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8/29/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
After Marion and Neil were in a serious auto accident on October 28, 2015, health challenges began to set in. Neil had minor injuries and was able to recover fairly quickly. Marion had 2 severe breaks in her left arm requiring surgery with lots of hardware to rebuild her lower arm and left wrist followed by 7 months in a cast. She did much hard work at in-home Occupational Therapy. Because of that, she regained an amazing amount of function of her left hand. We were all troubled by the report that in x-rays taken immediately after the accident, while they were looking for broken ribs and any internal injuries, they found spots in her lungs they believed to be cancerous. It was decided that because of her age and other health challenges, she would not pursue a lung biopsy and further treatment. Flash forward to June 2016 when she told us that she had some serious pain and suspicious symptoms in her right breast. It was recently diagnosed as stage 4 metastatic cancer that is now in her lungs, her right breast and heading for her liver.
Tammy went immediately to help Marion and Neil through the maze that is today's health care system...appointments with a variety of doctors, a battery of diagnostic tests, waiting for results, and gathering the facts necessary to consider treatment options and a course of action. This cancer is not curable, only treatable. It is aggressive and painful. Marion is focusing on choices that affirm quality of life (as opposed to length of days) and is trying to be positive in living each day she has. Terry is coming on February 2 to help.
Marion, Neil and their whole family are grateful for the love and support they are receiving. We will attempt to keep you informed via this site and will be happy to pass along your notes and good wishes left here.
Finally, thank you for the army of pray-ers we know are out there for Marion. We want to share this brief thought about prayer and its power:
"Healing of the body is usually called a cure. The kind of healing we are asking for Marion is independent of cure...it is healing of her spirit, since illness has disturbed her sense of wholeness and her connection with God and other people. One of the major tools of her healing is prayer.
Prayer comes naturally at a time of illness or loss because it helps us to be hopeful. Sometimes we don’t know what else to do and so we pray. Like meditation, sometimes prayer can provide a place of inner peace where we can retreat from medical procedures and demands of the outer world.
The question of whether anyone is listening to the prayer is a personal one. Many of us are sure that there is. But even without that conviction, benefits may come from prayer...a sense of hopefulness and connection to those who pray with and for Marion.
The fact that we are heard is the central conviction of prayer. Prayer does not rise or fall upon the granting of a wish. That is the prayer of a child viewing heaven as a celestial dispensary of gifts. The Psalmist loves to know that God listens to his prayer, not grants his prayer. We are granted the object of prayer itself, and that is to be heard. True prayer is liberation. It releases the yearnings of a soul, if only for a moment, and relieves the fear of being alone.
It has been said that when God created the world, God invested a part of God's own self, a spark, in everything that S/he created. This spark now yearns to reunite with its source. In this sense, a prayer is the yearning of the divine spark within each of us to join itself with more of itself. Prayer is the language we use to make contact with God and simply to be in God’s presence is enough to effect a healing of spirit.