And So, a New Chapter Begins. . .

The call finally came. We have waited for so long, it seemed that it might never come. You’ve been praying, we’ve been asking, so many have lifted up the specific request that LeRoy might be able to start treatment and . . . Yes!

The call finally came.

If there are no complications this weekend, on Monday we’ll make the drive to the infusion center and start a new chapter in this journey. It will be almost six months to the day since he fell in Prince Edward Island and paralysis began to take over the lower half of his body. When I think back to that horrific time, not knowing if he’d survive the weekend, I’m reminded of the many ways God showed up and provided for us to make it to an excellent medical facility in the States.

And now, we move into treatment and (hopefully) recovery phase.

The infusion clinic called us with some rigorous instructions for us to follow during the course of these treatments. The nurse stressed to us that LeRoy absolutely can not be around anyone who may be carrying any type of illness (and this is while our state has some of the highest numbers for the flu outbreak in the nation). If he has an infection while on this course of treatment, he could have serious complications. He will have to limit his exposure to people and being in public, and when he is outside of our home, he will have to wear a mask.

Because of the risk involved, it will mean a lot of isolation in the coming weeks.

Living in isolation won’t be a lot different than how we’ve already been functioning. The excruciating pain makes it difficult for LeRoy to do much more than navigate from his chair to the bedroom, so he’s kind of forced to “be still.” The “sitting still” aspect of this journey has been one of the real challenges for him. He has never been one to just sit. We’ve never even owned a recliner, but he has been sitting in a chair, quite literally, since we came home from the hospital at the end of August. My mom (who has a lot of experience in care-giving) saw the need for a recliner and bought him one shortly after we came home from the hospital (thanks, Mom, that chair has been a huge blessing).

All along this journey, we’ve been asking . . . “Father, what do you want to show us? What do we need to learn? How can we reflect your goodness and glorify you through this process? What do you have for our church body during this season? What do you want to teach our church family?”

We are trusting that God will accomplish all He has in mind.

We are thanking the Lord for continuing to lead and provide. We are watching and listening for His instruction. We can’t see very far down the road . . . don’t even know if we’ll actually make it to the infusion appointment on Monday. That could be delayed again, if God so chooses. And if He does, He has good reason.

As I mentioned in my last post, my focus passage for this year is Hebrews 12:1–4:

[box]Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin . . .” (Hebrews 12:1–4 NASB)[/box]

The exhortation “Run with endurance . . .” courses through my heart and mind frequently throughout the day. But the phrase that supplies the confidence to run and the awareness that we are in God’s sovereign hand in all we are facing is this:

. . . the race that is set before us . . .

Knowing that He has “set” this race, this specific journey for us to take, brings a settled peace. There is no guessing: “Wonder what I’m supposed to do today?” I don’t spend time wondering whether I’m in God’s will with how I’m spending this season of my life . . . we know we are in the race that He has set for His good reason and purposes.

I know this is the race I’m to run, the real issue is . . . will I run it well?

He has a race set for you as well, it may have much larger challenges than what we are facing, but you can hurdle those challenges as you focus on the surrender and love of Christ. Fixing our eyes on Jesus provides the grace needed for the race He has set us on.

For those of you faithful prayer warriors who are still going to the throne for us, here are some things you can pray for:

  1. Pray for protection from illness and infection during these months of treatment. LeRoy’s immune system will be quite depleted from these treatments. He is scheduled for six infusions (not a fan of that number), over the course of about four months (depending on how he responds and whether he can stay infection free during the course of treatment).
  1. Pray for wisdom as we proceed, that the doctors will be alert to anything that they need to recognize during this process, and that we will have wisdom as we follow their instructions.
  1. Pray that the treatment will be as effective as the doctors have described. They believe it will bring recovery, decrease his pain, improve his bodily functions, and restore his mobility. We are asking for that gracious work—knowing that ultimately any healing comes from our Lord.
  1. And please continue to pray for LeRoy’s pain to decrease. It is so hard to watch him suffer. We could knock him out with pain medication, but then he wouldn’t be able to function, and being on strong narcotics has its own set of complications.

Our desire is to receive all that God desires to teach us in this time, and for us to glorify Him as we walk through this season. May He graciously answer that prayer, above all.

As always, so grateful for you dear friends ~

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  • Debbie Dunn (from PACA)

    Praise the Lord the answer finally has come! Will pray all goes according to His plan and that you all will be able to run with perseverance the race before you with grace, that you will be able to bring Him glory through this challenge.

  • Laurie Kopf

    Kimberly, I will most certainly continue to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers… praying as you requested. It’s been a privilege to be on this journey with you the past six months.To God be the glory great things He has done and will continue to do. Your sister in Christ, Laurie

  • Leanne Johnson

    Praising the Lord for the long awaited call and treatment to begin!!! We will be interceding on your behalf for all that you requested! May Leroy be healed and God continue to be glorified through all of this!! I love you and am inspired by you, as always, as you cling to Christ through this and all you do! Xoxox Hebrews 10:35-36 Love, Leanne

  • Rebecca Einwechter

    So glad to hear this news! Praying for protection from infection, that the infusions would do their work and LeRoy would be healed. Thank you for your strong faith and clinging to God through this most difficult time. Sending our love!

  • Debbie

    I am sharing with your excitement that treatment day is here! God is so good! My husband and I will continue to pray for you two. We pray for a hedge of protection to surround you from any illness and infection. We pray for wisdom for the doctors, staff and also for you in any choices you need to make. We pray for effective treatment and the pain to diminish. We are praying Gods restoration on Leroy’s body.

    Thank you for sharing your faith in Jesus and including us in your journey.

