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, July 14, 2006

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn…Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:3-7

We have been relearning these lessons as we have gone through these days here in GR. God calls us to trust in him, to delight in him, to commit our ways to him and then to be still before him and wait patiently.

Whitney is getting back into her independence mode more and more. She is doing all her preparations for the day: showering, dressing, getting to therapies, using the kitchen in her room, meeting with her neuropsychologist and doing a great job of it all. Her strength and endurance increase a little more each day; she is going to be able to beat me in arm wrestling the way she is bulking up.

She is working hard in speech and occupational therapies. Her speed at processing improves slowly, but it is still improvement. The same thing is true about her reaction speed.

She has an evaluation tomorrow. We are praying for a good report, Whitney wants to be going home but we are extremely happy and thankful to God for the progress she has obviously made already. We again are leaning heavily on those here at Hope Rehabilitation who are expertise in this area of traumatic brain injury.

One absolutely awesome piece of news to share with you… NO MORE STOMACH NEEDLES! Whitney got the word this evening, so as of tonight she does not have to endure that anymore. She had a huge smile on her face – all dimples showing – when she gave us the news. One more step in the process…Praise God!

We continue in our prayers for you and for the families of all involved in this accident. May God keep you in His care, may His comfort surround you and His strength uphold you.

In Christ alone, Whitney’s dad


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for a great evaluation. NO MORE STOMACH NEEDLES. HOORAY!!!

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for Whit's continued progress!! She's really learning patience and endurance through all this isn't she? God is faithful to use every situation in our life to draw us closer to him and his likeness. To God be the glory. I'm sure in her desire for independence God is teaching her she can fully depend on HIM! Praise God he's the source of our strength! Thank you for the wonderful update on Whit's condition.

Have a blessed weekend Cerak family!! Much love & prayers!!

7:36 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

YAY WHITNEY!!! Oh my goodness, I don't know that I could have gotten through that all this time--and that's coming from someone who has two tattoos, a nose ring and a belly ring. No problems with body modification needles, but I cannot function with medicinal needles. They scare the crap out of me! I am so proud of you Whitney, and am encouraged by you daily. Physically so much so that I dragged my lazy butt out and actually walked 5 miles this week. Spiritually, because you are teaching me patience and humility, and encouraging me by what you say as I deal with my life. Love the whole family!

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such great news...I am so happy to hear Whit is doing so well.

No more shots is great to hear...she has endured a lot over these months.

Your family is wonderful and I thank you for sharing all of this news with the world.

Today as I go about my normal things I will picture Whit doing the same...getting herself ready for her day...

Much love and prayers from my heart to yours...a mom in mt zion

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY! No more needles. That is always a good thing. It is so awesome to see how much Whitney has progressed recently! God is so so good! Thanks for your continued updates!

Just wanted to thank you for any prayers you lifted up for my husband and I as we went to Columbus to look at apartments. We found one, now we just have to get his transfer going so we can put a hold on it and fill out our applications! We hope to move no later than September!

:) Deni

8:14 AM  
Anonymous the Wenkels said...

What can I say...You all are phenominal-- With God of course! I am touched to tears at the progress Whit is making, and that you are so loving to share all of this with us. We have been quietly keeping track of you guys, but praying very loudly. I actually found this site this morning while looking to find out if Carly was able to be down there with the family. What a nice surprise it was to find this wonderful update! Congrats Whitney on every single step, you are touching so many lives with each one. We love you all, and are so greatful to you for showing us God's light.

with all our hearts, Kimmee, Dave, and Patience Wenkel

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the friends and family of the Ceraks: Many of us would be keenly interested to help the Ceraks financially through this difficult time. I'm sure even the most generous of medical health plans will not cover everything. Has such a fund been created and if so, how can we help? Thank you for any responses and God Bless!
----A caring friend in Illinois----

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for Whitney daily. Any chance she'll be at Taylor this fall?

10:05 AM  
Blogger Harriet said...

I love reading the inspiring words of Whitney's family. The faith that you have is uplifing and encouraging. Mom, dad, sister, your posts are moving; however,I look forward to seeing Whitney's name as the daily poster.
Warm hugs to all of you, Harriet from Macon

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WAY TO GO WHITNEY! So happy you don't need to go through that anymore.

Continue to get better!!!!! You've come such a long way.

Thinking of you from New Jersey

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woohoo! Ü Hooray for a great eval. Your hard work has paid off, Whitney. I would imagine that it's time to celebrate - did I hear someone mention ice cream?!
Jeremiah 29:11
Love, M. Norwood/RSartist101...!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous erin maguire said...


