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 10, 2006

Whitney's day today was another good day, because it was simply another day we have had to enjoy her. She is back to eating her meals once more, eating most all that is put in front of her this last day. She turned her nose up at the fish sandwich but gobbled down the peanut butter and jelly and every milk shake she receives she enjoys like a good steak. We are praying that she continues to eat not only to be rid of the feeding tube but so she can more importantly keep up her strength.

Her therapy takes its toll on her throughout the day which is understandable and expected as she is still so weak. But praise the Lord! She gets a little stronger each day it seems. She remains focussed a little more each time getting tired as she goes farther into each session. The staff here is doing a marvelous job. We are so overjoyed with all who are taking a part in Whit's recovery. This facility is more than we could have hoped for and we are so thankful that she was placed here. There is a very special place in our hearts for the folks here at Spectrum.

Today she hopped a little more at the parellel bars and even turned around on her good leg with the help of her therapist. She has improved in her driving her own wheel chair up and down the hallways.The therapist did check to see if her ankle is flexing to which she gave a thumbs up even though it moved only a few degrees. But the thing that is so encouraging is that her mind seems to clear a little more each day. We are elated with each little hurdle that she comes upon and works hard to clear. It speaks for her character and the Lord's strength in her life. Now we understand that there is still a long,long way to go, yet we in our hearts jump for joy when she is able to endure more. Please know that her road up the mountain could take a long time so your continued prayers are still coveted by the family. Yet we are truly encouraged by her efforts. Our hearts ache when she says "I want to go home", knowing that that is exactly what we want. Please keep us in your prayers for patience through the long uphill process.

Another blessing to report to you happened last night. We went to the dinning room once again to have dinner. We all grabbed hands as is a normal custom at the Cerak table, bowed our heads and listened as Whitney gave the thanks for the food we were about to eat. That did this father's heart so much good, I don't remember much of what she prayed...I was leaping for joy that her heart is still God's and always will be.

We continue to pray for the VanRyn's. They are a kindred spirit with us. We sense their loss and know that their continued strength comes from partly from good friends. But it is God Himself who is sustaining them. As someone wrote us a line from a Ray Boltz song, "the anchor holds though the ship is battered". God is that anchor that continues to hold us firm in the storm.

In Christ alone, Whitney's dad


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

So glad this new forum is here, since the traffic was heavy. I am linking to it and get hundreds of searches and hits end up at my blog--up to 400 or more a day--looking for Whitney updates.


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Anonymous donna mathews said...

may God be with you and your family ,get well soon.What a wonderful blessing for your famly.

1:50 AM  

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