Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

June 30, 2007

Update June 30, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 10:05 am

Dear Family and Friends,

To all who have been keeping up with our journey, let me thank you. We both appreciate your thoughts and prayers. This week we have seen significant improvement in Ginny’s condition. Perhaps the best way to explain this is to let you read a copy of one of our care-givers report for Thursday written to all of us and the other care-givers. Here was the report:


Thursday, June 28, 2007

“Ginny began her third round of chemo treatment today (almost to the half way mark).   …..Dr. Cheng said Ginny is definitely responding to treatment and went through the explanation (not much of which we understood) about the Aredia (the 3 hour infusion) which strengthens the bones to prevent breaking.  The cancer is responding the way they hoped it would, and if it continues that way, her stem cell transplant will be scheduled as planned in September.  Dr. C recognized Ginny’s improved outlook and increased strength.  He stayed for a very long time just visiting with us and grinning from ear to ear (we’re not sure why)  — very pleasant and most reassuring — . 

Dr. Vescio (stem cell doctor from UCLA) is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10.  On the way home, we picked up lunch at Baja Fresh – TWO tacos for Ginny with salty chips – she ate it all.  We shared from Luke chapter 4 (such a great book by an encouraging physician) and claimed the promises  Luke 4:40 NKJ …..“When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to HIM, and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.  “He, Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”  Matthew 8:17b   

Two different walks around the circle outside – one after lunch and one about 5 p.m.  In between we visited, watched TV and shut our eyes.  No pain pills today! Chemo seems to tire Ginny a bit (I must have great empathy because it wears me out too).  It was a restful afternoon, but a special day once again to spend with a very special friend.

Oh yes, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DON & GINNY — July 3. — Who da thunk????

As you can tell, we have some wonderful women giving tender loving care for Ginny. But here is some encouraging news received after her blood test. When the doctors first made their diagnosis, her blood tested 9,500 for the cancer protein. The test after the first round of chemo reduced it to about 5,000. Her test this week came back at 1,200. That was a significant “kicking back” against the cancer. The doctor was pleased with the progress she is making. So are we.

Ginny hopes to join me at church this Sunday for our communion service. We look forward to being with our church family around the Lord’s Table. We have so much to be thankful for. Also, as mentioned above, we will be celebrating our 42 wedding anniversary on July 3rd. We look back with such gratitude for all God’s blessings on us, our children, grandchildren and church. We look forward with hope for many more years together. We are a blessed people!

May Christ’s grace strengthen us all,

Don & Ginny


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  1. I am so pleased to hear the great news . All the prayers and positive thoughts are working!! I ran into Rae Kalklosh at the bagel store the other day. She told me that she has spoken to you and was hoping for positive news. We continue to pray and I think of you daily. Patrick sends his love and prayers also.
    Love, Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Sullivan — July 1, 2007 @ 6:12 pm |Reply

  2. Yeah! I’m so glad the treatments, our prayers, and positive thoughts are making a difference! It was so nice to see you Ginny ( Don & Dorothy too) at school the other day… I hope to see you again soon. I think of you (all) every day! Take care!
    With Love, Leslie 🙂

    Comment by Leslie Moritz — July 2, 2007 @ 4:43 am |Reply

  3. We are still here in Canada, but are thrilled to hear how well you are doing. Carrie too has been updating us about your progress via email. We continue to hold you up in prayer and look forward to seeing you very soon. So glad to hear you are feeling better !!! All our love, Andy, Lil and family

