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.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

July 4, 2006

"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect."
2 Samuel 22:31-33

It is Monday, meaning back to work. Whitney has a full schedule for the next two weeks. Her psychologist called it a window of opportunity for her where she is able to have all her rehab under one roof. We are not going to be able to have as much detail on her rehabs as Whitney is wanting a little of her independence back. She was never a momma’s girl to begin with so she is ready for us to stoop hovering over her. Part of me is sad because I learned so much watching the therapists work (the teacher side of me), and I loved to see the improvements each session but the other part is happy because she is gaining her confidence and independence. For the next two weeks Whitney will have at least 6 hours of therapy each day. On Friday July 14th we will have her two week evaluation, a big meeting with all the therapists and doctors that will tell us where she is at in rehab and how much longer we need to stay. Whitney is working hard each day toward that goal. She is enjoying getting to know her therapists as it is a one on one session with each.

Because of the holiday tomorrow we were able to take Whitney away for the evening. We found a gas grill on the deck and I actually cooked a real meal. It felt so normal (except missing Sandra) sitting and laughing around the dinner table. Carly got Whitney laughing so hard that I thought I was going to have to perform the Himleck. After dinner a couple of Taylor friends came and it again felt so good to hear laughter and the girls talking. Whitney is looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and of course the fireworks.
Hope you all have a great holiday with your families and friends.

Whitney’s mom


Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Whitney's Mom, I say thank you for keeping us so close to your family...I love Whit and have never met her...but we are all a part of God's family.

Reading this from you and from the others is such a huge part of my devotions...I know people are turning to the Lord because of your family...God is busy working and loving all of us.

consider yourself hugged...

much love from Mt. Zion, Il

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah for all of you...such good news about your cookout...'laughter is the best medicine'.

We are proud of all of Whit's hard work....keep it up..

your friends
from illinois

9:53 AM  
Blogger Al B. said...

Newell, Colleen, Carly, Sandra and WHITNEY,

Just finished my "morning update" on the blog and it sounds like all is going very well.

I just wanted to wish all of you a Happy Fourth of JUly and hope all of you enjoy the day together.

Whitney, it sounds like you will have a lot of therapy in the next two weeks but you are doing so well I think the 6 hours per day will be just fine. It's your ticket home and I know that's where you want to be! :-)

Once again, Have a great 4th and I'll be thinking about all of you.

Al B. (Pittsburgh, PA)

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 4th of July Cerak Family! God Bless You and God Bless America! Keep up the good work, Whitney. We're all still praying and pulling for you!

11:42 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I have watched this blog on and off since the beginning of this. I am so happy to see that Whitney is improving and am sure she will continue to do so. I'm sure this one VERY Happy Fourth!

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the remainder of the week is a good one for Whit.

Your story has made me reach farther for the Lord than I had in the past...

a mom in mt zion

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a blessing a nice, normal day is for you! What a blessing normal days are for all of us; God is so good. I'm gonna get off here and go hug my family! Thanks again for sharing.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Kings Kid said...

Happy 4th of July to all of you. May everyone that sees the beauty of the fireworks be reminded of the beauty of God's love.
Keep up the good work Whitney so you and your family can hurry home.....we miss all of you!

Kings Kid

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not personally know Whitney, however I have followed your story since the beginning. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University this past April, and so the whole situation feels very close to home. I just want to let you know that I think about your family and pray for you daily. The strength and perseverence that your family has shown is amazing. I pray that God blesses you richly this holiday and gives you strength throughout the remainder of this process. God Bless You!

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration to us all. Thank you so much for taking the time to post and let us be a part of your lives. God bless

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am missing these notes...I wish they could be seen sooner...good night,,,hope to see it all in the morning...

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the entire Cerak family - You are missed so much. Yet these daily updates on all of you make us feel like you are closer to home. We are glad to hear that Whitney is getting more of her independence back - especially around Independence Day. Love, hope and the strongest of prayers to you all. ~Susan and Jessica Hellenberg

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Cerak family,
Hope you all got to enjoy fireworks!!
Gaylord's on Sunday night were great and seemed longer than ever before. Am really glad that Whit is doing so well!! Hope that this means she will be home soon. All of Gaylord is pulling for you!!

