Dear Family and Friends:
The title to this update was written seven years ago by my brother-in-law, Charles McDonner after he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung, liver, and colon cancer. He was told by three oncologists to go home, get his affairs in order, and be prepared to die within 3 to 6 months. He told all three of his oncologists that “If God gives me today, I will Praise His Name!And, if God gives me tomorrow, I will continue to Praise His Name!”.
Charles found a Christian oncologist in Louisville, KY, and the rest is history. With every surgery, every chemotherapy treatment, every radiation, Charles kept His words with him. Today, he is cancer free! He was recently sent this picture via Facebook. It was taken as the driver looked out his window. No name has taken credit for it. The picture says it all. “He is with us!”.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
Kim Sokolow has been moved to Park Place rehabilitation center. She is doing very well per her sister, Melissa. She is walking with assistance now, and gaining strength with each new day. Praying to be able to return home in Orlando, Florida in the next two weeks.
Shirley Oliver, Select Hospital, ICU-2, per her daughter, Tina, is doing so much better this week! The family is hoping to have her moved to the Respiratory/ventilator unit this coming week. Ms. Shirley has been a patient at Select since January, 2020 when she had a heart attack early January in Evergreen, AL, transferred to Baptist hospital, and then to Select. No family is allowed to visit yet. Lamar, her husband and daughters miss seeing their mom. “Please keep praying!” from her family.
Chris Hubbard is also doing “fairly well” per his parents, Kathy and James Hubbard. Chris has been a patient here in Pensacola since October 18, 2019. Initially transferred to Select Specialty hospital, Chris had a tracheotomy, on a ventilator, and his situation was dire. He has been staying at Consulate Rehabilitation center for the past 6 months. Per his parents, they are now looking for a long term care facility for Chris as he requires oxygen, assistance with mobility, and 24 hour care. He has stage 4 COPD and severe asthma. Chris is from Hattiesburg, MS.
We were given the blessing of assisting Nick Harrison. He was admitted to Baptist hospital last week for sepsis that affected his right leg. Tammy Amerson is his mentor and very good friend. She will be taking Nick to family in Mississippi on Friday because this particular family member has a handicapped accessible house. Nick is now a double amputee because of a random shooting victim 2 years ago and now sepsis in his other leg. He needed a place to stay for three nights. We had developed a “Benevolent fund” here at the Vineyard a while back to assist people at random times. We will take care of the hotel bill. We have some gas cards for Tammy and her travel expenses. The Ronald McDonald House is putting together hot meals for Nick that I can deliver to him for the next couple of days.
We are ALL in this together!
Blessings to all of you, Love Always in His Name!
Marty & Dennis TackettResident ServantMartha’s Vineyard of Pensacola, The Family House850-287-2144Always Call for Availability!
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