Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

June 9, 2007

Update June 9

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 5:18 am

Dear Family & Friends,

 I am so thankful to give some good news for a change.  Ginny had some rough days early in the week with pain and fatigue. On Thursday, however, our doctor told us a recent blood test showed about a 70% decrease in a cancer protein marker. He was encouraged with this progress. He also ordered another MRI on her spine to determine if there were any new fractures. The results came back Friday night. They discovered a fracture in another part of her spine. Because of this she will be referred on to a spine specialist to see if she is a candidate for a proceedure called a kephoplasty. If so we hope she can have this done as soon as possible. This may decrease her constant pain. She wanted to know what they were doing tomorrow.

She is able to walk a bit more freely by using a walker. This is to relieve the pressure on her bones.  She is taking less pain medicine which helps her think more clearly.  One day this week she asked rather discouraged, “What should I do? I have cancer.” My response was “persevere! You focus on getting better. You don’t have to be nice. Nor do you have to appear spiritual for others.  If you don’t feel like visitors read your letters and emails. Rest in your faith that you have been justified. If you can’t pray there are hundreds of people praying for you. If you can’t do much at all let the many people who are surrounding you help.”

I was so glad I could offer the hope of resting in Christ while trying to survive pain and suffering.  I don’t know how other people can do this without the assurance of God’s infinite love and sovereign grace. He is in this with us by using you.

Monday Ginny hopefully will be able to go to the school district office to sign official papers for her retirement. Its too bad she has to retire without the joy of being with the people she so loved to work with and the children she enjoyed in her class. We are praying this day will come before school lets out for the summer.

Again, thanks to all our faithful prayer partners and helpers in our difficulty.  You have given us support, help, encouragement and hope. 

Let us know how we can pray for you.

Christ is our portion

Don & Ginny



  1. Don and Ginny,
    I am so grateful for both of you! You have served me and our church in so many ways, and both of you have spoken truth into my life consistently. It is such an encouragement to know that while suffering pain and discouragement, you cling to our Father and put your trust in him. Please know that you are very loved, and we carry your burden with you. As the body of Christ, it is our joy to have any opportunity to care for you both, following the example you have set for us. And so we persevere in this Faith together, until we reach our eternal home.
    Chrissie Rouse

    Comment by Chrissie — June 9, 2007 @ 6:44 am |Reply

  2. Dear Ginny,
    You have been continually in thought and prayer–Don and family, too. I have just been shocked at what you are enduring. Finally I figured out where to click so I could write to you. I hope all of the messages keep you company and busy and distracted when you need comfort. Could you forward your email address to me. So many people are in need and have sent some pretty inspiring emails that I would love to forward to you–however, I do not want to clutter your email.

    I still go to Janis Sinko for my Stampin Up classes up the street from you. I have been so frustrated at not being able to help you in any way, so that is the reason for the drop off remembrance. I was right there at Janis’ home and wanted so much to touch base with you. You know Janis’ husband (only in his 60s) had cancer of the bladder and 6 weeks ago he had his bladder removed in a 11 hour operation and they constructed another from his intestine.

    His recovery from the operation has been quite difficult and we get regular email updates on his condition from Janis. So the prayer network has been on overdrive and we know the Lord will be there for you.

    Kathy Seifert said she had a conversation with Andrew recently and she was telling me what a nice young man he is –6th grade already–I can’t believe it. He spoke to her of you and she marveled at his calm and maturity. All of this tugs so on my heart. Sending you lots of love and hugs. Valencia is supposed to let Pat, Sharon and I know the day you plan to visit school so we can come too !
    God bless you and heal you,

    Comment by Char Takahashi — June 9, 2007 @ 10:36 am |Reply

  3. Ginny,

    You are in our family’s prayers. I had forgot how connected we were outside of me subbing at Valencia for those years. Kerri taught at MVCS when our kids were there, Chrissie Rouse was a colleague, the Tauges, the Jennings, and others. It is a web of concern and prayer. Please deeply know that you are in His hands and that the Jesus who healed the sick so many years ago is the same yesterday, today, and forever.


    Perry Hamilton

    Comment by Perry Hamilton — June 10, 2007 @ 5:28 am |Reply

  4. Hi Pastor Don & Ginny,
    We love you both so much & have been praying for you daily since the onset of your pain. How wonderful about your recent news–we will continue to pray for more good news. Please know how dear you & your family are to us. I (Julie) was so sad to be sick & not able to visit you. We look forward to being at church in July. I am feeling much better & will arrange a time to come visit & help you when we are in town next month. Thank you for your love & friendship. I treasure our times together & although we wish we could remove this pain from your life, please know that we hurt for you. Also, it is comforting to know that Chrsit has also suffered greatly & that He is no stranger to pain. We pray that you would feel His loving arms around you even in your darkest times. We pray that Christ would be gracious & allow you many more times to enjoy all the love that is surrounding you right now. Thank you for your friendship & I look forward to seeing you. Much love & prayer–Julie on behalf of Tim, Micah & Mikayla

    Comment by Tim & Julie — June 10, 2007 @ 6:03 am |Reply

  5. Ginny and Don,

    Just wanted you both to know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers these past weeks….and we’re so grateful that Ginny will likely be able to have a stem cell transplant. In the meantime, we’re hoping she will have the kyphoplasty soon – it’s similar to the vertebroplasty that mom had for her MM and it really made a huge difference in her pain. We appreciate the time you take updating this blog, Don – we read it daily and are encouraged that her tumor markers are heading in the right direction. Give Ginny our best. Peggy and Jim Sajevic

