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« Reply #50 on: October 07, 2015, 07:42:00 AM »

I will continue to pray, for you all.  Just keep hold of the thought that Jesus is there, and will never leave you.

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« Reply #51 on: October 07, 2015, 10:50:33 AM »
I just wanted to share this touching message from Lucinda Hewitt whose daughter Mariana died last year aged three from meningitis
Dear Andrew,
We are full of hope with this encouraging news. We continue to pray with hearts full of love for dear Becky and you all, that All will be well. May God hold you and your family in his loving embrace and that you know his nearness to you. Love Always in Christ. Lucinda, Mike, Archie, Tati and Clemmie and Mariana in heaven praying for you all.x
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« Reply #52 on: October 10, 2015, 11:53:33 AM »
Andrew has invited people to use the carepages website on the link below to view and share updates and messages about Becky:

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« Reply #53 on: October 17, 2015, 11:50:13 PM »
Latest update from Andrew:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued prayers, love and support. This last week I've been feeling that this journey is bringing us all closer to God and each other. Thank you for sharing and supporting us through it.

This week Becky has had an MRI scan and a full assessment by the medical team in York. The scan revealed that the remnant of the tumour hasn't changed. This is amazing news, praise Jesus! However, it also confirmed that there is brain damage but in the consultant's opinion he can't predict what recovery can be made, if any. We must continue to pray for a full recovery. The physio team continue to work with Becky each day and there is an occupational therapist and SMART Assessor working with her. SMART stands for Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique. It is an assessment and treatment tool designed to asses responses provoking vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell.

The next stage in Becky's recovery will be a move to a neuro rehabilitation ward, which York doesn't have. Hopefully, James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough will accept Becky however, they may not because she still has a tracheotomy. Newcastle would be the next option as they will accept patients with a tracheotomy.

Last night Becky was the most aware and most distressed I've seen her, maybe you can't have one without the other. Becky definitely knew I was there and communicated with me by blinking her eyes in response to my questions and trying to talk. She seemed to be almost screaming inside but unable to get the sound out. She was in pain and became distressed and anxious so the nurses gave her pain relief to calm her.

On a lighter note, Becky's good friend Rachel visited after me and she said Becky had a big smile for her with both eyes wide open and that she was calm and peaceful when she left.

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« Reply #54 on: October 25, 2015, 02:50:31 PM »
latest update from Andrew:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued Prayers, love and support at this difficult time, your messages of support have brought our whole family much comfort.

This last week has been a tough one because the ward has been closed to visitors due to a bug and Becky picked up pneumonia for a 3rd time. Becky's muscles have gone into spasm, which the medical team tell me is called spasticity and is common for patients who are unable to move themselves. They are treating both illness's and hope to get on top of them this coming week. The neuro and respiratory physio along with the wonderful nurses all continue to treat Becky and are doing the very best they can.

The most difficult news for me was from James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough to where we hoped Becky would be referred but whose specialist neuro department turned us down. Consequently, referrals have been made to both Leeds and Newcastle hospitals. Please pray that one of these hospitals will accept Becky as they both have specialist neuro departments and this is where she will receive the most appropriate care for the next part of her recovery. We should hear something by the end of the month.

My Angel Rebecca is fighting to come back to us and I'm positive your prayers are helping her along her journey. My love for her grows daily as does the pain of missing her beautiful presence in our home. We talk about her everyday and just long for the day when we can all be together again.

The ward will hopefully be reopened this week, however please check before visiting on 01904 726564 and contact me regarding what time and which day you hope to visit on 07973131508 or email al@roseberrygroup.co.uk

God Bless and thank you again.

