Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

August 4, 2007

Update August 4, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 4:35 pm

Dear family & friends,

 August is upon us. Ginny has completed the 4th cycle of her chemo. She has two more cycles left to go before finding out if she will be a candidate for a stem-cell transplant in September. It has been a long journey but she has made significant progress. Let me give you a quick update.

Over the last few weeks Ginny has gained strength. She has been able to attend church as well as enjoy a lunch with a friend on the way back from a chemo treatment. She has been active making followup phone calls with those who have provided us with meals. She has also been diligent in pursuing letters and information for her 2nd appeal to the insurance company for a proceedure we believe would help eliminate present and future pain as well as preserve the integrity of her spine. She awaits their decision. She was also fitted for a back brace to help prevent further fractures. She has also had some fainting spells, back and hip pain and on-going fatigue but she courageously presses on.

We are also pleased to report that her blood markers are very encouraging. They appear to be in the normal range which hopefully means with two more cycles of chemo she may be in remission and a candidate for a stem cell transplant. It looks like her target date for this decision is September 10th when we visit our specialist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Her doctor told us she may be given a few weeks of rest before entering the hospital to begin the transplant some time around the first of October. She would then be in isolation for about 2 1/2 weeks. 

Ginny and I would like to thank so many of you for your emails, cards, gifts and meals. We have had women from our church help her five days a week with the most loving and caring possible. They are helping us write letters, pay bills, make phone calls, travel for chemo treatments, water our in door plants, feed our 3 finches, prepare lunches and just be Ginny’s good friends. We couldn’t do it without their help. They have made it possible for me to keep up a full schedule in my church ministry. I am really endebted to them and their spouses for extending my ministry during this season in our lives.

Ginny is looking forward this week to being with some of her long time school teacher friends. She sure loves them and has great memories with them. It will really encourge her!

When further news is available, I will update this blog. In some ways no news is really good news because it means Ginny is doing well and progressing towards remission. 

Thanks to all of you who care and pray. We ask with the Psalmist, “You, O Lord, are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Uphold me according to your promise that I might live. Hold me up that I may be safe.” (Psalm 119:114,116,117) It amazes us to think how those with out faith in Christ can make it through the things we are facing. We can attest that He is our hiding place and shield in the midst of this battle for life.

We are grateful and hopeful.

Don & Ginny



  1. Hi,
    So glad to hear.Praying for you all.Love the verses you post. God’s word is always the best- Psalm 18:16-19.He reached down from on high and took hold of me:He drew me out of deep waters.He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.They confronted me in the day of my disaster but the LORD was my support.He brought me out into a spacious place.
    Love,Bonnie G.

    Comment by Bonnie George — August 5, 2007 @ 2:49 pm |Reply

  2. We continue to pray for you both. Glad to hear things are looking positive!

    Comment by Lisa Leonard — August 5, 2007 @ 10:07 pm |Reply

  3. Oh, my,— courage, faith, hope, love–what a testimony your are to all of these, Ginny. I was so moved by Don’s latest update. We continue to keep you in thought, in our hearts and especially thanking God for every bit of strength, improvement and comfort He is giving you. We have heard this illness can be managed and you will succeed in doing so. Blessings to you and your family with much love.

    Comment by Char Takahashi — August 6, 2007 @ 10:08 am |Reply

  4. Yeah, I am so glad thing look so positive. It has been so nice to see Ginny’s smiling face in church!
    We are praying for you both!

    Comment by Cathi & Jeff Hamen — August 7, 2007 @ 4:31 pm |Reply

  5. Praise God for small miracles!

    Comment by Kathleen Schlick — August 7, 2007 @ 10:45 pm |Reply

  6. Ginny:
    I am looking forward to seeing you in a few short hours. I’m so glad you are doing better. God Bless.
    Pat Renga

    Comment by Pat Renga — August 8, 2007 @ 3:36 pm |Reply

  7. Hi Don and Ginny,
    What a blessing and joy to hear of good progress. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Your courage, perserverance and gratitude are a mirror of God’s love, grace and faithfulness.
    We love you and continue to pray for you daily.

    Carlos & Tavia Reyes

    Comment by The Reyes Family — August 11, 2007 @ 7:31 am |Reply

  8. We are praising God with you for the latest good news. Thank you for teaching us all, by your example, how to trust God through the toughest times. Today we stood by the ocean here in Southern Taiwan; a typhoon has recently passed through and the waves were strong and rough. We stood together, singing, “Though the angry surges roll, on my tempest-driven soul, I am peaceful,for I know, wildly though the winds may blow, I’ve an Anchor safe and sure, that shall ever more endure. And it holds, my Anchor holds, blow your wildest then, O gale, on my bark so small and frail, by His grace I shall prevail, for it holds, my Anchor holds, my Anchor holds.”

    We are so encouraged to see your strong Anchor holding steady through your storm. We have been thinking of you and praying for you since we first heard. This modern internet makes us not feel so far away here in Taiwan.

    Dave and Judy Newquist

    Comment by David Newquist — August 11, 2007 @ 12:05 pm |Reply

  9. Hi Don & Ginny,

    We just arrived home late Fri. night from our mission trip to Germany and Rwanda. I’m still waking up at 3:00 AM ready to start the day. Since we were gone for a month, it probably will take some time to get my body clock turned around. Jack has had no problems with this. We had a trip of a lifetime and are so grateful to God for all the wonders he has shown us! The Rwandan people are wonderful and so loving! We were very humbled. We have much to learn from them. There are way too many stories to share here.
    I did not have access to a computer until we got back, but you were in our prayers all the way. We praise God for all He is doing in your lives and those around you!
    Are you up to visitors? I would love to come see you, if you are up to it.
    Know that we are holding you up in prayer along with the prayer team from Saddleback Valley Community Church. God bless you both.
    Jack & Diana Cranny

    Comment by Diana Cranny — August 15, 2007 @ 12:09 pm |Reply

  10. You have been so special to our family for so long…
    We have been praying for you.
    We love you!

    Christ is on the throne,
    Ross, Jill, Jake, Beau & Alyssa Caouette

    Comment by Caouette Family — August 16, 2007 @ 6:23 am |Reply

  11. I was reading through some Psalms the other day and read the one Don quoted. I just love the Psalms. It was wonderful to talk to you on the 8th. I wish I could have been there too. Oh where is my New Hampshire summer going? It was 44 last night. Today we took our canoe to another lake much larger than ours to see the eagles and their nest. Oh! How they soar. We send our prayers for you to God on Eagles’ Wings. It was choppy on the lake and I could only find one glove in my car left over from last winter. We took a thermos of coffee and a couple blueberry muffins I made with the berries I picked. I miss the bluberry muffins from Royal Donut on LaPaz in Laguna Niguel. His are much better than mine. I pray that your insurance appeal is accepted soon, and that you continue to move positively toward the stem cell transplant. Be strong, Stand tall, and Smile, Miss Ginny. With much love, Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — August 20, 2007 @ 1:30 am |Reply

  12. Dear Ginny,

    Thank-you for letting me visit you the other day. It was really great to see you and Don. I am praying specifically that the insurance company will accept your request for the procedure to help your spine. I will also be praying for the stem cell transplant, which is just around the corner. Your home is beautiful, just like you. I miss you and I’m grateful for the chance to see you! Enjoy those cookies…..God must have made chocolate for healing purposes!

    Debby James

    Comment by Debby James — August 26, 2007 @ 3:35 pm |Reply

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