Lots of Drama Lately

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. #9001154

Lots of Rain Love showed recently and it seems like my life feels like a soap opera. First with being sick as a dog, then another personal battle with the loss of a pregnancy and now, helping my brother fight for his life and legs.

Katerina Gasset called me last night (Thursday) as I was rushing to the Emergency Room. I distraughtly told her, I can't talk right now but my brother had just been rushed to the hospital because he lost the strength of his legs, which no injury or trauma.

My brother had always complained about sore backs. We just thought he pulled his back playing basketball.

Truth be told, last night and in the wee early morning, we found out that he has an aggresive growth tumor that compressed on his spinal cord. It had eaten away about 90% of that portion of the cord. The neurosurgeon was surprised he could still walk in his condition.

My brother is a healthy 24-year old who hasn't been sick much. Not even the flu. He is one of the nicest people you'd ever meet and he loves life. Every 2 weeks, he donates platlets.

Apparently, his sore backs were possibly the growth of the tumor. But who would have known.

Being 24, he also thought he was immortal and felt that medical insurance was unnecessary. That's another battle we have to deal with.

But we are eternally grateful to the Presbyterian Plano hospital to save my brother today. Treating him even without insurance. The ugly word we hear alot about.

My brother continues to need healing prayers - for those who believe.

As for me, I'm going to bed. 30 minutes in 2 days can do things to your brain function and vision.

Thank you for your love and support on AR and my FB.


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Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Loreena... you and your brother have been in my thoughts and prayers since I first saw your Facebook message yesterday.  I will keep you both in them... sounds like you will need some extra prayers for a while!

Mar 25, 2011 04:24 PM #19
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Big hug for you and lots of good thoughts from New York city to you and your family.

Mar 25, 2011 04:48 PM #20
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

I believe Loreena.  I'll be saying prayers for your brother and your family.  Get some rest.

Mar 25, 2011 05:18 PM #21
Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Loreena, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mar 25, 2011 05:45 PM #22
Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Loreena, prayers for your brother and your family.  I hope he feels better soon and you guys take care.

Mar 25, 2011 08:59 PM #23
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

More love coming your way from New York.  We are all here for you.

Mar 25, 2011 11:10 PM #24
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Wishing you the best for you and your brother Loreena. . .God is with you!

Mar 26, 2011 12:07 AM #25
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Loreena, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother.Wish him a speedy recovery. This has been a tough  week for many people. I lost my Mother on Tuesday. I don't know how I can manage without her support and love.

Mar 26, 2011 12:43 AM #26
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Loreena- So sorry to hear about your brother. Hugs and prayers are coming your way from Annapolis MD.

Mar 26, 2011 01:00 AM #27
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Our healing thoughts are with your brother and comfort to you and your family. Health insurance...you just can't afford not to have itl....and you are soooo right...there is that "bulletproof" age when people believe nothing will happen to them...until something does.

Mar 26, 2011 01:33 AM #28
Judy Jennings
The Green Company - Ashland, MA
Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA

Loreena - Prayers for your brother, you, & your entire family. God Bless!

Mar 26, 2011 02:45 AM #29
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


My prayers are with you and especially your brother. Not long ago, my son had an accident and I didn't know if he'd ever walk again. It took about a year of being in a wheel chair but he recovered. Faith does make a difference. With faith, you can and will get through anything.

You've gone through a lot so I pray for God's healing touch on you and your family members.


Mar 26, 2011 04:44 AM #30
Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group - Skokie, IL

Loreena~  Good luck and God Bless to you and your brother!!

Mar 26, 2011 09:46 AM #31
Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Loreena -- So sorry to hear about your brother.  He is strong, young, and in good hands. I will keep you and your family on my prayer list. Keep the faith...

Mar 26, 2011 03:16 PM #32
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Aloha Loreena,

Our prayers are going out for your brother, sorry to hear about these tough times for your family.

Mar 26, 2011 03:28 PM #33
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

Sending my daily prayers for you and your family.

Mar 26, 2011 05:22 PM #34
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Sorry to hear about your brother Loreena. I hope he gets the treatment he needs and is on his way to recovery.

Mar 27, 2011 12:27 AM #35
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

Here's to a full recovery. Please let us know that the growth was benign. Get some sleep. You've had a rough week. 

Mar 27, 2011 01:02 AM #36
Kristi DeFazio
RE/MAX Advantage - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468

Loreena- Your brother and family is in my prayers. He is lucky to have you in his life. I know what you mean about rough times. I have always heard "when it rains it pours"- I am going through something similar with some family members. I love your attitude of focusing on others. Hang in there.

Mar 27, 2011 06:21 AM #37
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Such an overwhelming response from all the AR folks. We are greatful and thanks for keep us in your prayers.

Mar 30, 2011 06:36 AM #38
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