Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A New Doctor

We have had the call we were waiting for. This Friday at eight in the morning, Katy will be meeting Dr. Bickston at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. Normally it takes months to get an appointment as a new patient, therefore we know Katy’s need has drawn special attention from those who can possibly help her. We will travel to the Charlottesville area on Thursday evening so that the early morning appointment will not be as difficult for Katy to manage. The timing of this appointment could not be better. Katy is struggling to eat. She was only able to eat about six hundred calories yesterday and that was with a lot of courage on her part.

We spent about four hours during the night praying for others. Morning came and went and we woke up at noon feeling hopeful. Then we got the call from Charlottesville to further encourage us. Actually Dr. Bickston’s nurse said, “We’re working on this case, don’t worry Mrs. Campbell, we want to help your daughter.” As fervently as we have been praying for something like this, we feel very humbled that it is happening. Our hope is in the Lord, and nothing would please us more than to see Him work through the doctors and medications that He has put in place for this time in Katy’s life.

For those of you who have stopped by to see Katy recently I know it is very hard to see Katy in the condition she is in right now. You may be thinking, “Is God seeing all this?” Is He going to get to work here?” Let me assure you that He knows exactly what He is doing. Last night, I had to feed Katy her cooked carrots while she was lying down because she isn’t able to sit up very long. Her job was to chew and swallow while we chatted about various things. During the night she said, “You know Mom, I have come to really appreciate the help I get from others. It used to make me feel angry and helpless, but I can now say I really appreciate the help and mean it.” The things we have learned from this experience would fill a book. We needed to learn it all. Learning to trust God and to let go of everything else has brought so much healing to our lives that our spirits are stronger and healthier than ever. I’ll leave you with a picture of Katy that I love because it captures her happy, healthy spirit. Even when I look at her today, this picture is what I really see. No matter what, she is going to be just fine!


  1. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    That’s a great picture! Please tell Katy we’re all thinking of her. We know it will get better - but the ups and downs can be tough none the less. You guys sound in good spirits, which is so encouraging to me. We learn so much through these trials of ours and I’m truly grateful for that. At the same time yesterday when the doctor told me, “You’re one of the more unique patients I’ve ever had. You’re special.” I wanted to answer, yeah, that kind of special I don’t need thank you very much! Grin! Oh well - it is what it is for a reason.

    We’ll keep praying in Kansas.

  2. Jess Lankford Says:

    Dawn -
    Thanks so much for the visual! I loved seeing Katy so happy and full of life!

    You guys really are learning a ton - I read and I’m humbled. My attitude has been so bad lately and when I read what you guys are going through - my little bumps in the road just pale in comparison! I am so challenged…I find myself reading the Word more closely, trying to find those nuggets of wisdom that you always seem to be able to pull out at a moments notice! That doesn’t just happen by chance - it’s by study and diligence…I know that and I thank you for the silent reminder!

    We love ya’ll and are praying for Friday!

  3. Jess Lankford Says:

    PS - I picked up 40 baby bottles from BRWC this evening! Pray that people would be moved to fill those little bottles for the clinic!!!

  4. Sara Says:


    I just want you to know that we are still praying everyday and that I think of you often. The news about the doctor’s visit on Friday is wonderful. We will be praying for a successful trip.
    God is never late to any appointment. He always shows up on time!
    In your prayer time, can you please pray for our church? We are facing some really hard times. We are waiting for God to show up for this appointment!Thanks
    We love you all very much.
    Sara P

  5. Sarah Meador Says:

    Katy and Dawn,

    I am truly again inspired and encouraged all over again by your amazing joy and peace that “surpasses all understanding”!! Katy, what an encouragement you are as you have gone from dreading being helped to this point where you have gained a genuine appreciation for all forms of help from others. It is something few of us truly know how to appreciate.

    Praise God for the GREAT call from the new doctor. God is at work, and He’s continuing to reveal the power of His mighty hand in all circumstances. I will be praying for your trip up on Thursday evening, and also for the appointment itself, that God would fill the doctor and his staff with wisdom and insight so that when you leave there you may truly see that God’s handiwork in every aspect of the visit.

