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Keep Friends & Neighbors in Your Prayers

There have been numerous studies over the years that have investigated whether the power of prayer works. Researchers like Dr. Elizabeth Targ in San Francisco selected practicing healers from a number of traditions — Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Indian shamans — and had them pray for 20 patients with advanced AIDS and compared their progress to a control group of 20 other AIDS patients. According to her, the prayed-for patients had fewer and less severe new illnesses, fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations and were generally in better moods than those in the control group. "Prayer may be an effective adjunct to standard medical care," says cardiac researcher William Harris, Ph.D., who headed a study of cardiac patients at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Harris concluded that the group receiving prayers fared 11% better than the group that didn't, a number considered statistically significant.

We'd like to believe that prayers do help, and here is a friend and neighbor who could use your prayers now.

Jim Scanlon Needs Our PrayersNew
Lois Grace Needs Our Prayers, TooNew
Marilyn Hetzer Needs Our Prayers
John Grace Continues to Need Our Prayers
Mike Murray Still Needs Our Prayers

Jim Scanlon Needs Our Prayers

With a heavy heart, Betty Scanlon asks for your prayers for her husband, Jim. Jim Scanlon has been diagnosed with liver/pancreatic cancer and will be starting chemo this week. Please remember him in your prayers. Thank you.

Lois Grace Needs Our Prayers, Too

Message from Lois

February 20th

I strongly advise anyone who has been told that they have DENSE BREAST TISSUE to please get a SenoBright contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM)! If it hadn’t been recommended for me, who knows how long it would have taken to detect my cancer? I’m one of the lucky ones, I have non-invasive Stage "0" ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). It was contained within the milk duct so I’ll only need radiation. I have a second surgery scheduled for March 5th to get a cleaner margin, then 7 weeks of radiation. JUST DO IT, LADIES!

Support Breast Cancer Awareness.

Thanks to Karran Dagon for this update on Lois.

February 19th

We all know she had surgery and the mass was completely removed. It was contained and she found out she will need radiation, not chemotherapy. The surgeon, the radiologist, and the oncologist have come together and decided on what was to be done. She just thought her appointment today to have her next surgery to remove more area around the  mass to make sure she is absolutely clean before the radiation starts, which will be in two weeks. She will receive radiation for five days a week for seven weeks. Her stage is zero and after the surgery and radiation her chances of remission are 98%. She thanks everyone for the support and the love and the caring and the prayers that she’s received, and we are going to be continuing to pray because we know that it is definitely Working.

Fondly, Karran

To send Lois your support and let her know you are thinking of her:

 Lois Grace
 2358 Due West Drive
 The Villages, FL 32162

And, keep Lois in your prayers and makes a full recovery.

Marilyn Hetzer Needs Our Prayers

January 4th Update

Hello Everyone,

Dan and I met with the Bone Marrow Transplant doctor, but did not get the news we were hoping for. The donor is in place and just waiting to donate stem cells. (Thanks to all of you who unselfishly volunteered to donate, but were told that over 60 was "too old".) 

The problem is that this particular cancer just does not want to stay in remission for very long. As many of you know, it landed me back in the hospital at Christmas. The transplant doctor said he will not even think about doing a transplant until the cancer stays in remission for two to three months. So, we wait again! The plan is to continue with different chemos until they find one that will keep it in remission. Then he will consider the transplant.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. I truly believe that in times of adversity, we draw our strength from others.



Health Update

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and are beginning to enjoy a wonderful Christmas season. Dan and I had a good Thanksgiving, although it was not what we expected. We were supposed to spend the holiday at the Grace's house, but I ended up in the hospital because my kidneys were "in distress" from the chemo I had the week before. The problem seems to be in control now and I was discharged yesterday. Although it was not the Thanksgiving we planned, being together was all that mattered.

We met with my oncologist at Shands today (11/29/2017) who has been conferring with the bone marrow/stem cell specialist. Good news! The CT SCAN shows remission. However, we all know that my cancer comes back quickly.

