Thursday, February 12, 2009

Connected

I got this comment on my last post. Knowing the power of prayers and out of gratitude for so many that have been and are still offered for me and my family from strangers, I post this today. My grandparents lived next door to some Ashworths - Don Ashworth I believe. Perhaps this Robert is a grandson of theirs. 

The human web of relationships is so intricately woven that one need not hop far to connect to another person. We are all more closely connected than we know, I think. May our connected humanity drive us to our knees for each other and give us strength through the storms.

Now the comment: 
My brother-in-law Robert was diagnosed with leukemia in Nov. 2007. He fought the good fight with four rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant. He has been doing really well, even grew his hair back! Then this past Friday he got a call from his doctor that they found more leukemia cells in his routine follow-up blood work. He is back in the hospital receiving chemo and will need another bone marrow transplant. I'm telling you all this because I have often prayed for someone that you posted on your blog who was going through a difficult time/health issue in their life. I would love it if you could put up a post about him and ask for prayers for him. His name is Robert Ashworth, and we too live in Las Vegas!

If you wouldn't mind also posting a link to the blog we are keeping up for them, that would be great too. We will need to do some fund raising for him this time around, because his insurance was so depleted the first go-around. I have seen the power of the blogging community on cjane and nienie's blogs!

Thank you! Thank you for your words, openess, insights and for just being you. There have been many times that I have read 'just what I needed' on your blog. You are truly inspirational!
With Love,
Janelle Gratteau

5 comments:

The "Street" Clairs said...

Thanks for letting us know. We will keep them in our prayers.

Amanda said...

I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers as well...

kathryn_m said...

Being the recipient of a similar request, I know the power of many bend heads.

Count us in.

Elyssa Jean said...
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Elyssa Jean said...

am Janelle's little sister--which would make Robert my brother-in-law as well (A good chunk of our family follows your blog--and with good reason; it's so amazing!)
Thank you so much for posting this. The Ashworths need all the help and prayers they can get.
Also, I believe the world needs more tales of triumph, faith, and hope. Robert and Ashley's story is just that. They are two of the most amazing people I know.
Thanks again for everything.

-Elyssa Jean Squires