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and often easily amused

Update on my sister… 8 July 2008

Filed under: News,Prayer Requests — laughinglaura @ 20:52

Some of you probably know and some of you probably don’t know…  My sister had been having trouble with numbness, tingling, and loss of strength in her left hand since March 2007.  She went to the doctor, they suspected it was a pinched nerve, and prescribed PT and steroids…  Things continued to get worse, and she asked for an MRI.  The doctor didn’t want her to have, thinking it was unnecessary, and she finally went to a 2nd doc who agreed that an MRI was a good idea. 

The MRI showed a tumor in her spinal cord, and since late-May, we’ve been meeting with doctors, having more MRIs and waiting for surgery (which was yesterday – Monday). It’s been a really stressful couple months for everyone in my family.  Anyway…  This is the update I posted over on her facebook account.

Megan’s surgery went really well – it only took five hours rather than the eight they were expecting it to take. The tumor was most likely not of the type they initially expected it to be. They were unable to remove all of the tumor, but they got everything that was visibly abnormal. Because they couldn’t remove everything, she may require radiation, but they will hold off on making that decision until the pathology report comes back – probably Friday or Saturday. The surgeon was very pleased with the results of the surgery, and very positive about her long-term prognosis.

I was at the hospital this morning before I came into work, and Megan was doing very well. She was sitting up in bed, and was feeling really well. She had soreness in her neck and back, some swelling in her face and hands, and she still had some numbness in her left hand, though it was a different sensation than before the surgery. It’s too soon to know whether/not the numbness will be reversible through physical therapy.

Before I left this morning, she was able to take a couple laps up and down the hall with her nurse. She wanted to keep going, but didn’t want to wear herself out too much. She had been given the go-ahead to walk as much as she wanted, but she was planning to take it easy and go a couple laps every 30 mins, or so. I talked to her this evening and she said she did quite a bit of walking today and felt really good.

She had an MRI this morning, but when I left the doctor hadn’t been by to review the results with her. I forgot to ask this evening what the results of the MRI were. I will try to update on that in the next couple days.

She was moved to a regular room this afternoon. The doctor left instructions to start weaning her off her medications tomorrow – a steroid for the swelling and a pain medication. Depending on how well she handles the reduction in her medications, she could go home as early as Thursday afternoon.

Overall, things are looking VERY positive. Her motor function is much more advanced than they expected and her doctor is very positive about her long-term prognosis.

Megan wanted me to make sure everyone knows how much she appreciates all of their prayers and support. She attributes the success of her surgery to God and the power of many, many, many prayers.

The hospital allows cell phones (unlike some) so you are welcome to give her a call on her phone. She does ask that people to wait until Wednesday to call so that she has a little bit more time to rest.

Again, thanks to all of your for your prayers and support. We all really appreciate it!


Thanks… 2 June 2008

Filed under: News,Prayer Requests — laughinglaura @ 22:46

Thanks to everyone who commented, emailed, called, sent cards, and especially prayed for my family this past week.  I really appreciate it.  I was able to take off work last week and attend the funeral in KS, which helped a lot – especially being around family.  As an added bonus, I was able to stay the night with one of my cousins on the other side of the family who I’ve not seen in four years, and got to meet her husband and little girl for the first time.  Her husband was in the ARMY and was deployed the last few times I saw her, and she was pregnant with her daughter the last I saw her. 

It’s still hard to believe that they’re gone, and I know it will feel that way for quite a while.  Please continue to pray for the Whitlow and Hollingsworth families at this time.  There is a memorial service in Pueblo this Friday.


It’s still not real… 26 May 2008

Filed under: News,Prayer Requests — laughinglaura @ 21:35

I know, I’ve not posted in a while…  I’ll explain later on…  Right now I want to ask you to please pray for the Whitlow and Hollingsworth families. 

My cousin Gary and his wife Kim were tragically killed by a tornado late this past Friday night on their way to visit Gary’s family for the holiday weekend, and to meet their new baby nephew. News stories here, here, here, and here.   I still can’t believe it’s true.  I don’t *want* to believe it’s true.  Honestly, I’ve waited so long to even post anything b/c actually writing all this out makes it more real than I want it to be.

