Monday, March 17, 2008

the power of prayer

another miracle monday thanks to beth at she is truly an inspiration. anyone that has any miracles they can think of, post about it and link it to beth. there are some truly amazing stories there!

*warning, this post contains a bad word. if that offends, then this may not be the post for you!

i would like to tell you all about some friends of mine. kathy is a pe teacher. her husband dan is a great guy. they have 3 girls. one is a freshman in college, one is a senior in high school, and their youngest is in 3rd grade with my haley. as some of you who read my blog may know, dan was diagnosed as having ALS back in august. they decided to tell no one, not even their kids. at least not until after christmas. they lived with knowing he had a terminal disease, a horrible debilitating disease. after the start of the new year, they told family first, then friends. when asked by his twin brother if there was anything he could do, dan answered "make sure my girls don't marry assholes". he still had his sense of humor.
of course as soon as we all found out, the prayers started. we all prayed for, if not a total mistake, at least a misdiagnosis. dan started seeing doctors after telling everyone. he went to 3 or 4 different ones for different opinions.
why is this a miracle? after all the prayers, it turns out, he doesn't have ALS. he has parkinson's. while that isn't a great and wonderful thing, it is sooo much better than ALS and the 3 to 5 year life expectancy.
this man, through the grace of God, was given a reprieve. thanks to the many prayers of a loving community, he will get to stay around longer...if for nothing else than to make sure his girls don't marry assholes!


Beth said...

Prayer is a wonderful thing! I never thought I would say this, but I'm glad he has Parkinson's!

I will add Dan to my prayer list. Shouldn't be hard to remember his name as it is the same as my husband's!

Thank you so much for participating in Miracle Monday!

Angie said...

That is a great miracle post. There is a big difference and time is on his side. And, making sure your daughters don't marry assholes is probably way up there on the list of things God has for every one of us. Only, I have sons, so I guess I better make sure they don't turn out to be assholes, eh?


Denise said...

Praise God for answered prayers. I will pray for Dan.

Christina said...

How cool is that. I just found your blog from the link at a Mom's Place.

elizabeth embracing life said...

God is so amazing like this. Oh and the bad word...appropiate for sure. LOL