Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

September 7, 2007

September 7 Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 3:09 pm

Dear Friends and Family,

 We are pleased to announce that Ginny has been approved by her insurance company to have the spinal procedure she needed. This request has been pending for months. It finally came thanks to the Saddleback Valley School District. We are deeply appreciative of their consideration and positive decision.  A decision on when to implement this procedure however has yet to be made.

Next Monday, September 10th Ginny will have completed her six cycle chemo treatment. Wow! What a journey! With that completed she will consult Tuesday, September 11 with the specialist at Cedar Sinai Hospital. He will evaluate her and her blood tests to see if she is a good candidate for a stem-cell transplant.  We are hopeful she will be able to enter this program and press on to remission. The next day on Wednesday, September 13 she will also consult with another specialist about her need for a cortisone spinal shot to help ease her pain. All three doctors appointments are important steps to Ginny’s health.

A medical update will be written next week when we have more information. Until then we thank you for all your support during this long ordeal. We also would appreciate your prayers.


Don & Ginny



  1. My family and I will continue to pray for all of you and specifically for Ginny’s appointments next week. I am so happy to hear of the approval by the insurance company.


    Comment by Alycia Orndorff (Stevens) — September 7, 2007 @ 10:03 pm |Reply

  2. I’m so happy for you that the insurance has approved the cell transplant and my prayers are with you.

    Comment by Suzanne McCord — September 8, 2007 @ 2:15 am |Reply

  3. Hi Ginny and Don,
    I will be praying for you next few days. Praise God for answered prayer. Isaiah 40:29-31-He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not be faint.
    Praying for strength physically and spiritually for you both this week.Love Bonnie G.

    Comment by Bonnie George — September 9, 2007 @ 1:38 pm |Reply

  4. Woo hoo! Praise God. I’m so pleased for you, Ginny! God is working everything out. It was lovely seeing you the other day. Rest up!


    Comment by Robin Jennings — September 10, 2007 @ 12:42 am |Reply

  5. You are in my prayers! Here are the lyrics to a song that really helped me when I was was going through my illness.

    If you want me to
    Ginny Owens

    The pathway is broken
    And The signs are unclear
    And I don’t know the reason why You brought me here
    But just because You love me the way that You do
    I’m gonna walk through the valley
    If You want me to

    Cause I’m not who I was
    When I took my first step
    And I’m clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet
    so if all of these trials bring me closer to you
    Then I will walk through the fire
    If You want me to

    It may not be the way I would have chosen
    When you lead me through a world that’s not my home
    But You never said it would be easy
    You only said I’d never go alone

    So When the whole world turns against me
    And I’m all by myself
    And I can’t hear You answer my cries for help
    I’ll remember the suffering Your love put You through
    And I will go through the valley
    If You want me to

    Comment by Rachel Shoemaker — September 10, 2007 @ 2:45 am |Reply

  6. Hi Ginny & Don,
    I am so pleased about the insurance approval! You will be in my thoughts and prayers this week more than ever! It was so wonderful to visit with you… thank you for making my birthday special! With love, Leslie 😀

    Comment by Leslie Moritz — September 10, 2007 @ 5:00 am |Reply

  7. That is wonderful news!!! We will be praying for these important days ahead and more good reports. My little Natalie remembers to pray for “Miss Ginny” every night before bed!
    Love, The Craycraft’s

    Comment by Shannon Craycraft — September 10, 2007 @ 9:43 pm |Reply

  8. It’s almost 11:30 PM here and I will thank God as I lay my head to rest for His continued healing of you, my dear Ginny. One more prayer has been answered with the insurance approval-how absolutely divine! May our Lord continue to bless you with all that is necessary to heal you. I didn’t expect to see an update so soon, but I’m so glad I logged on. I can only imagine how uplifted you all must be. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow and Wed as you move forward in the healing process. Be Strong, Stand Tall, and Smile. With love, Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — September 11, 2007 @ 3:33 am |Reply

  9. How is it going????Praying and trusting-love,Bonnie

    Comment by Bonnie George — October 19, 2007 @ 1:24 pm |Reply

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