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Friday, I hemorrhaged again and went to the ER. God gives us the strength to endure and even rejoice in trials. We can rejoice in weakness, trials, hardships, persecution, and calamity when we understand God is building in us dependence on the glorification of the grace and power of His Son.

Home from the Hospital (again…sigh)

Friday, I hemorrhaged again and went to the ER in a  lot of pain, weak and dizzy.

When the ulcers bleed a lot my BP drops, I get anemic and my heart starts throwing PVCs. I have to get blood transfusions and shots to make my bone marrow produce iron.

The steroids I’m on have a lot of side effects: weight gain, chipmunk face, red blotches, depression, weakness, etc. Fun.

I’d appreciate your prayers especially for upcoming surgeon visits.

God gives us the strength to endure and even rejoice in trials. We can rejoice in weakness, trials, hardships, persecution, and calamity when we understand God is building in us dependence on the glorification of the grace and power of His Son.

Health Timeline

If you are new to this blog this time line explains this is ongoing frustrating battle but the Lord is working in every step.

Health Timeline

  • July 6, 2007 Open Heart Surgery: CABG coronary artery bypass graft. Major blockage in left main artery.
  • July 21, 2007 Back in the Hospital: Complications fluid in  lungs, fluid in heart lining and erratic heart problems.
  • March 2008 Second heart surgery. Artery collapsed.
  • May – June 2008 – Weekly iron infusions.
  • July 20008 – Hemorrhage and hospital stay. View from Back of an Ambulance
  • August- November 2008 –  Weekly iron infusions.
  • December 2008 Another blood transfusion.
  • January 2009 – Hemorrhage and hospital stay
  • March 2009 – Hemorrhage and another blood transfusion.
  • April – May 2009– Weekly iron infusions. Bone marrow shots.
  • July 2009– Still trying to find bleeding problem. Now complicated with unexplained pains possible  from blood transfusions.

God’s grace is sufficient for every situation. His abundant goodness, kindness, and love are available to us for the asking. He promises to deliver us and give us deeper intimacy and greater faith through all trials.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

I’m happy to home. I’m in bed spending time washing in the Word.

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Learn to recognize trials as treasures in disguise and REJOICE!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

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  1. It is evident God is working in your life through your trials. Bless you for sharing such a positive and encouraging post in spite of what you are going through as God’s light shines through you!

  2. Robin, you are a shining example of a strong Christian. You hold fast to your faith in our Savior through situations most of us can barely imagine. I pray that you you heal very, very quickly from this last visit to the hospital and I pray your Dr. is filled with much wisdom and that he his care for you is guided by our Lord.

  3. I am so sorry to read of your trial, and I wish you all the best. Is there an eventual cure?

  4. I will be praying for you… praying that the Lord would lead you and your doctors in His wisdom… that He would give you peace and joy in the midst of your trials. Thank you for being a blessing of hope and encouragement!

  5. Leslie

    Dear Robin,
    As always, you are here encouraging us while you are going through your own trials. What faith!
    If you e-mail me privately, I know of someone who has Crohn’s and is “stable” (I cannot exactly remember the word they used). It is a certain strain of kefir that they share with others. They also recommend the book,Breaking the Vicious Cycle http://www.crohns.net/page/C/PROD/GOT1000
    God is our healer. I will be praying for you,
    Ahava, shalom,

  6. Tamara Scire

    Ah Robin, further health issues! I will be praying for God’s wisdom to pour down on you. Since He created you He indeed knows all that is needed to bring you to health again! May He give you, your husband, and your doctors all the wisdom and knowledge needed!

    I have told you several times, via this blog, that your witness to the work of Christ in your life is a constant encouragement to me. Be encouraged dear one–you are not alone!

    Praying for you, Tamara Scire

  7. Kathleen

    Oh, Robin, I’m so sorry to hear about all these physical trials. I will be praying for you. Love you, Kathleen

  8. Hang in there; God never gives us more than we can handle. A verse that spoke to me today was Isaiah 40:31- “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” I just hope it can offer you some encouragement and peace.

