Prayer Requests – 9

Please share any prayer requests you may have for friends or loved ones here….

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  1. Plain Jane says:

    For decades, my friend Kathy has been a major street fighter and organizer in the pro-life movement, from sidewalk counseling to motivating the start up for groups of prayer warriors in cities beyond hers. I willl not name the organization she started for the sake of her privacy.

    For several weeks now she and her DH have been on my mind. I phoned her this evening. She has small cell carcinom of the brain and lungs. Prayers please.

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  2. CirclinTheDrain says:

    My best friend Bill has stage 4 colon cancer that is now growing again in spite of a second year of chemo, and it now encompasses his bladder and lungs. Please say a prayer for him as he goes thru this very painful and trying time.

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  3. KBR says:

    Keln our artist has written on the Presidential thread today and seems to be in financial straits…

    Pray for Keln.

    If there is a way to help financially let Treepers know.

    If there is a way to get this info to Trump family or campaign associates, along with the link to the sign Keln created which was used behind Trump campaign appearance

    please try to do so: Keln was so happy but apparently got little to nothing for this artistic work?, I think the Trumps would, should, and could help him now.

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  4. Dear Treepers,

    Please kindly pray for my son Brandon, Josiah’s twin. He went snowboarding yesterday & broke his collarbone. He’s seeing an orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday morning, and may need surgery since the bone is displaced.

    For those of you that have been praying for Josiah, we just got good news from his most recent blood draw (the first one since he started a lower dose of the anti-rejection med). All his blood work looked good & some are even improved from his bloodwork last month. Praise the Lord!

    Blessings to all of you & thank you so much for the Body Ministry here!

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  5. Dear Treeper Prayer Warriors,

    Would you please pray for my son Brandon today? He’s having orthopedic surgery later this morning on his broken & displaced collarbone, following a snowboarding fall on a fun event to begin his Spring Break from college a couple days ago (thankfully he hasn’t been in much pain). His twin brother, Josiah, & I will be accompanying him to the hospital & J has been showing him the surgery ropes having been under the knife so many times himself…

    Please pray that the surgery would go well & that he won’t need an in-patient stay; that he can have some financial favor (the co-pays, “thanks” to Obamacare, look to be roughly 1/2 of his gross earnings for 2017); that he can heal quickly; that he’ll not fall behind in his studies (he’s a couple months from college graduation); that work can make some adjustments so he can continue with some income (he’s a waiter at a local restaurant); that the Lord would guide & direct his footsteps for the next phase of his life; that we can all shine the light & love of Jesus wherever we go (this isn’t the hospital where J has had all his surgeries so is unfamiliar territory); & that God will be glorified throughout these adventures. Thanks so much for your prayers!!!

    Blessings to you all!

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  6. Hey Prayer Warriors
    Josiah & I got called back to see Brandon & just before he went back for his surgery my husband unexpectedly showed up! He (fortuitously?) had jury duty today…& wasn’t picked! So the three of us are hanging out in the waiting room. Michael just spoke with the OR & B’s procedure starts soon. We should see him in about an hour & a half…

    Thanks for your prayers &encouragement…

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  7. Thank you all so much for praying for us today. Brandon came through surgery well with only a little little queasiness & dizziness. He & Josiah are heading home now with my husband & I’m getting blessed with some live piano music as I pause to write this post..Thank you Lordforthis extra measure of grace& beauty at the end of a long & trying week (that included having our 27 year old furnace& A/C replaced)…

    We are All very thankful… & also very tired…God bless you all!

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  8. Hello Precious Treepers,
    Just wanted to share that Brandon is doing pretty well now a day & a half since surgery. He slept poorly & in pain last night but seems to be settling down better tonight. He’s had a number of visitors who have brought food gifts & fellowship & he’s increased his energy when they have been present. When it’s just us who live here he’s fairly low-key & trying to rest, hopefully more comfortably than last night. Thanks, again, so much for praying for him! Blessings, Valerie

    PS If you want more details on his surgery &/or what’s happening with Josiah I’ve posted a more comprehensive “update” here:
    https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/josiahcurren
    It’s under Journal Updates & called “On Brandon & Beyond”
    God Bless YOU ALL!!!

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  9. Joe Blow says:

    Fellow Treepers, please say a prayer for my mom who has now encountered another issue in addition to the previous one for which she is already undergoing treatment. Last year she began experiencing shoulder blade & arm pain, & while it was very uncomfortable, she managed to get through it during the various times it would appear & disappear. A few days ago, however, it returned for the first time in quite a while, & was much more severe than it had been before. We had to take her to the hospital over the weekend because the pain was so great—she couldn’t sleep or even lay comfortably. They gave her meds but they don’t seem to have helped much. Please pray that the meds would take effect & that the Lord would have mercy on her & relieve her of this pain.

    Thank you all so much for your prayers for me & my family as we’ve gone this very rough stretch. God bless.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Praying for the pain to leave your mother alone. Severe pain is so very hard to endure. Do they know the cause of this shoulder blade and arm pain? The reason I ask I had shingles a few years ago on the shoulder blade and it affected the nerve down to my elbow. The pain was excruciating. I have had several rounds of the pain without the shingles rash. It is a neuropathy caused by the shingles. I pray they will find the cause and treat your mother. She already had enough on her plate. God bless.

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      • Joe Blow says:

        Thank you, justfacts. I thought of you when I was typing this last night. I always include you in my prayers & hope you’re doing better with your pain.

        They don’t know what’s causing this as of yet. The ER doc suggested osteoarthritis or a rotator cuff tear. They took some X-rays at the hospital but they showed nothing, so some more testing is being ordered. I didn’t know that about shingles, although she has said in the past that this seemed to happen after she had put some sort of physical strain on herself. Did you have any other symptoms besides the neuropathy without the rash when you had it?

        Thankfully it appears the meds began working a bit better today & she was able to relax some.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          When I didn’t have the rash I didn’t have the general sickness I had with the rash. I just had intense pain and that one nerve in my arm is numb until it flares up with the pain.

          I am still experiencing a lot of pain but my recovery is better than after the first hip revision. I have graduated to a cane but due to pain I can’t stand very well or walk very far. I do better on the rolling walker. I still have a bad limp. I ended home health care and start out patient physical therapy tomorrow.

          I could still use you all’s prayers. I injured the hamstring on my right hip two weeks ago and the pain is awful. I got a new recliner and I went to let the foot rest down and it would not budge. I tried to wiggle out of it and ended up overextending my right leg causing the injury. I sure don’t need two hips and legs hurting.

          We may have a better arrangement concerning G. It looks like her land is finally selling. She found a piece of property and put a contingency offer on it today. It is 4 .8 acres with two really nice double wides on it and is all gated and surrounded by woods. She would let us live in the big one and she would take the smaller one. She would have her own place to hoard in and yet we could still help her out with transportation, etc. I think that might work. All we would have to pay is the taxes and insurance. It would help our finances a lot. Everyone pray if this is God’s will that her contract on her land will come through in time to get the other property. The place we are in our lease is up at the end of July at which we have an option to buy. None of us want to do that because the As Is’s of this place are too costly.

          Sorry for rambling on so. I am a little excited and uplifted today.

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          • Ad rem says:

            Oh no! Done in by a La-Z-boy! Extra points for creativity JFP…..just a little gentle kidding.
            Wonderful news about “G” though. It would be an answer to all our prayers if this works out for you. Eyes, paws, everything crossed in wishes and prayers for you.

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            • justfactsplz says:

              Thanks Ad rem. We are in wait mode again waiting for a contract on her land. There are now two builders interested. One had a contract on it before and backed out just before closing last September so I don’t trust them much.

              We also are praying and crossing paws here that the property we want will still be available. Not many people want two homes on the same land and it can’t be divided so that is in our favor. That and the fact it has been on the market since July.

              If this thing happens Gary and I will be so happy. G. is already making plans so it would be good for her to have her own place again.

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              • May the Lord make a way for all of you & work all things together for your good & His Glory. Also, Dear Lord, please touch your beloved saint JFP & heal her, her husband, & G mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally & relationally. Let JFP & her husband see the harvest of G’s soul for your Kingdom & her loving transformation into more conformity with the image of Christ. In Jesus Name!

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                • justfactsplz says:

                  Thank you for the lovely prayer. G. has a lot of questions about God and I am trying. She did have me order a book for about angels rejoicing over one lost soul saved.

                  The builder that we thought would buy G’s land did not. We really need to find a buyer for her land. It has been fifteen years of agony for her. All of the permits and engineer drawings and everything is done. Just waiting for a subdivision builder to buy. It even already has the subdivision name. Meanwhile we have home inspections on the property we have a contract on on Sat. Hope the people will continue to work with us on a closing date while we wait.

                  I am now going to outpatient therapy three times a week and use a cane instead of a walker some of the time. Things are improving. I am thankful.

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                • Glad you have mostly good news! May God continue to minister to you, your husband, & G & may His Will be done in all these circumstances…Blessings!

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              • Ad rem says:

                Good point….not many people would be looking for two homes on the same property. Also, it’s an unusual time for most people to be moving….late spring and summer are probably the busiest times. Eyes closed and…..*Wishing!!!*

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                • justfactsplz says:

                  We got a call today that the owners decided to take our offer on the two hones. We are waiting now to sign the papers. Now we really really need to get a firm contract on her land, Those builders need to move on it a.s.a.o, She dropped the price on her land below appraisal several hundred thousand dollars. Some builder should bite on it. It is all drawn up for a subdivision already.

                  What is so neat about the two places is that one of them is considered an accessory not a home. Because code says you need five acres for two homes. The county took away point two acres for easement so second home is now legally an accessory and you don’t pay property taxes on it. Pretty cool.

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                • Ad rem says:

                  Waaaay cool JFP! I don’t want to jinx it by celebrating too early, however, that requires me sitting on my paws, and nailing the other paws to the floor. 😀

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          • Joe Blow says:

            Praying that this thing with G works out & that your PT goes well.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Prayers are going out for your dear mother Joe. I’m hoping they can make adjustments to her medications that will allow her to sleep in some comfort….lying awake all night in pain is the worst.

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      • Joe Blow says:

        Thank you, Ad rem. Today was a difficult day for her. The meds are really upsetting her stomach so she had to cut back a bit, but of course that means more pain. What’s worse, she was referred to a specialist but wasn’t able to get a consult until 3 weeks from now. They offered her a cortisone injection in the meantime, but she’s allergic to it. Right now we’re just trying to keep her as comfortable as possible.

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        • Ad rem says:

          I guess it’s all going to come down to just how bad the tear in her rotator cuff is. …if that’s the problem. It’s too bad she can’t tolerate the cortizone shots. I had two when I played league tennis, and they are amazingly effective. I totally commiserate, as I can’t tolerate the drugs you would normally take either. Ugh….3 weeks is a rediculous time to wait.
          You both are in my thoughts and prayers…….

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          • Joe Blow says:

            Neither of us is all that inclined to think it’s actually a RC tear; I’ve heard that with those you generally can’t lift your arm above your head but she has full range of motion in the arm. Unfortunately she’s allergic to many things, so finding meds she can tolerate is often very challenging.

            There was some really good news today though. Thank the Lord, the specialist’s office called & said they found a way to fit her in this coming Monday, so she won’t have to wait all that time now.

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            • What a blessing for the appointment scheduling change. May the Lord guide & direct the discussions & grant wisdom & creativity to those diagnosing your mom & may He provide her with comfort, peace, relief, & even a measure of joy to sustain her. God Bless You All!

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              • Joe Blow says:

                Thank you so much, Valerie. Continued prayers for Brandon’s recovery as well.

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                • Thanks, Joe. B is doing pretty well overall. He’s had minimal pain but has a lingering numbness near the surgical site, perhaps an after effect of the nerve block. He’s been spending the last couple of nights at my older son’s house (usually with Josiah) since Nathaniel & his wife Tara are out of town on a cruise this week. The twins were asked to watch N & T’s pets…
                  How are things with your mom/family?

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              • Joe Blow says:

                Glad to hear Brandon is doing well, Valerie. To answer your question, Mom is just trying to make it through until Monday when hopefully we’ll gain some insight into what’s wrong with her arm & shoulder. Unfortunately she also has 2 MRIs scheduled for that day related to her other issue before the visit with the orthopedic man, which is going to be a challenge in her condition. Please pray she’ll be able to lay still enough in the tube for them to take clear enough pictures.

                Dad has been holding his own for bit now, although he was also back in the hospital a couple of weeks ago due to a fleeting pain & what turned out to be (thank the Lord) incorrect lab work which caused a pretty good scare in his doctor & in us. All in all, there are very few days of rest between both of their situations. It’s taken a toll, but we just try to remain focused on the Blessed Hope.

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                • May the Lord be with each of you this weekend, providing relief, relaxation, & refreshment.

                  On the MRI front I think there are some meds they can use to assist people in lying still (they’ve offered some for my son Josiah on occasion). Some MRI’s have distracting things, like music or even movies you can view on special goggles, which may help her to focus elsewhere during the procedures.

                  This is personal, so perhaps won’t relate to your family’s specific situation, but I have experienced a reduction in fear/anxiety & pain when reading & meditating on scripture, praying, &/or listening to restful worship music. Even desirable smells (think “aromatherapy”) can play a part in diminishing some discomforts…just a thought….

                  For long hospital days bringing along drinks, snacks, reading, &/or listening material can also help to pass the time. We’ve even played cards, or done crosswords or sudoku to help fill the endless waiting time. We’ve also used complimentary computers when they are available–perhaps some of those activities can ease the process for everyone too. Blessings!

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            • Ad rem says:

              Yes! Here’s hoping that relief is just a few days away will make the pain much more bearable.

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  10. Atticus "The Deplorable" says:

    Brothers and Sisters,
    A very close and dear friend of mine just contacted me with word that his wife has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. They are visiting several Doctors to look at different treatment options. I don’t know what the outcome will be, but I do know that the “Great Physician” answers prayer.
    Please pray for “John” and “Carole” as they go through this time of trouble.
    Thank you,
    Atticus

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  11. jstanley01 says:

    Please pray for my friend Mark, who is facing a recurrence of his stomach cancer.

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  12. SSI01 says:

    My wife and I are leaving tomorrow very early in the AM to head for Phoenix, AZ. My older son Jeff has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer of the descending colon; this evening I found out from my younger son the only reason the attending physician didn’t officially call it a stage 4 is because there are spots on his liver they have not yet been biopsied, however, in his experience of many years with cancer, the spots almost always denote a spread of the cancer to another organ. He’s also been coughing a lot lately. The doctor told him not to be surprised if this in fact a stage 4 situation. On Friday they are going to do his liver biopsy and the following Tuesday will come the major op to insert an abdominal stent around his tumor, remove the tumor, plus run a colonoscopy above the tumor and scout out the rest of his colon. Between the imaging, the biopsy of the spots on his liver, and probably some looking around his abdomen while they’ve got him open to install the stent, we should have a very good idea re: what’s he’s facing.

    He is a 2nd Gulf War Air Force vet and made multiple deployments to Iraq and elsewhere in that area, in a combat specialty. He lives alone and life hasn’t been all that easy for him. We are going down there to spell his brother and his wife for a while, and be there when Jeff. I know prayers work – my wife is a big believer in that, I am too – and we wanted to submit this situation to others who may feel inclined to offer up prayers for him as well.

    He could use that. I know angels exist – I actually had one speak to me one time, loud and clear – and I’m also confident they will minister to him as well.

    Sometime early next week – maybe Tuesday afternoon – we’ll know what his prognosis is. Will keep everyone posted. Thanks.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Dearest Lord…. please accompany Jeff and his family throughout the coming days of his surgery and recouperation. Be there to guide the hands of his physicians, and give all involved the faith that will restore him to health.

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    • Patriot1783 says:

      Prayers of love and strength from my family to yours SSI01. May that strength that sustained your brave son in prior adversity sustain him now as he faces this new battle.
      Believe.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Prayers for Jeff and all of you, sir. You’re all in my prayers tonight.

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    • stella says:

      Dear Lord, please watch over Jeff and his family, impart wisdom to his doctors and surgeons, and strengthen them all in the days ahead.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      God bless Jeff for his service, SSI. Prayers that the Lord will give comfort & support to your family & shepherd him through this.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      My prayers are with your whole family and especially for Jeff. We here believe very much in the power of prayer also. I join with the others here and ask God to guide the doctors, to hold Jeff in his comforting arms, and to impart a special gift of faith to Jeff. God still does miracles today. If it is Jeff’s time to go be with the Lord I pray for comfort for the whole family. Also, may God ease any physical pain Jeff may be enduring. May God bless all of you.

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    • Menagerie says:

      You and you family, especially Jeff will be in my daily prayers. I will be looking for your updates. Prayers also for all the doctors and nurses who will be caring for him.

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      • SSI01 says:

        Thanks to everyone who has replied so far. Jeff had a stent emplaced over his tumor today, this will help with colonoscopy tomorrow. The dr is also taking another biopsy of the tumor tomorrow. Jeff’s liver is definitely involved and the dr today stated his belief the lymphatic system is involved as well. They have scheduled a PET scan for him in the very near future to see if/where it has spread. There is no human being in charge of this situation and we know God has complete control over it. All events and their outcome(s) are in His care and will.

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        • SSI01 says:

          Jeff has started his chemo,had some mild discomfort, tingling in hands, retching a lot too. Today the VA doctor gave him four years assuming the chemo works properly. Kinda hard to have to tell your son he has terminal cancer. Not too easy on the rest of the family either. Things have slowed down a little now and he is into his routine of rest, exercise, nutrition, and chemo. His VA dr. today certified him 100% disabled, he can no longer work due to changes to his lifestyle the meds cause plus his numerous upcoming doctor appts plus the weakness we know is coming. Helping him identify assets he can part with or give to others. I have a fair idea of what’s coming but just not when.

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  13. Please pray for my daughter who was just diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer. Thank you.

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  14. Annie says:

    I have two friends that have Father’s in distress. Bill Wilson just suffered a stroke today, and Mark Shepherd has COPD and is struggling. I would so appreciate any prayers for them. Thank you.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers for both men, Annie. God bless.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Annie….We’ll all be praying for these men to be touched and made whole through the Lord. Please let us know how they progress in the days ahead.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Annie, I prayed that Bill Wilson would recover without any serious problems from the stroke. I prayed That God would open up Mark Shepherd’s airways so he may breathe easier. I prayed for both men that if they didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that they would ask Him for the gift of salvation that they may have eternal life in heaven.

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  15. Joe Blow says:

    Just wanted to give a quick update on my mom. She made it through her MRIs today & was able to lay still enough for the tech to take good pictures. Later she saw the orthopedist & he diagnosed her with a combination of a frozen shoulder & osteoarthritis. He sent her to begin physical therapy, & because her pain was a little better over the weekend, didn’t have to do anything else for the time being.

    We are most thankful to the Lord for getting us through today & for everyone’s prayers helping us along the way. God bless you all!

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  16. Pat Frederick says:

    Please pray for a speedy recovery for Sundance and all who’ve had surgeries in the last few days!

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  17. bluegirl says:

    Prayers and thoughts are with Sundance and all others struggling with health issues and sickness. May God bless you, heal you and comfort you in the days to come.

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  18. justfactsplz says:

    Ad rem, have I missed something concerning Sundance? There is reference down thread and prayers for him. I hope and pray he is okay.

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  19. I ask for prayers for my childhood friend, Debbie, who has been plagued with some very serious health issues. She is currently fighting an eye infection that left her with a detached retina. The surgeons were able to reattach it, but the infection has left her partially blind. In addition, her GI tract is also experiencing an infectious attack that the doctors at City of Hope have not been able to identify. She is a strong believer in the Lord, but she and her husband are nearly at the end of their strength. Please pray for renewed strength, and miraculous healing. Thank you, all you Prayer Warriors!

