I Can’t Dictate How God Supplies (Update #5: Emily Whiting)

This is a hard post for me to write. Over the last three days, people have been texting and emailing me suggesting a “GoFundMe” page. I’ve mainly ignored those messages because I didn’t know what to do with them. There are people in the world with way bigger needs than my family.

Then someone from Northridge Church, who had been talking with people in their community group, decided to just set one up and I had no idea they were doing so (which was incredibly kind). And then this thought hit me: I know God is going to provide for us, but I’m not sure He is interested in me dictating to Him how He will make that provision.

So I have humbly (and a bit embarrassingly) accepted this “Go Fund Me” page: Emily’s Journey – God’s Provision

Please don’t feel obligated. It is true that our needs are great, but God will provide however He wants to.

We do have health insurance through our company, and we are thankful for that. However, it is a high deductible plan. Of course, all of this starting in December results in a very large deductible two months in a row (for 2017 and 2018).

Beyond deductibles and some non-covered medical expenses, there are expenses we can’t imagine. I’m sure we have much to learn. I know it could be up to 15 or 20 round trips from our home a month to MD Anderson (60 miles round trip) and food and tolls…

And there are other things we have to consider. There is one experimental option we are thinking about that isn’t covered by insurance (that doesn’t replace chemo or surgery).

Additionally, Sue has to quit doing childcare in our home to care for Emily. Because Emily will be doing 9 months of chemo and doing in-patient chemo for two or three weeks at a time, it forced her to stop watching her two babies. That income is what pays our daughters’ college bills. All of this adds up to a number we can’t quite fathom. But God knows all of this.

If you have any questions – don’t hesitate to ask. And if God leads you to help, I will be very thankful.

Our page is https://www.gofundme.com/6avh56-emilys-journey.

  1. David, my staff and I have been thinking of your family and Emily for the past few weeks since she came in to my office for the 1st time. I wasn’t able to call you or your wife when the MRI confirmed my fears of the diagnosis of Osteosarcoma as I was out of the country until today. However, Shelli (my assistant who called you) has been keeping me up to date. Other staff in my office found your posts on Facebook as well and forwarded them to me. Emily is in great hands at MD Anderson. I have been sending patients to Dr Lewis for 18 years and she is truly fantastic.

    As a father of a 17 year old boy and a 14 year old daughter, this hits all too close to home. Please know that Emily is in our prayers. If there is anything more that I can do, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Brian Chimenti

    • Dr. Chimenti – Thank you! That is all I can say right now. You were step one in this process of saving my daughter’s life. Thank you!! I look forward to meeting you face to face one day. Emily would love to see you at the hospital sometime if you are ever down there!

      And what doctor follows up and cares like this!?!?!? Thank you SO SO much!!

  2. My husband and I are part of New Story Church (formerly Oak Grove Baptist) here in Kansas City and met you through the 16:5 Conferences we were able to attend! I heard about your daughter last week and I’ve been praying (and crying) for you and your family quite a bit. My heart aches for you all with the pain and shock of this diagnosis. It hits really really close to home – my dad was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma (they found a volleyball size tumor in his abdomen!) in 2009 and fought long and hard until he passed away only just last year. Sarcoma is a scary and awful disease and I’m so sorry your family has to face this. My mom and dad spent quite a bit of time at MD Anderson as well as Mayo Clinic in Minnesota (they lived 1.5 hours from Mayo!) with the specialists there and received wonderful care… and he was able to talk to so many people about Jesus through it all. (He started a CaringBridge website early on – we found this method of communication super helpful, and we’re actually compiling all of his writings into a book to be published: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/paul_I_norman)

    I know the days of chemo, radiation, surgery, and scans too well. Looking back, one thing that amazed me was how we actually got through it all, and you may feel similarly as you look back over this past week. I truly believe God gives you *just* enough grace and strength to make it through one day at a time, and through the thoughts you’ve shared it’s easy to see that God is showing up in your family’s lives and hearts. I’m praying for His joy and His specific protection for your hearts as you fight against fear, anxiety, and weariness. He will hold onto you when you don’t have the strength to hold onto Him. What a relief!

    Prayers for Emily and your family!

    • Thanks for sharing your story. We know we have a lot of difficult days ahead. Knowing people care for us, love us, and are praying is so helpful. Thanks again, Amanda!

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