Thank you for your prayers!! (A note from Angie)

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Updates | 14 Comments

There are no words to express how thankful we are to have people in our lives who are willing to pray for us, who think about us, who love us.  This is an amazingly beautiful, terrible, and scary thing to be in the middle of.  I don’t think we even know what this is that we are in the middle of.  Fear and suffering are constantly colliding with love and beauty.  I know the world would be a more beautiful place if we all cared for each other the way you all have cared for us.  We never want to forget, and pray that we will carry your love with us everywhere we go.

It’s beyond comprehension to know that there were literally thousands of people praying last night for Will.  People in different parts of the country and world.  Thank you all!  Why you all care about us or would want to walk through this with us, we really don’t understand, and many of you we don’t even know.  It’s mind boggling.  As I sit here thinking and watching Will sleep, I remember how we have prayed for years that we would be able to bring people together somehow.  People from different walks of life.  People who believe different things.  People who come from completely different worlds, to sit down together.  Will has always done that so well and I have always admired him in that way and wanted to have the ability to do what my heart desired, but what he so easily did.  I don’t know what is going on in our lives or why this has happened the way it has, but in a way I guess our prayer is being answered.  I wish it would have been any other way.  We thought it would be through music and pray that Will will still be able to bring people together through his music.  But, we know that what we have prayed for is being answered, so I guess I just want to say thank you all for being a part of our lives and for being a part of whatever this is.  Thank you for caring about us when there is really no reason for you to.  I pray with all my heart that the Lord will bless us all with Will’s life for many, many more years to come, with the beauty he brings, and the love he gives, his genuine care for people, and for his desire to create things that will give people an experience they would have never had otherwise.

So how is Will…  He seems to be slowly improving each day.  He is extremely tired and is still dealing with side effects, but everything is slowly getting better, except for the fatigue.  Good news… The doctors believe the infection is gone!  They told us today that they won’t be doing a biopsy on his lung as they are fairly confident it is just inflammation!  And, Will finished treatment today!!!  He was rewarded with a certificate and his face / shoulder mask, which he said he will be wearing as his harlem shake costume :)

Will was also feeling well enough last night that we were able to go to the prayer night.  It was amazing to be a part of and to see people again, after not having any visitors for about a month and half or so.  We look forward to seeing many of you again soon!

Next Steps… We will have to wait 3-4 months to find out if the treatment worked.  Will will have a PET scan and other imaging at that point to see if the cancer is gone.  We will be meeting with the surgeons who will do reconstruction during this time, but we don’t know when reconstruction will take place.  We will have many follow-up appointments to make sure other issues are okay… vision, hearing, wounds, feeding tube… and, he will slowly start coming off of all the medication.  And, once Will is feeling better, we are hoping to have a costume party that is turned all the way up to 11 and party rocks hard enough that everyone does the HarlemShake.  Or, we may just enjoy a quiet evening at home toasting each other with a fresh juiced beverage.  Either way it will be just like 1999 and we’ll tell you all about it.  (Will’s contribution to this update in bold) :)

-Angie (with the help of Will)

14 Comments

  1. Ruth Vickrey
    March 18, 2013

    The Lord has brought you both to my attention. I will be praying for Will and Angie Gray for unusual strength that only comes from the one true God. Thank you for proclaiming your faith in God from the housetops! God blesses those who are thankful to Him for His goodness within the trials and the shadow places.
    Your witness to the doctors and nurses and therapists that you interact with is God’s plan for this cancer. With God nothing is impossible. I believe He will be glorified through your struggles.
    Angie said, “As I sit here thinking and watching Will sleep, I remember how we have prayed for years that we would be able to bring people together somehow. People from different walks of life. People who believe different things. People who come from completely different worlds, to sit down together. Will has always done that so well and I have always admired him in that way and wanted to have the ability to do what my heart desired, but what he so easily did. I don’t know what is going on in our lives or why this has happened the way it has, but in a way I guess our prayer is being answered.”
    Thank you for your prayers to bring people together under God’s mighty hand. Romans 8:28 For we know that all things work together for good to those that love God…
    God bless you!

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  2. Bethany and Craig
    March 16, 2013

    It’s hard to express how proud we are of both of you, and how we rejoice with every improvement. Continuing to pray with you each step of the way. Let’s Harlem Shake, indeed!

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  3. Jon and Joan Oneill
    March 15, 2013

    I am so glad to be reading this email. Angie and Will, I see many blessing in your lives through your words and how your humiility, love, faith and hope have touched so many. Yes, indeed God answers our prayers in ways we never expected- He is our God isn’t He! I’d really love to do a Harlem shake- its kinda cute! :)

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  4. Zach
    March 15, 2013

    Just saw this! Bro I’m praying for you and your. Speedy recovery my friend.

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  5. Amy Rapier
    March 12, 2013

    2 Peter 1:4 NLT
    And because of Your glory & excellence, You have given me great & precious promises. These are the promises that enable me to share Your divine nature & escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
    (I personalized it a bit) Praying for you both so much!
    Consider going as a pirate couple ! ;-)

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  6. matt inman
    March 9, 2013

    you better do the harlem shake. on a boat or something. and record it and then post it.

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  7. Meredith Brooks
    March 8, 2013

    If its just like 1999, then Anthony and I will need to be there. (But you can’t kick me out like you did back then, Will…remember that? I’m pretty sure you disapproved of me and Anthony!) good memories. :). We are praying for you both continually.

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  8. DJ Lee
    March 8, 2013

    i’d pay top dollar to see Will and Angie do a harlem shake video. top dollar. :) praying, routing and cheering you on old friends.

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  9. Autumn Lowery
    March 8, 2013

    Continuing to keep you both in my prayers…….

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  10. Tony Bonilla
    March 7, 2013

    For God so loved the world…

    Will and Angie, your hearts have been a witness to His love – the most powerful force that ever existed.

    Thank you for letting us love you both.

    Our prayers for you will never stop.

    TB

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  11. Neshonne
    March 7, 2013

    Much Love and prayers for you both!!

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  12. Peggy O'Brien
    March 7, 2013

    You both are inspiring.
    Continued prayers from snowy NW CT.

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  13. Zach Vinson
    March 7, 2013

    SO thrilled to finally hear some good news! You guys are such a blessing and encouragement, and you will continue to be in our prayers as you move forward…

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  14. Jane McMyllen
    March 7, 2013

    Rock on, Will!!!!

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