MY Village

Since the decision to move forward with surgery due to genetic chronic pancreatitis, I have been blown away by the village of people that love me. They’ve sent presents , written letters, and taken time out of their day to text or call. I was talking to my parents about the incredible acts of kindness that people have extended to us. The countless letters, texts, and phone calls have been a constant encouragement to us all. I so appreciate everything that everyone has done for me. I am slowly (and I mean SLOWLY) working through my phone and wanting to respond to each and everyone of you that have reached out to me. I have extremely low energy, so I have been putting most of my energy into finishing up school. (I had two incompletes from last semester due to being in the hospital so much.) I will get back to everyone so if you haven’t heard from me yet, you will! However, I never knew how big my village was until everyone started reaching out. I always had people I could count on, but I never realized how big, wonderful and numerous they actually were. During this time, especially during covid, I can/could feel so isolated. But, this recent time has truly had a blessed effect on me (not saying it is all rainbows and smiley faces because it’s NOT haha) but I am so thankful for everyone the Lord has put in my life. I am not sure how I would make through without you -my village. I want say special thanks to my family: from setting up a prayer rotation for the day of my surgery (thank you for everyone who signed up/I felt kind of famous).My sister have been there constantly for me. They are also up for a phone call. I’m blessed God put them as my sisters. Furthermore, I am so thankful my best friend Kat. She has gone above and beyond in being a friend to me. To all my friends who wrote me an encouraging note/letter, you lifted my spirits and made my heart so full. I am eternally grateful to have friends and family who love me like this.

Now… Let’s talk about tomorrow (1/21/20)! I will arrive at the hospital at 5:30 am EST. I will check in and be taken back to pre-op since I have done most of the paper work already. I will do the normal pre-surgery routine, but they will also give me pain block that will prevent me from feeling anything in my abdomen. I should start the surgery around 7:00 am EST and should be completely done and in the ICU by 6:00(ish) pm EST. They will wake me up and take me off the ventilator before I get to the ICU. I am excitedly (and nervously) awaiting tomorrow. I am unsure when you will hear from me again, but most likely in a week or so. I won’t have much to do in the hospital.

Charleston sunset photo from the condo we are staying in.

21 thoughts on “MY Village

  1. We were in your shoes 11 months and 5 days ago. Your are covered in Prayer. Focus on the future ! Acknowledge each baby step in your recover they lead to huge milestone! We are honored to pray for you and your surgical team!
    Love ,
    Alissa & Scarlett Padgett


  2. Praying all goes well! “I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8


  3. Rachel, (and Tim and Beth) – i will be holding you in prayer tonight and tomorrow (and in the weeks to come). How thankful i am that you have found a place that specializes in this life changing surgery!! Rachel – you are so strong …look what you have already endured. I am looking forward to watching what God has planned for you!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.


  4. I’m praying for you, Rachel for God to give you a successful surgery so you can feel better soon. I’m friends with your grandmother and grandfather. May God bless you and your family in every way tomorrow. Love and hugs to all of you.❤️


  5. Prayers, friendship, love! Praying for your successful surgery and a speedy complete recovery!🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️


  6. Praying this morning, and all day. For you, your doctors, your parents, sisters and friends. I mean of course, your Village!❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻


  7. You are in surgery as I write this. I’m praying for you. And your surgical team. I thank God for your life and your faith in Him. I pray you will recognize His hand at work in your recovery.


  8. Prayers for you Rachel. I hope all went well and that you recuperate quickly. We are looking forward to seeing you back for fall semester. Love you.


  9. Prayers for you daily. May God bring comfort and peace to you as you are on this journey.
    Prayers for your family also. Trusting God for complete recovery in His time.
    Gail and Paul Garner


  10. Praying for you that you will continue to have strength and keep looking up! I am so glad you have been able to use some sign language to communicate while your throat has been ‘resting’. Keep trusting and having faith.


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