    Comment by Simonji Family — July 2, 2007 @ 2:39 pm |Reply

  4. Ginny,
    What a joy to read your good news. “Trust in the Lord with all you heart…” I try to remember this daily in my life, sometimes not easy to do, but… Happy Anniversary to you and your wonderful husband. May you have many more happy years together. I can’t tell you what comfort I have been receiving from all these blogs. It’s a heavenly network of caring people lifting each other from one day to the next. How wonderful for you, how wonderful for us all! My girls are here with my grandson and son-in-law and we are having a grand time together. My husband, Tom planned a surprise ‘Happy Everything Day’ for me yesterday for my 60th come Aug 30th since the girls won’t be here. We also celebrated our 38th a couple weeks ago. There we’re 10 other people here yesterday besides our family.I was clueless. I must be slipping as it’s hard to keep something from me. We had a wonderful dinner together and lots of laughs. Send some warm weather this way please! It’s much too chilly for lake swimming. We just came in from the boat and it was really windy. My grandson, Graham, slept on the deck shielded by an umbrella. What joy children are, wouldn’t you agree? Well, my dear friend, I love you and pray for you always. God is continuing to make you well. Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — July 2, 2007 @ 11:13 pm |Reply

  5. Heartfelt best wishes for a wonderful anniversary celebration. What a good feeling after reading about your improved condition, anniversary, and all the loving care that surrounds you. I feel such calm and hope and thrill as you make so much progress and are living with more of an appetite and fewer pain pills.
    Keeping you, your family and care givers in our prayers and looking forward to the continuing test results that prove He is keeping you safely in His Hands. God Bless.

    Comment by Char Takahashi — July 3, 2007 @ 2:47 am |Reply

  6. Hi Ginny!

    It was so great to talk to you the other day. Hearing your voice lifted my spirits because you sounded strong and positive. Indeed, the news is encouraging. We continue to remember you in our prayers, and we’re excited to see glimmers of hope and reassurance that this will be eradicated. Remember my offer to help you in some way this summer….I do know how to clean, even though there is evidence around me to the contrary! Also, I am known for being an excellent chief cook and bottle washer. I was so tickled to read that you had stopped for a bit of fast food and enjoyed the chips. Yet another thing we have in common, so if you get a hankering for chips, I’m happy to assist you in that area, as well. Know that you are loved and ever-present in our thoughts and prayers.

    Debby James

    Comment by Debby James — July 3, 2007 @ 3:06 pm |Reply

  7. Just wanted to wish you both a Happy Anniversary! Soexcited that you are doing so well Ginny and the encouragement from the numbers! So very much to be thankful for and to praise our Lord!
    You are all still in our prayers.

    Linda Burnstein

    Comment by Linda & Rich Burnstein — July 3, 2007 @ 3:23 pm |Reply

  8. I was so happy to read the good news on the site this morning. I wanted to wish you a happy anniversary. I continue to pray for you and all of your extended family.

    Comment by Alycia Orndorff (Stevens) — July 3, 2007 @ 4:35 pm |Reply

  9. Happy Anniversary, Ginny and Don. We just celebrated our 40th. Forty-two is a really long time!! This last report sounded much more encouraging. Was it Valencia Night at Baja Fresh?!!? I am happy that there is improvement and that you are taking fewer pills. We are leaving for China on Friday. I will call when we come back. I hope I can see you then. Love and prayers to my dear friend. rae

    Comment by rae kalklosch — July 4, 2007 @ 1:00 am |Reply

  10. Hi Ginny and Don,
    Happy Anniversary! I’m so glad I went to the website today! 42 years! Wow! Randy and I will celebrate 22 years on the 20th. We are entertaining Randy’s sister and niece from Alabama this week. We went to the Wild Animal Park and Disneyland with them. Very fun, but so hot! I hope you are staying cool. Enjoy your evening and God bless you with many more years of love. Love, Nancy
    P.S. I’m so glad I got to see you at school with Don and Dorothy. I can’t believe she is from Kansas. That is a fun conversation starter! Hugs and love, NJ:)

    Comment by Nancy Jumper — July 4, 2007 @ 2:17 am |Reply

  11. Ginny (or Annie’s Gramma.. as Jordyn refers to you often!)
    It was so nice to see your smiling face in church on Sunday Ginny! Yeah!!
    Happy Anniversary to you both! Wow.. we are so blessed to have so many amazing examples of God fearing Christian marriages in our church.
    Thank you for being an example of Christ in our lives.
    Our family prays for yours daily, I trust he has, is and always will bless you fully!
    May you have sweet dreams and a wonderful nights rest.
    The Hamen Family