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« Reply #55 on: October 25, 2015, 04:02:11 PM »
The torture that family is experiencing beggars belief. That poor lady seems to take one step forward and ten back! I hope for all their sakes her suffering is ended, one way or the other, very soon. :(
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« Reply #56 on: October 28, 2015, 08:27:11 AM »
LORD, and Loving Heavenly Father,

There are no barriers and nothing you cannot do for Becky to heal and aid her recovery.
We lift Becky before you and ask that in the name of Jesus you cast out pneumonia and spasticity. Becky is fighting but we know you have already won the battle for her through our Lord Jesus.
At present they can find no hospital to accept Becky to carry on her physical treatment and ask you will open the closed door best for Becky. So she will be where you want her to go. Above everything Father we know her healing will be completed by you. That no matter what happens here your promises are sure and Becky will be completely healed and restored. We pray for peace of mind and renewed faith and hope for her family and those praying for her. That your word will be the stone of those prayers and the way through for Becky. We rely solely on your capabilities as our physician and healer and pray for all in need of such healing and help.You alone do the impossible, Father. Grant healing to all who are praying for it. Grant faith and trust to those praying. And guide the minds, hearts hands of all the doctors and surgeons in this case for Becky and those praying and posting for her recovery needing healing. In Jesus Name we ask it and we thank you Father. Amen.



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« Reply #57 on: October 28, 2015, 10:43:23 AM »
Another update:

Dear Friends,

Just a short note to let you know the ward has been reopened. Becky's chest infection seems to be improving and her muscles have relaxed a little.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

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« Reply #58 on: November 11, 2015, 11:33:08 AM »
Andrew's latest update:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued prayers, love and support and to all who are able to visit Becky, it is much appreciated. Your love for our family is overwhelming. Our loss is colossal as you can imagine but with your support I know we can make it through this incredibly difficult time.

Today is an important day for us all as Newcastle hospital are sending a specialist consultant to asses Becky at 14:00. Walkergate Park has a neuro rehabilitation unit, unlike York and they accept patients in Becky's condition ( Tracheotomy and Level 1 awareness ). However, with beds in short supply they need to see potential to help Becky in order for the referral to proceed.

Many who have visited Becky recently feel as I do that Becky seems to have plateaued neurologically. What we are left wondering is, if being on a respiratory ward is the best place for her now. We just want Becky to be given the best environment for maximising her rehab potential.

So far she has amazed us with what she has battled through. Like many, I believe the care has been excellent at York, but every time I visit now, the more I feel she needs a specialist neuro team caring for her. Her consultant at York agrees and he wants Newcastle to accept Becky as much as I do.

Please join me in prayer asking our Lord Jesus Christ to intervene and open the hearts of the consultants from Newcastle to see hope in Becky's condition and potential for them to aid her recovery.

In Jesus name Amen!

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« Reply #59 on: November 12, 2015, 07:37:18 AM »
Another update from Andrew:

Dear Friends,

Just got home after an incredibly frustrating day. The team from Newcastle didn't arrive for the assessment . All the team in York were there waiting: Physio's, Occupational therapists, nurses family and friends. The only explanation we received after waiting around all afternoon was that the team from Newcastle have the assessment planned for next Wednesday. There's NHS efficiency for you!!!

I plan to be on the phone first thing in the morning demanding that the assessment be rescheduled before next Wednesday.

On a positive note however, I had a wonderful moment with Becky when kissing her goodbye. She was moving her lips kissing me back. I left her at peace with Fr Pat praying the rosary looking much more comfortable than when we arrived.

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« Reply #60 on: November 16, 2015, 10:31:34 AM »
LORD, and loving heavenly Father,


Thank you for all you are doing for all who are ill and suffering.
Many today, are looking for guidance, help and direction.
Your word and truth never fail. We pray your power may go out healing all who ask and giving wisdom to those treating
Becky and others in the world.
Lord, we know you have brought us all this far, will succeed in finishing the race.
So to your glory Father, heal us all and send your healing word which never fails nor returns empty.
In Jesus Name. Amen.
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« Reply #61 on: November 17, 2015, 07:26:11 AM »
Some good news from Andrew:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued prayers, love and support. We must continue to Trust in God and believe that good will come from this tragic situation. After last weeks disappointment of Newcastle not showing and Becky's chest not being given the all clear, I have some wonderful news to report. Over the weekend and especially last night Becky has been verbally communicating with me. She has said my name and the children's names and even said "I Love You " Yvonne, one of the nurses witnessed it and both her and I were in tears.

I emailed Andrew Heald, Becky's consultant to report this and below is his reply:-

Dear Andrew,

Your observation has been confirmed by the physiotherapists. I have just been with them on the ward to assess Becky following my return from annual leave.

