52 sundays; october 23, 2011

Alice came into our lives 16 years ago when my son married her mom . . . and life has never been the same . . . she is a self-proclaimed ‘dork’ . . . although I don’t think so . . . but she’s not afraid to be goofy in an effort to make people around her laugh. She likes all kinds of music but especially country; Alice is somewhat of a daredevil in that she loves fast cars, 4-wheeling, roller coasters and wants to skydive some day . . . all of which makes me cringe . . . but I have to say that I admire her adventurous spirit. She is fiercely independent and strong-willed, loves her boyfriend, John and her family.

Alice has Cystic Fibrosis and at the moment is in an ICU unit sedated and hooked to machines in an effort to save her life; the plan is to get her through this crisis and place her on the list for a heart/lung transplant. Her tenacious and strong-willed spirit serves her well now and she’s giving it everything she’s got.

I don’t write about my family much on the blog because while blogging certainly is public, I am somewhat a private person; and while I made the decision to share The Professor’s and my life here, my family did not so I am careful about what I post and always ask permission before I share anything about their lives . . .

I have been given permission to ask for your prayers, your good thoughts – whatever and whoever you believe in or don’t – it doesn’t matter – your good wishes, your good energy on her behalf is welcomed and appreciated . . . and in fact, when told that so many people are praying for her, eyes closed, machine breathing for her, Alice gives a ‘thumbs up’ sign . . .

It has been a very long 3 days . . . none of us has slept much; we sit on the sidelines and watch . . . each of us wishing we could take Alice’s place . . . to be able to make it better . . . to change the situation somehow . . . but we cannot. Instead, our job is to support Alice in whatever way we can and to trust . . . that no matter the outcome, Alice will be ok . . . we will be ok . . . sometimes I believe this is the most difficult challenge of all . . .


  1. I’ve been praying and praying for your family, sweet friend. She is a beautiful girl… your insides must be all torn up with worry.
    Please let them know that our little family in KS is praying hard for your fighter!

  2. Oh Debra I am so sorry to hear about Alice. CF is devastating. I have been to many a fund raiser to help fight this. I wish they find a cure. My prayers and blessings to you all. xxoo

  3. Oh, Alice, and Smiths, and family, oh yes, you are in my heart and thoughts, in that place close and dear, and a little uncomfortable so that I go there often. That place in my heart, it’s deep: my friend Laura whose husband is fighting, and my friends whose cancer is in treatment, and the ones whose loved ones need extra caring, they are there, and there is room for Alice and you.

    And now I’ll click on over to my Bea Mewesed FB to ask the friends whose prayers gave me the miracle of a new liver…and LIFE ITSELF…to hold you dearly in their prayers.

    Peace be with you,

    Lucie Mewes

  4. I don’t have much to say, as my throat constricts with sorrow. I cannot imagine the young woman blowing the bubbles having to count on a machine to keep her alive. All my thoughts go out to Alice at this moment and I send you a thousand hugs and kisses, my dear Debra. Hold her hand and she will know that through you, she garners the strength of all of us.

  5. so sorry to read this. I said a prayer for Alice and will continue to do so. I truly hope things are looking up!

  6. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Thank you for reaching out and allowing your readers to support you.

  7. Debra, praying for your family, lots of love going your way

  8. I am not a praying person but every wish and desire of well being for your beautiful Granddaughter and your family flow out of me to the universe. Cystic Fibrosis is a tough one but it sounds like she has moxy and do her beast to win.

  9. I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this Deb. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  10. Debra, I’ll be thinking of you, Alice and your family. Sending you all my love during this time.

  11. Beautiful post Deb. Sending you and you family all the best wishes and positive energy that I can muster. xoxo

  12. praying…♥ Thinking of you all.

