Sunday, April 24, 2011


To All our Family & Friends,

I pray that your heart is profoundly touched by remembering that nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus went to the Cross, died, and was buried in a borrowed tomb. For several days, Jesus' body remained lifeless as His followers melted with fear and found their faith in the icy grip of confusion and despair.

Thank God that Jesus' crucifixion story does not end with the Lord's body enslaved to death and decay in that borrowed tomb! No, Easter Sunday was coming even though none of Jesus' followers seemed to expect the events of that incredible Resurrection Sunday Morning. They were completely surprised, held breathless by the incredible experiences of meeting the Lord alive again - walking, talking, and eating with the One they loved so deeply and that they thought was gone. Some were startled. Some fell and grasped his feet. Others disbelieved for joy. Another placed his hands in the imprints left by the nails and spear. And little by little, follower after follower, Jesus showed himself alive and offered many different proofs of his resurrection and they believed. They then testified to their faith, sometimes at the cost of their own lives, so they could share this good news with others.

So my prayer is that you have a Blessed Easter Sunday, this first Sunday after Passover. And on this glorious day, I pray that the Holy Spirit, the gift of the risen Jesus, will re-ignite your passion, hope, and courage to live for our Lord no matter what challenges you face!

We pray God's richest blessings for you and yours, and we pray that our living and reigning Lord will make His presence powerfully real to you as you serve Him in the days ahead.

Blessed Easter To All,
In God's Love & Grace always,
Sarah Gina*
(Mom to 3)

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Marianne E. Quinn said...


May You and Your Family Have A Blessed Eater! God Bless All of You!
With Love and Prayers,

Marianne E. Quinn said...

May You and Your Family Have a Blessed Easter! God Bless All Of You!
With Love and Prayers,

Anonymous said...

Sarah, Jessica and family,
Wishing you a very blessed and Happy Easter from the Jarvis family in Pennsylvania. As we have just recently passed the one year time frame since our family was fortunate enough to meet yours, we have had many thankful moments for all of the help, kind words and prayers you and Jessica shared with us. Thank you for continuing to share your journey. We think of you and pray for you often and are overjoyed that Jessica is feeling better overall. We hope that things continue to improve and are wishing you Easter blessings today!
Kathy, Mark, Kerri, Erin, and Jeff

Anonymous said...

Beautifully told! I love the part where he gave them many convincing proofs!

We hope you lovely ladies were able to celebrate Easter!

May God continue to show you His glory, miracles, His great love and faithfulness.

You are both great witnesses to how real God is in your lives. Thanks so much for your continued testimony of our great God!

With love and prayers,
The Turners

Anonymous said...

Dearest Jessica and Gina, Happy Easter!! I was so glad to skype with you the other day! I feel like a new member of the Technology Club! :) God's hand is truly in your lives and is carrying you to where He wants you to be. Your humility and grace in this journey are allowing God's miracles to shine through your words and thoughts. I think you are giving us the example of how He would like us all to handle the difficulties in our lives, with patience, persistence and gentle good humor. I love you guys!! Always in my prayers... Love always, Angel xoxoxoxoxo

Rosemary and John said...

Dear Jessica and Sara Gina,

Happy Easter! May you be as enriched by those around you as we are by having come to know you and your family. It is a time of rebirth; all around us we see Mother Nature as she crawls her way back from a bitter Winter season and a landscape seemingly devoid of life. But, things are not always what they appear. Even in drab gray of Winter, there is life; it is just resting below the surface and preparing for the energy needed to once again burst into full life! The flowers and trees have exploded into full bloom, the birds are building their nests and filling the air with beautiful song and the smell of new life surrounds us. We pray and hope that your bodies and souls are uplifted and renewed in this new season and come alive with renewed health, energy and hope. We give thanks for the blessing of coming to know you.

Love always,

Rosemary and John

Anonymous said...

John 2:11
This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

John 17:4
I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.

Eph 2:10
10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Jessica's Journey to Getting Her Life Back

By Sarah Gina (Jessica's Mom)

As we begin this journey toward renewed health we would like to express our sincere heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. Anthony Kirkpatrick and all the work he has done and continues to do in order to bring patients like my daughter Jessica back to a more meaningful life and restored from this devastating illness. Also, special thanks to Dr. Fernando Cantu and his team of doctors in Mexico for taking on a difficult case like my daughters, Words cannot express the renewed sense of hope that we have that one day, our Jessica, can regain her life that has been taken away from her – God Bless you all!

Jessica’s Story

Once an A+ student who loved school, was involved in many extracurricular activities, played varsity tennis, lacrosse and gymnastics and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, our daughter Jessica has spent the last 3 years incapacitated, paralyzed, unable to sit or walk and eat. She spends her days confined to a hospital bed, wearing sunglasses and noise-canceling headphones, due to severe light and sound sensitivity.

