Saturday, May 12, 2012


Our last 6 weeks, and more specifically, the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind.

Surgery scheduled, surgery canceled, incurable disease diagnosed, medicine started and commence the spinning heads from all the new information!

You can follow the major parts of this journey here, herehere, and here--with lots of posts in between.

The basic run down is that Ryan very suddenly and unexpectedly turned from a healthy, 8-mile running, 185 pound stud to a very sick, suffering, 160 pound man in a matter of weeks.  That is not something I ever hope to witness again.

He has experienced mild symptoms of an possible Inflammatory Bowel Disease on and off through his college years and now into his 20's but what has happened in the 2 months is completely new and we're doing our best to comprehend it.

I have been reading all I can on Crohn's Diesase (an autoimmune disease where your body gets confused and attacks itself) and learning so much.  We are approaching a treatment plan well balanced between Western medicine (colonoscopies, medicines, etc) and a naturopathy route (diet, exercise, supplements, yoga, teas etc).  We feel confident and confirmed in that.  But most importantly we're praying regularly, being refreshed by the truth of the Bible, and trusting God.

When and if you ever get married those vows you take, in sickness and in health, are probably the toughest I can imagine.  There is so much uncertainty when one of you is sick and frail.  But God is good, and although I don't believe Crohn's is good AT ALL, I do stand firm in our relationship with Christ.

So there you have it.  Ryan is the most brave, strong, enduring, and faithful husband.  He has continued to lead us, love me, and pour out even when he is totally empty.  I am praying (will you pray with me?) that is refreshed and filled these coming hours and days.  He needs and wants it.

My Journey to 100 Gifts
371. The Lord letting some smart doctor invent medicine to help Crohn's patients
372. Stacey sacrificing her time to take care of us
373. Long naps for Ryan to rest
374. Harpo's hiccups-pitiful and hilarious
375. Bean, lentil, rice soup
376. Ginger ale
377. Resources to learn
378. God's unchanging goodness
379. Running water in our house--can you imagine NOT having that??
380. Prayer for Ryan from friends in Uganda, India, Saudi Arabia, all over the US and more!

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
Matthew 9:35

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  1. Yes, continuing to pray for you both!!

    1. Oh Kathy you are too good to us!! Thanks for your unending support!

  2. Yes, continuing to pray for you and Ryan!

    1. I can always count on you for supportive prayers and encouragement Nicole :)

  3. Carly - Ryan is so lucky to have you care for him and take such good care of him. If it is the Crohn's flaring up I'm sure you will figure out all kinds of good ways to help him get better! Thinking of you guys!

    1. Thanks Ty & Anna :) As my fellow health-lovers I will always welcome ideas you have--and vegetarian recipes. We're cutting out red meat to help him.

  4. I wish you two weren't stuck going through all of this right now! I'm always praying though, so hopefully it will get controlled and better and he can get back to being healthy.


    1. Thanks friend :) Super appreciate you!

  5. Yes Carly, praying. I love you!

    1. Love you too Laura! You are so great!



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