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    • Ad rem says:

      Praying that your friend Debbie finds the answers for her health problems. May God answer her prayers for healing and understanding.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I prayed that God would restore great faith in Debbie and her husband. I prayed for the kind of faith to receive a miraculous healing from the infection and that her eye sight might be restored. I prayed and asked God all of these things in Jesus mighty name.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers for Debbie that the Lord will rejuvenate her & her husband, & that He might give these doctors the wisdom to identify her GI infection & eliminate it.

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    • May the Lord intervene here for Debbie & restore both her physical & spiritual sight. May she be buoyed by the Spirit as He Intercedes on her behalf. May the Lord also encourage her & her husband to cast their burdens on Jesus, their yoke-fellow in the faith…May God restore their joy & provide His Peace That Passes Understanding & grant healing in all arenas needing His Touch. In Jesus’ Name!

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  20. Lumina says:

    Prayer request for my oldest daughter, she will have appendectomy shortly. Fortunately the pain has been very mild. What a way to celebrate Pi day. She’s a math numbers person & sleep talks number as a child & adult…

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    • Dear Lord,
      Please be with Lumina, her daughter, their family, & their medical providers. Guide the surgeons so that the procedure goes smoothly, with no complications, with minimal scarring, & with accelerated healing time. Bless them during the hospital stay with caregivers that are competent, thoughtful, gentle, & encouraging. May they be blessed & be a blessing to others they encounter during this adventure. Bless & refresh mother & daughter & provide Your Presence & Peace that passes understanding.
      In Jesus’ Name…God Bless…

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers for a successful procedure & recovery. God bless, Lumina.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Lumina I prayed that your daughter’s surgery went well and that she will have a speedy recovery. Sorry I wasn’t on here at CTH last night to pray for her before her surgery. They kicked my behind yesterday in physical therapy and I came home and went straight to bed, lol.

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    • Lumina says:

      Thanks all recovery has gone amazingly very well and she is home. She should be back to work Tuesday. She’ll be able to eat solids today, you know that means a bite of that Pi….

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  21. Alleycats says:

    Calling out to the prayer warriors.
    I have a close friend, longtime friend who is in dire straights. Nicole C has had a rough life, losing both parents at a young age, barely surviving a horrific car accident, suffering a difficult marriage and painful divorce, among other things. She’s had many surgeries because of the accident and now I find out she’s become addicted to prescription pain killers.

    She called me in desperation a few minutes ago asking if I would pray for her because she no longer has access to pills and the withdrawal is terrible. This was a shock to me because she has never believed in God; we’ve had many conversations about my faith and her lack of faith. I have asked God many times to enter her heart and connect with her.

    I’ve never seen her so afraid and close to the edge and I’m very worried what desperation might drive her to do. I begged her to pray for herself also, to tell God her troubles and promised her He WOULD listen! So please, dear sweet prayer warriors, band together with me and pray for Nicole to find the strength and the courage to let God into her heart and accept His healing. I have seen for myself the power of this prayer circle. Thank you so much.
    Love to all,
    Alleycat

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    • dbethd says:

      Praying for her!

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Alleycat, I prayed fir God to soften Nicole C’s heart and open her mind to believe and reach out for the gift of faith she will need to win this battle. I pray she lets Jesus into her heart and the trusts Him with all of her might and all of her thoughts to help her beat this addiction. The fact she is reaching out is a very positive sign she truly wants help. May God guide you as you try to serve the needs of your friend. Tell her God is able and that He wants to help her.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      As difficult as this must be for her, it’s wonderful that she’s reached out to you asking for prayer. May the Lord Jesus enter her heart, wash & cleanse her, & create a new person in Him. God bless, alleycat.

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  22. Its 5 O'Clock Somewhere says:

    Hello my lovely spiritual warrior treepers! I just wanted to post a LONG OVERDUE thank you to all of you who prayed for my 2 sisters – one who battled CLL ( a form of leukemia) and my other sister who is permanently disabled due to a surgeons negligence and endured a 6 year lawsuit battle.

    Sister with cancer is in remission due to a successful stem cell transplant from an older sibling and is so totally normal you would never know she had cancer – her battle was so long and ugly – there were times we were told to say goodbye to her.

    Other sister won the lawsuit but is in the throes of a nasty appeal – so don’t know how long that will take. Thank you thank you thank you!

    One more thing I would like to humbly ask of you all, out of left field my hubby’s ex-wife (he divorced her 20 years ago) just filed a lawsuit against him for back child support which is a totally false allegation but costing plenty to retain council. We have evidence the size of a NY phone book to vindicate my husband, she is also claiming financial gain from the sale of our home which she feels she is entitled to (husband was awarded home free and clear in the divorce ). I humbly ask for prayers that the judge has clarity in family court and can see this for what it is, A shakedown. She is broke, drug addled and divorced 4 times. I also humbly ask for prayers that our home sells quickly as we are not in a great financial place right now. We are planning to move out of state to a quiet rural place of peace to be close to family.

    I love you all and thank you for the prayers.
    God is indeed great!

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Five O’clock, that is good news about your sisters. I prayed for continued remission and for a win in the appeal.

      I prayed that your husband’s ex-wife to quit this nonsense and to quietly go away. I prayed she would get help and turn to God.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Wonderful news! Prayers that your financial situation will improve & that justice is served in your sister’s & your husband’s cases. And prayers that this obviously troubled woman seeks the Lord & turns her life around.

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    • dbethd says:

      Sending up thankful prayers for your sisters.

      Praying that the ex-wife’s case will be dismissed quickly. Also praying that God will be with you through this and comfort and bless you.

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    • Alleycats says:

      Prayers ascended.

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  23. woodstuff says:

    Thank all who prayed for me last winter. I was recovering from surgery on my wrist, both hands, and both shoulders. My lower back was unhappy also. My strength is gradually returning and my aches and pains have subsided.

    I should be able to reopen my shop this summer. I live in the “oil patch” and service companies up and down the road are reopening. I see new housing starts and an upswing in remodeling.

    The Lord has also helped me financially. I got a totally unexpected check as a refund on a new car warranty of years ago. Without that check, I couldn’t have paid all of my bills that month. God is so good!

    My old pickup that had the engine blow up… It has taken longer than expected and cost more than I had imagined. I also had to go to “school” on the internet to learn how to do many things. My Heavenly Father also sent two experienced mechanics in a timely manner to advise me. It was necessary to buy some equipment and specialty tools to make it happen, but I was able to afford that, thankfully.

    Through all of this, I absolutely could sense the prayers of His people in the Treehouse. Thanks to all from my heart.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Woodstuff, I am so happy to hear that things have turned a corner for you and that God provided your every need. Yes, God is so good, all of the time. The prayers here on this thread helped me so much over the years, most recently through my two hip surgeries that laid me up all summer and winter. I too could feel the prayers. God was there right with me through all of the pain. Every time our finances have been down to the wire God helps us in ways so unusual.

      Here’s hoping you are totally healed up from your surgeries. Praying for your work and continuance of financial needs met for you. God bless.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Amen, Woodstuff! So glad you are doing better & that the Lord is providing for you.

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  24. Dear Treeper Prayer Warriors,

    Please pray for my niece Vanessa. She had exploratory laparoscopic surgery earlier today for severe pain & is currently back in the ER & waiting to see a GI doc. Apparently her digestive tract is very inflamed (her mom has Chrone’s Disease). Her family has been at the hospital for nearly 12 hours now. V is a beautiful Christian young lady who uses her musical gifts to bless others.

    Also, my cousin, Roberta (mother of 2 autistic sons) has been dealing with severe pain for years & was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer. She is a lovely Christian women who has endured many sorrows in her life without descent into bitterness.

    Finally, we’ve had a bout of illness sweep our household for the last week or so. Everyone but my husband has fallen ill. Please pray for quick & complete healing, especially for Josiah whose immune system is so compromised with anti-rejection meds following Liver Transplant. We also really pray that the Lord would spare my husband this illness as he has travel plans next week to visit dear old friends out of state, & he Really needs this break after Michigan’s long, dreary winter.

    Thanks for your beautiful ministry of prayer & encouragement here in the Treehouse!
    Blessings in Christ to all of you Precious Treepers

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  25. justfactsplz says:

    Valerie, I prayed that that the laparoscopy surgery and any tests the G.I. specialists do will show what is causing this inflammation of Vanessa’s digestive tract. I prayed she would recover soon so that she will be able to continue to bless others with her beautiful music.

    I prayed that Roberta’s colon cancer is not advanced and that she would respond to treatment. Her autistic children need her as you so very well know. I prayed that God would continue to bless her with such a contrite spirit.

    Lastly I prayed for your whole family concerning this illness that is spreading amongst you. I prayed that God would especially let Josiah heal quickly. I have developed a bond concerning him. Tell him I said hello and that I am praying for him. I pray your husband is spared this illness so that he may go on his needed trip with friends. I prayed that God would strengthen you as you are an important stake that keeps the tent upright in your family so to speak. God speed and God bless.

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  26. Lumina says:

    Today is the day…in Jan I requested prayers for my neighbor’s. Hubby had unexpected major heart surgery in January. (He is back to work & umping baseball games with heavy duty chest protection.) I also request prayer for their grandson to be. Today is the day they induce Mom. Mom is fearful of the induction, due to horror stories from friends. She had a very quick labor & delivery with their daughter. This pregnancy has been complicated with losing 1 of the twins early in pregnancy. Then the possibility of Down’s and the later complications. Little Grayson is tough little fighter, and will be about 3 weeks early. We pray he is healthy, he already is blessing… Also prayers for the Dad as he had an unexpected job interview last week for better job in his field.

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    • Lumina says:

      Baby Greyson is here…!!! Mom was at 5cm & he arrived 5 min later, delivered himself. Doctor did not make it to delivery but doula was there. So far looking good…looks like Dad in 1st picture and in 2nd picture he has huge hands…I’m sure Grandpa is already talking about what a great catcher he’ll be…

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Thank you Lumina for the update. What a blessing God has given this family in this special child’s safe birth. Thank you for sharing. Just reading this wonderful news lifted my spirits.

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      • Lumina says:

        Baby Greyson is having a few little challenges. Last night they sent out a precious photo of him all swaddled with his head bowed & fists together as if in prayer. Please also pray for the family as he is a different kind of perfection with Down’s & they will be blessed with the most unconditional love from Greyson…

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        • Thank you for sharing this. I have a bit of understanding of their scenario with a special son of my own, born prematurely deliberately to save his life. He was in the hospital for 2 1/2 months & had open heart surgery before coming home for the first time. Special Needs kids are a blessing & also a heavy burden in many ways.

          May the Lord continue to provide grace & strength to Greyson’s family & wisdom & kindness to his providers. May the Lord fill Greyson with His Presence, Peace, & Healing–may his life truly be a Bright Light shining in this dark world.

          My special son, Josiah, has a tremendous presence of the Lord in his unique & complex life. In many ways he straddles the border between earth & heaven & his insights & maturity in The Spirit are breathtaking to behold (especially when juxtaposed against his occasional utter lack of common sense & autistic issues)!

          Blessings in Christ Jesus Our Lord!

          1 Corinthians 1:26-28 New International Version (NIV)
          26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,

          New International Version (NIV)
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  27. An update on my daughter. She had her first chemo and they did an assessment. The tumors in her breast have softened and shrunk. Also they could not find the lump in her gland that had been under her arm, it too has shrunk. Praise the Lord. Thank you all for your prayers.

    The forth chapter of Zechariah talks about not despising the day of small things for that begun by the Lord shall be completed and great rejoicing shall be. It is not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

    The Bible narrative is a story of small things in the beginning. Abraham a sojourner, Moses a shepherd in the desert, Israel a group of slaves, David a shepherd boy, Jesus a babe in a manger, the 12 disciples, the church persecuted.

    So we are praying and thanking God for that small beginning, the tumors have shrunk, and Praising and believing God for the completed healing. Thank you Lord!!

    What comes from the grace of God, may, in faith, be committed to the grace of God, for he will not forsake the work of his own hands. – Matthew Henry

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Zerodarkthirty, thank you for the update on your daughter’s progress. I thanked God for these encouraging small beginnings. I prayed for her continued treatments and for complete healing that His mighty name might be glorified.

      I have found in my own case this past year that my recovery has been in small baby steps, like the small beginnings you describe. God has been by my side the whole way and will be by your precious daughter’s also. God bless and may God’s peace rest upon you.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      What glorious news! Amen & amen, zero! Praise God for His everlasting love. May He continue to bless this wonderful community of Prayer Warriors.

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  28. maiingankwe says:

    Hello my Treeper friends and fellow Treepers. I’ve got a yuuge favor to ask of you, and this is going to be really hard for me to write, so please bare with me, and hopefully be patient.

    I’ve had a difficult few months. I’ve been have extremely painful headaches and neck pain. My doctor had me go for an MRI and x-rays. The prognosis wasn’t good. There is a lot of damage, but mostly in the C4, 5 and 6. There is damage and narrowing as well as arthritis in C2 and 3, but not enough for surgery, which to me is great news. After these tests, I went to see a Nuerosurgeon who had asked me if I hadn’t gotten in an accident, have I worked with heavy machinery. No, I haven’t. He had a cat scan done so he could see more of the bone. Afterwards, he told me he didn’t know why I was getting the headaches because the majority of the damage was lower in the C5-6. He said when and if I start getting pain or numbness running down my arms than to come back. All he can do is give me a one time shot, which an anesthesiologist is needed to partake in. They knock me out for the numbing shot, wake me up to the point I can answer questions but don’t care, and then give me the shot in C3/4 right side, cervical facet block and left C4/5 cervical facet block. It may or may not help.

    So I’ve been dealing with some pretty severe headaches/migraines whatever you want to call them. My head hurts 24/7, but at different levels of pain. They gave me an anti-inflammatory called Diclofenac sodium 50mg every 12 hours. It took six days to kick in and I thought it was a miracle drug for the first two weeks after it started working. Now, it’s hit and miss.

    Anyways, I went in for pre-op at 8am today. At 9:45am I went in for a mammogram and an ultrasound for the left breast and possible mass. They checked both in the mammogram and then she came back and did at least 6-8 pictures more of the left alone. During the ultrasound I was peaking at the monitor and could see a large black mass. After she did her picture taking and measurements a doctor came in and continued.

    When she was done she said, I don’t like those two masses at all. I can only physically feel one, but there are two of them. She mentioned cancer at least five or six times and said, I’m saying the word cancer to get you ready for the biopsy results. She told me no matter what I would have to have surgery. In addition, she said she’s been doing this a long time and those two masses do not look good at all. She was adamant about it as a matter of fact.

    There is usually a 7-10 day waiting period before they do a biopsy, but she wanted an MRI and a biopsy ASAP. She also called my doctor to explain in detail what she saw.

    When I got home about an hour later my doctor did call and asked how I was holding up. She gave me the names of two excellent general surgeons and then talked about the type of doctor I will have to see after. Unfortunately, I can’t remember their technical name, only it’s a cancer doctor.

    I told her I was going to take one day at a time and not worry if it’s cancer until I hear otherwise. She said that was good, however, I need to get my mind around it and it’s high possibility.

    I also told her I was surrounded by my two pups, which she liked to hear. She knows how much I love pups and hers always comes to visit me in the patient’s room. I spoil her with endless tummy rubs. Maggie also tries to jump on my lap, which I guess I’m the only patient she tries this with as of yet.

    My pups know something is up, but may not understand what it is. They won’t leave me side and get upset if I shut the bathroom door on them. They won’t have it.

    I called my husband at work through their security. If he or anyone else is ever caught on the phone while working they get fired immediately, doesn’t matter how long they’ve been there or how good. His supervisor came over in the van and borrowed him his own phone. I don’t think he will have a problem getting this Monday off, so I can get the MRI and the shot in my neck. I won’t be allowed to drive myself home after the shot. He also wants to be there at the biopsy on Thursday, which is unusual for him. At first I didn’t want him there and worrying, but I thought it would be best so if they gave us any information he could be the one to remember for me. Otherwise, I would’ve gone alone. It’s just the way I am. I think if a loved one was there, I may get emotional and cry and that is the last thing I want to do.

    Heck, I almost made the doctor’s nurse cry when I told them all my Mom had breast cancer and she is no longer with us. I then explained she had gone in remission and then diagnosed with cervical cancer and died four months later. Chocked up the doctor too. I was still lying on the ultrasound table mind you, and this was when the doctor had finished up by asking how I was.

    I don’t like to cry in front of people, but when I realized my Mom wasn’t there for me to call or my best friend, Ponytail Kim, I kinda shed a few tears before I realized where I was and bucked up.

    So after this long ramble of going over here and then way over there and back, I just want to ask you guys if you could send up a prayer or two for me and my family.

    Dang, which reminds me I didn’t tell our twelve year old daughter because my hubby feels we should do it after the results of the biopsy. I think we could tell her I’m going in for surgery. Maybe not, I really don’t want to worry her. She’s seen too much death of family and my friends as it is. I know it will terrify her if she thinks it’s cancer, and we are not a 100% sure, just with a high probability.

    Aw geez, now I’m getting all choked up. I don’t know how many times I’ve told our daughter I will be around for a very long time. Probably after every family member we have had pass away along with friends. She’s so worried in losing me. The last time I tried to count all of our family and close friends who passed away these past four years it came to 13. It could be more.

    It didn’t even hit me till early evening that I could actually die from this. It hadn’t entered my mind. Maybe it should, I don’t know. Not until I know what stage it is and even then I’m a hell of a fighter. I’m strong and I’m healthy except for my neck, head and left hip and knee. Other than that I’m pretty darn strong. As you’re reading this I’m sure you can see the thoughts that’s been running through my mind. I guess I haven’t thought everything out since noon today when I walked out tall.

    Okay, I’m done rambling. Thanks for getting this far if you have. Please say a prayer for me and my family to help us through this. I’d really like that and strongly believe in prayer. I know it will help. We have a great listener on the other side. Please just let him know I’m not ready to go, I have a daughter to raise and a husband to love.
    Chii miigwetch, (thank you very much)
    Ma’iingankwe

    Please also excuse the choppiness of my sentences. I was trying to cover a lot of detail in the shortest way I could think, and it didn’t help that my mind was all over the place. I’m sorry for that. In reading this it sounded cold, and that’s not what I am to the people who don’t know me. I hope you can consider this before writing me off thinking I’m too cold-hearted to deserve a prayer. I’m really not like that.
    Be well,
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Prayers up for all of you, Ma’ – sorry this got hung up so long in the spam bucket. Please let us know how it goes.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Dear Ma’iingankwe… I’m trying to catch my breath as I type this, so be patient with me too. Reading this has kind of hit me like a brick in the face….so, I’m gonna be real “choppy” too. Ever since your first visit to the TreeHouse, we all knew you were a blessing….a “keeper”. You are the kind of person that lifts others around them….makes us all a little better for knowing you.

      I still recall your stories about Poneytail Kim, but yet, I know he’s with you in spirit. Nobody….I mean nobody in the TreeHouse tells a story or expresses themselves better than you, Ma’iingankwe!

      I’m going to talk with my husband now, and we’ll both ask Our Father, the greatest healer, to be by your side throughout the coming days. As sure as he knows the number of hairs on your head, he created you and knows what’s in your heart and mind.

      Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Ad rem,

        Writing a reply to you has somehow been the hardest, but in a good way. When my husband and I were waiting to get the biopsy done, I had him read your post that you wrote to me. Afterwards, he put his arm around me and kissed the top of my head. Now, my husband is a man of many words, he can talk till the cows come home and then some. So for him to react how he did said so much and that your words touched him the same way they did for me.

        A few minutes after he asked, you haven’t been writing any stories lately have you? I said no in a whisper and sadness. He just said, “You know, writing about Ponytail Kim really seemed to help you.” and that was it. Dang him sometimes. He really does know me all to well. He knows just what to say to get me to do things I hadn’t thought of or need to do.

        Right now I don’t have a story, but I know and hope I will in the next few days. I look forward to sharing them in the open forum.