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Cerak family,
Hope you all got to enjoy fireworks!!
Gaylord's on Sunday night were great and seemed longer than ever before. Am really glad that Whit is doing so well!! Hope that this means she will be home soon. All of Gaylord is pulling for you!!

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you enjoyed some fireworks tonight, Whitney! Happy fourth!

7:29 PM  
Anonymous valerie, connecticut said...

thank you for your continued updates... i find myself checking the blog each night to read whitney's progress. God bless and keep you!

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's awesome what God's done in your familie's life. Not only in your life but thru it. I know a lot of people have made that comment but it's so true. I've been a Christian for most of my life and I'm currently in my 20's but not until recently have I felt how God can truly change your life and take the burden and stress from your heart. Prayer is a powerful thing. God is an awesome and precious God! Whitney will be completely healed. For that I'm sure. Unfortunately it won't be without it's bumps but that's where God will give you strength. You are an amazing family. Have a great 4th and a great week. God Bless!

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God continue to bless you and keep His arms around you.

3:37 AM  
Anonymous a friend said...

We continue to pray for you all! I hope that while Whit is in therapy, this will be a time of self care for all of the rest of you. It is ok to take time for self care as well...maybe a run, or something like that?

We will pray for strength for Whit as these long therapy sessions will likely be very tiring.

God Bless you all!

4:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 4th....Independence day! How fitting it is that Whitney is seeking out her independence at this time! We must also remember that we have the ultimate independence...by accepting salvation from our Lord, we have eternal freedom!

God Bless You all!

4:31 AM  
Blogger Renee Pray said...

I will be praying for Whitney to gain strength and perseverance through out these next two weeks...Iknow what you mean Colleen, about Whit and her independence--Corrie was never a mommas girl either-ha!
Please tell Whit we are all pulling for her and everyone is in our thoughts and prayers. God bless

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the comment moderator, please sort thru these more quickly...we are missing hearing about Whit...thank you....Wed. 7;30Am

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the daily updates. I know this must be time consuming and you guys already have a lot on your plate. This story of Whitneyy and Laura and the way the two families are handling this situation has been such a source of inspiration and help to so many. My own life has literally been turned around for the Lord since following this blog.
Take all the time you need on the comment moderation. You guys have enough to do.
We all love all of you. May God Bless.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, like everyone else, am anxious for comment moderation, but I know you are doing it when you can! You are doing a great job and I look forward to Whitney's updates. It is sad that it has to be moderated, but I don't have that heavy feeling in my heart that I did when I was logging on over that few days. God Bless You!

6:56 AM  
Anonymous jeanette hoeksema said...


We're praying specifically for great progress the next two weeks so you get great news when you meet at the end of this! Way to go, girl! We're so very proud of you!


6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading your blog takes me back. My Dad was in a terrible car accident 25 years ago and is now a quadraplegic. Those months following his accident really brought us together as a family. We were not a strong christian family at the time - so when I read your story I am amazed at how we stayed so positive without Christ in our lives. Anyway, my point is that we are a very close family now and really appreciate the small things. Like grilling out and sharing a meal together as a family. By the way, at the time of his accident we were given an 8-10 yr prognosis, so now 25 years later, we really cherish the times together as a family.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Cerak,
Thanks for the update on Whitney. We continue to pray for her daily.
Everyone must realize that the Ceraks' updates are not even something they have to do- they're only doing it out of kindness.
To the anxious impatient reader, please return that kindness by being more patient.
Have you never stayed with a loved one in a health care facility during their recovery? If not, you have no clue how time consuming and exhausting it can be. Tests, waiting for results, consultations with therapists and doctors, worry, hope, helping with the care of, etc. Whitney is their number one priority right now. They'll get to the blog when and if they have time. Enough said,
except: Thank you, Ceraks! Have a great day, and God bless you all.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

It was such a blessing to meet your family Sunday at church. I have enjoyed getting to know Carly this summer!
Like many others have already, I too want to thank you for so faithfully keeping us all posted on Whitney's progress. I am so excited to hear that she is doing so well! Hope you enjoyed the fireworks last night!


10:25 AM  
Blogger Kelli Bug said...

Colleen, I can not imagine how hard it is for you to give Whitney back some of her independence and how great it is for her to get it. May God keep blessing you and your family. --Kelli Harwood-Ursu

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you and your family. I think of you often and will continue to pray for Whitney's recovery. You all are truly an inspiration.

3:25 PM  

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