed in a car accident and had custody of 2 small granddaughters. She had also named my husband guardians of the 2 girls. My husband had to hire an attorney to help us every step of the way because of her 2 adult kids fighting him every step of the way. Her son was into drugs, the mother of the 2 girls had been in prison. It eventually got setteled. The 39 yr old son is still on drugs and lost the mobile home he bought through the estate that belonged to my sister. The mother of the 2 girls got married had 2 more kids and has done great, my husband went to court and gave custody of the 2 girls back to her. It has been just over six years and she is still doing good. I finally got to grieve the loss of my sister and know she would be happy with the outcome of her daughter and the 2 grand daughters but not her son. I have the 2 girls over a lot and the oldest is now 16 and has come over to help me many times. We live close and I see them all the time.
      You and your husband hang it there, it’s rough but a will is hard to fight.
      I feel for you and the best of luck to you both.
      You will soon get to grieve for you mother.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 5:39 pm

      SO SO BEAUTIFUL all of the people from so many different beliefs and faiths have come together as one. No fighing or arguments or disagreements and everyone haveing a belief in a higher power with many different names.I see faith coming from everyone and people being humble and people giveing freeley from their inner self and heart.
      How beautiful it would be if the world could be as humble and giveing and loveing as everyone here.I have read several saying they do not go to church. Church for me is anywhere I happen to be. The most beautiful church on earth for me is Mother Earth. the choir is the sweet sounds of her birds singing. I have the sweet smells of her flowers and all of this comes from the (Great One, God,Jehovah, yawi, Maria Babba. Budda. so many many names for one beautiful spirit and his son.
      My beliefs are spirtual and have been for many many many years.I pray for all of us on this site and around the world. I have seen prayer working in a moment before my eyes and have seen answers weeks and years later. My spirtual guide tells me my prayers will be answered when I am ready for them.I know everything that happens to me is for a reason. and I have removed the word LUCK. The reasons are shown to me but I have to look and SEE why?
      When I had my Bi Pass on the 3rd night I was so depressed and down. About 3 AM I prayed for the Great Spirit to please bring me across. I dozed off and woke about 5AM. When I open my eyes my nurse was standing by my door. A voice wispered to me you have not had your Closipam for 3 days. (it is very addictive) I called my nurse and asked if I had been getting it. She looked and said OMG. In less than 3 mins a doctor and 3 nurses were in my room.I was given a strong dose of my med and remember hearing the doctor saying let him sleep.
      This to me was from an angel or angelic being. I have found that we have blessings coming to us all day,every day, some big but most little blessings.
      I pray 24-7 and give thanks every day and many many times a day.
      My God heals our animals also. I have 4 show cats. Once all 4 got very sick from a cat show. One was worse than all the others. He was the smallest and most humble.
      The vet sent him home on a sat and I put him in the guest room and I laid in bed with him. He likes to sleep between your legs under the covers. For hours all he did was sleep. I checked to see if he had crossed over. Finally about midnight I looked up and said. Father this little guy has been fighting for days to live. he is weak and his love for others is great. Father if you are going to bring him home please do it. please father stop his suffering. Tears were pouring down my face. About 3 mins later I felt Ceaser (his name)move and he walked up my stomach from under the covers. came up and touched his nose to mine.(this is the way a cat will show their deep love for you)He walked down to the foot of the bed and went to his food. He ate a little ,drank water,and used his litter box. He returned to the bed and again got on my chest and touched my nose. crawled under the covers and went to sleep. From that moment on he improved by the hour. I looked up and wispered thank you thank you. I never judge another for their beliefs or how they believe. all I pray is they belive in something.
      If you notice I have a saying at the end of a reply. The true beauty of another is within.This prayer circle was a blessing and a time for all to share and no matter your belief you are always one of Gods children. and it is so true that to give to one another we receive. We believe we give unconditionally and in many different ways. other than money.
      My prayers are with all of us and I thank everyone for your prayers and thoughts and I pray this prayer circle will grow and grow. (Thank you all Steve)

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2008 at 7:24 am

      Thank you Janet, Linda, Shirley, Steve and everyone.

      I agree, if only all people could be so willing and kind, this world would be such a better place.

      Things got even worse with my sister. She tells my other sister not to tell me things so that I dont get upset. I have the right to know…upset or not.
      She really truly doesnt care if I get upset or not…it’s just a front for her.
      If only someday, she can find peace.

      Blessings to all.

      Stacey

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2008 at 12:06 pm

      oh, stacey, i feel for you. i have never walked in those shoes of yours, so i cant imagine your pain right now. the most recent death i experienced was my step-dad. i felt like it was the final straw and that i couldnt handle anything else. i cant imagine how intolerable this must feel for you:o

      i had a lot more to say to you, but jan has said it all, plus a lot more. she is a wonderful person to talk to, especially about conflict. everyone here is such a blessing, arent they!

      im praying for peace for you, your hubby, and your family. also, peace for your sister. i agree with absolutely everything jan said. i think your sister is beating herself up inside, but your hubby outside. when a death occurs, anger is a natural part of the healing process. it is not possible to take our anger out on our loved one for leaving us, the doctors for not saving them, or our God for taking them, so many times we take it out on our family. turning your sister’s behavior over to your God was the best thing you could do. now, try to leave it with him and do your best to take care of yourself;)

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm

      Yes Steve! I agree! It’s a great feeling when one comes in and needs a prayer and the closeness brings us together. No arguements, no fighting. Just peace for each other and understanding! Prayers for each other come a longs ways! Hugs

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2008 at 12:38 pm

      Please keep me in your prayers that I will find a way to attend the symposium. I really want to be able to meet everyone and gain knowledge that I can share with the people in South Eastern Ohio. So I am praying if the lord wants me there he will provide a way.

      Thanks all.

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2008 at 12:42 pm

      You’ve got it Sherry. Prayers are on the way!

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2008 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Sherry! You have my prayers! Hope you get well enough to go and be able to meet many there! Cyber Hugs

    • Anonymous
      August 31, 2008 at 8:21 am

      We need to put our thoughts and prayers on the people that have been hit and will be hit with the hurricane. the hundred of thousands haveing to leave home for safety. We all have had prayers answered now we should give our prayers to the ones suffering and the ones still to suffer. Pray not just once but every day and during the day. Remember they are also children of the great one the same as we are. I truley believe by giveing we receive. May Gods blessings be with everyone (Steve)

    • Anonymous
      August 31, 2008 at 9:21 am

      Prayers are for all that they be safe from the huricane.

    • Anonymous
      August 31, 2008 at 9:34 am

      Thank you for reminding us, Steve. I saw this hurricane coverage on the news yesterday, with what looked like endless lines of traffic and people trying to leave the area. i think we should all thank our saviors for giving the government the knowledge to do things right for those people this time. almost made me cry just knowing that someone cared enough to get even the poorest and sickest out of there and into safe hospitals, nursing homes, and shelters. kudos to all of them, and who ever it was who got the ball rolling:D

      and prayers for our friend’s family, that they will find peace in their hearts after the death of their mother.

    • Anonymous
      August 31, 2008 at 1:03 pm

      Amen, to the hurricane prayers. And I want to add in Julie and her husband and family. They are really struggling with the aftermath of drug affects and I am sure would appreciate us all keeping them in our prayers as well.

    • Anonymous
      August 31, 2008 at 8:29 pm

      Praying for all of those in the path of Gustav…Please let us know you are ok as soon as you are able.

    • Anonymous
      September 1, 2008 at 1:43 pm

      i havent heard from emma in quite a while. i used to talk to her on a daily basis, but ive only been coming here a couple times a week since the baby was born.

      anyone heard from her? ive sent her a couple PMs and havent had any returned. just want to make sure she’s okay. i dont think ive done anything to upset her or anything. or maybe for some reason im not gettng my messages? does that ever happen? because ive sent messages to 3 or 4 people this week and heard back from no one.

    • Anonymous
      September 1, 2008 at 9:43 pm

      Please keep the military in our prayers also. My daughters National Guard Unit was just called this afternoon to activate tomorrow morning for Hurricane Relief. Don’t know where she is going or for how long but am sure they will be welcomed.

    • Anonymous
      September 2, 2008 at 8:09 am

      Good morning everyone.
      Well now it is our turn to prepare for maybe 1-2 hurricanes in the next 7 days.The part I have always hated about a hurricane is the wait and see. We will decide tomorrow if we will board up. Please remember everyone in your prayers and it was a blessing seeing that La, Miss and Ala were not devistated as they were 3 yrs ago. May Gods blessings be with everyone (Steve)

    • September 2, 2008 at 8:21 am

      Hi Steve,
      Praying for you and all of those in Florida!!!
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • Anonymous
      September 2, 2008 at 12:00 pm

      Jamie, Emma’s computer is down. Not sure when she will be back. Hopefully soon!

    • September 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm

      I ask that you all add one of our brothers “Rod in Louisianna” to your Hurricane prayers…

      His last posting said, barring Gustov issues, he was going to Houston this week for IVIG and maybe PE .

      I haven’t heard anything from him since the storm…

      Suggest praying that: he’s ok, that he’ll be able to make his appointment in Houston, wisdom and skill of the neuro.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      September 2, 2008 at 5:45 pm

      Gary, thanks for thinking of Rod. He has been quiet so I will add him to the list of prayers. Let’s continue to keep everyone in the south in our prayers as it looks like more unsettled weather is heading their way.

    • Anonymous
      September 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm

      hey!!! i found emma! or she found me!!! yippee:D

      jan, i saw your post on here after i got a PM from her, telling me that he computer was in the shop for 2 weeks. so, thank goodness my buddy emma is just fine, and her computer, too;)

      keepin gmy fingers crossed and saying my prayers for the weather down south to behave itself! good luck to all of you who are down there! im just so thankful that they are planning ahead this time.

      also, i need a prayer. my little cousin, who is a freshman in high school was staying the night with her friend. the mom is out of town or something, and her boyfriend sexually assaulted both of the girls. to make it worse, when the girls went to the police, they sent the girl home with the guy who did this to her. then, yesterday was the first day of highschool for my little cousin. already scary enough, right? well, the police and principal found her in the hall during class change and took her down to the office in front of everyone. they did nothing to protect her privacy. lots of kids heard what they were talking about. plus, the bad guy was there, or she though he was there, so she started crying and found her big sister to go with her to this “investigation” in the office. they refused to call her mom or dad and kicked her big sister out. she argued with them, but they sent her out anyway. apparently, by law, if you are a witness then they dont have to call parents first. now my little cousing is terrified and embarrassed. and this guy is still home, like nothing happened. the other girl said her moms b.f. has been doing this to her all along, yet she is still sent home with him. ugh!!! pray for the girls, and for my son who is best friends with them and taking this very hard. he cried yesterday when he found out. and please pray for the law enforcement and school officials, that they will make this right.

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2008 at 12:59 am

      My computer may have been out for two weeks but all of you have been in my nightly prayers. GARY-let us know how Fri goes-glad you got Alaska in.

      Of course our friends in the south need all out prayers too.And also the southeast coast on up.

      Sherry-meet you at the tavern to read about your Aug. 26 OR

      To all of you, I pray for peace, health, protection for all these hurricanes.So sorry to hear’s about Matt’s outcome-you are in my prayers JayDee.

      My friend called and asked me to pray for her niece and I asked her permission to share it here at the forum and she said yes.Mollie is just 13 and they just dx her with lymphoma-first stage-found swollen lympth nodes in both armpits and some in stomach that have fluid surrounding them. Right now she is scheduled for biopsies at Univ of Mich Sept 22. The pediatrician is trying to get an earlier appt-family and Mollie are all very distressed. Please help me pray Mollie and her family at ths difficult time.
      Thank you. Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2008 at 1:07 am

      i’ll be praying for Mollie. im sure you know u of m is a wonderful place. im so happy for her family that her doctor has sent her there. im sure she will get great care. praying for a good outcome for her and knowledge, skill, and compassion for her health care team.

      good night everyone;)

    • September 4, 2008 at 9:13 am

      Say a prayer or two for Cheryl, angel 2nd class. She needs our prayers.
      Dawn

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2008 at 11:04 am

      I pray that God holds our hands through the challenging times today and carries us through our worst pain and grief. Bless you all.

    • September 4, 2008 at 1:12 pm

      Jamie, I prayed for your cousin and her friend, but I have to let go of some anger towards the BF. ๐Ÿ˜ก

      Emma, glad to have you back online and thanks for the support. I have a friend whose daughter went through lymphoma as a child (she was married earlier this year). ๐Ÿ™‚ Prayed for Mollie and her family.

      Dawn, prayed for Cheryl (God knows what she needs and can meet it).

      I guess we need to focus our weather prayers towards the eastern seaboard now (3 storms lined up).

      Personal request: My tingling and numbness began getting worse again 6 days ago. My motor function in my fingers began declining again 3 days ago. My PEs seem to be wearing off. I am supposed to have a “booster” PE scheduled for tomorrow morning.

      I go see the neurologist tomorrow afternoon and will discuss additional treatment (press for the IVIG) at that time.

      Would appreciate prayers: to get the PE booster and that it would stop the decline again; wisdom and skills of the neuro for further treatments (IVIG?), peace again for my wife Wendy.

      God’s richest blessings for you all, Gary

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm

      Gary-you and Wendy are in my prayers. I hope all goes well tomorrow, and that you get either the PE or IVIG.

      Jamie-your cousin needs some intervention help. Am praying for your whole family kiddo. That BF will answer to God some day, but I pray He sends help now. Take good care from your cyber mom.

      Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm

      thank you to those of you who said prayer for my little cousin. i have heard the whole story now, from my son. the bad guy is Bill. his GF’s daughters are Trish and Laura. My cousin is Beth. Bill hurt Trish and Beth recently, and did the same to Laura when she was their age. Laura told my son everything. The mom, if found out, is in jail for theft. I also found out he has done this before, to Laura, and went to jail for it, but the mom took him back.

      Thank goodness, Trish is out of that house now. But i believe the other kids are still there (4 and 5 years-old), plus Laura, who is in highschool. Bill is still at home with them. My son said Beth has been cutting herself a lot lately, and in places where no one will see, like on her chest.

      Emma, i know Beth needs help and im sure her parents are getting that for her. She has struggled with depression in the past, so i think counseling was already in place. thank you for your guidance, and i will try to find out more about that in the most sensitive way i can. i dont know that i am supposed to know all this stuff.

      oh you guys, i am nauseated. the things he did were so bad and he deserves to be in jail for sooooo long. Beth managed to run out of the house after he attacked her, but without her friend. Bill ended up holding a gun to Trish’s head and making her do whatever he said. my heart hurts and my chest feels heavy. i cant sleep. i cant imagine how they feel.

      Ron, i have to find a way to let go of my anger, too. It is so hard! If you would, pray for the girls’ families, that they will find a way to not let the anger and hurt consume them. i hope i will find a way to forgive, and just turn this over to God.

      Thanks everyone.

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2008 at 8:47 pm

      Jamie-I was reading and trying to think of what to tell you besides that you already know my prayers are with you. Remember how our fears can immobilize and then the anger makes us act? You could make a children’s protective service referral-it is still confidential, and anyone can make that referral now. Then the people who have the power to act can take over. Even though you may feel you should not know all this family info, nevertheless you do and must do whatever you can to help. Those children need to be in a safe place. Think about that referral-maybe that’s the best you can do, but it is a start. Sending you a big hug. I pray for all the girls that they will be safe soon…your son may be confiding in you because he knows and feels your love and is hoping you can help his friends? He knows your heart is bigger than the state of Texas…….;) …….Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2008 at 10:33 am

      Good morning everyone! I don’t know where to start. Gary and Wendy…may God guide you and give you strength.

      Emma, Mollie is in my prayers and I know God will hold her very gently in his hand, and protect her.

      Cheryl, prayers coming your way for a good outcome to all you are experiencing.

      Jamie, abuse is the worst possible assault on a child. My heart aches for you, your family and the family of the other children involved. I can not imagine what my pain or anger would be like were I too walk in your shoes. Msy God give you the courage to step forward as Emma suggested, and that he put words in your mouth that will set in motion a protective process for the children.

      If I missed anyone, I am sorry. I believe I will send a blanket prayer out for all of you here on the forums, that God keeps us all protected in his love.

    • September 5, 2008 at 10:42 am

      Jamie,

      You said “She has struggled with depression” and something about “cutting herself.” I’ve had experience with a child who was depressed. Cutting the body was a warning sign and included thoughts of suicide.

      I know you want to be sensitive and not compromise confidences, but it may be urgent to make sure Beth is getting the help she needs and not in danger.

      I pray for wisdom, discernment and God’s direction for you. I pray also for Beth and the families.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2008 at 11:18 am

      thank you all for your help. my son has talked to me several times about beth, telling me many of her issues. he is the one who told me about the cutting before and that it is more frequent now. i have always told her parents, no matter how awkward the situation.

      i am happy to report that all of the children have been removed from the home!!! oh, the relief that news brings! i guess i hadnt thought to contact child protective services, because the authorities were already very well aware. im just so happy that part is over.

      now, im trying to figure out what is true of the gossip my son brings home from school. he says the sources are siblings of both girls. he said beth looks good, that she is hiding this well. that scares me, because it is well known that many people who are seriously suicidal act unusually happy as part of their plan. that, or are so depressed that they are emotionless. been there – it is a bad place to be.

      i talk to the big sister a lot, since she works at my parents restaurant. im going there today, and hope to talk to her. i tell her my concerns and she tells me if their parents are aware and what they are doing about it. they usually are ahead of me in the game. i certainly hope they are this time. they did go directly to the police and have taken her for counseling in the past, so i think everything is taken care of. but, you folks are right. assuming is not good enough. it is my responsibility to know she is being helped, rather than think she is. thanks for lighting the fire under my hiney;)

      you are all wonderful! i will include you in my prayers!

      hugs,

      JAMIE

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2008 at 11:38 am

      Jamie, you are a very strong and intelligent young woman. I know you will get through this. Trust in your abilities to present the issues in a way that enlightens the parents and moves them in the direction of getting help for their daughter. I am praying for you all.

      Love and Hugs…

    • September 5, 2008 at 11:57 am

      Jamie,

      While God expects us to be obedient, do our part and do the right thing. He is ultimately responsible for the outcome. That’s always given me a sense of relief and allowed me to move forward even in the darkest times and situations. The Bible tells us to rest in Him. I pray you can rest in faith in God’s sovereignty even in this situation.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2008 at 12:23 pm

      I am so proud of you Jamie…and am so glad to know the girls are safe. Let us know what happens to the boyfriend. You mentioned Beth had been to counseling, is she still going? Remember in psych we learned about Muncheiser’s(?sp) syndrome? Wonder if Beth may have that. My prayers go out for all of you.