        I’m having a lot of problems right now trying to find the words to convey my feelings with what you shared with me. To know that I am liked and respected and even enjoyed is just too hard to figure out the words. Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough. So I will just let you know my heart felt brighter, my steps felt lighter and my smiles almost seemed endless. What a beautiful way to walk in this world of ours.
        May lots of love, laughter and happiness come your way,
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Ma’iingankwe,

      Like Ad Rem, I feel like I have been hit with a brick in the face. As I read the first part of your request I was gathering my thoughts about what I wanted to say and seek how God would have me pray for you.

      As I read father down I just got so choked up and started sobbing and couldn’t finish reading for a few minutes. Gary sitting next to me asked what was wrong. I told him it was my friend, and she didn’t have good news. I told him how you had burned tobacco leaves around a special tree and prayed for me. Now it is my turn to pray for you.

      I got myself composed enough to type this but am seeing through tears still. You came to the right place, this special prayer thread. We will band together and pray for you. We will be here for you. If you just need a sounding board or to vent your frustrations we are here for you.

      I prayed God would be by your side every step, every day. I prayed for his healing power to touch your body. I told God your daughter needs you here.

      As far as the facet joint injections go, do not worry. I had 21 of them in my spine at one time once and I didn’t even get the sedation. They aren’t too bad. Just make sure you follow directions for afterward and don’t over do.

      Take care of yourself and if you need to come here everyday please do so. I did that when Gary was in the coma and this place kept me going.

      At any rate keep us posted as you are able.

      Your friend,
      Sandy

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      • Joe Blow says:

        Ma’iingankwe, please don’t worry about how your words are arranged or how you sound. I haven’t had the privilege of knowing you the way others here do, but from reading their responses I can tell that you are a special person who’s truly touched the lives of other people. I became emotional reading Ad Rem’s & justfacts’ words to you & thinking of everything you said, especially about your daughter.

        I pray that our great & glorious God may be with you throughout this; that He may provide relief for you from your headaches, & that He might help your doctors treat you in the best way possible for these masses. I pray that He will heal you & comfort you in every way, & that He might comfort your husband & your daughter as well.

        Please know that we are here for you whenever you need. God bless.

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Joe Blow,
          You are simply awesome! Your words brought me a great deal of comfort and relief. You’re good at this. 😁. You’re good with words and making them into a prayer.

          There’s a saying about the friends you keep. I think it goes both ways. I know I’ve been blessed with the best friends in the world and somehow, someway it was also able to come through with my internet friends too. Amazing really.

          Thank you for taking the time to help someone you don’t know, it really meant a lot that you did and you reached out too with kind words. It’s why I said you were amazing. You read my words and you listened, you prayed for my daughter and husband as well as I. Thank you.

          May lots of love, laughter and happiness come your way,
          Ma’iingankwe
          Ma’iingankwe

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          • Joe Blow says:

            I am so glad to have been able to bring you some comfort with all you are going through. This place has been a great comfort to me as well through a number of difficult times over the last year. I thank the Lord every day He brought me here to find fellowship with such wonderful people. Passing that along to others is both humbling & fulfilling.

            Stay strong & God bless!

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Justfactsplz,

        Boozhoo minowaa miigwetch niwiijiwaagan! (Hello, and thank you my friend.)

        It’s kinda funny, as I was writing ojibwemowin (Anishinabeg/Ojibwe writing), I was writing out on a separate piece of paper on how to pronounce ‘my friend’ the easiest way I could. Upon completion, I looked at the rest of it and thought my goodness, she probably doesn’t know how to pronounce all of the other words, but for some reason I was just stuck on ‘my friend’ and writing it in a way you could pronounce it. So, I’m going to do just that.

        My friend = niwiijiwaagan
        Knee-wee-g-wa-gun

        You know, there have been stories I have written for here at our Treehouse, and there have been times I’ve received a reply from one or another saying they were in tears. I always wrote back, please don’t cry, I didn’t want you to cry, I’m sorry.

        For the first time when I read your reply, I stopped and thought about it. I thought, you know, their crying may just be a way to release their emotion, that maybe they had been touched powerful enough that their tears are helping them.

        I kinda feel bad now saying sorry I made them cry, since those tears are their way to rejoice or let go of their strong emotions. I think you know what I mean, if not, I can try again. I do know as I was thinking about it originally my thoughts were making perfect sense until now when I’m trying to put it to paper. 🙃

        I read your post right before I had to jump in the car and grab my hubby some food. (Yes, mama took the day off since our Bug is staying with a friend. I still got the food though!)
        Anyways, instead of feeling down or sad, I couldn’t wipe the big smile off my face as I was seeing you and Gary sitting together on the couch! The two of you together made me so darn happy for my drive. What a great thing to see in my mind’s eye. I am ever so happy for the both of you, I know it was long, rough ride. I kept feeling that he would be okay and the two of you would be home together again, so the visual you gave me simply made my whole night. Thank you. I wasn’t a 100% sure, but I really did feel all would come out alright for both of you. So cool isn’t it? 😎 You have to tell me how he’s doing, and if he’s up and smiling again. If not, I will pass on a good joke for you to tell him. An old guys joke.

        Thanks for explaining the shots. Twenty-one has got to be a lot for anyone and at one time? My goodness. I’ve had trigger shots that were high in the number, but they weren’t anything but pinpricks. Easy peasy. I’ve had big needles in my knee and hip and they weren’t anything I can complain about either, so I’m not really worried about Monday. Plus, I get to have a relatively easy day after, so all is good, and I’m not going to be the one driving this time to get food either. 😋. Yes, I will probably milk it. 😁

        The doctor told me that after the biopsy I can’t be lifting anything and to take it nice and easy too. I asked if that included feeding the dragon. 🐉. I explained I meant feeding the boiler with wood or coal. She said she could write me a doctor’s note because she was a real life doctor and all. She even showed me her ID badge, which said ‘doctor’ in bold blue under her picture. We all got a chuckle and she said she liked my descriptive words of ‘feeding the dragon’.

        I’ve had more ups than downs today, and my excedrin actually worked for a couple of hours, so that’s good. I’ve pretty chickened out, and have done my best to just block the whole cancer thing. Of course, it’s crept into my thoughts while I’m sitting quietly alone, but I’ve shoved them back for now. I just want to spend the weekend with my hubby and enjoy his company. He loves this show called, I Survived, or something like that. They’re real life stories told by the actual person it happened to. I don’t watch tv, but, I did ask if I could watch it with him. Boy, I thought I had troubles, some of these people, or pretty much all of them are darn lucky to be alive and breathing after what they’ve been through.

        My hubby wanted to watch some gold show that’s on weekly that he tapes, so I snuck out to type this to you, Sally.

        Thank you for your prayers, they really touched my heart, especially the part of my family, which is what I needed.

        May you have a Blessed Easter with Gary. 😀. Be well, and chii miigwetch. (Thank you very much),
        Ma’iingankwe

        Talk about being a few days late eh? 😁. Stay smiling.

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        • Dear Ma’iingankwe,
          I hope/pray the Lord is giving you strength & peace today during your experiences…

          In reading your post above you mentioned the Ojibwe language. Would you be Ojibwe (I hope you don’t mind me asking)? I am interested in family history & there is the possibility that one of my ancestresses was Chippewa or Ojibwe. I’ve seen pictures of this lady & her kids (& they do look like they may have some “first nations” blood), from the 1800s, Mahala Bradley Ash Cardinal, who was born in New York & migrated to Michigan. It was said her mother was an “Indian princess”…but then supposedly lots of family histories claim similar ancestry.

          I’ve always wondered if your name “Ma’iingankwe” was a personal name or a saying or what. I’d love to hear the origin if you might be willing to share…

          Sorry this is slightly off topic from the prayer request page, but I’ve been in so many hospital situations, especially with my special needs son, that sometimes a distraction can be just what the doctor ordered!

          May the Lord continue to provide for All of your needs, according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus–for you, your husband, your daughter, your family, & your friends. Blessings!

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          • maiingankwe says:

            Oh my goodness, this post never made it to my inbox or whatever you call it. I am ever so sorry. It seems this has happened twice now, I just saw the beautiful post from MaineCoon.

            Yes, I am of the Anishinabeg clan. People refer to it as Ojibwa/Ojibwe or Chippewa. If you say the first and last quickly you will see they sound very similar and we’re probably a mix-up in communication. Ojibwa = Chippewa.

            There are no princesses in Native American tribes. This was just a fairy tale from the Europeans. One could’ve probably seen a chief’s daughter and just assumed. However, since chiefs do not follow within a lineage, it’s not true. To become a chief one has to prove their worth to their tribe.

            I’m really hurting right now, so I will have to continue this later, but I will answer the rest of your questions the best I can. I will say that Ma’iingankwe is my real name. My family members do use it, but my husband uses what I call my ‘colonial’ name because it’s just easier for him. It’s how he met me.

            I hope this helps a little bit for now. I am ever so sorry I never saw your post. I wouldn’t want you to think of me being rude, especially with your interest and questions.
            Be well,
            Ma’iingankwe

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            • Thank you so much for your reply, Ma, I really appreciate knowing I didn’t offend you with questions. I Love what you shared here & am so sorry you are feeling so poorly now.

              Please take care of yourself & be well. Get back to the CTH as you are able, but never as a burden or demand, please.

              Dear Lord, please be with Ma’iingankwe in a deeply personal & meaningful way right now. Uphold her & surround her with your everlasting arms of love. Pour the Oil & Wine of your Holy Spirit into her very being & raise her up. Grant her your peace that passes understanding & the oil of joy in place of a spirit of heaviness. Speak your truth & love into her inward parts & bless her with your presence in healing, strength, peace, power, & love. In Jesus’ name!

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              • maiingankwe says:

                What a beautiful prayer. You guys are so good with them. You’re good with them. The prayer was Amazing. Thank you.

                I’m feeling a bit better, I don’t know if it’s because I’m up and about moving, or I took a really good nap, but I am most certainly not complaining and really grateful. I still hurt a lot, and every step I take hurts, but I have to wrap my daughter’s birthday pressies. She is thirteen today. We gave her a bag of make-up goodies this morning, and a make-up set in a pretty box/container. She is surprisingly good at applying makeup not only on herself, but especially on others. She has this talent with colors and how to bring out and highlight a person’s best features without caking it on. It always looks light. I want her to do me one day. I’m serious, she is that good.

                She wants to be a prosecuting attorney one day with ambitions of being our AG for Alaska with AG of our country and a Supreme Court Justice would be just fine too. Get this, she wants to take down the corrupt politicians. So we better take down the deep state or she’ll have at um. So I don’t think cosmetology will be in her future, but she will just look dang good in the courtroom. 😁

                I just want to let you know, and don’t worry, you’re not the only one because I can easily see how the mistake is made. The Ma’ part of my name doesn’t sound like Ma, it actually sounds like or pronounced ‘Muh’. I know, weird right? Our language just sounds different is all. My full name, which you do not have to spell out when you write is pronounced – Muh-iing-gun-qway. People call me, Ma’iingan for short if that helps.

                And please, don’t ever worry about offending me. The only way you can do that is by calling me names, and I don’t see that happening. Feel free to ask whatever whenever, and if I don’t want to for whatever reason I would just let you know nicely. It’s doubtful that would happen though. I’m a pretty open book.

                Again, thank you, I know those prayers are helping with the pain as well, which is greatly appreciated.
                Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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                • Dear Ma’,
                  So glad you are feeling better, you’ve been in my thoughts & prayers. I’ve noticed your comments on other posts at CTH & am glad you are feeling well enough to interface online.

                  Your daughter sounds amazing! Children are such a blessing. My daughter, also my youngest, just turned 20 in Feb. She never was much into makeup but is definitely artistic & creative. Lately she’s enjoyed being creative with food & is thinking of studying “culinary arts” in college.

                  I hope your daughter is able to actualize many of her dreams. We so need people of character in positions of power & responsibility. I really hope Trump’s MAGA philosophy catches on throughout the country so that when she is AG 🙂 she won’t still be tasked with still draining the Swamp.

                  I don’t know if you know this scripture, but it seems particularly applicable to your daughter’s dreams & your cultural heritage (no offence meant at all–my husband & 3 of my 4 kids are bowhunters so we find meaning here too!)…
                  Blessings! Valerie

                  Psalm 127:4-5 New International Version (NIV)
                  4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
                  are children born in one’s youth.
                  5 Blessed is the man
                  whose quiver is full of them.
                  They will not be put to shame
                  when they contend with their opponents in court.

                  New International Version (NIV)
                  Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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    • Sayit2016 says:

      This hurts my heart to read..you are such a bright spirit as I have mentioned to you- I am praying for you—

      Lord—I come to you in prayer for Ma’iingankwe and her family…this is jarring news and her not knowing what the next step is can be so scary—take her on your arms and give her strength and comfort her in only the way you can, I am praying to you to give her peace of mind and a calmness knowing she is in your hands, I also pray for you to give her the strength to fight this, whatever it may turn out to be.

      I am asking this in your name Jesus, on this Easter Sunday.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Sayit2016,
        I think your prayers worked for the calmness part, so thank you, greatly appreciated! And thank you for everything else you’ve said too in your prayers. It does make me feel better.
        Ma’iingankwe

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      • I prayed along with you while reading your words a week later. Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer! God Bless You!

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        • Sayit2016 says:

          God bless you too !

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Valerie,
          For some reason I wasn’t able to reply to your last post. There wasn’t a reply button for me to hit. I wanted to let you know I wasn’t familiar with that scripture and really liked it. I plan on copying it down when I’m done writing this to you.

          Don’t ever worry about offending me in any way and at any time. As I’ve said before, the only thing that will hurt me is someone being deliberately mean that I had considered a friend.

          I was raised in a hunting family too. We come from good and healthy stock. 😁

          My daughter tries to cook and she mostly makes yuuge messes. She’s got pancakes down pretty good though.

          I love to cook. It’s an art and a science. I wish your daughter all of success and hope she has a blast learning. Maybe she could teach you and I a thing or two when she’s done? She’s at the perfect age for going into the field. I wish her well and send her off with lots of smiles.

          Dokme just turned thirteen last Saturday, so she could change her mind a few times on her future. Heck, she might go for POTUS, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least. She has an excellent guide to watch right now. She loves the idea in that he doesn’t owe anyone, and there isn’t any dirt on him. This gives her hope for future presidents and our country. If he can do it, anyone can kinda thing. It proves not all politicians have to be dirty.

          She might just go into coding, which is what she enjoys doing for fun right now. To be honest, as long as it is something she enjoys doing and will enjoy for some time, I am all for it. She doesn’t have to be a lawyer or a doctor, she just has to love what she does, so she can enjoy going to work every day and not be miserable.

          It’s why I am so happy for your daughter, this is a great field, and where one can truly flourish and be happy. I would love to see my daughter follow the same way. It might not be culinary, but hopefully something just as good and promising.
          Be well, and thank you for your prayers,
          Ma’iingankwe

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    • dbethd says:

      Ma’iingankwe, I am sending up prayers that you remain hopeful and peaceful through this turbulent time. Also sending up prayers that you will find comfort from God for your health, and support & love from your family, community and all of us here. I will be praying also that all our prayers will be united for a healing answer from God.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        dbethd,
        Thank you so much for all you have said in your prayers, I especially liked the unity part. It made feel really good. I hope you have an amazing week because you’re simply an amazing person.
        Be well,
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • Thank you so much for sharing your situation from your heart here. I have read many of your posts over the months I’ve stopped by TCTH & find your words & spirit engaging & inspiring. May the Lord give you the strength, peace, healing, & grace to tread this new & seemingly difficult path. “My comfort in my suffering is this, Your promise renews my life!” Blessings in Christ,
      Valerie

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  29. Sayit2016 says:

    Hey all— I humbly ask for your prayers for a situation I have coming up on Tuesday—I am asking you to pray that this situation is resolved in my favor and I can move past this nightmare I have been dealing with.

    Thanks you so much….

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    • dbethd says:

      Sending up prayers for you.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Sayit2016, prayers have been sent up on your behalf.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Praying that everything went well for you, and the situation has been resolved.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Prayers sent your way! I have a really great feeling about Tuesday, I really do. My fingers are crossed and will continue to send prayers till Tuesday. Please let us know if it all works out on your behalf. You don’t have to get into details, thats your own private business and will be respected.
      Be well,
      Ma’iingankwe

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        From your mouth to God’s ears my friend. I want to share something that happened to me regarding this issue. I have been so frustrated for a long time now regarding prayer..and have been thinking does God even see what is happening here? Does he even care? The WIFI was out at the house, I call my service provider- we do some trouble shooting- it’s a no go- they say they will send out a tech in the morning as it is probably a wiring issue ( I live at the beach so the salty air tends to be hard on aluminum connections.

        Feeling thwarted and pressured, and of course I am on a deadline, I thought ok..I will go to Starbucks and work there tonight until they can fix it. I went to the one that was closest, but it was only a drive through-so the only other one I knew of was about 20 min away. It was night and I was just aggravated at having to drive that far but had no choice. So I go. I find a table and sit down and get to work. There was another woman sitting there working on her laptop as well. I got the feeling she is a teacher of some sort. We exchange hello’s. It is about 7 PM.

        It is now about 8 :45 ( they close at 9 ) and I am just about done –she seems to be wrapping up as well. The she asked what are you working on ?– I tell her lyrics for a soundtrack–so I said I am stressed out and I am not even sure it is any good… I said do you mind taking a look for word usage, concept etc, I told her the basic concept of the story line. She said sure.

        She is reading it and way saying- this is a great play on words, good story telling and even made a few suggestions. So we start talking, and they kick us out as now it is 9 and I learn she is a Christian. I just have this strong sense that she is a compassionate person, she radiates that. I have lived long enough to know when people are this compassionate something heartbreaking has happened to them.

        The next thing I know we are having this incredible conversation, she told me her story ( when she was 3 and her brother was 4- they lives in Chicago- it was a hot day, and they lived in a high rise, their Mom was sleeping ( Alcohol issues, with a Father that was out of town a lot) and they decided to open the window- her brother fell out of the window, she tried to grab him and she said she felt a force push her back. Her brother died, and her Mother blamed her. Can you imagine? A 3 year old…

        Her parents have both since passed. I told her my beloved Father recently passed and how hard it has been come to terms with it.

        She struggled with the death of her brother ( her relationship with her mother broken ) for years until one night, when she was 23 she dreamed she was in a light and saw Jesus and her brother– Her brother told her “I am good- it is beautiful here and Jesus came to her and put his hand on her shoulder and said it was not your fault. You cannot stay here, you have to go back, this is a glimpse but it is not your time to be here.

        I told her some of my story as well. She was talking about how the Devil is always on the hunt to steal joy from us….and that is how I had been feeling for a long time- trapped without joy…and how it has felt like one head shot after the other and I was losing my faith, and I was starting to feel like a chump praying to a God that seemed indifferent. How I felt that God was not hearing my prayers – or at least it did not appear he was answering. It is now midnight- we have been talking for 2 hours and so I gave her my email address. I thought I might not hear from her- but this had the feeling this was no chance meeting.

        The next morning, I woke up and was thinking about this conversation with her and I said God, if you are listening, I really feel I need to speak to this woman again, she may not communicate by email and I have no way to contact her, so if you are listening, and you actually care about what is happening, please make that happen, as she and I had talked about relationship and communication, and she that Jesus seeks a relationship with us- I told her well.. that relationship has to go both ways, me praying to him and him answering… I needed clear communication as I was tired of guessing.

        So I went to take the dogs to Pupology for a bath, which is right next to Trader Joes. I decided to run in an grab a few groceries. I am standing in line, the checker is ringing up my groceries, I go to hand him the money for the bill and I feel a tap on my shoulder. I turn and it is HER!!!!!! She said God has you surrounded, I have praying for you since we met, he SEES You he HEARS you. I nearly passed out in the store-I was stunned…this has never happened to me before. Then she reaches out the cashier and gives him her bank card and said ” Our Father wants me to take care of this bill”. Now as I stated earlier her Father passed away- and I realize she said OUR Father and I understood what she was saying. She hugs me again and whispers God is with you you are precious to him..I am fighting back tears.

