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Happy Wednesday evening to you three! I hope all is well and you are noticing some improvement from the treatments!
Christie Terry
CA USA - Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 12:06:58 (CDT)
Debbie! I just tried to call you but I think it just rang and rang. I really need to speak with you; I've had a bad week. I want to see how you are doing and hear your sweet voice and know you are ok. If you have a chance, call me at 310-836-0080 or e-mail me and let me know when I can reach you. I miss and love you so much!

Kisses and hugs,


ca USA - Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 01:14:21 (CDT)
Hard to believe that you know two Angeline (Angela) Jones girls! When I went to your site tonight, the first message was from Angela Jones!!
Glad you're back safe and sound. Now, at least, I can visualize where you are. I think about you all daily and keep you lifted up in prayer.
Love you all,

Angeline Jones Bell
CA USA - Friday, July 26, 2002 at 23:34:06 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, You are deeply missed here-LA isn't the same-the energy shifted when you left. There is a void in group!!! Know that we are thinking of you and sending good healing energy your way and for a safe journey to France!! Contact us when you arrive and get settled!! You are missed and loved-Angela
Angela Jones
CA USA - Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 19:07:29 (CDT)
Bonjour ˆ tous trois.
Je suis chez Jean-Louis et nous avons trouvŽ enfin votre site, aprs beaucoup de difficultŽs car nous ne savons pas nous servir de l'ordinateur ni l'un ni l'autre. Jean-Louis pense bien ˆ vous : il conserve un tellement bon souvenir des expos lazuristes ! Je vous contacte au tŽlŽphone. Je vous embrasse affectueusement.

USA - Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 18:33:52 (CDT)
Hello Debbie, Dewey and Aurora,
I hope your flight back went well. I think about you every day as I pass Max's house and I pray for you every night. I miss you so much and so does group!
I wanted to let you know that I've booked my flight to Europe and hoping all goes well so I can come see you! Right now the dates are Aug. 28-Sept. 10, flying into Rome and leaving from Paris. I'll let you know more soon.
Keep thinking those good thoughts and send me your phone and address when you can!

Love always,


ca USA - Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 11:04:43 (CDT)
Debbie, Dewey and Lady Aurora,
How is Les Meurs? Is it a sunflower year? I can only imagine the magic that surrounds you at the moment! Waa! My thoughts scurry across land and sea and greet you every morning. (I hope the body will soon follow.)
Many hugs and kisses especially for little Aurora,

kosovo - Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 06:19:13 (CDT)
Hello Debbie,Dewey,and little miss Aurora-_
I hope everything is well and you made it safely to France. It was a real blessing getting to know all of you. I hope the treatments are going well. Keep me posted and if you need any help just call anytime. I hope to journey there someday soon to visit. Get well and stay positive. You can beat this.
All my love,

az USA - Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 21:33:45 (CDT)
Hi Debbie,
We have enjoyed the photos of all of you in Arizona. Aurora is so pretty all dolled up, with pink sunglasses and a crown! You and Dewey look great as well! We're sure you are happy to be home in France again--it looks so beautiful there. We were only in France for a few days, back in 1967, but we truly loved it. How are you doing with the infusions? Our prayers continue for God's guidance and healing and especially for your peace and comfort.
Love, Judy & Glenn

Judy & Glenn Nevins
CA USA - Monday, July 22, 2002 at 18:37:55 (CDT)
HI Debbie and all, Roland's computer gave out on me and Stephane thought he had it fixed. I NEVER got the email so your MOM'S CALL was surprising. WE would like to make a trip to see you. Roland gets back in August. COULD YOU make sure I have a good phone number for you in France, so we can keep in touch. love you much ...hope trip didn't wear you out too much. I would really love to have Max and Amy's address too as I lost it. Think of you everyday and can't wait to hug your neck girl. Roland is fine and busy in GERMANY with Mike but sends his love too. Your ROSE IN PARIS
Rose Mohsen
USA - Sunday, July 21, 2002 at 15:09:00 (CDT)
Dearest Debbling,

I guess that the sunflowers are in bloom. It must be beautiful in France right now. We are enjoying our garden and lots of fresh produce. I hope your garden is doing well.

Kris is working hard on the concert in Malibu. I'm sure it's going to go well and do much good for everyone concerned.

Marcie and I went to Lynchburg (Jack Daniels distillery) and sang a couple of songs in a real country country diner. It was fun. We spent the night (just us) in a huge old mill near a lovely river.

We hope to see you in October at the show. Much love to you and your own ones.


John Castleberry
TN USA - Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 20:19:32 (CDT)
bonjour vous trois. Je suis a Atlanta chez mon frere et je viens de voir qu'en fait vous etes partis aux Meurs en France.Dommage de rater cette occasion de vous voir.Je suis en meme temps tres content de savoir que vous allez vous ressourcer dans ce super endroit. J'ai toujours en memoire les joyeuses fiestas, et les fouilles archeologiques de votre voisin anglais.Grosses bises.Patrick
patrick vandeplanque
USA - Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 20:28:02 (CDT)
Hey Franklins,
Welcome home to lovely Le Meur. Sorry we missed you on your trip back to Atlanta. Can't wait to see pictures of you all at home. We think about you, pray for you and eagerly await more good news. Love you, miss you, kiss you.
Our hearts
Roger, Erin, Addie and Cam

TX USA - Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 16:09:45 (CDT)
Debbie, Dewey & Aurora,
I am soooo happy you are safe and sound in your wonderful home in France. I can't wait to hear more about your garden.
Please know you are being lifted up in prayer daily by me and so many people here at Pepperdine.
You are dearly loved.

Linda Truschke
ca USA - Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 15:09:02 (CDT)
Continued best wishes for the three of you! I hope the trip back to France has gone well. Much love and many prayers flow across the Atlantic....
Christie Terry
CA USA - Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 10:28:58 (CDT)
Hi Debbie, Dewey, Aurora the fab-sunglasses-princess! Are you back at Les Meurs now??? Thinking about you, we really hope the treatments will continue as intensively when you are back in France and that you'll see more results soon. I'm very saddened by the fact that now that you're finally back in Europe, we've moved down under! We'll have to come visit on our way back next summer. Loving you and praying for you, many hugs from the Dunas.
Maria and family
Norway - Monday, July 15, 2002 at 04:34:11 (CDT)
Debbie, Dewey and Aurora!
Les Meurs must be days away... I am thinking of all of you as you are making the transition. I am so thrilled for you, but - frankly - also for me. This means you will be on this side of the ocean once again, and a reunion is only moments away. Love you much,

Kosovo - Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 04:46:27 (CDT)
Hi Debbie, Dewey and Aurora,
Just a note to say hi and let you know I'm thinking about you. Hope you are doing well and staying cool. :) I got a laugh out of Dewey's note about the door knob sizzling. It looks like you have some pretty nice pools there though. Dylan has started swimming lessons and actually dove down to the bottom of the pool (3 1/2 feet) to get a ring. It was a major milestone, getting his eyes wet. Anyways, take care. We love you. Beth and Dylan

Beth Bell
CA USA - Friday, July 12, 2002 at 17:59:35 (CDT)

I'm not sure if you would remember me, but I am a fellow Heidelberger. I was only there for the Fall Program. I was friends with Diane and Maria.

I read about you in the recent Pepperdine Voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. I know you will do well as you have a very strong spirit.

God Bless!

Beth "McCormick" Dupree

Beth Dupree
AZ USA - Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 15:43:21 (CDT)
How the heck are you?
USA - Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 04:19:32 (CDT)

GA USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 13:20:02 (CDT)
Dearest Debbie, I think about you so much...I hope you continue to do well with the new treatment, and that your return to France is getting closer! The pictures of Aurora are so adorable...She is Aurora The Adorable! Debbie, you are sooo missed in group, and collectively we send you all our HOPE and LOVE and GOOD WISHES for your recovery. Since you taught me how to comfortably hug people, I'm giving you lots of them,- hugs that is, and I'm looking forward to personally hug you in October!! Let us know if there is anything we can do for the project here. Again, lots of love

ca USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 13:29:32 (CDT)
Great to hear you made it to Phoenix. It is supposed to be hot here in Southern CA this week, although I doubt it compares to Phoenix-style warming! My thoughts and prayers are with you all, especially as you travel back to France. I can only imagine how anxious you are to be there again.
Christie Terry
CA USA - Monday, July 08, 2002 at 17:59:13 (CDT)
Hello Debbie, Dewey, and Aurora - Dewey, thanks for your update. All the photos were beautiful. Love that Phoenix hot weather haircut! I was glad to hear that treatment took place in Phoenix and that you are on your way back to Atlanta and are prepared to continue the therapy yourselves. The group at the Wellness Community here would love to see Debbie before you leave for France. There's a meeting tomorrow which is Monday, July 8 from noon until 2:00. Don't know if you are back in town or if Debbie would be up to it, but we surely would be ecstatic if she could stop by. All of you continue to be in my prayers daily. I pray that the new treatment will be wonderfully effective and that the tumors will disappear. May God hold you in His hand. I pray traveling mercies for you too. Love, Page Walden
Page Walden
GA USA - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 21:08:05 (CDT)
Wonderful pictures and update! Thank you Dewey. Now that you've left California I feel even more the need for your updates and photos. I'm sorry that we weren't able to give you physical hugs for the road, but our LOVE and prayers are still SO coming your way!

Gene and I are apart now. He's at Pepperdine for his intense summer school, and this summer is even tougher than last, so we won't see him but a day or two until August. Girls and I miss him much, but it's good for him to be doing what he's doing, and character-building, I'm sure, for me, to be doing what I'm doing: being temporary single nauseated mom.

There is so much to be joyful about even as we endure times we wouldn't necessarily choose, had we the choice. You are my inspiration in that! May God fill you with all strength required to find all the joy and hope He promises! And may He heal your body fully. Amen.

laura gerard
CA USA - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 17:06:04 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, and family, You all are in our hearts and prayers and we have shared info with all at church here so know that there are many praying for you and hoping that God will grant you healing in ARIZONA. Miss you and hope to see you well and back in France. love you all much and bisous de Paris..and Germany as Roland and Mike are there...your Rose in Paris
Rose Mohsen
FRANCE - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 16:55:50 (CDT)
Je pense tres fort a vous,je vous aime et espere avoir de vos nouvelles Fabrice
Fabrice Girard d'Albissin
USA - Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 03:04:34 (CDT)
Dear Deb,
We're praying hard for a grat big breakthrough for you. God bless you there where you are. Just an announcement and a story and I'm outta here!
Erin confirmed last week that she's expecting ... looks like another Massey is headed this way in February. Addie (6) and Cameron (nearly 4) want a mixed set of twins so they can each have a little brother and a little sister. "Well, ask your mom!"
While on vacation I was exploring the Opryland Hotel gardens with Addie and Cameron while Erin made a dash to the car ... when an Indian Sikh walked past us, complete with black turban and long black and white beard. Addie gave him a long look and asked me why he had "that thing" on his head. I began to explain about his culture and religion when she cut me off and got to the point ... "Does he worship God, Daddy?" she asked. "No, he's worships idols," I told her. She and Cameron both sighed in disappointment and gasped, "We've got to tell him about Jesus, Daddy."
I heartily agreed, wondering how we were going to cause as little damage as possible. I advised them on how to strike up a conversation with him and what might be a good lead question ... you know the drill.
As we continued up in our glass elevator the kids faces were plastered to the glass, following his every move and they were dismayed that he was getting away ... I just thought I was off the hook. But, as we made our way back down to the first floor and the polished metal elevator doors began to open, Addie and Cami shot out of the glass and brass observation post at warp speed, yelling, "Wait! Wait!" at the top of their lungs.
They dodged Asian tourists and blue-haired ladies and elderly couples, all who thought they were so cute to be running from Daddy.
Meanwhile, another Sikh joined our unsuspecting target and Addie got to them first. She tugged on his long white shirt tail and he turned around and looked down at her. She took a deep breath and asked him, "Ummm, do you believe in God?" Cami slid to a stop right behind her and got directly to the point. He raised his hands and his cute little three year-old face pleaded, "You've gotta worship Jesus! You've GOTTA worship JEEEESUS!"
Both men looked at each other with big question marks over their heads and bent down ... "What?" they asked.
Cameron repeated himself, holding out his hands ... pleading. Addie asked him again if he believed in God. Arrive Dad. Dad smiles. Sikh stoops down to Cameron's level.
"Oh what lovely children. What are your names?" he asked. They tell him and then Addie gets him back on topic. "Do you worship God?"
He looked up at his friend, and then looked back at them. "Yes. I worship God, but no, no Jesus. No Jesus." Cameron was crushed and his face showed it. "But you've gotta worship Jesus," he pleaded ... his bright red bottom lip beginning to quiver.
The big black turban nodded up and down. He shifted his feet, seemed to weigh the situation and then nodded. "OK. Yes God and Yes Jesus." Little smiles began to appear. "Did I answer your question correctly then?" asked the friendly face. "So, you DO love God," Addie verified. "Yes," he assured them.
"My Daddy said you were an idol worshipper," Cameron blurted out, pointing at me. I winced like I been poked with a hot iron. Both turbans turned to look at me. I put my hand on the man's shoulder closest to me. "Well, mission accomplished," I said and smiled. They both smiled back and ruffed Cameron's hair and turned to leave.
"He was nice. I'm glad we did that," remarked Addie. "Yea, he was right Daddy and you were wrong," Cameron pointed out.
I just sighed and told God thank you for the hearts of my children. Give me one more like theirs.