  • Gail

    We love you both through the Holy Spirits love. So hard to think of the pain you both are going through. Will keep your requests before our Father’s throne. Thank you for sharing your life with us. God will and is using it for His Glory as hard as it is. When we know there is a purpose, and there always is, especially for God’s Children, it just helps to keep taking one more step. Keeping Jesus love and all he did for us in our minds, helps so much too. We are sorry for the pain. My Mother lives with pain in her older years, almost every day. It hurts to know and see her. God be with you every moment! We KNOW He is!

  • Peggy

    Praying as you desire to bring glory to your Heavenly Father through this journey. Your faithful testimony is evidence of His power and presence in your lives. To God be the glory.
    The specific requests are helpful. I will be praying!

  • Jody Gates

    Thank you for giving us specific ways to pray, which I continue to do. Your encouragemt to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus was what I needed to hear today. Praying for you and LeRoy.

  • Colleen

    Will be praying for LeRoy and you as you continue to entrust yourself fully into the Lord’s care. That word, entrust, came to mind as I read your entry today. I looked it up: en·trust (ĕn-trŭst′)
    1. To give over (something) to another for care, protection, or performance. Praying with you and entrusting LeRoy to the care of His Good Shepherd.

  • Rebekah Beene

    Oh beloved, how I can relate. We’ve just had another surgery and by now it’s like okay Lord, whatever You allow through your fingers of love we know it will be okay. Trust was developed in the dark days when we didn’t know if my precious hubby would survive. So now we just wait on the Lord and keep up that “good courage”. I hope to meet you in person one day and hug your neck and thank you for sharing the Truth you are walking in. God bless you both and may this new treatment do exceedingly abundantly above all you and LeRoy have asked or thought!

  • Jackie Price

    Dearest Kim,
    Thanking God for you both and continuing to pray. As a nurse, I’m sure the staff told you that LeRoy’s isolation might mean yours, too. You see, as his primary care-giver, he can’t afford for you to bring home anything to him and the more you are out and about, the greater the chance of that happening becomes. Especially in public places like church or the supermarket. You might want to consider home delivery on groceries for this period if a local supermarket offers that service.

    On a spiritual note, this is always my concern as well: “I know this is the race I’m to run, the real issue is . . . will I run it well?” I will pray that you both run it well. Blessings, sister!

  • Laurel J Holub

    Dear Kimberly
    I have been following your posts and praying for your dear husband, and will continue to do so.
    Are you and Leroy at all open to natural healing modalities?
    I use essential oils and have experienced tremendous blessings and healing in my body and emotions.
    If you are willing to try, I will be happy to give you some as a gift.
    I use the Deep Blue rub and pills for pain.
    Bless you, dear heart,

  • Tambra Lucas

    So thankful he has finally made it to this point and it’s now time for God to do a miraculous healing!! Praying daily, and diligently on your behalf, our hearts are with you guys! God is so able💞Love you!

  • Kristin

    Finally!!!! So thankful treatment is right around the corner! I am continuing to pray for you both! So thankful and love you both so much!

  • Donna

    I am Praying for LeRoy’s protection from illness and infection during these months of treatment. I pray the six infusions will take with no complications.
    I pray that the Doctor’s will have wisdom as you proceed,and will be alert to anything that they need to recognize during this process, and that you will have wisdom as you follow their instructions.
    I pray that the treatment will be as effective as the doctors have described. I am believing it will bring recovery, decrease his pain, improve his bodily functions, and restore his mobility.
    And praying that his pain decrease.


  • Linda and Jerry Suit

    Continued prayers, especially now that a plan of treatment is in the works. You are both very special and God will continue to work through you.

  • Vera "Scooter" Severtson

    Praying, praying, praying. I am in northern Idaho and our pastor is the one who was shot with six hollow-point 45 bullets. We have watched him struggle against horrific unspeakable pain. His right arm continues to feel as though it is literally “on fire.” He is a warrior and I know LeRoy is too. None of us understands God’s choices in these matters, but what is crucial is that we understand it is His very best decisions and that every moment is done “in love.” I love CS Lewis’ “Space Trilogy.” There is an exchange between, what I call angels, in “Perelandra” that I am in love with. “Look on him, beloved, and love him,” said the first. “He is indeed but breathing dust and a CARELESS touch would unmake him.” There is nothing that is “careless” about God’s attentions toward us. But, oh what an tragic and painful road we are sometimes called to travel. Praying for you both.

  • Vera "Scooter" Severtson

    It is so funny that my post is showing my husband, Merwin’s, picture… I think it is because he has a Word Press account. :-/

  • Leonor

    Praise God for the treatment, we pray that LeRoy’s body takes it well!! 🙏🙏🙏
    Thank you for sharing your journey, Kimberly
    It is incouraging to see how in the mist of pain and uncertainty
    God remains in the throne of your heart, life and hope!
    Your prayer request have been lift up to our
    Faithful God, May he answers the desires of your heart for LeRoy and yourself, your family and and your church!
    Praying with you!

  • Glenda Mc

    Praise for the answered prayers securing the infusion! Praying on that the treatment is received by his body and has the effect the doctors are wanting. Praying also for God to be glorified each step of this course ya ll are running! And for strength and to walk in His power and grace !

  • Amy Gelatt

    Oh Kim. Praising God with you! And also as I read this I think of Job and through the new covenant in Christ, what a wife LeRoy has in contrast to Job’s wife.
    Your life has been a coach to me and many others. As a biblical wife, and now in the midst of suffering! May God continue to get the glory and give you peace, as your worship and praise demands so much sacrifice and suffering.