Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Well, things are now calming down.

We've had an influx of positive comments and support from people since last Friday plus a LOT of advice (when it seemed the world was against us). Apparently, people from our past has deigned themselves as judge, jury, and executioner of how we live our lives. We 've been attacked by these people time and time again (and it appears they have nothing better to do than to continue to try to make life miserable for us). It matters not to that person that even if what they allege was true (which it isn't), that it isn't for them to anonymously attempt to affect people they have nothing to do with (especially when they are not allowed in our lives by our choice after our last clash with them). They faded into the "sulfur" just waiting to attack again (and a family squabble opened Pandora's box for them to try again). They have failed.

Their mistake was to attack Penny directly regarding her disability by claiming she wasn't (while throwing us both under the bus for multiple reasons). And they she derided our effort at survival by questioning our efforts at fundraising by claiming we were not using those funds for the intent it was there for, they questioned the sanity of the church members - family - and friends we share our lives with, and has pursued with vigor the attempted dismantling of our family..... yet again.

We've only met evil four times in our lives: the man who shot Penny and 16 others in 2001..... the governor who politicized capital punishment and used the "Death Penalty" as his political foil in which to salvage his political legacy..... the men who harmed our daughter.... and the woman who uses people to harm others who apparently made it her mission to ensure we are not involved in our children's lives and makes it her mission for us to always look over our shoulder. Some people think they can play with us using the anonymity of the Internet to attempt to strike fear in our hearts. They are wrong, as this has only tightened up the friendships / relationships we already have with so many people. We are already such an open book, that it is hard to keep anything from our friends (and our financial lives????? a proctologist couldn't have gotten any more info from us than was already shared with everyone we interacted with). We've sold off all of our assets (including our beloved 'Class A" RV, my 401k, ESOP shares) to keep afloat (it hasn't been just the Fundraiser). We've sacrificed everything, scratched and clawed to make the numbers work, went through hospitalizations and treatments that introduce poison into Penny's body to fight cancer, and I creatively horse-trade using my Information technology / negotiation skills to barter for items. We receive no food stamps, we receive no Social Security despite the evidence that Penny and Travis are most certainly limited due to their functional condition, and the only benefits we are receiving (Illinois Hardest Hit) has been through a THOUROUGH financial vetting via the State of Illinois (including providing all of our bank statements showing every Penny we have).

This is just the "enemy" using his usual "Angel of Chaos" to try to cause chaos in lives while we were down due to adversity we were going through. Our son Travis, certainly didn't appreciate it and ultimately he is the unfortunate victim of this person's actions as it only makes it harder on him to know whom to trust in this world (especially when a person he doesn't interact with is trying to sabotage his parents lives). We pray to God that this person will finally let us go and live our lives (and if she desires anarchy, to keep it amongst herself). We will have none of it, and ultimately.... we will be the better for it. God has a plan for all of us, we only pray that those affected by her by no fault of their own (as they are in proximity of her) will not be harmed in any way and will receive the blessings of God's protection. We will be working with the elders of the church to ensure they are aware of the chaos enveloping us, and this too shall eventually pass.

In the end, we may not be perfect.... we may sin daily..... but we would not harm another human being (even though it has been tried upon us so many times). We have managed to keep a roof over our head, feed ourselves, maintain our medical coverage, retain all utilities, take care of our son who lives with us (through no fault of his own and his disability prevents his going solo), reduce our costs down to the bone, and maintain friendships / relationships with friends, family and church members while putting up boundaries towards negativity that try to affect our lives.

We are concentrating on Penny's continued care (at last count, the medical bills went past $42,000.00 since April - which is considered "out of network") and much of that has been covered by the Cobra Insurance that we continue to pay, and we meet with the financial counselor at CTCA this Friday to go over everything, and also on my hunt for a viable job that keeps me close to home to be there for Penny and Travis (especially due to the fact I worked so far away for most of our time together the past 24 years). It is not too much to ask for evil people to just leave us alone, but the "enemy" is relentless. We have made it this far (to the point of surviving Penny's shooting and her being on Life support). We shall overcome all obstacles with God's help and blessings.

Hopefully, no more posts will be needed to be posted about this. We felt it important to address head on as Cancer patients still live their day to day lives while life goes on around them, and ignoring life doesn't make it go away (and in some cases, the Jerry Springer Show cascades into one's home time and time again despite our best efforts to avoid it.

Bringing said evil to the light of day is the approach we took, so others may learn how to fight such issues in the future when faced with such adversity. We are giving it to God, but we are doing so in such a way that Evil will not get away with it should our armor be pierced. They too have to atone for their actions, and in time..... we pray they find peace in their life so the rest of us can have peace also.

A couple of scriptures come to mind:

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account".  - Matthew 5:11 ESV

"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." - Revelation 12:10 KJV

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