roger massey
TX USA - Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 16:45:38 (CDT)
all the best
Gary McNeil
uk - Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 13:44:49 (CDT)
Nous continuons ˆ prier pour toi! Gros bisous de Paris.
Manu, Rose mary et Emmanuel
France - Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 12:28:49 (CDT)
Hi Debbie, Dewey and Aurora
We are still thinking about you and praying for sucess with the new treatment here at Stroud Congregational Church. The updates your dad sends me are put onto the church e-mail for all to read and we print them off too.
Our love to you all at this time and may the love of God and His Son Jesus enfold you now and the Holy Spirit fill you with hope and assurance

Elaine King
USA - Tu
We hope everything is going well in Arizona and we are praying that this new therapy will bring you healing. We love you three very, very much (beau, beaucoup, as one beginning French student said).
Hugs and kisses from Heidelberg and Paris.
Your friends Colette, Lisa, Karin and Daniel daugherty

Daniel Daugherty <>
Germany - Tuesday, July 02, 2002 at 03:11:43 (CDT)
Much love and many prayers from Malibu!
Christie Terry <>
CA USA - Monday, July 01, 2002 at 17:04:07 (CDT)

I received this wonderful, encouraging lesson from a dear friend and I wanted to share it with you...

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick
it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it.

The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. When the storms of life come upon us - and all of us will experience them - we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God. The storms do
not have to overcome us. We can allow God's power to lift us above them.

God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives. We can soar above the storm. Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.

The Bible says, "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles." Isaiah 40:31

I believe God is faithful, truthful, steadfast. We can trust Him; we can trust His Word. He has promised you comfort, strength, peace, every spiritual blessing you need! You are His precious child and He is caring for you - mind, spirit and body.

I love you, dear, sweet Debbie. And I am praying without ceasing for you, Dewey and Aurora.


Shannon (Morley) Earls <>
TX USA - Monday, July 01, 2002 at 10:21:50 (CDT)
Debbie, Dewey and Aurora -
Went by Les Meurs the other night to meet up with Howard who was faithfuly weeding and watering.
Your home is eagerly awaiting your return - to be filled with your presence.
Thinking of you daily -

Karen Normandy <>
France - Sunday, June 30, 2002 at 05:14:54 (CDT)
hi debbie,

just wanted you to know i'm thinking about you and
your family often. if you ever feel the urge to give a call
don't fight it. 510.541.6241. i would love to talk with you


cami edwards <>
ca USA - Friday, June 28, 2002 at 21:20:10 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, Dewey and Aurora,
We were so surprised to hear the news of Debbie and the cancer. We got the news from the Mohsens last week and we were able to share the news with Jamie and Patrick over the weekend when we saw them. You are definitely in our prayers and thoughts. We were excited to hear news of you, as we had lost touch. What wonderful news about your daughter - Aurora. She is so beautiful! Obviously you are very proud. I was reading several of your uplifting messages that have been left for you. You have velry caring and wonderful friends. I especially liked the one that I believe was from your sister that said that God is in control and not the cancer!!!
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Terrie and Joe Kirts

Joe & Terrie Kirts <>
IL USA - Monday, June 24, 2002 at 22:20:56 (CDT)
Dearest Deb, Dewey and Aurora, This morning as I drove through the green hills of Portland on my way to work, I thought about you and the journey you have ahead of you. I pray that God will watch over you as you travel and that your new treatment will be a success and that your finances will be taken care of. "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty" Ps. 91:1. May you find peace, rest, shelter and healing. Love you.
Trish Mayes <>
WA USA - Monday, June 24, 2002 at 12:45:34 (CDT)
Grosses bises de Paris ! Nous attendons ton retour en France avec impatience. En attendent, nous continuons ˆ p prier pour toi!!! A bient™t, Manu, rose mary et Emmanuel
Monnoyeur <>
France - Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 10:44:36 (CDT)
We are steadfast in our thoughts and prayers for you. You have been steadfast in your trust in God for your care. God is completely steadfast in his love for you. He is trustworthy and He will hold you always. It is His faithfulness that gives us assurance that all will be well. Continue to trust Him. He is completely faithful and He loves you. We love you, Debbie, and we will continue to pray for your complete healing. May God bless you, Dewey and Aurora for your faithfullness to Him.

Michael, Kris, Mikey, Matt, Mason and Kaylee <>
SC USA - Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 05:42:28 (CDT)
You are in my prayers everyday. Know that you are not fighting alone! Please remember nothing can separate us from God's love, comfort and power.
Nina Kylstra <>
wa USA - Friday, June 21, 2002 at 10:19:37 (CDT)
P.S. Diane Franey-Woodall has just arrived from San Fran to help us pack, and boy do we need the help. Debbie is doing fine, and very happy to start the new treatment. She will fly back here tommorrow evening.
ca USA - Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 15:26:44 (CDT)
No matter how hard things seem, God is holding you in the palm of his hand. I am sending strength, love and prayer your way!
Christie Terry <>
CA USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 17:15:43 (CDT)
We love you and we are praying for you. Love, Marc, Rachel & Erica
Rachel McClure <>
Banner Elk, NC USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 15:48:15 (CDT)
The stedfast love of the Lord never ceases.
His mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning.
Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God.
"The Lord is my portion." says my soul,
"Therefore I will trust in him."

I've been thinking about you all and praying for you for the last few days and this verse from Lamentations keeps finding its way into my head. I'm passing it along to you, with my love.

Gene <>
CA USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 11:32:40 (CDT)

My heart, my thoughts, my strongest mettle is with you, Dewey and Aurora. The healing will continue, of that I am certain. Much love,

simona schiopu
kosovo - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 09:52:53 (CDT)

This verse keeps coming to me as I think of you these last few days:

"You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God!
They are innumerable!
I can't even count them:
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up in the morning,
you are still with me!"

Psalm 139:16, 17

God, not cancer, is in charge of your life. And He loves you!

I love you too!

GA USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 07:20:56 (CDT)

Today is a new day - beautiful and bright with promise, held gently and safely in the arms of our Lord. Today is a blessed day - a day of thankfulness, a day of remembrance, a day of forgiveness. Today is a magical day - full of child-like freedom, sunshine and flowers, moon dust and fireflies. Today is a gift from God - this day and every day is His day! That alone is enough reason to laugh, to pray, to give, to sing, to dream, to create, to rejoice!

"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad." Psalms 118:24

I am rejoicing today - rejoicing in the creation of you by our Father - He loves you more than anyone and you are resting in His hands.

A scripture for you : Jeremiah 29:11

Love, prayers and blessings,

Shannon (Morley) Earls

Shannon (Morley) Earls <>
TX USA - Monday, June 17, 2002 at 11:17:52 (CDT)
Dear Debbie,

You can be sure we will be praying for you and for the success of the new treatment. We're thankful that there is something more you can try. As we talked about earlier, we don't know what God has in store for any of us, but we do know that He uses every event in our lives for something good. Again, we are so sorry to have missed your party. We look forward to seeing some photos of the occasion--hope you will posting some. 'Bye for now.

Love & prayers, Judy & Glenn

Judy & Glenn Nevins <>
CA USA - Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 22:18:57 (CDT)
Dear Debbie; I've just read your update. I must admit to going through a range of emotions. I went from sorrow to hope in two seconds! You are truly amazing Debbie. I don't know where you find the strength to fight, as you do, but I'm so glad you do. I will pray that this new treatment does it's job and that you return home with the cure. God bless you and all your family and friends, you've really had to fight hard. Lots of Brits are praying for you, feel their love too. Be strong in Him. Carol Mck.
Carol Mckeown <>
UK - Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 12:48:17 (CDT)
My mind is in a whirlwind and I need to tell you all what is happening. But I wanted to tell you about how great it was to have so many friends gather at Kris and Gary's to celebrate my 38th birthday, to hug everyone one more time, to see some friends from so long ago and others who came from far away. Thank you Diane, Ron, DJ, Amy, Phyllis, Kris and Gary for all of your work. It was grand! Thank you all for making it happen by being there, and for all of you who gave towards our fund so generously. It looks like we need those funds even more urgently. Everything had been going so well, but the roller coaster has taken a downward spin and I am spinning. After a week of radiating my pelvis to prevent any breaks, my white blood counts have gone way down and we've had to scale the treatments back. And then I got tumor markers back and, for the first time since I've been out here, they have all shot up. The blood was drawn the day we began radiating the pelvis, so it doesn't reflect that. Instead, it means the cancer is on the move in the most aggressive way since I've been out here. I need your prayers so much.
Fortunately, I've been hearing about and researching an alternative treatment based in Phoenix that has worked beautifully for 3 women that I know personally. And I had the phone consult with the biochemist who created the protocol the day I got the news about the blood counts and the tumor markers. We need to go out there for 3 weeks to start on the protocol and do the high-dose Vitamin C infusions and then I can carry on on my own.
We have decided to leave here early (next Tuesday) and to forgo our plans for seeing friends and being with my family for my parents' 40th anniversary in Florida. I need to focus again. Hard as it is to leave here early, to miss such a special event with my family, to leave friends and plans behind, my healing begs full attention.
I am writing this to ask for your prayers for the protocol to work the healing it has in Polly (all her bone mets and breast tumors are gone), and for my immune system to rebuild quickly. I can do this knowing you are there beside me, beside us. Thank you so much.
I love you all, Debbie

Debbie Franklin
CA USA - Friday, June 14, 2002 at 21:11:46 (CDT)
Where is Table Mountain? There is a Table Mountain near where I grew up and I wonder if it is the same one....I am glad to hear your party was a success! I so wish I could have been there. Much love!
Christie Terry <>
CA USA - Friday, June 14, 2002 at 18:50:24 (CDT)
The thought of all of you being on this side of the Atlantic soon is thrilling. When is Les Meurs expecting you back? I would love to see you this fall... In the meantime, much warmth, simona

simona <>
germany - Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 07:57:07 (CDT)
Juste une petite pensŽe e pour toi et ta famille!
Bisous, Manu, Rose mary et Emmanuel

Monnoyeur <>
Paris; France - Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 06:54:35 (CDT)

I want you to know that you are a daily part of my life. And now, even without direct contact, you are my dear friend. I lift you up in prayer to our awesome Father, confident in His absolute power to heal you, to use you, to bless you. He is truly worthy of praise.

Love and blessings,

Shannon (Morley) Earls

Shannon (Morley) Earls <>
TX USA - Monday, June 10, 2002 at 09:18:03 (CDT)
Hi Debbie,
You may not remember me. I go to North Atlanta COC and met you once during one of your visits with your parents. I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I , along with many at NACOC, are praying for you and your family. God bless you.

