Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

September 1, 2007

Update: September 1,2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 4:13 pm

Dear Family & Friends,

 We have long waited for September to arrive. It means Ginny has completed five chemo cycles and has only one more to endure. On September 10th we have a landmark appointment with the specialist at Cedars Sinai. He will evaluate her progress and take tests to determine if she is a good candidate for a stem cell transplant. If so, he may give her a few weeks off for good behavior and then begin the grueling process of the stemcell process. In some ways we can’t wait to get this going. In another way there is a lot of uncertainty about blood harvesting,  isolation, harsh chemo, hair loss, nausia….and things not yet considered.  We are definitely, however, hopeful and looking forward.

 Ginny has had the most incredible care from doctors and her care-givers. They each in their own way give her daily encouragment and hope. She looks forward every day to spend time with her friends who come to love and care for her. They have a love for each other that is hard to explain. They read to her, pray with her, laugh, shop and eat together. They have become true sisters in Christ.

We were also pleased to have Ginny’s sister Marilyn and her brother n law Rollie Meyers stay with us recently for a few days.  Ginny also had many of her teacher friends come and spend a morning with her. They ate and had a ball. How meaningful this was to her. All of these people in Ginny’s life contribute to her treasured memories from the past as well as making memories each time they are together.

 Today Ginny needs to rest. Her pain has increased and spread to her legs and knees.  This is likely a result of the spine issues she has been facing. We are still waiting for a response back to her 2nd appeal to the Insurance Company for a spinal proceedure that hopefully will relieve this pain.

Thanks to so many at the church who continually provide meals.  They are a like manna(for me) because all I have to do is pick up the meals.  Thanks also to those who shower Ginny with love.  It means so much to both of us.  We feel very unworthy yet blessed to be the object of so much love.

Pray with us as we face the future. I’ll try to give an update after we see the specialist on September 10th.

“Let my cry come before you, O Lord, give me (us) understanding according to your word. Let my plea come before you, deliver me according to your word. My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your truth. Let your hand be ready to help me….Let my soul live and praise you….” (Psalm 119:169,170-171, 173,175)

Persevering by faith

Don & Ginny Smith 



  1. Hi Ginny,
    We continue to check the blog for your progress. I am glad to hear you are continuing to do well. We just returned from Idaho where we spent most of August. Our son Johnny graduated from college ( an answer to many prayers ) and is living in Boise, Idaho. Patrick loved fishing in the lakes and John and I enjoyed the slower pace of Idaho. Someday soon we hope to move there also. We may go after Patrick finishes 6th grade this year. Our granddaughter Taylor keeps us laughing and we love spending time with her. We are so lucky that Katie and Scott live so close by. I will send positive thoughts and prayers your way and hope the treatments all go well. You are always in our thoughts.
    Love, Nancy Sullivan

    Comment by Nancy Sullivan — September 3, 2007 @ 4:02 am |Reply

  2. Hi,
    Ok- praying for September 10- that all will go as planned- I pray you can continue to cast yourselves on God.( Isaiah 51:5)
    I pray you have air during this heat wave.God bless you more and more.
    Love,Bonnie G.

    Comment by Bonnie George — September 3, 2007 @ 1:57 pm |Reply

  3. So sorry hear you are not doing well right now. Ed and I continue to pray for you each day. I thought you might be interested in reading my nephew’s blog. He is pastor of the EFree church in Porterville, CA. He has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which seems to have many simularities to Multiple Myaloma. The web site is for the church, pefconline.org and then look on the right hand side for Rudy’s blog. Love, Pat Holland

    Comment by Pat Holland — September 3, 2007 @ 6:25 pm |Reply

  4. “Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee O Lord. Lord, hear my voice.” He hears you, us, Ginny. Sept 10 will bring the news you, we, pray for. The road ahead, no doubt, will be difficult, but, with the support of your family, friends, and all your blessed care givers you will continue to be a survivor. I pray that your insurance company will come through with a “Yes” and if they don’t, just have the procedure and work out a payment plan. How can they refuse? How wonderful to have your other sister visit. Our Jennifer was here for 5 days this holiday weekend and we had so much fun. I treasure out times together as our girls don’t live close by. How fortunate you are to have the whole gang there. I noticed some leaf color change today around the lake. The air is changing as summer comes to an end in New England. Jen went to a potluck wedding in Walpole, NH on Sat… next village to our west. Have you ever heard of a potluck wedding? She said it was lovely as they walked into a meadow for the ceremony and then danced on the grass under a tent to CD music. Walpole missionaries were the first in Hawaii to attempt to convert them to Christianity. Embrace each new day, Ginny, and bask in our Lord’s embrace as he heals you inch by inch. Be strong, Stand tall when you can and Smile. I love you and pray for your continued improvement. Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — September 4, 2007 @ 4:28 am |Reply

  5. OK-I guess you need a kid update! Amanda is doing freelance painting and has begun the interview process within the surf industry (creative design). Brooke is off to Madagascar to teach elementary kids through World Venture. Colby is thriving as a Drama/Poly Sci major at SMU, and Thomas is Sr. Class President this year. Ginny-you taught them well! I will miss you during art this year. Love and prayers always, Kathryn

    Comment by The Peck Family — September 7, 2007 @ 1:52 am |Reply

  6. Hi Don and Ginny,

    We praise God for His goodness and His faithfulness! We praise Him for all your good news. We have kept the prayers going over here and kept you on our church prayer chain!

    Karen shared with me about your luncheon with the Valencia teachers! How fun! They are all such a supportive group and you are so loved by all of us.

    Maggie asked about you this week and had lost the address for your site, so I will get it to her tomorrow. She’s part of your prayer team.

    I went to SD for a week to visit my Mom, sister and her family. I was able to speak at the church I grew up in about our Rwand mission trip. Then I flew home and then Jack & I drove to San Francisco. On the way there we stopped and visited two sets of long time friends that we have known for over 35 years. We had not seen them in over two years, so it was a wonderful reunion. We toured the Jelly Belly factory which was a lot of fun and then continued to San Francisco and met my sister and her daughter there. Jack and I were married in San Francisco, so there were lots of memories. It was fun to share them with my sister and niece.

    Of course then I hit the road running when school started. I haven’t had time to catch my breath since.

    Our granddaughters are growing up fast…9,5, and 3. They are so much fun. We went to their soccer games two weeks ago. What a kick! They live in Canyon Lake, by Elsinor, so we get to see them about 2-3 times a month.

    This weekend Jack and I are driving to Camp Nelson up by Porterville to speak in their Community Church. They supported us on our Rwanda trip. It’s a little tiny church. We have college friends that are members there, so it will be fun to see them again.

    I have not seen Christy Miller since I got back from Africa. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I hear more. Last I heard, she was ready to start a new brain treatment. They had to get her strong enough to endure it. So it was a real praise to hear that they were to begin it.

    Again, we rejoice in your good news! We will continue the prayer vigil over here. May God bless you. comfort you, heal you and hold you in the hollow of His hand. Know that you are loved by many and being prayed for by many. We are your army of prayer warriors.

    Jack & Diana Cranny

    Comment by Diana Cranny — September 21, 2007 @ 5:38 am |Reply

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