      Have another prayer request-remember my friend that was told by her doc that she had probable bone cancer and the emergency MRI showed just arthritis? Well she called me to pray for her 33 yr old nephew Irwin-he is having a barrage of tests and so far they have found an ulcer and cirrhosis of the liver and questioning something else. I got her permission to post here, so please continue to pray for her, Gloria, and her nephew, Irwin and his family. Thank you……Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2008 at 3:16 pm

      You got it Emma! Prayers on the way!

      I also want to request some prayers. These prayers are for people I do not know, but I do know they are going to need all the help they can get to get through the days a head.

      A couple weeks ago, a young woman in a very small community here in SK was driving 5 little girls home from a birthday party when something went wrong and she drove off a bridge and into a slough. She and three of the little girls died that day and the other two little girls died a few days later. It has left many families and a community paralyzed by grief. School has just started in our province and there are five little desks that sit empty…..

      Then this past weekend, five teenagers, all about 17 years old, lost control of their car in a residential area and 3 of them were killed instantly. The impact was so great that the engine from the car was found many feet away from the point of impact. Again there are families in grief.

      We are a large province but our population is less than 1 million people so when things like this happen it seems to hit home to all of us. I know these families and communities are torn apart with grief and it would be wonderful if we could all join together in prayer that God will guide them through their grief and healing. Thanks everyone.

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2008 at 9:11 pm

      Jan-I will offer prayers for all these families. Such tragedies. Are you able to get the addresses for me of the 17 yr olds? I would like to send cards from a mom who lost her 17 yr old son suddenly–I truly understand their grief…even the other children too, if you can—-it breaks my heart to read of so many losses of children together. Can you send them all your poem of Luke and Alex’s Tribute? Tell me if there is anything I can do to help in addition to my prayers…..Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2008 at 9:47 am

      ron,
      again, thank you for your words of wisdom. you always seem to find the right thing to say. you are a good man. thank you. thank you. thank you.

      jan,
      i dont even know what to say. your hearts must feel so heavy. we are a small town of only 5000 people and last year, just before school started, one of our town’s little girls passed away. our town was devistated. i still cry over it to this day. i will be praying for you and your neighbors (all million of em!) I know it is weighing heavily on your mind. oh, honey, i wish i could jump through this screen and give your whole town a big hug.

      keep your chin up!

      jamie

      emma,

      sorry for your scary news. i will certainly include Gloria and her loved ones in my prayers. praying for comfort for her son, peace of mind her and her family, positive outcome of tests, and knowledge, skill, and compassion for their heath care team.

      keep us posted. take care, emma!

      jamie

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2008 at 10:04 am

      i just wanted to update you on the situation with my cousin, Beth, and her friend. This is what i did…

      I went to my parents house to make dinner for them and talked to my dad about it. i told him all of my concerns and the information i knew. he did the same. I told him how awkward it seemed for me to go to my uncle, but that it was my responsibility to ensure he was informed. my dad offered to talk to him that same night, when he went over to play cards.

      Oh, Beth is going to counseling:) I know you all were worried about that.

      I will talk to my dad more today, since he talked with my uncle last night. Let me know if you want me to keep you posted on any of this. It seems like the essentials are all in place now – the kids are out of that house, my uncle is informed, and my cousin is getting help. I will for sure tell you about the guys sentence, but let me know if you want to talk more about it. i know this kind of thing is a passion for some people, especially those who have been through it themselves.

      again, thank you for being there for us! you rock:cool:

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm

      Jamie-we are here anytime you want to talk. I will keep praying for all of you. You have done all that you needed to do, God Bless You. I’m proud of you; I know your dad must be too; and your son, well I know you have other issues with him, but I bet he is proud of his mom that she listened and acted on it. Take care and here’s a big hug……cyber mom

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2008 at 3:35 pm

      You guys are all so awesome. Emma, I don’t know how to contact the families. This was not my community and is a couple hours from here. But it is in the news everyday and we are all feeling it. I know that as a mom that lost her son you will understand this and you Jamie having lost your brother. I just felt a need to pray for them all and thought it would be nice to have you all join me.

      I know the power of prayer and have felt it’s presence in my own life. When I was sick with GBS there were prayer groups formed by people I did not know but they were praying together daily for me. They would meet at someone’s house and pray. I have never forgotten that and when I see an opportunity to pay it forward, this is how I do it. Thanks everyone and I will keep your requests fro prayers going.

      Jamie, tell us what you feel comfortable sharing. It is nice knowing what is going on as it let’s us rest knowing justice has been servied and the victims are healing.

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2008 at 5:52 pm

      hi everyone.

      jan and emma,

      thanks you for talking about this! reassurance and nudge here and there is always good to have. i will keep you updated as much as youd like. i feel comfortable telling people what they want to know. its just that i am aware that this subject makes many people uncomfortable. i dont want this thread to be uncomfortable for anyone, with me talking about sexual abuse. it is something that i am comfortable talking about, but i am an open person like that. actually, i think i may have told you that i have seriously been considering a position as a sexual assault nurse examiner. it is a long drive from home, though, so im not sure that is what is best for my family.

      okay, this is just a small prayer that seems really insigficant (sp?) with all of the horrible things happening lately. but God’s blessings arent limited by numbers, so im comfortable asking. My prayer is that i will accept the nursing position that is the best for myself, my family, and my patients. that is all. it is just one of those decisions that i dont want to make on my own, with so much on my plate right now. a little guidance from above will be a blessing:p

      have a good evening!!!

      jamie

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2008 at 8:48 pm

      My prayers will include all of you and your family and friends that are also going through rough times and to those families that lost their loved ones in those accidents.
      God bless all of you
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2008 at 11:21 pm

      Jamie, God has been guiding you all along. The struggles and tragedies you have endured in your life will make you an excellent counselor. When you can look someone in the eye and tell them you know how they are feeling and what they are going through and tell them your story, they form a bond of trust and caring with you that is almost an incrossible barrier without your own testimony to them. At least that is what I felt when I was a discharge planner in the social work department. Loved that job, but it was very stressful at times. You do have a long ride to get to work, one thing though about the ride home, it gives you a chance to unwind, before you face home crisis. Lots to think about huh??? I have faith in you that you will choose well.

      Jan-still saying many prayers for those children and their familes in those devasted communities.

      Gary -= praying that you got some questions answered at the doctor’s office Friday.. I’ll check under the B12 thread.

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2008 at 2:15 am

      Thank You All for the Prayers. They are working as usual!!:)
      I want to add my Prayers for All those in the South. I have family members and friends all over down there. My brother is a paramedic/emt with a company called Medcorp, they are down in the south assisting whereever needed. He was in Texas for Gustav, and is now in the Carolinas for Hanna, he will stay until Ike and Josephine are finished battering the land. Please Pray that he stays safe and is able to return to Ohio soon. I am sooo proud of that Man!!:)
      Emma, Mollie couldn’t be at a Better place for treatment. That’s where I go for neuro, and my cousin works there and is treated for her luekemia there also. Mollie is in my Thoughts and Prayers.
      Jamie, Wow!! I can’t imagine all the emotions your son must be going through. You taught him well!! He told you of the problems that the girls were going through. Alot of teens would have just turned their head to it. My Prayers go to All involved.
      Canada Jan, My Prayers for All the Families who lost loved ones. Growing up my community had several tragedies like those that you described, several kids that I knew were killed. It really does hit the whole community when a kid is killed or even injured. It takes alot of time to heal those wounds and one never forgets those tragedies either. May God help those heal quickly.
      Gary, I hope PE helps you get back to your normal, quickly.

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2008 at 5:56 am

      Hi Cheryl and Jamie! I will too keep you in my prayers. Ohh those poor children! Pretty bad experience. Cheryl! Hanna hit but it was not drastic or severely damaging and all is well on the homefront of NC!
      It’s Ike I am worried about in that gulf coast! Hugs!

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2008 at 7:50 am

      Am praying for our whole family in Floida, Jim, Liz, Gabrielle and there must be others that Hurricane Ike will be nice. He’s looking pretty nasty. Take good care of yourselves……….Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2008 at 11:03 am

      howdy everyone:D

      thank goodness those hurricanes are being a bit nicer this time! praying for everyone involved, and thankful for how it has all gone so far. now, if other storms will just listen to us, too;)

      thank you for your kind words regarding my family and my work. i am still waiting to her about the job is bid. i’ll let you know what happens. oooh, i have butterflies in my tummy just thinking about it! I need to remember to thank God daily for answering my prayers and making me healthy again, so i can go back to work! yippee:D

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2008 at 1:29 pm

      I love this thread. So many of us have asked for and received prayers and I feel such a sense of peace when I read this thread.

      I would like to ask you do do something a little different today. I see many ways in here that our prayers have been answered and so today I would like us to pray with gratitude to what ever God you worship. Thank him on behalf of everyone here for the blessings sent and received. It is so easy to ask of God…sometimes we forget to say thank you. So Lord, on behalf of all my friends here, I thank you for the gifts you have given each of us, for the friendships we have created and the love you show each of us each day. May we all find the gifts you give us, even in our darkest moments.

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you God for this day. Thank you for the wonderful new friends you have given me.

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2008 at 6:42 pm

      Hey Janet! You said that so beautifully and I don’t think I could have said it in better words! Today I am praying that Hurricane Ike does not do any harm to anybody and I pray that nasty storm fizzles out before it reaches landfall! Poor Louisiania has had enough and Florida too! And poor Haiti! Ohh those people were so pityful. Living in straw huts and being already a poor country and having been hit 3 times already.
      This section in here, does seem to bring a closeness with each other. And when I see a prayer answered in here it gives me peace too! It’s nice to know that we can come in here and all be of different beliefs and yet we can hold hands here and get our prayers answered. But what you said was so true! I could not have said it any better! Hugs!

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2008 at 1:53 am

      Thank you, Jan, for a brilliant thought! It is so easy to get caught up in what we are afraid of, or what we are needing, that we forget our blessings.

      You reminded me of something that i used to do with my kids. I haven’t done it in a while, since they are getting older. I’d lay in bed with them and tell them to pick a number, any number. If they picked 10, then we took turns telling one another 10 things that we were thankful for. many times, they didnt want me to leave their room, so theyd pick a big number. What they didnt realize was that big number they picked made me even happier. It made us get creative and think of the little things in life that make us happy, like the sound of rain and the smell of fresh strawberries. I’d let them say whatever they wanted, even video games and t.v. Why not? As long as they were focused on what were blessings in their eyes, then i was happy.

      You have all been a blessing to me, and ultimately, my family. So, thank God for good, sincere friends, even if they are on the other side of the world;)

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2008 at 10:16 am

      Thank you Lord God for this day and the blessings of my own family and my family here.

    • September 8, 2008 at 11:01 am

      Jan, wonderful idea. Jamie, my number was 8.

      Dear God,
      1) I praise you for being our hope of the redemption of our bodies through resurrection (Romans 8:22-23) even when this earthly body is failing me.
      2) I praise you as my refuge and my fortress (Psalm 91) even when I feel I am under attack from my own body.
      3) I praise you as creator of the sun, moon stars & heavens (Psalm 148) you created me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together by you in my mother’s womb.
      4) You can do all things, no plan of yours can be thwarted (Job 42) you have a plan for me personally, you are interested in my life and love me.
      5) Thank you for the wonderful friends you’ve provided for me through the GBS/CIDP Forum. ๐Ÿ˜€
      6) Thank you for your provision of wonderful doctors and effective treatment for me and this illness I have. (Sometime I need to share the story of how God has been preparing us for this and providing for us during this time; His hand has been with us all the way). ๐Ÿ™‚
      7) Thank you for my family and your selfless unconditional love they share with me.
      8) Thank you for making yourself evident through answered prayers.

      You are an awesome God! May praise, glory and honor be given to your name.

      In Christ,

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2008 at 11:50 am

      Thank you God for this cool sunny beautiful day. The trees are starting to turn into your beautiful fall colors.

      I pray for our friends in Texas and Louisana that Hurricane Ike will not strengthen and damage their homes and injure anyone.

      I pray also that my friends on this forum and my family are having a better day and are safe.

      Thank you God for hearing my prayers.
      Amen

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2008 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you God for bringing us together.

      Thank you God for my family and friends.

      Thank you God for the wisdom I have found in the words shared by others.

      Thank you God for the comfort found in music and art.

      Thank you God for Linda, Jan, Emma, Gary and the rest of our friends here.

      Thank you God for giving me another day to share with the world.

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2008 at 12:53 pm

      Lord, thank you for the gifts of today, warm sunshine, soft breeze.

      For my friends here, I thank you and pray that they each find the peace of this day.

      I am thankful for the health you have given me. I couldn’t get through some of this without you!

      Thank you for being there for me in ICU. I don’t think I ever thanked you for that visit but it is with me always.

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm

      Today I rec’d an email updating me on the Iraq war from inside. My heart is realy heavy for Our Niece’s husband and his troops. He lost 2 friends last week and 1 more is critically injured and in a Germany Hospital. These Brave soldiers were on their way back to the jfc(military for barricks) after being on a short leave, when their Humvee hit a Ied and killed 2 and injured 2. The details upset me so I will not post them here. Norb might hear of the deaths as one was from his area and the other was from His family’s area in Michigan. Bryan is asking for All the Prayers he can get to help his other friend, so that he can recover quickly and get back to a better life fast, and to help the Families of his 2 friends that were killed. So Please Pray for Our Troops.

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2008 at 9:17 pm

      They are always in my prayers.

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2008 at 11:08 pm

      Cheryl and Sherry,
      I posted here earlier but it must be in cyber space,
      I will add special prayers for your nephew, his lost and injured friends, and for all their families.
      Even though my son is in the Navy, on each deployment they lose at least one man, horrible ways. My office wall behind my desk has many of his pics, ships, and awards-like to think it makes me feel closer to him.
      I pray several times a day for my son’s safety and for all the military men and women all over the world. Last Christmas I sent 10 packages to my son to pass out to his guys, he has mentioned several times that a lot of these guys have no one back home to support them, write to them, or anything. They really enjoyed the boxes and it so filled my heart to send them. I am going to try and send out 20 boxes this year-God willing, my son,dil, and granddaughter will be with me, but he can tell me which guys to send the boxes too.

      Dear Lord,
      Please watch over all our military men and women. Protect them and keep them safe. Let them feel all the love that around the world has for them, and the apprecriation we all have.
      Sending all my love,
      Emma Wetterman

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2008 at 12:15 am

      oh cheryl, you are having such a hard time. im prayng for you and your loved ones. i wish i had the power to make this better. where in michigan were the boys from? I have a couple family members over there. we are from michigan. we have losses in our tiny town, but each one hurts as bad as the first.

      emma,
      do you send the boxes to your son or to a general address? do you know how we can send stuff to the boys and girls, too? If not, i can get some info from my uncle who is over there, i imagine. i need to send hi some peanut butter cookies. this will be my first time. thought it could become a weekly event for my kids and i – maybe even other family members. maybe others on here would want to join in, too, if they are feeling well? think so? we can have cookies for the soldiers days! what do you think?

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2008 at 12:24 am

      Jamie & Emma I love the idea of sending boxes of cookies to our soldiers. Count me in if you are starting up cookies for the soldiers days. God Bless us all!

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2008 at 5:36 am

      Jamie & Smiley, They would love cookies. I send homemade peanut brittle and wrapped candies and small bars candy, puzzle books, sudoku books, pens, deck of cards, combs, tooth brush and paste, beef jerky. No Liquids,no pork products (Muslims ar customs), no sprays, roll on deodorant, fingernail clippers, that sort of stuff. Bars of soap, and I handwrote on Military Christmas cards. Yes, Jamie, I sent them all to my son and he distributed them. The post office gives you the boxes for free and any weight package costs $ 7.95 to send general mail. Just ask for military boxes. Schools and churches have a good idea of that too. I just wanted to do it on my own. He can probably give us other names or other ships too.

      Thank you God for this day.

      Bless Cheryl and her family and give them strength.

      Give us all safe comings ans goings on our journeys today.

      Bless all my forum friends and family.

      Thank you God for hearing my prayer.
      Amen

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2008 at 3:16 pm

      Emma,
      I’ve been trying not to worry to much about my son joining the navy because I keep telling myself that he won’t be in Iraq or somewhere like that. But now you say that at least one person dies on each deployment and that scares me. Can you tell me what exactly happens that they are losing sailors. I have been sitting here imagining all sorts of horrible things so maybe if Ihad a clearer picture it would help. I just try to always keep them in my prayers and hope that joshua will make the right decision for himself.

      Thanks for the info.

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm

      Sherry, Joshua will be just fine. There are so many choices in the Navy, and my son has been in 9-11, Operation Enduring Freedom, with the bombing of Afghanistan, and helping on a hospital ship that went to Indonesia twice to help after the tsunami, 2 or 3 southeast Asia runs, and his last deployment was a joint effort with the Navy Seals and the Coast Guard to get the drug runners, seize the drugs and arrest the men and sink their ships and also watch for pirating. Accidents happen Sherry-you just pray that joshua will be safe-I think it was a wonderful career move for my son, and he has been in 9 1/2 years..not able to discuss individual accidents; you just pray Sherry that Joshua is ok. You will see a maturing and responsible man after a bit, that you will be so proud of, and he will have a steady job with benefits. Hard to let go Mom? I know and understand what you are going through. Take good care.

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Guys, it really does mean alot to our troops! It doesn’t get any easier if its the first or 100 death. Bryan is sooo good at what he does, and this deployment was sooo hard to see him go, he was taking in some green troops with him, really scary. He has lost many friends in this war, and has been injured himself, but keeps going back into special opps to do his job. I have other family members over there who keep getting their time extended because they do their job tooo well. I’m sooo proud of them all. We have sent many boxes over to them, they are all apreciated soo much, what is nice about it is you get mail or email responses from them afterwards. Its really a neat thing.
      Jamie, I think it the last name was Thomas, and I think he was from Battle Creek mi. I’m not sure, maybe it was his other friend that was from BC and Thomas was from Denver—Manley was the other man. I know Miller was the name of the injured soldier. I would love to send a few boxes, but at this point I can’t afford to, but after my hubby gets to working again I’ll do them again. Sometimes you can get a group of people at a university or church together to have a boxing for the troops party. My sil did that at the U of T for Bryan and 25 other troops, it was a huge success. You can even go online to the army/marines/navy/airforce sites and get info for things they need and addresses to send to.
      Sherry, You must be soo proud that you’re a Navy Mom.
      My brother served in Dessert Storm and was in the AF for over 20 yrs. Maybe some yr he will tell me about his experiences. I’m just now hearing bits and pieces from my Dad and his experiences in the Navy.
      Remember to wear your Red, White and Blue thursday and fly your Flag.:)

    • September 10, 2008 at 5:35 pm

      Always praying for our troops and their families.
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2008 at 5:50 pm

      Sending prayers your way, Navy moms and all forces moms! We have troops in Afghanistan too and they just buried a young man from a community only miles from here. War affects each of us, in both our countries. It is thanks to those sons and daughters who have chosen to pick up the battle that we all sleep each night in a country of peace. God bless any military and the families who wait at home.

