Another update on my friend and my mother-in-law

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This past week, a few people had asked me for updates on my good friend David and on my mother-in-law Jackie, based on the previous posts I have written about each of them. 

Before proceeding, and if you have time, I would recommend reading these past posts in order to better understand what I am talking about here (they are in chronological order, and none of them are terribly long):

A Day of Clarity for my Family

My Friend David

Update on my mother-in-law Jackie and my friend David

Another update on Jackie and David  

Update on David and Jackie - The Power of Prayer

Jackie remains in our home, and she is making great strides lately (no pun intended).  She has begun to walk a bit more, and each day seems to bring incremental improvement.  The other day she walked about 50 steps at once with the use of her walker and with very minimal assistance.  She told me that she didn't experience ANY pain during her walk, which is a huge improvement. 

She often uses her wheelchair or a rolling office chair to come into the kitchen now and get food or just to hang around with us.  A few days ago she cooked a big meal complete with salad and side dishes for us.  The kids enjoy having her around, because she is always willing to talk and teach them something.  Her mental state is terrific and she hasn't had any further problems in that arena.  Overall, I am hoping that she will continue to exercise with the goal of walking more over time. 

I stopped by to see David this evening for the first time in awhile, and he was pretty tired when I saw him.  He looked pretty rough in my opinion, but it had been a long day for him, according to Jan.  His neck was swollen pretty badly from a recent surgery to remove some wires that they had to use previously to hold a flap in place in his throat.  He was having a difficult time hearing me even when I felt like I was almost yelling, because he has fluid in his ears, according to his recent doctor visit.  Jan told me that he has lost over 100 pounds since this ordeal began about a year ago. 

While I was there, he communicated with me in several ways, by writing, some lip reading, and even a bit of sign language.  I spent about 30-45 minutes with him, then I talked to Jan for about an hour before I left. 

They are trying to keep their heads above water financially, since David did not have health insurance and he is clearly unable to work for now.  I can't even imagine how much the medical bills will be for his treatment.  If you are reading this, and you have any ideas that you would like for me to share with them about what David can do (perhaps from home) to earn money and have some livelihood, they are all ears.  I sincerely wish that I had more money so that I could share it with them.  They do have some family resources (mainly siblings) who have been helping out.

On the positive side of things, he walked around the house a good deal today, and he is trying to slowly regain the strength in his legs.  He is able to eat a little bit of food now (rather than being fed exclusively through a tube in his stomach) and he has a small amount of taste from the taste buds in his throat.  He is cancer-free (or at least for the moment), and he has the love of a wonderful wife, extended family and many good friends to carry him through this, along with his exceptionally strong faith. 

If you feel led to pray for either or both of these special people in my life, they can surely use it.  I hope that Jackie continues on this upward trend, and I hope that David is able to get more motivated and up on his feet more often as that will speed his healing process.  To be honest, tonight was really tough for me, since I David is one of my longtime heroes and I can't stand to see him in this condition.  I thank you for taking the time to read this. 

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Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

Jason- you are a good friend and son- in -law and the later is hard sometimes.   I will keep them in my prayers.

Feb 21, 2008 04:28 PM #17
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
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Jason - Please post this in Melissa Grant's Angel Network Group for a start, or I will write a post referring to this one if you prefer.  Could you put in David's address where we can send cards?
Feb 21, 2008 04:30 PM #18
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
JASON - It's great to see that Jackie is progressing.  There were some touch and go times, so I'm sure that you and the family are pleased with the progress.  Sorry to hear about David's struggle.  I can't even imagine going through what he is going through.  He has a lot of strength to be able to carry on.
Feb 21, 2008 09:44 PM #19
Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business
Jason - Thank you so much for sharing this. I will put on my thinking cap to see what David can do for a few the meantime can I have an address or even yours I would like to forward a card on. What is there immediate need ( are there children ) ??
Feb 21, 2008 09:46 PM #20
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Jason, sounds like Jackie is slowly improving and both are surrounded by family and loved ones. That in and of itself is a blessing. I will continue to pray for David and Jackie. Thanks for updating us. I know it is hard, I can hear the sadness in your post. 
Feb 21, 2008 11:16 PM #21
Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate

Hey, Jason.  I just read all the related posts.  I truly can't imagine how I could have been as strong and lovingly full of faith as you have been this whole time.  Jackie's story is amazing.  It's wonderful that you and your wife were so caring and patient and nursed her to give her a fighting chance.  Big hugs to her!  I'm glad David has had a successful surgery and has such a strong wife.  You're so lucky to have a friend you truly love and can share that with.  I'll keep all of you in my prayers...

