Saturday, December 31, 2011


People, we have some seriously big news. Seriously, seriously big. But first, an apology: I got sucked into the vortex that is the Christmas week--Eve, Day, Day the sequel with family, and then my daughter's birthday and all of us being sick, and another party the day after Abby's birthday...the introvert in me is on tilt! And because of it all, I never did get around to sorting things out on so I could pull that last Amazon card winner and the ACFW conference registration winner. BUT I've recovered enough to finally get to untangling the GiveForward confusion I was facing after the fundraiser officially ended, and I just figured out how to access the info I needed, and so now, finally, I bring you...

the last winners! (And this is not the big news I was referring to. Keep reading to get to that.)

Of the last $50 Amazon card, donated by Jim Turner, we have...

Amy Bordoni!!! Congratulations, Amy! Have fun shopping in the new year. :)

And the great big ACFW registration fee prize goes to....

 Sarah Forgrave!!! Have fun at the conference, Sarah!

But now, that really big news I mentioned at the beginning. You're gonna want to sit for this, maybe get a tissue if you're anything like me. Because yesterday, I got this message from Sandi:

We got the PET scan results yesterday, and the doc said there was no cancer to be found: not in the scan and not in my blood work. It was NOT TO BE FOUND and therefore I’m in REMISSION!

She said the pain I have in my back is from a fractured rib because of the cancer and then radiation (it broke when I was coughing; I’ll never forget it, ouch!). It will take some time, but it will heal! Thank You, Lord, for my fractured rib! LOL We thought for sure it was cancer!

Both my husband and I were so shocked, we could hardly believe what she was telling us. We’re still having a hard time fathoming the wonderful news. I can’t tell you how GOOD it was to tell our kids this! It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

Thank You, God! Thank You so much!!

The doc is still going to keep a close eye on me, and I’m still pretty weak. At least, one more treatment from Dr. Brown (the Naturopathic doc in AZ) will be good for me. All the fundraisers have made it possible for me to see him again. Thank you to all who helped with that!!!

Again, thank You God!!!

I’m just so happy I can barely type. My hands are trembling and tears are flowing. A part of me is almost afraid to be happy. Ya know? We just kept getting slammed with bad news, over and over again. How can this truly be real?

All I know is, I’ll take what I can get! And I thank God for saying “yes” to all the prayers that have gone up on my behalf! Thank you all for praying. Thank you!!! I just pray that God will allow this remission to last for a good long time. I want to be here for my kids, no matter how old they are. I know how much I love having my own mother in my life, and I want my kids to have the same. Praise God for whatever He decides is best.

Thank You Lord, my Holy precious Savior. Praise You and thank You!

I tried not to use all caps too often so you all wouldn’t feel like I was yelling, but honestly, all those exclamation points are shouts of joy!

I’m on my knees thanking my heavenly Father, kissing His feet. Thank You for giving me and my family this time of joy.


Sandi xxx

What an absolutely amazing way to launch into a new year!!

Thank you, God, for healing Sandi. Thank you for bringing her family such an astounding gift. We pray that the money we raised, along with the other fundraisers that have been held for her, will bring her family another dose of joy and relief, knowing they can pay off medical bills, continue taking trips to Arizona for treatments from Dr. Brown, and if she doesn't need as many treatments as she'd anticipated, maybe even taking a little vacation to help shrug off the weight and shadows of the last year. We praise your name and your power, Lord, and we thank you for healing our friend. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!!!!


  1. Praise God!!! This IS the best news to begin the new year!!!

  2. Woo-hoo! May it be a permanent remission, and may you soon be rested up and feeling strong! My best wishes to you.

  3. Rejoicing with you Sandi! What a mighty answer to our prayers!!

  4. You're right. I'm crying tears of joy.

    Sandi, your babies have their mama. I'm praising God with you for that, with all my heart and soul. I pray you all have enough donations left that you can take that vacation together. =)

    Alison and all, God greatly bless each of you for all you've done for this precious family.

  5. That is such amazing and wonderful news! I love the power of prayer!

  6. I'm so crying and praising God. Sandi, the prayers for you were so wide spread and God has brought you through an amazing trial that is going to help you help someone else someday. Praise you Jesus, the ultimate healer. Our true physician.

  7. What great, great news. Praise God.

  8. Such great news, Sandi. What a wonderful gift for your family. I pray you will stay in remission like I have from my breast cancer. A little over 11 years and counting. God is good and has something wonderful planned for you in the days ahead. Love and hugs.

  9. Thank the Lord! I've been praying. Praise God from whom all--ALL--blessings flow.

  10. Oh, God is SO good! Wonderful, wonderful news. We'll continue to pray for you, Sandi!

    And Allison, you've been a terrific, faithful friend. I'm sure Sandi is praising God for having you in her life, as well.

  11. Sandi and family, I can think of nothing better to say than what our Lord said to say as a blessing.
    So, in this new year," May the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
    Happy New Year Rogs!

  12. Amazing!! I am crying tears of joy for the Rogs! NOTHING is impossible for God. Thank you for this reminder today, Alison, and for your stunning example of friendship.

  13. Awesome! What a fabulous want to close the chapter on this year and also to begin a new cancer-free one in 2012!

  14. When she shared this news on prayer group I was in tears. Grateful tears. Whoo hoo! God is good!

  15. "Praise the Lord! For He has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." Psalm 28:6-7
    "You changed my sorrow into dancing. You took away my clothes of sadness, and clothed me in happiness. I will sing to You and not be silent. Lord, my God, I will praise you forever." Psalm 30:11-12
    I just had to add those.

  16. Praise God!!! So full of joy for you and your family. Many blessings!

  17. Awesome! Every little bit helps, eh?

  18. Sandi,
    The Great Physician has heard our prayers for you and your family...this is a major blessing for ALL of us! Rejoicing...we could be out-rejoicing the host of angels!


  19. What an answer to prayer, Sandi! Woot! Woot!

    Thank you, Father, for all you've done. Thank you for healing Sandi.

  20. Well, this news just MADE my year! And the year hasn't even started yet. Praising the Lord with all of you. Joy! Joy!

  21. Thank you ALL for your many prayers, your donations, and your love. I can't tell you how much this has all meant to me and my family. May the Lord bless all of you! I thank God for you. xxx

  22. What wonderful news! Praising God! Thank you, Lord!


    I'm so excited! Thanks for sharing the updates!

    Lovingly and prayerfully hanging tight to the faith that heals!

  24. hi Sandi - I'm so glad to hear of your recovery! I hope you are doing well! I found you by way og GiveItForward via a story posted there by John Taylor ( whom I don't know but feel compelled to help and so I'm looking to you for a little help here. How did you do a raffle given all the gaming rules via state-to-state regulations, etc.? We have a wonderful artist who is offering a piece for raffle to raise funds for John, but we don't know how to deal with the regulations, the randomness of the tickets / picking the winner and accounting and fees and all that... maybe I've bitten off more than I can chew...? I hope you have some insights. Thank you. -Molly