Deborah Akindele <>
GA USA - Monday, June 10, 2002 at 09:01:20 (CDT)
Dear Debbie,Dewey and Aurora,

Much has happened since the last time I saw you. We will be moving to Knoxville, TN this coming Tuesday, (June 11). It is such a long story how this all transpired, and I hope to tell it to you soon. Our new information is:
7809 Senate Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931
I have much I would love to say to you, though I know how your life is so extremely full right now. We will only be 3 hours from Atlanta. If you return to Atlanta for any period of time, please let us know, if you feel like it. I would love to see you for a few hours, and I could drive down and maybe aid you in anything you could use my service for. You are such a dear, and I know you have touched so many, many lives through all of this. God be with you, my precious friend. Contact me if you would like. My phone # in Louisiana is (318)397-4614 until June 11. Tell Dewey I'll make him a special meal if I come to Atlanta. Ha!! I can't tell you how much I love you and the gratitude I have to God for you. Love, Michele

Michele Bamburg
Calhoun, La USA - Friday, June 07, 2002 at 16:27:15 (CDT)
I am praying for God to give you special wisdom. Blessings on you and yours today.
Nina Kylstra <>
WA USA - Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 19:34:34 (CDT)
I met you briefly at a Bible Study in San Francisco with Diane Franey. I just want you to know that you are in my prayers and I am so glad that Diane is keeping us updated on your progress. You are a remarkable woman and certainly seem to have the peace of God. I continue to pray for your healing and happiness! Erika
Erika Gould <>
CA USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 19:40:39 (CDT)
Hi Debbie! Cory passed along your message... I'm so glad that we're going to be able to get in touch! My email is on here ( and Cory has my cell phone number... it'd be a pleasure to hear from you when you've got a chance!


Clay Stockton <>
CA USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 17:44:52 (CDT)
Joyeux anniversaire avec beaucoup de retard, mais le coeur y est!! Tu es toujours aussi ravissante malgrŽ t ton annŽe en prime!! Tu es toujours dans nos prires et l'assemblŽe de DŽodat a toujours une pensŽe et une prire pour toi et ta famille!! Bisous, Manu, Rose mary et Emmanuel.
Monnoyeur <>
Paris France - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 15:18:40 (CDT)
So gald to see the recent pictures. I am glad that your mom got to visit during your birthday week. Your energy astounds me. But, not God. You are a beacon to all that know you.
Hope you had enough reserve strength to enjoy your birthday party this past Saturday.
Praise the Lord that you are being extended for the month to finish up your treatment. To find an Insurance company that appears to have a realistic, compassionist view of treatment and costs is amazing. It can only be GOD'sintervention!!!!!
Hope you have a GREAT week.
Love ya bunches

Aunt Karen
USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 08:39:09 (CDT)
It has been almost a year since I've last seen you and your family.
Mark and I have been married for a year on June 9th! The time has flown by but we never stop thinking and praying for you and your family. Danny, who is eight years old, ALWAYS prays for you. God has you surrounded by so much love! I keep in touch with you as I visit the site quite often and I am constantly encouraged by your love for God and people. I know that you have touched many lives.
The Wadsworth clan will continue to petition God on your behalf. Have a wonderful and happy birthday with your loved ones! God Bless!

Angie Wadsworth <>
GA USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 07:39:20 (CDT)
Dear Debbie,
We do feel the love you send our way. We pray for healing and for wisdom as we understand that you have very important decisions to make in the weeks to come. By the way, I thought you would be interested to know that you and my mother have the same birthday. Great spirits meet.
Greetings from Lisa, Karin and Colette.
We love you,
Daniel Daugherty

Daniel Daugherty <>
Germany - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 03:54:27 (CDT)
I think of you and pray for you all. May God continue to shine His love and grace upon you and your precious family. May He continue to bless you with strength and endurance as He heals your body for His glory. I hope your birthday was so very special. May GOD bless you always. I love ya, Peggy
Peggy Keeton
tx USA - Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 23:53:19 (CDT)
Hi angel..big birthday hugs and kisses to you...I hope you have a wonderful weekend of celebration with your friends and family....thinking of you always....may the healing light shine brightly within you dom
Domenic Decicco <>
UK - Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 07:26:06 (CDT)
Happy Belated Birthday, Debbie! I should have remembered the date- its the same as my mother's. But then, I was a day late in calling her this year too :O ! matter, I wish every day a special one for you! I liked your lastest run of photos- that Aurora is so cute! Our kids are sprouting up like weeds too- they are looking forward to going swimming and other summer activities. We probably won't make it down to LA again until maybe end of August, but are taking a mini-vacation up further north in June to see the Giant Redwoods near Eureka. I'll pray for the guidance you are looking for in making those big tx decisions. I know that I often feel burdened, even with having to make small decisions, and have to keep reminding myself that God is with me either way, and in control of the outcome. Have a lovely day,
justine alcocer
ca USA - Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 19:14:55 (CDT)
Debbie I have continued to pray for the three of you daily.
I will now pray that God will grant you the wisdom you seek so that you may make the most favorable decisions regarding the treatments necessary to heal your body. As a child of God I think he will bless you and grant your request. I feel God's blessings of healing four years since my injury. May God bless and strengthen you daily. Your brother in Christ, Bill Peeler

fl USA - Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 20:07:33 (CDT)
Dearest Pixie,
I have been praying for you all day today and yesterday. I know this period of trauma and discomfort will pass and you will stand strong in our Lord. Look forward to the weekend and the love of your friends who will be joining with you in an encouraging time of fun. May God bless you with all you require for peace and comfort. Your Maman

Maman <>
GA USA - Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 18:58:52 (CDT)
Dear Ones who love our Debbie,

I am going to start this update by asking for your continued prayers for Debbie. We are praying for a sign from God to let her know just what course she should follow in the next few weeks especially. As she prays for wisdom each day, she waits for some sign that will let her know that the radiation & hyperthermia treatments are working. Itâs been about one month since any real signs of improvement have been noticed and if the radiation continues without improvement the toll it takes on her body doesnât seem to warrant is continuance. There was dramatic improvement with the radiation at first and the new treatment seems to be making some noticeable improvements but the tumor remains. These decisions are tough to make and also then to know how to follow on until the battle is won.

I returned from my 5 day journey to visit Debbie, Dewey & Aurora yesterday. Debbie was already in treatment when my plane landed so I taxied to Max & Amyâs home to be greeted by 4 sweet children (Aurora & Îher boysâ) and Amy. Aurora looks so sweet and has matured & grown so much in the last 6 months! Her greeting, ăGramma Crackerâs here.ä was music to my ears. : ) Dewey arrived a few minutes later to take me & Aurora to Santa Monica where Debbie was being infused. She looked beautiful & radiant! Her smile was so encouraging. It was her birthday & this was the first course. After this treatment was finished, it was time to go on to the clinic in Culver City for the second round followed by a visit with her doctor. It isnât possible to wait in the room with her so I waited in the reception room where I was able to visit with some of the other patients while they waited & also to observe the way things were. It was interesting to listen to their accounts & thoughts of the treatment. As you can imagine, there was some good news and some struggles. I was especially glad to have the opportunity to sit in during the visit with Dr. Bircher, his nurse and Debbie. I must say as I weigh all I saw and heard that the bottom line is that Debbie has experienced dramatic improvement, and that is what counts. But as I said earlier, it is now decision time again.

Debbie seems to handle the treatments well. She has moments of fatigue and some emotional moments but it is truly amazing how she has coped this last 1 ¸ years. Debbie made me feel so comfortable. In addition, everyone I met had so many kind things to say about Debbie. She has touched many lives with her own. Three of the office staff gave her lovely gifts for her birthday.

Amy made a vegan pineapple upside down birthday cake for Debbie that night and we all had our time to wish Debbie Happy Birthday before it was time for her, and me, to rest. It had been a very long day. Thursday, Phyllis Rokus took us all out to supper for the second round of birthday celebrations and Saturday, I took Debbie, Dewey & Aurora out to eat at Debbieâs favorite restaurant in Topenga Canyon where they serve delicious vegan entrees in a lovely setting. We sat outside under the trees beside a stream. It was a good time. Later, after we returned home, Debbie wanted to go for a walk. I must say her energy was quite evident on that walk! I was having a hard time keeping up. A big birthday party is scheduled for this Sat with friends coming from near and far to help her celebrate. All in all, a wonderful time with Debbie.

Monday thru Friday, Debbie goes to treatments that take a minimum of 3 hours of her day (more if she is scheduled to see a doctor or has additional treatments). The treatments are scheduled only a day ahead so long term planning is not possible, but she manages to handle it well. I was also encouraged to meet many of her friends at the Culver Palms Church of Christ on Sunday and to see how she interacts with others who are also suffering.

I am so thankful I was able to go. Thank you Earl &Tami for making it possible for me to be gone. Thank you, too, to Max & Amy & family for the wonderful welcome they gave me during my visit. It was hard to leave Debbie, but we all look forward to seeing them back here in Atlanta, hopefully, in June. MUCH LOVE & BIG HUGS TO ALL! Judy/Maman/Gramma Cracker

Judy/Maman/Gramma Cracker <>
GA USA - Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 18:24:46 (CDT)
Belated Happy Birthday Debbie! Things have been hectic here - sorry for not being on time with this greeting! Will you be stopping off in NYC perchance en route back to la Belle France? I will be there for the month of June. Was out on Inis Mor with Luke on Saturday night - stayed at Manisitir House (THAT hostel!) and had a great time. Joel was there, doing his fine vegetarian feast, moody and silent as ever! Will you ever forget our time there with Pepperdine? It was wonderful! Not to mention eventful! The hostel is the exact same. People passing through from everywhere. There are more tour buses now though. So i was thinking of you and Dewey and the good times we had there - remember, before the lovely Aurora was born. Yes, it was magic 98 wasn't it. OK, more soon, my best and lots of love and good wishes to you, xx
Ireland - Monday, May 27, 2002 at 05:02:23 (CDT)
Hi Guys
Thinking of you all!!!!

uk - Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 05:08:36 (CDT)
Thank you all for your birthday messages that just warm my heart and make me smile. I love you! An update is coming soon about the birthday festivities and my mom's visit (so great to have her here!), but meanwhile, please pray really hard that we will see some tumor reduction on Tuesday. Sylvia really zapped the area on Friday with the hopes that we'll see some good stuff after the 3-day weekend. Thank you for joining us in that earnest prayer. May you all have lovely times and many blessings.
CA USA - Saturday, May 25, 2002 at 23:13:33 (CDT)
Debbie! Hope your treatment on the 22nd went well and that you had a wonderful birthday. Its' raining in Norway but I'm sure the sun is shining in California. We're so happy that your treatment is working. Kristina and Markus are commenting on your sweet little elf-daughter, we also saw the video the other day from our summer at Les Meurs where Kristina was carrying Aurora around. We're so looking forward to seeing you again. Lots of love from the Duna gang.
Norway - Friday, May 24, 2002 at 07:24:14 (CDT)
Dan and I send our best wishes (a day late) for your next year! Hope you are enjoying having your Mom there - tell my sis Hi. Grandma has particularly enjoyed getting updates and photos - we don't write nearly often enough but want you to know not two days go by when she's asking for an update. Our prayers are sent your way for continued amazing strength in dealing with all that you are! Love, Ginny
Aunt Ginny <>
CA USA - Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 18:18:11 (CDT)
Happy Birthday Debbie! So glad you made it another year. You are doing so great on your determination to keep up with it all. Of course, a little one helps to give incentive. I'm also thrilled to hear about your insurance getting extended. Hope you have a happy Memorial Day weekend too! Love, Beth and Dylan
Beth Bell <>
ca USA - Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 15:13:28 (CDT)
Happy Birthday!! We just wanted you to know we are thinking of you daily and praying. We pray that this has been a glorious birthday. May God continue to bless and heal you.
Michael, Kris and kids <>
SC USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 22:03:17 (CDT)
Have A Wonderfully Happy Birthday

Dearest Debbie, sorry I can't be there too, but am sending Mom for both of us. Praying your treatments today go really well. God Bless and Care for You. I Love You. Dad

Dad <>
GA USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 16:15:17 (CDT)
Happy Birthday Debbie!