        I go and sit in my car my little dogs are trying to lick my face and I just burst out crying.. all I could whisper was thank you…thank you ..thank you.

        This morning, I was praying… Lord you know this pressing matter that lies heavy on my heart…and there is a timeline….

        I logged on and saw you message… Tuesday.. I am going to take this on faith this is the answer.

        Sorry for the long post just had to share this.

        I continued to pray for you in this challenge you are facing and I am asking God to heal you completely.

        In his Love,

        Denise

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Sayit2016,

          First, thanks for sharing, I loved it, and I believe in it as well. Bigly.

          I have two stories for you, I will try and be short, but this is me we are talking about and short can be challenging for me. 🙃

          When I wrote your post (I don’t even have to look back to it like I usually have to, I remember clear as day.)There was more going on than I could explain. Let me try now.

          When I read your post about your Tuesday all I could do was smile and keep thinking, Tuesday is going to be a fabulous day. I don’t know what it is about Tuesday, but all will be well. It’s like the name itself had rainbows, glitter, balloons and sparkles all around. Goofy? I know, I’m a visual person though, so it’s nothing unusual for me. But most of all, I kept seeing blue skies with the name of Tuesday.

          After I had it the send button I couldn’t help but sit back and wonder what the heck is so great about Tuesday? What’s going on that day? Is it something to do with me that may be overshadowing your day and my happy response? And then it hit me. It made me literally catch my breath. I was stunned. Tuesday I meet the cancer doctor and her NP for two hours to set up a game plan.

          I do believe something overshadowed my thoughts of my own problems and gave me a blue sky visual for you. I really do. I can’t imagine much good coming from a cancer doctor, I really can’t. So please, take this as a sign and run with it. Fill your heart with joy and sparkles and rainbows and all. And whatever you do, don’t dwell on what I said about me. Please forget every bit of it. Poof! Let it be gone. I only mentioned it to show you that your Tuesday is completely different and to run with it. Blue skies remember? It’s yours. Take it.

          Second story: My daughter and I were talking about Faith and sometimes she just has a hard time believing it’s all true. So I set her up. Yeah, I’m a Mom, I can do that.

          I’ve had 3 hip surgeries and knee surgery all on my left with one knee surgery on my right. There are times when I am really hurting so this is what I do. I ask the Angels to please give me a parking spot close to the doors of the store of I am visiting. I even ask for it at our summer fair and many other times and places.

          So when we get on the road, and after I say our prayers for protection while we drive to and back from our destinations, I ask our daughter to ask the Angels to save her Mom a parking spot, a good one. So far it’s been 6/6 for our success rate. I’ve been doing it for years and years and my success rate is like 99.8%. I’m not kidding.

          So my explanation to Dokme is how can there not be a Creator if his Angels are always, and I mean always coming through for me? There is no way this could happen, especially during the holiday seasons and yet it does.

          I ask our Angels for so much and there are times I’ve felt guilty for asking for all that I do, but a wise lady once told me that Angels love helping us out and wish more people would. I was told to never feel guilty and to keep asking and asking. It’s what some of our Angels are there for, they are there to help us when we ask.

          Feel free to try this out. I’m serious. Just don’t ask when you’re pulling into the parking lot. I think they need a bit of time to get it set up for us. I always try and ask when I leave the house in the car. Sometimes I forget and ask half way there and it still works. Sometimes I’ve asked when I am about to pull in, but always let them know I may be too late.

          I ask our Angels for a lot, and I always, always try and say thank you and how much it was appreciated. And it really is, cause when I’m hurting, I know I will be hurting a lot more by the time I get back to the car and the closer I am, the better it is for me and my pain.

          We all go through periods of doubt about our Creator. There are times when we really want to be heard and we don’t think it is happening. We get upset and frustrated and it’s okay, we are human, we are not perfect by any means.

          I’ve been raised that our Creator is all loving and all forgiving. There is no fire and brimstone and anger with my belief system. None. I am not going to Hell because I had a bad thought or said a bad word. To me, it’s silly. There are more important things for our Creator and us to be worried about.

          I just have two things to request. One, ask our Angels for anything you need, especially for Tuesday. If you need words, ask for the ability to use words that will convey your thoughts the best to others. Ask to be surrounded with a strong, white light of protection and may all negativity be bounced right off or not even seen by you. Ask for absolutely everything. Two, test my Angel request and see how it works for yourself. It doesn’t have to be exactly what I ask for and yet it can. It’s all up to what you want.

          I truly believe with all of my heart and being that the lady you met was sent by our Creator your way. I also believe that I was made to forget all about me and send you your message. Our Creator works in mysterious ways. And we are here for you. I am here for you. The Angels are here for you. You’ve got quite the army racking up on your side. Use us. We like to be useful and asked for things in which we can help.
          Be well and have a fabulous, bright blue-skiedTuesday. I see one white cloud, a happy summer cloud in your bright blue sky. All is well. HAPPY CLOUD! It’s how I draw all of my summer pictures. 😁
          Ma’iingankwe

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          • Sayit2016 says:

            Thank you so much for your beautiful post ! I am reminded of the saying…. be kind to all you meet for they fight a fierce battle. We all post here on our political thoughts but you never really know what is happening to people unless they tell you. You are a perfect example…you have such a sweet , kind and gracious way about you, I obviously had no idea you were fighting personal battles with your health until you said so.

            I remember reading CS Lewis’a A Grief Defined, where I was trying to come to terms with my own grief… he was talking about a personal grief that was so intense and painful…..

            He spoke of trying to find answers and used Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.

            and went on to say…

            “Knock and it shall be opened.’ But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac?”

            That is exactly how I was feeling…. I was not knocking I was literally ramming the door like a crazy person ; )

            After the encounter with the woman at Trader Joe’s– I called my Mother crying on the phone to tell her what happened. She just kept saying.. Honey, God LOVES you, he hears even your faintest cry… ( maybe I need to rethink my door ramming technique- it’s so much energy ! )

            I was smiling when I read about your parking space prayer– I do it too and think Thank you Parking space God ; )

            If I may ask what did the Dr say regarding your heath ?

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            • justfactsplz says:

              When I read your story about the lady at Starbucks I immediately thought she was an angel went by God. Then I saw that M’iiingankwe said the same thing! I am so glad that you found your pathway back to experiencing God’s joy for you.

              Years ago my daughter was running to home from a very bad relationship. She managed to get to the airport and on a flight but when she had to change planes she got very confused and lost. A middle aged woman approached her and helped her walking her to the correct gate. My daughter sat her bag down, looked up to thank the lady and she had vanished into thin air. She didn’t see her walking in any direction. That same “woman” called me on the telephone to let me know not to worry and that my daughter was safe and on her way home. My daughter doesn’t recall giving the woman my name or number.

              We are not to worship angels but they do exist to do God’s work and to help us. I know in my own life I have had encounters with angels.

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              • Sayit2016 says:

                I had a situation similar when I was in the hospital…. I was in extreme pain and buzzed the nurse. It was around midnight–She said she could not give more without a Dr Ok – and that would be in the morning. WHAT??? I was crying, wanting my mother and was just trying to figure how I was going to make it through the night in that much pain… About 1 AM a older woman came in to the room, she has white hair and very blue eyes. I was so glad to see her ( the other nurse was not very nice) and I said I needed something for pain, she said I cannot give what you are taking but I can get your something to help, she went in the bathroom and got some water and handed me a tablet. I took it and drank the water– she put her hand on my head… and I was out like a light. The next morning, the Dr came in and I told him you have to leave instruction that if something like this happens so I can get the proper medication, when in that much pain. I told him if it had not been for the nurse that came to see me, and gave me medicine I would have been crazy from the pain. He said what did she give you ?and I said I had no idea I just took it I was desperate. He is looking at his notes, and said I do not see that any medication was given at 1 AM. I described the nurse and the Dr called the head nurse to ask who was on shift last night, She said two nurses were on that shift, he asked if either one was an older woman with white hair, she said no. She said she did not know anyone on the staff that would fit that description.

                I SAW her as clear as day.

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            • maiingankwe says:

              You crack me up (in a good way).I think, I may be wrong, when we are so busy kicking and trying to smash the door down we aren’t listening like we should and that’s why our Creator sent the lady to you. You may have been so upset and frustrated that you couldn’t hear. Don’t worry, I’m so the same way. I think that’s why I’m sent signs or Dream in animals for my important dreams.

              I’ve been looking for my Red-Tailed Hawk to no avail, not even an Eagle has flown next to me of late and those are usually my signs. It’s been completely silent. No animals in my awake life or dream state. I know I’m frustrated and I’m looking at it as if maybe it’s not time to know yet.

              Tuesday my husband and I sit down with the cancer doctor and her NP for two hours to set up a game plan. Tomorrow, I have a physical therapy appt., and I’m thinking I’m going to sneak down after to the imaging center and get my final results to the biopsy. They had a preliminary report last Friday, but all it said is what they did, so it wasn’t any help.

              I don’t know if the report will be done because they had to test the tissue samples and I have no idea where they do that. I was told Tuesday for sure.

              My primary doctor has set aside a teleconference with the cancer doctor from noon till they are done, but she did schedule two hours. So I’m thinking she will just use the rest of the time to get things done on her part. Oops, theirs is from noon on Tuesday and ours is at ten to noon.

              I’m just really lucky I have a primary doctor who really cares. We’ve been together about ten years. Her husband always makes sure I have his gun magazines to look at in the waiting room, he hides them for mea. Plus, she carries everywhere too. A pretty good shot from what I hear. So of course I like her, plus, she does take good care of me.

              She was with me when I was trying to get my Dad moved up here and was a big help, even though it didn’t happen. She was with me when my Mom had passed too. She also knew about my best friend Ponytail Kim and me taking care of him and his passing, so we have a solid history of respect and her helping me out besides just on my health. It doesn’t hurt that she genuinely laughs at all of my jokes too.

              Listen to your Mom, she knows best, God does love you. If you knew the love He has for little ‘ole you, it would completely blow you away. His love is immense.
              Be well,
              Ma’iingankwe

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        • Joe Blow says:

          Wow! What an amazingly beautiful story. Sometimes it’s almost too much to comprehend the things that God does in our lives.

          That lady is right, SayIt. We all have our moments when doubt comes over us. But He DOES love you, & He DOES hear you! In those times I like to think of Philippians 4:6-7:

          “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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        • Thank you for sharing this beautiful & moving story. I’m so glad that the Lord included “the heavens are as brass” & “Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief” & “what is truth?” within scripture. They are such a comfort for those times when we don’t Feel God’s presence. His promises, however, transcend our feelings–a comfort to us all. Hopefully as we grow in the faith we can approach Job’s wisdom “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (I’m not even close to that yet.

          Here is a brief passage from a book that spoke to me & may resonate with you too (From Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray by Dorothy Love) “I felt the loss too. But my family circle was irretrievably broken, shattered beyond repair…two years of war and death had rendered me indifferent to joy, numb with grief, and burdened by losses that went too deep for tears.”

          I honestly don’t know why but that passage spoke to me, as it is so difficult to articulate those deep & painful wounds we carry that sometimes modify us permanently. I am thankful the Lord also saw fit to include these words in scripture “in this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world”.

          May you find the Lord to be your sufficiency & strength, your peace, joy, comfort, & hope regardless of the outcome of the situation you are facing. What a blessing that your WiFi inconvenience put you in the direct path of His Tangible Grace in the form of a sister in Christ! How He loves you! Blessings

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Hey hon, I’ve been worried and wondering how you are doing and if all is well. I thought I’d give you a few days, but I can’t wait any longer since I’m now worried. Please let me know how you are. Sending lots of love your way,
      Ma’iingankwe

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        Aw thank you so much– I am still dealing with it ( heavy sigh ) and trying to hard not to panic…. and it is not good hoping for Monday resolution .. it’ serious. Pr ayes are so welcome. Than k you for your compassion and love. How are you doing on your end ? Any news from the Dr. ?

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Sayit2016,
          Never forget, you are stronger than you think, and you’re pretty dang strong from what I’ve seen.

          I give my permission for any of the moderators here to share with you my email. Juat send them an email with a cut, copy and paste of what I said above. This is so you can get it off your chest so to speak. If you have someone already all is good, and if you just don’t feel like it, it’s alright too. I’ve got thick skin and there is no possible way my feelings would get hurt. I just want you to know I’m here for you and have your back, which I can easily do from here as well.

          Things have been flying fast on my end with the doctors. I had a port put in my chest yesterday late morning. They must’ve given me some really good pain medication because it lasted all day and night. Unfortunately, I was up around five am in horrible pain. It really, really bites. Pain meds are not helping very much.

          The surgeon did give me his cell number and said to call at anytime for any reason. He said if it’s 2 or 3 in the morning, he’d answer. However, I’m not planning on calling him to tell him how much of a baby I am. Now if the thing started poking out of my chest, okay, I’d call. I will say this, that was darn nice of him. I knew he cared about his patients, but this just enforced it even more.

          Other than that, I am fine. My spirits are good and I know without a doubt this pain will eventually go away. The sooner the better though. 😋

          Please try not to get to stressed. If it’s good weather, take the pups for a walk by the beach, read a good book, get a good massage, or do something you like to do to unwind. Give yourself a few hours to decompress and not think about the unknown. You’ve put it in God’s hands, so there is nothing we can do but have Faith and wait. I know it is far easier said than done, I really do. It’s why I’m asking for you to do something to get your mind off of it, even if it’s for a little while.

          Tell you what, give me a list of some decent massage therapists close to you, and I will call them for a massage on me. You just walk in and get a nice massage with no worries okay? I will keep checking my replies periodically, often, more than usual, lots and lots. 🙃.

          Alright, I’m going to let you go for now. Prayers will be sent your way often as well. If you give me your permission I will set out some ceremonial tobacco around my favorite tree tomorrow morning with prayers in Anishabee and English.
          Be well,
          Ma’iingankwe

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          • Sayit2016 says:

            Ma’iingankwe… I am in tears from reading your kind and thoughtful post. Thank you so much. Thank you so much for your prayers, they are so appreciated. I am taking a day at a time and doing my best to trust God and are praying for the best possible result. Your kindness and love during a time when you are fighting a serious health battle humbles me. Thank you for your kind offer but I think it is important that you focus on your battle. The fact that you offered it is so unbelievably sweet and generous. I continue to pray for your complete healing and recovery and I am asking God to help with the pain you are in. I will ask that Ad Rem will forward my email to you.

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            • maiingankwe says:

              Thank you, it goes both ways, and you’ve helped me a lot through this journey too, along with a few great others here, which I am honored, humbled and very grateful.

              I’ve already started answering your questions on the tobacco, but I am so tired this morning that I am going to go back to sleep after the pups come back in. I will finish it and send it later on today.

              Thank you for your concern on my battle, but as I see it, life still moves on. And right now, I am doing alright. I am fine. Tender and sore? Yeah, but better. I figure if I can still do what I would’ve done when I didn’t know I had cancer, I will still continue being me and doing and offering as I would any other time. I can still do that right now, and I have lots of other time in the day to worry about myself and try and make my self better in this fight.

              I wish you could see my body language, so you would see I am not yelling or upset with your kind gesture to focus on myself. I am just having great difficulty in explaining as long as I am well enough, I don’t want to stop saying and doing what is in me.

              I hope I’m making sense, I’m just really tired, and in a good way too. I think this nap is going to be fabulous. 💤😴💤🦄🌸.

              Hold strong, it’s already Sunday and you’ve made it this far, only one more day if that. I’m proud of you. We have your back, now go and do something fun for awhile! Go on, even if it’s just an ice cream cone treat! Ice cream is the best for sad and happy days.
              Be well,
              Ma’iingankwe

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          • Sayit2016 says:

            “I will set out some ceremonial tobacco around my favorite tree tomorrow morning with prayers in Anishabee and English.”

            I have never heard of this before- is this a custom ?

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  30. maiingankwe says:

    Boozhoo (hello) my Treeper friends. I apologize for not writing sooner, but it’s been one thing after another. I had my shots in my neck after my MRI for the masses they had found on my left breasts (Monday). The doctor who performed the shot procedure accidentally hit a nerve with the needle on my left side. It’s pretty badly bruised and it really hurt. My neck muscles are also sore from probably tightening them up reflexively. So I tried to rest Tuesday. Unfortunately, I had two pups waking me up right after falling into a nice, deep sleep. This happened three times and I just gave up for the day.

    I had asked one of the nurses before the shots if there are lymph nodes in the calf and behind the knee. She had asked why and I had told her it felt like I had a terrible cramp that just wouldn’t go away. She took a look and saw discolorization and swelling. She said, Call your doctor tomorrow since it’s be too late after my procedure. The shot doctor was almost three hours behind schedule. It was okay, I took a nap.

    I called my doctor Tuesday, but she is out of the country and won’t be in the back until the 7th. Her nurse sent her a detailed message, and I got a call today to get my bum into the walk in clinic ASAP for a possible blood clot.

    So I did. However, they sent me to the ER because they don’t have same day blood results. So off I went to the ER. After they gave me an EKG, (sharp pains in left breast, which I thought had to do with the masses.) ultrasound, cat scan of chest, blood work and x-rays they found a blood clot in my left calf and multiple blood clots in my lungs. So I guess I wasn’t wasting their time after all.

    They had wanted me to spend the night in the hospital, but I talked them into letting me go home as long as my husband left work to watch over me for the night. They had explained they would’ve been able to have taken me to the biopsy since it’s all connected. I declined.

    A friend of mine took my daughter, Dokme (Doe-ka-may), so she wouldn’t be home alone, and I didn’t know how long I would be there, which turned out to be almost 7 hours. She’s twelve. She said she knew something was up because my friend had taken her out to eat and then went elsewhere for dessert. She came out into the garage when I pulled in and gave me a long and beautiful hug, I so love her hugs. 💝

    I explained all was good because I had it checked out right away. Nothing to worry about I said. Her reply was, why is Dad home from work then? I just said, it was standard operating procedure. Sometimes she is just too darn smart for me.

    My goodness, they didn’t even want me driving home by myself. I’m fine though, I really am. I was mainly concerned they wouldn’t be able to give me the surgery I need to remove the two masses is all. I wasn’t thinking clearly at the time. My hubby straightened that out over the phone at the ER.

    I will take a moment and be honest though. I read the replies from Ad Rem and Justthefactz the day after I had posted. I was so mushy and didn’t know what to say. I had written a reply back to one, but hadn’t finished the other since I was so tired late that night and then everything moved so darn fast with the 8am MRI, shot injections, pain during recovery and the run to the ER. I didn’t want to only reply to one and not the other, and accidentally through it all I ended up ignoring both, which wasn’t my intention or really what happened. I wasn’t trying to ignore, so yes, I am ever so sorry.

    When I finish my other reply, I will post both at the same time. Unfortunately, it’s almost 11pm and I have to be up at 6:30am to get ready for my biopsy. So it won’t be possible to do tonight. You know, I should have just finished my other reply and wrote about all of this tomorrow. My mind isn’t moving as quickly as usual. Please just know the words shared by you all have touched me in ways I had not thought possible. To know there are people out there, friends, who really care is such a tender moment for my heart. People who I could walk by and never know it is a Treeper friend. However, I know without a doubt I would pause mid-step feeling a connection.
    Chii miigwetch (thank you very much) to all of you and the prayers you’ve given so freely and with so much warmth and kindness. My heart feels ever so good.
    Be well,
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • dbethd says:

      Thank you for the updates. Thankful for your proactive doctor! I’m sorry for your long days in the hospital, but thankful for your dear friends and family who can support you while we watch from afar. It is a slightly helpless feeling wanting to DO something to help you, but I know we can continue to offer our prayers and that is a powerful force.

      Please stay rested and update us as you are able.