Gary and I weren’t close when we were growing up – he’s a boy, he’s four years older than I, and I only saw him once or twice a year – but after I moved here to CO, we started seeing each other more often.  Then Gary and Kim started dating, and later married, and we saw each other even more because Kim and I quickly became friends.  Over the past four years I’ve spent more time with and have become closer to them than I am with some of my cousins who I saw nearly every day when we were growing up.  Funny how that happens, sometimes, isn’t it?

The following is a slightly modified verstion of a poem I wrote a few years ago when a friend from college died tragically and unexpectedly.  The same thoughts have been swirling through my head these past few days… 

When I first heard the awful news:
G and K had passed away
I didn’t know just what to think,
or even what to say.

And as I lay here, trying to sleep,
I just keep asking, “why?”
Why did this have to happen?
Why did they have to die?

Why did God have to take our friends?
They were so very young.
It seemed, to us, as though their lives
Had only just begun.

But Our Lord has a master plan,
And works in His own time.
And although I would like it to be,
It’s not the same as mine.

We find comfort knowing that
Strong, Christian lives they led.
Because of this, as we all know,
The best still lies ahead.


A prayer request… 14 March 2008

Filed under: Prayer Requests — laughinglaura @ 22:25

I want to apologize for not finishing up my series…  Some stuff – good and bad – has been going on at work and I haven’t had the time/gumption.  I’ll try to get finished up by the end of the weekend, but I’m not making any promises.  I’m absolutely NOT in a storytelling mood…

I don’t really want to say much else about it at the moment…  Please just pray that I’ll have peace about the whole situation and for me to trust God to work everything out in His time.  Thanks.


Prayer Request 28 May 2007

Filed under: Prayer Requests — laughinglaura @ 23:31

My friend Jenny (but not the Jenny who I usually mention) is running the Rock N Roll Marathon this coming Sunday (June 3rd), in San Diego, CA.  This is her very first marathon, and she’s been training for it for several months.  She is competing to raise money for cancer research.  Please pray for her this week as she makes final preparations for her race, and especially on Sunday.


I need to learn to speak more slowly… 31 January 2007

Filed under: Funny Stuff,Prayer Requests,Randomness — laughinglaura @ 20:49

My friend Vickie is supposed to come over for dinner and a Pride and Prejudice half-marathon on Friday night, but tonight she said she might not make it – below is our conversation…

Vickie: I might have to back out–we found out last night that my uncle has what is probably bone cancer  so I may need to run up to WY this weekend
Laura: kk – just keep me posted
Vickie: Dad thinks he’ll be around for a while, Mom thinks he might not last too long.  I was originally planning on waiting a while because I didn’t want to overload him with visitors now and then have him not have anyone later, but after hearing what Mom said, I’m not sure.
Laura: hm…  I’m not familiar with bone cancer, though depending on where it is, they can amputate and solve the problem sometiems
Vickie: Skull.  I’m thinking not.
(Laura and Vickie laugh)

So…  Please pray for Vickie’s uncle Scott.  He is married with three kids, the oldest is in college and his youngest is just ten.  He is currently in the hospital, and is in a lot of pain.  The doctors will be doing more tests this coming week to see if the cancer has spread.

Disclaimer:  I am not the insensitive doofus the above post demonstrates me to be…   Vickie and I talked more seriously about this and I was quite concerned.  Also, Vickie knows I posted this, because I asked her first.  We thought the lightheartedness of the post would help to offset the scariness of it all. 


The Iraq War has a Face… 15 December 2006

Filed under: News,Prayer Requests — laughinglaura @ 0:05


 I learned yesterday that a guy I went to college with, Micah Gifford, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq last week.  We had several mutual friends, but I didn’t know him all that well.  I do remember that he always had a smile on his face.  I’ve known several other people who have gone to Iraq and Afghanistan, but they have all come back unharmed.  The war is so much more real now.  Please pray for the Gifford family.

A website has been set up for those who wish to share memories of Micah or to leave messages for his family.  The address is: