Help Support Doug and Becky Groothuis

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Dear friends,

Rebecca Groothuis is 59 years old, an erstwhile musician, the author of two books (Good News for Women, and Women Caught in the Conflict), and the editor of one (Discovering Biblical Equality). When Becky wrote, she elegantly, cleverly, and grammatically crafted her prose, all the while clearly conveying her arguments through sharp wit and logical prowess. She used her unusually wise intellect to edit and improve Doug's many books, as well.

The last few months have been extraordinarily painful for Doug and Becky. Becky has had physical autoimmune and other health problems for many years, but that all pales in comparison to this new battle. In the last year she has experienced frightening and dramatic changes in her cognitive functioning. Her decline has happened rapidly, impairing her ability to read or write. As of March 10th, 2014 she has been diagnosed with dementia, although we do not yet know what kind. The most frightening part is this: When she arrives home from the hospital, she will need 24-hour care of some variety.

This page has been created for two purposes. First is to let you know what is going on with Becky, so you can pray. The second purpose is to allow you to help Dr. Groothuis care for his wife and also continue his valuable ministry of teaching, preaching, and writing.

Becky and Dr. Groothuis have no children, and have no other family members in the area. Therefore, I ask you to please consider helping my dear friends in any way you can. I know Dr. Groothuis would appreciate prayers, in addition to help like meals (visit the Groothuis Meal Train here) and house cleaning. Obviously, though, the biggest burden on him is the thought of paying for Becky's hospital bills over the last month, and for professional 24-hour care. They were not prepared for this to happen so soon, and their new insurance plan does not cover all the hospital bills or all of the long-term care. Please consider lending your aid to these precious servants of God during this terrifying, traumatizing, and exhausting time.

The bills are large, but every little bit helps.

I will update this page as we get more information.

Blessings to you,
A concerned friend of the Groothuises
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Update 3
Posted by Sarah Geis
17 months ago
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Dear Friends:

Becky and I are grateful at your generosity. Your contributions take some of the anxiety out of our sad situation.

Becky continues to decline as her illness (primary progressive aphasia) takes its cruel course. However, she can manage her own hygiene and can be left alone for several hours. Our live-in caregiver, Diana, shops, prepares meals, does housework, and makes sure Becky takes her many medications.

Becky enjoyed having her brother John visit recently while I was in Anchorage, Alaska, for my 40th High School reunion. Becky has music therapy once a week and we go out to Olive Garden to eat about once a week.

Life is sad, but stable. Becky sometimes gets upset at her situation, particularly her loss of control and comprehension.

We soldier on. We appreciate your prayers, especially for the financial and legal matters that I must now shoulder.

Your contributions have helped us pay for a live-in caregiver, cover legal costs regarding my necessary guardianship and conservatorship over Becky, and her medical expenses. Thank you ever so much for your kindness. Because we have what we need for now, we are going to gratefully bring this fund drive to an end.

Sincerely,
Doug Groothuis
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Update 2
Posted by Sarah Geis
35 months ago
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Thank you all so very much for your loving support. The response has been tremendous. Becky is home, and a woman named Linda has moved in to provide part-time help. Another paid woman comes twice per week to provide additional aid. Becky is not able to do very many things by herself, but can still do some of the essential daily tasks unaided. She is, of course, terribly depressed about her condition. Keep her in your prayers. Your donations have helped cover many medical bills and the home-care. We will post an update if things change. Thank you, and bless you all for your continued concern, prayers, and suppport.
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Update 1
Posted by Sarah Geis
37 months ago
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We are so happy to have such loving support so far. There is not much change yet; Becky is still in the hospital. We are not sure when she will get out, but it will likely be in about a week. Thank you so much for your compassion, prayers, and generosity.
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Sarah Geis
37 months ago

Thank you for your kindness, Brian.

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Brian Vallotton
37 months ago

Sarah, thank you for taking the time to do this. I am saving this page and will be giving in the near future. God bless you, and God bless the people that will be helping Doug and Rebecca. I also appreciated the update. Many of us did not know the true nature of the issue.

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Created March 10, 2014
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Randy Birndorf
20 months ago

I will pray every day for Becky and Doug.

Sarah Geis
37 months ago

Thank you for your kindness, Brian.

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Brian Vallotton
37 months ago

Sarah, thank you for taking the time to do this. I am saving this page and will be giving in the near future. God bless you, and God bless the people that will be helping Doug and Rebecca. I also appreciated the update. Many of us did not know the true nature of the issue.

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