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My name is Kelly Ling and I am starting this GiveSendGo fundraising page on behalf of my husband, Keith Ling.

In June of 2017, Keith was diagnosed with Stage 3 High Grade B Cell Lmyphoma.  At the time, he was employed and we had medical insurance.  After six rounds of chemo, he was given a clean bill of health and released from treatment. He also had one testicle removed and biopsied. It was determined to be benign for cancer.

After his treatment, it was time for his company to renew their employee insurance.  Because of the high cost of his cancer treatment (and other things, according to them), we were asked to find our own insurance. At that time, we signed up with Samaritan Ministries and have been very thankful for them.  I had medical issues all through 2018 and they have covered most all of them for us.

In November, 2018, he started having issues with a swollen leg and prostate area.  He opted to have the remaining testicle removed after it was determined to be cancerous.  His lymphoma had also returned and was making him very ill.  On top of that, his leg had swelled up from a strep infection.  He was admitted to the hospital and was there for three weeks, starting chemo again and getting two weeks of antibotic infusions for treatment of the strep infection.  He has also had three more rounds of chemo since January.

Because this is considered a pre-existing condition, Samaritan can only share it with their members as a "special need" which means that we have no guarantees that we will receive the monies necessary to pay all the remaining bills.

Because his cancer had returned so quickly, the doctors recommended that we proceed with a bone marrow transplant.  Thankfully, his own bone marrow is clean and healthy and will be used for the transplant.  It will be performed in April, 2019. The recovery time for this type of procedure is estimated to be anywhere from 1 month to 3-6 months. 

Until he is cleared by the doctors, he is unable to work.  He is still "employed" but is not receiving any salary due to not being able to work.  Our family, friends, and church have come along beside us and assisted us with monies that have helped tremendously.  However, this timeframe is going to be much longer than we were originally told.

That is why we are setting up this fundraiser, to raise funds necessary for maintaining our household.  We have applied and been accepted for assistance for anything related to the hospital until the end of June, 2019.  Two of our children have taken the responsibility of sharing the rent and utilities for us until further notice.  But it appears that there will be more expenses necessary after our assistance runs out - follow up checkups, etc.  So we are trying to plan for what is needed for the rest of the year.

Keith and I are members of Heritage Presbyterian Church in north Georgia.  He is a deacon and longs to resume his duties one day.  We have five children, two still at home, and one granddaughter.  I have been a work at home mom for over 30 years and have had to place that on hold while being the main caregiver for my husband.

Please prayerfully consider our situation.  We humbly ask for prayers first of all, and any assistance that can be provided after that.  We rest in the comfort that God knows our needs and provides. Thank you.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

Judy Rogers

2019-04-20 19:28:36

Keith and Kelly, We are holding you up before the Lord for "grace to help in time of need!" - Wayne and Judy Rogers

Anonymous

2019-04-20 13:08:26

Praying for God’s strength and healing

Elizabeth Pearson

2019-04-17 20:59:14

Praying for you all, we love you!

Anonymous

2019-04-17 03:41:43

From a friend at QQ. Be well, Keith.

Anonymous

2019-04-17 01:41:34

May God bring healing and bless you. I am blessed by the daily quotes all the way up in Canada.

Anonymous

2019-04-14 22:41:16

Hopes and Prayers for you and your family, hope you are feeling well soon - Snood from QQ

Fred W Schenck

2019-04-14 03:02:46

May God bless you and yours in all ways and forever. You are Love(d). I wish you peace

Jean Osborne

2019-04-13 12:20:01

Praying

Deberah G Landers

2019-04-13 07:35:19

Praying for Keith and the transplant. Glory to God!

Anonymous

2019-04-12 17:11:51

Praying for you both every day.

Tony L Puentes

2019-04-09 02:31:04

Blessings, beloved of God.

Jacqueline M Lucas

2019-04-08 01:04:32

God bless you, Keith.

Christopher Lillie

2019-04-07 23:19:10

Praying for your speedy recovery

Tana Lee Foster

2019-04-03 22:19:44

May God bless and keep you.

Mary I Thomas

2019-04-01 03:17:44

Keeping you all in our prayers, confident in God's provision for you!!

Kim A Renshaw

2019-03-27 23:01:42

Praying for you both!

Susan Glennan

2019-03-27 22:33:46

Love you guys!

Anonymous

2019-03-27 14:53:58

He will never leave nor forsake you.

Barbara Dunn

2019-03-27 01:23:36

Praying for full recovery

William J Mencarow

2019-03-20 14:16:00

Kelly & Keith, this isn't nearly as valuable as our prayers! "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." -- Prov. 3:5,6 -- Bill & Alison Mencarow

Anonymous

2019-03-20 04:37:10

Praying for the Holy Spirit to guide you through this new challenge!