    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2008 at 6:46 am

      Remembering the victims of 9/ 11 on this day. Prayers for the families of those victims. Fly your flags today in honor the victims and heros. The many firemen that lost there lives that day.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2008 at 10:24 am

      Dear God,
      Thank you for this day.
      God Bless all the 9-11 Victims and their families. I’m wearing my flags and my NAVY sweatshirt.We will never forget.
      Lord I ask a special blessing for Texas and the whole gulf coastline, that they will be prepared for Hurricane Ike, that our forum friends will be safe and unharmed.
      And finally Lord, please give us safe journeys and be with those who are hurting and bring them comfort.
      Amen

    • September 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm

      Hullo all,

      Wendy and I boarded up the house as best as time allowed last night, packed up some of our belongings and left our home under a mandatory evacuation this morning at 6:00am. It was interesting boarding up and packing up with CIDP legs and fingers.

      Would appreciate your prayers as our house is 10 miles from the beach at 21 feet above sea level near Freeport Texas.

      We arrived safely at our son’s house near Austin Texas this morning and will wait the storm out here.

      Pray that we have a home to return to, and for the safety of our friends. Pray the storm will diminish and have minimal impact.

      THanks, Gary

    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2008 at 6:42 pm

      Gary,
      My prayers will be with you and Wendy and your friends during this hurricane ordeal.
      My husbands sister passed away three days ago, she lived in Alvin, Texas south of Houston. They can’t have her funeral until a week from Friday because of Hurricane Ike.
      I pray for the saftey of all affected by the hurricane and that you will have homes to go back to.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2008 at 6:48 pm

      I am glad that you and Wendy are safe Gary. I have been worried about you all day. So glad you wrote. My prayers are for you, and your family’s and friends’ safety. Take good care of yourself…..Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2008 at 6:51 pm

      Shirley, I am so sorry for you and your’s husband’s loss. You both are in my prayers,….Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2008 at 7:44 am

      Shirley and Gary! My prayers are with both of you at this present time and I hope that God answers them both. So sorry to hear of your loss in the family Shirley. And Gary! I hope your home does not have any problems and goes untouched. Wishing you both my best!
      I am a Navy mom and want to thank-you all for the prayers of the Military. Not a day goes by when I hear something on TV or see something on the computer and all I do is pray that my son has a gardian angel looking out for him. I just feel for many parents right now that have a child in the military. Not easy being a parent at this time when you worry everyday! Thank-you for the prayers!

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2008 at 8:28 am

      Good morning family.
      PLEASE everyone pray for the people that will be affected by IKE. It is still growing and there are thousands that do not use good judgment and staying and also people that have no place to go now.
      I have expierenced 6 hurricanes and several cat-3-4s and if you have never been in one it is worse than a tornado because it goes on and on for 8–12–15 hours.A tornado is seconds and devistateing. a hurricane does its damage slowley and over hours. I pray for the Great Spirits protection for everyone and will do what I can to help the people after the storm has passed. May Gods blessings be with his children and animals (Steve)

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2008 at 8:35 am

      Hi Steve! Live in the Carolina’s and have seen the Hurricanes! You are right about damage. Those things tend to take to long and are scary being around. I will be praying for those in harms way today and hope that when this is over with that everybody still has a home to go home too! Your in my prayers as with many others being effected by this nasty storm! God Bless!

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2008 at 9:28 am

      Praying for all of our soldiers and their loved-ones.

      Praying for everyone who is affected by hurricane ike. watched the news footage on it last nite, and was surprised to hear how much it had grown. i knew it was serious but had no idea how much so. Please, God, ive people and (animals too!) the knowledge and resources to get out of there safely.

      Gary, happy to know you are safe. that must have been some workout for you, getting house ready and your things around!

      Good day to you!

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm

      Emma, Linda
      Thank you
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2008 at 8:38 pm

      prayers for the people of the hurricane. counting down the hours now, getting a bit nervous. God has shown us miracles many times before; i pray we are deserving of more. It will be what it is supposed to be, therefore, we turn it over to God.

    • Anonymous
      September 13, 2008 at 1:55 pm

      Dear Lord,
      Thank you for another day. Bless all those that are suffering through Hurricana Ike; I especially pray for Gary, Wendy and their family and friends that they find their homes not badly damaged and everyone ok.

      Bless all those who are suffering today and bring them strength, hope, and peace.

      Amen

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2008 at 10:33 am

      Thank you Lord for this day.

      Bless us all as we recover from Hurricane Ike. I pray that Gary and Wendy are ok and that they find all the lost people.

      Bless all my friends and family and the military……..Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2008 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you God for another day.

      Praying for Gary, his family, and his Texas neighbors – for their health, as well as their homes.

      I have a prayer for my oldest son, too. he’s 13 and im struggling in a number of ways with him. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I pray for him to find motivation to do well in school and extracurricular activities. I pray for him to stay away from cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, and troublesome people. I pray for him to learn respect, again. I pray that he will follow Gods lead to a productive, healthy future. Finally, I pray for the patience and knowledge to get through each day knowing i have made the right decisions, and to forgive myself when i feel that i haven’t.

      I pray for my middle son, too. he is 7. I pray that he continues to do well in school, even when he is bored:D I pray for him to stand up for himself and be strong. I pray that he continues to love us reading [I]The Growing Tree[I] together for many years to come:p
      I pray my husband gets to and from work safely every day, and that Baby Kai continues to grow healthy, strong and happy:p

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2008 at 11:38 pm

      Dear Lord,
      Please bless all of the hurricane Ike vicitms.

      Bless Julie and her family of boys, give her the strength to cope and handle each new day’s challenge.

      Bless all those that are working now and give them a safe journey home.

      Thank you for another day full of blessings.

    • September 17, 2008 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you all for your prayers. Wendy and I survived Ike well. We give thanks and praise to our God. Our home was spared, but we are still without electrical power. We do have water and gas and so we were able to heat soup last night and had a romantic lantern lit dinner last night on the patio. The Lord blessed us with a cool front and it was 63 degrees last night. We slept comfortably last night to the sound of a neighbor’s gas powered generator. The immediate coastal area has been devestated, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

      In Christ Gary

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2008 at 1:49 pm

      Gary,
      Glad to know you and Wendy are ok and your home survived. Saw a lot of pictures of the devastation in Galveston and surrounding areas. My prayers are with them that suffered and lost so much.
      Funeral arrangements were finally made for Sept. 20th for my husbands sister that passed away Sept.9th, in Alvin. The funeral home had generators for their use but was without power to have services and airlines were not flying into the area until this week and only limited flights. We finally got a flight for Thursday morning to send our niece down as it was her mother that passed away.
      All are in my thoughts and prayers.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2008 at 6:26 pm

      So glad everybody is okay from IKE but so sad that many are having to go through such a tough time right now. My prayers are with all that are suffering and having such a hard time right now because of Ike. May God give them strength and help them in their times of need!

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2008 at 9:15 pm

      Gary-so glad you and Windy are ok and your home was spared. Wasn’t sure where you were in the Houston area other than 10 miles from the gulf and 21 feet up, I believe, and worried when I saw the pictures. Ike wasn’t in the best of moods yet when he got to Michigan. Will keep everyone affected by Ike and Gustav in my prayers……didn’t know soup by latern light could be so romantic, did you?:) I hope you get your power on soon…..I got real creative with my gas grill one year after wind sheer left us without power for 9 days. Take care Gary.

      Shirley-all my best to you and your family. I will pray that your niece has a safe journey.

      Thank you God for this day. Bless my family and friends, an extra prayer for my friend, Canada, that her day tomorrow will be better. Bless the military. Bless those that are suffering and please, Lord, bring them peace.

      Amen

    • Anonymous
      September 18, 2008 at 8:43 am

      Good morning all.
      I feel so humble when I see over 250 people from all over the world come together for prayer. No argument no I am better than you but only Gods children careing for the less fortuant.
      The death rate for IKE was much lower than they had expected. Some people would refer to this as luck. In my beliefs the word luck have no meaning. we refer luck to a blessing meant for us.
      I truley believe everything that happens to us is for a reason. I love seeing the excitement from one of our family members excited over a blessing.
      I find that life is so easy to accept when I turn it over and open my eyes and ears and see and hear the answers from the great one.
      I haven’t been in a church for many many yrs as I feel I can be with my God anywhere. A church service to me is what we are doing now shareing our inner love and self.
      I have been called many names and all I do is smile at them and say a silent prayer for them. I am asked if I am a christian and my reply is no. A christian to me and others as I feel to be a christian is to be open and not judgeing another, to accept their beliefs as I do theirs. I have no right to judge someone for their beliefs. My church is Mother Nature and all the beauty she has give us and the singing comes from her birds and the flowers are wild and filled with beauty.
      All of you replying to this site are my strength and hope and you care and you give and we cry and pray yes we are of different faiths but all shareing from our hearts
      If you have not felt the power of prayer I will say WOW. feeling so many praying for others and seeing the healing and blessings..
      It is like the child that has been missing here in Fla and people come out and appoint themselves as judge & Jury and they want revenge. I keep asking (so many are without sin and can cast the 1st stones. I pray for everyone. Mother her parents the child and the demostrators.I remember something I heard. Oh how fast we are to accuse but oh so slow to forgive.
      May Gods blessing be with everyone (Steve)

    • Anonymous
      September 18, 2008 at 11:11 am

      Good morning God, thank you for this beautiful, sunny, fall-like morning.

      I pray again for my friend, Canada, that she had a good day teaching.

      I pray again for the Hurricane victims and that this great nation takes part in helping them out without delays.

      Bless my friends and family and give us safe journeys in our day today.

      Amen

    • Anonymous
      September 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm

      Lord, thank you for this day….the sunshine, the warmth, good companions at work but most of all for all the friends I have here…Emma, Jamie, Lori, Terry, Dawn, Stacey, Gary, Norb, Jim, Old Bat, Cathy, Boomerbabe, Sue…and the list goes on. Just hearing from all of them re: last night, helped me to get through the pain and just knowing I could get on here, ask for advice and get something almost immediately….

      Please Lord, protect and keep each and everyone of them and their families safe and well.

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2008 at 8:37 am

      Many of you remember “Matt’s story”. A young dad with brain cancer.
      Sometimes prayers are not answered in the way we want, but we still get little signs that God has heard us.
      Matt is a die-hard Cubs fan. His picture in the hospital after brain surgery had him sitting up in bed with a Cubs bathrobe on.
      Last week-end the Cubs game that was supposed to have been played in Houston was moved to Milwaukee. It didn’t prevent the Chicago Cub fans from heading up to see a history making game.
      Some friends of Matt’s heard there were seats available at the last minute and asked him to go. So Matt decides he would take his 3 year old son, who is already a Cubs junky, to his first game. Matt wanted to be sure that he and the little guy had attended a Cubs game together, regardless of what happens with his cancer.
      A foul ball is hit into the stands and lands in the lap of a guy sitting next to Matt’s son. This man turns to little Ashton and hands him the ball, knowing it’s his first game. Matt says at that moment he knew everything was going to start getting better. Then they pitched a no-hitter and topped off a perfect day.
      Just had to share such a wonderful story…

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2008 at 8:43 am

      JayDee, that is a wonderful story and thank you so much for the update as well. To go to a Cubs game must mean Matt is doing better! I sure hope he can continue on this path to wellness!

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2008 at 9:49 am

      JayDee, that is such a touching story. What a great day Matt had. Ashton may be to young to remember it as he gets older but I’m sure he will be told the events of that day many times over in future years.
      What a memory to cherish.
      Shirley

    • September 19, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Jay Dee!
      I am THE biggest Sox fan in the world!!! But I tell you, that story touched my heart. It would be awesome if the Cubs won the WS so Matt could see a day the Cub’s fans have so long waited for. The guy giving Ashton the ball at Zambranos no hitter none the less, helps me realize there is still hope for mankind. What a great story. Thanks for sharing it made me feel really good!!!!

    • September 19, 2008 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Jan 83/Canada,
      So glad you were able to make it through the day. What type of teacher are you? I must have missed it in a past post, or I would have thanked you! We love teachers, We have had such a positive experience at school with all of Kevies teachers since his illness. Even before he was sick, I have always admired the dedication teachers give to children! I wonder how many parents actually think how much time teachers spend with their children. In Kevin’s class, some of those children get more love and compassion from the teachers than at home!!! I wonder if you ever thought about being a teacher, you send out the future!!! Thanks for being a teacher and thanks for the kind words always!!! I hope you can get this pain under control!!!
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2008 at 1:22 pm

      Dear God! All these years of having challenging things in my life, I somehow have been a strong person and alway’s thought of other’s before thinking of myself. In fact I very seldom pray for myself and feel so selfish doing so. I saw my mother lose her mom and saw my father die in my arms of a brain tumor and lost two family members within a matter of weeks. When my mother needed me the most in her lifetime, you placed me in remission from my Systemic Lupus and gave me the strength to help her. I have helped neighbors, church friends and tried to be a good person. Tried to keep my faith and believe that there was a much higher power on Earth than Earth itself.
      I am facing a very scary challenge right now and just hope and pray that the problem I have will be able to be treated. Stupid me has done all kinds of research learning my diseases and how to handle them and find ways to cope. My father died of cancer and his death was such an ugly site. All I saw him do was suffer. I wished that my doctor would have explained things better to me instead of telling me I have thyroid cancer and most thyroid cancers are treatable. What he didn’t tell me is that there are 5 kinds of thyroid cancers. 2 with a good prognosis and 3 with a poor prognosis. I am waiting surgery to have my thyroid removed. A test called a RAUI got done after two other test and but my doctor wanted this test done to check the full body. A full body thyroid scan. Doing some research last night I found out that the full body scan checks to see if thyroid cells have spread to other body parts and it also is another diagnostic tool to detect what kind of cancer that person may have. Sometimes it can detect it and other times it can’t give a complete answer. Meaning removal and then given the diagnoses of which cancer it is. Everytime I get sick, it’s always a diagnostic challenge. Can’t be just something simple, it’s always a challenge. I am scared to death of going through this surgery to wake up having my worst nightmare! I’m not ready to die! I know many of us are not ready for that! But I am just not ready. There are so many things I want to do in life and I am not finished here! Then if I wake up and do hear the worst case scenerio, I don’t know how I will handle it! I saw my grandfather die of liver cancer in the 70’s and then my father and both were terrible deaths. The one thing I have prayed for all these years is to never get cancer and I had to get cancer! Along with CIDP! God! If your listening to me. Please don’t let me suffer! Please let me get better! I want to see my grandchildren grow up and I want so many other things to happen before it’s my time to go! I still feel like I am young and only lived a short life. Plus my mother needs me and I can’t be sick right now. Let me finish taking care of her and then take me from here! But at least give me that one chance to finish off where I left with her and help her through her old age. Then if you want to take me, then take me! So many mixed emotions are in me right now. I’m scared, I’m angry and yet I’m sick and see myself getting sicker and sicker. My husband needs me too! I want to hurry up and get this over with and done with. But am praying that when I wake up from surgery that I hear good news and not bad. I hope that you will answer my prayers and give me the strength to handle what lies in front of me. I need the strength to help me get through all this. Please give me the strength! And please help me fight this battle. For right now, I feel so alone inside trying to be strong but deep inside I am a nervous wreck! Total nervous wreck. I’m trying my best to stay calm but this is certainly not easy dealing with. Today while at the hospital, while waiting to get my test finished and then treatment. I met two people with cancer! Both were terminal! Both were in their 70’s too! But my heart went out to them. They were so brave acting! I saw them fighting and I saw strength in them! Please let me have that! Sorry my prayer took up so much space. I had to let it out! Just had to release my fears and feelings!

    • September 19, 2008 at 2:06 pm

      JayDee, I’m an Astro’s fan. I didn’t quite see the no hitter in the same light ๐Ÿ˜‰ , but I’m thrilled for the foul ball. Thanks for sharing the story.

      Jan’83, I am honored to be called your friend :o. Rest well my friend and may God ease your pain and heal you.

      Gary

    • September 19, 2008 at 2:20 pm

      Linda,

      I am sorry to hear you are so anxious. Scripture comforts me when I feel anxious:

      So dear Linda, know that you are in the tender care of the Sovereign God of the Universe and He is always watching over you. Jesus the Son of God will be standing beside you before during and after the surgery. In fact His Spirit will not only be with you, but you have the Spirit of God in you…John 14:15-17.

      That’s just who God is, it’s His nature, His attributes and nothing (not even these horrible diseases we endure) can change that.

      May you find peace, strength, comfort and be encouraged knowing you are a child of God.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2008 at 4:08 pm

      Thank-you so much Gary! I really needed that scripture and think I will read about it in my Bible. You know! I feel so selfish thinking about myself right now! I really do! There are so many people right now suffering besides me and some are probably far more worse than myself here. Am I must admit, I am having myself a bad pity party. I get spells every now and then and pity myself. Instead though, I need to try and get my mind stronger and start focusing on a fight for my life battle! Might be because I have this infection and then not sleeping and my body’s immune system has gotten weak making it hard to pick myself up. At least that is what I hope! I guess I’m gonna have to face what might be coming to me. And look at it in a different light. That no matter what happens whether it be good news or bad news, that I have to put my hands in God’s hands and let him handle my problems. Letting him help me through this! And believe in those Guardian Angels and let those Angels come into my life and guide me through all this. The only thing that might be hard for me to handle is looking at my children and them knowing the bad news if it becomes bad news. Meaning terminal cancer! I have always cried when I had to say goodbye to somebody even when they were alive. I would look at that person and cry hoping this would not be the last time I see them. Saying good bye has always been hard for me. I may have to talk to my husband tonight or over the weekend and I might not let my children know how bad it is if it get’s bad. Just talk with him the worst case scenerio. Just in case! Decide some things before hand and let him know my wishes. Lets just hope it does not get to that point, but something like this get’s your mind to thinking about alot of things. My son too is on a Submarine right now out to sea for 6 months too! And believe me.. getting him home will be impossible. My two daughters! One is a cry baby! She gets all upset about things like this and I just don’t know if I could look at her without balling in tears. They know I have a thyroid problem and they know I have a cancer but told them it was the treatable kind. May keep it that way and not say nothing else. Life has so many challenges everyday! And in not only myself but other families too!
      Thank you Gary! I really needed those words and thoughts of prayer today! Now if my husband can hurry up and get home. Maybe that will cheer me up some! He has a way of getting me to laugh when I need them the most.
      Cyber Hugs Gary! I too wish you well and hope they find out what is causing your CIDP! Wishing you my best!

