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.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

June 24, 2006 "Without weakening in his faith..."

“Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead - since he was about 100 years old - and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21. Being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” Romans 4:19-21

I was looking for a different verse but saw a star in the margin next to this verse and a star next to the footnote explaining this verse. The footnote: verse 19 - Abraham had some anxious moments but God did not count these against him. Faith does not refuse to face reality but looks beyond all difficulty to God and His promises. Verse 20 - because Abraham had faith to believe that God would do what He promised. Whereas works are man’s attempt to establish a claim on God, faith brings glory to him.

I like these verses because I have had my anxious moments-I will tell you about one in a moment- but in every one either through His word or encouragement of family and friends God’s promises have been true. My faith has been strengthened and I see each day it is God’s power in me and He deserves all the glory.

Whitney had another day of great accomplishment. She hopped up a curb using her walker, she easily transferred herself from wheelchair to bed or chair. She practiced some of the same games on the computer and the improvement is remarkable and substantial. Her math calculations have also gotten faster.

We were given a weekend leave from the hospital. In order for us to do so, I needed to be able to give her a shot that she receives nightly. After some training, it was my turn for real. Whitney dislikes this shot because she has to take it in her belly and it stings. She usually asks one of us to hold her hand and distract her as she receives it. Today it was just me and Dan, one of the nurses. I got ready, Whitney looked at Dan and asked him to hold her hand. I was as frightened as she was but I did it successfully that they trust me enough to do it on my own tomorrow when we are away from the center.

Whitney, Carly and I left the hospital and were joined by Sandra, Tara, Matt and DJ. We ate dinner and listened to camp stories. I am so proud of them for allowing God to use them as counselors at camp. Spring Hill has great memories for Carly and Whitney, it was there during their growing up years that they felt closest to God. Some family friends came over and brought the dvd “Chronicles of Narnia”. We talked, ate popcorn and relaxed till late.

What a perfect Friday night! As I helped Whitney climb into bed, I thanked God for His faithfulness, power and love.

With love, Whit’s mom


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We pray that you have a restful and wonderful weekend as a family enjoying each other. We are so happy for you all and for Whitney's progress and we will continue to pray for you all and the other TU families. God Bless you and keep you.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The time away from the hospital will help Whitney recover faster and your family recover from everything as well. Enjoy it and savor every moment. It won't be long until Whitney is home for good!

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the weekend leave! I pray for safe travel and a wonderful time enjoying each other.
God Bless!

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Jessica P. said...

Mrs. Cerak,
My son (12) and I leave for camp for a week, it's my prayer too, that it will have lasting impact as it has in your children. Have a great weekend, I will look forward to catching up on a week of progress and blessings that I know God has in store for you all.
CHRIST, Jessica from IL

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying that this weekend will be one full of fun rest, relaxations and enjoyment. I pray you make some great memories to look back on! What a true blessing it is to know that Whitney is doing well enough to go away for a weekend! God Bless You!


3:41 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Did you ever blog about Whitney's reunion with Hunter? If so, I must have missed it. Congratulations on being able to go home for a whole weekend! I am one of many strangers who has been praying for you, and will continue to do so.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear Whit gets a break from Spectrum! Did you guys get to go home, or where is this weekend away taking place? I am so glad Whit is recovering so well, it is an answer to many prayers! Please continue to keep us posted and maybe let us know where you guys got to go? Thanks!!

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Ronans said...

I am so happy for your weekend away. Well deserved one for all of you. Before you know it you will be home. Colleen,I know how hard it is to give a loved one a shot but it does get easier. I pray that you will have a safe and happy trip. Remember to let us know if you need anything. As always we are praying for you all. Love to all of you. The Ronans

5:31 PM  
Blogger The Ronans said...

I am so happy for your weekend away. Well deserved one for all of you. Before you know it you will be home. Colleen,I know how hard it is to give a loved one a shot but it does get easier. I pray that you will have a safe and happy trip. Remember to let us know if you need anything. As always we are praying for you all. Love to all of you. The Ronans

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ones,
Great verses! Great thoughts!
Camp has begun here. Quite a tool in young lives and counselors as well!
We do walk by faith and not by sight. Thanks for the reminder.
Love you all!!

