Thursday, August 22, 2013

Support & encouragement

Madeleine’s Blog

August 22, 2013
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Isaiah 41:10

As I write, Madeleine is getting ready to start the chemo in just a short while. We have heard from several people asking for an address for Madeleine while she is in the hospital, and also about what they can do to help support the family. Thank you for that! 

Here is Madeleine's hospital address for the next few weeks (anticipated discharge date is September 12) :

Hospital room at NIH
10 Center Drive
CRC Building 10
3NW Adult Oncology, Room 1624
Attn: Madeleine B.
Bethesda MD 20892
Several of you have also asked about the need for financial support. We are very fortunate to have Madeleine's treatment covered so well by Kaiser Permanente and by NIH. There are many patients in other situations who do not have that privilege, and so we are very grateful.

That being said, there are costs associated that are not covered (flights for family members to be with her, time away from work, taxis, hotels, etc.). And those costs are expected to be ongoing because of frequent required follow-up visits. Because of this, a concerned friend from the Cove church has set up a support site for Madeleine and her family, which can be accessed here or from the sidebar.

Thank you to those of you who have already helped the family in so many ways - with meals, cards, encouragement, and prayer. There is something about the support of community that helps carry you through times like these.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Kid--I know it's miserable. It's hard to believe when you are in the middle of trudging through a horrible experience, but you do eventually reach the other side. Keep your chin up and your eyes glued to the horizon. You have what it takes to get there--yours is an incredibly strong spirit. I'm quite proud to be related to you. --Stacey--