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, August 10, 2006

August 9, 2006

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not comsumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

The alarm went off at 5:15 AM! We had to be at the hospital at 6AM. I slept in the room with Whitney (Carly spent the night at Spring Lake). Whitney had some wires and screws in her elbow that were close to the surface and causing some discomfort. We were lucky to get the same doctor that put the rod in her leg, remove the screws. Whitney was nervous but excited to get it done. The surgery went great and we were back at Hope by 2:30 PM. Can you believe Whitney even went to a few therapies when she returned. Whitney rested then we had a special birthday dinner celebration for Laisa (Sandras sister). Carly was also celebrated completing her internship (which she loved). The evening was filled with laughter and great conversation and I was proud to be in the great company of Carly, Whitney, Sandra and Laisa. There is something very special about sisters.

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." John 15:12

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

With love,
Whitney's mom


Anonymous CM said...

Colleen...Thank you, I needed that tonight. You are my friend, and an inspiration to many. I love you

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful day filled with love & family.

Whit is blessed by having not only a great sister but a loving Mom...~

a mt zion mom

4:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sisters are very special!:o) What a great gift God has given us with sisters. I'm thankful Whitney had the screws taken care of and was back to her regular routine. She is such a shining example of hard work and determination. I'm sure the love and support of her family keep her going, as well as her tremendous faith. She is a very blessed women, in many ways. Keep it it up Whitney, you will go far in this life here on earth.
God Bless,
Much love from Gaylord

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so nice to see your family slowly returning to everyday life. I hope that Whitney gets to spend a little time at home before she heads back to school. I have a feeling that this blog will probably be ending (or at least changing) in the future so I just wanted to take the opportunity to tell you that I have really appreciated your dedication to updating the blog. Your entire family has been a great inspiration! I have always believed that you can learn the most about people by watching how they handle adversity. The people who I have admired the most are those who were able to shine in their faith, even when they were going through great hardship. Your family (and the VanRyn's before you) have really been a shining example. I imagine that you have touched the hearts of many, many people. Thank you for being willing to share your family's very personal walk through this emotional and trying time.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Cerak Family
Glad Whitney is doing so well and can have a goal of getting back to Taylor this fall. Collen, I read one person who said you missed your calling and I agree!!! Your words of inspiration are truly amazing. Newell, watch out. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers daily. Hope to see you soon!!!
The Eisens

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your writings are inspiring, comforting and far-reaching ~ we continue to love you from Miller Place ~ John & Linda

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to hear everything went well with Whitney's surgery. Thank you for keeping us posted.

God is so good!

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Sue said...

I'm so happy to hear about Whitney's progress. It's great that she gets to go back to school. I would love to see you all when you are down here sometime. School starts for me on Monday, so down time is almost over. Love you guys!!

Sue Jackson

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for Whitney's continued healing! Thanks for the reminder to love, lead and serve in all situations. Whitney, I am praying that this upcoming semester is filled with more blessings than you could ever dare to dream of! God is preparing a special year for you at TU.

Love and Prayers...

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love whitney!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to echo the posting from 6:12 a.m. You have graciously allowed us to walk with you through this journey of healing and faith. When Whitney returns to a more routine existence, you may all wish to do so too. This blog has served an awesome purpose. We are blessed to have been given a glimpse of God's immense love and power. You have changed me and I will never forget your family. God bless you all forever.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mrs. Cerak
This is totally random, but since Whit gets to go back to school in the fall, are you still going to be the most amazing gym teacher at the intermediate school for this year!?! I sure hope so:)

love always,
a former gym student

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Erin Maguire said...

Glad to hear that Whitney will be returning to Taylor this fall! What great news. :)

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God has certainly blessed your family. I don't know you, but have been reading through your blog off and on since you started it. You are all truly an inspiration to me!! Continued prayers and best wishes to you all.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad that Whitney's Surgery went so well, and that she was able to get in to such good spirits with the family by the end of the day. How wonderful!
Thank you for keeping us informed. As we keep her in our Prayers, it is nice to know that they are all working! :)
Blessings and smiles,
Annie Horsky
Long Island, NY

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a TU alumni from a long time ago, I cannot really express my joy for you as a family, first in having Whitney returned to you and now for her to begin her life once again! All proof that God IS in charge and he does supply "according to our needs in Christ Jesus!"
Whitney...keep up the battle...life is ahead and you will triumph in Christ!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have continued to shine for Christ through the challenges put before you because you have trusted that He has gone before you each and every day. What an amazing family! God has used you to witness the love that is freely yours and available to anyone who opens their heart to Him. Thank you for being who you are! Who was Carly's fifth grade teacher? BH of Naples

3:53 PM  
Anonymous 12 year old from essex,england said...

i heard about whitney's story in a magazine and i give my greatest sympathy to the whole family.I am so pleased on whitney's progress and how the whole family pull together to give her a good time during her recovery.

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been following this amazing story for quite some time and have been more than blessed and have truly had my faith strengthened. Thank you sooo much for sharing your life with us. I am a little confused about one thing though.... in some entries you have referred to Sandra as Whitney's sister, but in this entry you said that Laisa is Sandra's sister. Also in Mr. Ceraks profile as a pastor, it says he has 2 daughters. So is Sandra related to Whitney or not?

12:23 PM  

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