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    • MaFreeman says:

      Maiingankwe, I read your post this early morn and prayed. Was not going to post.. but
      ” For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
      Hugs & prayers…. remember to EXPECT!

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Ma’iingankwe, please pretty please don’t waste your precious energy worrying about replying to everyone. I know Ad rem feels the same way. We don’t expect it. Just do an update when you are able and all of us can read it and those who want to respond to you with words of encouragement can. There are many here praying for you, just know that.

      I can’t believe they sent you home that night with the blood clots. I had them from my thigh down to my ankle in 2015 and they slapped me in ICU. The following a.m. they operated trying to break up clots and put in two stents in my leg and an IVC filter in my abdomen. Be very careful to follow their instructions to the T and watch for any warning signs they gave you. You sure didn’t need blood clots.

      I am so happy you have friends and family there with you. Rest when you can and convince those pups to snuggle up with you

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Justfactsplz,

        You know, I’ve had a couple of people in complete disbelief that they had let me go home with multiple blood clots in my lungs and one for sure in my calf. My nurse was not happy and boy did she let me know until she realized I was a patient rather than a friend. She does that a lot. I’m always able to get information out of them at my doctors that they would never tell anyone else. I find it funny.

        Unfortunately, their receptionist is leaving in a few days to Texas where her husband is being stationed. I’m going to miss the heck out of her, she knew her job and always, and I mean always came through for me. I’m sure it had nothing to do with all of our puppy pictures we pass back and forth after my appointments. 🙃. I’ve always been good at disarming people, but I so dislike having to retrain. I’ve been through about four nurses and three receptionists. My doctor just keeps hiring military spouses. Except this latest nurse, she’s from here, and sadly I’m still on the fence about.

        I’m not trying to brag about the disarming part, I think it might have to do with all of my bartending years. I was always amazed at what people would tell me about their private lives. This happens to me in grocery stores, airports and pretty much everywhere. It must be my innocent face. 😁.

        But yes, the ER doctor didn’t put up any kind of fight really. As long as my husband came home from work all was good. Plus, when I had asked him if there was more than one blood clot in my lungs, he looked down at his shoes and said, multiple. I was too scared to ask what he meant by multiple. More than two or a whole bunch? In all honesty I thought he was saying a whole bunch and that has bothered me these past few days.

        Every time I give myself a shot, I imagine the medicine hunting down the clots and blowing them to smithereens.

        I can’t imagine having to have gone through with what you did with your blood clots, ICU and surgery. It would’ve scared me to death. Maybe the one in my calf isn’t so bad and it just hurts cause it’s not supposed to be there. I’m thinking yours must’ve been yuuge. I really don’t know why they sent me home. Probably cause I kept asking when I could go home and had my daughter to take care of. I’m pretty pushy when it comes to her.

        My calf is still hurting and my chest still gets sharp pains. My medicine will win though.

        Tomorrow I have to clean my house. It is in shambles. Who knew what a few days of missing action could do to ones home? I will only clean the bathroom and kitchen. I will have my daughter vacuum for me too. Thankfully, she’s staying at one of my friend’s houses tonight.

        Oh my gosh, I have to go grocery shopping too. At least I have all of my coupons ready.

        Okay, I’m rambling, I will let you go, and thank you for being here for me and so helpful.
        Have an exceptionally beautiful Sunday with you and Gary,
        Ma’iingankwe

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        • justfactsplz says:

          niwiijiwaggan my friend, I like that.

          My blood clots had not gone to my lungs, heart, or brain and that is why I had the IVC filter put in the next day, to catch the clots from my leg and keep them from traveling up my body. It worked but when time came to take the filter out they couldn’t get it out so I am stuck with it.

          Don’t you just hate it when a doctor looks down at his shoes when speaking to you? I am going to try to ease you mind a little here. My sister had blood clots in her leg that did go to her lungs. The doctor explained it to her in this way: it’s like when you flick a paint brush and it splatters little dots on an area. That’s what the blood clots do in the lungs, like little splatter. My sister has major unrelated health problems now but she lived over 25 years after that diagnosis with very little problems until a couple of years ago and she got another small blood clot in her leg. So set that worry aside for now and concentrate on getting through your biopsy.

          Conserve your energy as much as possible. I can tell you are like me, you push yourself. I was down almost ten months with these last two surgeries and could not clean the house. Gary did vacuum and mop

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          • maiingankwe says:

            Thank you for sharing about your sister, it helped.

            I just finished the dishes and I’m worn out, completely. It took everything I had to finish up the last few. My lungs really do hurt and it’s affected my breathing. I’m just hoping the shots every 12 hours is blowing them to smithereens. 💥 I actually look forward to taking them even though it is causing a little bruising and sometimes that little bugger of a needle hurts. Stings more than anything I think.

            I’m the only one who does the real cleaning around here. Depending on the results, I’ve already been thinking about a family sit down. They are going to have to kick in and help, I just can’t do it alone, and it’s driving me nuts seeing dog hair on the floor and carpets etc.

            I can do a small bit, rest and then hit the next part and so forth. I was delusional thinking I could do it all in one day as before. It’s 8:07pm and I can’t wait for bed. So yeah, my two luvs are going have to change their ways Bigly. Poor things. Builds character though. 😋

            I bet you Gary tells you to not over do it, doesn’t he? Mine does that to me when he heads to work. Don’t overdo it he says, you might feeling better, but take it slow. And then later in the day he asks what I’m making for dinner. 🙃

            Have a fabulous week! And thanks for explaining the blood clots to me in the lungs. Stay smiling,
            Ma’iingankwe

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            • MaineCoon says:

              Dear Sister in Christ, Maiingankwe,

              Late last night I saw your link in the side bar on the Prayer thread and retrieved it. I read the days of your comments and cried. As believers we are bonded through the Holy Spirit and we rejoice in joys of believers and are saddened by their sorrows.

              Spiritually mature believers recognize the fruit of the spirit in others because the Holy Spirit shows us. I have been drawn to read your comments, because of His truth in you. I also liked learning about you, through your unique name, heritage and land of Alaska.

              You have been faithful, loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, good and gentle in your comments. You are a light to all Treepers as you faithfully walk with the Lord as displayed through your words. God has gifted you in being able to be His light in the darkness. CTH needed Maiingankwe’s posts, because in the past few years we have truly recognized the pure evil actions of Satan as he controls the unsaved small group in the prior administration and what they have done and continue to do against His chosen and anointed man to be our President. Yet, Maiingankwe was the Lord’s light as we have glimpsed into that dark, evil world. Maiingankwe’s words reflected His fruit of His Spirit no matter the evil circumstances. You have been a shining example of fulfillment of Christ’s Great Commission. Thank you for your faithfulness to Him.

              Ephesians 5:9-10
              For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, 9for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness,and truth. 10Test and prove what pleases the Lord 9for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.

              Galatians 5:22-23
              But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control.

              And now you walk though this difficult challenge, but you do not walk alone. Christ is will you and so are we, your sisters and brothers in Christ. He is sovereign. Such trials are a test of our faith.

              1 Peter 1: 6-9 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

              We are only human. It is hard to understand all things Christ says sometime, particularly the joy in hardship. When we come to understand that the joy comes in and through abiding in Him during the hardship, then it makes sense, but is still hard for us humans.

              Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

              When you go to your doctor’s appointment Tuesday, Christ goes with you. When He tells His children to be strong and courageous, that comes from abiding in Him in the difficulty not in our own strength or courage. He will bring others by your side to be His hands to meet your needs.

              Be praying to Him as you prepare for your Tuesday doctor’s meeting and during it also. Ask Him for His strength, His courage.

              There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

              God is love. Focus on His Word, on prayer and listen as He speaks to you. He is sovereign. He is your lifeline. Abide in Him.

              Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:11

              And now, I pray the Aaronic Priestly blessing over you.

              22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

              24 “‘“The LORD bless you
              and keep you;
              25 the LORD make his face shine on you
              and be gracious to you;
              26 the LORD turn his face toward you
              and give you peace.”’

              Numbers 6: 22-27

              I am praying for you, dear sister In Christ, Maiingankwe.

              Stay well, in the LORD.

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            • justfactsplz says:

              Just make sure you follow up with a doctor about the blood clots. You might benefit from some home oxygen for now.

              The shots do bruise and the medicine burns. Every time I have surgery or epidurals I have to take the shots in order to come off of the Coumadin. I hate them. Twice a day of those little power houses, lol

              My life did change after the blood clots. They really took it out of me. I have had to pace myself and work slower. Three years and it still bothers me I can’t do it all in one day. In my case God used the ordeal to get me to slow down and pay attention..

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          • maiingankwe says:

            Justfactsplz,
            I’m going to put my update here since I don’t know if I put it at the beginning or keep them all together or where really. Sorry.

            The cancer doctor is going to be keeping a good eye on my blood clots, so I just wanted to let you know that it will be well taken care of and they know the importance of it more than I. Thank you for giving me a great question to ask. Yeah, I took credit for it! 😜. You made me look good. 😁

            Boozhoo! (Hello) My good Treepers,
            I hope all is well with all or soon to be.

            Today, my husband and I were at the cancer doctor. We were there as scheduled at 9:30am and I had sent him off to work at 12:15pm. I was finally able to leave an hour after. It was a long morning.

            Anyways, I have been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, which is the highest stage, and it’s aggressive. It’s moved from my breast and going towards my under arm. I believe I start my first chemo next Tuesday. Instead of doing a full mastectomy right away they are going to try and get it as small as possible to see if I can go without a full mastectomy and get plastic surgery. In all honesty, it doesn’t bother me if they have to take it all. I’d rather it not happen whatsoever, but it is what it is.

            The reason why they aren’t doing the mastectomy first is because of its spreading. After the surgery of whichever it may be, I will then go through radiation for twelve weeks. It’s going to be a long haul, it’s alright, I’m young enough, healthy enough and strong. I’m also mentally strong. We’ve got this.

            My husband really liked the doctor and her nurse practitioner. They both have a personality and a good bedside manner. I agree.

            I also have what they call an oncology nurse navigator. She will help me through anything and all outside of the bounds of the doctor treatments. For example, free wigs, scarves, rides there and back, make-up class, which is quarterly and they give free make-up from the companies that make and sell them. Free counsling, a list of toll-free numbers from cancer organizations that have people to answer any questions or just to listen and the list goes on and on.

            I had asked if it was the state that paid for his, and she said, no, it was the hospital itself. Pretty cool I thought.

            She also made me aware that our state does a great job in taking care of their cancer patients and go above and beyond. I don’t know all the details to that, but I’m sure I will find out. I even think our Alaska airlines help out, but not a 100% sure.

            My husband is a 100% on board and we had a good, long talk when he came home from work this evening. I told him I was upset that I would be losing all of my hair so soon. I was told by the NP that it will start after the second treatment. I know I shouldn’t be vain about my hair, and I actually think I’m concentrating on that rather than the big picture because that picture is a bit overwhelming.

            I gotta tell you though, I really do have beautiful, thick long hair. It’s one of my best features and I take really great care of it. I have it trimmed ever 6-9 weeks. It’s wavy and I get curly tendrils all over when the humidity is high. The length is far past the middle of my back and in the front almost hangs to the bottom of my chest. My hubby told me he didn’t marry me for my hair, he married me for me. He wants me to get better, so we can live that long life together we’ve always talked about. He also said I did have beautiful hair, and it might even grow back even more beautiful.

            It took me 13 years to grow my hair as long as it is. I had it cut when I was pregnant, so I could take care of it easier. Another 13 years and it’s going to be gray! Ugh. Plus, all the wigs they had were short-haired ones and I look so horrible I’m short hair. Scarves it is I guess.

            However, I’ve already contacted my hair stylist, and we are going to cut it before it falls out and give it to a charity like Locks of Love or whatever good one they have out there. If I can’t have it, someone else might as well.

            The doctor gave me all of the names to the chemo meds and all other stuff I will be taking. She said the cause of my cancer was due to my Nuva ring (birth control). I had been on it for 13 years, which I guess is far too long. So please be aware ladies, I wasn’t.

            Okay, I think I covered a lot, but if there are any questions, please feel free to ask and I will answer if I can. There is still a lot I don’t know, and I plan on calling the free toll numbers later tomorrow. I have a 9am appt with my general surgeon and a 10:45am for a bone density test.

            Oh, I also had blood taken out for that test where they look to find the gene and if it’s hereditary, so I can protect my daughter and sister. I also had a lot of other vials of blood taken out too.

            They are going to have me keep giving myself shots every 12 hours and as it gets closer to the surgery, switch me to a pill, which will allow me to stop and have surgery within 24hrs. This is for the multiple blood clots in my lungs and the one in my calf, which are all still there.

            I think I’m done now. 😋. I’m alright Treepers, I’m going to beat this and give a hell of a fight. Game on.

            I do ask if you could pray for my family. My husband and daughter could use the strength from them. You can throw me in there if you want too, but my family needs and will always come first. I hope that didn’t come across bad, I’m just worried about them is all and they’re great characters, easy to love. Thank you.
            Be well,
            Ma’iingankwe

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            • justfactsplz says:

              Boozhoo!

              You definitely got this! You are motivated, mentally, physically, and emotionally strong and have armed yourself with the knowledge that will help you cope with your treatment

              Hats and caps are another option. Get a bright pretty one to go with your smile. Just don’t get one of those pink p—–hats, lol.

              We will lift up your daughter and husband in prayer that God will be with them, give them direction and understanding, and also give them a big hug.

              Be well.

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Boozhoo Niwiijiwaagan justfactsplz, Aaniin ezhiyan noongom (How are you today?)

                I am well. They did a test to get the baseline for my heart today. Yesterday I went to the general surgeon (he is so awesome!). I spoke with him for a bit more than an hour and he thinks I’ve got a good handle on everything going on and liked I how I was able to keep all of the doctors and what they said straight along with all of my appointments. I probably should’ve told him I’ve got a great memory, but it’s awfully short. 🙃

                This Friday (tomorrow) the general surgeon will be putting a port in my chest, so they can get the chemo in a nice, big vein. They will put me under, but it doesn’t sound like it takes very long and then I can go home.

                It’s my daughter’s thirteenth birthday on Saturday and she will be having her best friend stay the night. My husband just came in to tell me if it’s too much, he will get them out of the house. I kinda think he wants to go see a movie too. 😁

                He’s been awesome. He knew I’ve been out the house this morning going to appts and running errands. Plus, my daughter wanted her ear pierced, so her and I didn’t get home until after 8pm. I did get 30min at home in between to pick her up after school and take her for her special pressie and then grocery shopping and one last stop to Subway because she was starving! I’m so hungry she said, I’m starving, I’m going to whither and die! Please don’t make dinner tonight it will be too late. I gave in this time and I got lots of thank you’s and hugs. The hugs were for the ear piercings. I like how she doesn’t care if we are in public and she wants to give me a hug. I so hope that never ends. I love her hugs! 💕

                Oh, my hubby started the the boiler tonight with wood and coal, so it would be nice and warm for me in my little spot where I do all of this and research. Now that was really thoughtful and nice. I gave him a few hugs for that too. ❤️ It meant a lot to me, especially when I’m the one who takes care of and feeds our Dragon. I’m going to have to name her, don’t you think? Her and I have been close all of these winters, so it’s only right. It’s going to have to be an Olde name that has honor and strength. I think she’d really like that. 🐉

                Well, I’m absolutely exhausted, and hope I can get some real sleep tonight. Please give my best to Gary and I send good thoughts your way.
                Be well niwiijiwaagan,
                Ma’iingankwe

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                • justfactsplz says:

                  Ma’iingankwe, I am sorry to be late to see your post. I didn’t check in here last night because I had a very exhaustive day and was too tired.

                  I pray all went well in getting your port put in. My sister has one because they can no longer get into her veins.

                  I hope that Dokme has a great birthday tomorrow. Thirteen is a big deal to a young girl. Tomorrow is my oldest daughter’s birthday also. She will be 45. Gee I am getting old. No wonder I am so decrepit.

                  So you need to rename the Dragon. It definitely needs a strong woman/s older name. I am sure you will come up with one soon.

                  We will be praying for you all during your chemo treatments.

                  Stay strong,

                  Sandy

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            • Joe Blow says:

              I have rarely seen anyone who is as emotionally fit to take on this battle as you. We will all be praying for your husband & daughter, & yes, you too! I pray that the Lord will comfort them through this & that He might increase your own strength & faith. God bless you.

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Thank you Joe. It’s because I have people like you along with Faith. I have family and friends who believe I will be well, and so do I, so it will be.

                I do have some moments where I get sad or a bit scared, but thankfully they haven’t lasted very long. I’ve had them though, I know they are there. I just won’t let them overwhelm me, I have far too much to lose and my daughter and husband need me as I need them.

                It’s amazing really that us three as a family get along so well. We actually enjoy each other’s company and love to laugh and joke. Sure, we have our moments, but they don’t last long. But we do have them. We’re not always happy and smiling, but for the most part we are good, solid, and if one is down, Dad is super good at getting the little one to laugh and forget whatever it is for awhile if not completely.

                I think it’s good that our daughter will come talk to me or Dad depending on the subject. Sometimes she come to both of us for the same trouble. She is always curious on how we see things.

                She says a lot of kids complain about their parents about this or that at school and some of the things she just can’t relate to. She feels bad that some of her friends can’t talk to their parents, she has said she’d be so lonely if that was true with us. She couldn’t imagine it and neither could we.

                I know there are some things she can’t talk to us about. I was like that too. As long as they aren’t secrets that could harm her, she is more than able to have them and to keep private.

                I would love to know every little secret, but life doesn’t work that way. I’ve also told her what I’ve told you. As long as you have secrets that won’t hurt or get you into serious trouble, I don’t mind whatsoever. We all need to have secrets.

                Well, now that I’ve been rambling for the last 20min or so, I think you know me better than you may have expected. I do have a tendency to go on a and on. 🙃

                If you made it this far, thank you. I also want to thank you for your prayers, they’ve really meant a great deal to me, and this comes from my heart.

                I hope you have a fabulous weekend with lots of smiles and laughter! Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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            • What a beautiful warrior spirit you have! God Bless You as you enter the fray & may He give you His peace that passes understanding, healing, comfort, & joy…& may he grant your family grace, peace, strength & compassionate spirits to assist you along this perilous & mysterious journey.

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              • maiingankwe says:

                Valerie Curren,
                You are so kind! Thank you for your beautiful prayer, I really like it.
                May lots of love, laughter and happiness come your way. Be well,
                Ma’iingankwe

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                • Grandma Covfefe says:

                  Dear Maiingankwe,

                  I read all of your stories tonight and catching up with the other Treepers (and Sundance!), too. (I’ve been out of circulation for several months due to illness. Then in January I got hit by a full body paralysis due to extreme pain, and the passing of my dear mom 2 weeks ago- I’m better now and walking with a cane but still reeling and grieving over Mom). I feel we Treepers are being put thru a trial these last few months, just like our President Trump and his Team has been. Goodness Me!! But we are a hardy bunch…We Treeper Warriors.

                  My full time prayers are with you, Maiingankwe, and for all others mentioned here in this thread and Sundance. It’s all written down.

                  My brother’s wife was diagnosed unexpectedly, with stage 3 breast cancer, too, and battled back for 3-4 years. She is now full of energy and chasing after her grandchildren.

                  The battle is half won because of your attitude going into this, and it sounds like you have a great cancer team support there. Praise the Lord for that. The other half of the battle will be won, because you have scores of prayer warriors praying for you all around the country, at all hours…and that goes for all of you Treepers, too.

                  Stay in touch when you can, dear Maiingankwe and all other precious Treepers, and give us ongoing updates. You are not forgotten and never have been…well…for those few week I did forget everything due to extreme pain…Ha…as my prayer partner said to me “Pain and exhaustion takes away IQ points”…so true….so just take things one day at a time…one hour at a time..then pat yourself on the back and thanking the Lord for getting thru it. Skip all high expectations of yourself…you’re on vacation to get well again.

