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Prayers requested for Lee Ann Sandusky Collins

The Adair County High School class of 1982 and all relatives and friends are being asked to pray for Lee Ann Sandusky Collins who is facing dire health challenges (for medical specifics click "read more" and go to the last of the text). Lee Ann's lifelong friend Sharon Waggener Green is sending out this request. She talked with Lee Ann today at the University of Louisville Hospital, asking permission to share this prayer request with readers.
Sharon writes:
I just spoke with Lee Ann at the hospital. She was excited about posting this prayer request on the website. She is currently at the University of Louisville Hospital. The phone number is 1-800-891-0947 (Room number 617).

Lee Ann is very positive today and says she is not going to give up. She said that the "Footprints" poem is now more than just words on paper. Shehas, and is now, living in the period ofher life where she sees only one set of footprints becausesheknows that she is being carried by One far greater than we can ever imagine.

Lee Ann Sandusky Collins is the daughter of Sue Chapman Sandusky and the late Sammy Sandusky. She is married to Jerry Collins and they have two children, Jason 16 and Natalie who will be 12 in June. Lee Ann and I were born exactly one week apart; Lee Ann on June 7th and me on June 14th. We celebrated many childhood birthdays together. She was the Little Miss Adair County Princess when we were about 6 years old and graduated from Adair County High School in 1982.

Lee Ann taught me what friendship is all about. Shortly after my parents' career change, the preppy look (pastel button-downs, khaki pants and penny loafers) was "in." We didn't have the money for any new clothes for me. As a high school student, I suddenly found that I was no longeraccepted by the "in" crowd when Ino longer maintainedthe "in style" dress code. Lee Ann was the one person who I could consistently count on to never treat me any differently than she had previously. She did things with me and for me during that challenging time in my life to show me that I was a valuable person to her. Lee Ann taught me to look on the inside of a person and not automatically on the outside. She taught me that by example - by treating me with respect, kindness and trust even when I was wearing out of style clothes and looking out of date. That lesson I've carried all through my life. My goal is to treat others with that same respect regardless of their personal appearance.

Today I shared with Lee Ann that I realized that God was setting us up for a miracle. She has received so much negative news from a medical perspective, that the time is right for God to perform a miracle. God loves to work in cases when it is clear that no human can possibly help a situation. Then He takes over andfixes things that only He can fix. At that point, all of the glory belongs to Him! As we talked, Lee Ann said that she feels the same way. She is expecting a miracle also. She greatly appreciates all of the concern and especially the prayers.

Basic medical background that brought Lee Ann to this point:Leukemia - diagnosed & treatedin Decembertwo years ago;
In remission last spring.
Returned to work - things going well.
Just before Thanksgiving , no longer in remission; returned to Danville (in isolation) for more treatments; Doctor in Danville said that bone marrow transplant is only hope; Uof L begins testing her and family donors in January;
Uof L clerical error delayed testing of National registry donors til March.
Located a "good" match and scheduled surgery for May 2nd, but Uof L apparently forgot to notify donor of date. He had scheduled a trip and couldn't reschedule. Surgery moved to May 20th, but last Saturday they discovered that she was no longer in remission. 103 degree temp/ white blood count increasing, etc.;
Immediately started chemo at Uof L and said she will need at least 4 wks to "hope to get her back to where she was" Transplant surgery will not be scheduled til at least July.

Sharon can be reached at:

This story was posted on 2003-05-02 16:20:20
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