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

enjoy your time together away from the hospital. :)

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Colleen,
I have really appreciated your words and thoughts today and Thursday. It is a great reminder of our own faith journey with the boys.

I hope you have a great time away. Please convey our love to Newell, Carley, Whitney & Sandra. You all continue to be in our prayers.


6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would never have known about families sharing as you are if it were not for a friend of mine whose daughter has a brain tumor and uses the caring bridge sight to keep her journal. It is sort of private but I so admire all families who use this means to inform those of us who pray for you even though we don't really know you. I am from Indiana not far from Taylor and have followed this tragedy with a heavy heart for all the losses to so many families. Yet we all marvel at the faith that has kept these people together. Lives have been touched and saved because of the faithfulness that you all have shown to our Heavenly Father. I pray for Whitney and thank God for her life. I also cannot forget the others, especially Laura's family who had to deal with her loss in such horrible way. God Bless you all as you continue to serve and love our Savior and to thank Him daily for Whitney. I pray for complete healing for her. another mom

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are an amazing family and your strength is admirable. I am from Pittsburgh, and have been following this story from the beginning. I will continue to pray for all of you and also look forward to your daily updates. Enjoy a beautiful weekend together!!

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing about faith today. I like your very easy to understand definition --- may the Lord receive all the glory in our lives daily whether we have circumstances that seem out of the ordinary or simply those we call everyday. I am convinced He has recived the glory in your lives long before now. My prayer is you would have a restful and refreshing weekend.

8:42 PM  
Blogger I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

I just taught a patient's wife to give this injection in the hospital recently. I know the feeling of accomplishment and yet the concern you have in needing to that.

Isn't it amazing that it's a big deal to have to give her a shot after all you have been through. God is blurring the bad memories already and you are dealing with everyday recovery issues and thriving--all of you!

Praise Him.


11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbie Aumiller just informed me of the background of your situation. I live in the UP. I'm a RTL president. My son recovers from a brain stem injury he had in 1978. Perhaps this verse you've already discovered. It's meant a lot to me over the years. Romans 15:13 "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace in beleiving that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirt." Romans 15:13 Tony Adams

5:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning Cerak Family,
We have been praying, and praising God with you for Whitney’s progress. I have been out of town as of late and just returned and read about the Staph infection in Whit’s leg… I believe that God prompted me to send you the information I have learned over the years and the verse God brought to mind. We have seen the effectiveness of Oregano Oil from North American Herb and Spice relating to Candida, viruses, bacterial infections, and Staph. Here are some web sites to check it out, if you are interested.

Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

North American Herb and Spice
Wild Oregano Oil ~ Question 1. What types of research have been conducted using Oregano P73? Question 12. How exactly do Oreganol P73 and Oregacyn P73 help boost immunity?
Studies conducted by Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., have shown that the wild, mountain-grown oregano used by North American Herb & Spice is an excellent anti-fungal agent, completely killing Candida albicans in concentrations as minimal as 0.25 mg/ml. It also is much safer to use than popular anti-fungal drugs on the market. These studies showed:
 The destruction of Candida albicans in both test tubes and in animals without harm to the tissues
 The destruction of Staph
 The destruction of yeasts more effectively than common drugs
Interesting article from a lady with Staph, and other infections.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless all of you!!!!!!!!!!

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you whitney..continue to heal and feel better. Can't wait to see you :)

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel blessed reading this blog and the healing that is taking place in Whitney. I have commented before that God will take care of Whitney. It is with this posting that I would like to ask you to please say a prayer for my cousin's son, James. He is 18 yrs old and is an awesome bullrider here in Texas. He was competing in the Luling, Texas Rodeo. He was riding a bull and was thrown. Well, when the bull threw him, he threw him into the shoot breaking his neck. He is at this moment in the hospital having surgery because his neck is broke. The doctor said things don't look good and that he may be paralyzed from the neck down. I just wanted to get a prayer chain going for him and believe through Jesus that he will deliver a miracle in James. Please join us in praying for James and his healing. God is great! God Bless you all for you have really sent blessings and hopes to many through your situation. And again, I am so very glad to hear of Whitney's progress and how she is improving daily. Through Christ all things are possible. (robertandkarenlphillips@yahoo.com)

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been reading along and praying along with you and have been so inspired by your story. So glad that Whitney is doing so well.

