Friend of Doug, prayer request

I can breath... for a long time I’ve depended on you my friends for my next breath. There were times when I felt like I was gasping for my last breath and one of you would come through with just enough money to get us get us through. Prayers answered to be sure, I’m so grateful and blessed the good Lord has so many good people to work through to provide for our needs. God is good and so are so many of you. Words cannot convey how much we appreciate the love and support we have received during our times of need. I am happy to say that we now have a steady income flow. We are not cash rich, but we are so rich in the love we share with the many people that have reached out and embraced us the past several months. We have grown close to so many people and the relationships we have with so many people are gifts that that are simply invaluable. We have a steep hill to climb, but we are on our way and we have you to thank for keep us from drowning. We love you. Thank you!



After a difficult few months toward the end of the year, 2018 ended on a positive note with many blessings received. 

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.  Doug, his family and I personally thank you so very much!!!!   In the words of John Lennon, he has gotten by with a little help from his friends.  I want to remind you that his needs continue and ask that you please continue to support him going forward.

By the grace of God and the power of prayer, Doug spent the holiday with his growing family.  The gifts may have been fewer and smaller, but the time spent together was more precious and special, the love shared was more abundant and meaningful.   

We never know how much we love someone until faced with the prospect of losing them or actually losing them.  Live each day as if it is the last because it just might be...

I hate to but I must ask you for help again.  2019 comes with more financial challenges for Doug.  He is still unable to work due to the blockage in his brain.  He filed for Disability but is likely at least 2 months away for any financial support from that.  As we all experienced, Jan. 1 started with new deductibles.  With his medical conditions, this is hitting him hard due to his many medications, doctor visits and medical tests.   This is in addition to simple day-to-day living expenses.  Please help if you can.  And again, thank you to those that have already given, you are so appreciated.  

Sincerely,

Big Al,

For any that are are not aware of the background on Doug's condition, please see below:

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11/14/18 My very best friend of more than 50 years, Doug Chenault needs our help.  He has 100% blockage in a major artery that supplies blood to his brain, as you can see below. As challenging as this situation is he has just recently lost his job. I'm hearing now that his heart doctor is concerned about his blood pressure issues. It looks as if this may require some additional test to see if they can determine what's going on. Once again as you can read below he's dealing with a blockage in a main artery that feeds the brain, which makes this blood pressure issue very concerning. He's doing his best not to be stressed, which only aggravates everything, but right now it must seem like the weight of the world is resting on his shoulders. I want to thank all of you that have helped thus far and for those that would consider helping. God Bless!   Big Al 

On September 4th, Doug had pain in his left hand that soon led to his whole left side starting to feel strange.   He went to the ER at St. Vincent Hospital where he was immediately taken back for testing and admitted later that evening.  He spent 5 days in the NSICU.  They found that Doug had a mini-stroke. During his hospital stay, several MRI and CT scans uncovered very a dangerous and serious issue that could have proven deadly had it not been found.  His condition is still very serious.  Doug's Basilar artery is completely blocked.   The blockage has been determined to be inoperable due to the high danger of a massive stroke, or worse.  By the grace of God, he has some oversized arteries that are working extra hard and his body has even generated new arteries to supply blood to his brain.  They are treating him with medications to reduce the risk of further clotting and keeping his blood pressure high to help push adequate blood flow to his brain.  The high blood pressure causes other complications for the heart, eyes and other body parts.  It’s an extraordinary balancing act that requires a team of specialized physicians working together.

Due to the high cost of medical treatment and loss of income Doug is in need of your prayers and financial assistance if possible.  I am asking you for any help you can provide for this man and his family that means so much to me.  Please help me, help him!  

Thank you,

Big Al
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