Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

July 11, 2007

Update July 11, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 6:59 pm

Dear family & friends,

 On Tuesday, July 10th we traveled to see the oncology specialist at Cedars Sinai.  Our good friend Barb McIntyre went with us. She and eight other women from the church form Ginny’s care-givers team. They are awesome! The news in our opinion is very hopeful:

The doctor was very pleased with the protein marker which now shows her in the normal range. This doesn’t mean the cancer is gone but it does mean we are making great progress! He encouraged her to be active and walk to build her body back up. He said all things considered we would be back to see him in September (11th) at which time he would do further tests to see if she will be a ready candidate for a stem-cell transplant. If so he will prepare her for this. A week or so after this they can begin the procedure. When ready they will give her chemo and then the collection of stemcells  and then the final procedure probably mid October. During her hospitalization (2 1/2 weeks) she  experience mild sickness depending on her health and her reaction to the chemo.  This whole process depends on her staying healthy and kicking back the cancer.

We were also informed new research is being conducted on Multiple myloma. It may be helpful in planning her maintenance protocol.

So with the goal of health and perseverance for the next few months….. we go on. We want to thank all of you for your many kind expressions of love and care. We are overwhelmed by it all. Please continue to pray with us for Gin’s recovery and strength to face October.

Grateful and Hopeful

Don & Ginny



  1. Ginny,
    I just knew that you had good news and that’s why it’s been over a week since ya’ll have written. I feel so encouraged for you!!! Now get outside and walk,walk, walk. Strengthen those bones. Easier said than done, I know, but a little bit more everyday. You can do it. You have that beautiful California weather to keep you smiling, although, I have heard a lot about fires out west. We are having rain as I write. Complain, complain. Will you use your own stem cells? We have a friend here who has been affected by agent orange from Vietnam and he had a stem cell transplant, not his own, in January at Dana Farber in Boston. I think it took minutes to do and he was in a week or so before and I think less than a week after. His biggest problem now is boredom because he can’t go out in crowds for a year, otherwise, he’s great. I think he had Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He’s about 55 and a great guy. Be strong, Stand tall, and Smile my dear friend. Our Lord is right beside you to guide you through this time. My prayers are ongoing. God bless you all. Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — July 12, 2007 @ 1:02 am |Reply

  2. Praise the Lord- Love,Bonnie G.

    Comment by Bonnie George — July 12, 2007 @ 3:12 pm |Reply

  3. Ginny,

    Kathy and I are continuing to hold you up in our prayers. Praise God for some good news!


    Comment by Matt Merwin — July 13, 2007 @ 11:32 am |Reply

  4. Ginny….and Don,
    We shall refer to you in our prayers as “Mr. and Mrs. October!” Do you remember Reggie Jackson…Mr. October?! He was able to save the team in October…the end of the season in baseball. We want that for you as well…VICTORY

    Comment by Bill and Carol Temple — July 14, 2007 @ 2:36 am |Reply

  5. Dear Don and Ginny,
    Bill and I will refer you to God in our prayers as “Mr. and Mrs. October!” Remember Reggie Jackson…Mr. October???? He could always bring the team out of a slump at end of season (October). We pray for October VICTORY for both of you….a testamony of your faith and of God’s faithfulness, and a testamony for stem cells the way HE CREATED them for your benefit , not for the way the world would use them.
    We covenant with you and with Him to remain fervent in prayer, in His promises, and in His hope. Yes, indeed, God is always good.
    We love you guys.
    Bill and Carol xoxoox

    Comment by Bill and Carol Temple — July 14, 2007 @ 2:41 am |Reply

  6. Hi Ginny!

    So great to read of more progress in the right direction. How do people get through these things without prayer I wonder?! I am so encouraged by Don’s latest posting. Remember, I am around and more than happy to Ginny-sit should you need me. I am also excellent at cleaning; however, I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t tell my husband that I’m bragging about it. He might just suggest otherwise. My love and prayers to you and your family….