                  May the Lord Bless you all 24/7.

                  Carpe Diem! Wolferine Prayer Warriors!

                  I LOVE you all, every single one of you.

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                • Thanks, Ma. & may the Lord continue to provide for you & your family All that you need! God Bless you in the ongoing battle

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Ma’iingankwe, I’m so sorry you had to go through that on top of everything else. Continued prayers for strength & healing.

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    • Menagerie says:

      My prayers are with you, and your entire family. For healing, strength, comfort, and all that you need.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Hi Ma’iingankwe, I haven’t been to the prayer thread in a while so am just now reading your posts. I know you are going through a lot right now and yet your posts are so upbeat and thoughtful for your fellow treepers. I will put you in my prayers (along with all the others on the prayer thread) for strength, guidance and supreme healing from our loving God. Also, i want to say thank you to all the wonderful treepers on this thread that give of their time to read and care for other treepers through prayer and concern. May God bless you all!

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Ddanna,
        Thank you for adding me on your prayer list, I know and have no doubt that it does work and help. I’ve got my positivity from the Treepers here as well as from friends and family. It means the world to me.
        Be well and stay smiling,
        Ma’iingankwe

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  31. dbethd says:

    Dear friends,
    I would like to ask for prayers for myself again. I am 37+ weeks pregnant. I have been treating Lyme disease to hopefully prevent transfer to baby. Our first two children have health issues we believe are related to that. They were born before we had any idea our family might be dealing with Lyme. So I am asking for prayers for a healthy delivery and baby, and any other prayers you feel called to pray. Thanks so much.
    dbethd

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Father God. I come before you now to pray for dbethd, her unborn baby, and her family. I pray the whole family will be healed from any and all aspects of Lyme’s Disease. I pray for protection for this unborn child. I pray for a smooth delivery and a healthy baby free of Lyme. This family belongs to you Lord and are called children of God. I know you want good things for your children dear Lord so I ask your blessings to shower down from heaven upon them. It is in your precious Son Jesus name that I ask these things. Amen.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers that the Lord will protect your baby from Lyme’s, & that you will have a happy & healthy beautiful bundle of joy. God bless, dbethd!

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  32. dbethd says:

    Silas Cage is born! April 7th at 2:22am weighing 7lbs13oz. He’s not a good nurser so he’s getting some extra help. Otherwise he’s doing great.

    Labor went well. I told my husband that the contractions compared to last pregnancy seemed easier and not as long. I also tried to face them differently than last time and focus on them differently. I remember praying a couple times too, and I had hoped to be able to do that and not get caught up in the pain and forget.

    We were worried about going into labor, knowing when it was the real deal, and what we would do with our other two children as we had an hour drive to the hospital because I am high-risk and have to doctor there. We were blessed with a strong sign (water breaking at 8:30pm), and thankful that our neighbors were still awake. So they stayed til grandpa and grandma got to our house to watch our kids.

    My 4yr old daughter gasped and grinned when I told baby was coming. It was so cute. My 3yr old was nervous of all the excitement. They are coming today with Dad to see Baby brother in a snowstorm of all things. SO I am excited to see them and nervous with the weather.

    Thank you all for your prayers.

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  33. Dear Treepers,
    I wanted to thank you for your prayers for my family. My husband returned safely from his trip with friends & he’s still healthy. Most of the rest of us are slowly shaking off that lingering illness & able to do most activities without too much hassle.

    My niece came home from the hospital, but her pain is still relentless & un-diagnosed. At least she gets some relief from meds & from being at home. We were unable to gather as an extended family clan for Easter because of the fatigue in her family from her hospitalization & continued pain.

    My oldest son’s & daughter-in-law’s young cat was hit & killed the other day & we are all still reeling from this unexpected loss. They are looking to adopt another cat or two because their home is so empty without Max. He lived a too short but happy life & is sorely missed.

    My cousin Roberta still struggles with stage 4 colon cancer & pain & managing the needs of her 2 autistic young sons, one still in school. She has suffered many difficult things in her life, the loss of her mother when a child, an “evil” step-mother who tormented her to the point of kicking her out while still school age, a weak father who capitulated to his wife without protecting his daughter, watching her father decline into dementia, & now her cancer battle. Through all these trials she has never lost her sweet nature nor her love for the Lord! Please remember her in your prayers.

    Blessings to you all & thank you for your ongoing ministry of prayer & encouragement!

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Valerie, I’m so sorry they weren’t able to pinpoint exactly what’s going on with your niece’s pain. I will keep her & Roberta both in prayer. God bless.

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      • Thanks, Joe. I really appreciate your prayers & hope there is some degree of understanding soon for Vanessa & that the Lord continues to provide peace, relief, & strength to both ladies & their extended families. I really appreciate your ministry of encouragement on the Prayer Requests page. Blessings!

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Valerie, I really feel for Vanessa with her pain as I suffer from chronic pain every single day. God helps me to bear it but it seems it is something I must bear. I pray she finds the source and that may help some in dealing with it.

      I pray for the loss of Max and the search for new kittens for the household. My old cat Ben had to be put to sleep while I was recovering from surgery. It was very hard. Even though the feral kitten Gary brought in is almost a year old now and I cannot seem to warm up to him because he has been so destructive and not lovey, lol.

      I pray that Roberta might be healed and spared to take care of her two autistic sons. They really need their mother.

      Praying your whole family gets well and strong.

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      • Thank you so much, JFP, for your sensitive & compassionate understanding of difficult & painful times. My daughter, Clarissa, got a report that Vanessa has finally experienced a degree of pain relief after getting some treatment for her “sacro-illiac valve”. C has ADHD so her memory is sketchy here & I hope to get more accurate info soon from my mom, who is a retired RN w/ a good grasp of all things medical in the family.

        The loss of Max has actually hit some of us harder than expected–even me. I found myself randomly in tears today (I am Not a crier & have gone literal years between crying bouts when younger) just thinking about him & in empathy with Nathaniel & Tara. Apparently there is an orange cat that they are contemplating acquiring, & it looks like a cat we used to have, Sahara, that my husband had rescued from a dumpster at work years ago.

        Thank you so much for your beautiful prayers on behalf of Roberta & my family. I’ve been in a heavy prayerful place for Mr. Trump & our nation in recent days too.

        I hope/pray that you may be relieved of your chronic pain. You are an inspiration & can surely say along with Paul “I know the secret of how to abound & how to be abased” & “my grace is sufficient for you & my power is made perfect in weakness, for when I am weak then I am strong, that the power of Christ may rest upon me”. Please forgive any misquoting there as I’m pulling from my imperfect memory.

        May the Lord continue to provide comfort, healing, peace, strength, joy, hope, & love to you, your husband, G, & anyone else who weighs heavily on your over-sized heart.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Oh my goodness Valerie, I am ever so sorry to hear the news of your family and the impact it has had on you. You and I are alike that we rarely ever cry, especially around people. Sometimes we just need to let them flow free to help soothe and heal our hearts, and our bodies know when it is time. We’re not cold or callous, it’s just the way we are. Plus, I’ve found it’s usually us who have to be strong and be the glue that holds everyone together.

      I will put your niece and Roberta in my prayers as well as for her sons. My goodness, I know our Creator doesn’t give us more than we can chew, but sometimes I wonder. Thankfully, Roberta sounds like a beautiful soul, and I think that in itself is a big help. I am doing my best to send her lots of love and warmth.

      I also sending you lots of sunshine for your heart. Sunshine is perfect for after the rain. I wish I could do more, but I am here for you if you ever want to vent or just talk.

      I’ve been thinking, our Creator knows what He is doing far more than I do. It’s not me to judge Him and His ways. Let’s just knock it down to me being human and not being able to understand, which is okay and probably the way it should be. I do know that prayer and Faith work in abig way and they are always heard equally no matter who we are. Now I like that.

      I will do my best to send good thoughts throughout the day for all of you.
      Be well,
      Ma’iingankwe

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      • Thanks, Ma, for your kind & encouraging words & your selfless heart of love & compassion stretched out toward others in the midst of their needs, even while facing your own significant challenges & battles.

        You are reminding me of some experiences I had during the hospitalization of my son for his Liver Transplant (which was a very challenging & demanding time mentally & emotionally). I was keeping a fairly detailed blog about our journeys with Josiah then & ended up doing a post encapsulating Some of that journey on the 4th anniversary of his transplant. There are several interludes where I documented interfacing with other ICU families & harnessing prayers on their behalf, going beyond an extreme “my family only” focus.

        There were many “miracles” & evidences of God’s intervention, in large & small ways that made it into the chronicle of that journey (most of which I would have otherwise forgotten). If you don’t have a blog or journal yourself I would encourage you to consider developing one as an outlet & a place to record aspects of your unique journey. It may end up being a place where you can find the evidence of divine intervention just when you need it most during times of discouragement &/or despair. Of course these CTH prayer request pages can serve some of that too, but some of those deeply personal reflections & aspects of that journey may benefit from a “home” of their own.

        In case you might care to encounter that post I’m referencing (It’s quite long) here it is:
        https://specialconnections.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/four-years-ago-today-a-transplant-tale/

        Blessings & Joy to You! Valerie

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    • Ddanna says:

      Prayers for your family, Valerie. May God give each of them the healing strength they need.

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  34. Blue Ridge Mts Va. says:

    We’re under threat of wildfire in Virginia, so please pray that nothing much happens. I pray we get rain. Did have snow.

    Enhanced wildfire risk today with warm and windy conditions

    http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Enhanced-wildfire-risk-today-with-warm-and-windy-conditions-479486173.html

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  35. Lumina says:

    Popped in for a quick request for my oldest daughter today….She is taking an 8 hour professional engineering exam. Please keep her anxiety at bay. I think she’ll do just fine on the exam. I always have been laid back with my girls when it came to the major exams, you know what you know…

    Also Baby Greyson is doing well, he was readmitted to NICU for a few days last week. His test came back as positive for Downs. My neighbor(Grandma) sent me a picture of him on Tuesday, he has the biggest, sweetest grin for a 2 week baby…

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    • back in the ’80s took the MCAT (didn’t go to med school though) & I could tangibly sense those prayers of others buoying me up during that all day exam. May the Lord provide that peace & grace to your daughter & bring to mind all the info that she knows. May she rest in Him & perform excellently!

      Thanks for the news on Greyson. Why is he back in the NICU? Does he possibly need cardiac intervention? Blessings!

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      • Lumina says:

        Greyson’s bilirubin numbers were very high, he needed to be under the lights and monitored. Amazingly his heart and all are all fine. His lab came back positive for Down’s and he shows a little in his eyes, and slight muscle weakness. Our ARNP was very surprised when she looked at his hands, he has normal hand lines and not the deep horizontal one Downs’ has. Fortunately we are close to Seattle Children’s if they ever need more advanced care. His Dad is still has not been ruled out on the job he interviewed for….

        MCAT…WoW!!!

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        • Perhaps Greyson will end up being one of the “higher functioning” people with Down’s, like some people that have been showcased in acting or modeling recently. What a blessing that he is apparently spared the cardiac complexities that may be pervasive w/ Down’s! Regardless Down’s kids appear to bring a high level of joy to their families…& speaking as the parent of a highly complex special needs son, with Autism etc, I can testify that the special needs journey can be deeply enriching as well as incredibly stretching & challenging.

          Thanks for keeping us posted on Greyson. As an aside, years back I read a book called Expecting Adam that was profoundly moving to me. It was written by the mother of a Down’s Syndrome son who chose to have this child even knowing about the diagnosis & against huge social pressure (& not being a pro-life person). Her articulated journey was quite impactful to me as I continue(d) to wrestle with various aspects of parenting & special needs. Perhaps, at some point, you might suggest that book to your neighbor, if you think it might be helpful.

          Best regards!

          Re: the MCAT, at the time I took that test I was still planning on attempting Med School, but was getting quite burned out on the extreme science focus of my pre-med degree (I’m quite eclectic in my interests & get restless under too narrow of a focus). Anyway I ultimately decided I didn’t want to pursue medicine as the years of training were off-putting (I just wanted to have a life) & I was getting “burned out” on science, so I went to grad school for Christian Counseling instead. The irony is that just a few years later God saw fit to bless me with a child whose medical needs were so complex that I practically needed a medical degree just to keep up with his “case” (& any semblance of my own life was set aside caring for his needs, & those of my other children). So I got some aspect of the workload & the mental challenge, no “glorified” title, & of course no paycheck! At least his primary care doc, who we’ve worked with for 2 decades now said I basically have an honorary MD & that my son is the most complicated case she’s ever seen in her practice (a practice devoted to complex special needs kids!). God doesn’t apparently waste even those detours in our lives!

          Blessings!

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    • Ddanna says:

      Hope your daughter did well on her engineering exam and glad Baby Grayson is doing well — I can imagine he is a precious little baby!

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  36. Hey Prayer Warriors, please pop over to the Open Thread page today to see an update from CrossThread…he’s very thankful for everyone’s prayers!

    crossthread42 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 9:10 am
    Good Morning Treepers..
    I DO Owe everyone, a Lil Discussion on what happened during “Judgement Day” yesterday..

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  37. justfactsplz says:

    I wanted to give an update on my situation. I have gone to the doctor and just finished my out patient physical therapy. I have tried very hard. I am still on a cane and still have a terrible limp and can’t walk without an aid. The doctor and the p.t. boss both think it’s probably as good as it gets, that I may be this way permanently after so much surgery. I know after a year they say that but it has only been five months since my second surgery. I still hold out hope until then. My therapist asked if I was happy p.t. was ending. I told him no that I really wanted more to help me with my walking. He said I should qualify for it under the circumstances He is going to contact Medicare and the doctor and see if I can have more visits.

    I have learned to do things differently and accepted the things that I can’t do at all but at times it is frustrating. I suffer pain and nerve problems with the leg every day. It is exhausting and I tire easily.
    My sister has been back in the hospital and I need to fly up to see her. I need prayers that I will be able to do this soon.

    The second builder has backed out of buying G’s land. I am seeking God’s will where we will go come July. We don’t want to buy this place because it has very costly As Is’s. We need some place cheap, clean, and safe.

    Thank you all for your continued prayers. They have helped me to fight during this difficult recovery process. Hugs to all of you. Luv you!

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    • Ad rem says:

      JFP….more hugs, love and prayers are on their way! I’m especially concerned about you guys getting G’s land sold off, so you can begin making plans for the future. I’m sure this must be a millstone weighing heavily upon you and Gary. Once this weight is lifted from you, then all the rest with come with time.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        It will be a huge weight off. I know my recovery was more difficult because of our “house guest”. Gary will be better too. He is having to run G. an hour an a half away for doctor’s appointments and they have been arguing terrible.

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    • Patriot1783 says:

      Hang in there jfp, im sorry for your health troubles, and pray you get more pt but sounds like your therapist will work it out.
      A number of years ago when we were trying to sell our house in slow market someone told me to get up everyday and say to myself “we will sell this house today.” Power of positive thinking did wonders, gave me more confidence despite the random lookee lous and a buyer did come along at just the right time.

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      • Patriot1783 says:

        What the heck how’d I repeat myself? Sorry Puddy 😔

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Thank you for the encouraging words. I will tell G. to try saying that everyday. She is not a positive person at all so it would do her good. They place with the two homes is being held under contract for us until May 25th so there is still time. If we can just get a contract on her land the seller of the other place will work with us on a closing date.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      JFP,
      I am sending lots of prayers your way and would like to pray outside by my favorite prayer tree if you’ll allow me again. I have some ceremonial tobacco saved just for an important occasion such as this. And hey, you’re pretty special in my book, so it’s a win-win.
      Let me know the colors of your land for sale sign so I can envision people driving by and it standing out for them who are looking. How many acres if I may ask?

      Is there a free local paper you can put the ad in? We also have a radio program once a week for a few hours that gives out all kinds of information for stuff for sale. Do you have something like that? I’m sure you’ve covered all of this, but I have to try just in case.

      Anyways, you’re in my prayers morning and night! Hope you have a better day today with smiles and laughter coming your way.
      Be well,
      Ma’iingankwe

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      • justfactsplz says:

        I would be honored by your prayers and your tobacco and the tree. Make sure to also say special prayers for yourself.

        There is no for sale sign at G’s property. It is not multiple listed with a realtor. It is being sold by the engineering company that got all of the permits and did all of the drawings for a subdivision. It was 4 2 acres but the expressway took 20 acres years back eminent domain. It is now 22 acres. It has a dirt alley off of a two lane road that leads back into the property. There are broken gates at the entrance. It is very heavily wooded and has a dense tropical hammock in it. Her condemnable dwelling is in there. It used to be a leather leaf fernery when G and her husband and her mother first lived there. They sold it commercially and my flower shop bought it from them.

        How are you doing? You now have the port. Have you started chemo yet?

        I thought of an old strong name for your dragon. It is Big Bertha, lol.

        Praying for you and yours,
        Sandy

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        • maiingankwe says:

          Niwiijiwaagan,
          Oops, I didn’t scroll down far enough. Please excuse my question to you.

          So how does the engineering company sell it? Can you call and ask them what they are doing to sell it out of curiosity? Talk to the big-wig who makes the decisions if you can. Let him know the importance of this to you and others.

          If there was a slough or river running through, I would be all about buying it myself. It’s too bad it too far away for our family. It sounds like something right up my alley.

          Ella woke me up to go outside, otherwise, I’d still be in dream land. It’s how I found this post. I can’t imagine me having any troubles falling back to sleep as tired as I am. So it’s all good.

          I will find out the time of our sunrise and go to my prayer tree then. 🌸. It’s 5:54am. I might just wait till noon. My Nindede (Dad) would explain to me this is when an opening in the heavens opens up the biggest and allows our ancestors to be able to listen to our requests, concerns and messages better.

          I’m also going to see if I can make a prayer bundle for you out of red cloth and other things to hang on my tree. If I need a medicine man to pray over it, I won’t be able to do so since they are too far away back home in Wisconsin. If they don’t have to, consider it done.

          I have to call my Auntie Patti tomorrow and I can easily ask my Uncle and I love talking with him. Two birds with one stone. Easy peasy.
          Hope you have a beautiful, happy sun shiny day,
          Ma’iingankwe

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          • justfactsplz says:

            Niwiijiwaagan, Sorry I didn’t answer right away. I had so much pain following starting p.t. again that I didn’t feel like doing anything for two days. It is much better today and I don’t go back until Monday. I am going everything they ask of me because I need this to work.

            The engineering company are trying very hard. They feel sorry for G. and the way the imminent domain lawyer did her.

            My daughter’s fiancé in D.C. area gave me a phone number of a developer contractor he worked a lot with in Florida who might be interested. The engineer, J. called this guy and he is interested and had all the info sent to him. He just finished a subdivision of 60 homes and two hotels in Orlando. I really hope this will be fruitful.

            I am seeking God’s will in this. It is difficult to see clearly as G. has such a bad opinion of God. I don’t know what God has planned for her. Meanwhile we are caught in the middle. G. doeMs not really meet the requirements for assisted living. She cannot financially make it on her own with the cost of things. We won’t just put her out on the street even though she has brought us much pain and misery.

            Myself, I can live anywhere and make it a home as long as God’s presence is there. I felt his presence and peace so strong when we first moved in this place. G. was in the hospital at the time we moved from last home to this one and we moved her stuff. Not long after she moved in I sensed such a change a darkness and heaviness. I believe it is absolutely necessary for Gary and I to live separate from her. We can help her out but she shouldn’t be living with us. She is too much a Debbie Downer. She doesn’t want to hear about the goodness and love of God.

            I am glad to hear you slept a lot through chemo. Rest as much as you can. You are on temporart vacay, a stayca. Milk it for all it’s worth, lol.