During the assessment today, Katy and Emma asked Becky certain questions and gained what looked like words mouthed back. They temporarily capped the tracheostomy which enabled Becky to clearly AUDIBLY speak her name in response to a question, followed by her stating in a constructed sentence that her second name was Laird. She also named her children and yourself before becoming totally exhausted. This is very encouraging. It also demonstrates the limitations of her available energy allowing for only very short periods of activity at this stage.

It is still too early to use a speaking tube due to the amount of secretions but it remains our intention to add this to the tracheostomy to enable audible speech as soon as it is safe to do so. The sooner the tracheostomy can be safely removed the better for everyone.

Becky now has less spasticity. The baclofen is helping. The gabapentin will continue to increase. Too much baclofen will exhaust her.

I am sorry the visit from Walkergate was not as anticipated. We were informed it would be last Wednesday - but it never happened. I am informed it is now this Wednesday 18th Nov.

Hence a bad experience last week but some substantial further improvement to be thankful for.

Regards
Andrew


Dear Lord of mercy and Love, we praise and thank you for this healing journey for us all. May you continue to shine your light on all that know and love Rebecca, in Jesus name, Amen!

God Bless and thank you again.

In Christ
Andrew

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« Reply #62 on: November 27, 2015, 03:44:48 AM »
How is she doing?  :) Any further on?
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« Reply #63 on: November 27, 2015, 12:21:59 PM »
How is she doing?  :) Any further on?
I met Andrew briefly on Sunday.  He said Becky will soon be transferred to a specialist neurological department in Newcastle.  She can still communicate but the effort quickly tires her out, and the tracheostomy in her throat makes it very difficult.  Andrew was on his way to Sunderland taking the children to see "The Lion King" for a well deserved treat.

Please pray that the specialist treatment she receives will be fruitful and that she will soon be able to breathe without the tracheostomy.
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« Reply #64 on: November 27, 2015, 12:25:51 PM »
I met Andrew briefly on Sunday.  He said Becky will soon be transferred to a specialist neurological department in Newcastle.  She can still communicate but the effort quickly tires her out, and the tracheostomy in her throat makes it very difficult.  Andrew was on his way to Sunderland taking the children to see "The Lion King" for a well deserved treat.

Please pray that the specialist treatment she receives will be fruitful and that she will soon be able to breathe without the tracheostomy.

May the Lord show mercy and His great love to her.
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« Reply #65 on: November 27, 2015, 12:33:22 PM »
I have added a photo of Becky's lovely children to the link:

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« Reply #66 on: November 28, 2015, 09:43:06 AM »
Latest news from Andrew:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued prayers, love and support. We will hopefully receive news from Newcastle next week as finally, their team have all the information they require to make their decision.

It's been an anxious wait for me. My only peace comes from keeping my eyes focused on Jesus and Trusting in the Lord. I know that He is in complete control of every little detail in our lives and suffering is turned on it's head when we focus on his divine plan. Becky is with him helping him carry the heavy weight of the cross and she is strong enough to carry that burden. That's why he chose her to do it. I picture her soul, so radiant and becoming more beautiful by the day. I know she is ready for whatever Our Lord decides.

In her moments of awareness, Becky is continuing in her battle to try and communicate.

I received an email today from her consultant, Andrew Heald at York, with challenging news:

Andrew

I have just assessed Becky with Dr Carmichael prior to the weekend.

Becky might again be starting with another infection this time around the tracheostomy tube. We have started antibiotics.

Due to have some Botulinium Toxin injections to both arms and legs to reduce stiffness next week once the infection is overcome. This was scheduled for today but deferred due to infection.

As yet, no reply from Walkergate. Hopefully a decision next week

When is best time to catch up with you on the ward next week? We will need to decide about what next, pending upon the Newcastle decision

Regards
Andrew

Please keep up the prayers as we battle through this difficult period.

God Bless
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« Reply #67 on: November 29, 2015, 11:51:59 AM »
Thanks Alan.

