Update From Irene

He gives grace to the afflicted.
Proverbs 3:34

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10b

It is hard to believe that it is ONE YEAR since my UCSF discharge (officially July 20, 2007).  What a colossal journey of faith!!!!  And yes, this is the first UPDATE that is coming directly from me …. and I hardly know where to begin.

However, here are some reflections ….

  • I have a grateful heart and deeply regard the prayer and support from so many.  The outpouring of support has been humbling and overwhelming, and I know the Body of Christ is at work in our midst.  Your website well wishes, visits, flowers, cards and other expressions of love and support mean more to me than words can express.
  • I am grateful to the InterWest Team and loyal clients supporting Dave so he can support me.
  • I call Dr. Alan Buchwald, my “Fairy God Father”.  He fervently supported me in the spring of 2007, when all of this began, and he was the first to diagnosis nephrotic syndrome (kidney failure) prior to my transfer from Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz to UCSF.  His phone call to Dr. Stephen Gluck in the Nephrology Department at UCSF was also instrumental in successfully securing my UCSF admission.
  • The Dominican Hospital nursing team was amazing.
  • I am grateful to Don Thomas who also aggressively intervened in securing my successful admission into UCSF.  His telephone call to Mark Laret, the CEO of UCSF, was instrumental.  Ultimately, the UCSF admission led to the diagnosis of Primary Amyloidosis.  And, without that diagnosis and treatment, I wouldn’t be writing this today.
  • And to the UCSF team itself…words cannot express the abundance of caring support from their entire team, from the admissions office, to the nursing team, to the blood center, to the physicians who tirelessly supported my nearly three month hospitalization.
  • With the incomprehensible 45 blood transfusions during my UCSF hospitalization I have deep appreciation for the many faithful blood donors who supported me during some of my darkest and literally blurred hours from the two detached retinas.  And, for Janette Bruffey, who stepped up as the coordinator for the donors.
  • I am so grateful for meeting the faithful who work at the Satellite Dialysis Center.  Many caring attendants have become more than supportive professionals …. they have become friends.
  • A recent blessing is that of a relatively new relationship…Dr. Buford McCharen and his wife Victoria.  Dr. McCharen’s practice is located in Aptos (http://www.aptoscorecare.com/), and is offering me free and frequent foot baths intended to clean toxins from my bloodstream to supplement the three day a week dialysis treatments.  They’re caring outreach is an amazing gift.

Brief observations and candor ….

  • God is trustworthy…and we have experienced Him every moment of the journey.
  • He has given me peace that surpasses all understanding through his ever abiding Holy Spirit.
  • God’s Word is reliable and we have seen His many promises and truth’s prevail.
  • I am not solely praying for my healing.  I feel my responsibility is to give praise and worship to the One who is faithful and whose grace is sufficient.  I can do this because of the many prayer warriors who continue to lift me up in prayer.
  • Our life is a mist and our sojourn on this earth is a brief one.  I urge you to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior in order to guarantee your eternal destination with God in Heaven.

We don’t know what the future holds but we know the One who holds the future …. but as I frequently exclaim, “it’s a good day to be alive”!!!!!

THANK YOU for your continued prayer intercession to our faithful and loving God who alone directs our paths.  May He get all the glory!

I am filled with comfort.  I am overflowing with joy in all my affliction.
2 Corinthians 7:4

…. thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57

Praising Jehovah-Rapha (I AM the Lord who heals),


1 Comment
  1. Dave and Bev McQuade 5 years ago

    Dear Irene, I was excited to see an entry directly from you. Dave does such a wonderful job and I love to read his entries. However, I really enjoyed your sharing about your one year journey. You truly give praise to God through your life. Your story and life’s message is uplifting and brings hope to many as they see how God has sustained you and given you a remarkably positive outlook. You are a true Proverbs 31 woman in the way your cook and care for your family ignoring your own discomfort. Thank you for your sacrifice in sharing your life with us and showing us that the Lord really can sustain us through anything. I’m sure many are applying your encouragement to deal with the varied challenges in our lives. We continue to pray for you and for healing. Love, Dave & Be McQuade

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