    • Anonymous
      September 20, 2008 at 6:23 am

      Linda,

      Wow! What a beautiful, thoughtful, and emotional post!!!
      With tears in my eye and a lump in my throat, I am trying to type this response.:) You are truly an amazing woman. Don’t worry,…..I am sure that prayers are coming your way so much that you can’t even imagine ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Hang in there, girl.

      Perry

      P.S. (I sent you a private message)

    • Anonymous
      September 22, 2008 at 12:28 am

      Dear friends and family,
      Here I am again asking for prayer for my son. Joshua is still so confused over what to do about school and possibly joining the navy. He came home tonight and went to visit his dad and discuss things. Later he was sitting on my couch and we had casually talked about his work, school , paying bills, navy etc. and I asked him how his dad had responded (before this he had done nothing but yell and cuss at him) joshua said he actually listened and ask questions and he said he thinks mainly his dad is just worried. suddenly I noticed tears in his eyes and i asked him what was wrong, he began crying silently and couldn’t talk to me, i changed the subject and talked for a few minutes and later ask him if he wanted to talk about it and he said no he just wanted to go to bed. It breaks my heart to see him struggle so much. I just ask that each of you continue to keep him in your prayers.

      Thanks so much for caring.

      God bless each and everyone of you

    • Anonymous
      September 22, 2008 at 1:39 am

      Hi Sherry, Joshua has been in my prayers. This such a hard time for him. The Navy could be like a stepping stone for him, and he could et his further education on the GI bill, too. Lots od decisions for all of you. I will continue to pray for you, Joshua, and your family.
      Take good care of each other. Sounds like you are doing everything right Sherry-discussing all his options and letting him choose and support all you can.
      All my best, Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 22, 2008 at 4:05 am

      Hi Sherry! Oh do I remember that day when my son came home 6 years ago telling me he wanted to join the US Navy. I was freaking! My son was very wish washy. One minute he wanted to join the Navy and the next minute he wanted to go to school. A whole summer of hearing him trying to decide. I kept trying to talk him out of joining the Navy and tried my best to convince him to go to school. But he joined the Navy.
      I cried and I cried and seeing him leave home for Boot Camp made me cry more. Everytime he leaves for sea I cry again. I just don’t like him being in the Military right now because we are in a time of war. But he has been in the Navy 6 years now. Got married last year and lives in Florida when he is on leave with his wife and travels everywhere in a Submarine.
      My son has more confidence now than he ever has and loves his job. Even though I am not to happy about it, he is happy. I’m not happy because I don’t get to see him much and worry about the what if’s or war. There comes a time when our children will leave the nest and no matter what we wish, they are going to do what they want to do. If he does join the Navy, be supportive of him and be happy for him.
      He may turn out to be a son that you will be very proud of in the future.

    • Anonymous
      September 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm

      sorry i havent been here for a while, but ive just been having a rough time with my 13 year-old son. any prayers you could offer would be wonderful. this is what is going on…

      Estaban has been skipping school almost every day. I called the principal when he wouldnt go and she threatened to have me put in jail. she said i need to just put him in the car and walk him into the school. i told her that he is much bigger and stronger than me, so that was not physically possible. she said i didnt have a choice. told her i called for her help, because nothing i do works. again, she said she will have me put in jail, that it is my responsibility to physically force him there. so, i called the truency officer and asked for his help. he reassured me that i will not go to jail, that im doing everything i can, and that he would see my son this week. he did see my son and suggested that i take him to doc to see why he tosses and turns at night. my son told him that, but failed to tell him that he refuses to go to bed until 1 a.m. on most days.

      also, he is failing every class, doesnt even attempt to do homework, says he’s going to study hall after school and skips it, never rides the bus home but instead he does whatever he pleases and calls me to pick him up just before bedtime. he has had his locker searched for drugs but they have found nothing. apparently, other students have reported he had a bag of something that looked like tobacco. he has been very angry with me and totally out of control. he has even screamed as loud as he could at the baby for crying just a couple minutes.

      the worst thing – he wanted to go with his dads side of the family. i told him he could, but that it would be for a month – no more, no less. so, he called his grandma to come and get him but couldnt get ahold of her . he tried for hours and then got really mad. i refused to take him over there without talking to her first. by this time, it was dark out and i had went up to bed. next thing i knew, he was standing next to my bed, insanely angry, looking crazy, and saying in this awful voice, “You need to take me to my grandma’s right now”. He just stared at me and repeated it over and over again. i looked down to see a knife in his hand. he didnt raise it or point it at me; he just squeezed it really hard. i took him to his aunts because his grandma wasnt home. hes been there since.

      we called the police on him last night cuz he was supposed to be back at her house before 830 pm. he called her at 835, told her he was on his way and would be there in 20 minutes. at 11pm, my parents and his aunt were driving all over lookng for him but couldnt find him anywhere. he did call her at 1105 and she went to get him but he refused to get in the car until cop cars happened to appear on the corner. he wanted to come back home but she told him no, that he chose to leave home, didnt want to live with me anymore, so he was goign with her. i agree with her decision.

      im going to make an appt to talk to doc about his sleep and to test him for drugs. he will be seeing a counselor and psychiatrist too. oh, im just so worried and heart-broken. any prayers you can muster up would be wonderful. i dont know what else to do besides put him in a long term residential treatmetn center.

    • Anonymous
      September 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm

      Hi Jamie,
      I worked with kids like this for many many years. It is very difficult to figure out what to do. You do have the option of filing unruly charges thru the juvenile court system. This will get someone else involved that can help make those tough decisions. I realize it is hard and maybe he is having trouble controlling his own behaviors so any help at this time is important. We will keep you in our prayers. Let me know if I can help in any way.

      Take care

      Sherry

    • Anonymous
      September 24, 2008 at 11:01 pm

      Ah Jamie honey…here’s a huge cyber hug from momma Janet!

      Okay, every behaviour communicates something. Your job is to figure that out. What is he trying to tell you? I think you are on the right path getting people involved who are trained to help you figure this out. The reality is, he may be the one who needs to figure it out. He may not even know why he is doing the things he is. There are so many things that can lead a young man to act out. He may have feelings inside that he can’t express or doesn’t understand. He may be in with the wrong crowd, peer pressure could be taking a toll….the list goes on.

      Jamie you are a strong and brave young woman. You will get through this. Hold on to the love you have for your son and be open to the love God has for YOU and your son. He will guide you if you listen. I am going to offer my prayers for you, Esteban, and all your family. Jamie, let me know if you need me. I’ll call ya!

      Another big cyber hug!

    • Anonymous
      September 24, 2008 at 11:48 pm

      i think my sons problem is mostly about his dad. bio-dad is in prison for habitual violence. he doesnt believe his dad is a bad guy, and that his siblings mother lied. he sees both him and his father as victims, because they are both suffering as a result of her so-called lies. ive asked his fathers side of the family to tell him the truth so he can accept it and move on, rather than struggling with the thought of his dad being gone for no reason, but they hate the girl, so they continue to stick up for him, even though they protected me from his wrath on a daily basis. i was 18 back then and am thankful that i learned that lesson young. wont ever do that again ๐Ÿ˜‰

      my son has begged for years to go live with his paternal grandmother, but i refused. i love him tremendously; we are good, respectful, hard-working people who live for our children and provide well for them. there was no way id let him leave such a stable, loving home. my son hates my hubby for no reason other than he is not his real dad. hurts cuz hubby was the one who taught him to tie his shoes, ride his bike, coached his football team and was there when he caught his first fish (a big pike :D).

      never thought id allow him to go with his dads side of the family, but i firmly believe this is what he needs to experience. well, this and seeing his father once he is out of prison, although that is going to be scarier for me than he could ever imagine. all he sees is that they look exactly alike, laugh the same, and have all the same mannerisms, and have the same interests. he remembers playing in the snow with him with GI Joes when he was 5 years old, and that is what he wants – what he should have had all along.

      i found out today that my son is atleast smoking weed. a family member told me today they saw him rolling a joint. they scared him pretty bad and he promised never to do it again, so they didnt tell on him. i want him to get help, without getting him in trouble, so i dont know where to go or who to talk to that i can trust. any ideas? my family is afraid that with all the lies hes telling lately that he’ll get my other children taken away. he has told people that he is abused and htat i kicked him out and he had no where to go. that is the furthest from the truth. i know they have to take what he says seriously though, so im so confused.:confused:

    • Anonymous
      September 25, 2008 at 12:05 am

      If Estaban has started conseling, he is on the right start.We’ve discussed this and they will also interview you and hubby and the oyher side and then make a decision. I almost feel like he should leave so the resst of your family can have a normal life together. PM me and I will give you my ph #. All my love and huge cyber hugs. Momma, Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 25, 2008 at 12:12 am

      linda,
      i will be praying for you and your family, including your mother. this must be terribly difficult for you. i wish there was something i could do or say to make this easier for you, but all i know to do is reassure you that many, many people are out here who sincerely care and are sending our energy so you in prayer and strength. ohio isnt too far from michigan, so you should be feeling my hugs real quick:D

      jan,
      you know i love you to pieces, right!!!

      stormy,
      was that you who suggested that i could get the authorities involved? i cant remember who it was. anyway, ive been obsessing with that though for a while and cant decide what to do, since his father got a lot worse once he was in the system. hubby was in bootcamp when he was a teenager, too, and said the same thing. he said he only changed because he wanted to. said it had nothing to do with being there.

      anyway, this is my plan. tell me what you think. 1. let him stay with paternal grandma (age 53) for a month and see what happens. also, changing him to a charter school with a good reputation. if he does well there, then let him stay if he wants. 2. if he does poorly at grandma’s then send him to residential treatment center, military school, detention, or foster care. i prefer them in the order i listed them in. any suggestions? you cant hurt my feelings at this point. im open to anything that will help my baby.

      i have say, though, that i am full of hope – hope that this step will be just what he needs. i dont want my son to be happier with someone else, but i want him to be happy, healthy, and successful. id give own life for him, so i think i can handle this, as difficult as it is.

    • Anonymous
      September 25, 2008 at 12:44 am

      theres my emma!

      you know, hun, i feel the same way you do. i hate to admit it, but everyone else in this house has it pretty rough when Esteban is home. he is mean and nasty most of the time. when he is nice, it is only for a couple minutes because he wants something. then, i usually tell him no, since he’s been in so much trouble lately and he goes into one of his tantrums. it has gotten to the point that i am afraid of him. my 7 year-old ducks every time Steb walks by him, but is also picking up some of his bad behaviors. hubby is never here, so me, little eron, and baby are left alone to make the best of it alone. there is never a moment of peace here. little eron has been very emotional lately, which is absolutely not like him. i get upset with steb and take it out on little eron or hubby. its not fair and i know that. i try not to, but i slip sometimes. now, when im upset with steb, i go kiss little eron so knows mommy isnt mad at him, and then i go to hubby for a hug.

      it just seems obvious that forcing steb to stay here is hurting everyone, including him. hubby and i have decided that our boy will want to be our son again when he is toward the end of his teenage years. we just hope that he makes it that long, grows out of this, and comes back to the people who love him so much. until then, we can just do the best we know how and hope we make the right decisions.

      thank you for lending me your shoulder!

      hugs!

      jamie

    • Anonymous
      September 25, 2008 at 12:50 am

      [B]THANK YOU LORD FOR MY LITTLE GUY FALLING ASLEEP WITH HIS FINGER IN HIS MOUTH TONIGHT:p GRANDMA USED TO FALL ASLEEP THE SAME WAY! IT JUST REMINDS ME OF HER, AND DURING A TIME THAT I NEED HER MOST! LITTLE THINGS MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE! THANKS FOR THE LITTLE THINGS!!!!!!!![/B]

    • Anonymous
      September 25, 2008 at 7:03 pm

      sent you a PM

    • Anonymous
      September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

      Jamie,
      It definitely sounds like it is time to make some hard choices..You don’t want your family to live on egg shells and before long eron will start having a very difficult time.

      you know the old saying:

      If you love something let it go and if it was meant to be it will come back to you..(or something like that)

      You have given him the basis of a wonderful home and after he struggles thru this he will realize that he wants all of you in his life.

      He will probably resent the counseling but what about a big brother program, not sure if that could be an option. Or some kind of program that he has to interact with others.

      Sometimes you gotta think outside the box.

      Good luck and you will be in our prayers.

    • Anonymous
      September 28, 2008 at 10:37 am

      stormy,

      tried the big brother thing, but they said that their list of volunteers is short and list of kids is long. he spent a week with his aunt and ended up its worse there than it is here:eek: what a shock:D so, his aunt sent him back home because he was so miserable here.

      his paternal grandma isnt back in town yet, so he is home and behaving quite well. he is following most direction and is usually in a good mood. my dad has decided to spend more time with him, since my hubby is gone all the time. soooo thankful for that!!!! they went for a 7 hour long motorcycle ride yesterday adn he is going to spend the day with him today, too, helping my little sis move to grand rapids for college.

      we had a long talk the other day and he told me that he knows hes been a huge jerk and has an anger problem. he said he knows he hates my hubby only because he wants his real father. he has asked me to put him on seroquel – its for anger control. i had sent him to a crisis intervention center in july and they wanted to put him on it, but i had refused (so did he) because the last med they put im on almost killed him. we have an appt with the doc on monday to talk about it.

      so, i am just thankful that things are looking up a bit, and im gonna keep praying that things only get better, that we make the right decisions, and that he just remembers that we love him bunches:p

    • Anonymous
      September 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm

      Jamie-Be strong, LET GO AND LET GOD, and remember we love you bunches too. Good luck tomorrow with the doctor….
      Momma, Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 28, 2008 at 9:29 pm

      I’d like to say a prayer for the family of Paul Newman.. According to the paper he started charities that donated millions (I think like 200 mil…)… To me he was one of those that really didn’t grow old….. Paul Newman 83….

    • Anonymous
      September 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm

      I have a prayer request for a little boy who has had 2 giloma’s, one in his spine and one on the brain. He was only 5 when he had his first surgery, but now is 6.
      His family has 2 other children. His father is the basketball coach for Akron University and his mom a physical therapist. They are a very strong family. Trevor Weigand is now getting chemo and things go up and down all the time but he is a very strong and loving boy. Say a prayer for him
      We call him magicman.

    • Anonymous
      September 29, 2008 at 12:10 am

      The magicman will definitely be in my prayers tonight-what a brave child-sounds like brave parents Joan.

      Dean-Paul Newman’s family will definitely be in my prayers-he was one of the good guys-one of my heroes.

      I would like to offer a prayer for Canada that she arrived safely in the Maratime Provinces.

      And lastly, jor Jamie that tomorrow goes well at the doctor’s.

      Praying that all of us have a better day than last week.

      A big hug to you all………….Emma

    • Anonymous
      September 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm

      Emma, thanks for the prayers. I made it safe and sound and a bit ahead of Kyle. I want to offer you a prayer for a safe journey and that you get the answers you have been praying for. I also am offering prayers for my friend Jamie. This is a tough go for you as it would be for any mother. I pray that God gives you the strength and courage to face the days ahead and the challenges they bring.

      Paul Newman’s family gets prayers too.

      I also want to say thank you to the good Lord for getting me here safe and sound, for giving me the best of folks to train, and a welcoming environment to do it! I am in your house Lord and it is awesome.

      God bless each and everyone of you!

    • September 29, 2008 at 11:23 pm

      Jamie, just sent prayers to our Sovereign, all knowing, ever present and all wise God on your behalf. Sorry I’ve been out for awhile and sorry you’re going through this. Know that the prayer warriors are here for you…and that God is with you.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2008 at 9:27 am

      Our little magicman has my prayers. he sounds like a cool little kid! Prayers for his mommy and daddy, too. They must be tough as nails to make it through such an ordeal. Bet he can soften them two right up, though!:D

      Thanks to everyone for the prayers and advice for my son, Esteban (“Steb”). Here is an update…

      We started him on Seroquel and it seems to work pretty good for him. He hasnt really acted out since he started taking it yesterday. He did snap at me once and then stopped himself after one sentence. Then , he joked that he may need a higher dose. He did sleep in again yesterday, but the meds side effects include drowsiness, and he had taken his first dose at bedtime. Actually, they use Seroquel for depression and bipolar mania, too. It can put a manic person to sleep, so it could be a problem for us if he can wake up every morning for school.

      I let him decide if he still wanted to go with his grandma, and he did, so he left with her last night. He stopped by this morning on his way to school and was in a good mood – a rare occassion, especially before school. Now, its hard to be without him, especially since it appears that the medicine is helping (and hes on the lowest dose, too.) If this is what he needs, though, then i can do it.

      Anyway, things are looking up for us:) Couldnt be happier about his improvement. Was afraid hed be all drugged up and looped out – imagined him zombie-like, but that is not the case. So thankful for that!!!

      Again, many thanks to our “Prayer Warriors”, as Gary says! You all rock!!!

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2008 at 8:00 pm

      God Bless You Jamie, and I pray that God will give you the strength to endure. Without the added tension with Steb, this may be a time of renewal to your other 2 babies that their mommy loves them very much. Your faith is really going to be tested in the ensuing days. Stay strong. I am so proud of you Jamie.
      Love, cyber mom

    • Anonymous
      October 2, 2008 at 12:47 pm

      Oh that is so sad about Trevor! So young and yet having to fight such a challenging battle. Will say a special prayer for him tonight. Paul Newman I respect alot for. He has done so much in society and donated to help the goodness of people. And I hope he is in a beautiful place now! He certainly diserves it!
      Jamie! Saying prayers that the medication works for your son and Emma! Praying for your request also!
      I pray that our economy gets better and we start seeing a better world. Saw on the news last night about a Tent City the mayor made in Nevada for homeless families and those seeking jobs. It was so sad because last week I saw in my area a few hours away that they also have done the same thing. And winter is coming. This is just getting so bad and I pray that these people that have been afflicted by this bad economy ended up getting better rewards in the future!