    Comment by Peggy and Jim Sajevic — June 10, 2007 @ 7:42 pm |Reply

  6. Hi Don and Ginny,
    You have been in our thought’s and prayer’s. We love you and your family. My prayer is that the pain will cease. I’m so glad that it is diminishing.
    You both have been such a blessing in both of our lives. Don you married each of our kid’s and Ginny you quietly have always given such wonderful words of wisdom. Both of you helped us in our day’s of “fire”, and lovingly loved us back into the flock.
    Ginny thank you for giving Don up on May 19th so he could marry Matt and Samia. They also were so thankful and said they could not imagine being married by anyone else. The ceremony was perfect.
    During our trial God was the only one that I could trust, lean on, and put my hope and faith in. That is my prayer for you that you will know and trust in God’s mercy and love for you.
    If I can help in any way please let me know.
    Hugs to both of you,

    Comment by Sally Keller — June 11, 2007 @ 5:49 am |Reply

  7. Praying Ginny made it to district office today. Much prayer for you guys.Isaiah 41:10″Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,surely I will help you,surely I will uphol you with My rightous right hand.”
    In Christ,Bonnie G.

    Comment by Bonnie George — June 12, 2007 @ 2:53 am |Reply

  8. Pastor Don and Ginny,

    Thank you for how you have cared for our family and ministered to us for these many years. Even in these difficult days, you contiue to minister to all of us as you live by faith, bringing glory to Christ.
    We caught a brief glimpse of you at the concert Sunday evening and it surely put a smile on our hearts. You are in our prayers and thoughts daily. We love you dearly.

    Resting with you in the sure promises of Christ,

    Carlos and Tavia.

    Comment by The Reyes Family — June 13, 2007 @ 6:55 am |Reply

  9. Dear Ginny and Pastor Don,

    Just a note to let you know that I read about you when I am able. My daily prayers always include you and your family. When I feel at my lowest ebb I always pray to God to open up my heart so that I may see Him, and remind me He is with me…I pray that God speaks to your heart and provides a place for you to go to find comfort, He has done this for me, and I know He does for you. I am unable to do any physical help for you and your family at this time, but please be reassured and comforted by the fact that you and your family are always in my prayers.
    May God continue to bless you and your family
    Brenda Hallman

    Comment by Brenda Hallman — June 14, 2007 @ 4:55 pm |Reply

  10. Dear Ginny, we are praying that they can relieve your pain with the kephoplasty. And the encourgment of the test results with improvement is a positive though I am sure through your pain those results dont releive anything. Want you to know though that we do continue to lift you up during this time in sweet prayer, knowing the Lord loves you and cares about all the details of your life. He knows all about everything and He holds you in the palms of His hand. Everything in your life is filtered through His loving fingers and for His glory and our good. He knows of the discourgement and depression that accompanies your pain and all of the waiting, appointments, tests, etc….He loves you through all of it….though that love is so hard to comprehend we believe Him and His Word because He said so we believe it. We trust Him with all of it Ginny and we know there is purpose in all that you are facing…even if it is revealing His love to us all by your trial. We support and lift you up in prayer, praising the Lord for His lovingkindness and mercy to you.

    In our Saviours love

    Comment by Mark and Cherie Day — June 14, 2007 @ 5:58 pm |Reply

  11. Hey Miss Ginny!
    Know that your body is healing even if you don’t always feel it. I hope you had the opportunity to sign your retirement papers. I know that you would have preferred different circumstances, however, now you can reminisce about being a teacher, like “When I taught 4th grade, my students…” You can spend more time with your grandchildren and shop! Now there’s a pasttime I partake in whenever possible, even if I don’t buy something. My shopping options are a long stretch from South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, or Shops at Missiom, or whatever they renamed the mall. My stores are TJMaxx, Kohls, TJMaxx, Kohls, and did I mention TJMaxx and Kohls? I hope I made you laugh b/c laughter lights up the soul and makes us feel better. I’m having a cup of Tension Tamer tea and trying to stay warm as it’s cold here today and windy. I need to go out and work in my garden. I have another yard of mulch to spread. That makes 4! Where are those CA gardeners when I need them? May you continue to find comfort and strength in the God who loves you my friend. Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — June 14, 2007 @ 5:59 pm |Reply

  12. Dear Ginny,
    It is so encouraging to hear that you are making progress. You continue to be in my prayers as you go through each day.
    I recently found out that Ed Sampson (Sue’s husband) also has MM. I find it odd that the spouses of two folks who worked in the church office would have the same rare condition. Should you or Don want their contact information, please let me know.
    I hope that you get to see your class again before school lets out and will pray to that end. I’m glad to hear that you made it to the choir concert Sunday night and hope that it uplifted your spirit. What great music!
    Do you remember telling me at Nancy Maroney’s baby shower that you planned to retire in another year and hoped to be home a couple of years before Don retired? We just never know what the future holds … and yet … we know WHO holds the future.
    With that in mind … we would love to have you pray for the kids and counselors who are going to Awana Camp July 1-8. We are taking quite a few new campers and want all the kids to be encouraged in the Lord. Your prayers would mean so much.

    God bless you!
    Cindy Smeltzer

    Comment by Cindy Smeltzer — June 15, 2007 @ 2:38 am |Reply

  13. Hi again,
    Just wanted you to know that I sent the previous “Comment” on June 14th at 7:38 p.m. I suppose that the “host/server” might be 7 hours ahead of us since it recorded my comment sent on June 15th at 2:38 a.m. Hehehe. I’ve been known to be a night owl, (so true!!) … but, not this time. 🙂

    Comment by Cindy Smeltzer — June 15, 2007 @ 2:42 am |Reply

  14. Dear Ginny, it was so good to see you at the concert last Sunday evening. I wanted to run back and say hi in person, but I was too late–Adam had stepped up to direct us. I will pray that you are able to see your kids and coworkers before the end of the year.


    Comment by Kathleen Schlick — June 15, 2007 @ 6:08 pm |Reply

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