  9. He is building in you enduring faith! We’re all going to need it for what’s coming. Thanks for continuing to share, so we can learn from your example and so we can pray.

    David Wilkerson wrote in his newsletter (from November, I think) that God is allowing severe testing in believers’ lives so that we will be able to stand when the REALLY hard times hit. And the cool thing is we come out shining like gold!

    Love and prayers,

  10. Robin my husband has severe crohns and has done since he was 18! I know the pain you are in and we will keep you in our prayers.

    We have found it is sometimes hard to get good medical advice about crohns and not all doctors understand it as well as they should. Anyway my husbands current consultant is wonderful and he has helped my husband avoid surgery so far even when the steroids stopped working. He is now on a new medication called Infliximab (brand name Remicade). He has to go into the hospital every 8 weeks for the day and recieves this medication by infusion (a drip). This medication does have side effects but in Pauls case has worked really well, it is a new type of medication for crohns because it sort of seals your blood cells and stops them attacking you digestive system! Anyway I know that the medication is expensive so some doctors do not offer their patients it, so I just thought I would let you know about it incase it helps you now or in the future.

    You will be in our prayers and if you need to talk to someone who knows this illness just give us a shout!

    Love in Him

  11. Melissa

    Dear Robin,

    You are in my thoughts and praying during these difficult trials. I am sorry you are having to endure these painful afflictions. You are in the hands of Almighty God, and I know He is caring for you. He has a plan and purpose for your life. Thank you for being such a Godly example.

  12. Dear Robin,

    You are being covered in prayer and may God’s healing hands do a miracle work in your body today. I pray for your pain to be minimized and your heart to soar in the light of His love for you. I pray that you will find the peace that passes all understanding through this trial and see His handprints upon this. Thank you for sharing so freely the wisdom He has given you and allowing the needs to be know as well. May your humility through this touch another soul for the Lord and bring them to that place of surrender.

    Bless you much, Robin.
    In Christ,

  13. Colleen Rudnik


    I, too, have Crohn’s disease and have had it for about 25 years. I was hemorrhaging and needed transfusions. For the past three years I get Remicade through an IV transfusion every 8 weeks. Please talk to your doctor about it. It’s changed my life! God Bless You!

    Colleen in PA

  14. Oh, my heart goes out to you! And my prayers for the help & healing you need. God bless & keep you,

  15. Laura in Canada

    My prayers are with you. My husband has also had Crohn’s since he was 18, now 48. He has done all the drugs, had all the side effects -latest was also Remicade. Some things made life a little bareable others didn’t help. Then in August God gave him the strength to try eating Gluten Free. It has been a miracle. As long as he eats NO gluten, he is almost totally free of Crohn’s symptoms. His Celiac test was negative, but he obviously can’t eat gluten. I would really encourage you to try eating that way(celiac diet) for a month and see if it helps your Crohn’s. Now we just have to figure out what helps arthritis, which is a consequence of all the steroids he took for the crohn’s.

  16. I am remembering you in prayers, Mrs. Sampson! It isn’t so amazing that God is our strength and we can always depend on Him for the endurance to carry on!
    Hugs and Love!

  17. Robin,

    You may find both physical and spiritual encouragement in the book, The Maker’s Diet, by Jordan S. Rubin. I have suffered from incredible fatigue and IBS for years. This book was such a blessing and truly made a tremendous impact in my life, as well as my family’s.

    May our G-d of healing provide you with the comfort and assurance you need right now. Your willing spirit and faithfulness is an encouragement to all.

  18. Just said a prayer for your healing and treatment, Paula.

    Bill in Indiana
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    Tue, 3 Feb 2009, 1:43 pm EST

  19. Hi Robin! get well soon!

    may God bless you and recover you and cure you through the doctor, the medicine and the treatment. Amen

  20. Robin,
    You are a such a testimony of allowing God to strengthen and sustain you through trials. You inspire and encourage me in my daily walk with Him.
    Praying for you…

  21. Thank you for sharing your story. I pray God’s guidance for medical staff and for you and your family as you make decisions.

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