Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Update

We (Dan and Julie) would like to share a bit of the situation as Paul and Dawn are not able to post right now. We know that you are praying for Katy and her parents and we have seen first hand how this is lifting their spirits. I know that many evenings they have read the comments many of you have left here and have had their spirits lifted. Please continue to pray for Katy and her family. Personally, I feel that the situation is desperate. Katy is longing for heaven, even as we tell her we are not ready to let her go.

There are so many calls coming into the Campell’s home right now and the phone lines need to be free for calls from Katy’s medical team. We have seen how their telephone has been ringing of the hook, and they need to attend to Katy and get some rest. When they are home they must answer each call because it might be from someone on Katys medical team. I know they would love to speak with everyone individually and thank you all for your comments, encouragement and offers of assistance. Please know that any comments that you post here are printed out and read to Katy. She always wants to know if there are any new ones.

Because of this situation I would like to ask that calls to offer assistance be made through their pastors wife, Jennifer Blugerman (see phone number below). I know that assistance is needed for meals, sitting with Katy, and doing some housework and yardwork. Please call Jennifer Blugerman - (540) 977-1760, to help with any of these things and check the updates on Katy here on the blog.

[Additional comment added by Dan 1:51pm Tuesday, 10/10/06]. I also want to let you know what a blessing you all are to serve and support this family. Their church family continues to be an amazing example of the body of Christ and true servanthood. To all of you who read this blog regularly and post comments, bless you, for your kindness, prayers, and support for Katy and her family.

Comments:

  1. Jonathan Grooms Says:

    Dear Katy,

    I wanted to let you that Heidi and I are praying for you every day. You are a very special young lady and we are so sorry for all that you have been through. When I drive by your home or think about you, I always think about serving with you at Camp Jubilee and also the many conversations we have had about missions. I love hearing your passion for those who were less fortunate or did not know Jesus! Please know that you are loved and cared for by so many!

    With Love,
    Jonathan and Heidi Grooms

  2. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Katy, I’m at work and just about to run off to get some lunch. Just wanted you to know I’m thinking of you constantly and praying for you whenever I can.

  3. Davey Says:

    Hey Campbells, I am a friend of Paul Burton’s, and I wanted to let you all know that you are all in my prayers…

  4. Claire (Fairlight's sister) Says:

    Katy and family–
    Just want you to know that I’m praying for you all–for wisdom from the Father who gives generously, and for endurance, patience, and HOPE.

  5. Anne Poler Says:

    Dear Katy, Paul, and Dawn.

    I’m praying for you all. Wish I were closer so I could help with some of the tasks mentioned in the earlier posting. However, I’ll do what I can do: pray. I’ll even put my watch on the “wrong” wrist as a constant reminder.

    Our God is able…

  6. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Katy, Dawn, Paul, Paul Burton, Colin, Jennifer,
    You know that I am praying diligently for you. We asked the Lord to give wisdom, & He answered that prayer. Now our prayer is for your strength & endurance as you go through the routine once again. But, may this not be routine, Lord! May you intervene & do over and above what we could even imagine to ask, because you are sovereign over every cell in your precious child’s body.I ask the God who has the heart of the king in His hand to use doctors, nurses & technicians to do more than they have even been trained to do for the benefit of this sister of mine.
    May His peace reign in you all,
    Trisha

  7. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dearest Katy,

    Please do not give up hope. I promise you that I have been where you are now, only with just a little different situation. When I first was incorrectly diagnosed in 1974, I was in and out of the hospital at least every 2 months for over a year, and yes, the pain that you are enduring is unbelievable. But even with an incorrect diagnosis for over 30 some years, with even less medical optins available to me the doctors were still able to treat and keep me alive, as well as out of pain most of the time. It is just getting through this initial struggle of finding the right combination of drugs that work for you. I too have begged to die, but soon realized that God wasn’t finished with me yet for whatever reason. And occasionally had thoughts of, God, do you really know what you are doing here? Only to have him confirm me, and take my burdens, and lift me up when I felt as though I had nothing left. The intial struggle is always a tough one Katy, and I know that you are a strong and beautiful person. I also know that God loves you, and would never do anything to you or with you that doesn’t glorify His name. Just imagine how many people medical, christian, and nonchristians (especially) who now know about Katy Cambell. And have seen your battles, and thought to themselves, there must be something to this God thing. anyway, I know I am rambling on, but I love you and have never even met you. Your testimony has been truly inspiring, and your spirit has been so kind. Take care and remember my verse Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Katy girl you hang in there sweetie, and let God and us be your strength.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