Jessica and her sisters, 2 mos. before becoming ill

The pain she feels is indescribable and all attempted treatments have not even come close to relieving her suffering.

She has seen many doctors, undergone numerous painful tests and procedures, has been prescribed various medications, and has been hospitalized frequently including being intubated and on a ventilator. She is severely debilitated and currently is only 92 pounds. This is certainly no life for a 21 year old young woman!

Jessica is suffering from neurologic Lyme disease and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), a severely debilitating and painful neuromuscular disorder. She suffers daily with constant sharp, stabbing, tingling and burning pain; throughout her body; severe headaches; paralysis; intense muscle spasms; gastroparesis; seizures; twisting of her limbs (dystonia); sensitivity to any touch (allodynia); extreme sensitivity to lights and sounds; excessive sweating; swelling; fevers; softening of bones; decreased hair growth; redness and discoloration of the limbs; and painful skin ulcers. The pain is constant and unrelenting, but despite her suffering, her faith in God remains and she still has hope for her future.

Jessica's painful skin lesions

Jessica's journey began in 1999, when she was only 11 years old. She became very ill with Mono and was bed bound for 3 months. She subsequently developed RSD (stage 1) of the lower right leg. She received early intervention and returned to playing sports and enjoying her life.

Jessica, age 15, at summer camp

Four years later, in 2003, while away at a sleep-away camp, she developed a rash behind her right knee, coincidentally in the same leg that previously had RSD!

At the time, the camps nurse & doctor told her that it was “duck rash” – a rash from swimming in the lake with duck feces. However, Jessica was able to obtain photos from camp from another camper which shows the classic “bulls-eye” rash from Lyme disease! It wasn’t until much later and only after developing symptoms and becoming very ill, was the diagnosis of Lyme disease and Babesiosis (another tick-borne infection) made.

Most people (and doctors!) have no idea how serious Lyme disease can become and no clue how to properly diagnose it. Unfortunately, if she would have been promptly diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease, the RSD would not have been triggered and she would not be suffering.

July 2003, Jessica's Lyme disease rash

If it wasn’t for her doctor, Dr. Liegner, and his expertise with complex cases of Lyme, and his determination to try any means in getting her well, by getting a “team” of doctors on her case, we wouldn’t be here today, still fighting. We owe him a deep sense of gratitude for all he does for Jessica!

During these past three years and with the pain becoming more intense and unbearable she has been seeing Dr. Finkelstein for pain management. He has even made house calls to spare her the pain of coming by ambulance to his office. Jessica has been treated with multiple pain medications, at the highest possible doses, as well as an implanted dilaudid pain pump, which delivers potent medication straight into her spine. Many doctors have told us that with the amount of medications Jessica was taking would be enough to “kill a horse”—yet they had little to no effect on her. If it wasn’t for Dr. Finkelstein trying to alleviate her constant, severe, unrelenting pain, I don’t know how she would have managed. He is very special to us as well.

Recently Jessica was transported by air ambulance to Tampa, Florida to see Dr. Anthony Kirkpatrick, a world renowned RSD expert. Dr. Kirkpatrick told us that Jessica is one of the most debilitated patients he has ever seen.

Jessica getting into the air-ambulance to go see Dr. Kirkpatrick

Upon his testing and because Jessica's condition is so severe, Dr. Kirkpatrick is recommending the only treatment available that can possibly help relieve her suffering, and afford her some semblance of a “normal” life - the Ketamine Coma Procedure - a clinical trial that is being conducted in Monterrey, Mexico.

During this procedure Jessica will be put into a coma , with the hope that her nerves, brain and spinal cord will “reset” -so that her nervous system sends the correct signals to her brain.

Yes, this is a radical, scary treatment, however, for Jessica, "scary" is thinking that she could spend the rest of her life in this condition, unable to walk, eat, or take care of herself. Since all reasonable treatments have failed to help her, we feel we must try everything possible to help Jessica regain her life.

We understand that due to Jessica’s fragile condition, there is a high risk associated with this procedure. We are also aware that other patients with severe RSD like Jessica's have had success.

Jessica’s goal is to one day become a doctor. Our hope is that with this study she can have that chance. As her Mom, I know that she will be a great doctor because when a patient presents in her office and says “Doctor, I am in pain and words cannot express how bad it is” – my daughter –Dr. Jessica– will be able to say - :I know how you feel, I’ve been there too. So, take a seat and let me tell you a story”….

We are so thankful and feel so blessed to have been led to Dr. Kirkpatrick.

God is good and with his help guiding Dr. Cantu and Dr. Kirkpatrick, our hope is for Jessica to be able to return to us whole again and pain-free!