            Gary wanted me to ask what tribe you are from if you don’t mind us asking. His grandmother was native American so he is 1/4 native American. He has a lot of their ways about him. His grandmother always told them she was Cherokee but recently Gary’s brother in Alabama went digging into the family tree and discovered they were more than likely Creek. Gary laughed and said his grandma probably didn’t want to be associated with the Creek because they had a bad reputation of being so mean, lol. Myself, I am supposed to have some Shawnee in me. I don’t know too much about it

            Stay fierce, stay strong (but cry when you need to It is good medicine), keep smiling, and keep your sense of humor, my friend.

            Love,
            Sandy

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            • maiingankwe says:

              Boozhoo niwiijiwaagan Sandy! Aaniin ezhiyan noongom? Mini-ayaa I hope.
              Hello my friend Sally! How are you doing today? Well I hope.

              You can take your time to answer me whenever you want, all is well and never any hurt feelings. Okay? We all have to take care of ourselves when we need to most.

              I am of the Anishinabeg tribe. (Did you see my chest puff out when I said that? He he). This our name. We are mostly known as Ojibwe/Ojibwa or Chippewa. If you say the last two quickly and together, they almost sound the same don’t they? People just probably spelling it differently way back when.

              Please let Gary know you and him can ask me pretty much anything, it doesn’t bother me whatsoever. As long as someone isn’t mean about it, I am an open book. Plus, I cannot ever imagine you ever being mean in your questions anyways. So go for it. 😁🍿😁. (Yes, I found a new emoji.)

              You and I are very similar in where we lay our heads at night. I’ve always called where I sleep home. I know, strange to some. However, I’ve spent a lot of nights sleeping under the stars ⛺️ camping. I even call my Antie’s, sisters, friends, parents before they passed ‘home’ when I stayed there. I feel as if I’m at home so why not right?

              And you’re right, as long as we feel our Creator’s presence, than we are home. I know that’s what you meant, and I kinda got sidetracked. 🙃

              When I read about your description of the disruption of the harmony in your home, my first thought was to have it cleansed. This is ever so easy to do because it comes from the heart and prayer.

              I always do this before we move into a different home, and I do it throughout. For instance, if my daughter is having really bad dreams, I will smudge our house ASAP. This gives her an immediate sense of relief because her momma cares, she loves the smell, and it just gives her that strengthening of her roots in her home. If that makes sense.

              Instead of me asking if you’d like to know how to do it, I’m just going to skip the pleasantries and explain right away.

              I can get in more detail later since of course I’m really tired… again.

              We use four plants in some of our ceremonies and prayers. We use tobacco, cedar, sage, and sweet grass. Each has a specific meaning and job so to speak and all four together I consider powerful medicine.

              We use a shell, and for the life of me, and for the first time I cannot remember it’s proper name. I’m looking at it right now in my mind, and it’s not helping. For some reason, I keep hearing Miigizi shell, but that is our Eagle. I even looked up all of the words beginning in ‘M’ to no avail. I will have to ask my uncle tomorrow when I call them. I’m blaming chemo and tiredness. 😜

              Anyways, we put the four dried plants on the shell. I mix them up and then I think of the prayers I want to say, what my goal is for smudging.

              These prayers have to come from the heart and to our Creator.

              After you have it set in your mind what you want to say light them up and use a feather(s) to scatter the smoke in all areas of your home.

              I will stand and roll my hand holding the feathers as if I’m rolling a handle in a circle away from me. Like cranking a handle, but I’m holding the feathers blowing the smoke 💨 in the directions I want it to go. (Not me physically blowing the smoke, the feathers). Cranking a handle is the best way I can describe it without you being able to see me physically.

              As you’re doing this, make sure to get in every nook and cranny. Closets, cupboards, top corners of the rooms, under the beds etc. everywhere and anywhere is good. If you can’t kneel to the floor when doing your bed, flip the covering up, bend a little and push the smoke through and repeat on the other two sides.

              Ask God to please rid all negative energy from within the home and to allow only positive, loving thoughts to enter and so forth. Your heart and mind will find the words, and feel free to repeat them often. You can say your prayers out loud or in your mind, it does not matter, they will be heard.

              Imagine it to be like a spring cleaning and getting rid of all of the cobwebs and opening up light into the dark corners of your home.

              Don’t be surprised if it’s hard to light or kept lit. This sometimes happens. I use one of those long lighters. Please don’t use a short one or you will burn yourself and get upset, which we don’t want those emotions coming through.

              If you do not have these four medicinal plants lying around your home like I do, please feel free to ask the moderators for my email. I give permission. I will mail them to you. I’ve got enough to share and lots left over, so don’t worry, plus, they’re dried, which will make it easier to light.

              I like decorating our home with these four plants. I’ve got sweetgrass that is braided, and how it is usually sold, hanging on my wall and on my top bookshelf. I will twine up some cedar and put it above my doorway to our home entrance on the inside. I love sage, and they are sold in bundles and I have them on my top bookshelf too. Tobacco is the only one I don’t display, but you will find left overs in my shell from my last smudging.

              I’ve given all of my bigger shells away, so I will take a picture of what I have and see if you or Gary will know where to get one. If not, I have a few small ones left I could send one of them. They’re just harder to work with when you have a whole house to cover is all.

              Dang, I’m super tired and sure I’ve missed a lot of information, so please feel free to ask what I’ve left out without meaning to. And please forgive all grammatical errors since I’m too tired to edit.

              I just thought this was really important to cover and something you need to do as soon as possible. Plus, you will have to do it again when she finally does give you your home back to you and Gary. You’re a saint taking care of her. Both of you. However, all of her negativity builds up in your home, and it needs to be released. I’m sure this is partly why you’re hurting so much. JMO. Not all of the reason for your pain, but certainly part of it. I’m dead serious in writing this too.

              Your home is your haven, your retreat, where you can share love openly along with all of your other emotions.

              One last question and thought. Yes, I took a short break. 😜.

              You use a cane right? Do you have your own special one just for you and to go with your personality or do you have just a regular plain Jane?

              I know when I had to use a cane for awhile after my second hip surgery o used one from the store. I got bored looking at it, so I beaded it. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take that long to do, but then I didn’t do the whole thing. If you don’t have a personal one, I can bead yours to color it up for you. Just let me know, and don’t forget, it’s hard to hurt my feelings. If you say yes, I can just pick one up from the pharmacy or what have you and when done send it your way. You will then have two.

              Gary will have to spray it with something like a glue of some sort, because the beads might get broken when you’re knocking those pesky lefties out of your way. Really though it’s just from wear and tear, it doesn’t have much to do with the person who made it or the string they used etc. I use dental floss by the way. Pretty tough stuff.

              Hoping you all have a fabulous Sunday, God Bless,
              Ma’iingankwe

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    • Ddanna says:

      Prayers for healing and for a buyer for the land!

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  38. stella says:

    Long-time Treeper, FroggieLeggs, needs help – temporal as well as spiritual. If you can see a way to help, either with money or prayer, please do. Froggie now has stage 4 liver cancer, and her husband is currently hospitalized.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Prayers have been sent up.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Thank you Stella, I wouldn’t have known otherwise.

      This one really hits your heart, they all do, but I guess when you put a picture to their name it’s somehow different? Not different. Oh heck, I’m digging a hole here. You’re better at explaining.

      All of us are equal. I was raised that not anyone is better than another. A beggar on the street is equal to a person living in a mansion. We are all our Creator’s children and we are loved equally. There, that’s a bit better.

      Thank you Stella,
      Ma’iingankwe

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    • Ddanna says:

      Prayers for froggieleggs and her husband — may God bless them both with healing.

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  39. pumpernickel says:

    I would like to ask for prayers for my mother in law, Carol. She had a severe stroke last night, and she is still in intensive care. Also, please keep my father in law, Steve, in mind, because he is pretty devastated right now. Thank you so much. I don’t post a lot, but I am always lurking here.

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  40. justfactsplz says:

    Please say a prayer for Gary. He has to have a sonogram on his liver tomorrow. His liver enzymes are off. That was the first thing that went haywire when he had Ehrlichiosis from the tick bite. I worry to because some of his diabetic drugs are hard on the liver and pancreas.

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  41. justfactsplz says:

    The doctor’s office called with the results of Gary’s sonogram. His has a fatty liver and gall stones. He is not a drinker but has had years of problems with high triglycerides. He hasn’t had any pain from the gall stones. I am so grateful it wasn’t much worse. He has been on a diabetic drug that can affect the liver and pancreas. They want to recheck the enzymes. If they are still off I want them to check for the tick disease again as just washing the truck in the yard a couple of weeks ago he got a couple of ticks. They fall out of the trees. I had a bad bite two weeks ago and I have only been out to get in and out of the truck. Having had Lymes Disease I am cautious. I am okay though. Thank you for praying for Gary. It scared me.

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  42. maiingankwe says:

    Boozhoo!

    I thought it would be a good time to give an update since so much has happened in the past few days. If I repeat something, please forgive me.

    This past Friday I had my port put in. Dang, I think I had mentioned that, 🙃anyways, we had thought chemo was to start this last Tuesday. However, when I went to see my cancer doctor and her NP, they wanted to discuss and do a few things first. They had told me the past Tuesday I was Stage 3, which is the highest with breast cancer. They thankfully knocked me down to a Stage 2B, which is directly below a 3. I will take it. They did this because the lymph nodes look good so far. Yay!

    Okay, here is where some concerns are. The breast is split up in four quadrants and they call them as if they’re reading the time from a clock. My masses are at 2 and 3pm. On the MRI, one looks to be at 4pm. If any of the masses go into another quadrant, a full mastectomy needs to be done. No exceptions from what I understand.

    So they scheduled another biopsy for today and needed it before my first chemo, which is why they rescheduled it. However, before I went for that, I had a two hour meeting with the radiation doc and his nurse this morning. Now, he told my husband and I that from reading the MRI a full mastectomy was in order. Yes, I was a bit more than shocked since this was not what I was told yesterday or the Tuesday before with my cancer doc.

    Afterwards, my husband said he thought the radiation doc had gotten it wrong and to go with what my cancer doc had said and to reaffirm when I went for chemo tomorrow. Alright I said, I would refrain from contacting family and friends to let them know all bets were off.

    I know I originally said if a mastectomy was needed, so be it, I’m not able to have any more children anyways. However, when the general surgeon and cancer doc along with her NP were all saying there was a good chance they could save it depending on the chemo and if it works, I was relieved. I wouldn’t be physically lopsided. 🤪

    So I go to the biopsy. I have the same doctor who gave me the bad news on my mammogram and ultrasound saying there was a high probability and to get used to the word cancer. She is the one who also rushed the biopsy and MRI. When she introduced herself today, she said, you sure do look familiar… I told her she was the Bad News Doc with a sense of humor. Her assistant broke out in a half laugh. I think the doc giving her that look kinda shut it off midway.

    So the first five minutes she’s trying to figure out how the heck she gave bad news with humor. I could see the gears turning, but she wasn’t saying anything until she just couldn’t figure out how she could be so callous. She hadn’t been, and I explained to her she had promised to give me a a doctor’s note, so I didn’t have to feed the Dragon 🐉, which is our wood/coal boiler. Now it was her turn to burst out laughing and laughed harder when she realized her assistant had no clue to what my Dragon was and she did. It was funny how she explained it to her assistant so matter of factly. Like she was a pro and knew it inside and out. Now it was my turn to laugh.

    I think anyone who may have walked by our closed room must’ve thought what the heck we were doing, it sure as heck didn’t sound like a biopsy was to be performed. It sounded more like three hens cackling. We laughed about a lot of things like Vegas, airports, male doctors (in a good way) etc…

    So of course when the laughter subsided, I started to ask questions. I asked three different ways about the quadrants and finally the third time she was honest and complete in her answer. In essence, the biopsy was to see if all was in the one quadrant. There are small masses about one cm long that have extended from the breast to the arm/underarm or going that way. In the ultrasound it showed the small ones to be at 2 and 3pm. They checked, double and quadruple checked, and checked again. Whew. I tell ya, she really didn’t want to answer me, and I can understand that, she wanted my cancer doctor to be the one after the results.

    I was told I was far too inquisitive and far more than a great number of patients. I’ve even gotten quite good at reading the ultrasound myself thank you very much. I have no idea what women do during a biopsy. Me? I watched the 14 and then 13 gauge needle go in and take the samples watching the screen. She took four from each of the two. I will definitely feel it tomorrow and probably during my first chemo.

    I was told that being inquisitive is really good and to learn as much as possible. I said I couldn’t help it with all the loose papers they keep handing me to read. Heck, I had to go buy a 1.5” binder to put it all in.

    The assistant kept asking me how I was doing because I had gotten really quiet. I finally explained that I didn’t want to bother the doctor because it looked like precision and concentration was needed. The doc smiled and thanked me. She was worried I was going to be a chatterbox throughout. Oh heck no, I told her, I didn’t want her having to try for more samples if it wasn’t necessary. Afterwards, I was given a red rose and told I was a hero for being such an excellent patient and trooper. I didn’t flinch once. I’m sure they give them to the ladies who cry or are in obvious discomfort too. I thought it was so nice of them to do that for me though and made me smile all the way to the car.

    I will admit, I passed it on. We have an excellent pharmacy helper where I go, and I gave it her. I know it made her day by the smile she shared.

    She’s watched my daughter grow up and lives real close to the middle school. She was gracious to say yes when I asked her if anything happened under the sun and if she was home, if Dokme could knock on her door. This was shortly after a scare we all had when they locked down all of the schools due to a sighting of a kid with a rifle walking by the high school down the road. It ended up being a farce, which I had just learned of a few weeks ago, but at that time we were all scared and worried about our children. It ended up being some guy who had made it all up for attention. He even followed two teenagers pretending it was one of them with the rifle. So yeah, the cops pulled over two innocents. So sad.

    Anyways, this lady who works hard at the pharmacy and has an actual personality got my rose. She has earned it far more than I. And even though Dokme may never have to knock on her door, I feel so much better that she has that available. Oh, and she has offered to go for walks with me. How cool is that?

    Chemo will last four hours each time and every 13 days for five months. (Not a 100% sure on that, I think when they start the 2nd round of chemo it’s every week, but not real sure.). The day after, I will get a shot of white blood cells.

    Originally, the insurance company was going to force me to drive 30 min there and 30 min back for a minimum of four days if not six or seven depending on my white blood cell count to get that shot daily instead of a one time deal the day after each chemo. As if I want to drive that far every day just to save them a dollar or two if that. I’m sure they’d be losing money, not saving it. I was so not looking forward to doing it that way. I hope I explained it well enough to understand. It just sounds goofy as all get to me.

    I think I’ve pretty much covered everything plus some. 🙃. If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I know I’m not always good at explaining things and have a tendency to think people should be able to read my mind. And thank goodness one can’t for the most part, I’d have driven you all crazy with my thoughts scattered everywhere.

    Thank you so much for the prayers, I know they are helping. For one, I’m not a mess as of yet, two, my husband and daughter are doing better than I expected, and three, so am I. Thank you all for that. Peace of mind and positive thoughts is where I need to be right now, and I’m standing right on that big ole X right in the center of the box. You guys rock!
    Be well and stay smiling,
    Ma’iingankwe

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    • Joe Blow says:

      It’s always good to ask questions, even if the doctors aren’t always particularly interested in answering them all! You have every right to know as much as you can.

      Glad to hear you & your family are holding up. We are praying for you all.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Thank you Joe, we are lucky so far all of the doctors have taken a keen interest in answering.

        I know those prayers are really helping, thank you ever so much. If you ever need some to head your way, let me know, I will be on it, right along with all of Prayer Warriors here. I am learning so much from them and you.
        Thank you and be well,
        Ma’iingankwe

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    • justfactsplz says:

      You are like me about questions for the docs. I want to know every little detail and then I can face it whatever it is. You are facing it head on. You are super strong and that is going to help you get through the low points. Besides, doctors love having their ego stroked by an inquisitive patient. It lets them share their knowledge and expertise that us mere patients know nothing about. I think they treat you with more respect also.

      I am glad they down graged the stage.It is very good news that the lymjph nodes look good. Keep on truckin’ girl.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Niwiijiwaagan,
        So true on the docs! Even the ER doc described me as pleasant. I showed that to my hubby and everyone else I could. Look! I’d say, see? He’s a doctor and even he thinks I’m pleasant. Yeah, I milked that one. 😋

        You’re right though, they do like it when their patients are inquisitive. I know if I have a number of questions I will write them down and take them with me. I also used to do that with Ponytail Kim and his doctor. Of course his doctor thought the questions came from him and I went with it. It made me happy to do so. Kim would say something along the lines that after all of these years, his doctor now thinks he’s smart. 😁 I’d get a push on my shoulder or something else when he would say it.

        You know those people who come and take loads of viles of blood from you? Only if it’s a 9 or 10, I will tell them, “Wow, that was a 10/10, thanks.” Ive found they love hearing that. It doesn’t hurt that my veins are yuuge and pop out everywhere, but still, a few nice words go a long ways to a stranger. Plus, I think if one goes out of their way to make others smile, that person can’t help but get smiles from within too. It makes our path in life easier, especially in the bumpy parts.

        I’m also a nosy bugger too. I ask what they did last weekend or if they have plans with the next one. During my biopsy we found out that the doctor had gone to Vegas for back-to-back conferences, but at night time she had gone to two shows, Circle de Sol and one beginning with “A” that is medicine or means a medicine. Absynthe? I knew it yesterday and this morning. It just slipped my mind for now.

        Oh, I think you forgot the questions I had asked you yesterday. Could you please answer or tell me to mind my own business? A smile after the last one would help. 😜. Either is fine.

        I had my first ever chemo today! We were in there for 5.5 hours. Sometimes things run behind and I really don’t mind or have a problem with it. It makes no sense to get upset over what I have absolutely no control over. To me, it’s wasted energy, and I need all of the energy I can get. 😋

        So what happened in chemo? They gave me a shot of something beginning with “A” (darn A Again). Aderol? I can look it up later. Anyways, it’s an anti-anxiety that also works with preventing nausea. I had two other anti-nausae drugs they gave me through fluids too. One lasts 3-5 days, or so they say.

        I was so tired when we came in at 9am, and the wait on the nurses checking out my blood and mixing the chemo meds got me more tired, so I took a nap. 😴. I was out. It’s those warm blankets they give you. So sneaky. After they started giving me all the meds, I would fall back asleep ASAP. My hubby laughed and said I was snoring this real light snore that had them all laughing. I guess they get some real loud ones in there.

        I also kept falling asleep when the nurse had to go through a bunch of information at the very end of the treatment. Poor thing. She had me sitting straight up and everything and nothing was working. I was considered a bit of a lightweight with that drug. It’s a good thing hubby was there because they wouldn’t have allowed me to drive home, and I sure as heck wouldn’t have blamed them at all.

        I came home and slept the longest for a long time, which was almost four hours of uninterrupted sleep. I can’t remember the last time I had that. I’m tired again and it’s 10pm, so I’m going to go to bed real soon. My goal is six hours and than eight. The lady next to me said she can sleep 18 hours on Saturday and go skiing on Tuesday. Lots of hope for me there. 😁

        My insurance company folded and they have allowed me to do just the one time shot of white blood cells. I was so not looking forward to driving a full hour just for a shot. If my hubby is working, like he is tonight, I would have to drive myself when I’m at my most nauseous stage, and I didn’t like that idea. My friends are all working, so I can’t ask them either.

        I’m going to go cuddle with my pups in the big, empty bed. Hopefully, they won’t squish me from each side as usual. They have to have a part of their body against yours and sometimes it’s almost their full body. Cheetah would lay on top of all of me if she could get comfortable enough. Thankfully, I have too many bumps, curves and valleys for her 90+lbs to get settled. Umph, she’s heavy.

        Ella just lays her whole side against mine from my feet to tummy.
        Be well and fingers crossed your land sells for you and Gary. I sent out a long prayer last night before eyes out.

        I try and keep imagining people driving by and seeing the sign and saying, OMGosh, that’s exactly what we’re looking for! Grab a pen and write down that number. Heck, let’s just call now!