  8. Rachel Hutcheson Says:

    Dear Katy,
    You don’t know me, but I am a friend of Laura Pensack. I wanted to let you know how me and my whole family are praying for you through these rough times. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through, but the Lord hears you. Hang in there and keep trusting the Lord like you do. And me and my family will keep praying over here. Reading these posts have brought tears to my eyes. It is amazing how strong your faith in the Lord is.

    I’m praying for you every day.
    -Rachel Hutcheson

  9. Bob, Amy, Emily, Meredith and Abby Says:

    We are praying for you continuously. We know that our God is sovereign over every situation, and we pray for His strength for you all as you are going through this valley. He is the lifter of our heads and our Sustainer. Trust in Him!

    Much love, Katy girl,

    Amy and family

  10. Aunt Doris Says:

    Dear Katy,
    I cannot imagine the physical suffering you are going through, but I know that God is able to bring good in and through all things. You are in my prayers daily.

    Paul & Dawn,
    God bless and give you strength and comfort through this difficult time.

    Aunt Doris

  11. Lynne Kilburn Says:

    Katy, Dawn and Paul,

    I continue to pray for each of you during this difficult time. He has and continues to answer our prayers. Be strong and know that He will carry all of you through this.

    Love,
    Lynne

  12. Dottie Frazier Says:

    Dear, dear Katy, Dawn, Paul and family,
    I am so saddened to hear that the pain is back so strongly. I can only pray that His name be glorified in this situation, and I know it is! Your faith is awesome. He is Sovreign, we know that. I am praying for healing, peace and comfort. I have no way to truly identify with the reality you are dealing with on a daily basis. Only He can can sustain you, and He will!
    He is!
    Please know that you are in my prayers and I love you.

  13. Jillcha/Sidu Says:

    Dearest Katy, a friend forwared this email to me. And I thought about you as I was reading it.

    With love, Jillcha and Sidu

    Subject: About Rick Warren
    Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 13:28:14 +0000
    AUTHOR OF THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE
    You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having “wealth” from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, “Purpose Driven Life ” author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California . In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:
    People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.
    One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body–but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal.
    God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity. We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense..
    Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one. The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.
    God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy. We can be reasonably happy here on earth, b ut that’s not the
    goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
    This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer. I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.
    Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.
    No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems. If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, “which is my problem, my issues, my pain.” But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
    W e discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her. It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
    You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy. It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don’t think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.
    So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.
    First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.
    Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.
    Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
    Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.
    We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity? Am I going to be driven by pressure s? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?
    When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do.
    That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.
    Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
    Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
    Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
    Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
    Every moment, THANK GOD.

  14. Marisa DeSentis Says:

    Dear Katy and Family,

    You do not know me but I am a friend of Laura Pensack. She has talked about you a lot and how good friends you are and she has asked me to look at this blog and to pray for your health. I pray for you every night for continuing faith in God and for continuing strength. I commend you for staying strong in your faith and beliving in the Lord, even through these rough times. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through but the Lord hears your pain. Just hang in there and I will continue to pray.

    God bless,
    Marisa DeSentis

  15. Grandma & Granddad Says:

    Dear Katy,and also Paul and Dawn,

    We are so sorry that you are in such pain. We continue to hold you up in our prayers, each one of you. Katy, I tried to send you a picture of Aunt Lois’ cat Riley, but couldn’t get it transferred from my picture file to the e-mail. I’ll print it and mail it to you. Dawn and Paul, please let us know if we can come down and help you in any way. We will keep in touch by e-mail to avoid the pressure of constant phone calls.

