Jul 26 2010

Make Someone Happy

Tell us the story of someone who needs a smile.  We'll see what we can do...

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7/8/2010 6:44:24 PM
Ginny Blankenship United States
Ginny Blankenship
The first people that come to mind are the Romines, Rob and Jennifer.  Rob one of the youth leaders at our church, in fact he is best described as an overgrown youth.  Rob and his wife are very active members of the church and have 2 children together.  They have been married for 10 years today and had planned to renew their vows this evening as a matter of fact.  

However, two months ago Rob began to exhibit flu like symptoms.  After about 10 days with no relief he went to the hospital to get checked out.  He was admitted, tests were run and it was determined he had ALL, a type of leukemia that typically strikes children.  He began chemo that weekend.  Within the last 60 days he has spent more than 40 of them in the hospital.  During the early days his children were not even allowed to visit due to the risk of infection.  Jennifer spent every waking moment in the hospital with Rob.

They decided not to cancel their plans to renew their vows.  However, Tuesday night Rob began to run a low grade fever off an on.  He was advised to keep an eye on it.  Wednesday evening he was admitted to the hospital.  Thursday morning Rob and Jennifer were forced to cancel their plans to renew their vows.  

Both Rob and Jennifer trust that God has a plan in all of this and their spirits have been high through the entire ordeal, but I am sure that this set back was difficult for them.
7/9/2010 5:34:40 AM
angela United States
Just heard your story about the couple wanting to renew their vows.  My dad had that same kind of cancer, and he spent 42 days in the hospital.  Praise God, he is now in remission.  God is healing him and I pray he will do the same for that young man.  God is so goooooood!!!!!
7/9/2010 5:49:41 AM
Sharyl United States
You asked that we pray for Rob and Jennifer during the song, I Will Be Hear, and I did, from my heart, as my husband and I just celebrated our 25 wedding anniversary with a beautiful vow renewal ceremony.  Please ask Ginny to keep you (and all of us) updated on Rob's condition so that we can continue to pray and praise! Thanks for everything that you and KLove do for all of us.
7/12/2010 4:29:28 PM
John United States
Rob and Jennifer,

I am currently in remission (3 years now) from ALL.  It got me on my 33 birthday and I was in the hospital for my 10th anniversary.  Sound familiar?
I made a very early choice to fight the disease and not concern myself with "why".  The things that happened in my life during my illness are now priceless to me and if given the choice, I would do it all again.

Everything happens for a reason.  Take the opportunity to get whatever you can out of this experience.  

P.S.  Take care of your teeth.   Get a good blanket and stay warm.  Find food you will eat.  Don't be afraid to tell everyone around you to stop wearing lotions, perfumes etc.,  your sense of smell becomes so powerful and hand lotions on people made me ill!  One of my chemo drugs was colored yellow like gatorade.  It would hang silently on the pole while I was getting it and for almost 6 months after my treatments would were over I would wretch at the site of any liquid that color.  BE PROACTIVE with your doctor.  If somethings really hitting you hard, speak up.  They may be able to alter how they give it to you.  The high dose prednisone turned me into an "interesting" individual.  At the end of my treatment I was addicted to the feeling that steroid gave me and was sad to see it go.

Enough about me.  My whole point has been that God wanted me to learn something from this and I think about that everyday.  I hope and pray that you and your family can do the same.

7/12/2010 7:27:33 PM
Dreama Pritt United States
Dreama Pritt
Rob was released from the hospital in time to be the best man in the long awaited and much anticipated Baisden wedding on Saturday.    

He returned to the hospital on Sunday for Phase III of his treatment.  Please keep this precious man and his family in your prayers.  

If you knew what joy comes from Rob and his family, you would praise the Lord.  
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