Friday, March 19, 2010

new update~

hey guys, sorry for taking sooo long to get a new update out to everyone, i took a break from everything for a while, i think it was me just trying to have a semi normal life in the midst of the chaos of this past year. but im happy to let everyone in so that you can be praying with me for whats to come!
my surgery is scheduled for april 6th at the mayo clinic in mn...i will run tests at mayo on the 2nd then meet the 2 drs that are doing the surfery on the 5th and surgery on the 6th. there is still alot of unknowns as of right now with what is to come after that schedule is empty, we have one way tickets to mn bc we dont know how long i will need to stay in the one has ever had this surgery so they dont have much to go off of...i am very very scared but trying all the while to stay optimistic and hopeful that the turn out will be a good one...
basically for those that dont know, i broke the top 2 vertebrae in a car accident when i was in HS and they took bone out of my hip and fused it with wire to my neck...the fuse did not take and less than a year ago we found out that a wire they used for the fusion broke, and is actually sticking into my spinal cord....of the dozen drs i have seen and talked to, no one has ever heard of this happening and all were in agreement that if i didnt remove the wire and refuse my neck that i would eventually end up paralyzed....the hard part is removing the wire could also cause paralysis itself but we just have to hope and believe that that wont happen! this past year has by far been the hardest year of my life! right after we found out about my neck, my sweet daddy died from a freak accident~ not having him here and his support has really been a huge void for me and a huge loss. i miss him just as much today as i did a year ago.
we will be in MN for easter weekend and im already sad about it bc that was the last time anyone in my family saw my just so happens that the only time these 2 drs could do my surgery was during the anniversary of my daddies death. VERY LOADED!!!!
i keep having so many sweet people ask me what they can do and the main thing is to pray~ please cry out to our God that he will be merciful and restore me back to health. that the Drs will have all knowledge and skill to do exactly what is needed to restore my health. i have tried so hard to not let fear get the best of me this past year. i have been warned by the drs to be ultra careful in my everyday life, the simplest fall or bump could be devastating. having that information and still living life as normal as possible has been a huge trial that i have succeeded and failed at...
i have been BLOWN AWAY by all the friends, family and community that have shown up for will and i. we have been so lavished with love, prayers, food and peoples resources. we have been soooo humbled by all the amazing generosity people have shown us.
after my dad passed my godfather set up a medical fund for my surgery for people to donate to in honor of my precious daddy, since my insurance call my problem a pre existing condition. the amount of love and generosity we have received thru that fund blows me away!!!!!! its also so amazing to me bc the day my father passed he was coming to see me that night to tell me he would sell everything he had to make sure that i had the surgery that i some way i feel like thru this fund that was started bc of his death, he is still loving and provided for me in some way...
thank you so so much for taking the time to read this and care for me so well.. will and i wish we could thank every individual person who has prayed, donated, brought food and so many other countless things. thank you thank you, it means more to me than you will ever know, i feel so undeserving of such incredible love and generosity and i hope that i am able make others feel half as loved and cared for as YOU have made me feel. with complete thanks, ruthie sayles


  1. ruthie! we will pray tonight and until the surgery. ask will to update as much as he can! we love you and know God has great things planned through your life. So thankful that your daddy is still taking care of you!

  2. Ruthie- I think we have yet to meet but I have so many friends who love and care for you who I have heard share your story with passion and pleading for others to join in prayer for you. I will keep you in my prayers as well and believe to see an absolute beautiful miracle!! And for you to experience the peace and presence of God like never before!!!Standing beside you and for you in faith and love.

  3. Hey Ruthie! I've never met you, or even talked to you before, but your friend sent me an invite to her facebook prayer event for you. I just want you to know that even though we've never met, you're in my prayers, and I wish you the best! God will be with you:)
    Love xoxo,

  4. Oh, Ruthie! My heart breaks for you, but it is always so encouraging to see how you rely on your faith through all the mess. You have so many people who love you, including me.