I will admit I've spent an awful number of years thinking your birthday was on the 21st :-) (reference last year's notes)... You are always in our prayers each day and are a tremendous source of inspiration to Angie and I, your ups, downs, experiences; to see your beautiful heart makes me happy. There is no doubt you are likely being given the royal treatment today and that is your just deserves! I look forward to seeing you.
Love Marcus Aurelius...

Mark Wadsworth <>
GA USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 16:02:58 (CDT)
Happy Birthday Debbie! Have a beautiful day!



Karen Fox
CA USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 13:31:00 (CDT)
Deb, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have a wonderful day and a treasured visit with your mom. God Bless. Trish
Trish Mayes <>
WA USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 12:44:54 (CDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope your treatment goes well and hopefully you can finish early to enjoy the rest of your day. I'm sending love and prayers your way.
Christie Terry <>
CA USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 09:56:48 (CDT)
Ciao!! BUON COMPLEANNO!!!!! Ti mando un bacio e un abbraccio forte forte!!! Take care and have a great super happy birtday! Ciao Alessandra
italy - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 07:43:58 (CDT)
I am so happy for your good news as of late, and look forward to celebrating your birthday with you soon! With much love, Jerry

ca USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 02:07:39 (CDT)
I know this is a little bit early, but with my hectic schedule, we figured better early than late. Happy birthday!!! I hope that you enjoy a visit with Mom. Have a wonderful day with her and your lovely family. God bless you and keep you. Love,

The Bridges

Michael, Kris, Mikey, Matt, Mason, & Kaylee <>
SC USA - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 12:19:24 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, I'm so glad that the treatment is working so well. You are often in my thoughts as is Dewey and Aurora. I often check out your site for updates, your courage, energy, faith and sheer determination is very inspirational, especially as I know it comes straight from your hart.
I hope that you will not need this support page for much longer as you go from strength to strength.
All my love to you and every one

Love Jerry Marsden

Jerry <>
United Kingdom - Saturday, May 18, 2002 at 12:50:21 (CDT)
FRANCE - Saturday, May 18, 2002 at 03:39:56 (CDT)
Ciao BELLISSIMA!!!! I saw the photos on the web and let me tell you ...sei uno spettacolo...
Aurora is exactly like beautiful!! What a gorgeous family!
As you already know I met your sister and brother in low, I couldn't ask for more, they are really special.
Thank you for having me know them. Your sister looks like you so much, similar voice, sweet eyes,a really nice person.
I took them to your favorite restourant in the chianti and they like it a lot. I'm so so happy to hear that you are feeling so much better, my words can't express my happyness.
I really hope to see you in France, I really would like to came to see you there! Let's see!
My mother and I send you over a little present.
I feel really fortunate to know you. I feel a strong bond between us even if we don't know that well and we live so far away.. life is so strange and so wonderfull too!
Stammi bene.. ti mando un bacio e un abbraccio forte forte a te Dewey e Aurora!

ITALY - Friday, May 17, 2002 at 07:37:51 (CDT)
Dearest Debbling,

I am so glad that things are going well. I know that you are looking forward to heading home to France and what a joy it would be to return fully healed. We pray for your healing daily and will continue to do so.

Love the pix on your updates. Herself is truly lovely, as is the pater familias and you. Hope you enjoyed your visit with Ms. Karen. What a racing thing this life is. What a wild ride.


John Castleberry <>
TN USA - Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 18:08:49 (CDT)
Debbie, So great to hear things are going well! I look forward to seeing you on the first. You are always in my thoughts... love, Jerry

p.s. I am looking forward to hearing the Hurdy Gurdy!

ca USA - Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 11:33:26 (CDT)
Hi Debbie,
We're so glad to hear of your being able to extend your insurance for a time and that the healing is continuing. Praise God! We also hope that you have a wonderful and special birthday!!


Judy & Glenn

Judy Nevins <>
CA USA - Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 00:00:24 (CDT)
Mes Cheris,
Pas un jour sans que je pense ˆ v vous et pourtant depuis des semaines je n'ai pas trouvŽ la possibilitŽ de vous le dire. Depuis que ma chef de service est partie et que je la remplace, la vie au travail est un contre-la-montre permanent, gŽnŽrateur d'un grand stress qui s'accumule avec celui des examens (dans 8 jours...!). Et je suis emportŽe par ce flot tumultueux.
Parfois, il m'arrive de me demander "ˆ quoi bon tout cela ?" mais j'arrte trs vite de me poser ce genre de questions. C'est ce qu'est ma vie en ce moment, et je la vis comme elle m'est donnŽe, persuadŽe que c'est mon chemin, celui par lequel je dois apprendre...
Vous ne quittez pas mes pensŽes.

nathalie velia <>
FRANCE - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 17:50:29 (CDT)

It was so very wonderful to meet you week before last. It is nice to be able to put faces with your updates now. I am glad you are doing better - God is always good. Best wishes for a good rest of the week!

Christie Terry (Heidelberg '98-'99) <>
CA USA - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 14:34:17 (CDT)
That is wonderful news Debbie. We keep on praying for less pain and for healing.
Mother's Day and Father's Day are the same week in Germany, so both Karin and I got a present from Lisa. You are right! Children are one of God's greatest blessings.

We love you. Hugs and kisses from Heidelberg,

Lisa, Karin and Daniel Daugherty

Daniel Daugherty <>
Germany - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 04:17:17 (CDT)
Dear Dewey, Debbie, and Aurora,
This is my third attempt to get a message to you!!
We just read the latest update and are thrilled!!
Praise God! He loves to give us good things!
Perhaps this extra Month will be the final period of treatment for you, Debbie. That will be our prayer.
Dont stay over there so long that it starts feeling like home.
We love you and miss you all.
Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad
England - Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 05:19:28 (CDT)
Debbie, it was so great to hear your latest news - that your insurance coverage will be extended the extra month. I have been praying for that. Also, I am glad to hear that the Herceptin appears to be working and that the breast tumors continue to shrink. I will continue to pray for the resolution of those pesky tumors before you return home. So glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Sounds like it was full of blessings. Love, Page
Page Walden
USA - Monday, May 13, 2002 at 17:40:53 (CDT)
I was thinking about you all day yesterday, even before I read your message. I was wondering how you were, what the insurance status was... and then how cool to hear the good news about the extension... and mostly to hear in your words the miracle of joy in the present moment of life-with-Love... not just distraction, but deep, real joy. May we all remember to cherish the moment as God is teaching you to do. Thank you for blessing me... again.

p.s. Gene and I have been on a Les Mis' listening kick this past week. Gene probably stuck it in the cd player in the car after hearing Jim McGuiggan... Anyway, it had been a long time since I'd listened to it, so I was really listening intently. I was amazed at how I remembered almost all of the words. And then I was transported to an evening in Malibu... following you as we walked the rain gutters in between the dorms on the way back to your apartment, our arms gesturing and us singing at the top of our lungs... CRAZY... and wonderful. Remember?

Laura Gerard <>
CA USA - Monday, May 13, 2002 at 16:06:28 (CDT)
You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and positive attitude. We continue to pray for your strength and total healing. We'll pray also that the insurance problem is resolved soon. Praise God for the extra month of coverage! Blessings to you, Dewey and Aurora. Much love, Rachel
Rachel McClure <>
NC USA - Monday, May 13, 2002 at 09:08:58 (CDT)
Hey Debbie,

what wonderful news!!! It's such a pleasure to read this encouraging message on a Monday morning. I am so happy for you that you have good news and less pain. Your comment about motherhood is so true and touched me a lot: these little beings are such a blessing, a wonderful gift from above. I'm glad that Aurora is there to make you laugh and smile.
Lots of love to the 3 of you

Kairn Daugherty
Germany - Monday, May 13, 2002 at 07:50:08 (CDT)
Dearest Debbie, what Wonderful news!!!! We are praying and loving you, and there certainly is healing going on. It's so nice to see pic's of you that are posted, keep them coming. It's good to hear that even insurance companies have hearts. Here's 100 kilos of new strength and much love from all four of us in Norway
Norway - Monday, May 13, 2002 at 07:07:52 (CDT)
Dewey just gave me the most beautiful and moving Mother's Day card, and I just came from church where Deborah, who has advanced leukemia, and her son Justin were baptized. She is my age and her son, who is 19 and a marine, exudes so much love and admiration for her. Both of these things touched me deeply and I am thankful for these gifts on this day.
I am also so thankful to be Aurora's maman. To be here to celebrate her third birthday, to watch her growing into such a thoughtful and beautiful person. I thank God for every day he gives me with her. What a gift!
Since I last wrote only good things have continued to happen. The healing continues. And God has answered my prayer, enabling me to fully embrace this healing without wondering how long it will last. I had my second Herceptin treatment on May 1st and will have the next one on my birthday on the 22nd. My mom will arrive that day too!! I have so missed my family and this is the best birthday present.
And the latest good news came this week. When I inquired if it could ever be possible to make an exeption to extend my insurance coverage for a month, I was told that it had never been done but that they would check. They called back the next day and said that due to my being at the end of a course of treatment that was working, they will extend it an extra month, but that's the limit. Praise God!!! Dr. Bicher believes that the extra time will give us the chance to eradicate the cancer in my breasts as well as treat some of the bones, if necessary. The combination of Herceptin with the radiation/hyperthermia treatments has worked in reducing the tumors in the left breast to maybe nothing now. We've also been watching much of the skin and tissue in the right breast slowly return to normal! Since that first Herceptin infusion, I have had no new pain in my bones. We began giving the original group of external tumors, the stubborn "mother" group, an extra dose of radiation each day and hope to see results next week. The miracle of healing is exciting to watch. God is so faithful! And your blessings and prayers are being heard! It is powerful.
May I ask you to pray for the resolution of the cancer in the breasts. That we may leave here within the extended coverage time able to rejoice in the healing and without misgivings.
You have all given strength and encouragement, so faithfully, to me. Thank you so much. I hope you can feel the love I am sending your way. You are all such a blessing to me. Happy Mother's Day!!
I love you, Debbie

Debbie Franklin
CA USA - Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 15:48:33 (CDT)
Hello Debbie! I was thinking about you this afternoon and wanted to tell you that you remain in my heart and in my prayers. Today was the Race for the Cure in Atlanta, and I walked in your honor. A group from the Wellness Community walked together. I walked with my husband, daughter, 3 year old grandson, and 2 friends. It's always wonderful to see all the survivors in their pink hats and/or shirts. Jennifer Falk from the Wellness Community group just returned from a visit to Sloane Kettering. The oncologist she saw emphasized that we need to think of this disease as a chronic one and that they just have to keep figuring out how to control it. Sounds like your docs are doing a good job of that with you. I pray for you every day and picture the Lord holding you in His hands. Much love,
Page Walden

Page Walden <>
GA USA - Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 17:45:19 (CDT)
Dear Debbie,

What a PLEASURE to see you at Pepperdine! You exude peace and you'll have my prayers for forward progres. Meanwhile, let's go from pleasure to poen on... "Pain" by Elsie Robinson. I think you'll like it:

Why must I be hurt?
Suffering and despiar
Cowardice and cruelty,
Envy and injustice,
All of these hurt.
Grief and terror,
Loneliness and betrayal
And the agony of loss or death--
All these things hurt.
Why? Why must life hurt?
Why must those who love generously,
Live honorably, feel deeply
All that is good and beautiful
Be so hurt,
While selfish creatures
Go unscathed?
That is why--
Because they can feel.
Hurt is the price to pay for feeling.
Pain is not accident,
Nor punishment, nor mockery
By some savage god.
Pain is part of growth.
The more we grow
The more we feel--
The more we feel--the more we suffer,
For if we are able to feel beauty,
We must also feel the lack of it--
Those who glimpse heaven
Are bound to sight hell.
To have felt deeply is worth
Anything it cost.
To have felt Love and Honor,
Courage and Ecstasy
Is worth--any price.
And so--since hurt is the price
Of larger living, I will not
Hate pain, nor try to escape it.
Instead I will try to meet it
Bravely, bear it proudly:
Not as a cross, or a misfortune, but an
Opportunity, a privilege, a challenge
-to the God that gropes within me.

"Be joyful in hope." (Romans 12:12).