  13. Debra, thinking and praying for Alice and your family.

  14. Alice has my prayers. Blessing to you as family, friends and to Alice. Love her spirit. We can all learn by it.
    God blessing all of you,

  15. Debra, it breaks my heart to read about the pain your family is carrying right now. Much love to you all.

  16. Sending positive energy from Las Vegas. Much love and strength to your entire family.

  17. Beautiful…

  18. Thinking of all of you! I hope she’s okay, and I’ll be thinking and praying for her until she recovers!

    Sending all my love.

  19. Sending prayers to you, the Professor, Alice, and all friends & family.

  20. Such a tough personal post. I’m sending my prayers for Alice. I’m sure with her energy and spirit she’ll be blessed and overcome. Thinking of her and your entire family.

  21. Beautiful post. I am sending thoughts, prayers, and positive energy your way. I believe that there is power in numbers, and I know that there are a lot of people reading this post and praying for your Alice tonight.

  22. Thinking of you guys, hoping for peace for you all, and that Alice will gain strength as she waits for a donor. What a beautiful girl!

  23. praying for Alice & you all xoxo

  24. She’s in my prayers, Deb. I’m thinking and wishing the very best for all of you right now.

  25. I love y’all! Praying for you guys and wishing there was something I could do from here. Hugs to all of you, especially Alice!

  26. Oh lord. I’m praying, thinking good thoughts, keeping my fingers crossed for a quick heart/lung donation, and sending good healing vibes in Alice’s direction.

  27. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. What a special young lady Alice is with a wonderful family to support and love her.

  28. My very best thoughts and prayers to Alice, you, and all your family, Debra. Big, big hugs to all of you.

  29. Like you Deb, I don’t share a lot about my family on my blog; that was never my intent and I know they are fine with that.

    But sometimes, some circumstances require that we reach out. I’m not ashamed to admit I pray to God and I’m glad you asked us to participate as I really believe many voices matter.

    My love, prayers and more than good wishes for you, Alice and all of your family during this difficult time.

  30. I have spread the word. (((HUGS))) to you all and thanks for sharing Alice with us.

  31. Wishing Alice the best! Sending prayers her way.

  32. Alice sounds like such a sweet girl. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  33. Prayers going her way. I hope Alice recovers. Hugs going to you and your family.

  34. From me lots of positive energy to help Alice and you to this hard period. Hugs !

  35. Sending healing and warm thoughts to Alice today.

  36. There is power in prayer and I am asking God for a miracle for sweet Alice. May it be for his glory.

  37. Saying a prayer for Alice today.

  38. Believing that whatever the outcome is, it will ultimately be “ok” is indeed the hardest part Deb.. and I truly wish there was something more concrete I could do to help because it seems so little to say a prayer or simply appeal to the powers that be. But as I’ve learned, medical science can do a lot, but they still haven’t figured out the power of the human spirit – and sometimes that can make all the difference.

    I’ll be praying for you all.. and for Alice, all I can say is “You GO GIRL!!”

  39. Sending prayers and lots of healing energy … and hugs for you and your family … it’s going to be a long road … hoping and praying she’ll get a donor heart/lung transplant soon … and that the procedure is a huge success with as few complications as possible.

  40. Alice is beautiful. Sending you loving thoughts and many, many hugs.

  41. Going to my knees right now!

  42. sending prayers and healing energy to Alice, love and comfort to all of you.

  43. sending lots of love and prayers Deb!

  44. sending all the love and positive thoughts I can summon. My heart is with Alice & your family.

  45. We are thinking of you and your family and our prayers go out to you and yours.

  46. Oh Debra, my prayers are with Alice, and I am sending you and the Professor hugs as you remain hopeful and strong during this time. Alice is beautiful, and she sounds like she has the spunk and the spirit to guide her.

  47. Sending up prayers for her. What a beautiful girl!

  48. My prayers go out to you and your family. I can’t imagine what a trial like this can do to a family.

  49. I will be sending positive thoughts your way and saying my prayers for Alice and your family during this difficult time.

  50. Sending you, The Professor, and especially Alice all our love.

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