    Love, Mom and Dad

  16. Effie Says:

    Dearest Katy,
    I am so sorry you are in such terrible pain. We are praying fervently for our Father to comfort you and give you rest in these trying times. I wanted you to know how much Mom and I were so blessed by your sweet and gentle spirit when we visited on your birthday. We came to be an encouragement to you and your dear mother, yet as we left with tear filled eyes, we knew we had received far more than we were capable of giving. You have such a gift for reaching out to others and ministering to their needs. I said to Mom, “Katy is such a Godly young woman; an example for me to follow these days as there are so few good role models.�? Thank you for your nuggets of wisdom! We younger girls desperately need Godly mentors! I look forward days ahead when you are stronger. Perhaps we could enjoy a cup of tea and make some beautiful cards????

    In the meantime I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes with you….

    ~ Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing affright you. All things are passing. God never changes. Patience gains all things. Whoever has God wants nothing, God alone suffices. By Teresa of Avila ~

    Also, Psalm 41:3 - You will strengthen me upon the bed of languishing. You will restore me on my bed of sickness.

    Lamentations 3:22-23 – It is of Your mercies Lord, that we are not consumed, because Your compassions do not fail. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.

    Keep holding on to His hand. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. I am praying for you.
    Love,
    Effie

  17. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katie and Family,

    My heart goes out to each of you. We had been extra busy lately and I didn’t realize that Katy had had a bit of a backset. I’m so sorry and will be praying often and intensely for all of you.

    You know that God is absolutely in control in this and every situation and He will see you through. I will pray for peace and extra grace for you during this time.

    Love,

    Barbara

  18. Sandy Says:

    Many, many prayers for Katy and family. These are difficult days. I pray for endurance and hope, “which does not disappoint” (Romans 5). God’s peace to you all.

  19. Julie Wensley Says:

    Calling all prayer warriors! If we ever need you, it’s now. It’s so encouraging to read all the comments and know there are so many more out there who are praying.

    Hang on Katy. It sounds like a trite thing to say, but I know how hard it is for you to hang on right now. Let your family and friends help you fight this battle with prayer and by doing everything they can to get you healthy. You just hang on to Jesus. He will never let you down!

  20. Gene & Shirley Murphy Says:

    Katy,
    It was so good to see you yesterday. I’m so sorry for all the pain and Gene and I are praying for you and your family. You are so precious to me and to so many people but especially to Jesus! Don’t give up… we are all holding you up with prayer!
    Love you bunches (that’s what I say to my girls)
    Shirley

  21. Amy Short Says:

    Dear Katy,

    We are so sorry that you are in such pain. Kasey, Hunter and I prayed for you tonight as soon as we were alerted about your situation. Before I had a chance to mention your name in prayer, Hunter said “Please God, heal Katy Campbell”.

    You are such an inspiring person. You have a special place in our hearts and in everyone else’s who knows you. We will continue to pray for you and your family.

  22. Sara Says:

    Katy, Dawn and Paul,

    I can’t type very well or very fast and it makes it even more difficult with tears in my eyes. I want you all to know that we are all praying for you daily.Katy, let us all carry you right now on our prayers.Don’t give up hope.We all love you very much and wish that we lived closer so we could be there to help. Just know that we are praying and lifting you up to the LORD.

    love,
    Sara,Rich,Laura&James

  23. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    Dear Paul and Dawn and all of you:
    I hadn’t ready any update since Saturday, so we really didn’t realize how serious this episode had become.
    Our hearts ache for you and wish we could be nearer with hugs and support in whatever way possible.
    Know you are in our prayers.
    Know that God is NOT surprised by any of these events and that He and He ALONE is IN CONTROL.
    We love you,
    Ib & Patricia

  24. David and Lizi Says:

    Katy,
    We love you and are praying that your pain will be relieved. Don’t give up. Just know that we are lifting you up in our prayers. We are here to help you and your family through this valley. Val is praying for you also.
    I look forward to having cups of tea and laughter with you and your Mom again.
    Love Lizi

  25. Laura Griffith Says:

    I’m so glad to hear that you are letting your parents decide what’s best for you at this time. It sounds like this is a battle worth fighting. I’m sorry you have to have the TPN again, but you did so well with it before. I continue to pray that the doctors will have much wisdom and that you will gain more endurance for the fight ahead. You are reaching many with your testimony. Think how many people google “pain” and see your story. I pray that one day you will look back and ask yourself how you ever got through this time in your life. Keep the faith Katy and fight the fight. We will help all we can.

