A time for prayer

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“Where flowers bloom so does hope.”

Lady Bird Johnson

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My thoughts today are with my nephew, David, and his sister-in-law, Carole. David was diagnosed earlier this year with an inherited disorder called Hemochromatosis that causes the body to absorb too much iron. By the time it was diagnosed, irreversible damage had been done to his liver and it was determined his only option was a transplant. However his health deteriorated further, and he was admitted to the ICU of Toronto General Hospital two weeks ago. Two days ago it was decided he was strong enough to proceed with the transplant. Carole is donating 70% of her liver to him.

My prayer is that the surgeries will go well today, and both of them will make a full recovery. Amen and amen.

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UPDATED AT END OF DAY #1:

“David and Carole are now both back in ICU after a successful liver transplant. Carole is doing well. The next days will be critical for David because of his heart.  Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support. Please continue in the days ahead. “

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Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria)

“The ‘Amen!’ of Nature is always a flower.” 

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Romans 12:12

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Romans 15:13

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17 thoughts on “A time for prayer

  1. My prayers are with your family and especially David and Carole. What a wonderful sister-in-law. Let us know how it goes.

  2. MARY HELEN GARVIN says:

    Thanks for your prayers. We are all at the hospital now waiting for David to go to the OR. Carole has already gone as far as we know. We live in hope. Love, mh

    Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:11:40 +0000 To: mhgarvin@bell.net

  3. Sharon O says:

    My husband has this and his sister does too, we believe it was also the reason his mom died of pancreatic cancer. IT is serious but with proper care and follow up it can be treated. (if caught in time) My husband also has a mass in his liver but it is not considered to be ‘dangerous’ or cancer.

  4. christicorbett says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family today. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to both.

    Christi Corbett

  5. Judith Robl says:

    Carol, praying for your family today. And would covet your prayers for my husband and his sister. Their younger brother was scheduled for a lung biopsy yesterday, but things went dreadfully wrong, and we lost him. He was the youngest of the four siblings. Only my husband, the eldest, and his sister are left.

  6. Carol says:

    Thank you all for your support. And Judith, I’m so sorry to hear your news. Of course they have my prayers!

  7. May every blessing be compounded for David and his sister-in-law Carole, as they undergo surgeries and recoveries. Blessings to you, Carol…

  8. J says:

    Wishing strength and healing to all involved.

  9. Darlene says:

    Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way Carol, for you and your loved ones.

  10. joylene says:

    A dear friend has the disease. Her brother passed away from it a few years ago. So far, she gives blood regularly, plus follows her doctor’s orders. I’m so sorry to hear of David’s illness. Wishing him the absolute best every step of the way.

  11. Katt says:

    Oh my goodness Carol……I am so sorry about your nephew and his sister-in-law. When I first learned about it, I thought it was YOU. And I had no idea what had happened.
    I’m praying for your family and so happy they are both doing well. What an amazing family you have!

  12. Judith Robl says:

    So glad all went well. Praying for swift and complete recovery on all fronts.

  13. Carol says:

    Thanks, everyone. I appreciate your prayers and good wishes. Carole is recovering well from her surgery, but we’re told it’s still touch and go for David.

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