11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whitney, Such good news to hear no more shots. Hope your evaluation goes well today and that you have a great weekend. We'll be praying for you. Larry & Dianne

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea...for you....enjoy your needle free evenings....

love from ,
a friend

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We rejoice with you concerning the
things that are working together for good in Whitney's recovery!
Your faithful testimonies at the beginning of each report are so uplifting and God-glorifying!
It is marvelous how God is working in your lives and the lives of countless folks around the globe as a result of it all.
Continuing to pray that God will use
Whitney's journey to inspire and confront a lost and dying world with hope and joy and peace.
Jim & Edna

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on no more stomach needles, Whitney!! We are praying for you.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Whit!! NO MORE NEEDLES!!! I'm so excited for you! That's absolutely awesome. I can't believe it's only been a few short months. You are doing an AMAZING job. I can't even tell you how much your perseverence and peaceful attitude have encouraged me.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Lori Greenman said...

Greetings from Argentina! I'm praying for you. Our son Ben worked with Whitney at Taylor. I continue to follow Whitney's progress and am encouraged by your faith. My husband and I are missionaries here. This Sunday morning I'm giving a devotional at a pastors' wives' retreat and would like to share some of what you have written as well as from my own personal experience living with MS. I especially liked what you wrote on June 22 about our loving Father and that He is watching over us. The theme for the retreat is "Amadas por Dios" or "Loved by God". May God continue to bless you with His strength, wisdom and peace.
Lori Greenman

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whitney--Cerak family,
May God's grace continue to be your hope and joy, as your continued progress and faithfulness to our Saviour is a source of hope and joy for others. May His name be praised. I would only hope to react as you have in any kind of similar situation. Thanks for your witness and for your challenge to live for Him whatever the day brings--sunshine, rain, storms, or clouds...
A sister in Christ in Virginia

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God! This is wonderful news! To God be the Glory

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the mother of a child with a brain injury, I have an idea of what you have been going through. I pray for your daughter and family everynight. I wish Whitney the best of luck on her eval.
I have been silently reading for weeks now, and I admire the strenght and faith that has sustained you all through this ordeal. Having been in similar circumstances, I can only say that your family is a "class act". My dear daughter has not nor will ever acheive the goals that Whitney has...so I thank you for sharing this very personal struggle and triumphs.
I take comfort in knowing that good things still do happen! Best wishes!
Nancy in Illinois

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Cerak family and especially you, Whitney,

I rejoice for your freedom from the stomach needles!

I pray for you and your family every day and your have blessed my life, as you have so many others. God keep you in his loving arms, as well as all the other families who lost loved ones in the accident.

Love and prayers for your constant improvement!

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is such great news that Whit doesn't have to have Stomach needles anymore...what a relief for her! I praise god for her progress, what an amazing young lady :) She is so strong with her faith and God helps her progress even more. I pray for a GREAT report and that she may be able to be in the comfort of her own home soon. God Bless you all!

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God for your continuing recovery, Whitney, and the unwavering faith that you and your family have! I pray that God will continue to comfort and lift you all up! My prayers are with you all. God is good - all the time!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following this blog for sometime. My brother was in a motorcycle accident and we thought he too had died as we didn't hear from him or the police for 48 hours. It is only through God and His glory that my brother is here today to se another day. We can so relate with the Van Ryns for not being able to tell if that was Laura or not as when we did see my brother, all the swelling, IV fluids and tubes and everything that was keeping him alive made us question as he did not look like him. Praise the Lord for all the medical technology and the people who God has given the knowledge. I have followed Whitneys progress and it seems to mirror so much of what my brother went through. It makes me smile and Thank God for everyday to be able to come and hear of her continued progress. One thing that has popped into mind is Why is Whitney not able to go home or get closer to home? When my brother wanted to go home, the facility made arrangements with another facility close to home and even provided in home therapy to continue what was started. We prayed on it for a few days and came together believing that God could provide continued excellent care at home. Carl, my brother, actually excelled once he came home more than the therapists had expected. Today my brother and his wife have a beautiful son. God is good. My prayers for Whitney have been for her to get where God wants her to be today. Trust in the Lord and ALL things are possible. Love and Hugs

11:08 AM  
Blogger ~~angie~~ said...

No more heparin shots...AMEN? Do they still z-track them? So glad everything is going so well. My love and prayers are with you.

6:16 PM  

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