    Comment by Cathi & Jeff Hamen — July 5, 2007 @ 5:31 am |Reply

  12. This is the third attempt to get through. Everything has been erased. Soo00 this is a trial run. Diana Cranny

    Comment by Diana Cranny — July 8, 2007 @ 12:11 pm |Reply

  13. Hi don and Ginny,

    I hope I can remember everything I wrote the last three attempts. I don’t know how I erased it, but it looks like I put the address in wrong. So this is the fourth attempt.
    We were so000 excited to hear about your progress: cancer protein going down so dramatically, no pain pills, eating out, going for walks, anniversary and communion. We praise God for every step of progress whether big or small!!!! You are so courageous and are surrounded by such wonderful people.
    It sounds like the ardeia treatment will be very beneficial. I pray that the insurance will come through for you.
    Jack & I leave on our mission trip this next Sat. We are getting so excited. We fly first to Bremen, Germany where we will stay with about 10 pastors that we have housed here in the past 6 years. We will probably visit their churches, small groups and anything else they have planned for us. I’m sure there will be some sight seeing there too. We’ve never been to Europe, other than an overnight stay in Paris on my way to Russia. Then we travel to London to meet up with our Rwanda team and then on to Rwanda. We will be gone about a month. I am having trouble trying to pack “lite” for two different cultures. I am an “everything but the kitchen sink” packer and Jack would just go with the clothes on his back. God sure had a sense of humor when He put us together! Tee hee! Anyway, with God’s help I’m sure it will come together.

    We babysat our granddaughters last Fri. night. We showed them on the globe where we were going and tried to explain why we were going. The two older ones (5 & 9) had good questions and we tried to answer them. Then at bedtime prayer time, the 5 year old expressed her fears that Grandma might get eaten by a Tiger. I explained to her that I would not go anywere by myself or go out late at night, but most importantly that Jesus would be with me. That seemed to solve the concern.

    We had another miracle this week. We contacted the church that we had a home available for a house sitter. Later we got a call that a Pastor from Crestline, CA needed a place to stay during the week days. He comes down here and is translating the Purpose Driven Church materials in the Rwandan language. He and his wife have been there 4 times. When he is finished, they are going as missionaries to Rwanda full time. We are so excited to meet him this Tues. God works in amazing ways. We have also made friends with Jean Paul Samputo, a musician whose family was killed in the genocide and now has an amazing testimony on how God found him and how he found God in the pain and loss. He shares a wonderful story about how God helped him with forgiveness and gave him courage to go on. Now he uses his music to raise funds for orphans and works with World Vision. What an amazing testimony about the love God has for us!!! He wanted to make contacts in Germany. We said, well you are talking to the right people…so we will share his story when we get to Germany. (a Divine appointment)

    Don and Ginny you are in our daily prayers. We have you on our church prayer list, and we will be praying for you constantly on our trip. We will ask our German churches and our Rwanda team and churches to pray for you too. Ginny, I thank you for all the love and encouragement that you have shown to me and the teachers and students that you have worked with. You are an amazing woman and I’m so thankful that you are in my life. “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and give you (healing) peace.”
    Love, Jack & Diana Cranny

    Comment by Diana Cranny — July 8, 2007 @ 12:46 pm |Reply

  14. Thanks for the update! That is good news. We are praying for you and your family. Hug!!

    Comment by Lisa — July 8, 2007 @ 10:19 pm |Reply

  15. It was so nice to see Ginny today (7-8-07) It warms our hearts to see her. She is such a beautiful, elegant, CLASSY lady! I admire you both so much, and am so thankful that we are back home! May God continue to bless you and strengthen you!

    We love you!

    Heidi & Ramin

    Comment by Heidi — July 8, 2007 @ 10:45 pm |Reply

  16. Ginny,

    I’d love to come visit you if you are feeling up to it at all in the next few weeks. I’m not working this summer, so short notice is fine too! Jeff and I will be away the last week of August for the multiple Forest Home camps, but other than that… I’ll be around.

    Miss you!

    Comment by Robin Jennings — July 9, 2007 @ 3:53 am |Reply

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