Friday, December 4, 2009


For starters tonight I want to THANK everyone that prayed for my mom today! Our family got the MIRACLE that we prayed for! The doctors informed her today that the cancer was ONLY in the tumor! YEAH GOD!!! So a bit of radiation, removal of the tumor, and a long term RX and it should be DONE!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!! There will be no need for presents this year!!! We got ours early!

I have had a ton going on lately! Of course all of the regular everyday stuff but also a few huge things hanging around. Since this is therapy for me and also a way to network resources I wanted to share them with you. More then anything I am asking for prayers on Gods blessing and provision. However if you have ideas or resources that would be helpful with any of it PLEASE shoot me an e-mail!

Ok so here it goes.....

First, we have booked our next trip to Costa Rica. We will be leaving on April 9th and coming back on April 17th After talking to all of her therapists, teachers and her rehab doctor, all have seen a ton of improvement in her since we went in July! They also all believe that it is from the stem cells! The cool thing, all of this improvement started at exactly 3 months post stem cells. Exactly what ICM told us would happen if it worked! So with that said I have to find a way to fund this again. I know that God will get us there but I would be lying if I left out that I feel like I am carrying around a 100lb rock on my back with I think about it!!

Second is that we really need to get Makenzie to IMOT 3 times this year! That is 9 weeks of therapy! HUGE! There is so much evidence surfacing lately about the enormous benefits of this type of therapy both for Makenzie's present and future. We have seen improvement from just one session. I knew that this was not going to be a one time deal and now I am faced with planning this as well! There are 3 GREAT clinics offering IMOT right now. 2 of which take insurance. One in Los Angels, CA and the other in Detroit, MI. On top of the therapy we need a place to stay for 3 weeks, plane tickets for 3 people, and a car to drive. The travel expenses are huge, almost as much as the therapy itself. SO if there is anyone in either of those areas that has or knows of some one that may be able to help with some of this, ie: a place to stay or a car to drive I would be forever grateful!!!

Third, I am trying to get funding for a Modified Van. I have found a few companies that will help pay for the modification. If I get approved all I would have to do is pay for the van part. This sadly is cheaper then the modification! So I will either need to find a way to finance that part of pay with cash..... hahahah yeah right! This is something that would be really helpful right now and imperative in the future. Please pray!

Fourth is a business meeting coming up next week! SO because I REALLY NEED your prayers on this I am going to let some of the cat out of the bag. Just a little bit.... LOL!!! Two of Makenzie's therapists and myself are going to present a business proposal to a local non profit organization in efforts to open up an IMOT therapy clinic. We have been working on this since the beginning of the summer and we are finally here! God has opened so many doors and we are trusting that he will help us make it happen! We just need to be covered in prayer!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV)

I have struggled with why this happened to Makenzie. I always wonder why. What is Gods plan and what does he wasnt to come from this tragidty? I decided a while back to take lemons and make lemon aid. I really feel called to work with kids with brain injury and their families. I love each and every one of them so much and want to share what I know and continue to learn. I have been told by Makenzie's rehab doctor that I have found my calling and that I should open up a clinic or school. I looked at her and said really?....cause that is exactly what I am trying to do!!! LOL!!



Anonymous said...

You spelled lemonade wrong, but I think it came out better that way and emphasized your point even more! You're taking those lemons and creating "lemon aid" -- using your difficult experiences to assist other people in their troubles, just like the Corinthians verse! I think you are already a great inspiration. Keep on, and go God!

Julia said...


Shawn has a friend in LA who knows tons of people, etc...when you get your plans more firmed up, let us know - his friend Kristin may be able to help you with a place to stay or something...


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