Sunday, January 28, 2007


We are having a prayer service at four o’clock today in our home to pray over Katy. Please join with us where ever you are at that time as we once again go to our Father on Katy’s behalf. Her condition has worsened throughout the night and she is not able to eat. We thought we could keep her hydrated with liquids but they are not staying down as of this morning. Her pain can no longer be managed and it shows on her weary face. We are asking for a miracle. We are asking the Lord to move on her behalf and show us again that His amazing glory surpasses all human wisdom and knowledge.

During the night I wrote an email to the HPS research team at NIH asking them to consider seeing Katy for the purpose of finding and diagnosing the problems she is having. We know that this is not something they normally do, but they are the only people in the world to have access to all the information about other patients with these problems. If the Lord chooses not to bring miraculous healing to Katy, we are asking Him to open the hearts and doors of those who could possibly help her.

In yesterday’s post I wrote that we have a medical team plugged in now. But the fact remains that the GI doctors in Charlottesville have never seen an HPS patient before and this is not the time for a crash course. We are looking forward to a time of prayer with family and friends today. As you can imagine our hearts are aching for Katy.

  1. Sandy Says:

    I prayed for Katy this morning during worship and will pray with you at 4 p.m. today. God’s peace to you all.

  2. Danae Says:

    I will be praying and so will my Bible Study girls. I love you!

  3. Marlin Says:

    I joined you in prayer this Sunday. May God provide the miricle you desire to the glory of his name.

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I missed this post until now - but I continue to pray for Katy (and make inquiries on her behalf.) I know this is hard. But, wheels are turning and things will get better! I know I keep promising you that, but I wouldn’t say it if I had any doubt. Hang in there!

  5. Karen Tillman Says:

    I obviously checked in a little to late, but rest assured that Katy is constantly on my mind and in my prayers. My real concern is the hydration issue, and I do hope that you post with good news either later tonight or in the morning. I will be having my PFT’s done tomorrow, and will probably read yoour blog much later in the day or evening depending on when my parents go back home. If it makes you feel any better, most all of us with HPS had doctors who’ve had to deal with us in an emergency situation. It is a miracle that I am even still here, as I was diagnosed with colitis at age 9 and never even knew I had HPS until I was 38 years of age. So, take solace in the fact that even though they are getting a “crash coarse” it is more than most of us had and we survived and had our symptoms treated even without the knowledge of HPS. I do feel with time and working closely with a team of good doctors (not necessarily those from NIH, although I’d like to see that happen for you) that Katy will eventually come around. I will pray tonight that things will go well, and that you will hear good things from NIH tomorrow.
    Karen Tillman

  6. Julie Wensley Says:

    We just got back in town. Our hearts are breaking for you. We are praying fervently. I’ll call you in the morning. We love you.

  7. Jen Larson Says:

    I missed seeing this newest setback since I was in the hospital with Annika this past weekend. God brought you all to mind a few times and I prayed that He would lift you up. I’m still praying He will bring healing to Katy’s body and strength to the rest of the family. He is able to do more than we imagine!!

  8. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    He is with you, and we are with you in prayer and hearts. Please don’t give up–He will provide a way when all others are dark!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  9. Sarah Meador Says:


    I continue to pray fervently for our Abba Father to provide healing and full restoration. He will never leave you nor forsake you even in these most difficult hours. I love you much and pray that today is a better day and that this new treatment will kick in and be greatly successful! “… The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b

    Much love,

  10. Joan Colwell Says:


    I am so sorry to hear of this another battle in your little body. God is allowing you to go through a lot of pain and tremendous sickness. He so knows you and knows you are stronger in spirit than most people I know (myself included). When I think of you Katy, I think of Job. I know Job must have thought, how much more???? I am sure you are thinking the same thoughts. God was there for Job and He is there for you too. The frustrating part for us your friends is that we want to do something for you to take the pain away. But we don’t have the power or wisdom to do that. Just know you are in ours prayers. I know you are in God’s care. I know He loves you very much or He wouldn’t have chosen you to go through all of this. You will and do have a story to tell. What a blessing you have been to me already just knowing you and your story. Your story is still being written. Aren’t you glad that you know God will be there with you no matter when or how your story ends? I know God has great things in store for you, Katy. You are such a special young lady. It is such a privilege to know you. I’m looking forward to hearing good news from the doctor and your situation.

  11. Delmar Short Says:

    On the radio yesterday, a minister said something like the following: “He speaks to us in our pleasure, but He shouts to us in our pain.” Through Katy and her family, He has shouted to all of us.

  12. Sara Says:

    Katy and family,

    We are praying for your healing and for God’s hand to work in a mighty way for you. Let the prayers of all of us who love you carry you right now.
    Sara P

  13. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    OH, my dears, I just got this Monday afternoon. I grieve and fervently pray for you all, esp. Katy. A lady at our church was healed of breast cancer this past week. HE IS AMONG US WITH HEALING POWER! And He heals our hearts when His wisdom does not allow for the healing of the pain at this point. Much love, Aunt Lil

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