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PRAYER REQUEST for ZACS MOM - (Update at post #490 - sadly, she has passed away)

Posted on 09/23/2006 5:32:40 PM PDT by Hi Heels

From Tom, ZM's husband:

Sorry for the long silence.... It has been quite a ride.

On Monday 8/28 we met with ZM's oncologist to learn the results of the chest and abdomen CT scans. As I told you in my last update, all the news was good and we decided to switch to the chemo pill since ZMs veins were shrinking. We had great fun for the rest of the week planning how to use the time we would be getting back since she would not be sitting in the infusion room for 4 hours every Friday.

Over the labor day weekend (Sept 3,4) ZM began to have problems moving her left side and she become quiet and hard to communicate with. On Tuesday morning (Sept 5) she slipped into a near comma state and was taken to the hospital via 911 services. In the ER they ordered a brain scan and delivered the news that the cancer had spread to her brain and she had multiple tumors causing lesions in the right side of her brain, some as large as 5 centimeters. These were also causing swelling in her brain and increased pain. ZM's oncologist ordered more test and then told us that the tumors causing the lesions were inoperable. We were told that our options were to (1) simply give up and go home with hospice care or (2) try some radiation of the brain. The radiation may result in some temporary improvement or at least make ZM more comfortable.

So on Thursday (9/07) we moved ZM to a hospital in Plano, TX where she could receive radiation treatments as an inpatient. By now ZM was basically in a coma and could not move her left arm o r leg and could not even force her eyes to look to the left. That afternoon, they developed a treatment mask for her and did the first radiation treatment. After a 3 hour sleep ZM woke up able to move her left arm and leg some. A combination of steroids was prescribed to shrink the swelling in her brain. On Friday afternoon she received a 5 minute radiation treatment and following an hours sleep she woke with full use of her body, sat up in bed and pronounced herself hungry for the first time in weeks. Radiation is only done Monday thru Friday, so we hung around in the hospital over the weekend with ZM improving by the hour. The Doctors have all said they are astonished with her recovery/progress. They are now referring to her as their September miracle.

Following radiation on Monday (9/11) she was released from the hospital and I brought her home. She is 100% off the oxygen now and has had no pain medication since Thursday (9/07). She requires a walker to get around, but is getting stronger each day. We return to the hospital in Plano (30 miles each way) for radiation treatments and she continues to take the steroid to reduce the swelling. All this activity has left her with a bit of confusion, but today she tried to get on line and read some of her email.(Since she hasn't looked at email in well over a month you can imagine the stack of mail she has.)

We will continue the daily radiation treatments on Monday and Tuesday (9/26). After that she'll continue on the steroids but will return to her regular daily activities. ZM and I believe that -- Thanks to the prays and good thoughts - this is a permanent fix. However, she'll be returning to the doctors for blood work and check-ups on 10/10. Hopefully she'll get a clean bill of health at that time.

Thanks so much to everyone for the cards, emails and keeping her in your prayers.

See? OUr "treatment" is working. PLEASE keep this wonderful FRiend in your thoughts and prayers! God bless!


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1 posted on 09/23/2006 5:32:41 PM PDT by Hi Heels
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To: Hi Heels
Whoa! EXCELLENT news!

Prayers continue for ongoing improvement. Thank you, Lord Jesus!

2 posted on 09/23/2006 5:35:03 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: La Enchiladita; devolve; ntnychik; Smartass; bitt; PhilDragoo; potlatch; Nam Vet; OXENinFLA; ...

ping


3 posted on 09/23/2006 5:36:26 PM PDT by Hi Heels (Don't you wish there were a knob on the computer to turn up the intelligence?)
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To: Hi Heels

God bless you. We will pray for you.


4 posted on 09/23/2006 5:36:37 PM PDT by Fairview
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To: Hi Heels

What a terrible ordeal ZM has been through. We will continue covering her with prayer. God seems to be working another one of His miracles on her, and we thank Him for that.