Here's the plan:  They are going to put me on a weekly "maintenance chemo" while they continue to search for a bone marrow donor. According to the doctors, an outside donor would be my best option to keep the cancer in remission after the transplant. If they cannot find a suitable donor, they will use my own stem cells that they harvested at the end of September. It looks like the most challenging part of this "journey" won't start until the beginning of the new year.

Please continue to keep me and Dan in your prayers, as I truly believe in their power. Your prayers have given me strength and courage I never thought that I had.



Here We Go Again

Hello Everyone,

As many of you know, things were progressing on schedule for the stem cell transplant. However, about a week ago, the darn Lymphoma decided to rear its ugly head again, so I am no longer in remission. My doctors are calling it a relapse. Since the cancer is very aggressive, they are planning to treat it as aggressively as possible. I will receive intense chemo in a hospital setting as an in-patient. If it goes into remission again, they will have to work pretty fast to either use my own stem cells which have already been harvested or, if that is not viable, they will search for an outside donor.

Please keep us in your prayers. I know it is the power of prayer that is giving us strength and taking our worry away. Hopefully, this is just a little bump in the road, not a pot hole!

As always, I would like everyone to get the same info. at the same time....




Cancer cells found again, but Marilyn's stem cells have been harvested and they look good. She & Dan will be heading back to Shands this week where they will be treating her cancer aggressively. Keep those prayers coming.

As many of you know, Marilyn's neck kept swelling up and in spite of performing multiple tests and biopsies, the doctors had a terrible time diagnosing what was causing it. She had been on high doses of steroids in an effort to control the swelling, but that caused problems with the tests. She was transferred to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville in March 7th, where they did or redid more tests. Finally, they determined what was causing all her problems — T-cell lymphoma.

She has been undergoing numerous rounds of chemotherapy over these past few months and is finally cancer free, but cancer cells can also mimic healthy cells. The next step is harvesting Marilyn's own stem cells, called an autologous stem cell transplant, where the patient’s own stem cells are collected several times in the weeks prior to treatment. The cells are frozen and stored while she gets another high-dose chemo treatment, which will kill her stem cells along with any lingering cancer cells. Then, if all goes as hoped, the stem cells are given back to her through an IV.

This will be an arduous and complex procedure, and she and Dan need all the support and prayers they can get. They have an apartment lined up and expect to be there in Gainesville for about two months while she has to be near Shands. To send Marilyn your support and good wishes, mail cards to:

 Marilyn Hetzer
 2336 Wilson Way
 The Villages, FL 32162

Please send cards to their home, not the hospital. During those two months, Dan expects to be coming home about once a week to do laundry and pick up mail. Keep Marilyn & Dan in your thoughts and prayers... hugs, too.

John Grace Continues to Need Our Prayers

John has been battling Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (SLL) since February 2012. Back then, his and Lois' daughter, Heather Bradley, walked in the Massachusetts 5K Lymphomathon to raise money to help fight and cure lymphoma in honor of her father. Inspired by Heather, Lois' golfing group formed their own walk for John. Here are the Lynnhaven friends and neighbors who participated in that walk.

To send John your support and let him know you are thinking of him:

 John Grace
 2358 Due West Drive
 The Villages, FL 32162

Keep John and Lois and their family in your thoughts and prayers as John continues to battle this disease.

Mike Murray Still Needs Our Prayers

Tina and Mike still need our prayers and still have a long road ahead of them. Mike has been in the hospital in Montville, New Jersey, for quite a long time now and Tina is asking prayers to be said for them. Per Tina,

Mike is still in the cardiac critical care ICU. This is his third week after his second operation. He just doing fair and we still have a long way to go. Please keep the prayers coming — we need them! Miss you all.

Tina is living with their daughter, Barbara, and you can send cards to:

 Mike Murray 
 75 Hook Mountain Road
 Montville, NJ 07045

He now has to have another operation because the previous operation was not successful.

Karran Dagon

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