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.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

July 5, 2006 "Whether you turn to the right or to the left..."

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice from behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16

What a great passage of scripture God led me to this morning. We have been seeking His wisdom and understanding in all of this. He is leading us in ways that are totally unfamiliar to us but He is making the rough places smooth. He is going before us constantly and we praise His name for this. He is not forsaking us or any one who is a child of His. But we need to have accepted His gift to us through His son Jesus Christ in order to have heard that voice behind us. Please, please, please…you can have this guidance from the Lord if you accept this gift today.

We all got up Wednesday morning and dressed for the doctor’s appointment. This morning was the appointment to see the infectious disease doctor about Whitney’s leg infection that was found during her operation in May. Praise God all is going well! The lab results showed everything to be fine. Whit will remain on antibiotics for a few more months to be absolutely certain.

Then back to Hope Network for therapy. Whit wants to do these on her own so we can only, at this time, report what she tells us. She told us she was playing a card game called…’Speed’…Whit said she didn’t want to brag but that she won 2 out of 3 times. Whitney then showed her therapist a different version of the game and won again! Her thought processes are improving more and more…thank God! She still won’t play a family favorite…’Clue’…because she says she stinks at it. But maybe soon we will be able to have some family laughs over a game of ‘who-done-it’.

Whitney was pretty tired from her big day July 4th celebration, so she went to bed some time after dinner. Her spirits remain up…she just wants to go home so badly. We pray for her patience as well as our own. We want her to recover before we make any more moves.

We know you are, but please continue to pray for the families of all involved and that God will continue to move mightily as He has been doing. There are so many to pray for…let us keep kneeling before the Lord, our God, our maker.

In Christ alone, Whitney’s dad


Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations for all of whitney's successes. we continue to pray for all involved.
love from iowa.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giant hurrahs from Traverse City. The bay and sky are blue, the sun is shining and good will abounds. Next year this time, we'd love for you to come over for the National Cherry Festival.

Keep up the good work, Whitney. Thank you Cerak family for creating a 'window' into your world for us to share!

12:41 PM  
Blogger I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

She SHOULD brag.

She is making The Lord so proud...as are all of you.


12:45 PM  
Anonymous jeanette hoeksema said...

Just thinking about you and praying. We will pray specifically for patience and a great recovery. We love you so much.

Jeanette and fam.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to share Whitney's improvment with all of us...

Your scriptures are so good and uplifting for me...I thrive on each word.

I am friends with Betsy's family and I know their hearts are so broken with her loss...each of the families need to be lifted to the Lord for prayer and strength to survive without their child.

I am praying for Whit to keep strong and to continue to gain ...

love from a mt zion family

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to say that you are so inspiring but really I mean that God is so inspiring. I read your blog faithfully and please know it is bringing me closer to God. I'm sure many people are getting closer to God as a result of this whole accident. God bless you and all the families involved.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I do not know your family personally, I come back daily to read of Whit's progress. We are all part of God's family and the strength we together provide through faith and prayer is wonderful.

I live in Grand Rapids and wonder if there is anything your family could use to help you as you spend this time away from home here? Surely there is something we can do to make your time away from home easier. Just ask!


1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opportunity, a word I heard today that I continually think of as I pray for you Whitney, and your family. What an opportunity you all have to share Jesus and his awesome works in you and through you! Thanks for the "opportunity" to be part of your life and healing through prayer!

1:24 PM  
Blogger Christen said...

Opportunity, a word I heard today that I continually think of while praying for you Whitney, as well as your family. What an awesome opportunity you have to share Jesus as he continues to work in you and through you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your life through prayer!

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear of Whitney's progress. I know with God and the help of your doctors you are doing great, but I want to take this time to say that I believe Whitney is a big part of her recovery too. She sounds like a very strong and christian minded girl. And this played a big part in her recovery. So you go girl! And to God be the glory for your healing. I also want to say that I love reading the scriptures that come along with the updates. I know it must feel strange to read things from people you do not know, but just know that you have touched our hearts and we are all praying for you daily. Keep up the good work Whitney!

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will continue to pray for all the families. We do have a great and mighty God!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Keith Ablow said...

Congratulations on all your success Whitney! Your strength, courage, and commitment to recovery has been inspirational to so many people...
My prayers are with you and your family...