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2008 at 10:13 am

      still praying for all of you!

      big, big prayer that everyone gets out to register to vote within the next couple days and that they get there hineys to the booths in november. i pray that everyone will watch and listen to obama and mc cain, and make educated decisions this election. i pray that what is supposed to be, will be. i pray that the press and the entertainment industry are able to communicate to the young people what their parents cannot, and that they do so in a respectful manner. i pray that each person shows their individuality in their voting, not following what is expected on them, but following their hearts and minds instead. i pry that the younger children will watch, learn, and remember such a monumental moment in our history!

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm

      Hi guys,
      just wanted to request prayer for my uncle. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and currently is unable to pay for his medicine and protein drinks. We are currently working on a benefit auction and hope this will help alleviate some of the stress. Please keep them in your prayers.

      Also I had the privledge to help with a yard sale to benefit a little 11 year old girl that has brain cancer. The money from the yard sale will be used to help purchase her a wig. She is so excited and will be picking up her new wig tomorrow. Please keep her in your prayers.

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm

      You got it Sherry! Prayers for your uncle and the little girl are on the way!

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2008 at 10:01 am

      Sherry-will add your uncle and that precious girl to my prayer list.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2008 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Sherry! Will say prayers for your uncle and the little girl. That cancer treatment is not cheap. My insurance company just denied one of my treatments and said they only allowed 2 treatments instead of 3. So I have to pay out of pocket for that one. This medical world today is all about money. I pray that we see a change in that soon! Wishing you my best and hope your uncle gets his treatment soon! Hugs
      LindaH

    • Anonymous
      October 5, 2008 at 9:50 am

      prayers for my buddy emma, to control her pain.

      prayers for the uncle with cancer, and the little girl, too. may she have wonderful health, and feel like a star in her new wig:cool:

      prayers for those people who cannot afford health care and the ones who are forced to choose between basic necessities and medical treatment.

      prayers for my son, esteban, and his grandmother, irene, that they will do well together and that their time together will bring about healing in their lives. praying for my son’s anger and sadness to be replaced by acceptance and happiness. praying that this medicine is safe and helpful for him.

    • Anonymous
      October 5, 2008 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks you for the prayer Jamie.

      I continue to pray for all of us that we are getting the right treatments to help us improve the quality of our lives. The gbs/cidp makes such an impact that I pray there will someday be a better way.

      Always for you, Jamie and Canada, I pray your lives are better. I care so much about all of you.

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2008 at 8:29 am

      Hello everyone.

      I am going to ask again for a prayer for my sister to find peace within herself and hapiness to mantain it.

      We are still having issues b/c of my moms estate. My sister doesnt speak to me now b/c she had to find someone new to blame. At first it was my other sister. Now it’s me, I guess b/c my husband is the executor. She is very unhappy and lives a life of lies and deceipt.

      My alarm goes off at 4:15am and this morning I was awake at 330a. I layed there and all I could think of was my mom. Remembering when we were at the hospital and the dr said it’s time to talk about hospice. …the way my mom looked at me and said, “I’m not ready to go yet”…remembering at the Hospice house the final day she spoke and smiled…but also cried to a room full of people that her oldest daughter wouldnt make it in time and pleaded with us to call her and ask her why. All of us in that room cried for her and with her. The oldest daughter she longed for -that indeed did not make it in time – is my sister that is now the one I am asking a prayer for.

      I miss my mom terribly and it’s a bad day. I have to go to a meeting with my boss this afternoon….in Lincoln, which is 50 miles away. A stupid meeting for one hour….I’ve got to get myself together. Wish me luck.

      Stacey

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2008 at 9:13 am

      Hi Stacey! I will say special prayers for you today and Emma I hope you are feeling better! Jamie too! I pray that everyone in here gets their prayers answered in some way shape or form.
      And I pray for all that are suffering, whether is be financial, homeless or healthcare that somehow we see good answers for us!
      Stacey! I can relate about the sister! There is always one in the family! You take up for your husband and you and quit worrying about those sister’s acting up. You think about you and your family.
      They will evetually get over this! But no matter what you do, you stick to your grounds. Don’t let them intimadate you! They are trying to see how far they can push you! Let get them angry and you just stand your ground. Once the estate matters get finished. I would not even bother with them anymore! When they see you have backed away from them, they will come around. I know this hurts you too! Family can be very hurtful when someone passes away! It’s like the backbone that kept the family together is now gone and you will never see that again! My father was the backbone in my family. He is what kept us close and what made my family so much fun. After his passing, I saw evil in my sisters that I never saw before! I also saw how neither of them cared for my mom! My mother has disabilities and needs help with alot of things and does not drive. One of my sister right after my fathers funeral left the funeral and took her vacation and left for the beach and my other sister she left and went home and did not call or nothing leaving me with my mother all alone crying on my shoulders a whole week. In fact they would call my mom and see how she was doing but did not come around her all summer long. They didn’t want being stuck caring for her and left me holding the bag! Both live in NC and I was living in PA then! I had to uproot my family and make a move here in NC just so I would see my mom being cared after! They literally left me the whole summer and I was stuck here was just a suitcase of funeral clothes and barely any clothing. The whole summer! I had to make trips up North and bring things down that took 5 trips. My husband had to put in for a job transfer and that had to go through before he could come down here. We had to sell our house up North and rented here first because the house stayed on the market almost a year. And I had two very selfish sisters that thought only of themselves. We didn’t speak for a while! It was ugly! But when they needed help they sure came running to my mom! One of my sisters has a mess! Total mess! Her daughter is giving her a fit! Very personal family problem. But my husband and I both have had to help her out with a certain situation. Like I said, they will come around later on!
      My prayers go out to you and your family! Good luck Stacey! Cyber hugs!

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2008 at 10:12 pm

      Stacey, continued prayers for your sister and for you! May God give her the grace to accept the past and move forward into the future. She may very well be struggling wiht her own issues around guilt for not being there. I will pray that God helps her to resolve these issues within her heart.

      May God give you and your family strength to face the days ahead, the wisdom to begin healing and the power of family love. God Bless you Stacey.

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

      know im praying for all of you and sincerely wish for love, peace, and health to come your way.

      about your sister and mother, im not sure if you are in need. advice or just a listening ear. both, maybe? tell ya what…i’ll listen more than i’ll speak. let me just say a couple things.

      i have a very difficult mother (im comparing her to your sister). she has hurt me and my sisters countless times, even though we are the only people in the world who love her unconditionally. the last time she lashed out at me (she was drunk, again), this is how i handled the situation. I stayed calm, told her that she treats us this way because it is safe. i told her that she can go ahead and keep on treating us so badly, taking her hurt out on us that is caused by her boyfriend(s). i said it in a sincere manner, and meant what i said. i told her that we love her no matter what, and that she can treat us like that forever but we will always be her children. i left, telling her to call me when she feels better, and i will be there whenever she needs me. i reminded her that she only takes her anger for her b.f.’s out on us because we wont leave her and they will. she was speechless. she knew i was right.

      somehow, we started talking again and the situation never came up. months later, she had the first heart to heart conversation with me in my life. she told me that she knew that night that i was right, but had never seen it before. she hurts us because she can; she knows we wont leave her. we are blessed enough that she hasnt treated us like that ever again. after 32 years of taking her hurt out on her children, she has finally realized what she was doing.

      not sure why, but i just felt the need to tell you. wondering if maybe you could send your sister a card, saying something similiar, without pointing the finger. she obviously has a lot of hurt that has been misdirected toward you. she may not even know that her true anger is really about. my mom didnt, but obviously they are different situations. my step-dad had just passed away though and she was dealing with all of those emotions, too. and all that emotion was dumped into my lap and my little sisters’.

      i’ll leave it at that. my little suggestion turned into a big story. oops:D good luck and keep your chin up. people told me to forget about my moms behavior and take care of myself but that didnt seem possible, no matter how hard i tried. so, i just said what i said and turned it over to the Lord. he does some pretty cool things, ya know;)

    • Anonymous
      October 7, 2008 at 7:53 am

      I do believe she is struggling with her own guilt on top of the many issues she has. I thank you for the prayers. As much as I may never really be close to her again,tho, we never were close… I’ll always love her and she’ll always be my sister. She’ll get over her anger towards me in time and when that time comes, I’ll be here. I know my Mom would be so upset with what has become.

      I thank you for the prayers b/c they are greatly needed. Canada, you’re right and Jaime, your story makes a whole lot of sense.

      I’m glad you and you mom have made amends. That’s a true blessing.

      Stacey

    • Anonymous
      October 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Stacey, I have you and your sis and your own family in my prayers. In my family I have seen so many feuds in my family after someone died. I never understand. I agree with Canada and Jamie that guilt over not being there manifests itself into so many things. Your sis is probably taking things out on you because you are there. I used to counsel families at work during times of death, and they argued so much, I would sometimes recommend probate, and then they would get mad at me and follow me up stairwells and I just went on a floor where they were nurses around me, and that was it. People just seem to turn into different unkind humans during grief and pain. I am sorry you are going through this. Your husband has a challenging position as executor of your mom’s estate. Good luck Stacey. All my best and sending a big hug too.
      Emma

    • October 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm

      I had a little set back last week and had to go in for my back-to-back PE’s earlier than wanted. I was really bummed out. ๐Ÿ™ I’m recovering now and starting to feel good again and regain my strength and feeling. My wife was bummed out too, but her spirit has recovered. CIDP is a horrible disease. May God richly bless you all who are dealing with CIDP/GBS: healing, strength, encouragement, peace, patience, comfort.

      I’ve been praying for the requests you have posted, sorry I don’t let you know that more often.

      I’ve been studying Psalms, specifically looking for God’s attributes in them. Attributes means nature or character. They tell us who God is and how he operates. Through them you can know God. [B]Psalm 150 [/B]says that:
      God is in his sanctuary; his mighty heavens. It also says that He is powerful and surpassingly great. He is [B]all [/B]powerful and no one here on earth or in the spiritual realm is greater.

      How awesome is that? It’s something I need to keep in mind even though I’m sick.

      [B]Psalm 150 [/B]says that we should (in response to these attributes of God) Praise Him with music.

      Sing a song of praise to our mighty surpassingly great God with me tonight… and keep prayin’. He loves us and can meet all our needs.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      October 8, 2008 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Gary! So sorry to hear you had a set back my friend! Bless your heart! Hear you said a very strong prayer for me and that prayer went through several states away and it got answered. So I am sending you my prayers and sending them many states away and hope it reaches your way.
      I pray tonight Oh heavenly father, that you hear my prayers tonight for my new friend Gary that is living in Texas and he needs you to heal him and make him well again!
      God, if your are hearing my request, I see Gary as a very good person and a helping person. He is a child of God, but he is also a very good teacher of God and is here for a reason. I pray that you make Gary better again so he can be another one’s gardian angel as he was for me!
      Bring the Angel’s from Heaven down tonight and let them touch his body and give him strength that he has not seen in a very long time. God! Give Gary the chance for a second chance in life so that Gary can teach the word of God to others!
      Let Gary become a Gardian Angel to help and heal other’s by giving his word! Take away his pain and suffering and make him well again! In the name is Jesus I ask you to help him and guide him through a tough path!
      In the name of Jesus! I ask you to take my hand through this computer and touch Gary with my hands and take away all pain! Heal Gary with my hands and my feeling that are giving right now as I am praying for Gary! Let Gary feel my hands touching him in prayer.
      Gary! God told me to tell you to place you hands on your computer screen and grab my hand. And we pray this together letting you feel his spirit and his soul! In the name of the Almighty Father!
      Amen!
      For those that wish to join me in this prayer for Gary. Grab Gary’s hand and pray with us! Praise God! I feel his spirit and he feels so good inside! He takes away all pain when you let his spirit come inside you and he makes you feel so at peace!

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 4:16 am

      AMEN Linda………………..what a wonderful prayer.
      Gary, we are all thinking of you and praying for you.
      God is with you………………you are a good man.

      Perry

    • October 9, 2008 at 8:19 am

      I hope tears don’t hurt keyboards. This tingling is not from CIDP; God’s Spirit has moved my spirit. Thank you Saint Linda. I am truly humbled by your prayer. :’)

      Gary

    • October 9, 2008 at 8:19 am

      Thank you as well Perry.

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 10:27 am

      I am asking each of you to remember our friend JayDee in your prayers today. Brain surgery is under way and she could use all our support and prayers for a safe surgery and full recovery. Her post yesterday was moving.

      Lord, please keep her safely in your hands. Carry her through this experience with all of your love and compassion. Give her the strength to move mountains in this time of her life.

      Thanks everyone.

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 10:44 am

      [FONT=Georgia][COLOR=blue]I hope the surgery is a success, I wish nothing but the best for JayDee ![/COLOR][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 12:29 pm

      Prayers for JayDee, that surgery is a success and she has a good recovery.
      Praying for her and her family as they go through this difficult time.
      Shirley

    • October 9, 2008 at 1:02 pm

      Janet, Praying for JayDee. In Christ, Gary

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      Linda, your wonderful prayer for Gary brought tears to my eyes. What a warrior you are;) I know Gary appreciates our prayers as much as we appreciate his. Gary is a great role model for the rest of us. Gary, I hope you know how much you mean to the rest of us! You are an exceptional person and a wonderful friend to everyone here!

      Prayers for JayDee, that she comes through this surgery well, without pain or infection. Praying for the risks of surgery to be pushed away from her, and for a circle of angels to encompass her, protect her, and guide her through the healing process.

      Now, I’d like to share a little blessing. I have been praying for the perfect job to come my way. With the sickness and pregnancy, i have been off work for almost a year now. I was almost crying yesterday because i havent even gotten one phone call for an interview. I thought people would be afraid to hire someone who was off on FMLA for so long.

      I decided to apply for my dream job yesterday, although it clearly stated that processing the application will take atleast 6 weeks. I figured id get another job that i wasnt so enthusiastic about, before my dream-job application was even reviewed. Well, i bet you can see where this is going. I applied yesterday and they called me back in less than 24 hours! I go for my interview tomorrow! I was so excited that i was shaky, my eyes were welled with tears, and i had butterflies in my tummy! It was so obvious how excited i was that the guy was laughing right along with me.

      This dream job of mine is as an RN at a Crisis Intevention Center. Sweet!!! This is sooooo up my alley!!! The hours are perfect – 7am to 330pm!!! And only monday thru friday????!!! How insane is that?! I need to calm myself down, since this is only an interview, but they guy sounded like he really liked me and my resume. He really likes that i have experience in med/surg and icu. He said there have been times that psych patients have had medical needs that were never even noticed because the nurses didnt have medical experience, only psych experience. so, hopefully, that experience is my shoe-in!

      i just wanted to say thanks to those of you who sent good vibes in my direction! i think the prayers were answered! I’ll update you friday or saturday night!

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 2:25 pm

      Jamie, I just knew it would work out for you! Now we all need to pass on prayers that you will get the answer you so desire. May God give you the right words to say in the interview, the physical presence to stand out, the ability to sell yourself and your skills, and the wisdom to answer each question with knowledge and empathy. God go with you to that interview. You know I am on your side. I think God is too!

      Love ya, gal!

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 3:27 pm

      I will say some prayers for you dear and I hope you get the job. Wishing you my best of luck here! Sometimes God saves a job for a special person to come along that really needs it worse than others. So maybe you are that special person! Keeping my fingers toes and knees crossed! Cyber Hugs heading your way! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm

      thanks ladies! jan, i was gonna pm you to let you know, since weve talked about this before. had to run, though, and you beat me to it. have to tell emma, too. she’s another one who is always right there with me.

      i have talked to hubby and i think we have decided to move to lansing if i get this job. two of us spending $800/month each on gas driving back and forth doesnt make much sense. and my mom lives down there and said she’ll watch my kids. awesome! she’s actually stable now, and has been for quite some time. thats another blessing i need to give thanks for!

      okay, jan, if you have any advice for me, just pm me. its been so long since ive had an interview and i dont have much psych experience, so im nervous. i think i’ll have the right things to say, but maybe i’ll be totally off:eek: and here is a good question…i should not mention anything about my mom, brother, etc, right? i think the reason ive done so good at psych stuff in the past is because of a family history of psychiatric illness, but i dont think that is good to bring up. right?

      im not too worried. emma said a few days ago that when they meet me, they’ll love me. i think she’s right:cool: im perfect for this position and i think they will see it as soon as i walk in. so, everyone, send me good vibes tomorrow (friday) at 1pm, so i can shine even brighter as i walk in that door!!!:p

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm

      Good luck Jamie! Hope you get this job! Wow! $800.00 a month for GAS! Whew! Well I guess your right there! My husband and I both have pick-up trucks and he spends close to $110.00 a week driving to and from work. $440.00 a month just on his going to work and back. We spend close to $450.00 together. And then groceries went up, electric went up! No wonder everybody is foreclosing! Not cheap living today!
      Good luck on your enterview!

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2008 at 8:57 pm

      Jamie-I am so proud of you. Just remember we are there with you in that interview. Dreams do come true, yours is about to come true:D Bless you.
      Cyber Mom

      I will pray for JayDee that all goes well for her surgery and her recovery.

      Gary-I can only say God Bless You and Wendy. You both have had to face so much lately with the hurricane and your health. Stress probably kicked in there a bit too much for you. You have been in my prayers every night. You have been an inspiration to so many of us, thank you so much for that. Take good care.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2008 at 10:20 am

      thank you linda and emma!

      emma, good luck with your treatments. i hope they serve you well.

      linda, wow, the gas is crazy isnt it! hubby bought a new motorcycle to ride to work for the summer but can only ride it another week or so. the cost of the payment, insurance, and gas for the bike is half that of just the gas on the truck. probably gonna do some house hunting while im down there today. imagine we ll rent for a bit to see how it goes. most likely in one the small towns on the outskirts of lansing, since my oldest boy is a handful. need to keep the boy in a nice, calm setting and in good schools.

      oops! gotta get outta here! time to get on the road! my tummy is full of butterflies! wish me luck!!!

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2008 at 10:45 am

      Jamie, couldn’t send my pm so hoping you get my vibes anyway! Good luck today. Thinking and praying for ya!