Lord and Loving Heavenly Father,

We pray for Becky and pray you will protect her from new infections. Make her immune system stronger and let her and others
who are in need of healing and protection be restored. To your Glory and in the Name of Jesus Christ, your Son Our Lord. Amen.
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« Reply #68 on: December 03, 2015, 07:01:02 PM »
Just had news that Becky was able to give a kiss to her three year old son, Bertie.
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« Reply #69 on: December 05, 2015, 06:35:47 PM »
An update from Andrew:

Thank you for your continued prayers, love and Support. It's been an anxious wait for an update from Newcastle this week but the great news is Becky is over the worst of the chest infection and has shown more signs of improvement. She is looking the most peaceful I've seen her. Your prayers are working!!!

I thought I'd share a reflection I received from my friend this week that gave me great comfort:-

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942), Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe
Das Weihnachtsgeheimnis, 1/31/1931

“It is not enough to say to me: ‘Lord, Lord’ … but you must do the will of my Father”

“Thy will be done.” In all its fullness, this act of abandonment must be the rule of Christian life. It must rule over the day, from morning to night, over the course of the year, over all of life. This must be the Christian’s only concern; all the others are taken care of by the Lord, but this one remains ours until our last day. That is an objective fact. We are not definitively assured of always remaining on the Lord’s path… During our spiritual childhood, when we have just begun to let ourselves be led by God, we feel his strong and firm hand guiding us. We see in an obvious way what we must do and what we must not do. But it will not always be like that. The person who belongs to Christ must live Christ’s whole life. That person must ripen to the point of attaining Christ’s adult age, and one day must start out on the way of the cross… Thus united with Christ, the Christian will persevere even in the dark night… That is why, even and precisely in the midst of the darkest night, “thy will be done.”

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« Reply #70 on: December 24, 2015, 03:11:22 PM »
Latest update from Andrew:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued prayers, love and support. Since the last update, Becky has suffered another bout of pneumonia from which she has now recovered, however neurologically she hasn't progressed any further. The rehabilitation unit in Newcastle have yet to reach a decision as to whether they will accept Becky or not. Her consultant at York has been preparing me for a NO and thinks, as with James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough, their decision will be based on the prognosis and their certainty of the cancer returning. It's all very disheartening! I continue to trust God knowing his ways are not our ways and he has our family in the palm of His hands.

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Praying for a Happy and Peaceful Christmas for you.

Thanks again for your prayers.

In Christ
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« Reply #71 on: January 04, 2016, 10:40:54 PM »
Just received from Andrew:

Dear Friends,

Wishing you a Happy and peaceful 2016. I am writing with an urgent request for additional prayer over the next 24 hours. I've today been informed that Becky will have an MRI scan tomorrow, the outcome of which will determine whether Newcastle will accept Becky for neuro rehabilitation or not. If the scan reveals no change it is likely they will accept Becky but if the cancer has grown it is most likely they will turn us away. In the event of the result being the latter, I am planning to look into the possibility of bringing Becky home.

I pray for the right decision for Becky and for God's will to be done.

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« Reply #72 on: January 05, 2016, 11:39:09 AM »
Just received from Andrew:

Dear Friends,

Wishing you a Happy and peaceful 2016. I am writing with an urgent request for additional prayer over the next 24 hours. I've today been informed that Becky will have an MRI scan tomorrow, the outcome of which will determine whether Newcastle will accept Becky for neuro rehabilitation or not. If the scan reveals no change it is likely they will accept Becky but if the cancer has grown it is most likely they will turn us away. In the event of the result being the latter, I am planning to look into the possibility of bringing Becky home.

I pray for the right decision for Becky and for God's will to be done.

In Christ
Andrew


Hi Alan,

Prayer should be focused on the cancer being gone and healed completely.

My prayer is for this and that Becky whatever their prognosis will be healed and restored by God to her family and life.

LORD, and loving heavenly Father,
We know it is your will to always heal and do more than we can ask for.
We pray for complete healing and removal of Beckys cancer and that you will restore her to full health and her family.
To your Glory and in the name of Jesus Christ, your son our Lord. Amen.
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« Reply #73 on: January 08, 2016, 11:26:41 AM »
update from Andrew:
Dear Friends,

Just letting you know that Becky is still waiting for the MRI scan to be done, the wait is excruciating!

I'll update you as soon as I have the results of the scan.

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« Reply #74 on: January 09, 2016, 04:01:28 AM »
All things work together for Good with those whom love God.

The Lord has already worked this through for Becky...Trust him!
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