Dr. Keith Ablow

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trusting that the Lord will continue to direct your paths. In Christ, Jessica from IL

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Whit! We're so excited for you and praising the Lord for each step you take in therapy! God is so faithful!

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. That was very special to hear from you personally.

I know that you are in a hurry to get home but you need to heal first. Believe me, there are thousands of Gaylord people awaiting your homecoming also, but everyone just needs to be patient so God can do his work in getting you better.

It sounds like the therapist are really great down there. Hang in my dear and before you know it......HOME!!! :-D

Please write us again when your able Whit.

Love and prayers, from that E-freer again!

5:32 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Patience is a hard thing to pray for, and a hard thing to learn. You'll need strength to go along with that, so consider the prayers prayed! Much love!

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Indiana said...

I'm happy to hear Whitney was able to go see the fireworks. I'm also happy the family was able to spend sometime together outside the hospital.

Your story continues to inspire me. I feel like I know your family personaly. Your family is being such wonderful witnesses for the Lord.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great to hear Whitney was able to see the firworks this year.

The Lord is good. I'm happy you guys contine to keep us updated on things in your life.



7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from Australia and have been following you postings of Whitney's recovery since this unbelievable tragedy unfolded. It is uplifting to hear of her progress. My thoughts go out to the Van Ryn family on their loss and to all the other families how lost loved ones in this terrible accident.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Autumn T. said...

It makes my heart smile to think of how far Whitney has come. I bet it's difficult for you to not stand in therapy and cheer her on anymore, but what an amazing accomplishment that Whitney has made!! She is doing so great! You and your family will be home in no time, at this rate! What an amazing accomplishment at how many people that you and your family have lead closer to the Lord. That is definitely the biggest accomplishment we can make. God bless you as you continue to serve and honor Him. You do such a great job at it :-) Love you, Cerak family!!!!

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all involved in the accident. Praying for strength and peace for those that lost loved ones...how difficult of a time this must be, even with the Lord.

Praying for all of you.

4:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please be in prayer for an Asbury family...Ben Lindle, a recent grad died yesterday after a two day illness. His mother works at the college and his father has been in the Congo and has yet to make it back.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The far-reaching impact of this 'blog' is so profound and indicative of our Lord's omnipresence. The Family of God knows no borders. May He be especially close to the Asbury and Taylor families at this time and continue to use this venue as a ministry to all.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is always such a joy to hear of Whitney's daily events...she fills a lot of prayers at our house.

Sending our love to all..
from a mt zion mom

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ceraks,

I wanted to share with you a poem that's on a book mark my father gave me. I thought it fit the situation quite well.
"Don't Quit"
Don't quit when the tide is lowest, for it just about to turn.
Don't quit over doubts and questions, for there's something you may learn.
Don't quit when the night is darkest, for it's just a while until dawn.
Don't quit when you've run the farthest, for the race is almost won.
Don't quit when the hill is steepest, for your goal is almost nigh.
Don't quit, for you're not a failure, until you fail to try.

Keep up the good work Whitney! Can't wait to see around the streets of Gaylord!

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are making great progress Whitney, keep your faith...

12:30 PM  
Blogger Kevin Stilley said...

We will be praying for y'all.

4:29 PM  
Blogger ~~angie~~ said...

Your words are an inspiration to me. I recently lost my boyfriend of 5 years to a tragic automobile accident. So swiftly a life is taken when He is ready for you. He wasn't ready for you yet! He still has plans for you on this earth. Your family is very courageous. I truly admire them. Reading your blog has become very spiritual for me and a daily need. Thank-you for your daily scripture, your updates on Whit and your very kind words. You are in my prayers. Our God is an awesome God.
In Him with Love,

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so thankful for Whitney and you, her family, to honor God the Almightly and continue to praise Him. I am a very close hometown friend of Betsy Smith. Her coach and mentor. I still mourn her so heavily, but I am thankful for you and your glorious, most awesome testimony. Please continue to give all the praise and honor to Him. We still do, even in our most precious loss of Betsy.

Our tears continue, but our hearts still cry out to God Almighty for His all consuming love and grace. May God only be the source of Whitney's strength and her continous walk with Him. She will live forever in many hearts, just as our Lord has intended.

We are so happy and excited for her tremendous recovery. May God use her in His most tremendous plan.

9:53 PM  

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