    Dawn, I was so stirred by your ending sentence “No matter what, she is going to be just fine!” What beautiful words of hope and peace in our Lord. Give thanks to our God for His promises to “never leave us nor forsake us”! How great is our God.

    Much love to you,

  6. Martha Harrison Says:

    Dear Dawn and Katy,
    Oh what a beautiful picture of Katy! I just wanted to let you both know that I continue to pray for Katy, and am humbled by the way you have allowed God to work in and through Katy’s illness. What a testimony to your love for Him and unwaivering faith! I stand with you in believing that God IS doing a mighty work in your life and many others…His wonders to perform!! We just don’t want to see Katy suffering. It is wonderful that you have the app’t in Charlottesville with the new Dr. on Fri., and I am praying for your traveling mercies as well as a breakthrough into the treatment Katy needs to be healed.

    We have had sadness in our family this past month with the death of a special nephew (40 yrs. old) who had colon cancer and a dear aunt who was 103 on Dec. 27 and the Lord called her home on New Year’s Eve. Praise Him who never leaves nor forsakes us. We know these loved ones are both with our Father in heaven, but it is so hard to give them up, especially Marty. When you are praying, if you think of Marty, please pray for his dear young wife and children, a son-9 and daughter-5, also my sister, Marty’s mother.

    Blessings and love to you, Katy and Dawn,and all your family,
    Martha H.

  7. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    What wonderful timing God has!! He knew you needed that call. :-)
    I am praying for your strength. He will keep you safe in His arms!!
    To encourage you… I had a lousy day today where nothing seemed to go right. My room has been very messy the last couple of weeks and it was really bothering me because I couldn’t find anything and I knew I wasn’t going to have time to clean it within the next two weeks. I got home from class tonight and came up to my room to put things away…and it was CLEAN!! Everything had been organized and put away and dusted and vacuumed…it was amazing!! There was a note on my bed from my mom and sister saying they had cleaned it for my birthday (which was yesterday). God knew I needed that pick-me-up, and He so graciously provided it through the love of my mom and sister. Isn’t that so cool?
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  8. Patricia Says:

    Your peace and joy in all this is an encouragement to everybody who reads this…’s amazing to see how much God has been and is teaching you as you traverse this valley. You’re definitely “tuned in” to His mind.
    Yes, I remember seeing that terrific picture of Katy, I believe it was from the fall conference in DC…..hold on to the vision of that happening again and again and again.
    The doctors are God’s ears and hearts and hands here on earth. How graciously He has provided us with tangible evidences of His love and concern.
    May God carry you on His wings to Charlottsville!
    Ib & Patricia

  9. Jennifer Blugerman Says:


    Speaking with your mom yesterday left me greatly encouraged regarding your upcoming visit to Charlottesville! We are praying that this will be the beginning of a great turnaround for you! We are expecting great things from the Lord, and continue to be thankful for your family’s steadfastness and joy throughout the ups and downs you are experiencing. May the God of peace go before you to prepare the doctors and caregivers to give their very best! We love you all!

    -Jennifer B.

  10. Candice & Crystal Sipe Says:

    Dear Katy!

    What wonderful news!! We too were encouraged by your blog update. We missed talking to you today. Hopefully, today has been a better day for you. I love that picture of you Katy, that was the night we met you at the Gala. That was one trip we won’t forget. Our family is truly blessed to know yours. We will be anxiously waiting to hear what Dr. Bickston has to share with you and your parents. Praying for you always. Love, Candice & Crystal

  11. Karen Tillman Says:

    I am so glad that you guys got the call from the Dr.!!! I will be praying that the visit will be productive, and I am glad that if Katy were going to be sick, it is when she is seeing someone who may offer a new insight or two. Just wanted to stop by, and let you know we are thinking and praying for you guys daily.
    Take care and lots of Love and Positive thoughts
    Karen Tillman

  12. Aleah Yunger Says:

    What wonderful news! I will be praying over your trip for both of you ~ I pray you’ll find somewhere accommodating to stay & your visit with the doctor will be helpful! Dawn, your hope and trust in the Lord is truly inspiring. It is so wonderful to hear of your visions of Katy healed and see pictures of her in joy. I know that is contagious for Katy and is surely a source of strength for her. Praying for your whole family ~ can’t wait to hear how this doctor visit goes!!

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