Joel Solliday <>
MN USA - Friday, May 10, 2002 at 18:38:05 (CDT)
We had a great time at Aurora's Birthday party at the beach. Thanks so much for inviting us. Dylan's favorite part was the water balloons, and he keeps wanting to do a repeat. NOT! Well maybe, if it would ever warm up around here. My favorite part was the hot dogs. Dewey, your're a great cook. Hope ya'll are happy! Love, Beth and Dylan
Beth and Dylan Bell <>
ca USA - Friday, May 10, 2002 at 18:10:23 (CDT)
Salut tous les trois! Juste un petit mot pour vous dire qu'on vous aime et qu'on pense ˆ v vous. Demain c'est la fte des pres et dimanche la fte des mres en Allemagne. Lisa est en train de nous prŽparer chacun un petit cadeau ˆ la maternelle. Aurora est tellement mignonne sur les photos de votre page web. Nos petites filles sont vraiment des bŽnŽdictions.

Nous prions pour vous chaque jour. Bises de Lisa, Karin et Daniel Daugherty

Daniel Daugherty <>
Germany - Wednesday, May 08, 2002 at 02:39:10 (CDT)
Avec quelques jours de retard, nous venons souhaiter un bon anniversaire ˆ A Aurora!!C'est une magnifique petite fille, angŽlique! Bisous!
Manu, Rose mary et Emmanuel <>
FRANCE - Monday, May 06, 2002 at 15:33:27 (CDT)
Gros bisous de Paris! C'est un rŽelel plaisir de pouvoir prendre de tes nouvelles rŽgulirement et de voir des photos de vous tous.L'assemblŽe te garde toujours dans nos prires! Dans quelques semaines tu fteras ton 38me anniversaire!!Micha‘l sera parmi nous le 23 mai! Nous esprons te revoir bient™t, en attendant nous avons les photos qui sont superbes!! God bless you all. Love, les Monnoyeur.
Manu, Rose mary et Emmanuel <>
France - Monday, May 06, 2002 at 15:29:53 (CDT)

I was pleased to get your message. I am sorry that I did not get to see you. Would love to see all the family. I am trying to find your email address, so send it to me. I am interested in how all your family is doing.

My cancer seems trivial to yours. Most of the time prostate cancer can be easily handled and I hope that is the case with mine. I am in treatment now which is not drastic and I can continue to work. From there, I have handed it to the Lord. You are in our prayers.

God bless,
Tex Williams

Tex Williams <>
Tex USA - Monday, May 06, 2002 at 10:45:20 (CDT)
Debbie, it looked like you had a wonderful time at the dinner. I'm so glad that you get to spend some of your time having fun. I hope that all is going well? I log on in anticipation of good news and you never disappoint. God bless you and all your family. I know that our Father works his wonders through loving people such as you all. It lifts my soul.
Love, Carol

Carol Mckeown <>
UK - Sunday, May 05, 2002 at 18:13:13 (CDT)
coucou debbie je pense bien a toi et a ta famille je peux lire tes nouvelles sur le site de la maternite les photos de toi sont tres belles nous prions pour vous a lille je t aime tres fort et je t admire pour le grand courage et la force qu il y a en toi je sais que ta foi en dieu est magni fi que je t embrasse tres fort veronique i
veronique nocus et les filles
lille, franceUSA - Saturday, May 04, 2002 at 12:23:13 (CDT)
Bon Anniversaire Aurora. Quelle merveilleuse petite fille vous avez, Debbie et Dewey. Debbie, nous Žtitions ˆ DŽodat il y a deux semaines et je peux te dire qu'ils prient pour toi tous les dimanches. Je joins mes prires aux leurs.
Tes amis qui t'aiment,

Lisa, Karin et Daniel Daugherty

Daniel Daugherty <>
Germany - Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 05:31:11 (CDT)
Oh, Happy Happy Day! Happy Birthday Aurora!
Thanks Debbie and Dewey for your ultimate creative effort. She is growing beautifully. I always love to see the pictures! much love to all three of you,

germany - Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 05:31:04 (CDT)
Happy Birthday, Aurora!
Michael, Kris, Mikey, Matt, Mason, Kaylee <>
SC USA - Wednesday, May 01, 2002 at 23:19:47 (CDT)
Chers Debbie, Dewey et Aurore,
Aujourd'hui 1er mai, Aurore viens d'avoir 3 ans et c'est ˆ t travers les dernires photos que nous constatons qu'elle est une superbe petite fille. Nous venons lui souhaiter un Joyeux Anniversaire et nous lui faisons de gros bisous.
Il faut que tu saches Debbie, que nous suivons rŽgulirement de tes nouvelles tout en admirant ton sourire malgrŽ la maladie.Nous sommes de tout coeur avec toi et nous espŽrons vous voir cet ŽtŽ au Moeurs.
A Beauvais, tout suit son cours, Fabien se prŽpare ˆ passer son BTS au mois de juin et Sophie, son BAC de Frnais.

Gros Bises ˆ vous trois
Les Roux

Les Roux
France - Wednesday, May 01, 2002 at 14:44:00 (CDT)
Happy Birthday,Aurora!!!
Larry, Sherri, Drew, Garrett, Keeleigh and Kaylin
GA USA - Wednesday, May 01, 2002 at 09:07:58 (CDT)
Hi Debbbie, Dewey, Aurora

Springtime here in England and it is beautiful. Your photos touched us somewhere between the sunflower fields and Knotting Hill. All that time and space and only love between us.

Vince and Kate

Vince and Kate
England - Monday, April 29, 2002 at 15:12:10 (CDT)
Imagine. . . the lilacs and iris' in full bloom and the seeds are becoming seedlings! They are growing!!

Karen Normandy <>
FRANCE - Monday, April 29, 2002 at 09:27:14 (CDT)
Hi Debbie! I loved Aurora's pictures and the captions! She gets more precious! I also loved the photos from the dinner you attended! Rob Lowe has been a major heart throb of mine for years. I was so happy to learn he is involved in the fight against breast cancer. How gorgeous you look cuddled up with him and with Steve Gutenberg. Of course, Rob is not as handsome or as dear as Dewey, but what a hunk to give you a hug!! So glad you were able to go to the dinner. Looks like it was wonderful fun and fellowship with friends. You and yourfamily remain in my prayers daily. The group at the Wellness Community hopes to have you back with us soon. God bless you, Dewey, Aurora, and your extended family and friends! love, Page Walden
Page Walden <>
GA USA - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 12:33:46 (CDT)
Hi Debbie:
Hope you are having a good week. We are still praying for you here in Washington state.

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us that your ways may be known on earth and your salvation amoung all nations." Psalm 67

A prayer for blessings on you and your dear family.

Nina Kylstra <>
WA USA - Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 13:28:55 (CDT)
wow debbie you are such a star - you look fabulous beside mr. lowe - or should i say he looks well beside you, i don't know... love your hairdo - all those wee clips look so cute. and now let me tell you Aurora's diary is just gorgeous. like mother like daughter... did the yoga classes in london have anything to do with it? very happy to see you looking so well
lots of love from deirdre

deirdre <>
ireland - Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 18:52:58 (CDT)
Hi Debbie, I loved looking at all of your pictures, and Aurora's. They are so good. You are looking great. How are you feeling today? I hope that this is a good one. I am continually keeping you in my prayers, and I know that our Father has you in His arms. I am busy with all of the kids and basketball, and a baby. Molly will be 7 months on Saturday, and she is at such a great age. She wants to get down and go, but hasn't quite got all the mechanics down. She might just pass up the crawling and go straight to the running. she loves standing up, with someone holding her hands. She is a joy. Samantha, my 13 year old , is as tall as me now. It is so weird to look at her face to face. I probably will be looking up at her before too long. I better go, I just wanted to say hi, and I love you. Love, kim
Kim Anderson <>
ID USA - Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 11:55:26 (CDT)
Cute hair! ooh la la! Standing next to Rob Lowe...


Hilary Lynch <>
CA USA - Monday, April 22, 2002 at 16:47:06 (CDT)
Hey there Debbie! I am so sorry I didn't get back to you Easter weekend. I was home with my family in SF and didn't get the message until the following week. My sister is getting married this weekend in Tenessee and I've been getting everything ready for that too! I would love to see you next week when I get back. Are Fridays good for you? Let me know. Aurora is getting SO big!I love you and think of you often. Love, Ashley
Ashley Mundt <>
Ca USA - Monday, April 22, 2002 at 15:42:52 (CDT)
Debbie: You are in my prayers daily. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you. Love, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Whatley
FI Italy - Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 13:52:51 (CDT)
Hello Debbie, Dewey & Aurora,

So sweet to see your pictures and especially nice to see you w/ a head of hair. Look like you have a permanent hindu bindi on your forehead..looks good , kinda saintly. So i will leave you w/ a little Rumi poem.
I called through your door,
"The mystics are gathering in the street.
Come out!"
"Leave me alone.
I'm sick."
"I don't care if you are dead!
Jesus is here and he wants to resurrect somebody!"

much love, Warren

Warren Cargal <>
GA USA - Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 10:45:12 (CDT)
Hello Debbie,
Nous avons parlŽ d de toi aujourd'hui avec Fabrice et je suis allŽ sur internet prendre de tes nouvelles et regarder le "Aurora's diary". les photos sont belles, particulirement la page 6 , Dewey en train de faire une fresque et cette photo mignonne " I can hear Momma's heart ". Nous t'envoyons d'affectueuses pensŽes, ainsi qu'ˆ Dewey et toutes nos prires pour toi.
We have had a laugh when reading " I like to paint , Daddy can paint too".
Grosses bises from lille & Paris.

Patrick Vandeplanque
France - Friday, April 19, 2002 at 17:07:09 (CDT)
Love, love, love Aurora's photo diary!! But you missed Tito's tacos! :) Tell her "the claw" is coming soon.
Love you all bunches.

Diane Franey Woodall <>
CA USA - Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 16:47:53 (CDT)
Debbie, to see your smiling face on your website always encourages me. To think, you are encouraging me! Well, let me encourage you for a moment. You are touching thousands of lives in the midst of your struggle. We all pray for complete healing, but are thankful for your drive to honor God in all that you do and say. You are a true woman of God. Bye for now and I would love to see you soon. Scott Lambert
PS-Linda always keeps you on our minds and

Scott Lambert <>
CA USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 19:37:03 (CDT)
Have been following your progress, we know that God is working in your life. We love and miss you and will always pray for your speedy recovery. Let us know when your at phyllis house so we can come and see you.

In Gods love Chuck & Zohra

chuck and Zohra <>
ca USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 18:22:08 (CDT)
Hey, just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you. Love DJ
DJ <>
CA USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 16:00:18 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, Dewey & Aurora,
Continuing to pray for complete healing for Debbie and for strength for Dewey & Aurora. Also prayers for Earl and Judy who send reports to me. Hope everyone's prayers may be answered for you and you will be able to go back to France very soon

Love from over here to you over there XXXXX

Elaine King - Stroud Congregational Church England <>
UK - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 14:11:08 (CDT)
Dear Dewey, Debbie, and aurora,
My e-mail is broken so I must use your web page for a message to you.
All is well here with us. We continue to follow your progress. Keep on keeping on!
We continue to pray for you and look forward to the time we can all visit together.
Tell Aurora we enjoyed her photo album. Also, she spells much like her Da.
Lots of love to all of you. we love you and miss you very much.
Mom and Da.

Frank Franklin
England - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 13:45:47 (CDT)
Greetings! Debbie, your emails are so very uplifting- rarely have I known anyone so full of life! What would life be, without feeling the joys and sorrows, and everything else that comes along? God is so strongly working in and through you! Love,

I wasn't able to view Aurora's photos, but I am keeping her poem among my collection of favorites...she is the most prechous princess of them all!

Justine <>
CA USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 13:21:09 (CDT)
hey girl!
i came to your web site to view the photo album. my juno wouldn't let me! :-( i had to use my imagination! so glad to hear you have had some successes! you are in my prayers often. i pray that you are happy and able to spend as much time with your precious family as possible, espceially aurora. children are so dear. your positive attitude is like a breath of fresh air! have you been able to check into the watsu? here's to constant healing!

love ya! cherri north.

cherri north
tn USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 12:48:34 (CDT)
Debbie, Dewey and Aurora -
You are all so close to my heart over here - continue to know that you are supported by love and prayers.