    Debby James

    Comment by Debby James — July 17, 2007 @ 2:20 am |Reply

  7. Hi, Ginny!

    Sorry I missed your call today and the opportunity to talk with you. You sounded terrific, and I pray that you’re feeling as good as you sound.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the dinner. It looks like you’ve been getting quite a variety. Eat all you can and be healthy.

    Marcia Slemmer

    P.S. We’re going to the jail tomorrow night (Thursday) for our monthly church services. We’d love to have you pray for the team and for the inmates who attend. Thanks!

    Comment by Marcia Slemmer — July 19, 2007 @ 3:53 am |Reply

  8. I’m singing…..

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
    His mercies never come to an end.
    They are new every morning, new every morning,,,
    Great is Thy faithfulness, O LORD!
    Great is Thy faithfulness!!

    Much Love, Joan

    Comment by Joan Guilford — July 22, 2007 @ 5:34 am |Reply

  9. Dear Mrs. Smith,
    My mom told me that you were sick. I wanted to let you know that I am praying for your recovery. Also, this webpage gives me the opportunity to thank you for being such a great 4th grade teacher. I can still recite by memory my entire Shell Silverstein poem (called “sick”)that I recited in the poetry play. I can’t believe it has been 12 years. Thank you again and I look forward to hearing some good news of you in the future.

    Comment by Katie Pozzi — July 22, 2007 @ 9:06 am |Reply

  10. What a wonderful update ! Prayers continue and we see they are being answered. It is so good to see you get stronger little by little and hear all the postive procedures planned in the days ahead. Keeping you and your family in our hearts and prayers and we are so looking forward to seeing you, soon.
    Much love

    Comment by Char Takahashi — July 24, 2007 @ 6:51 am |Reply

  11. Ginny,
    Can you believe it’s almost August? We had a gorgeous day with the promise of a couple more before some rain. Tom and I had a bite to eat at one of Keene’s sidewalk restaurants while listening to a band play on the commons. It was fun to dine al fresco, a pleasure I miss from CA almost year round. I hope you’ve been walking in your neighborhood and building stronger bones. Tom and I will drive to CT this weekend for his 45th HS class reunion. What fun!!! We’ll stay at his cousin’s overnight, and make a Costco run in Springfield, MA on the way home. See how lucky you are to have Costco all over the place? We have to plan a trip to get there. Took my Mother to a strawberry shortcake social at another assisted living yesterday. There were 6 residents from her place and part of the activities was playing password. I thought to myself, “How are these demented people going to play this game?” Well, by the grace of God it wasn’t that bad with a little prompting from us not yet demented folks. Sometimes the wheels still turn and the connection is made. I continue to learn from my Mother inspite of her condition and I’m grateful for that. Be Strong, Stand Tall, and Smile, Miss Ginny! God Bless you and yours and my prayers are with you. Love you, Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — July 26, 2007 @ 2:30 am |Reply

  12. Hi Ginny and Don,
    It was so nice to see you both at the baptism in June. What a beautiful day filled with lots of emotions. We hadn’t planned to come but on thursday we found some cheaper tickets to LAX so threw caution to the wind and jumped on that plane from Minnesota and surprised Leann and the children. We had to keep David in the loop. What fun to surprise them and be called crazy at this age in life. Sometimes it’s so hard to be spontanious when you are a planner.
    I just found my bulletin so I haven’t read all your progress but what I have read sounds so encouraging. You give me pause to think and make some adjustments to some choices.
    It’s so good to read how the body of Christ is supporting you.
    We are making another trip to CA soon to go camping with the family. Or I should say camping two days and motel two days. And yes babysitting so the parents can have their time away.
    So keep up the good work and I’ll keep praying for your improvement and joy filling.
    Bless you,

