doctors have told Joan (Karl's mom) that she has less
than a month to live and there is nothing more they
Update since this email was sent out a few hours ago...Joan
has not woken up today and the hospice nurse feels her
time is very short. Karl has booked a flight back to
Omaha for tomorrow (February 23rd).
Joan had to be taken to ER last Monday and after several
tests it was determined that the cancer in her liver
had taken over. They
drained almost 2 liters of fluid off her abdomen, and
she was given antibiotics for phenomena in her lungs.
dismissed her from the hospital on Wednesday afternoon
to hospice in her home where Dave and other family members
are caring for her. She is very weak - resting now and
has fought this cancer battle so well and for so long.
We are all incredibly proud of her. She remains her
sweet self, always concerned about others and not wanting
to inconvenience anyone.
We will hold on to Jesus. Although deeply grieved, we
know His ways are perfect, His timing is impeccable
and His plans are incredibly good. Right now the days
feel dark, but we will carry in our hearts the Sunny
photos of last summer with Karl's parents).
plan: Karl will return to America soon for
several weeks (although Julie and the girls will remain
in Africa). We are grateful for the frequent flier miles
donated by close friends.
message from Dave: "Thank you for your
many, many prayers, letters, cards, emails, texts, and
warm wishes. Treasure those near you and give them an
pray: Most importantly…please pray Karl
makes it back in time to be with his mom before she
passes. With all 3 of his grandparents who have died
– he just missed being there (or even talking
to them on the phone) before their passing and it was
very difficult for him not to get to say that final
good bye. This is so important for Karl. Please
pray that she is able to wait for Karl to get back to
you can do: Being so far from his mom, the
best thing you can do for Karl is support his parents
right now. Please send cards or emails
of encouragement to Dave and Joan at...
and Joan Ostrand
4951 S 178th St.
Omaha NE 68135
you for your unending love and truly amazing support,
as we walk this journey together.