Iebella J Berghoef

2019-03-20 01:35:01

Kelly & Keith, we continue to pray for you and your family. May You feel God’s Presence moment by moment! Love, Elly Berghoef

Day 10 Post Transplant
April 22, 2019, 8:10 pm

I just wanted to take a few minutes and update everyone on Keith's health and progress.  Today is Day 10 Post Transplant.  Finally, after several "hairy" days, he seems to be feeling a little better.  I've been staying here at the hospital almost non-stop to make sure that he eats and does what he needs to so he can regain his strength and come home.  When the doctor came by late this afternoon, he was encouraing and said that Keith seems to be on track in his recovery.  That was very good news to hear.

His body seems to finally getting basic functions under a little more control.  He's been able to eat a little better although his meals consist of oatmeal and Cheerios, yogurt and Cheerios, and an occasional Marie Callender's meal.  This sure appeals to him more than the hospital food.  When your white blood count has been zeroed out, they basically cook all your meals to death.  Any meat they have served him has been almost like sawdust.  I have to go out to the store and buy him other things he can tolerate that he will eat.

I have to share with you the blessings God gave us today. One of the young cleaning ladies that does our room came in one time when we were playing some praise music.  She let us know she was a Christian.  She is always smiling and singing - a real encouragement.  Today, we saw her again as she came to clean up the room.  She told Keith how she had been praying for him and told us all about the worship she had at church on Sunday.  Keith decided to share with her a recording of Andrew Petersen's song "He Is".  She loved it and asked him to play more.  As we were doing that, our technican for the day came in.  She immediately noticed what we were playing and started singing along too.  It was a little "Praisefrest" which was so encouraging.  It was good to see Keith smile and share his faith with others.

At times like this, it really reminds you of how God can use His people, even when they are on their sickbed.  I remember lots of stories of people who were able to minister to others in the midst of their pain.  There is so much to praise God for during the hard times and the rough times.  This period of our lives is proof to us of that.

Keith's numbers that they watch are starting to slow come up a little.  The nurse told me that once they start recovering, they can sometimes jump significantly overnight.  We are definitely praying for that and would appreciate your prayers in that regard.  While we don't know yet if he will be able to go home on Wednesday, it will hopefully be by the end of the week.

Please pray for our two guys that are still at home, that they would be able to continue doing a good job at "holding down the fort".  They have been such a blessing to us in keeping up with the laundry, taking my phone calls and taking direction on what I need for them to pack for me, and so much more.

Thank you for continuing to keep us in your prayers.  We love you all and praise God that we are part of the Body of Christ.

Soli Deo Gloria!!

Kelly Ling
 

Day 7 Post Transplant
April 19, 2019, 4:32 pm

Dear Family and Friends - 

Today is day 7 after transplant and we are in the hospital.  Two days ago, Keith was admitted back into the hospital with abdominal pain and generally not feeling well.  We have been here since and do not know when he will be able to go home.  Last night, they did a CT scan of his stomach and determined that he is suffering from colitis - an inflammation of the colon.  He is on antibiotics, but until his white blood count starts to recover, that is all they can do at this point.  Today he received two liters of blood and one liter of platelets, which is what we had been expecting.  He continues to get a daily shot that is supposed to help his white blood cells recover.

He has also been put on a soft diet, with very little dairy to help his colon to heal.  For someone who enjoys food, this has been tough.  He cannot eat salads (they are not even allowed or offered on this floor of the hospital), and is very limited.  Please pray for patience for him in that regard.

Between Keith and I, we have logged more time in the hospital these past two years than we had in all our 31+ years of marriage.  While it's been difficult at times, I'm thankful that both of us realized long ago that we were in this for the "long haul". And I am so thankful that God continues to bless me with this godly man.

Please continue to keep our entire family in your prayers.  My two at home are holding down that fort, keeping things fairly clean, and fending for themselves.  Some of the others have been able to make pick up things that I've needed and bring them to me so I don't have to leave.  And our out of town son and his family have blessed us with Facetime visits with our granddaughter.

We are truly blessed by God with all of you that support us with your prayers, phone calls, and more.  Thank you so very much!  We love you all!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling

Day 4 After Transplant
April 16, 2019, 9:37 pm

Keith and I wish to thank everyone that has been able to contribute to our fundraiser.  Your kindness and generosity is so much appreciated.  God is so good to His people - all the time!

Today was Day 4 after transplant.  All his blood count numbers have bottomed out, which is what was expected.  For the next several days, we have to be very careful to watch his temperature and see that he is not exposed to anything while he is so vulnerable.  Thursday, he starts getting a daily shot that is supposed to help his white blood count recover.  How long this takes is unknown at this time.  It was something he had to do while he was on chemo too.

Since the transplant, he has been suffering from some bouts of vomitting and diarrhea.  Both may last 1-2 weeks as he recovers.  As all of you know, those kind of issues can make you feel pretty weak at times.  I'm staying by his side right now - both at the hospital and at home. 