  5. Hi Ruthie!
    my name is Lindsay. I know we don't know each other but I saw the link to your facebook prayer page and my heart was moved with compassion for you. So i wanted to write to you.
    this is what I posted on that facebook page:
    I know we don't know each other at all, but as a sister in the Lord I will definitely be praying for full and complete healing and restoration. I pray the glory of the Lord shines so brightly in this situation and that His peace, hope, and truth come and bring freedom in all ways.
    I will continue to pray.
    be blessed!

    I don't have much to offer you since i live in L.A. but I do have prayer. Please know that I truly mean it when I say that I will be lifting you and Will up in prayer often.
    The Lord is so faithful and kind. His peace is perfect and His mercy covers us so well. His grace is freeing and His love is beautiful and everlasting.
    I pray that the Lord continues to strengthen you with His joy.

    Romans 8:26-39
    In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness ; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things ? Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, 'for your sake we are being put to death all day we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' But in ALL these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    bless you Ruthie,
    Lindsay Coleman

  6. Hey Ruthie,
    you don't know me. I just read your story through Jeremy Cowart's tweet.
    Just to let you know about a story I witnessed here in Belfast, UK. One of my friends (she's 17) had a brain haemorrhage 2 weeks before Christmas. She went through several days that can't be described other than miracle. Her parents and 4 siblings got the best gift last Christmas - she was discharged from the hospital and with a very few restrictions, she's doing great. You wouldn't be able to tell that her parents were told to say their goodbyes 3 months ago.
    This is just to confirm that our God is able to do more than we sometimes think and that miracles DO happen.
    Will be praying for you.
    All the best.

  7. hey ruthie ~ this is Mari, Dan Vander Woude's mom. Just wanted you to know that I am praying for you too! I also lost my dad but often feel his presence and love. During a needle biopsy during my breast cancer journey, as I was lying there afraid and vulnerable, I could almost hear his voice saying "It will be all right, Little Sis (his nickname for me), it will be all right." God's timing is perfect and there's a reason your surgery is coinciding with the anniv. of your sweet dad's homegoing. May wonderful memories of your dad be a comfort during this time and may you tangibly feel the presence and love of your Heavenly Father!

  8. I just wanted you to know that countless prayers are being said for you right now and that we are lifting you up in His name. I hope you feel God's arms wrapping around you and loving you!

    A verse that is currently giving me great comfort as I hope it does for you.

    Matthew 11:28-30

    "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my Yoke is easy and my burden is light."

    "The will of God will not take you where teh grace of God will not protect you"

    Love, Channing Bessire

  9. Ruthie,
    I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that I have prayed for you and will continue to lift you up to the One who holds you in His hands. You are precious to the Lord and sees you, loves you, and will comfort as only He can. I know He'll give you His perfect peace as you trust in Him and that His power is indeed made perfect in weakness. I pray as you lean on Him and His strength that He'll show you great and mighty things you do not already know. He is the Great Physician so, we CAN trust Him knowing that He'll guide the doctors and nurses.

    Much LOVE to you. You are a sister in Christ and I am SO thankful for that! Our Savior can move mountains, you know?! :)

    In Christ,
    Amy Uffman Bunting

  10. Ruthie,

    I talked with Leigh Ann a day ago and it was a blessing to reconnect with you through her. Justin and I are praying and will be praying.
    Also, lots of folks at Covenant are thinking about you and praying for you.

    Betsie Carlson

  11. Hey Ruthie!

    I just got the link today to the page that was setup on facebook. I had no idea that you were going through all of this. I am so sorry! I will be praying for you in the coming week and throughout the day of your surgery. I will ask all of my prayer warriors here to join me as well.

    Much love,
    Kathryn Sturdivant Dyksterhouse

  12. hi Ruthie,

    i don't know her through the fb page, but praying for your strength and peace. God be with you!

    samantha logan

  13. Ruthie,
    I've never met you but your story on facebook caught my attention. You have prayers coming up from me. May God Bless you and comfort you until you are healthy again.