Karen Normandy <>
FRANCE - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 12:46:51 (CDT)
Hello dearest! Will you be getting Herceptin every Thursday? I'll be glad to join in on your hit-every-receptor-site-and-go,rah!heart,liver,kidney! prayers. Thanks for the update. Great photos.

It's been a really good week around here, already, so your hope for blessings is manifesting itself. Nothing major, although, anytime we have the eyes to see the blessings that are always there for us, it is in fact a pretty major thing, not so? And we're sending blessings back-at-ya.

Love you,


Laura Gerard
CA USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 11:16:06 (CDT)
Dear Debbie and Family. Aurora's photo album brought tears to my eyes and smiles on my face. She is growing up, isn't she. You are all an inspiration to all of us. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I do miss seeing you. My field of sunflowers picture is now in my new office and I do cherish it. It reminds me of the warmth and love and happiness of your beautiful family and the nurses in the AIC. Please know you are all very special to me. God Bless. Myrna
Myrna Cott
GA USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 08:12:12 (CDT)
Hey Debbie,

I'm so glad to hear that the new treatment has already had some good effects on your body. What a relief you must have felt, after the pain in your hip was gone!
I often think of our 24h visit with you last summer and it's always your smile that comes to my mind. Keep STRONG!
We're praying for your body, mind and soul. Give Dewey and Aurora a big hug from us.
Lots of love from sunny Heidelberg.

Karin Daugherty
Germany - Monday, April 15, 2002 at 07:20:43 (CDT)
My heart sings for joy reading your messages, picturing you, so happy to be "in touch" and to know of your prayers on my behalf. Thank you so much. I see God's intervening hand in so many ways and times and places... wow. Thank you for beseeching Him for me. Once again He steps in to assure that I am getting the most from my treatments. My body always responds! That is a miracle too. I keep being in the positive smaller percent, always!
There have been some really sad times lately, losses of lives of people I love... the pain of loss never lessens and it always comes as a shock. Thank God we have one another and that we are truly a community, helping each other out. There is so much love around! I feel it every day. I am always humbled and amazed at your love. Thank you so much!
Last week was full of doctor's appointments and visits to determine what we would do about the fact that tumors (in my left breast) grew despite the drugs I was taking. We decided to start me on Herceptin, the "special" drug we've been holding in reserve. Although it has an even greater potential when combined with chemo, we decided to start it on its own first. I had my first infusion on Thursday and will have one every three weeks, along with the new Aredia drug, Zometa.
Herceptin works by binding to the multiple Her2nue receptor sites on my cancer cells, thwarting their efforts to make the cancer grow so aggressively. It has minimal side effects with the greatest danger being cardiotoxicity. I prayed for the first hour of the infusion that the drug would hit all the receptor sites, that none could hide, that I would be in the percentage that Herceptin works for, that my heart would be protected, that my liver and kidneys would deal effectively with eliminating the drug and dead cancer cells... About five days earlier, my left hip had begun aching again and I needed an effective systemic treatment to deal with all my bone mets. When I got up after the infusion I felt no more ache in my hip when I walked! It is definitely better and is a sign to me that the drug is working! Praise God!! I would appreciate prayers for the healing to continue, for all the tumors to melt away.
May you be surprised by blessings this week. I love you. Debbie

Debbie Franklin <>
CA USA - Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 17:23:05 (CDT)
Hi everybody,

I hope all is well, but we sure do miss you. Debbie, you wouldn't believe how beautiful the neighborhood is. The slow drizzle today brings out the magnificent colors of the azaleas, the dogwoods, and the redbuds. The chipmonks and the squirels stay quite busy running around the yard and patio. Fritz has worked his butt off taking care of the yard, though it really look good. I finally had to mow for the first time last week. Got some tomatoes planted too.

Mother and dad were here last weekend. I got them tickets to the monday practice round at the Masters golf tournament. That sure is a pretty place. Tina was down in Key West on vacation (she is as brown as a biscuit), and I had the boys for a week of their spring break.

Dewey, hurry up and come back home and I'll cook you another cheeseburger! Tell Aurora we still have her swimming pool- it won't be too long before it's summertime.

Have a great day wherever you are. You are loved and missed.

Kirk and Tina

Kirk and Tina <>
GA USA - Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 13:05:47 (CDT)
Hi Deb Dewey and Aurora
we have been awat for a few weeks and have just caught up with everything. we are delighted that things are ok at the moment and we too cannot believe that it has been a year since the diagnosis. In reading through the messages I am always moved by the hope, support and love that they provide often find myself receiving a better perspective on life etc. John mentioned in one of his messages about the choices that you have made with your lives and the respect that he has for that. I too want to join with him on that as this has been thhe most definiting feature of you both and is recognised by everyone. It is easy to fall into ways of 'being' and 'fit into expectations' and you both have always been an inspriation to us not to 'just conform. You must do what is best for you and your treatment but from a selfish point of view we would welcome you back to Europe so that we are closer We would love to visit you on your return with our own old caravan etc (it's as long as Brian is tall!)but we will see how you are when this happens!
Think and talk about you often
Loved the CD Brian and I are going to do a song for the next one! People will pay NOT to hear it!


Donna and Brian
Uk - Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 08:26:05 (CDT)
Debbie, Dewey and Aurora,
We miss you guys so much and are thinking of you all the time. Does Aurora remember her aunt Pam and uncle Earl...(who may still have a snake in his boots..)? It feels like forever since we have seen you all.
Keep us posted of your plans.
We love you guys!

Earl and Pam
SC USA - Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 21:08:21 (CDT)
Dear Debbie, Dewey and Aurora !
Please let me know how I can help you.

Thomas Riebs <>
CA USA - Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 15:19:04 (CDT)
Meeting Howard tomorrow going by Les Meurs and of course, will be thinking of all of you and wishing you were there with us - but that will have to wait until the summer!
With lots of love,

Karen Normandy <>
FRANCE - Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 13:13:29 (CDT)
Debbie & Family,

Enjoy what should be a beautiful day here in southern California! My thoughts and prayers are with you always!

Christie Terry (Heidelberg '98-'99) <>
CA USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 10:02:11 (CDT)
Hi Debbie and Dewey,

Just a short note to let you know that we love you and think of you every day. Lisa has grown so much since you saw her in July. I'll never forget her and Aurora playing together in Les Meurs and in Paris. Debbie, when I was in Paris in March, I went to Dame Tartine and had an Earl Grey in your honor. We have incredible pictures of Lisa jumping around in the Nicki de Saint Phale fountain opposite the cafŽ l last summer.
God bless the two of you. We are praying that you not get discouraged. Give the Ellzeys a big hug from the Daughertys.


Daniel Daugherty and family

Daniel Daugherty <>
Germany - Monday, April 08, 2002 at 13:15:38 (CDT)
We wish you people well at this time. Now that we have heard and enjoyed your CD we would like to promote it in our church family.

Hang in there!

In His joy!

Grant & Nancy Finlayson
Groton, Connecticut

Grant & Nancy Finlayson <>
USA - Monday, April 08, 2002 at 00:28:47 (CDT)
Debbie darlin' -
Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you today - a cold rainy Sunday in France - yet it was warm a sunny just two days ago!
Preparations are getting underway -
Lots of love,

Karen Normandy <>
FRANCE - Sunday, April 07, 2002 at 04:22:30 (CDT)
Dearest Debbling,

It's beautiful in TN. right now. We have a bluebird family making a home in their house. It's green and everything is growing. Marcie loves the gardening thing and is as happy as can be digging in the dirt and putting it together. I look forward to the time when you can get back to your garden and continue to work on your home in France. I know you miss it. It is always refreshing to see the wonders of Spring and enjoy what God is doing everywhere.

I hope you are having some good time each day. I am so happy that there is healing happening. God can do anything. I look forward to seeing you. I hope it's not to long. God bless you and your own ones.


John Castleberry <>
TN USA - Saturday, April 06, 2002 at 20:38:26 (CST)
We miss you in group at TWC but are so happy that you are doing well. We think and talk of you often. Let us know when you will be back in town.
Janet and Dede

Janet Pomeroy
GA USA - Thursday, April 04, 2002 at 14:15:41 (CST)
Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. Debbie, I continue to pray for you and your family. Hope you take courage in the lovely words of Psalm 100!
Nina Kylstra <>
WA USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2002 at 18:11:57 (CST)
Debbie, Dewey, and Aurora (and extended family in Culver City!)
It was so good just to see you - even for a short while. I've just returned to France and am getting settled in. It's been a while.
I have your seeds - shall I proceed with the planting? Please let me know - and when might we be seeing you all over here?
Continued prayers and love,

Karen Normandy <>
FRANCE - Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 14:56:31 (CST)
That is great news Debbie! I know you can do it. I have been meaning to call you and will soon. Keep up the good work. Love, Beth and Dylan
Beth Bell <>
Ca USA - Monday, April 01, 2002 at 13:16:19 (CST)
Happy Easter you three - am delighted to read of your good news - love from deirdre
ireland - Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 17:47:53 (CST)
We are thrilled with the good news from your scan and are praising God for that! You remain constantly in our prayers. We love you.
Mike & Kris Bridges <>
SC USA - Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 21:04:53 (CST)
Hi Debbie-

Remember the fun times at the balloon event in Todi? Talked with Peggy the other day, for the first time in ages. She told me of your adventure... Know that I send you best wishes and will remember you in my prayers. Checking out your web site, it's great to see all the support that you have, something we all need.

Also talked with Phyllis today. Maybe we can get together in France this summer if it's appropriate for you.

Wishes for good health and a Happy Easter! Love always,


Bill Arras <>
OR USA - Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 16:16:50 (CST)
Ma petite ChŽririe,
En ce vendredi Saint je dŽcouvre ton up-date : bŽni soit Dieu ! Je voudrais que cette P‰ques soit un jour de paix dans ton coeur, un jour d'espoir pour toi et ceux qui t'aiment, un jour sans l'ombre d'aucun doute.
Joyeuses P‰ques ˆ vous tous, de tout mon coeur !

nathalie velia <>
Tours, FRANCE - Friday, March 29, 2002 at 18:40:22 (CST)
What joyous Easter tidings to read that you are making so much progress! God bless you all at this special time, and maybe I will see you in France for Orthodox Easter (5 May).

Stephen du Toit <>
London UK - Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 16:14:35 (CST)
REJOICE with me! The PET scan showed NO NEW SPREAD - all the vital organs are still clear!! The new lumps in the left breast just barely light up and therefore we have caught them early. I've had 3 radiation / hyperthermia treatments on them, while giving the right breast a break due to my first-time radiation burns there. The cancer continues to retreat in the face of this treatment - praise God! The bone mets in my hips light up the strongest on the scan and I am considering having Dr, Bicher treat them as well once we get the breasts under control. The 3 spots on the spine were not as intensely dark as the hips - a good sign. There are multiple mets in the pelvic area and other places, but nothing that we didn't see on the Feb. bone scan. I meet with Dr. Martino (my oncologist here) a week on Monday to discuss adding a weekly Herceptin infusion to my regimen. Herceptin is a monoclonal antibody that directly deals with the Her2nue protein my tumor highly overexpresses. It's one of the ways this cancer is aggressive and Herceptin potentially robs it of that "weapon". The main bad part is it is toxic to the heart. It's been known to put BC into remission when nothing else would. It could hopefully knock out my bone mets!! They usually couple it with the chemo agent Taxotere. But as I'm currently doing radiation, we would infuse it alone. I'll let you know what we decide.

Thank you again and again with many kisses for your love and prayers... I felt an army of angels ministering to me during the PET scan. God is listening and protecting my organs. I cannot express how relieved and happy I am right now. One year ago today I had my biopsy. And tomorrow, Good Friday, is the anniversary of my diagnosis. It is hard to believe. And I am so thankful for every day, every moment. Thank you for sticking with me this whole roller coaster ride. It is not over yet, but we are witnessing God's healing hands and just how open His ears are to our cries. I love you all. Happy Easter!!!