My two boys at home are the best helpers and supporters.  Our children that don't live at home check in with us often to see how things are going.  Friends from church are there behind us too - with prayers, support, some home cooked meals when I don't have the time, and other things that we need.  We so miss worshipping with our local church family.  Hopefully, we will be able to do so again soon!  And I can't forget our online friends that have been there at a distance for us.  The prayers, kind comments, and love continue to come on a daily basis.

Please pray for the following for us:

1.  That Keith would continue to remain healthy and not get a temperature or infection while he is going through the treatment.

2.  That I would be able to maintain my health and stamina so that I can continue to transport him daily to and from the hospital.  

Feel free to contact us at any time.  Since we're sitting a lot right now getting fluids and anything else he needs, we can take phone calls or answer emails.  We love you all!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling


 

First Day - Post-Transplant
April 13, 2019, 5:52 pm

Thanks for all the prayers and support.  Today was Keith's first day post-transplant.  They called it "Plus Day One".  We went down to the hospital at our usual time of 7:30 AM and he was given six hours of fluids.  Today, he didn't need anything extra.  But he will probably need to have a blood transfusion and platelets later in the week.

Our DR came by and visited for a few minutes.  He said that Keith would feel good for a few days and then bad again as his counts bottom out.  Then, the bone marrow transplant hopefully kicks in and he will start improving on a daily basis.  We are continuing to pray and hope that this will be the case.  I told him that I will be reassured that he is improving when his hair starts growing back.  :-)

Please pray that I will be able to get a few people to take Keith to his daily appointments and stay with him during that time so I can get a break.  There are several things I needs to do, appointments for myself that I need to make.  

Our hearts and prayers are with you all too.  Thanks again for caring and praying for us!

Kelly Ling


 

Update #2
April 11, 2019, 8:14 pm


Good evening, everyone! I'm so glad to be checking in with you tonight to ask you for prayers! TOMORROW IS BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT DAY for my hubby! It's been a rough two weeks - we've spent every day of them at the hospital, sometimes 8-12 hours at a time. Then fight the traffic to get home, into bed, and up again at 5:30. The last two days, Keith struggled with nausea and vomiting. Since the chemo drugs ended today, he seems to be more comfortable tonight.

I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom on my heart for all your prayers and support during this time. I know that with all these drugs, my husband is not going to ever be back at the level he used to be at, but I'm praying that he's still around for a while still. He is the love of my life.

After the transplant tomorrow, we start a 21 day hike of daily fluids, checking labs, doing blood or platelet transfusions as needed. They say the first week, he will be fairly weak, but should start to recover once his white blood count rises and the bone marrow takes hold. He will also have to undergo getting vaccinations again since wiping out his bone marrow and replacing it wipes those out too. He's not looking forward to that.

He also asked me to express his gratitude to the saints in God's Kingdom for upholding him and our family in your prayers. Love to all of you. "See" you sometime next week!

Kelly Ling

What's Coming Up
April 5, 2019, 12:16 am

Keith and I want to thank each of you that have helped us through this time of our lives.  Family, church, and friends are all so special to us.

I just wanted to update everyone on what Keith is having to do right now.  He is on the final 10 days of real agressive chemo just before his transplant.  They are waiting for his white blood counts to bottom out.  Currently, he is on a four day regimen of an oral chemo that I give to him four times a day.  These are scheduled doses for which I have to set alarms.  Thirty minutes before each dose, I have to give him an anti-seizure med.  Then I watch him for an hour to make sure there is no vomiting. If there is during the first hour, I have to give him the dose again.

There is so much to keep track of that I'm afraid of forgetting something.  I double check everything that I do to make sure I'm following their instructions.  Today, when we visited the nurse to get the chemo for the weekend, she said we were one of the few people that kept track of what they were doing as instructed.  That made me feel much better.

Please pray for Keith during the next week leading up to the transplant.  Please pray that God would protect him while his white blood count is zeroed out.  Please also pray that the transplant would take effect quickly and that he would regain his strength and stamina.  

Thanks again for all your support and prayers.  

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly

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Keith and Kelly, We are holding you up before the Lord for "grace to help in time of need!" - Wayne and Judy Rogers

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From a friend at QQ. Be well, Keith.

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May God bring healing and bless you. I am blessed by the daily quotes all the way up in Canada.

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Hopes and Prayers for you and your family, hope you are feeling well soon - Snood from QQ

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May God bless you and yours in all ways and forever. You are Love(d). I wish you peace

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Praying for you both every day.

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Blessings, beloved of God.

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God bless you, Keith.

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He will never leave nor forsake you.

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William J Mencarow

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Kelly & Keith, this isn't nearly as valuable as our prayers! "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." -- Prov. 3:5,6 -- Bill & Alison Mencarow

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Kelly & Keith, we continue to pray for you and your family. May You feel God’s Presence moment by moment! Love, Elly Berghoef

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