I just came across a poem again that I wanted to share with your family, as it has touched my life so deeply.

He Giveth More
by Annie Johnson Flint

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction he addeth his mercy,
To multiplied trials, his multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limit, his grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of his infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

I know that the Lord, through his infinite riches in Jesus will continue to give and give to your family and to all of the families involved in this. May you feel his peace.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

To Whitney and her family...

I hope you don't mind me writing, I am not family nor have have I met you before. But, I have kept up with your story from the time I heard of your misfortunate and devastating accident. I cried out loud when I heard it, abaolutely pleaing in my voice for Our Father to watch over all of you and the other other families, friends and Taylor, yes the truck driver, too.
I can't even imagine how heavy his heart has been through this...

Respectfully, I know, You have had an incrediable amount of triumphs you have been going through... Yet, I know what loving dear Christian hearts you all have... your endurance and courage has been with out question... just very inspirational. Thank you for your willingness to share your your story with us.

This absolutely made me stand still. Exspecailly when I heard this was Taylor. ( My Great Aunt had gone there) plus I live in Indy It just seemed so close to home. Is probably why I have kept my ear and heart turned to towards the updates.

I have kept you on my prayer list and in my heart...
I am so grateful your recovery is coming along. Please know this journany does have a reason as hard as it is to go through... You will shine. Sounds like you are already shining... and I know I don't have to tell you to keep the Faith as your example has shone through.
I am really glad you got to have a weekend pass. Look at your progress you are doing wonderful.

Please know you are in my prayers.
My God Bless you and yours.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Al B. said...

Newell, Colleen, Carly, Sandra and WHITNEY,

I just finished reading yesterdays news about Whitney and I am thrilled about the "weekend pass." I think its awesome that this has happened already. It must feel so good to all of you, especially Whit to get out of there for a while.

You are such an awesome family and you continue to amaze me!!


Al B.
Pittsburgh, PA

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you all though we have never met. I read your site every single day. You have all shown me how I want to live my life, for God alone and His glory.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

Hope you have a restful weekend! As I celebrated my 19th birthday yesterday, I was listening to one of my favorite songs. In light of Whitney inspiring recovery, I thought I would share the lyrics:

I Could Not Ask For More

By Sara Evans

Lying here with you
Listening to the rain
Smile just to see the smile upon your face
These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
And these are the moments I'll remember all my life
I've found all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more

Looking in your eyes
Seeing all I need
Everything you are is everything in me
These are the moments
I know heaven must exist
And these are the moments
I know all I need is this
I've found all I've waited for, yeah
And I could not ask for more

I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
And every prayer has been answered
Every dream I've had's come true
Yeah, right here in this moment
Is right where I'm meant to be
Here with you here with me

These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
And these are the moments I'll remember all my life
I've found all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more

I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
And every prayer has been answered
Every dream I've had's come true
Yeah, right here in this moment
Is right where I'm meant to be
Oh, here with you here with me
No, I could not ask for more
Than this love you gave me
Cause it's all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more
No, yeah
No, I could not ask for more

I continue to pray for all the families involved and Whitney's continued recovery!

--Emily, Kent OH

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying that you will feel HIS peace!!

3:01 PM  
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3:51 PM  
Anonymous Torey said...

I am very happy to hear that Whit's recovery is going well. I am also glad that you were granted a leave from the center.

I truly await the day that I can see Whit back here in Gaylord, as I remember her. Until then, I will continue to pray for Whit, as well as the entire family. STAY STRONG and remember that everyone back home loves all of you!!

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our continued prayers are with you all. We are so thankful for your chance to get away! Is there anyone out there who knows how Vickie's surgery went? We would so love to know how she is doing and how we can better pray for her as well. God bless you and all the other families involved.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to hear of the weekend pass. I too was wondering how the reunion went with Hunter.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whit i love u and i miss seein ur lovely smilin face everyday at TAYLOR and laughin w/ u ur sis getz and everyone!!! keep gettin better...i have been prayin for u non stop!!!!! u are soo strong and u have taught me soo much thanks for everything!!!!!!

8:14 PM  
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