If some one does come up with a creative way to raise funds for David, please let me know.  I'll help, donate, whatever...


Feb 22, 2008 12:12 AM #22
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties
Jason, thanks for sharing this with us all. I will be praying for both Jackie and for David. Health is such an amazing gift....I pray for the return of health to both these dear people.
Feb 22, 2008 12:14 AM #23
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
KAREN ANNE - It's so good to see you here, and I know that you have tracked this story from the beginning.  Yes, Jackie's spirits seem to be great these days.  I may have to set up a PayPal account for them and see if I can raise some funds to help them out, as they are drowning in debt now.
Feb 22, 2008 04:25 AM #24
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Dear Jason - Your Mother - in Law continues to be in my prayers and I will add David as he seems to have had slow progress. A thought came to mind to check with the social ministry committees of local churches - sometimes money in small amounts is ear-marked from donors to help those in need with medical expenses. This can be gifted to his family tax free if under a certain dollar amt. Thanks for the update.



Feb 22, 2008 04:39 AM #25
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing


I am so happy about the progress your family is making..... I will bring up the matter of Davids finances to our group called,"Giving to those in Need" and see what they say....

As requested, this post is now featured as a prayer request in,"Christianity and Real Estate"

May the Lord minister healing to your mother in law and David..... in our Messiahs wonderful name!!

Our Lord is rich in grace and loving kindness.... 





Feb 22, 2008 05:28 AM #26
Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

Jason, you're a great guy to bring this to so many people's attention.  Jackie and David are already blessed to have you in their lives.  I'll be praying for all of you.  Please continue to keep the rest of us posted.

Feb 22, 2008 05:39 AM #27
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

VIRGINIA - Thanks for your prayers for both of them.  I truly appreciate this.

ROBERTA - Melissa Grant and I are working on setting up a way for people to give to David and Jan.  Thanks for your interest in helping.  Keep an eye out!

JUDY - Thanks for saying that.  I certainly appreciate your kind remarks.


Feb 22, 2008 07:22 AM #28
Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT
Jason~Those prayers have definitely been heard for Jackie and I will still keep your family and David in my prayers. I hope his family is doing better with their recent loss. Have a great weekend my friend. 
Feb 22, 2008 03:45 PM #29
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Jason- Great to hear you MIL is doing better. I am sorry to hear your friends plight with the medical bills. I have no ins either, just some catastrophic. A few years ago when I facing another back surgery that was not done in the US yet, I was going to have to go to Germany to get it and ins would not cover it. I started brain storming ways to raise it. I told Melissa some of them when we discussed this yesterday and would be happy to pass them on. As always, my prayers are with them!
Feb 22, 2008 10:23 PM #30
Krista Fuchs
Prudential Fox & Roach - Exton, PA
Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling
Thanks for sharing.  I am glad they are both progressing.  So glad your mother-in-law has her mental state, I think that's a big hurdle for recovery.  And you are such a gem for having her in your home...straight to heaven for that one!
Feb 22, 2008 11:00 PM #31
Kay Perry
Kay Perry, Broker - College Station, TX
It must be extremely difficult to see these loved ones in their suffering.  Seems they are slowly improving.
Feb 23, 2008 02:08 AM #32
Lisa Rapose
ReDesign To Sell (TM) - Woodstock, CT

Loveseat...  As hard as it is for me to read these updates as I cry my eyes out with each and every one...  I can not imagine what it does to you and your family...  You amaze me with your strength and your faith...  What an awesome son-in-law and friend you are...  I'm so very fortunate to have met you...

And, yes, they are included in my are you and your family...  God Bless...

Feb 23, 2008 10:21 AM #33
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
Jason, it's so hard to see the ones we love in pain or not doing as well as expected. You and your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
Feb 23, 2008 11:31 AM #34
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Jason- Thanks for the update, I have wondered what was going on with Jackie and David. There are a lot of businesses he can start from home. What does he like to do? Your family is in my prayers. 
Feb 24, 2008 08:08 AM #35
Sandy Noll
(RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878 - Woodinville, WA
Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island

Jason it's great to hear that Jackie is making progress!  An entire meal, that must have meant the world to her to be able to accomplish that!  I am sad to hear about Davids struggles and that he has no medical insurance.  Have Jan look into seeing if the hospital has an uncompensated care program.  We have a couple hospitals here that have these programs for people without insurance.  I'll continue to pray for both and for strength for you so you can continue to support them.

Feb 29, 2008 03:49 PM #36
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