Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

September 12, 2007

Update September 11, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 9:21 am

Family & friends,

 September 11 th is a day of rememberance for our nation. It is also a day of gratitude for our family.  After 6 cycles of chemo, Ginny’s cancer specialist at Cedar Sinai has said she is very likely in “remission”. Those were important words to hear! Her blood markers are now in the normal or even below normal range at this point. She is a good candidate for a stem cell transplant. She needs some time to recover from chemo and regain back some of her strength before proceeding.  Tentative dates for the transplant are either October 4 or the 11th. The process will take approximately 30 days to complete once it has begun, including 2 1/2 weeks of hospitalization.  It has its risks and side affects but is much more of a standard proceedure at the hospital than it used to be.  The doctor was quite pleased and hopeful.

We are also pleased that a request for a kyphoplasty (spinal infusion)  from our insurance company was approved.  With this approval the doctor urged her to get an epidual steroid injection to cut back some of her constant pain and a kyphoplasty as soon as possible before she begins her stem cell transplant.  These dates are yet to be determined but the sooner the better. Ginny’s pain is now manifested particularily in her legs and knees.

Thanks for sharing your lives with us. We continue to request your prayers as we pursue further these important steps to her recovery.

 We have found great hope and comfort in God’s Word. These words especially keep us praying and hoping: “Remember the word to your servant, upon which You have cause me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.” (Psalm 119:35-37)

Grateful and hopeful in Christ

Don & Ginny



  1. Wow! What a week. Praying for all to go as planned and you continue to lean on Him. Prayers daily. A scripture that has helped me is 2 Timothy 1:17- God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.
    I am grateful God has given uss all the spiritual resources we need for every trial.
    Love,Bonnie G.

    Comment by Bonnie George — September 13, 2007 @ 3:39 pm |Reply

  2. What great news!!!!! I have been praying that the insurance company would allow the procedure, and to read of remission, is the icing on the cake. It sounds like you still have a lot in front of you, but we’re grateful for the progress. I will continue to pray for specific needs such as pain relief and quick recoveries. Thanks for keeping us posted, Don!! Hugs Ginny!!

    Debby James

    Comment by Debby James — September 13, 2007 @ 5:33 pm |Reply

  3. It was so good to see you a few weeks ago and sooooooo heartwarming to hear of your progress, plans for the new medical help and remission. God IS and all is well ! He has heard our prayers and we continue to keep you and your family in our hearts.

    I imagine someday soon, I will probably call to ask you to do cards with me at Janis Sinko’s (your neighbor up the street) and I will probably find out you are doing something like going to school to get back into the routine again.

    Take good care, love you lots, just thrilled to keep hearing good news from this great website !
    Char T.

    Comment by Char Takahashi — September 28, 2007 @ 8:45 am |Reply

  4. Hi Ginny
    I am so happy for you! Thank God the district came through for you. You continue to be in our prayers. School is going well, Back to School Night is over so that’s a relief. I have a nice class.

    Got to celebrate little Loula Rae’s birthday yesterday. She’s a cutie. Found a darling black and pink (of course) outfit for her. Can’t wait to see her in it.

    Hope to continue to read lots of good news from this website. Take care and love to Don, too. By the way, how is Andrew doing at his new school? Tell him hi for me.

    With love and prayers,

    Comment by Nancy Jumper — October 1, 2007 @ 3:08 am |Reply

  5. Hi Don & Ginny–Such great news to read about! We will continue to pray for less pain & a successful stem cell transplant. It is sad for us that we are closer to you during this time. We pray that God would feel nearer & stronger with each passing day as we know he is. Thank you for your lives of service to Jesus. You are both in our hearts & prayers. We will get down there soon to visit. Love to you both & your girls’ families.

    Comment by Tim & Julie Culling — October 1, 2007 @ 5:56 am |Reply

  6. Just arrived home a few hours ago from Ireland…gone 2 weeks and was anxious to check on your news. WOW!!! I am rejoicing with you. All that you have gone through and continue to endure makes me ashamed at the time I spend worrying over truly insignificant things. I am so very, very happy to read of all the positive happenings in your life these last couple weeks. I pray that God will continue to bless you with constantly improving health and that the spinal infusion will relieve your pain. Ginny, as you move forward and toward the stem cell transplant I pray that God provides your medical team with His guidance and you with courage and strength. I hope you can rest now for a few weeks in preparation. This is truly wonderful news. God bless you and your family and all your caregivers. With all my love and prayers. Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — October 1, 2007 @ 10:10 pm |Reply

  7. Ginny,
    A thought for today. “O God of all comfort, bring quietness and calm to hearts worried about what the day may bring.
    Matthew 11:28. Thinking of you. Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — October 8, 2007 @ 12:19 am |Reply

  8. THinking of you, Ginny, and hoping that all is going well. I pray that you are on schedule for all treatments and the postive effects are outnumbering the negative. If you get a chance to check out this website this is what I will be doing this Sat. http://www.pumpkinfestival.org God Bless You, Love, Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — October 16, 2007 @ 7:54 pm |Reply

  9. Hi Ginny,

    We love you and are praying for you! Hugs and kisses, KTABCT

    Comment by The Peck Family — October 24, 2007 @ 8:48 pm |Reply

  10. Dear Ginny,
    A week does not go by without thoughts of you. I am praying that you will receive some type of relief from your pain today. I cannot imagine what you are going through. My mom has a disease called dystonia and she suffers neck, head and shoulder pain on a daily basis. It is difficult to watch our loved ones suffer and how we wish we could take your pain upon us even for a day to give you some relief. I am so sorry for this difficult time. May His sweet mercy give you strength today.

    You are loved and thought of often,
    Renee’ MacAllister

    Comment by Renee MacAllister — October 25, 2007 @ 5:19 pm |Reply

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