Nifty Fifty Homecoming

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Raised by 1,338 people in 17 months
Created June 18, 2017
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​At least twice during this current year – in January 2018 and again in April 2018 - I seriously considered having Julie discharged to home. In both cases, I concluded that the better option was to continue to provide 24-hour facility care for Julie for as long as there was a need for that level of care and for as long as funds were available to cover the cost.

However, I now realize that the time has arrived for honoring Julie’s long-standing wish to come home. To that end, I am working to bring Julie home by her 50th birthday on October 17.

I ask for your prayers, ideas, and financial help to make this happen and to sustain Julie’s care at home.

A new campaign to support Julie begins on Tuesday, August 28th, “Nifty Fifty Homecoming.”

This undertaking will run for 50 days until Julie’s 50th birthday on Wednesday, October 17th. One of its key purposes will be fundraising to help offset specific costs on things that have limited or no insurance coverage, such as at-home aides/caregivers, wheelchair transportation, some medicines, equipment, and other supplies. Of equal or greater importance is the need for “prayer-raising,” a sustained outpouring of prayers.

During the “Nifty Fifty” run-up to Julie’s birthday, I will post daily updates regarding Julie’s latest progress and needs, the status of home discharge planning, and requests for your input to troubleshoot specific discharge issues.

On Julie’s behalf, thank you for your past help and future assistance.
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A New Beachhead of Hope, with a Prayer Surge to Support

Julie received an extension/flexion splint today for her right knee to aid in her rehabilitation and recovery.

This has been in the works for months, but "landed" today.

The fight for Julie's future might be compared to a war of liberation from infirmity and limitation. In that vein, today's splint becomes a new and vital "beachhead."

Julie and I both believe that its potential to reclaim lost "territory" (i.e., function and self-reliance) is substantial:

- As the brace provides a sustained stretch to Julie's constricted right leg, weight-bearing improves.

- As weight-bearing improves, standing duration increases.

Longer standing duration gives rise to other opportunities:

- hygiene and personal care becomes more autonomous.

- longer and overnight visits home become doable.

- transport by car seat, not via wheelchair, becomes possible.

And . . . all of the above sets the stage for Julie's stated goal:

TO WALK.

With this new beachhead of hope is a renewed need for prayers for God's healing grace to pour into and through this situation.

This is one of those times whenI am asking for a prayer surge to seize the day, maximum the potential, reap a good harvest and fervently ask that Our Lord's mercy and majesty be manifested in Julie's ultimate and complete healing.

Thank you joining us in this effort.
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Dining Out With Julie

For the first time in almost two years, Julie and I had a dinner date this evening. It was a wonderful experience all around.

Tonight's restaurant holds special memories for us, as it was where I first met Julie's family when I was courting her and, later, was where Julie's bridal shower took place.

While I didn't realize it when planning tonight's date, I subsequently discovered that Julie's bridal shower occurred exactly 10 years ago - same place, same weekend. Blessed be God in All His Designs.

From tonight's conversation and other recent ones, I have a growing sense that Julie is primed for a future of recovery.

She is planning ahead, including how to make it work at home.

She is determined to walk, drive and work.

She has an increasingly sophisticated understanding of her circumstances and a persistent will to recover fully.

She retains an incredible sense of humor with a healthy (but gentle) touch of sarcasm.

She has great faith in God and in His power and will to heal her.

Thank you for your continued prayers and for joining me in ongoing novenas to St. John Neumann and Padre Pio for Julie's healing.
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New Inspiration

I had a dream last night involving two saints - primarily St. John Neumann, but also Padre Pio. I am still reflecting on its meaning, but I mention this as a way of inviting you to join me in praying for their intercession for Julie, something I have done in the past but which last night's dream has again brought to the forefront of my attention.
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Voting for Julie

Each time you vote, you make a statement about what you hope for the future. Similarly, each time you pray for Julie, visit Julie, donate to Julie's care or perform some other act of kindness for Julie, you make a statement of what you hope for Julie's future. I trust that whenever all of our "votes" are finally tallied in Heaven, Julie's victory will be a complete recovery.
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