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Ashli Recovery Update

June 24, 2009 | 10 Comments

Ashli’s recovery seems to be progressing rapidly. She regained consciousness not long after surgery yesterday afternoon. Although somewhat dehydrated, she’s very alert and talkative. She still has an IV tube or two in her, but she did two laps around the nurse’s station this morning.

As I’ve noted, the biopsy results won’t be available for a few days so she still has some concern about her diagnosis. She thanks you all for your prayers, and asks you to continue them.

Ashli Surgery Update

June 22, 2009 | 6 Comments


Ashli is out of surgery. The surgeon said that the procedure went very well. There was no need for any transfusions, which are otherwise common in this sort of operation. As it turns out, Ashli will not require placement in the ICU, although her condition will, of course, be carefully monitored.

The surgeon is adhering to his original, tentative diagnosis of a (relatively non-threatening) solid pseudopapillary tumor. The biopsy will not be complete, however, for five to seven days. The surgeon also noted that the nearby lymph nodes did not look bad, which is a relief because initially the CT scan had raised some concerns regarding their enlargement.

Thank you all again for your prayers. Ashli’s family is greatly comforted by the way things appear to be turning out. Please continue your prayers for a full recovery.


Ashli’s pancreatic surgery will go forward today. She’ll likely be in intensive care, unconscious, for two days after the operation. I’ll post updates about her condition here as soon as I get the information.

Ashli took her children, Emmil and Elise, for a photo shoot at the Maclay Botanical Gardens in Tallahasee last Thursday. Below is one of the pictures to help you think about Ashli and her family as you pray for her health.


BONUS PICTURES: One is Elise in 2004 and the other is Ashli 1971; it shouldn’t hard for you to tell the mother from the daughter.


Ashli & Dawn Update

June 14, 2009 | 8 Comments

Dawn’s surgery went off without a hitch (but not without a stitch) and she is recovering nicely and blogging incessantly.

For various reasons, Ashli’s surgery date has been rescheduled for June 23. Although the issue is still not settled, the surgeon is leaning towards a diagnosis of a solid pseudopapillary tumor. If confirmed, that would be good news. Such growths have a low malignant potential, and surgery, although complicated, generally results in a full recovery.

Please keep those prayers coming!

Don’t Blame Me

May 31, 2009 | 126 Comments

I’m no killer, as I explain to President Obama in my guest post at The Dawn Patrol.

Please Pray for the Soul of George Tiller

May 31, 2009 | 38 Comments

George Tiller was shot to death this morning in a Wichita Church.

Please pray for his soul, and for his family.

Ashli Update

May 29, 2009 | 85 Comments

Thank you all again for your prayers for Ashli McCall. A biopsy report was finally issued on Wednesday, but the results were inconclusive. It will be a few more days before additional testing is completed so that a definitive diagnosis can be reached. I will update you as the information becomes available.

Please continue to pray. So many miracles relating to Ashli’s ability to obtain proper healthcare have occurred over the past week and I am certain that your prayers have had an effect. Her treatment will resume next week at one of the country’s finest teaching hospitals with doctors who are the simply the best in their respective specialties. The tumor, regardless of its pathology, will be surgically removed on June 11.

I also ask that you pray for Dawn Eden. She’ll be undergoing surgery on the very same day as Ashli. I’ll link to her updates as she posts them. Pray that both of these kind and generous women are fully healed so that they can continue to share their gifts with the world.

Pray & Go

May 23, 2009 | 90 Comments

I’ve contributed a feisty new pro-life post to one of the world’s finest blogs. However, before you read it, please say a prayer for my friend Ashli McCall, who is still awaiting the biopsy results from her ultrasound on Thursday. To see the post, just confirm that you’ve prayed by clicking here. God bless you!

Prayer Request

May 23, 2009 | 4 Comments

Please pray for my friend Cat, an EMT who is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum in her first pregnancy, for her husband Travis, who is deployed in the Air Force overseas, and for their baby, who is due in November 2010. Despite her illness, from her sickbed Cat is helping other women with HG.

More on Ashli . . .

May 21, 2009 | 4 Comments

. . . in my guest post today at The Dawn Patrol.

I cannot thank Dawn Eden enough for her behind-the-scenes role over the past few weeks in insuring that Ashli receives the best possible medical care. Given Dawn’s years of generosity and support for suffering hyperemetic women, I should not be surprised — but I am. Her kindness and persistence have far transcended the ordinary bounds of friendship. May God bless her richly for all she has done.

Thanks, too, to commenter Lily for her invaluable and ongoing research assistance. Lawyer-in-training Adam Russo has also rendered some time-saving services.

Finally, thanks to all of you for your prayers. Ashli has been greatly strengthened and consoled by them, and there have been a few small miracles along the way that show that God is most certainly listening.

A Message from Ashli

May 14, 2009 | 14 Comments

With her five year old daughter, Elise.

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