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2008 at 11:26 pm

      Was interviewed for 2 hours today, on both psych and medical stuff. I ROCKED!!!:cool:

      and…… I GOT THE JOB!!! MY DREAM JOB!!!

      okay, like 99% chance i got the job. he absolutely loved me and i couldnt have done better! only answers i didnt know were some about specific psych drugs. he expected that. as far as behaviors, i did awesome. the medical questions were a piece of cake. one question was a scenario question like, four problems happening at the same time; which would you respond to first. i answered it easily and he flipped out, saying i was the first person ever to get the answer right. im sooo good;)

      only problem is the wage. this would be the only thing standing between me and this job. the highest pay i could get would still be a $3/hour pay cut. and that is starting me out as a level 5 nurse pay scale. that in itself is a stretch, but the manager thinks theyll do it for sure. a positive though is that the benefits are great and free, plus i can opt out of the insurance and make get paid more. i may do that. ive always had to pay for my insurance since ive been a nurse. so that may even out the pay issue.

      thanks for looking out for me, everyone! i sure appreciate it!!! hope you all are doing well!

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2008 at 11:35 pm

      Yup!! You’re good! Knew you could do it kiddo! Hey, there is more to a job then the pay. Consider the hours, benefits, job satisfaction. Sure $3 more would be great but the job is one you want. Who knows? There are always ways to cut a few corners and if you move to Lansing, gas costs/month will automatically go down, right? That could make up the difference in wages. I know you will make the right decision for you! God bless you Jamie!

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2008 at 11:46 pm

      i have a blessing to tell you about, that started as a bad situation. i ll try to keep it short.

      many of you know the struggles ive been having with my 13 year-old son. well, last week him and his best friend got into a fight. you know how boys get goofing around and one gets mad? that is what happened and the kid (age 16) threw my son on the ground, punched him a few times and tried spraying paint in his eyes (got all over face and head instead). my son got off the ground and punched the kid once and it split his lip open. then he restrained him until he calmed down.

      tonight, i got a call to take my son to the police station. the mom is pressing assault charges and persuing a person protection order, plus suing me. i was really upset because this lady is very poor and has lots of problems, so i have helped her and her son many, many times. her son has even lived with me when they were homeless. obviously, im crushed that she would do this to me. i know my son acts out a lot. i will be the frst to admit when my kid is wrong, but this is not one of those times. her son even says that, but he is a minor so he cant control her decision to press charges.

      anyway, the police were awesome and saw that my son is a good kid with lots of problems.they said most likely nothing will come of this and everything should be okay. now, this is where the big blessing comes in…

      both of the cops liked my son and told him that if he ever needs someone to talk to, just call and they will be there to go for a walk and hang out with him til he feels better. i was sooooo happy and so was he. hector, the cop, doesnt even work in our town; hes from a town 20 minutes away. i know steb is desperately wanting a guy to connect with and he felt so comfortable with this officer! he even told him that. the guy is 47, a 3x war vet, and a kungfu expert (38 years of kungfu!). he has had a traumatic life and a troubled son. the other cop is a girl my age with lots of spunk and a cockiness about her. perfect for my boy!

      i dont know if you all will understand, but this is something ive been waiting years for! i feel soooo lucky!

    • Anonymous
      October 11, 2008 at 12:38 am

      Jamie-you and yoir family have been in my prayers every night.You have so much on your plate. Sometimes getting that dream job means less pay, but you got your foot in the door, So happy for you.

      I bet your son felt good knowing the cops were on his side. He has been on an uphill battle with people understanding. Knowing the cops are willing to help anytime must have really been a boost to his ego.

      You need some good things to happen to you. You deserve that too!!!!!

      Love, cyber mom:)

    • Anonymous
      October 11, 2008 at 10:37 am

      Maybe impossible: My husband was misdiagnosed. Not cidp which I wish it were.
      He has Familial Amyloidosis, means an inherited Amyloidosis. Attacks the organs not the nerves. 2nd opinion did a genetic (dna) test but even before any testing he said the emgs did not prove cidp to him. Amazing. I cannot speak about the former neuro right now. It was our last appt with him on Fri. and I would have liked to have said more. Bill was quiet. Do not understand as he said there is no reason to make yourself upsent. Cannot do anything about it. The only thing I can say is he may be hiding his emotions from me. I am tired of keeping my crying away from him. He needs to talk to me.
      Thanks to all of you
      Joanf

      Only treatment is liver transplant. Very rare disease but Thomas said he does not do dna as Medicare does not pay for it.

    • Anonymous
      October 11, 2008 at 11:56 am

      best wishes for you and your husband. can you talk to his family about the disease and how other family members were feeling when they were diagnosed? or is he the first to actually be diagnosed? any family member who knows him very well may be able to tell you how to communicate with him right now. or maybe he will talk to them if they hang out together. at least he will be getting the feeling off his chest to someone, even if it is not you. or maybe he can write how he feels? my hubby isnt a writer, but when we got cell phones with text messaging, i noticed hed say things in text that hed never in a million years say verbally. its is really our best form of communication, as wierd as it sounds. ive heard many other people say the same thing. it allows us to have a serious “talk” without being face to face to raise our voices, cry, etc.

      when i got the news that i was temendously ill and could very possibly die, hubby and i had one very short, to the point face-to-face conversation about it. it involved 3 shorts questions, 3 short answers, and absolutely no eye contact or emotion. it wasnt spoken of again. hubby couldnt handle it. it ended with me telling him its okay to ask me any questions he might have down the road. then we walked in totally opposite directions. i saved my emotions for when i got out of his sight. sure he did to. most guys are like that.

      maybe your hubby is going to wait until he can talk about this without emotions showing. that takes some time. i knew when family members were sad about my health because they wouldnt bring it up. knew theyd cry. if i saw that in them, id crack a joke about my health to lift their spirits and know its okay if they want to ask questions. i only did that when i knew they had a question to ask.

      dorry, i didnt mean to turn this into a novel or make it about myself, but not sure the best way to tell you without doing that. we’ll be praying for you and you hubby, for both health and communication.

    • Anonymous
      October 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm

      Joan. offereing prayers for you and Bill. I know God will look out for you both.

      Jamie, I am and will continue to pray for you. You deseve to have the best coming your way! I am offering praise to our Lord, thanking him for the gift of the two police officers who seemed to connect with Steb. God truly does move into our lives in mysterious ways. He does send us angels on earth!

    • Anonymous
      October 11, 2008 at 1:32 pm

      thanks jan. i know you understand what im saying by the way you said what you said. my son has desperately needed a man to connect with who is not family and is a good, tough guy who has had a rough life.

      my son and this guy love the same things and the guy doesnt take any crap-says it like it is. my son loves that in people! he doesnt like the nicey nicey thing at all.

      steb loves military, so does hector, the police officer. like i said, he a 3x war vet. just got home from afghanistan 2 months ago. steb loves boxing. so does hector. steb loves martial arts. so does hector. steb wants to be a military police officer. hector is an M.P. and a civilian police officer. steb wants someone who understands. hector has a son like steb, but his son hasnt been in contact with his family for years. essentially, hector lost his son and doesnt want steb to end up the same way. steb asked him to race him, he said yes but i will outrun you. steb asked to box with him. he smiled and said yes, i may be old but i will kick your butt. that is when he told him hes been into kungu for 38 years. steb asked if he could beat bruce lee. he smiled again and said that is the exact style of kunfgu that he does. didnt say he could kick bruce lee’s butt, though:p steb was in awe.

      really feel like God arranged this entire situation. I couldnt have asked for anything better to happen to my son.

    • Anonymous
      October 11, 2008 at 5:39 pm

      Joan, I am so sorry that you and your husband are going through this. As his caregiver and wife, your emotions and Bills are all mixed up right now with this recent diagnoses. This news was a shock to both of you and not what either of you expected to hear. Let your tears flow, sometimes we need that release of emotion to get back on track. As Bill adjust to this diagnoses more, mabe then he may open up to you.
      My heart goes out to you and Bill. I will be thinking of you both and saying many prayers for you.
      Bless you both
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      October 11, 2008 at 6:57 pm

      joan,

      i was just checking in to see how you are doing. keep your chin up!

    • Anonymous
      October 12, 2008 at 6:54 pm

      Norb, I will be praying for you that after talking to your Dr. you will have a better prognosis and relieved of the worst of your fears.
      Blesssings and prayers
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2008 at 1:12 am

      Thanks Jamie,Jan,Mattierae,Carol and all:

      I am kind of in a fog right now but I am trying. I am having some girls over tomorrow to play our monthly tile game called mah Jongg . It got me to wash some windows and do some cleaning. My heart is not in it but I am doing it. I decided to make them some speciality sandwiches although we do not get into that as this group likes to keep it simple. No fussing , but I told them it would help me. Besides Bill needs to eat more. His appetite is not very good. He has lost alot of weight.
      Again I am trying but it does hurt alot. I am just not ready for this, but I am trying .

      God Bless you all for your help

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2008 at 8:17 am

      Joan! I will keep your family in my prayers and hope that Bill starts getting treatment for this soon. It certainly has been rough for you all this time and Bill has not had it easy either. The Unknown is far more worse than having the known. There is still a chance for Bill and now that they know what he has, he might just turn around and get better. Maybe a remission! So their’s still hope! He has a nasty illness indeed! But he may just get that chance now of going into remission that he did not have before! We will pray for that to happen!
      Jamie! This is aweful about that fight! The other boy was trying to place spray paint in your sons face and punched him first. Wouldn’t that be considered assault against him. I would have filed one back against her son! Sometimes neighbors can be very dangerous friends. Especially when it comes to money.
      Saw a situation in my neighborhood a few years back where two neighbors were good friends. And they got along fine with each other. One bought a brand new car and decided to go over and show it to the neighbor. They were cooking dinner at the time and while they were outside their house was smoking. The one neighbor ran into the house and grabbed the frying pan of grease that had caught fire and the neighbor was coming in behind him. When he turned around with the pan they collided. Burning the one neighbor pretty bad. They ended up getting sued and now no longer speak to each other.
      I hope you get things straightened out and the woman drops charges. What about her son? He was in the wrong too! Spraying that can of paint could have gotten into your sons eyes and blinded him. You have my prayers that this gets settled in an easy way! I hope that lady changes her mind and realizes what all happened here! Good luck Jamie! Good luck Joan! Sending hugs both your way!

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2008 at 8:43 am

      oh, joan! you sound so tired! your mind must be exhausted, and that wears down the physical part of us, too. i hope this gathering with your friends brings you an escape from your worries, even if only for a few minutes. i wish for you and hubby, only good days ahead. pray for both of your health and happiness.

      hugs!

      jamie

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2008 at 9:00 am

      linda,

      yep! this issue about the fight is pretty draining. i just have to keep praying about it-for the mom to have peace in her heart and for me to forgive this entire situation.

      you are right – the kid is 3 years older than him, threw him on the ground, punched him a few times and then tried spraying paint into his eyes. then he lied to the police, well, withheld information anyway. he only told the cops that he pushed steb and he slipped on the gravel and fell. there is much more after that. yes, my son did punch him. it did make a small cut on the inside of his lip. it was so small that the cop rolled her eyes when she explained what it looked like. the boy still tells my son that his mom is suing us because it left “a permanent scar”. on the inside of his mouth? and that soon? really? :rolleyes:

      im not too worried because the boy lied and there were several witnesses that the cops found without my sons knowledge. they all said what steb did, except even more about the other kid. apparently, after my son restrained the kid, he went and sat on porch to calm down. the kid ran up, again, and started whaling on steb while he was sitting in a chair. they started fighting again, and the other kid was yelling for a friend to grab steb. the kid did grab him to pull them apart, so he thought. actually, the kid wanted him to rstrain steb so he could beat the crap out of him. he did get a few punches in while my son was restained but the other kid let go and seperated the two of them. and the only thing this kid told the cops was that he pushed him and he slipped on the gravel? he looks pretty bad right now.

      another thing taht has me upset is that my son is still hanging out with the kid. he says they apologized to eachother and are good friends again, that they kids doesnt want him in trouble or for his mom to sue me. however, this kid still is lying to the cops about what happened and his mom wouldnt be able to sue us if he just told the truth. he said he doesnt want to get into trouble by his mom. but he’s willing to throw his best friend under the bus?

      i dont get it. im just happy the cops are on our side. that goodness! all i can do is turn this over to the Lord and let him do whatever is supposed to be done.

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2008 at 10:59 pm

      Please offer prayers for our friend Emma. We need to surround her with God’s love and comfort.

      Also I want to send praise to God for getting JayDee through her surgery with little or no complications (see her post for details!). Thank you Lord for the blessing of life and renewed hope for this caring and wonderful lady.

    • Anonymous
      October 14, 2008 at 11:13 am

      prayers for our friends, emma. wishing that her body cooperates and her mind is at peace. hoping her treatment is effective. God bless, emma! we are all thinking of you!

      love ya!
      jamie

      thanks for jaydee coming out of surgery healthy, without complications! praying for good to continue flowing in her direction!

    • Anonymous
      October 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm

      Hey Jan! I must have missed something here? What is going on with Emma! I will say a very special prayer for her tonight. Glad Jaydee’s surgery went well and pray his recovery goes well.
      And Jamie! I remember when my son was about your sons age and he and his best friend used to fight all the time. Boy’s will be boys! As much as I hate to say they sound like boys! LOL! One minute they were buddy buddy and the next minute stabbing each other in the back.
      Then after graduation they both went their separate ways and don’t even contact each other. Childhood puberty!
      I’m so glad my children are grown now! I still worry about them and a mom always will worry about her children. But when me and Andy got our freedom from children living in the house and heard how quiet it was. It became a long vacation for us! LOL!They alway’s have a home to come home too, but I hope they can take care of themselves and never need to have to move back home.
      Teen years are the worst too! To me they were the hardest of raising a child. They get mouthy, know it all and want to do what they want to! My son though he really was not too bad. My middle daughter though was a nightmare! 14 to 17 she put me through living you know what. And I did alot of praying for her back then. Now she is a social worker and deals with abused children and foster care.
      Jan! Let me know what happened to Emma! I missed something

    • Anonymous
      October 15, 2008 at 12:35 am

      more prayers for emma! missed you over the last couple days little lady!

      linda, you are right. boys will be boys!

    • October 16, 2008 at 12:46 pm

      Praying for you Emma…May God sustain you physically and His loving grace surround you spiritually and emotionally.

      Jamie, praying for you as well, … God is our refuge, strength and strong tower. (He got us through raising two boys).

      Praising God for JayDee (answered prayer) and for my Forum Prayer Warriors.

      I’m going in for a Plasma Exchange this afternoon and will have another tomorrow afternoon. (This is sure disrupting my job…and I am a little stressed about a job performance review tomorrow morning).

      Add me to your list too…

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      October 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm

      You got it Gary! Prayers are on the way. Hope today goes well. Oh yeah, How’s the head?:D

      Continued prayers for Emma, be well my friend. Jamie, may you hear the news you so strongly desire and are praying for.

      God bless all of you.

    • Anonymous
      October 16, 2008 at 11:00 pm

      praying for you, gary. hope your treatments get you back up to par! will keep my fingers crossed for that performance review, too:D

      lets keep praying for emma, too. havent heard from her in a while. praying for her body and mind to be of good health.

      answered prayer….

      I ACCEPTED MY NEW JOB TODAY!!! Yep! My dream job at the crisis intervention center:D I’m soooooooooooooo happy! the location is perfect (just my opinion, of course). happy to get my oldest boy in a place where he can get a fresh start. hours are perfect – 7am to 330pm! awesome benefits. awesome boss. hear my coworkers are awesome, too – “like family”. and, to top it all off, my salary is quite a bit higher than i expected. the manager said theyd offer $20.66/hr, and maybe i may get a bit more. defenitely not more than $22 something. well, my starting wage is going to be $24.55/hr! that is soooo cool:D im starting at the very top of their pay scale. im so lucky! sure its not “luck” though;)

      thanks for your prayers! you all have helped me a lot, and that has helped my family, too. im just thankful that i have all of you to talk to!
      take care of yourselves!

      love,

      jamie

    • Anonymous
      October 16, 2008 at 11:26 pm

      Hi Family,
      Here I am requesting prayer, I am under an extreme amount of stress right now and could use a little boost. Here’s what’s happening..I have five brothers and I am the only girl, whenever anything happens they come to me, they have each lived with me at some point in their lives along with their children. well right now due to some extreme things going on in his life one of my brothers is experiencing some mental health issues and is now living with me, of course this is causing me stress…i am also helping organize a huge benefit for my uncle who has been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer which has now spread to his lymph nodes and his cervical spine, a very close cousin has been diagnosed with breast cancer and another one for the past fifteen years has been having to have units of blood because he keeps having an extremely low blood count but he’s not bleeding from anywhere. This time he is so low they had to give him five pints of blood right in the ER. My aunt (that is married to the uncle with cancer) went with him to the doctor yesterday and had a grand mal seizure while in the doctors office and was transported to the hospital. I pray everyday for my family, friends, soldiers, military, the prayer requests on the forum and many many others..but today I just need a break. I’m hoping that the chicago trip will be energizing and fun and hopefully relieve some of this stress for awhile.

      thanks for listening

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 12:10 am

      Hey Sherry, sending out to you prayers for strength to cope and courage to take some “me” time to re-energize!

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 8:25 am

      sherry,

      im praying right now for you and your family. God bless!

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 8:42 am

      Jamie, Congrats on the job! I know you will be terrific there.

      Sherry, I have you and your family in my prayers. You seem to be hit where ever you go. Stay strong.

      I also have Emma and Gary in my thoughts as they go thru a treatment trial.

      And for everyone else that you might get a ray of sunshine in your life today!

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 8:49 am

      [COLOR=”Teal”][I][SIZE=”3″]Good Morning Everyone! I pray that you all have a wonderful day!!! God Bless every single one of you!!!

      Love,

      Jamie ๐Ÿ™‚ [/SIZE][/I][/COLOR]

    • October 17, 2008 at 11:54 am

      Sherry,

      My mother-in-law has this note from God on her refrigerator…

      [COLOR=”Red”][B]”This is God. I will be handling your problems today. I don’t need your help. So have a good day.” [/B][/COLOR]

      I think it is based on Matthew Chapter 11 …
      28″Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

      You are carrying several heavy burdens. I pray you will find rest in knowing God is in control and you don’t have to take on His job … “Smiley” is right. Spend some quiet personal time just between you and The Lord.

      Sending prayers and His love your direction …

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 12:32 pm

      Sherry,
      I have said a prayer for you this morning for you and your family.
      May you get relief from your stress and many burdens that have been put on you. Take your break today, God understands. You will have many prayers from all of us on the forums.
      Prayers
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm

      Stormy, look behind you. I hope you see only one set of footprints….I asked God to give you a bit of a break and He is prepared to carry you today. The only footprints you should see are God’s! May you find peace knowing we are all here praying for you and your family. When I was ill, I prayed so much that I became exhausted from prayer. Each time that happened, God sent me an angel to pray for and with me.

