Whitney Cerak

We, the Cerak family, are elated beyond description at Whitney’s return home. It is so much more than we ever imagined three months ago.We would like to restate our plans of not speaking to the media. There is still much on the road to Whitney’s full recovery. We want to thank the media for the respect they have shown of our privacy in this time. And ask that the same courtesy given us would be extended to our family and friends.

Friday, June 09, 2006

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this - those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wander in the desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." Psalm 107:1-9

We are daily amazed at God's unfailing love. It will endure forever. And it is His amazing love that continues to keep us strong, we thank him so much for His faithfulness. His love and faithfulness stand to remind us that this is not about us but all about Him. He has a plan in motion that we do not fully know at this time. We are praying that we will follow Him by a straight way, we are praying that we will be sensitive to His leading and always open to be used by Him. We pray this for all those that have opened their hearts to Him in these days. What an amazing impact we all can have on this world if we simply open our hearts more and more to Him each day.

We are thanking God for Whitney's restful night! She slept through the entire night. We had to wake her up or she would have slept on till noon as was her habit on weekends at home and I think at college too. She dressed herself this morning with a little help. She likes wearing her "First East Beast" shirt from her dorm wing at TU. Whit has told us several times how her dorm wing was champs in dodgeball and soccer. Whitney has been pointing out the hair on her legs and has been quite ready for a good shave. This morning she was given the opportunity to do just that and she did a great job.

One other step forward for Whitney was using a four legged cane to walk during her physical therapy. She was able to hop again this time with the therapist holding up the leg with the cast. It was quite tiring but she did another great job. She keeps gaining more strength each day. It is so awesome to see her continue to put forth such a great effort.

We were able to have a special lunch with her today. Colleen, Carly and I were able to sit in a smaller room just the four of us and have a chicken shiskabob lunch. Whitney loves it when we grill those out at home, so she devoured the lunch eating all her vegetables too. After lunch she rested before her afternoon therapy sessions. She has been doing so well with getting the rest she needs to improve, we are all so proud of her. She met with the neuropsychologist today and was able to engage him in a pleasant conversation about his vacation plans. She told him that it will be a great memory maker for him and his family. He was impressed with her marked improvement and looks forward to seeing her on his return.

At dinner time she was able to sit and eat with her college roommate and three other friends. She has been able to sit and listen to more than one person at a time now which is a great indication of her moving ahead as well. She tires but not nearly as quickly as she had before. Praising God for this too!! Colleen enjoyed reading to her before they took a half hour walk. It was a very good day. Thanks again for your prayers. I am reminded daily of how the prayers of God's people are like sweet nector to our souls. Your faithfulness in praying has been such an inspiration to us all. We pray God's blessings for you.

Another blessing for me today: I had to leave for the rest of the day. I was quite sad at the thought of leaving Whit even for an hour but as I leaned over to hug her goodbye I said "I am sorry I have to leave you, Whitney." To which she replied, "It's okay Dad. Don't worry. I'm okay." I couldn't believe it...my daughter was comforting me in the midst of her distress. I am truly amazed by God's strength that is running througth this young lady's life. She is a solid example to her family of His love and constant care.

Again, thankyou all so much for your comments. They are such an encouragement to us all. You are forever in our hearts. God has granted us a tremendous view into His kingdom through all of you and it is good.

In Christ alone, Whitney's Dad


Anonymous Carol May said...

I am a Medical Social Worker. I am enjoying reading about Whitney & her progress, etc. Your strong faith in God & family support means so much to her. I really enjoy reading the writings so please dont think they are in vain. May God continue to bless you all & I know Whitney will be walking out of the rehab center soon.

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Blogger gillohara said...

Hi I'm a Christian from England and have just read about Whitney's story in a magazine. I think it is amazing how God is being glorified through ur situation and it is a great way to witness to people all over the world. I pray that she makes a speedy recovery. Thankyou for sharing ur story, Gill O'Hara Chester England

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Blogger greg said...

HI. My Family and I would like to say that we are very soory for what has happened to your daughter but we are also very very happy to hear that she is doing well. It is always a blessing to hear that one is doing well. We also have a Riley Child. It is different cicumstances but still the same. See are oldest daughter was born with two holes in her heart and they had to do emergancy surgery. Everything was going well for the past 5yrs. until she went in for her 5yr.checkup and that;s when we found out that both holes had opened back up. so since july of 2005 we;ve been through 3 more open heart surgery and weekly visit;s to Indy from Terre Haute.. Well we wish your daughter and family the best and will continue to follow up on her progress

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