Rare Diseases and God’s Glory

Rare Diseases and God’s Glory

It's three thirty in the morning and every time he stops breathing I check to see if his chest is moving. He had his Plasma Exchange treatment today and it's left him so weak he can barely lift his head. A little more than a week ago, he was still walking and serving as my protector and strong husband. Since then, I've seen him loaded into an ambulance twice, bundled like a baby to transfer to another bed, by men who easily lifted his depleted body. Although he's lost the ability to even physically sense the most basic bodily functions, has partial paralysis and much pain, his disposition has never wavered: Gratitude.

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Bringing the World to Our Hospital Room

Bringing the World to Our Hospital Room

A week ago, we made our way to the Emergency Room. Prince Edward Island and the friends we made there seem so very far away now. The days are running together and blending into one long endless stream of medical routines. I'm glad they write the day of the week on the white board in his hospital room; I frequently have to check it to verify that unit of time.

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Posting From a Hospital Bed

Posting From a Hospital Bed

As I type this post, we're spending some time in a Neurology hospital in Dallas, Texas, and we'd be grateful for your prayers. I'm typing this in the late night hours, from LeRoy's hospital room. I don't know how often I can post, it's hard to even find time to eat, but I wanted to reach out to you because we need you right now.

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Help for Dealing with Chronic Pain

Help for Dealing with Chronic Pain

Most of us deal with a certain level of pain, but few of us live in the kind of tenacious pain that lingers and just doesn’t let up. For years, like clockwork, I lived with regular migraines that could put me to bed. I’d battle it for days, but eventually the migraine would win and knock me out of commission for a day before releasing its grip. But I have a few friends that live with unending pain, chronic pain that seems to have no end. If you are one of those, my heart goes out to you, and I’m posting these suggestions prayerfully, not as an expert, but as one who cares for you and is so sorry for your suffering.

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The Ministry of Chronic Pain

The Ministry of Chronic Pain

“I don’t know if I can take this pain for two more years . . .” desperation and bone-dead weariness surrounded my friend’s confession. Some of you may have met my travel buddy, Jeanne. If I’ve spoken at your church or a conference you’ve attended, most likely you’ve seen her close by my side. She’s served as pretty much my “right arm” for almost twenty years. And now her right arm lies almost dormant.

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