    Laura

  26. Elizabeth Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of this setback. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. I’m so glad you have so many wonderful people praying with you and supporting you.

    Elizabeth, mama to a little HPSer

  27. Dottie Frazier Says:

    Katy, “You are loved with an Everlasting Love… And underneath are the Everlasting Arms. That’s what the Bible says.” Elisabeth Elliott always started her radio broadcast with these words and I find them comforting. I pray you do,too. They are taken from Jeremiah 31:3 and Deuteronomy 33:27.
    I pray you and your family had a good night and that today will be one of peace.

  28. April Lang Says:

    Dearest Sister,
    Tears fill my eyes as I read your blog…
    I didn’t know you were in the hospital have tried to call your cell and home phone just yesterday… things have been so crazy that I didn’t look at your blog until this morning. Please, Kay, don’t give up, hang on…my dear sister!

    I wish I could do something, but I am so limited because of school and working… I know you will understand… I will be by the hospital as soon as possible. I LOVE YOU!!!

    Your Sis and Friend,
    April :-)

  29. Jess Lankford Says:

    Katy -
    It’s 10am - I just logged on my computer and the first place I always go is your blog…it’s part of my morning routine. I am always checking on your progress, anxious to hear more about your situation, anxious to hear that there has been an improvement. There are so many people out there praying for you and loving you. I agree with all the others - you have touched so many lives for Jesus already in this journey.

    Yesterday I called Colin’s old roommate, David Poe’s parents - Sally and Larry Poe. Larry is an elder at my old church and my mom has been in their Bible study for about 15 years. I asked them to pray for you and your situation. I know that they will.

    Katy - you are such a blessing and I’m looking forward to the day when we can spend more time together, talking about things and working on Wellspring Newsletters together. Don’t give up hope my dear friend!

    Jes

  30. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Good morning Katy! I’m starting the day looking at your blog, and now that I’ve been through all the news stories for the day, I’m sneaking in here to let you know I’m constantly checking up on you. Grin!

    BTW - you’ve got a date in February. I expect to see some salsa dancing! Grin! Or, I expect to see you there to laugh at me as I make my sorry attempt at salsa dancing!

    I’m praying for you often.

  31. Echo Says:

    Hi Katy,

    I am a friend of Heather’s and just want you to know that we are holding you in the Light. We are Quakers and our belief is that you hold people you care about in the creator’s Light and trust the outcome. We send you our love.

    Echo and Karin

  32. David Poe Says:

    Katy,
    Colin called Sunday night and informed me of your situation and the pain you are in. I just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your family. I pray that God would give relief and healing from this suffering; but more importantly that you would find peace in His sovereign plan, joy in His goodness, and hope in His love. Your contentment and cheerfulness though trials has always been evidence of God’s work in your life. Keep trusting in Him. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
    David, Heather and Noel

  33. Elaine Newton Says:

    Katy, I’m so thankful to be able to hear from Amy as to how you are doing. I pray for you as the Lord brings you to mind (very often). I pray for strength and wisdom for your physicians and those that care for you daily. I know that the Lord has His Angels surrounding you.
    I Corinthians 2:9 “However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen: no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him’ 10. but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.”

    I’m so sorry you hurt so bad. I pray His Hands of healing on you.
    I love you. Elaine

  34. Rivas Family (From Spain) Says:

    Dear family;
    We are writting you because i´m not very sure you´ve received our last message.
    We send you all our love and affection.
    We would like to tell you that Katy is a very lucky young woman, because she has the greatest love of her family (besides of their lean), and she has been able to live this Heavenly experience, so you should be happy that Jesus has more plans for her and He is besides her, taking care of Katy.
    We wish she gets over very soon and i hope i will be able to chat again with her.
    My brother, Fernando, keeps asking about you every day; since he met you, he felt he had another family, and he is trying to contact someone who can help us with Katy.
    With so much love, from Madrid and Asturias (Spain)
    Fernando y Esther MarĂ­a Rivas

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