We Are Loved

Amy and I have an awesome small group of friends at church. When they learned we had spent nearly $10,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses last year to fight Amy’s illness, and when they learned that there is a surgery for people with lipedema that could actually dramatically change Amy’s life, they prayed for us.

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But then they took another step. They created a fund for people to help with our medical expenses. It’s been awesome, and humbling, and overwhelming to be recipients of such grace and love. 

It’s strange too. Like while going through the bank drive-thru yesterday the teller asked Amy how the fundraising was going. The teller, I guess, is a friend of a friend of someone who is a friend of mine on Facebook (or something like that). People we haven’t even met are giving. Amazing.

But the story gets better, because something has happened that our small group could have never planned.

Nick was on staff in Paris while I was the Area Director there. He is now the Director of Business Development for Neuroscience, Orthopaedics & Trauma at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto, California. Nick saw the fundraiser on Facebook and contacted Dr. Stanley Rockson, Stanford’s Chief of Consultative Cardiology and Director of the Stanford Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders.  Rockson went to Duke for Med School and trained at Mass General and the Brigham in Boston and is an endowed professor (all of which is code for “really smart”!).

Dr. Rockson has looked at Amy’s case and said he would be happy to evaluate Amy and help in determining an appropriate plan of care.  He is connected with medical leaders all around the world, so if surgery in Germany turns out to be the best thing to do, they should be able to help facilitate that. And in terms of insurance, a diagnosis and treatment plan from Rockson and his team will not be so easily dismissed by UMR.

We’re now we’re looking into a trip to Palo Alto sometime between March 12 and April 28th to have a consultation with Dr. Rockson.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Galatians 3:20-21)

Rick Mumford