    Comment by Janet Hawkinson — July 27, 2007 @ 5:51 pm |Reply

  13. We think of you often and pray for you always! Love, KTABCT

    Comment by The Peck Family — July 28, 2007 @ 5:10 pm |Reply

  14. Went to Tom’s 45th class reunion in CT on Sat. That’s it for reunions!!! People are too old and Tom and I were the only ones dancing!!! We arrived 6ish and were gone by 9:30. Glad to be back home as my pups missed us. We stayed over at his cousins so that was fun. Had unbelievable torrential rains on way down. Made a Costco stop like I told you on way home, put a dent in the check book. Disappointed that they had no babyback ribs. We smoke them, Yummy! Today was lovely weather so we spent a few hours on the lake with the dogs in the boat. They just love it. Weather looks promising for the week. Bluberries are in season so I guess I’ll pick with a friend. Not my favorite fruit to pick. Takes too long! Want to pick some peaches later in Aug over the river in VT.at an orchard. Peach cobbler, Yummy! Am I tempting your appetite yet? I could go for a Baja Fresh steak burrito RIGHT NOW!!! How about having one for me. Missed mass today and hate that, but I prayed for all of us. A friend’s 26 year old daughter is having an MRI soon to determine whether she has MS. She has 2 boys, 4 and 1 and just got married end of May. Life is Life as my Mother says. I’m not quite sure what she means, but she’s older and wiser so…Well, my dear friend hope to hear from you soon. I know you are getting stronger day by day inch by inch. Keep walking, walking, walking. I think of you every day and offer prayers for you each morning. With lots of love and concern, Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — July 30, 2007 @ 12:32 am |Reply

  15. Hi Ginny and Don,
    Hope you are having a lovely day and all is well. Are you walking like you are supposed to, Ginny? Hope so. I know it is important for me to walk,too, since I have osteoporosis. I walked nine holes at Aliso Creek with Sharon V. and our friend Jane this morning. Shot a 48. Not as well as Sunday when I got a birdie and a par and my score was 46. I am playing again on Monday with Marie Morrison. She had a great trip to Hawaii. I think you are seeing her sometime soon. She’ll tell you all about it and about the interesting wedding she went to on Saturday.

    Just wanted you to know I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Did you hear about Tammy’s son? So tragic and what a waste. She is in all of our prayers. Keep getting stronger. God bless! Say hi to Andrew for me. How’s that cute puppy? Bet it’s getting big!

    Love and hugs, Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Jumper — July 31, 2007 @ 8:09 pm |Reply

  16. Hi again
    Forgot to tell you that I had lunch with Brooke and Kathryn Peck last week. They took me to Cedar Creek on La Paz. We had such a lovely time. They are such special ladies.
    Take care, Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Jumper — July 31, 2007 @ 8:12 pm |Reply

  17. Hi Ginny and Don-

    Just thought I’d drop you a line to remind you that you’re being surrounded and lifted up in prayer. I pray for you daily (as well as the family) for strength, encouragement, comfort, and peace. You are looking better every time I see you! 🙂 We love you guys very much and don’t you forget it! 🙂 Love, Heather

    Comment by Heather McAllister — July 31, 2007 @ 10:15 pm |Reply

  18. Hi, Ginny!! Can’t wait to see you next week. You seem to be getting stronger if you think you can put up with us. Don’s last message seemed so positive. Hope the next one is just as encouraging. We returned from China. It was a woinderful trip–very educational, but HOT! HOT!! HOT!!!! We visited a school that had a computer lab that made ours look incomplete! They also had a lecture hall, science labs, and a full track for my favorite P.E. We loved all of the sights but did get mighty tired of rice, boiled cabbage, and the mystery dishes. Hudson and Loula-rae are getting so big. They are mighty cute and just bubble over with personality. Hudson still has his own language that only he understands! No more babies yet for this year, but we keep hoping for some good luck. Well, will see you next week. Think of you everyday and send you good thoughts and prayers. Love, rae

    Comment by rae kalklosch — August 1, 2007 @ 4:47 am |Reply

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