5 posted on 09/23/2006 5:39:51 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: Hi Heels
Wow, it read pretty dire there.

God Bless and praying for the best for ZM.

6 posted on 09/23/2006 5:41:14 PM PDT by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: Hi Heels; Zacs Mom

What encouraging news..May God be with her, bless and heal Zac's Mom.


7 posted on 09/23/2006 5:41:43 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Hi Heels; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; OneLoyalAmerican; bkwells; ...

ZACS MOM UPDATE-VANITY


8 posted on 09/23/2006 5:41:56 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: Hi Heels

Dear Zacs Mom, sending love and prayers for you every day!

Thank you Hi Heels, I have been waiting for news.


9 posted on 09/23/2006 5:42:21 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Hi Heels

Good news!

Cancer survivor BUMP!


10 posted on 09/23/2006 5:42:57 PM PDT by airborne (Fecal matter is en route to fan! Contact is imminent!)
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To: Hi Heels
Wow! Just reading your post had my stomach in knots.

God bless you, ZM, and may you continue your healing process!!
11 posted on 09/23/2006 5:43:45 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Well, good luck with all that.)
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To: Hi Heels; Zacs Mom

I can't tell you how thrilled I am at this news...I think of ZM all the time, and pray for her every night.

Keep up the prayers everyone....we need for her to have a clean bill of health on 10/10.

ZM...Bless your heart, you have really been through a lot...but, obviously you haven't lost that fighting spirit that you are famous for.

Your husband sounds like a great, steady person for you to have around...you are very lucky.

God Bless you, ZM....hope to have you back posting SOON!


12 posted on 09/23/2006 5:44:44 PM PDT by Txsleuth (,((((((((ISRAEL)))))) Pray for the release of the Israelis.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Zacs Mom

Thank you for the ping Tonkin. I had already posted but forgot to put ZM's name in the 'to' list.

She has been in my prayers every day.


13 posted on 09/23/2006 5:46:48 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

prayers for Zac's mom.


14 posted on 09/23/2006 5:47:04 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Hi Heels

Prayers.


15 posted on 09/23/2006 5:48:26 PM PDT by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Zacs Mom; Hi Heels

Thanks for the update and ping, HiHeels.
Hang in there, ZM, we're all praying for you.


16 posted on 09/23/2006 5:49:47 PM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: Hi Heels
My prayers for Zac's Mom.
17 posted on 09/23/2006 5:50:32 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Hi Heels

Prayers UP!!!


18 posted on 09/23/2006 5:50:35 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Hi Heels

Prayers for ZM.


19 posted on 09/23/2006 5:51:03 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (There's a fine, fine line between a stoat and a sporkweasel.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Thanks for the ping Tonkin. My prayers continue for Zac's Mom.
20 posted on 09/23/2006 5:51:21 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Hi Heels

Great news ! Continued prayers for progress.


21 posted on 09/23/2006 5:52:10 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Thanks for the update. Prayers being offered up for ZM and family.


22 posted on 09/23/2006 5:52:51 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Hi Heels

Continuing prayers and best wishes for you and yours.


23 posted on 09/23/2006 5:52:56 PM PDT by Socratic ( "Better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied" - J.S. Mill)
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To: Hi Heels

Prayers up!


24 posted on 09/23/2006 5:53:44 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Hi Heels

That's so great to hear! I'll keep the prayers going!


25 posted on 09/23/2006 5:56:53 PM PDT by derllak
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To: Hi Heels

Inspiring news which brings tears...God be with you and ZM and we know that the healing light of the Lord is touching her every moment.


26 posted on 09/23/2006 6:00:12 PM PDT by LibertyLight (I Am Grateful For FreeRepublic!)
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To: Hi Heels

Inspiring news which brings tears...God be with you and ZM and we know that the healing light of the Lord is touching her every moment.


27 posted on 09/23/2006 6:01:11 PM PDT by LibertyLight (I Am Grateful For FreeRepublic!)
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To: Hi Heels

Zacs mom is added to my prayer list here in Indiana.....


