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Katie’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

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January 9, 2016: God Answers Prayers

Quote to ponder:  "God answers when you least expect it."

Merry Christmas & Happy 2016!

From our family to yours- 

May The Lord bring blessings of joy to each of you, and may our prayers for 2016 be answered when we least expect it!  

Today is the ninth of the month, the day Team Katie’s journey began.  While this journey has not been easy, we are all stronger today then we were when we started.  Remember that time does not define our journey; God does.  May we continue to give thanks for all God has done and remain hopeful for what He has planned.  Stay focused.  Stay the course.  Remember, the battle is already won, and Katie’s miracle claimed.

As we sit along the sidelines of God’s work in progress and see His healing hands on Katie, we know many prayers have been answered yet we seek more.  Here is our call to action Prayer Warriors:

Firstly, Katie was evaluated for a communication device.  The device, called Eye Gaze, could help Katie to communicate with her care team, friends, and family.  Check out this link to learn more: or Youtube some incredible stories of how the device can be a game changer.  Based on her evaluation, Katie is eligible for a four week trial.  During the evaluation, Katie was able (by sight) to move an object from the top of the screen to the center and drop the object.  When the object dropped, she heard a pop which also caused a reaction.  Katie was engaged and responsive.  The hope is during the trial she will be able to use Yes/No software to answer questions for her care team.  Please offer this special intention.

Secondly, the medical / insurance timeline has brought us to a new crossroad in Katie’s care.  Please offer this special intention for us as a family and for each of us individually that we make the best decisions for Katie.

Next, Katie has been invited to participate in a Music Therapy study through Saint Mary’s College, her alma mater.  The team will be working with Katie to trigger responses based on music she knows.  If you have a specific song or artist you would like to include, please email Sarah at  Please offer this special intention that something will trigger for Katie.

Lastly, the Prayer Team from Little Flower Catholic Church, who has been praying weekly over Katie, have invited us all to participate in a special prayer for a Creative Miracle for Katie.  This prayer needs shared, printed, and prayed.  


Prayer for a Creative Miracle

for Katie Schwab

God of all creation, you who spoke a simple command and brought forth light from the darkness, I call upon you now to send forth your miracle-working power into every aspect of Katie’s being.  In the same way that you spoke unto the dust of the ground when you created humankind in your own image, I ask you to send forth your healing power into Katie’s body.  Send forth your word and command every cell, electrical and chemical impulse, tissue, joint, ligament, organ, gland, muscle, bone and every molecule in her body to come under complete and perfect health, strength, alignment, balance and harmony. 

It is through you that Katie lives and moves and has her being.  With every breath she takes, she lives under your life-giving grace. I ask you to touch her now with the same miracle-working power that you used when you fashioned her inside her mother’s womb.  As surely as you have created her in your image and likeness, you can also recreate her now and restore her health. 

Please fill Katie with your healing power.  Cast out all that should not be inside of her.  I ask you to mend all that is broken, root out every sickness and disease, open all blocked arteries and veins, restore her internal organs and brain, rebuild any damaged tissues, remove all inflammation and cleanse her of all infections, viruses and destructive forms of bacteria. 

Let the warmth of your healing love flood Katie’s entire being, so that her body will function the way it was created to be, whole and complete, renewed in your perfect health.  I ask this through my Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.  [Adapt this prayer by substituting the name of any person who needs healing.]

In closing, as we walk this journey together, know you are never far from our hearts, intentions, and prayers.  God has brought us together for something greater than ourselves.  Know you are with us because you are part of His plan for Katie.  When praying for Katie, we ask you to see Katie as you knew her June 8, 2014.  We want her restored to the Katie we all know.

May The Lord continue to use us all as His instruments.  May our eyes, ears, spirits, and souls be opened to the messages of His love.  May He give us courage and strength.  May He protect us all from attacks of the enemy.  Above all, may He remove all doubt from our hearts and use the faith of the whole to command our sister, daughter, friend to stand-up and walk.

Words cannot express our gratitude for each of you.  You are special and critical in this process.  Stay with us.

Also, we offer special prayers for another women's basketball family, Amber Brown of Norfolk State, who is fighting for her life.  Share her story by clicking on:  Women's Basketball Loud and Proud

We will continue to pray for each of your intentions as you pray for ours.

Much Love.

Quack. Quack.

The Schwabs


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Rita Schwab-Knipper
By Rita Schwab Knipper
So many FANTASTIC updates. John and I continue to pray daily for Katie's return to complete and total health!
Love to all my cousins! Stay strong!
Laura Jones
Such good news and hope these are some of the answers that can help Katie come back to her former self! Still praying daily for her & will add this particular prayer to my list!! Love to all of you!! Laura
Mary Rattenbury
By Mary Rattenbury
I so admire your strength and faith and family love. All of you are in my prayers but Kate most of all - to be a witness to a miracle in her own body. God bless the Schwabs. Amen.
Praying for all of you, always. Great news about eyegaze trial!
Lots of love, Jim
Anna Walton
By Walton Fam.
What amazing technology! Also, love that prayer for Katie and am printing it to keep with me. Be courageous and stouthearted! We are praying with you! ~Anna
JoAnn Smith
By JoAnn Smith — last edited
I am so excited about the Eye Gaze for Katie!!!!! Maybe now she will be able to make her needs and feelings known to all of you!!! It would be the second best thing to her voice!!! Being able to communicate would be awesome for her and you!!!! I pray that she passes the trial with flying colors!!! I will print out the prayer if it will let me, and I will add your special intentions!!! I hope Katie will respond well to the Music Therapy too. I am anxious to hear about the success of both new things, so please post a quick update for us!!! Tell Miss Katie to "FIGHT LIKE A CHAMPION" for me!!!!
RhondA Hacker
By Rhonda
i am praying for Katie"s complete restoration. God IS keeping her close and watching over her!!! Love and prayers.

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