Friday, September 16, 2011


It is often said that a picture is worth 1,000 words....

"Salida", in Spanish, means exit!!

Today is Mexican Independence Day, and with the biggest smile on my face I am excited to tell everyone that I am celebrating my independence too!!

I AM FINALLY ABLE TO COME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our hope is to be able to leave in a few weeks! Please pray for us that everything goes smoothly and all things continue to come together to make this possible!

I can't believe this day is finally here.... Nothing is impossible with God!!

See you all soon! :)

In His awesome power and love, always,

"God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always." (Ps. 121 7-8 MSG)

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Fern said...

praying especially that the plans and departure run smoothly. God bless!

Anonymous said...


Great news! I can't believe this day has already come! Wow, you guys must be so excited!!!!

Your Dad and Michelle and all your friends and family back home must be SO HAPPY!

We are SO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU! Praise His holy name.

You hung in there, you trusted in Him who can do more than you could ask and imagine and look at what He did!!!

To Him be the glory forever and ever!

Thank you for sharing this journey with us all. It was just awesome to see Him working.

When you get back stateside, please keep us up to date as to your continued progress.

God still heals and still performs miracles. We are witnesses to this in your lives.


May He continue to bless your family with all the things He can think of.

With love and continued prayers,
The Turners

Rosemary and John said...

Dear Jessica and Sara Gina,

Wow, Wow, Wow is all we can say as we read this announcement with tears in our eyes and hearts!

There are no words to say in response to this. Just, Thank you Lord for answered prayers!

Congratulations Jessica for never giving up and for being such a strong and courageous young woman and God Bless your Mother for holding up under the immeasurable amount of emotional and physical stress for 2 years in a different country away from all her support system and God bless your Father and sisters for holding down the home fort while you were away and God bless all the amazing people He sent to you while in Mexico to become your Mexican family for both of you and last but certainly not least, God bless Dr. Cantu and his team for their role in your healing.

Jessica, this was a HUGE team effort led by our Lord who put all the team "members" in place for you. Everyone did their part and now, you can reap the astounding rewards of all your hard work!

God Bless you and bring you home safely and may He continue to put the team members in place in your new home that will help you to fully recover and be able to walk again.

With God, all things are possible, as we have all seen through watching you!

We are so happy for all of you. Thank you for sharing this amazing news with all of us!

We love you!!!

Rosemary and John

Claudia Oranday said...

Viva Mexico, Viva Jessica!!! Probably you are going to miss Mexico but Mexico is gonna miss you more, and El Cerro de la Silla is going to miss your sight. And above all WE the regios are going to miss you a lot you pair of regias. We'll be waiting you every time you need to comeback with our love, and our prayings, always!!!

Blair said...

Even though i knew you were going home for a few weeks now and never told anyone,i am thrilled you are able to make that announcement. It TRUELY is your independence Day!!! I pray for you every day and always have you in my thoughts. I am BLESSED to have met you and we will meet again soon... Lots of Love, FED

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord, we are beyond ecstatic that Devon's coma mate is finally coming home, tears of joy all around. It has been a long time coming....Hugs and kisses.

Cathy and Devon

Anonymous said...

Celebrating with you and praising our great God!

Fields Of Grace lyrics

Verse 1:
Theres a place where I love to run and play
Theres a place where I sing new songs of praise
Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace
Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace

Verse 2:
Theres a place where I lose myself in Him
Theres a place where I find myself again
Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace
Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace

Verse 3:
Theres a place where religion finally dies
Theres a place where I lose my selfish pride
Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace
Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace
[From: ]

I love my Father my Father loves me
I dance for my Father my Father sings over me
I love my Father my Father loves me
I dance for my Father my Father sings over me
And nothing nothing nothing can take that away from me
Nothing nothing nothing can take that away from me
And nothing nothing nothing can take that away from me
Nothing nothing nothing can take that away from me

Tag: (Repeat)
Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace
Dancing with my Father God in fields of grace

MARIA said...

Jessica, soy Maria Rosa, Dios me puso el día de hoy precisamamente aleer tu blog, despues de muchos meses de olvido imperdonable por mi parte, sin embargo hoy que la estoy pasando muy mal, verte a tí me llen de esperanza para mí y de muchisima alegría por tí, eres un ejmplo de vida, I Love It y I Love It youy mother, QUE ALEGRIA TAN INMENSA... te deseo con todo mi corazón que todo de aquí en adelante sean alegrías, te las mereces tú y tu hermosa familia, que tanto han luchado y claro tambien gracias al AZAngel Camisa Verde... TE DESEO LO MEJOR PORQUE SE QUE LO VAS A LOGRAR...

Rocío Guzmán said...

Jessi, I'm Rocío your neighbor :).. i am so happy to see this! but also sad because we are going to miss you so much!
You thaught us to see life in a very different way, to enjoy it as it is!
And i'm sure you will keep getting better and be as good as new pretty soon :D!
Remember that you and your family will always be in our prayers.. God is Great! And i know for sure he's got something big prepared for you, because you, and your family as well, deserve to be happy forever!
I love you so much! and i hope to see you, Sarita and Katherine a lot before you go!!
Thank you Jessica! :)

Regina said...

We are all thrilled for YOU, Jessica! Thank you, God!

From your Dad's cousins

Marianne Caparrelli said...

Yeah! We are sooooo excited for you!! Sending lots of love and prayers to you and your awesome family :-)

Anonymous said...

Soon they will be singing .....