CA USA - Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 15:57:28 (CST)
Hey Debbie,
You promised, in front of God and everybody, to pass back by our house in good health this Spring and it looks like you're well on your way! Bless the Lord!
We've been busy getting things ready for your arrival. New shrubs, lillies, iris and tons of seeds and seedlings are pushing their way through the clay. The trees I planted back in winter are budding like crazy.
Our newly miraculously acquired 19 year-old son, Svetlyo, from Bulgaria cleared away the crushed granite that was defacing the south yard and loads of black earth are on the way. The sandbox and kitty-pool have been scrubbed and will be brimming full. The front swing under the oaks is begging for couple-in-love to sit under the budding leaves and waste the day. All we need is the Franklin trio to come and stay a while.
Svetlin is here until mid-May but, we're semi permanent fixtures. We're encouraged by every one of your breakthroughs and we beg God for the day when you are free from cancer forever. Until then, may God shine on you, may you feel His pleasure, may you know His healing, may you hear His lovely voice.
We love you all so strongly
Our hearts
Roger, Erin, Addie, Cami and Svetlyo
PS Remember my brother ... his reins broke while he was galloping on a green-broke horse. When the horse bolted and started running for Dallas (200 miles away) Marlon decided to bail instead of eat tree branches and barbed wire or pavement ... he landed on some pretty hard packed Texas soil and broke his back in two places ... he discovered that after a week of agony. Now he's laid up for 4-6 weeks ... no horse shoeing, putting out fires or spanking knuckle-head boys for a while. Say a prayer for him, will you?

Roger <>
TX USA - Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 11:22:14 (CST)
HI Debbie, I know Page sent you our thoughts and prayers form the Wellness community but I just wanted to add mine too.I am glad you had a good day. Thats what it takes to refresh us to keep on going even though the road can be really hard at times. I do not know much about gardening, but I can do some if there is an expert handy to direct me! My gardening gloves are ready to go so just say the word.

jennifer falkner <>
ga USA - Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 09:46:49 (CST)
Dear Debbie,
It was so nice to read a message from you on your site today. I pray for you every day; I will pray for the things you mention, especially that you not get discouraged. Karin, Lisa and I will be in Kšninigreich (near Hamburg) with Karin's family this weekend. We will be in the little countryside church on Easter Sunday which I look very much forward to. Karin sends her love.
Hugs and kisses from Heidelberg.
Daniel Daugherty

Daniel Daugherty <>
Germany - Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 16:39:31 (CST)
Dear Dewey, Debbie, and Aurora,
It was wonderful getting your email today, Debbie. Does this mean you are finally rested up and rarin to get on with the fight? You have proven to be a relentless fighter, wouldn't want to be the opposoing side.
I heard from Debbie Furse in Australia today. She loves your c.d. She doesn't understand all of it, but she listens to it every day.
Keep fighting, stay strong, be courageous, God is with you, and so are all of us.
Mom and Dad

Frank Franklin
England - Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 14:02:15 (CST)
Chrere Debbie,
Je pense souvent ˆ toi, notamment lorsque je regarde "The rainbow man". Garde ton courage pour affronter la douleur et la longueur des traitements. Reste forte.

Corinne Brigitte-Ballesio <>
France - Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 12:01:32 (CST)
I am so thankful that you got the PET and that you are feeling a renewed sense of strength and encouragement.
We will continue to pray that your insurance will keep providing what the doctors need for you. I am also praying that the guardian angle will go to Frnace and plant your garden. Believe me I have tried every which way to figure out a way for David and I to go over there and do it, but that is not to be in April. What would be the consequences of not getting it in until mid May????
Keep posting your messages you wouldn't believe the people that tell me that they get "everyday life" encouragement from your HOPE. You are touching so many people with your recovery messages.
We love you all and you are always on our minds.

Aunt Karen
USA - Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 05:13:11 (CST)
You look wonderful! I love seeing pictures of all of you.
Needless to say little Aurora is just BEAUTEOUS! Her smile
is crescent and bright, just like yours Deb. She's also got
Something of Dewey's mischievous nature as well. Am I wrong?

When are you moving back to France? I leave Heidelberg in May, and
I thought maybe I could contribute to the gardening effort
if it's not too late by then.

I love you all and am so thrilled to hear of the progress.

hugs and kisses,

simona <>
germany - Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 03:27:17 (CST)
Dearest Debbling,

I hope today has some wonder in it for you. I am glad that you are feeling some better and eating again. Spring is coming on strong in TN. We are opening up the windows and cleaning house (hopefully inside ourselves as well as our home). Beautiful birds outside, Cardinals, Bluebirds and assorted ornaments in the trees. It's the fairest of the seasons.

It is one day at a time for all of us. I have often found that God has written a surprise ending to a story I thought I knew word for word. I try to readjust my thinking throughout the day. I can be in yesterday, tomorrow or running in circles in my head while the birds are singing and life is passing by. I have always hoped and attempted to live while I am alive. I believe that truly living may be one of the rarest states of human existence. It has been a great blessing to me to share bits of life with you.

Good things to you and those who love you.


John Castleberry <>
TN USA - Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at 13:46:58 (CST)
La tempete n'est pas finie ...Dans la barque il y a Jesus...Il traverse l'ouragan avec vous...Il n'est pas loin de vous et il vous dit : n'ayez pas peur!
Nous aussi , nous esperons te serrer dans nos bras dans cet endroit magique que vous avez cree en Touraine.Nous vous embrassons tous les trois tendrement...Richard,Marie,Anna,Elise et Rebecca.

Richard et Marie Andrzejewski <>
FRANCE - Monday, March 25, 2002 at 15:44:18 (CST)
Hello Debbie! I was so glad to get an update on your treatment and progress! We have been missing you at our group at the Wellness Community, but we always share news about you and send positive thoughts your way. Everyone in the group loves you and prays for a continued response to the treatment. It sounds like things are going pretty well even though you must be worn out by the routine. Your medical team must be top notch as it seems your treatment regimen is cutting edge. Please know that you as well as your family are in my prayers every day. I know you will continue to rely on the Lord as your strength and your support. Your beautiful soul continues to be an inspiration to me. I continue to pray for that magic cancer bullet for all of us! God bless you!! Love, Page
Page Walden <>
GA USA - Monday, March 25, 2002 at 15:15:00 (CST)
Dear Debbie I am so Happy that you can have your PET scan.
I am planing to start sowing some seeds in Paris for my veggie garden, so I will do some for you too. That may advance your garden... but don't have big hopes remember I am an amateur!!
we send you lots of love and sorry for my spellings mistakes (Hugh is not home!)

Celina Arnold
Paris France - Monday, March 25, 2002 at 05:40:00 (CST)

It's so great to hear that your PET scan has been approved by the insurance!!!!! I hope your trip to the beach is a wonderful one today; I see only a few clouds so the sun will hopefully keep things warm for you. I hope you really felt God sitting beside you as you worshipped this morning. Have a wonderful week!

Christie Terry (Heidelberg '98-'99) <>
CA USA - Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 16:42:18 (CST)
Thank you for your love and prayers. This has been a difficult couple of weeks and I have needed encouragement. Some good news: the insurance has approved the PET scan!!! and, although the MRI was of the left breast (to see about the new tumors), it showed the right one sometimes. Dr. Bicher felt that it looked like the cancer is greatly reduced in that breast. We will get a proper reading soon. Hallelujah! This is also the first day in forever that I feel like going somewhere. We worshipped at Culver Palms this morning and are going to the beach this afternoon. I am eating better too and therefore have more energy. I had managed to get down to 115 from not eating lately... but making Thai curry changed the trend. :) I also slept much better last night than in quite a while. We are making the most of the day. I love you all so much.
CA USA - Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 16:30:45 (CST)
Ma ChŽririe,
Il est minuit 30. Les derniers clients viennent de partir. J'ai encore du travail mais je veux absolument vous faire un petit mot parce que je viens de lire ton dernier up-date. Merci.
Je l'ai imprimŽ en deux exemplaires : 1 pour Claudine que je n'ai pas vue depuis des mois et ˆ qui je vais l'envoyer, et 1 pour moi, que je veux coller auprs de mon lit pour prier au plus prs de vos besoins.
Cet aprs-midi en venant au travail j'ai ŽcoutŽ des chansons de Brel. L'une d'elle m'a fait immŽdiatement penser ˆ toi. En voici un extrait (de mŽmoire) :

"Quand on n'a que l'amour
ˆ offrir ˆ ceux-lˆ
dont l'unique combat
est de chercher le jour
Quand on n'a que l'amour
ˆ offrir en prire
pour les maux de la terre
en simple troubadour
Alors snas avoir rien
que la force d'aimer
nous aurons dans nos mains
amis, le monde entier"

Ne perdez pas courage, il y a tant d'amour autour de vous.

nathalie velia <>
FRANCE - Friday, March 22, 2002 at 17:33:19 (CST)

I am praying for you always! Just as the sun shines on southern California, God is shining on you, Dewey & Aurora. I know that God is guiding your doctors so that you can return to France soon and enjoy life there. Have a blessed weekend!

Christie Terry (Heidelberg '98-'99) <>
CA USA - Friday, March 22, 2002 at 13:12:25 (CST)
ciao Debbie! Come stai?Don't worry we are all close to you, we won't leave you. I pray every day that every single cell of your blood feels that you are winning, that you are strong and very very stubburn, as we are all together!!!
I send you a big hug. Ciao Alessandra

florence italy - Friday, March 22, 2002 at 09:46:30 (CST)
I praise God for your beautiful spirit, Debbie. And for the love that surrounds you and engulfs you! What a rich blessing you are sharing with all of us! God bless you -- over and over -- keep shining with His light!
Brenda <Abilene,>
TX USA - Friday, March 22, 2002 at 09:23:23 (CST)
Reading all of the messages coming in, I feel held close. Thank you my friends - your love and faithfulness always blow me away. May angels visit you always.
Last night, as I lay on the MRI table in that claustrophobic space with my arms above my head, hearing the machine gun-like sounds of the scanner for an hour, I kept imagining all of you, like angels floating above and around me, smiling kindly. I listened to the Healing Beauty cd and could imagine myself at a Praying for the Rain concert and all the light and people who would create their unforgettable ambiance. I truly felt God drawing me closer to Him as the machine did its thing, probing the other breast, the left one...
I found out today that its 99 % sure that the two "lumps", one 1 cm and the other (the one I found a few days ago)
3 - 4 cm, are cancer. And it didn't show up in the Jan. MRI and so is on the move. This IBC is so aggressive. But thankfully we caught this one early on and Dr. Bicher feels that he can eliminate these lumps fairly quickly because of that. Meanwhile, the right breast is SO MUCH BETTER that I am confident that this is true.
I need your prayers for several things:
-that the insurance company will agree to cover a PET scan (so we can be 100 % sure of the diagnosis and to see ANY other evidence of cancer in my body).
-that the current treatment continues to work and that it works quickly for these new tumors.
-that none of us will ever lose hope or give in to discouragement.

On a good note, after suffering incredibly awful withdrawals from the MS Contin (morphine) over the weekend, I believe it is finally out of my system and I HAVE NO MORE PAIN!!! Praise God. That's one less drug in my system.

I love you all so much. I miss contact with you. I look forward to a time when I can see you and receive you at our lovely home en France...

Blessings to you.

debbie franklin
CA USA - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 21:31:29 (CST)
Dear Debbie,
I hope that you are having one of your good days. I am praying extra hard for you. I can imagine that it gets hard to stay positive, but you seem to be doing a great job of it. I am reading a good book by Jim McGuiggan, called,"celebrating the wrath of God". And he talks about how we are like the Israelites dwelling in the wilderness. On one hand, others can look at us and see all the hardship, and pain, and drought, and hopelessness that we are made to endure; but if they look closer to the people of God (the Israelites) they would've seen a well organized people, with a central tabernacle, where God dwelled among them on a daily and nightly basis. He supplied all their needs, He fed them and gave them water, and gave them laws to keep them from disease and uncleaness etc. Then if they had listened closely, they could have even heard these people of God , lifting their voices in praise to the sustainer of their lives.
I think this is a powerful message. (At least the way Jim McGuiggan writes it :)). We are but pilgrims, going through this wilderness of life, and the people on the outside can't seem to understand the people of God. Because even in our darkest moments, and hardest times we still can lift our voices in praise and prayer and adoration to the sustainer of our lives. And because of this our influence on these "outsiders" can be dramatic.
debbie, I know that you have made an influence on the tons of people whose lives you have touch. Keep being you, and loving life the way you do. I love you more than salt. Kim

Kim Anderson <>
ID USA - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 14:39:39 (CST)
See You later alligator
France - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 12:49:31 (CST)
Just to say that i am thinking of you both and look forward to our meeting again. I send you lots of love Debbie and thank our Lord that by his stripes you are healed. Huge kisses and hugs to you both.