      One night, I was lying in ICU and I was crying. A nurse I had never seen before came in to my room and asked what was wrong. I told her I was frightened, scared and wanted to go home. She told me I needed to pray for that. I told her I couldn’t, that I was too tired from praying and just couldn’t pray anymore. She said “well let me take care of that for you.” She knelt down beside my bed and began to pray for me. I felt immediate peace. I carry that peace with me today. Telling you this has caused me to cry because it was such a beautiful and heart warming moment in my life. I never saw that nurse again!

      I want you to feel that same peace right this moment. Let us take over the load “Just for Today!”

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 6:30 pm

      Amen!

      Thank You Lord for good friends like Gary and Jan.

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 6:46 pm

      i have a little story to tell…

      i had another difficult day with my 13 year-old son today. it is to the point that he scares me. he said some pretty scary stuff to me today and then took off. as hard as i tried not to, i still started crying after he left.

      my 7 year-old sat on my lap, put his arm around me and his head on my shoulder. he just kept running his fingers through my hair and telling me how sorry he was about his brother.

      baby kai fell asleep in my arms, so i went to lay down with him in little erons bed. eron came in and laid beside me. he kissed me on my head, ran his fingers through my hair, and started praying over me. wow! im crying just thinking about it! he is such a blessing! i just love him so much! im am so lucky! i love being a mom!

      can i ask for prayers for my family? my oldest boy, esteban, for his hurt and anger to heal. for my 7 year-old, Little Eron, that he has the strength to continue being a good boy and be strong when his brother is mean. for Baby Kai, to continue being happy and healthy. for my husband, my parents, my siblings, and myself, that we will have the strength, knowledge, and perserverence to do the right thing for esteban. please, also pray for the people we ask to help us, that they will truly listen to our needs, and act on them.

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 8:28 pm

      Jamie, been doing that already and will continue to do it until things are back on track. Let us help you too. I told Stormy to look behind her. Well, Jamie, look behind you. He is there and He will get you through. Have faith and courage.

      “Be still and know that I am God.” Let His quietness and peace encompass you. Let his strength be your strength. Let His love and compassion be your guide. God bless you and your family.

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 9:07 pm

      Prayers for all of you in need. What a special place we have found…reach out and hold each others hands …we’ll get thru whatever comes our way.

      Stacey

    • Anonymous
      October 17, 2008 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you all so much. I spent a beautiful day outside from 9:00 am until 6:30 pm..splitting firewood with my boyfriend and two of my brothers. Granted all I did was push the little handle back and forth but it literally wore me out. But, it took my mind off of everything and gave me a day in the outdoors. I ache from head to toe but it is a good ache and the warmth from the wood this winter will be wonderful..Thanks everyone for holding my hand and thank you Lord for carrying me during a time that I really needed comfort.

      Gary, Tell your mom that is one of the best refrigerator sayings I have heard, and it is also one of my favorite passages.

      Thanks again

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2008 at 6:47 am

      Hi Sherry! Got my wood all stacked too an reading for burning. I enjoy a nice warm cozy fire. Keeps the draft out of the house too! Hugs!
      Sending prayers for all of us in need today!

    • October 18, 2008 at 10:49 pm

      Normally I dont ask for myself, but I need a group prayer.

      My hubby and I are trying to start our own business. We have had it in the works for a year now and finally found our direction. Things are down to the wire and we have to make this work or we are going to be in a very difficult spot very soon. I have been doing my own praying for this to work out in a big way and things are slowly falling into place. I am so filled with anxiety and afraid of failing my family. We have invested just about everything we have into starting our new life and this business.

      I am in charge of sales. Something I have never done before, but have decided that I can do because I need this to work, want this to work. Well I had my first sales meeting the other day and it went well. I met several other people in the process and they seemed interested and impressed too. During all of this, an interesting prospect turned up. The man I met with mentioned a local business that was up for sale. Turns out it is an established older graphics, screen printing/printing business that has been in the area since 1953. Now, the man took me to see the place and I read a sign on the front door. I would have bet money on what i read, but when hubby and I went to look at it the same day, just an hour later, what I thought I had read was not what it really said. I would have swore it said they were closed pending new ownership or management. It didnt. Now the even odder part is, the man who told me about the place and showed it to me, mentioned my hubby and I could probably manage the place and get paid to do so. Why would I have “read” the sign on the door the way I did, why would the man mention the management thing too, yet that sign didnt say anything of the sort?? I felt foolish to say the least. Anyhow, the shop would round out what we want to accomplish in a big way. Our own shirt printing capabilities are different than screen printing, but some jobs would require a screen printer. The other printing stuff would be absolutely awesome to offer and hubby has experience in the business. Also, the two big local printers are starting to upset customers with low quality customer service and such so a lot of people are looking for someone new. It is an excellent opportunity, but we are in no position to purchase the building and/or the business (both are for sale). BUT we are in a position to manage the place and make something wonderful of it and of ourselves. My request for prayer is that the owner wants to keep the place but needs someone to manage it and we get the opportunity.

      Forgot to mention, the sales meeting happened to be a happy accident. A wrong number for a person with the same last name from a man I had talked to a couple of months ago who is running for a seat in the senate. He didn’t remember our original conversation, but his personal call for support made an impression on me and I remembered him. He was asking for financial support to get some campaign signs printed and I mentioned that he needed shirts. That led to a business meeting the next morning. I strongly believe in “happy little accidents” and this entire event certainly was one of those.

      Sorry to ramble but I am not good at prayer requests. All I know is that I want this to work out in a big way and the sooner the better. So much has happened in our lives and something good has to be right in front of us. Please pray for us and this most excellent opportunity. If not the print shop, at least our own home business.

      Thank you

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2008 at 10:52 pm

      Prayers going out for everyone today.

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2008 at 2:06 am

      hey everybody! praying for health and happiness for all of you!

      can i ask for a prayer for my family? ive had a very difficult week with my 13 year-old, to the point that i am physically and mentally exhausted. ive been crying a lot, and my parents and siblings are having a tough time with this, too. yesterday, i called everyone i could possibly think of, trying to get anyone to help us. no one would.

      the police said he wasnt doing anything illegal, so they couldnt help. the truancy officer said all he could do was send my son a letter about him skipping school everyday. the probation officer said she’d love to help (friend of my mom), but she is in a different county, so all she can do is talk to him. the assistant prosecuting attorney didnt return my call. i told one psychiatrist that i was afraid, and he simply said i should be, and then gave me another guys phone number. the second phychiatrist (pediatric) never returned my call. the 24 hour mental health place said i could call a psychiatrist on monday. when i asked him how to stay safe til then, he said, “Put your foot down”. So, i called another facility and they essentially said the same thing – physically force him to be mentally/emotionally healthy. does that make sense? how can you physically make someone mentally healthy? think about it in reverse. would they tell you to think happy thoughts to heal a broken bone? but it works the other way around? i dont get it:confused: they were so heartless. i was crying, begging for their help.

      today, the police helped me get him in the truck and we took him to a crisis intervention center. he will be there for 3 to 7 days. theyre starting him on meds to control his mood.

      here’s the problem. i thought hubby and i agreed to move closer to our jobs really soon. so, tonight i told him i want to find a place down there before our son gets out of the hospital, so he can come home to a fresh start. hes been hanging out with drug dealers and very, very troubled kids. i think continuing to be around them is going to make it very difficult to get better. i think the temptation is too much. hubby doenst like change, though, so he just keeps making excuses not to move. he has always done this to me, and i feel like i cant take another letdown. he just says that steb isnt going to change until he is ready, so moving is pointless. i know he wont change til hes ready, but i dont see how moving away from here, where everyone picks on him about his bio-dad being in prison and him repeating 6th grade (r/t illness) isnt even a bit helpful. hes earned himself a bad reputation and is hanging with horrible people. i just think he needs a fresh start, along with his new meds and lots of counseling. how can it hurt? and a bonus is that moving will save us $1500.00 a month on gas money for work. seems simple to me:confused:

      please, pray for us that we make the right decision and still like eachother:p we love eachother, but liking is hard tonight. grrrrrrr!!!! oh, and if you want to tell me im wrong, please do—i need to hear it from someone other than my stubborn, change-hating hubby.:p

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2008 at 2:37 am

      Jamie: I guess I am not the only one up late. I think it is called tough love. You have to for the sake of your other children and husband and yourself to do the right thing for your son. That may not be easy. There was a boy where we moved from who was always in trouble. Got kicked out of school destroyed things and just had a terrible record and still in high school. Parents could not do anything with him . They sent him away to get straightened out. He needed meds also. Not sure where he went but you need someone to help you. He needs to be away to get that help and for you to be able to care for yourself and family. It is tough love but visit a clergy or some professional counselor to see where to get help. Good luck and god bless you.

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2008 at 3:54 pm

      Jamie, Joan had a good suggestion with visiting a clergy member. Sometimes they have ins to resources we would otherwise not think about. Also a social worker may have some ideas for you. It is difficult to know what to do and none of us can tell you if you are right or wrong. I have listened to you rationalize and work through the pros and cons of a move and I think you know what is right for you. Placing Steb in an intervention center is what you needed to do for now. They may have counsellors that can help you with the next step.

      Your husband fears change. Most of us do. Do you know Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs? Think about the second level….safety and security. There is safety and security in the familiar. What is it about the move that may make your hubby feel unsafe/insecure? Remember that safety is not just about physical safety but also emotional and psychological. If you can put your finger on the reasons behind his fear of change that you can suppor thim through making the change that will help hime feel safe. Does this make any sense? I hope so.

      Take care honey. Sending huge hugs and many prayers your way.

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2008 at 9:36 pm

      First of all thank you all for your prayers. I am home from the hospital and getting stronger each day.

      Joan, you and your hubby will be in my prayers. Have walked in your shoes before-and sometimes those shoes get really tight. And maybe hubby is worried about you-will he leave enough money.is the house paid for,is the car paid for—all the kind of things men worry about. You are worried about his pain, his weight, his doctor appointments, time for you, time for you both. A so very hard time for you both. Gary and Jan always have such wonderful words of support to give. I just always say, ” Let go, and let God.”
      Sending you a big hug too.

      Jamie-you and your family are in my prayers every night and in my heart. Take care Sweetheart.
      Your cyber mom

      FOM-You and your hubby are in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry I got you going on that political thread. Take care of you and hubby. I got good feelings about this FOM………….Sending you this big hug…….Emma

    • October 19, 2008 at 10:20 pm

      thanks Emma
      no apologies about the other thread. I enjoy such things and it is good to know others feel the same ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Prayers for all of us!

    • Anonymous
      October 19, 2008 at 11:02 pm

      thanks for your words of wisdom and well-wishes! i sure appreciate it!

      about maslow, i never thought about it in terms of the hierarchy of needs. hubby and i talked about it a lot today and we agreed to move to a small town just outside of lansing, rent a house, and see how it goes for a few months. that way will can feel things out and make changes as necessary.

      went to see our boy today and it went well. he came in with a huge attitude and when we didnt give attitude right back to him, he softened up and we had the best time we’ve had in what seems like forever. they upped his dose of meds and he said he is feeling better. says still too angry, though, and will ask for his dose to be increased again. maybe it just needs time to work? we will discuss that with the doc.

      the night we took him, he told the police, the nurse, the doctor that i abuse him. that is the furthest from the truth, but i think he is just grasping at anything right now to take the blame off himself. i think nothing will come of his claims, but it is hard to ignore such a thing hanging over your head. it was weird cuz he’d go from saying such horrible things one minute,to being nice the next. that never stopped. it was so hurtful to sit there and hear him say horrible things about me, knowing how much i love him and that i can lose my other children and my career if i was accused of abuse.

      i have hope now that he will get better. all i know to do is pray for guidance, and for health and happiness, hope and love for my son. i think i will be enrolling my boys in a small christian school when we move. that is the plan anyway. i hope that will make school easier for him, but i really hope it will bring him closer to God. I believe faith can pull him through this. Right!:)

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2008 at 6:13 am

      Hi Jamie! Will continue to pray for you that things work out and a better future comes from this.
      I think alot of us parents have at least one child that cries abuse! LOL! My middle daughter that gave me a fit cried abuse too! I had a Social Worker come to my home asking me thousands of questions right in front of my daughter But my two other children were in the room with us. I sat there and talked with the Social Worker and told her everything my daughter was doing. Told her to go to her school and check out the problems we were having with her. And then I looked at my daughter right in the eyes and told her to tell the Social Worker with me being in the same room, that I was abusive. She couldn’t do it!
      My other two children took up for me too! My son being the oldest and baby daughter actually got mad at their sister for telling such lies.
      What got even better was me telling the Social Worker that if she can do a better job at raising my daughter then she is welcome to do so! My daughters eyes got big as saucers. LOL! She was 16 year olds and was giving me a fit! She actually thought I was giving her to the Social Worker. Scared her alot! Never heard the word abuse after that!
      Children today hear that word so much that they try to use that word to do what they want t do. What really made me mad was I never spanked her in her childhood and they got grounded if they did bad things. But not once did my children get abused. That was so hurtful to me and even made me cry!
      I ended up having to get my daughter some help. Now today she is a Social Worker and deals with abused children and foster care! See her every week and the grandchildren and she finally grew up! In fact, I see her more than the other two! LOL! She calls me every day from her cell phone. And we are probably closer to each other than I am with my other two children.
      Somewhere someway Jamie, things will turn around for you! I agree about the private schools. They teach better, less students and much more time with the children. More money but well worth it! Hugs
      Linda H

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2008 at 9:14 am

      Please say prayers for my nieces friend Calvin and his family who passed away suddenly this week. He was pepper sprayed, had a massive heart attack and died. He was young and left behind 2 small children! My heart is going out to those children as well as the rest of the family. Thank you and God bless.

      Jamie, I use the Heirarchy in my life all the time now. It is part of the course I teach and it is always being thrown at me so it is easier to remember to use it! And it does make sense. See? Your are working out a plan. Hubby probably feels safe knowing he can come back if things don’t work out. He is meeting you half way! Way to go!

      Prayers of thanks for all the blessings God has sent each and every day. For well being, my friends Emma and Jamie that they continue to get through the days ahead. Gary hope you had a great weekend following your treatments.

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2008 at 12:11 pm

      Canada,
      Calvin, his family, and your nieces will be in my prayers.
      Saying a prayer for you too for a safe journey home.

      Jamie-sounds like you are getting a great plan with your hubby. Prayers and hugs to you all. Maybe hubby is a bit intimidated or used to superwoman doing everything-time to let him help and get more involved. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Gary-Praying you are all right. Wondered too how the hurricane cleanup is doing?

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

      [I][FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=3]I think I’ll just add prayers & good thoughts for Everyone here that’s in or has some of their relatives & friends that are in pain. Or going through a bad time ! Wishing Nothing but Good Things for Everyone ! ๐Ÿ˜‰ [/SIZE][/FONT][/I]

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2008 at 9:57 pm

      linda, thanks for your story. nice knowing someone else has been thru the same thing and came out fine in the end. glad to hear that you and your daughter are so close now! good job!!! you must be so proud of your daughter!

      jan, you are always full of good advice. sure appreciate it! you know, sometimes it is easy to help others but not see what our own family needs. maslows hierarchy of needs is so important in nursing, but i never even thought of it in regards ot my marriage. it seems so simple now, looking back on it. you must know maslow inside out, with your career relying so much on his theory. i have to admire what you do! you must help these people so much!!! love talking to you!

      i will certainly pray for Calvin’s family. thank you for sharing with us, so we can send our prayers out for your niece and his loved ones.

      emma, thanks for being there for us! you’re wonderful and i love ya to pieces!!! im going to keep praying for you to feel increasingly healthy every day. Thankful you are doing better lately!

    • October 20, 2008 at 11:01 pm

      Emma and Linda, so glad to hear you’re feeling better. Praying God will continue to heal you.

      Jan, praying for Calvin’s family.

      Terry, thanks for the prayers. You have a really sweet spirit.

      I’m in Denver this week on a business trip. My feet are really burning and swollen from the flight. I just finished working out and I’m about to soak them in the tub. I sure hope they’re better by the end of the trip. Here I am complaining and I’ve forgotten how far I’ve come from the worst symptoms of this CIDP. Praise God for his goodness and healing.

      In Christ,

      Gary

    • October 20, 2008 at 11:58 pm

      I wanted to let everyone know that I got in touch with the owner of the company we found, and the lady is very excited about combining talents and services to offer a one stop shop…she is selling her place to join up with another woman in the same business and what we offer is perfect for them to help round out their offerings! We will be contracting with them asap! I am so excited!! My second sales meeting and it was a huge contact and I got it.

      Thank you!

    • Anonymous
      October 21, 2008 at 9:37 am

      I would ask that you each pray for Joanf. She is going through a really touch time right now with BIll and says she has lost her faith. I ask that you pray that she lets God step back into her life to guiIde and carry her throught his rough patch. I pray that He gives her faith, courage and strength to face the days ahead with all the abilities and gifts He has given her. Her struggles are many and she needs some help. I think she may be where I was at at one point in my recovery where I was too tired emotionally to pray anymore. I thought perhaps our family here could carry that load for her for a while (the praying) so she can get on to the business of helping Bill. Thanks everyone.