I said hello, Jessie,......well, hello, Jessie
It's so nice to have you back where you belong
You're lookin' swell, Jessie.......i can tell, Jessie
You're still glowin''re still crowin''re still goin' strong

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Anonymous said...

Dearest Jessica and Gina, I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is such incredible, awesome news!!!!!!!!! Miracles have happened all the while you've been there, and God has shown His hand in your life!!!!! We are so very grateful!!!!! Keep us posted.......... If there's anything I can do, please please please let me know!!!!!!!! Love always, Angel xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Sara Gina said: "My "hope" is that God will answer my prayers for Jessica ..." and that He did.

Our hope does not disappoint. Our God is an awesome God and worthy of praise!

Our hope is that He continues to answer our prayers for a full and permanent recovery for Jessica and that you will all be reunited soon!

Anonymous said...

Amazing!! Simply Amazing. God is truly Amazing! Your story is Amazing! I saw you at your worst in August of 2009. (I wasn't at my best either--having just had shoulder surgery and beginning my physical therapy.) Now look at you. You set the bar high for all of us who get discouraged and lose sight of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is one of my greatest blessings to have met you and your mom, Sarah. What a privilege. Now go out and set the world on fire!!


Deacon Marion said...

Thank You Jesus!!! Our God is a loving God. Your faith has brought you home. May he guide you all the way and be with you and your family. So much to be thankful for. God is good, God is great. Jesus Loves You.

Anonymous said...

Here is a great website that explains pacing (for exercise and activity). It is written by a man who had CFS but the concept is the same for RSD recovery.

Part II: Pacing

7: The Energy Envelope
8: Pacing
9: My Secret Weapon: Pre-Emptive Rest
10: Keeping Records
11: Experiments with Exercise
12: Minimizing Relapses

Hope some of you find this helpful.

Anonymous said...

HOORAY, HOORAY, HOORAY! We are cheering from the rooftops & banging the pans loud & clear for all to hear! We knew this day would come & now it's right around the corner! We anxiously await hearing all the details. Keep us posted, beautiful!

With our love,
The Klatts

marimar said...

Im so happy to see that you are so good and that finally you can go home. Oohh my god youre a miracle!
I know i loose contact with you, but you and your mom are always on my mind and my heart!
Sarah youre such an amazing women, thank God i have the bless to know you, you teach me so many things!

God blees you!

Anonymous said...

God is great and His praise
Fills the earth, fills the heavens
And Your name will be praised
Through all the world

God is great, sing His praise
All the earth, all the heavens
'Cause we're living for the Glory of Your name
The Glory of Your name

Anonymous said...

Dear Sara & Jessica....HE IS FAITHFUL!!!!! We are so happy for you and your family and for the answer to prayer. We have prayed for this since you left for Mexico. We will continue to always pray for you....We wish you a safe trip home and a smooth transition. God bless you both!!!
Looking forward to seeing you soon in the future!
God is so Awesome...
In His Grip,
Angela & the boys

Robyn Weiner said...

Such great news! Your friends at Garden City Middle School wish you the best.

Anonymous said...

Did Howard Hughes have RSD/CRPS?

mike said...

Congrats on going back home! I just read about your story for the first time and it really sucks you went through and are going through all that. My sister got lyme disease too a couple years ago and i've been too selfish to even follow up on it with her because i've had alot of my own issues i've been trying to deal with. I'm now reading how serious it can get and i feel like a d-bag. Anyways i'm glad to hear that you're making progress. Staying positive, believing and having patience is the key. I know that you will be back to "normal", lol, in no time. Just dont get impatiant it will not be easy as God knows that you could handle it. Btw, you're cute as f-@k!! I'm praying for you baby!!

Shari@Rain into Rainbows said...

Hi Jessica -- I just found your blog today through a Google search. I have CRPS Type II (I believe you have Type I?)

I am truly amazed at your story. You're so very much of an inspiration to me!

And how coincidental (or not!), your life verse listed at the top of your blog is the very same one I have on mine!

Anyway, I'm now following your blog and can't wait to get an update once you're smoothly settled back in the States.

All the best, Shari

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!!!

You are a true miracle!!!

I can not wait to meet you both in person. It was nice to chat (meet) on skype but being with you in person will rule.

The sun is shining bright here in Naples as I pray for your safe return home. WOW,HOME....that must sound devine to you. Jodi

Anonymous said... (has some great pics)

If you never felt pain, then how would you know that I am a Healer?

If you never had to pray, How would you know that I am a Deliverer?

If you never had a trial, How could you call yourself an overcomer?

If you never felt sadness, How would you know that I am a Comforter?

If you never made a mistake, How would you know that I am a forgiver?

If you knew all, How would you know that I will answer your questions?

If you never were in trouble, How would you know that I will come to your rescue

If you never were broken, Then how would you know that I can make you whole?

If you never had a problem,How would you know that I can solve them?

If you never had any suffering, Then how would you know what I went through?

If you never went through the fire, Then how would you become pure?

If I gave you all things, How would you appreciate them?

If I never corrected you, How would you know that I love you?

If you had all power, Then how would you learn to depend on me?

If your life was perfect, Then what would you need me for?

Love Jesus

ScottyB said...

i absolutely know where you're getting at jessica, regarding the health care/medical care misconception that big companies are spreading around. i really hope you get well soon. i am researching about these issues because i have more time for this now i am working online selling import and export goods on ebay and please keep it up and get well soon.

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!