Tiggy <>
uk - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 09:15:47 (CST)
Chrere Debbie,

Je pense ˆ toi et prie pour toi chaque jour. Karin et moi espŽrons te voir et te serrer dans nos bras bient™t, en France ou aux Etats-Unis. Dewie, je pense ˆ tes photos. Nous serons en Alsace Samedi.

Bises de Lisa, Karin et Daniel Daugherty

Daniel Daugherty <>
Germany - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 07:44:52 (CST)
Hi Debbie, Dewey, and Aurora! Just a quick note to let you know that I thought of you today, as everyday. You are always in my prayers and thoughts. With much love to you all. Jerry
ca USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 22:32:52 (CST)
Dear Deb'lein,
You are strong... Spring is in NYC and I think all kind of soft and gentle words for you, for you to heal.

nicole birmann bloom <>
NY USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 22:13:13 (CST)
Dearest Debbling,

Took my father to Rising Fawn,Georgia and met Norman Blake. Norman is the best known of American traditional musicians and meeting him was great. He lives in a big old fashioned house with a big front porch and the paint pealing off the sides. He just loves to play music.

I thought about you and Dewey and the choices you have made to live a life that is about the important things. I believe that you have made good choices. Most people live their lives half awake and half alive. I have always believed that living is about being awake and trying to stretch the limits of possibility. I think you have done your best to do that and I admire and appreciate you for it.

Downstairs to cook diner and off to dreamland.

Love Always,

John Castleberry <>
TN USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 18:30:57 (CST)
We loved the recent pictures of all of you. Debbie, your hair sure looks great that way. Aurora is growing so fast and is so pretty. Dewey is doing a wonderful job of keeping us all informed about your progress. Give them both a hug from us. As always, you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Kisses and hugs, Judy & Glenn
Glenn & Judy Nevins <>
CA USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 16:21:11 (CST)
Comme tu es belle ! Et comme votre fille l'est aussi !!! et... comme le photographe est bon ! :-)
Comme j'aimerais que tout a a soit enfin derrire vous...!
Comme vous me manquez !...
Je prie, je prie, je prie. Je vous aime.

nathalie velia <>
FRANCE - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 13:38:36 (CST)
Dear Debbie,

Just a note to let you know that I pray for your healing every day. Glad to know of yhour progress, and pray that it will continue.

Jack Burch
(Friend of Gene and Laura Gerard)

Jack Burch <>
CA USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 08:54:18 (CST)
Dear DEB and family, Just wanted you to know that we and the church are keeping you in our prayers and we are looking forward to seeing you when you get to France. GOD is great and has been so good and we know that HE is ABLE.We LOVE YOU and KNOW YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS THO THE DISTANCE IN MILES SEPARATE US. Roland and Rose
FRANCE - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 05:01:16 (CST)
Dearest Debbie,

I pray and wish so much that you're doing better now, that they have reduced the pain killers.
I know it must hard to keep on smiling when it hurts so much, so I send you a big smile from overseas to give you courage and strength. The 3 of us keep you, Dewey and Aurora in our prayers. We love you.
Karin, Daniel and Lisa

Karin Daugherty
Germany - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 02:55:17 (CST)
Dear Debbie,
My family and I pray for you daily in our Devo's. I visit your web sight often. We enjoy the pictures, you and Dewey have a cute little girl. You and your family are on our screen saver much of the time. My girls are quick to comment on what a cute little girl you have.
We are praying for you and yours!! We look forward to good news about you. You are a strong girl, keep the Faith!!! Your Brethren, Mike, Nan, Brooke, Krissy, Sarah

Mike Wade <>
AL USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 22:45:37 (CST)
Debbie, please visit my new Web site -
There is a song in the music section that may encourage you. It's called Shelter. I hope it touches your heart!

Jeff Dumo
CA USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 21:26:06 (CST)
Debbie, Dewey, Aurora,
Please know that you are all in our prayers! We received the update this evening and our hearts are once again touched and encouraged to pray harder and believe even when the signals seem to change. We know God is able to do all things and we pray that he would work miraculously in all your lives. God Bless you all. Remember, we are running this race with you! :)

Jeffrey, Sonja, & Isabela Dumo <>
CA USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 21:22:47 (CST)
Just a note about Ron and Sheryl, if per chance you did not hear...Their baby Alexander Chase Hall was born on March 15, 2002 at eight pounds seven ounces, twenty-one inches long and a beautiful boy...Marie and I got to be there to be a part of the birthing...supervisory role... hope you can get over to see M and M
Maurice and Marie Hall
USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 20:17:24 (CST)
Debbie Dewey and Aurora,

Wepray for you many times a niece is very ill with Krohns disease and her name is Debbie Oliver, so often times we just ask God to give healing to the "two Debbies". God bless and love...Maurice and Marie

Maurice and Marie Hall <>
CA USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 20:11:36 (CST)
Debbie, My sons and I went to the prayer service for you this past Sunday after church at North Atlanta Church in Atlanta. I have three sisters and one brother so I know how much your siblings mean to you...and probably what a tremendous support they are to you right now. Your mom and dad seem like such special people...what a surprise then that you turned out to be so special yourself! And it is not just your parents saying that...It's other people that you are not related to!!! I just want you to know that you are in our daily prayers, several times a day. My three boys - Tyler,14, Evan,11 and Patrick, 8, are all praying for you. I am 41 and have been married to Tim for 14 years. We bought your CD and listen to it and pray for you. Your story is one of encouragement to me. I pray for you to continue to be strong in your fight to regain your health.
In Christ,

Jenny Mangan

Jenny Mangan <>
GA USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 19:37:13 (CST)
Hello there Debs and co. I hope you are feeling a little better, every day. It must be so frustrating to not be home and doing what you want, but you know that you need to be there. We've seen so much good in your struggle. Just a while lomger and you'll be home. I know from experience, that you must live one day at a time. Tomorrow comes soon enough. Your garden will still be there awaiting your tender touch. God bless you and keep you.
Carol Mckeown

Carol Mckeown <>
UK - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 16:50:19 (CST)
Je me sens tout prs s de toi malgrŽ la distance, chre Debbie. Il y aura des jours meilleurs ; aies confiance et ne perds pas courage. Le Seigneur t'aime. Nous vous aimons trs fort toi, Dewey et Aurora.
Bonjour ˆ Max et Amy ; j'ai d'excellents souvenirs d'eux ˆ Paris. Merci pour votre exemple ˆ tous. Ta soeur en JŽsus.

Colette Daugherty <>
FRANCE - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 15:00:39 (CST)
God has definitely heard everyone's prayers for you
and your own for your health and your family.
I can't imagine how else, you could have endured
and triumphed over all of this so far. May God
continue to give you strength, courage and peace
in the midst of all of your treatment. May He also
give you moments of joy and rest to share with your
precious family.
In Christ's power,

Anne-Marie Quinn Hallman <>
CA USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 14:15:28 (CST)
Oh dear Lord, bless Debbie, Dewey and Aurora today. Give Debbie complete and total healing. You are all powerful, Lord. Show us your greatness and your love and understanding. Help us all to worship you as we wait and wait to witness the awesome power of your healing hand. Lord, you have created us and you know our needs. Please give Aurora, Debbie and Dewey strength, patience, and an overwhelming awareness of your love and power. We love you, Lord. And we love you, Debbie, Aurora and Dewey.
Rachel McClure <>
Banner Elk, NC USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 12:09:17 (CST)
Dear Debbie,
I am just catching up on your current state. Too bad you're not in Abilene, TX today -- we're being greatly blessed with the most wonderful rain. It's the kind of rain that would be a blessing to the garden you're wishing for. Just wondering how you'd feel in creating that garden in miniature -- inside -- pot plants! Or creating it in a photo collection -- sharing the story of growth of a garden that will benefit Aurora both this year and in the years to come! It COULD be one of those "when the door closes -- open the window" kind of things!

I give thanks for all the wonderful support you have -- the many friends and family members who continue to pour out lavishly in kindness, love, and gentleness. You have shared all those things with others -- and I'm thankful that they are being poured back upon you so abundantly.

God bless you and yours with continued indwelling of His spirit and outpouring of His spirit on you from others!

Brenda Chrane
TX USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 11:56:02 (CST)
Thought for the day
"I testify that when the Lord closes one important door in your life, He shows His continuing love and compassion by opening many other compensating doors through your exercise of faith. He will place in your path packets of
spiritual sunlight to brighten your way. They often come after the trial has been the greatest, as evidence of the compassion and love of an all-knowing Father. They point the way to greater happiness, more understanding, and
strengthen your determination to accept and be obedient to His will."
(Richard G. Scott, "Trust in the Lord", November 1994 Ensign, p. 17) Dear Debbie: It was last year as I was in the beginning stages of treatment for breast cancer that I learned of you through a friend of mine who is friends with your friend, Angelika. (My treatment ended in August.) The Lord put you on my heart at that time and I have not ceased to pray for you and your family. Your attitude through all this has been wonderful but your journey has been so long. I pray that the Lord will be merciful to you and allow you to close the chapter victoriously on this cancer. I pray for new strength for you and Dewey and blessings upon all your friends who have opened up their homes to you. I pray that God will speed up your healing so that you can return the hospitality minister to all these people in your own home. I pray for a long life for you with renewed energy and health, so that you can be that wife to Dewey and mother to Aurora that your heart desires.

Some verses that comforted me (and promises I claimed!) through my cancer journey:
"In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be
put to shame. Rescue me and deliver me in your
righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my
rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the
command to save me, for you are my rock and my
fortress...For you have been my hope, O Sovereign
Lord, my confidence since my youth...My mouth is
filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all
day long...But as for me, I will always have hope; I
will praise you more and more...Though you have made
me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my
life again; from the depths of the earth you will
again bring me up. You will increase my honor and
comfort me once again." Psalm 71 And Psalm 3: O, Lord, how many are my foes (cancer cells)! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands (cancer cells) drawn up against me on every side. Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.

May God turn your ashes to beauty very soon! Love, prayers and hugs from a friend in Christ.

Donna Autry <>
ME USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 06:38:45 (CST)
Dearest Debbie, (I love the way John calls you Debbling, dont you?) I understand the gardening bug has bitten you, too. I totally understand! I remember standing in your beautiful herb garden with the little rock wall around it, eating perfect sweet figs from the tree one by one. It was such a peaceful and nourishing place. I hope and pray that you get there soon! John and I love you and hold you and your family up in prayer daily. Big Hugs to you, Marcie
Marcie Castleberry
TN USA - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 21:14:47 (CST)
Dearest Deb, just thinking about you and wanting you to know that you continue to remain in our thoughts and prayers. Every night as the boys say their evening prayers they pray for aunt Debbie. I know that our father is caring for you and loving you as only He can. May He fill you with peace and constant comfort. Our love for you is daily shared with Him and I know that He will help you feel it even better than we can. Debbie, we love you.
Mike, Kris, Mikey, Matthew, Mason and Kaylee <>
SC USA - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 20:28:53 (CST)
happy Saint Patrick's Day to you Debbie Dewey & Aurora! Thinking of you here on this rainy day and hoping all is well with you
lots of love, xxx

deirdre <>
ireland - Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 06:24:51 (CST)
NOus vous gardons toujours dans nos prireres et esprons vous revoir bient™t lors de votre retour en France!

Manu, Rose mary et Emmanuel
FRance - Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 04:08:58 (CST)

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