Notes from the Porch: a health update

June 17, 2013

I have been so overwhelmed by all of your questions, gracious comments, and emails (and phone calls and text messages) asking how things are going with my health. It is hard to express how grateful I am.  It is hard to believe that I have been home for a month from the Whitaker Wellness Institute. 

As I have mentioned in some other posts it has been difficult to find some of the necessary treatments for the Lymes due to where we are located in NY for the summer. I discussed in great detail with my doctor and my family the possibility of spending the summer in the south but my doctor truly believed that it was very important to spend the summer resting and she is confident that it is ok to take a couple of months away from two of the treatments: the Hyberbaric Oxygen Treatments and the Vitamin C IV treatments. In the meantime I will continue on some of the other natural treatments (including acupuncture) and also the medications that are helping treat aspects of the Lymes. I will also be continuing to add additional supplements each week to help my body from a natural perspective. One thing that is definitely a prayer request is that my immune system (which the Lymes has destroyed) continue to improve and heal. Currently my immune system is so low that I am not able to handle the "tougher" medicines so that is definitely one of the main goals this summer. 

The initial tests for the cancer are so far all good which is a definite answer to prayer! While my family and I are so grateful that we are dealing with basal cell sarcoma the doctors are keeping a very close eye on the cancer because it was labeled as aggressive and the margins were extremely large. In addition to this my immune system is so weak that the doctors want to make sure that everything is watched very carefully and no new spots develop. 

There are so many things that I am grateful for these days- the ability to walk short distances on my own, sleeping for several hours at a time now, the joint and arthritic pain has lessened, the headaches are extremely better, I am able to drive to different places and there are times that my energy levels have been a lot better then they have been in months! Most of all I am grateful that I am not bedridden daily! Praise the Lord! 

As I mentioned before there is a LONG road ahead and I do admit that somedays that I am impatient to be completely healthy and "back to real life". I know that rest is extremely important and I so appreciate your prayers and encouragement during this long journey. While I do not always post weekly about my health your comments, emails, texts, presents, and phone calls have truly been such an encouragement. Thank you so much for everything! 


  1. I will continue to think and pray for you! So glad you've been having some good days. Enjoy your week!

  2. You are in my Prayers! Hugs for you!

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  4. I"m glad to have read this post. I'm so happy for you that you are having some good days.

  5. Thankful for your positive attitude, I know it can't always be easy! Prayers for you, friend!