        Stay smiling,
        Ma’iingankwe

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        • bcsurvivor2 says:

          I dont post much, but your recent story has touched me. I am a BC survivor. I have had 3 surgeries in the past 4 years. Last year I decided to just go flat. Enough already. So far so good.
          Did you have an ONCOTYPE done on your tumors? I did and it was determined that chemo wouldnt work. In the 3 surgeries I had a total of 8 tumors. All in different quadrants and different sizes.
          I did 100’s of hours of research to help me make decisions that were right for myself.
          Always take control of your care…I relied a lot on the forum of breastcancer.org….wonderful ladies there that can help.
          Always love your posts, be well,
          I’m here if you need me….been there….still in the fight 😉
          love,
          Eve

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          • Ad rem says:

            Sorry for the late posting bcsurvivor…you were misdirected to the bin. 😦

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            • bcsurvivor2 says:

              Thanks for saving me.
              I’ve tried to post over the years, this is the first one that made it.
              Best wishes,
              Thanks for all you do.
              Prayers for everyone.
              Peace.

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          • maiingankwe says:

            bcsurvivor,
            Hi welcome and thank you. No, the ONCOTYPE does not sound familiar. I know pretty much all of the names to the many tests I’ve had done. It doesn’t mean it hasn’t snuck through though. I will call my cancer doc on Monday and ask one of them about it on Monday morning, first thing.

            Why go through all of this if I don’t need it? They did name the type of breast cancer that I have and of course that file I’m keeping is away from me at the moment. I will get up later and look it up. I’m keeping all of my information in one binder and have a punch hole keeper right next to it, so I can add as they come.

            I haven’t readched our to any of the organizations out there yet. I wanted to the first night I got the bad news and confirmation, but I was afraid I’d get all weepy on them, and I didn’t want to do that.

            You don’t know what a yuuge relief it is to have a fighter offer me their wisdom as I’m newly going through all of this. Saying the two words of, Thank You, doesn’t even come close to what it means for me.

            Did you have to go through radiation after your mastectomy? It sounds like the easiest, but the effects don’t sound like any fun. I don’t like burning, especially when they’ve never seen the sun. 😌. I wonder how the ladies in France take to it and if they have a lower chance of burning? I would think so even if the nurse disagreed with me. She did!

            I just got my shot of white blood cells. The young nurse had a heck of a time finding a spot where I wasn’t bruised from all of my blood clot shots on my tummy. When she finally found a spot, I said, oh no! I was saving that one for tonight. Poor thing, I was having a joke. I told her it was okay to hit there or where I was bruised it didn’t much matter. I think the whole procedure took twice as long as usual. I did apologize though, she was only trying to be nice. Hopefully, she will relax in time with my humor.

            Thank you for reaching out to me, and I will let you know on Monday what they say. Hope you have a fabulous weekend, be well,
            Ma’iingankwe

            PS) I feel terrible, I don’t even know the specific name of my cancer except it is invasive and fast growing. On a backside of paper the doc wrote,
            ER +
            PR +
            HER 2 Neg –

            I know I don’t have the last one, which she had said was good. I should be ashamed, but I did give my word I would look it up, and if I say I’m going to do something I do it, and I’m not going to lie or deliberately leave out to make me look good. My only excuse is there was so much information being given or if I knew exactly what kind, I would have to accept it. Maybe a combination of both. Dang, a bit sad now. Not your fault, I guess you came at the right time to unwittingly give me a kick in the bum. 🙂. It’s all good. Now I have two questions to ask on Monday. I will also ask my hubby and see if he knows. He’s working all night to night, so I can ask when he gets home close to 8am.
            Take care, and thank you again.
            Ma’iingankwe

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            • bcsurvivor2 says:

              Ma’iingankwe,
              Hope you slept well
              Try breast cancer.org. go to the forums there and you will find ladied in your exact predicament. You can get as weepy as you want to. I told hubby I going to become a princess for the duration so while in the hospital he brought me a beautiful tiara,which I wore when I was feeling tired or down. Fun!
              I always took my best friend with me to appointments. She helped remember things and poked me to ask all my questions.
              I have the same sense of humor as you. Luckily so did my surgeon.
              Believe it or not I can’t remember my dx. I’ll look it up and post again later. I’m on my phone,much easier on the computer.
              Back later,
              Eve.

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              • bcsurvivor2 says:

                Went back and read some earlier posts. I too have a red tailed hawk that visits me, the hawk is my former husbands spirit. He died at 45yo from a brain tumor.
                Back to breast cancer…My DX was Stage 1 grade 2. er+ pr+ her2 neg…so same as yours. I ended up having 6 tumors and a ton of DCIS. Lymph or vascular not involved..YAY.
                As an aside, I had an ultralsound initialy, that prompted a mammo , which showed NOTHING wrong.Then an MRI that lit up like a christmas tree. If I had gone with a mammo in the beginning I’d be dead now! GO WITH YOUR GUT FEELINGS ALWAYS!!! Research, and research some more. KNOW what the docs are suggesting in your treatment. You have to own it.
                Even though I had 6 tumors The largest determined the stage.Sooooo, I already had implants from a breast augmentation many, many years ago, I opted to have a double mastectomy that saved my implants and nipples. The surgery took all the tissue and left everything else. Yay, again. Again the oncotype did not indicate a need for chemo or rads,at the time.( by the way my very old implants, my breast cancer surgeon accredits them to protecting my chest wall from the cancer spreading there)
                So follow on a year later, as I am doing a breast exam akkk there is a lump near my nipple….damn.. yup, reoccurrence….so had that little lump removed…
                1 year later another lump showed up,same place.
                So Surgeon suggested rads, i suggested going flat…just get rid of as much tissue as possible. So that’s what we did. Old implants out skin gone and another sentinel node biopsy. GET RID of IT!! No more MRI’S..nada nothing.
                I see my breast cancer surgeon every 3 months. We are family now..The nurses, her whole office, we rock together, we laugh and I love my visits.
                All of this without insurance…..that drove some of my decisions. but my research drove most of them
                I know you have a young daughter, kids can handle a lot.Include her in the process…she wont be so scared.
                K enough for now….just wanted to tell you a bit of my journey… Again I’m still here on my own terms…..
                rock on
                Eve

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              • maiingankwe says:

                You’re simply amazing, thank you ever so much, especially you just being here, it means a lot.

                Oh my gosh, if we have the same kind of humor, we’d be a hoot together and all of those around us would be laughing in hysterics too! What fun!

                Sounds like we both lucked out in the hubby selection. What a great guy to bring you your own tiara. For him to specifically go out shopping for one and picking just the right one out for you is priceless. So happy for you both.
                Be well and stay smiling,
                Ma’iingankwe

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                • Grandma Covfefe says:

                  You are amazing, too.!!

                  Are you and BCsurvivor developing a “Tumor Humor”?
                  What’s that old quote?—-Laughter is the best medicine.

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                • maiingankwe says:

                  Grandmother,
                  Laughter’s The Best Medicine used to be my first page search of my parents Readers Digest. My second was the test on word definitions, I don’t remember the name of that section. But yes, we should do something along the lines of tumor humor. I have one from last night, but I don’t know if anyone would find it funny like I did.

                  Last night after my many naps throughout the day, I turned on the tv to see if I could find anything of interest. I usually have the volume on 7, so I don’t bother anyone. I used to be able to do it at 5 or 6, but for some reason with age, I can’t hear as well as I used to.

                  Anyways, the chemo nurse and doc said it was very important to note body changes and it would not be unusual to see different things happening. So I was completely shocked that my tv at volume level 7 was so dang loud and clear to me. I even pressed the volume button up and down to make sure that my hearing had become more acute. Sure enough 8 was way louder and Six was crystal clear, even five.

                  I was so excited that there was at least something positive with this cancer, well, until my daughter’s friend came in and I showed how cool I was. She stepped close to the tv and said, Ma, it’s at level 17!

                  Dang it! My hearing wasn’t getting better, it’s my eyes that are going bad!

                  Okay, I laughed about it. I seriously thought my hearing had greatly improved. And no, they don’t have me on any good meds yet, and it wasn’t from lack of sleep. I’m just a goofball. 🙃

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  43. Sayit2016 says:

    This is the last day I can try and solve this issue I have been dealing with for 2 weeks.. I have said every prayer I can and not sure what to do …..so I humbly ask for your prayers and a clear answer from God on what I am supposed to do next…..thank you so much everyone….

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I prayed for God to light the path you are to take. I prayed for Him to open the right doors and close the wrong doors for you so that you would enter the door according to His will for you.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Prayers for you Sayit2016 — I pray God will give you direction.

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        Thank you. so much..have been asking him to show me his plan… and I do not understand why this is happening…doing the best I can to keep the faith.

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        • Sharon says:

          Sayit – some thoughts here:

          You share that
          – (you) have been asking him to show me his plan…
          -and I do not understand why this is happening…
          – (and you are) doing the best I can

          Such personal pain as you express, such seemingly unsolvable situations sometimes make us feel like we are the ant underneath the magnifying glass of an enterprising child who has discovered the power of the rays of the sun. Yes. That is sometimes our experience.

          Exactly like dear Patriarch Job, who apparently walked the earth along with the likes of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He cried out to God in exactly the same clear themes you express in your brief note.

          This is the condition of pilgrimage, dear Sayit – and that is certainly not to minimize it but perhaps to bring into focus something besides the burning rays of the present sun.

          Pilgrimage is the inherent and daily condition of those who trust the sovereign and loving ways of Jehovah, our Shepherd who knows all things, our Provider who brings things about, who brings things into being, who brings an end to difficult times.

          The choices of faith that bear much fruit are often made in places we did not choose to be and would not choose to be. I certainly do not say that to minimize your distress or challenge your faith but only as a reminder of what is so. These are the conditions of our pilgrimage. If we have pegged our inner peace and our own potential for survival to “knowing more, feeling stronger, feeling better”, then emotional and spiritual exhaustion will often be our plight to the extent that we are unable to think clearly either about what we can do or ought to do, which includes the fact that sometimes there is nothing TO DO.

          Your plaintive, honest and clear expression motivated me to try to meet you on this ground….as I have said before in these prayer threads over the years….sift what I say and take only what seems helpful and good. Leave the rest.

          We need to be so very tender with one another’s brokenness and deep needs. May you have some refreshing breeze for spirit and mind today.

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          • Sayit2016 says:

            Dear sweet Sharon– thank you for this kind and loving message.

            “then emotional and spiritual exhaustion will often be our plight to the extent that we are unable to think clearly either about what we can do or ought to do, which includes the fact that sometimes there is nothing TO DO.”

            This is exactly where I am… you could not have said it better. My emotions are very tender at this time and this kindness you shared had me in tears. I am not sure why I react this way to kindness. But I do. The world has seems so harsh and unfair.

            I have to say the story of Job is a story I have never liked…. There is a good man, following God, doing the right things in his life. He has blessings in his life because he is a good man and obeys God to the letter, then the God and The Devil are in a discussion over this good man…

            ” Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.”

            I always wondered it says ” sons of God”, ( plural- some say angels.. ) hmmm

            God says to Satan “hey, where you been?” Satan answered to and fro roaming the ether.

            God dives in- have you considered my good man Job? . I mean God seems to offer Job up , when the devil did not inquire of him..never even asked about him…so the convo continues– Satan says ” hey — he is protected and blessed by you, take everything away and see if he curses you ”

            God say Ok .. here are the rules–you can’t kill him, but everything he has is fair game.

            Then a messengers runs to Job’s kids.. hey problem !!!! . The Sabeans came took all of the animals killed the workers and I alone survived ! Another messenger run to them the sheep are all dead and the Shepard too ! Another messenger oh man… now the camels are all gone and all of the servants are dead ! He is not even finished speaking and ANOTHER message – More bad news !! all of your kids are dead because the house fell on them…

            God the angels and Satan reconvene to discuss the matter and God says “And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”

            He says THE Devil incited him.. what? He is God he knew Jobs heart and goodness. He gets into a betting match with Satan on what Job will do ?

            God KNEW what Job would do.. Satan did not.

            So all of these innocent people and and animals are all dead. Job actually praises God in the midst of all this destruction and death.

            So Satan ups the ante… It is all fine and well when it is OTHER people- what happens when I go after JOB? if HE is attacked he will curse you .

            So..God gives Satan cart blanche to do what every he wanted to Job except kill him.

            Job pretty much says “Kill me now” after Satan is done with him his suffering is so great. His friends doubt him…what a mess..

            But at least in THIS story God does talk to Job and Job to him.

            This is where I feel the most frustrated when I feel I am praying to brass skies… ( sigh)

            Sometimes humans need clear answers…

            Hope this makes sense…

            Thank you again.

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            • Sharon says:

              It took me a long time to name some things in the recorded story of Job, and I ended up identifying three facts.

              1. Job did not know what God was doing with Job.

              2. Job’s friends did know what God was doing with Job.

              3. Satan assumed he had some advantage because he ‘got his way’ in some of the details of the process.

              And in all of it, Job rode it out in terms of not sinning against God or denying God and, ultimately, withdrawing the questions by which he was basically demanding that God explain Himself.

              Yes, sometimes we may desire the math that makes is all make sense; however, if I were get specifically THAT with regard to situations in my life, in my family’s life, in new and ongoing painful and difficult things – well, shoot – then all those people who are not getting clear answers might be ticked with me for having some kind of inside track.

              Being human is not so simple. I have learned and am at peace with the reality that my immediate peace is not determined by the nature of events, or my understanding of those events. Accepting that relieves of issues and problems that I am not qualified to deal with.

              That is specifically why I have been working for some weeks now to memorize Psalm 139, so that I can quietly review the truths and conclusions there after I go to bed, just when I’m waking up, when I’m walking….consider, review, meditate – and most important for me, be able to rest and live My Today Life.

              Thank you for your full and sweet response…..and yes, it certainly does make sense!

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              • Sharon says:

                No. 2 above – (I failed proofreading)…………………Job’s friends did NOT understand what God was doing with Job. There are other proofing oversights, but that’s the worst!

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              • Sayit2016 says:

                I guess it is because I have been a fair minded person since I was a child. I did not like kids picking on other kids…. ” That’s not nice”. I always said something in the way that kids can. ” He shared with you you should share with him “.

                I hated seeing unfair things happen. So…. I can not conceive of a God, who knowingly allowed “a good man” by God’s own account, to be a pawn in this game. But when God said to Satan “though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” He blamed Satan. When God made the decision to allow it. I just have never understood this.

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                • Sharon says:

                  Whenever the thought of “why does God allow……” (whatever the most recent disaster or unkindness or unfairness is….) …..comes up – it’s helpful to consider making a list of what I (or any individual) would like for God to automatically prevent.

                  Child abuse, theft, murder, bankruptcy, lying, illness….the question seems to arise especially when any of these things happen to those generally considered good people….Do I want him to prevent all divorces? (If not, why not?) Do I want him to step in and literally prevent marriages that are going to go badly? (If not, why not?) Do I want him to prevent me from choosing my own friends, when it’s obvious that sometimes I make a mistake in those choices? (If not, why not?)

                  When Job, chapter 42, is absorbed in context, with serious consideration of what Job had already been through with his life, his wife, his friends, and his God, it seems to indicate that this entire situation was never about how fair God was. That’s not the subject. I don’t find it useful to think about what I think God ought to be, or not be.

                  Job’s muteness in chapters 38, 39, 40, and 41 indicates that he no longer considers it his responsibility to rule on God’s actions. In Chapter 42, God tells his friends, “You guys need to get Job to pray for you.” Hmmm. And then, there is a detailed documentation of all that was restored to Job.

                  If God were “fair” (in human terms) He would never have put my sins on Jesus, the Christ. And there would be no forgiveness for me. In II Corinthians 5:21, Paul points out that Christ became sin for us – He who knew NO sin, BECAME sin for us. That certainly is not fair. So, yeah – whether or not something “feels fair” really cannot be the theological sifter by which we sort things.

                  There is mystery in the limits of our understanding. There’s no denying that.

                  God is both just and merciful. When we run our own understanding out to the point of mystery, there – there – is mystery.

                  Your comments leave open the possibility that you, at core, think that God is a manipulative game player, toying with the lives of men for no good reason. If I am understanding your expression correctly, it makes sense that you find trusting him for answers to present difficulties a hard thing.

                  If I am not understanding your expression correctly, then (seriously) throw that last paragraph out.

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  All good points Sharon and ones to ponder on…. Jesus had a CHOICE to fulfill the plan of resurrection and eternal life.

                  In this particular story I guess I do feel that God was unkind, unjust and unfair to a man that sought with his whole heart to do Gods will. Even God said he did not deserve it. So what was God trying to prove to and to whom?

                  But in this story he DOES speak to Job… Job is not left wondering why. Yes, all was restored to him, God brought all his dead family back to him, but at the time Job did not know what would happen…all he understood was the bad things that were happening to him.

                  He had experienced the loss of everything he knew.

                  Job said….

                  “I know that you can do all things;
                  no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
                  3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
                  Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
                  things too wonderful for me to know.”

                  So maybe, that is where I am… I am speaking of something I do not understand…because what is going on in my life now makes no sense to me… the why.

                  If God says – knock and I will answer… that is what I will expect, I am childlike in that way… God said do this and I will do this. Then, that is what I anticipate. In the words of CS regarding keep knocking and it shall be opened unto you… he asks does that mean battering the door like a maniac? I completely understand this emotion and frustration.

                  I know God wants a relationship with us and communication with us… just think the door needs to swing both ways. When we lost and are asking for direction, what Father would not answer and say– go this way….

                  Do not take all of this to heart…these are the questions and content in my head..

                  There is a song that I think says it best….

                  You who live in heaven
                  Hear the prayers of those of us who live on earth
                  Who are afraid of being left by those we love
                  And who get hardened by the hurt

                  Do you remember when You lived down here where we all scrape
                  To find the faith to ask for daily bread
                  Did You forget about us after You had flown away
                  Well I memorized every word You said

                  Still I’m so scared, I’m holding my breath
                  While You’re up there just playing hard to get

                  You who live in radiance
                  Hear the prayers of those of us who live in skin
                  We have a love that’s not as patient as Yours was
                  Still we do love now and then

                  Did You ever know loneliness
                  Did You ever know need
                  Do You remember just how long a night can get?
                  When You were barely holding on
                  And Your friends fall asleep
                  And don’t see the blood that’s running in Your sweat

                  Will those who mourn be left uncomforted
                  While You’re up there just playing hard to get?

                  And I know you bore our sorrows
                  And I know you feel our pain
                  And I know it would not hurt any less
                  Even if it could be explained

                  And I know that I am only lashing out
                  At the One who loves me most
                  And after have I figured this, somehow
                  what I really need to know

                  Is if You who live in eternity
                  Hear the prayers of those of us who live in time
                  We can’t see what’s ahead
                  And we can not get free of what we’ve left behind
                  I’m reeling from these voices that keep screaming in my ears
                  All the words of shame and doubt, blame and regret

                  I can’t see how You’re leading me unless You’ve led me here
                  to where I’m lost enough to let myself be led
                  And so You’ve been here all along I guess
                  It’s just Your ways and You are just plain hard to get

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                • Sharon says:

                  Well, I wasn’t done with my effort at proofreading when it self-posted. At least, it seemed to. Oh, well. These things are not simple to discuss face-to-face, and certainly not like this!

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                • Sayit2016 says:

                  I understand exactly what you are saying proof reading be damned ; ) Thank you so much for the time you have spent answering….

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            • Grandma Covfefe says:

              Dear Sayit–
              I totally get you–I’m going thru similar things.
              Praying for you that you are gaining peace thru your decisions.
              The Lord is with you–always.

              Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

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              • Sayit2016 says:

                Thank yo so much for your encouragement Grandma Covfefe! I was reading the other day where it said the word “encouragement’ means to actually give courage to one who is lacking it.

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  44. Grandma Covfefe says:

    For all you Treepers-

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

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