28 posted on 09/23/2006 6:02:47 PM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Hi Heels

Best Wishes, Zac's Mom!!!!!!!!!!
Semper Fidelis
Dick Gaines
aka: GunnyG
~~~~~~~~~~


29 posted on 09/23/2006 6:11:28 PM PDT by gunnyg
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Hi Heels; Zacs Mom
Thanks Tonk. Always good to hear wonderful news about Friends.


30 posted on 09/23/2006 6:12:11 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
I was unaware of her condition.
Thank you for the PING.
Prayers for ZM!
31 posted on 09/23/2006 6:20:28 PM PDT by GrandEagle
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To: Hi Heels

Incoming prayers!


32 posted on 09/23/2006 6:21:15 PM PDT by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: Hi Heels; Zacs Mom

Oh thank God!!!!


33 posted on 09/23/2006 6:22:07 PM PDT by StarCMC ("So what was the price to betray us - Judas?" - SGT Mark Russak to Traitor Murtha)
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To: Hi Heels

Prayers for ZM for continued recovery.


34 posted on 09/23/2006 6:23:27 PM PDT by Lillee
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To: Hi Heels
Please tell ZM that there are still lots of prayers being lifted up for her in the Piney Woods of Northeast Texas!
35 posted on 09/23/2006 6:25:40 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Hi Heels; potlatch

Well keep you in my prayers, glad to hear the good news.


36 posted on 09/23/2006 6:37:45 PM PDT by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: Boazo

Thank you Boazo, I am praying for Zacs Mom every day.


37 posted on 09/23/2006 6:40:15 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Great news!! Prayers sent.


38 posted on 09/23/2006 6:41:22 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: Hi Heels

More prayers on the way!


39 posted on 09/23/2006 6:42:05 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: Hi Heels

Prayers continue. Praise God!!


40 posted on 09/23/2006 6:46:35 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (It's not immigration, it's an invasion!)
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To: Hi Heels

Thanks for the update! God is good. ZM will remain in my prayers.


41 posted on 09/23/2006 6:48:48 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Hi Heels

Prayers up for a great lady.


42 posted on 09/23/2006 7:00:14 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia now a certified socialist state reporting to Mexico City for further instructions)
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To: Hi Heels

Prayers continue for Zac's Mom from here in Idaho. What an inspirational story and God bless her, her husband, and their entire family...and may He comfort and Heal them too.


43 posted on 09/23/2006 7:02:13 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Hi Heels; Zacs Mom
Wow, our God is an awesome God!!!!!! Continued prayers for Zacsmom and for her complete recovery.
44 posted on 09/23/2006 7:08:23 PM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (Kids everywhere are cheering because they will never be forced to eat spinach again.)
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To: Hi Heels

THANK YOU Jesus!
Amen.


45 posted on 09/23/2006 7:09:25 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: AnAmericanMother

Ditto that.


46 posted on 09/23/2006 7:09:48 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Hi Heels

Prayers on the way


47 posted on 09/23/2006 7:12:25 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Treaty Fetishism: "[The] belief that a piece of paper will alter the behavior of thugs." R. Lowry.)
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To: Hi Heels

Wow, that a roller coaster ride - and what a great outcome! Prayers continue for ZM ...


48 posted on 09/23/2006 7:33:10 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: Hi Heels
Holy Father,

You are the Author of all miracles. We praise You and exalt You for what You are doing in Zac's Mom's life! May Your Name be glorified, and may all proclaim her healing through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Keep her heart and soul full of courage and help her to know that You will not leave her nor forsake her. We are Your people, coming together in thanksgiving for all the love that You shed abroad upon those who call You LORD. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

49 posted on 09/23/2006 7:36:57 PM PDT by Faith
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To: AnAmericanMother

Wonderful news. Prayers going up.


50 posted on 09/23/2006 7:39:49 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Osama ain't dead, he alwways smelled that way.)
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