    • October 21, 2008 at 10:03 am

      Wow! How complicated life IS.. I am going to pray really hard for all of you and myself as well. This life stuff just keeps getting harder all the time…. I hope things are going well for someone out there!!!
      Dawn Kevies mom

      Jamie,
      It sounds like things are moving in the right direction. My good friend had the same issues with her son and he was in the same place, if not more violent then your son. I think he was taking cyraquill (spelling) probably other things. After a year of counseling a couple of interventions and the right meds, he is on the right trac now. does he have an iep at school? Are the counselors helpful? You are a strong woman and I know you will get through this, I here it in your posts all the time. Prayers sent your way.
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • Anonymous
      October 21, 2008 at 8:48 pm

      I ask a prayer of the Great One for this country and world. People starveing and homeless, sick and lonley. As I look around I see people hideing and locked behind their doors. scared of the unknown. Now we are being told what to do when to do it.
      What has happen to the old days. We all helped each other. we all cared about our country and people and other people. We stood up when others abused us. cheated us, stole from us and lied to us. Why do we turn away now and pretend nothing is happying.
      Sunday morning you walked vacant streets in towns because every one was in church. oh the beauty of the old churches. not the 3-5 million bldgs we see today.
      I see Gods healing here and with others daily. and I also see lost and lonley children of Gods and others looking away or passing them by.
      My prayers are that we again can live and care about others as we use too. where people smiled and hurt and anger and pain was no more. I pray this every day and I give the best I can as my father leads me. I ask for happyness for all people in all lands of this world.It hurts deepley to see my country divided and all the millions being thrown away that could be helping the lost and sick and hungry. The old as well as the young. If I had 1 wish. it would be for world peace. without sickness and everyone getting along with another. May Gods blessing be with everyone. (Steve)

    • Anonymous
      October 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

      prayers going out to all of my friends here. may God bless every one of you with his love, patience, and guidance. special prayers for our friend joanf, who is in need of our love at this difficult time in her life. let all of us here pray for her. let us thank the Lord for Gary’s health, and for continuous improvement for him. and for our friends’s new business to thrive.

      id like to ask everyone to continue to pray for my son, Esteban. as many of you know, we are struggling now more than ever before. his physical health is good, but we found out today that his thyroid is hyperactive again (has been flip-flopping since a life threatening illness almost 2 years ago). we had hoped that all of the symptoms would be resolved, but it looks like his thyroid and lungs have possibly taken a permanent hit. we will be going back to u of m for visits with the pediatric endocrinologist who cared for him when he was so sick. this does help explain his weight loss, increased irritablility, and restlessness, but not all of it. we still have lots to work on. its going to be a long, hard road, but im just thankful for his physical health. his therapist/case worker has advised me not to visit him anymore. she said it will help us more if i dont go. she said he is just manipulating and taking advantage of me. it is hard to tell him no. he hung up on me today for that. it seems that it would make him feel abandoned by me if i do not visit, but i know they are professionals, so i will do what they say. the only other thing i know to do is pray for my baby to get better. your help would be wonderful!

    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2008 at 12:31 am

      Having trouble sleeping tonight. Steve and Dawn and Jamie! What wonderful prayers that you have posted and all are so true. Dawn and Steve, I couldn’t have said it better and the prayers you asked for were of true heart and feelings. Very beautifully said!
      Jamie! Well maybe that has been your son’s problem all along. That thyroid stuff can put you insane and you don’t even realize it! Hyperthyroidism. Just wonder if he has been tested for Graves. They would do a TSI, TPA and maybe check his Vitamin D levels also.
      If his thyroid is hyper.. gosh can that do a number on a person. It can cause severe anxiety, mood swings, depression, nervousness, aggitated feelings. I had many nights of where I felt like I was going into a Manic Phase! One night I was sitting her in my den and I suddenly felt like I was going to jump up and start punching holes in my walls. I am praying that the Hypo stage that I may be going in won’t be as bad. So far I am doing fair on that one. Just getting cold natured now and a tiny bit moody. Also noticed I am gaining weight. Bummer on that one!
      But if he is hyper and in his teen years! And we all know what teens years are like! I think we all have been there on the teens years and experienced some of what he is going through. What you could be dealing with is teen puberty meaning he’s trying to find himself and is searching his soul, but the thyroid is causing him to be manic feeling just like I was getting. Meaning he is not really manic but has a medical condition causing this behavior!
      That can be treated with medications and he might get well again. But the medications have to be checked for levels that will be right for him. Getting the thyroid levels balanced. With me not having my thyroid now, I am going to go through different dosage changes just to balance me out.
      Maybe God will make him better now, since they found a problem. Lets hope so! I don’t want to see him having anything wrong with him but if it’s something that can be treated. I would rather see him treated and getting better.
      Jamie! I feel like your son will get better. Give your son some time too. Maybe once they start treating him for the thyroid you will see a change in him. Right now he’s angry at the world. But I think in a few days he will calm down and realize that you really do love him and care.
      Me raising 3 children was tough being sick. But I somehow managed. We all love each other and get along great now. I only had problems with my middle daughter. She is the one that I am keeping my grandbabies for. And she is now closer to me than before. She grew up and became a very beautiful responsible lady.
      Jamie! My daughter gave me such a hard time in her teens years, that I finally had to sit down and say to myself, that it’s time to let her go. Let her learn her own lessons and let her pay the price. I pulled her out of regular school and bought the ICS High School Deploma Program. Made her get a full time job and made her pay for her car insurance. Told her that since she wanted to be an adult that it was time she acted like one. She finished her schooling, went to work and went to Tech School and got her degree. Got married and had two beautiful little girls.
      Life is going to be tough and challenging for you right now. Keep saying the prayers and somehow he will listen. It may take a little more time like it did me but your prayers will get answered.
      Sending you alot of cyber hugs! One day your son is going to come up to you and tell you just how much he loves you and will apologize for hurting you in anyway! Hugs,
      Linda H

    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2008 at 8:12 am

      thank you linda. hearing your story in encouraging. i know that my son and i will be close again in the future. i stopped counting how long that will be, since five years til adulthood seems like a really long time. know it will go by really fast, though:eek:

      have a good day. i will continue to pray for all of you;)

    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2008 at 9:59 pm

      Sending good thought and prayers for Joanf and her hubby.

      FOM-glad you got that building. Good luck. You and your hubby are still in my prayers.

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm

      just wanted to take a minute to let you all know that my son is back home now and is doing well. i am so thankful!!! i feel like i have my son back. i just hope he stays this way. i hugged him so many times today, and told him how much i love him. i was so happy that it took all i had no to cry. i have hope for him again i am guarded, though. we are moving this weekend and i am afraid of how my son will feel in a new city. there will be a lot of good things for him to do there to keep his busy mind entertained. i am aware that there are a lot a negative things that he could find to keep himself busy too. so im going to ask for your prayers that my baby walk down the right path in his new home, new city, and new school.

      thank you :p

      jamie

    • October 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

      Jamie, I’m praying and God’s listening. Peace be with you …

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2008 at 1:30 am

      I would ask that you remember my husband & I as he looks for another job. The lay offs in this area are huge so it appears that we will have to move to another part of the state; maybe even another state. I haven’t been doing so good the past month. I’m not consciously stressed about the job search, altho I do all the computer searches. My body is just not as strong as it was 2 years ago. . . Thank you so much.

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2008 at 1:19 pm

      Jamie-Like Gary, I pray that you have peace. He will be right there for all your needs. Be the best role model you can be and give out those hugs of encouragements. Here’s a hug for you. Yoy and your whole family are in my prayers for your safe move and smooth transition to new schools and back to work again.
      Love, cyber mom

    • October 26, 2008 at 9:12 pm

      I am so scared that Kevie is in a relapse. not sure if it is stress or he is fighting off illness that is going around school or a relapse. Please prat for him.
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • October 26, 2008 at 10:15 pm

      Dawn, I’m praying for you and Kevie.

      Sovereign God of the universe, may you protect and maintain Kevie’s health and sustain him. May Kevie bounce back from what ever he is fighting.

      May Kevien and Dawn find peace and comfort through knowing your love for them both in a very tangible and real way.

      Father God may we all rejoice and praise you together when this too has passed and Dawn can tell the story of how you have worked in their lives.

      In the name of Jesus our Lord.

      Amen

    • Anonymous
      October 27, 2008 at 7:53 am

      Dawn, I will be praying for your Kevie that he recovers quickly.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      October 27, 2008 at 8:39 am

      Dawn my prayers are with you and many many more are praying for you and Kevie. Remember God is with you and his healing touch is with you. Turn it over and allow the healing powers of our father to touch you and Kevie. Last week I had a friend that suddenley got very very sick and it turned out to be a virus. I also had it several weeks before. I thought I had the worst of the worst. Remember you have prayers from so many and in prayer in numbers is strength.I pray our fathers healing touch eases your and Kevies pain. Your unconditional friend Steve

    • Anonymous
      October 27, 2008 at 11:29 am

      Dawn, please let me echo Gary’s prayers for you and Kevie. I will be thinking and praying for you.

      Jamie, I knwo you moved this weekend, but if you are out there and reading this, I am praying that Gof gives you the strength, courage and wisdom to get through the days ahead.

      You are all in my prayers.

    • Anonymous
      October 27, 2008 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Dawn! I will be praying really hard tonight for Kevie! Bless his heart! He sure has had a challenging time and yet is such a cheerful child trying to fight this nasty disease! Will think of him tonight in my sleep and say dream prayers in hopes Kevie wakes up tomorrow feeling 100 percent better! Hugs!
      Linda H

    • October 27, 2008 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks for the prayers everyone. God has answered. See my new thread. I pray it is what the doc thinks.
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • Anonymous
      October 28, 2008 at 2:17 pm

      Dawn-You and Kevie and your family are in my prayers. It is sometimes hard sorting out how much stress affects us-weaker, tired, anger, you know them all Dawn. You are such a great mom and as hard as it is for me to have cidp, I can’t imagine how hard it must be for Kevie, and missing school. The benadryl wipes me out the first day, but the second day is ok.
      All me best to you. Take good care.
      Emma

    • October 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm

      Hi guys,
      I am calling on you again. My good friend Kelly needs your prayers as well. Emily too is having issues, Kelly suspects a relapse, her heel chords hurt ant her eye is doing what it does when there is an issue. As well, Kelly’s husband is ill. Please pray for Emily, her dad and my friend Kelly so she is strong enough to keep everyone together. Please ask God to help her family she has been so kind to me in my many moments of despair, I have to make sure I do my best to find help for her through God and you guys.
      Dawn Kevies mom

    • Anonymous
      October 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Dawn! Will say those prayers that Emma does okay! Poor Emma! She’s so young and shouldn’t have to go through all this including Kevie but even children can get sick. But I seeing a child sick! I will be saying prayers for everybody today! Think so many of us need that today! Hugs
      Linda H

    • Anonymous
      October 28, 2008 at 11:45 pm

      Dawn, got it covered! Prayers are heading God’s way in support of Kelly and her family. For you as well!

      God bless.

    • October 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm

      Dawn, prayin’ for Kelly and Emily as well as you and Kevie.

      I have two mental images:
      [LIST]
      [INDENT][/INDENT][*]cutting a hole in the roof and lowering Emily and Kevie down to Jesus through the hole (Luke 5:17-26)
      [[INDENT][/INDENT]*]kneeling before the throne of God and lifting you and Kelly up
      [/LIST]

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      November 3, 2008 at 3:53 pm

      Please everyone, remember Dawn and Kevie and Kelly and Emily in our prayers that God will send them extra strength to cope with their new challenges with their children.
      Emma

    • Anonymous
      November 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm

      Let’s remember all of the children that are suffering from this illness and others. It’s hard enough as an adult to understand but for a child it would be awful.

      May god hold each of you in his arms and comfort and guide you.

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm

      I am asking for your prayers today. My husband and I need to make a life altering decision in the next few days. It is a tremendous decision that requires advice, planning and of course we are doing that. But ultimately we need to hand this over to the Lord and ask Him to guide us as we decide. I know and trust he will show us a sign…I hope we aren’t sleeping when He reveals the plan…:D Yes! God has a sense of humour….

      Thank you for the consideration in your prayers. I send out prayers to all of you and I praise and thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon us. He has a plan and I must wait until He reveals it….but right now it is tough….

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2008 at 9:38 pm

      Canada, May God bless you and your husband in your time of need. I sure hope things work out for you. Hugs!

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2008 at 3:55 am

      Hi Dawn Kelly and Jan!

      Dear God! I have some very special friends on this forum that I have never met in person but have met online and they have been so good to me in my time of need! Now they are needing your strength and guidance and help!
      I am asking you oh heavenly father to take Emma and Kevie into your arms tonight and hold them tightly protecting them from any harm. they are two very beautiful children that are with sickness and both of these children tonight need your help. Please place your arms around them and make them well again. Give Dawn and Kelly the strength to pull through this hard time and help them with what they are going through.
      God! These are very good people that try very hard everyday in life. They have kept the faith and prayers and want to believe they have hope. Please
      give them that hope!
      As I feel your presence inside me while praying, please take this beautiful warm feeling that you are giving me and help all that need prayers in this forum tonight.
      Help Jan and her husband in their time of need. They have a problem and are asking you for guidance and answers. Somehow someway please give them a sign of what they should do. Give them the one message they need so their prayers can be answered.
      I pray for world peace and for all that are suffering from pain, hunger and illness.
      In the name of our Heavenly Father! Amen
      May God touch all those that read this prayer today!

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2008 at 8:00 am

      Bless you Linda. Bless you (Steve)

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2008 at 9:20 am

      Canada-i pray for you every night. Will add your whole family in it. Take care my friend. Sending you a big hug, God is always with you Canada, don’t ever forget that.
      Emma

    • November 5, 2008 at 10:56 am

      Janet, you are wise to seek God’s direction. It is an honor to pray for you and your husband. I have lived long enough to be able to look back and see God’s hand (direction and intervention) through out my life. However, I rarely if ever was able to recognize it at the time. I hope you Psalm 147:1-6 encourages you …

      1 Praise the LORD.
      How good it is to sing praises to our God,
      how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
      2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
      he gathers the exiles of Israel.
      3 He [B]heals the brokenhearted [/B]
      and [B]binds up their wounds[/B].
      4 He determines the number of the stars
      and calls them each by name.
      5 Great is our Lord and [B]mighty in power[/B];
      his [B]understanding has no limit[/B].
      6 The LORD [B]sustains the humble [/B]
      but casts the wicked to the ground.

      All Wise and all Powerful Creator God, In Christ’s name I pray that you will sustain our friend Janet and her husband through this difficult time, encourage their heavy hearts and soothe their wounds. Direct their lives and give them an indication of your plan and will for their lives.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm

      Please keep my nephew Peyton in your prayers; he is almost 3 years old and was rushed to the hospital early yesterday morning; they had to do exploratory surgery and found that his entire small intestine was black and dying. He is currently in a drug induced coma with his intestine out of body receiving blood to try and revive it. We are praying for a miracle. Thank you all!

    • November 5, 2008 at 4:49 pm

      Father, we place Peyton and his family in your tender care. We pray for wisdom for his doctors and for them also to be at the utmost top of their skills. We ask that you would correct whatever is causing this problem with his small intestines and that it would be your will for Peyton’s life to be spared. We ask for healing and quick recovery. Please give comfort and encouragement to Peyton’s mother and father and Christie and provide them with the support they need.

      Amen

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2008 at 5:18 pm

      God, we pray that you put Peyton, his parents and family in your hands. Watch over them as they go through this problem with Peyton’s intestines.
      We pray that you give this child recovery and spare his young life. I pray god that you help guide the doctors in there care of Peyton so that he can recover.
      In Gods Name
      Amen

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2008 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you all very much for your prayers. The issue may be one of prosperity but it depends on how God directs our lives and I have put it in His hands. He knows what the right answer will be for us. We have made a decision as to what we want to do but ultimately the outcome is dependent on the decision of others. Praise God. Gary, I love that Psalm. It is so powerful.

      Now, Christie….may God direct you and your family on a path of healing. May He guide the doctors to use their knowledge to gain healing. May the Lord bring you and your family comfort as He takes you on this journey. Know He is surrounding you with His love. And when the bedlam of the hospital, the anxiety of not knowing what is to come seem so overwhelming, close your eyes and “Be still and know that I am God.”

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2008 at 9:17 pm

      I lift up my wife Carolyn in prayer. We started off for the Symposium on Tuesday, but had to turn back. At noon today I took her to the ER. She was admitted with 103 degree fever along with a urinary track and kidney infection. At this point she is resting in her room.

      Ten years ago we went down a very similar road and she almost didn’t make. Please keep her in your prayers.

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2008 at 7:38 am

      Jan, I pray for you and your husband that God gives others the wisdom to make decisions that help you and your husband. God will walk the path with you.
      Shirley

      Jim, My Prayers will be with you and your family that God relieves you of your worry and gives Carolyn recovery from her illness.
      Shirley

    • November 6, 2008 at 8:23 am

      Jim, I am so sorry to hear about your wife’s illness. I pray that her doctors will be at the top of their skills and that they will have wisdom on how best to treat the infection. I pray that Carolyn will respond quickly to the treatements, that her fever will go away, that she will be healed completely and be home very soon. I also pray for strength, comfort and encouragement for you my friend. In Christ Jesus’ name.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2008 at 11:36 am

      Jim, I am adding you and Carolyn to my prayers today and each day until she is well. Go with peace and know God is walking with you.

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2008 at 12:25 pm

      I wanted to first say a prayer for Jim C and Carolyn. I hope that the Lord brings you both through this with comfort and peace.

      Second, I wanted to say thank you all for your prayers for my nephew. They have removed most of his small intestine and he will have some problems and equipment to deal with for the rest of his lifetime but he will be ok. He will be in the hospital for 2 more weeks but he is on the mend. Thank you all for this thread and having a beautiful place to go to share our prayers and faith!

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2008 at 5:59 pm

      Lots of prayers and hugs being sent, Jim & Carolyn. May she recovery fully and quickly!

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2008 at 6:01 pm

      Christie, I’m sorry I missed your prayer request post. I pray that Peyton continues to recover fully. Hugs being sent for you and Peyton.

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2008 at 7:44 pm

      Update on Carolyn, she has turned septic with an e-coli [sp?] infection in her blood and had developed pneumonia. Things are getting very serious. Please continue to pray.

      Thank you
      Jim C

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2008 at 8:27 pm

      Oh my Jim, I’m so sorry to hear this. Tell Carolyn to keep fighting! Lots of prayers and hugs being sent your way.

    • November 6, 2008 at 10:27 pm

      I too am sorry to hear this news. I’m praying Jim.

      Gary

    • Anonymous
      November 7, 2008 at 8:40 am

      Jim,
      I am sorry to hear the news about Carolyn. I will be saying prayers for you, your family and Carolyn that she recovers.
      My thoughts and prayers are with you.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      November 7, 2008 at 8:42 am

      Christie,
      Thank you for the update on Peyton.
      I will keep him in my prayers that he continues to recover.
      Shirley

    • Anonymous
      November 7, 2008 at 9:16 am

      Jim, I am asking the Lord to hold you and Carolyn gently in his arms as you go through this period of time. I pray that God will bring healing to Carolyn in the days ahead. Peace be with you.

    • Anonymous
      November 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm

      Christie ~ our prayers continue for Peyton and his family. Keep us updated.

      Oh Jim, I am so sorry for Carolyn and you. Richard and I will keep you both in our prayer thoughts. I will especially pray that Carolyn’s will and body will be strong for a good recovery. hugs, Judi