Saturday, October 3, 2009

gather and pray

Welcome to The Manzo Family blog. For the next months this will be a place where you can get updates on the Manzo family, specifically Wendy and her journey to get healthy. For the time being the updates and prayer requests on this blog will be taken care of by her friends. Once Wendy is fully restored to great health she will take over and the blog will boast of happy times in the life of the four Manzos. Until then, please gather here and pray for her specific requests.

In early September Wendy contratced H1N1, and a doctor's visit led to concern about difficulty breathing and chest pain. A chest x-ray led to a CT scan, biopsy, and PET scan. Wendy has several large thymomas (tumors) pressed against her right lung. They range in size from a lemon to larger than a softball. They are putting a lot of pressure on her lung, causing difficulty breathing, increasing discomfort (chest and back pain), and extreme fatigue. She has been referred to a lung specialist at the UC Davis medical facility and will meet with him on Wednesday, October 7th. She will have major surgery as they will go in and remove all of the tumors. It looks at this time as if she will get to keep her lung, but they won't know fully until surgery is underway. The surgery date has not been scheduled yet. Recovery will be long and painful. The doctors and surgeons are optimistic that this is a "do-able" surgery and hope for great success. Wendy is not able to work at this point and will be off work for the next few months.

  • Pray that the surgery date will be soon.
  • Pray in advance that the team of surgeons and nurses would be the exact team God wants to care for Wendy. She is hoping to use this situation to somehow encourage those around her and show the love of Christ and God's grace to those who care for her.
  • Pray for The Manzo and Beckett families as this is just as hard for them as Wendy.
  • Pray for Skyler and Jadon as they adjust to "Mommy being sick".

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11


  1. Dear Sweet Wendy <3 You and your Family are in our prayers. God is such a Powerful and Awesome God. He will have his hands on you and your family. Dylan was reading the Bible last night and came across this verse.
    Luke 1:37 For nothing is impossible with God.

    With all our Love,
    Junior, Celina, Dylan, Nathan, & Damien Casares

  2. Praying for you Wendy.

    Rebecca Freshwater

  3. love you Wendy! our family is praying for you and yours. - katelyn

  4. Our prayers are with you and your family!

    The Wilhite Family

  5. Wendy,
    I am praying for your comfort, healing and faith. I know that the Lord is going to heal you! Please know that the entire Rojas family is praying for you and your family...
    ♥ Katrina

  6. You and your family will be in my prayers. Thank you for this opportunity to share in your journey. Kathy

  7. I know i don't know you or your family, but i was so devastated by your story! Your family is in our prayers.

  8. Wendy, Don't know if you remember me from Liddell when you student taught there 8 years ago? I didn't recognize your name until I read this blog that a friend posted on Facebook. I'll be keeping you in my prayers & will pass your prayer requests on to others. I donated some sick days to you a few weeks ago but if there's a need for more, I'd like to donate more. Take care of yourself! You can get through this!!

  9. Praying for you Wendy!! Love, the Cowin Family

  10. So sorry to hear about your sickness. What a beautiful family that you have. Allow friends and family around you to help you during this time. It make us feel like we're actually doing something to help! Prayers daily for you, your family and your health!
    Kathy Gerrits

  11. Good morning Wendy, I'm thinking about you always. I'm so happy you are my daughter in law. Many of my friends are praying for you as well. You are so loved.

  12. Wendy and family, we are praying for you. God is such a great and faithful God. Hold on to your faith. I pray that the Lord give you peace and strength to walk through this season in your lives. His will is always perfect. We may not understand why, but know that He does and He is never failing. He is in control and carries you in His hands. If there is anything we can do, let us know.
    In His Grace, Deserie and the Rodriques Family

  13. Dear Wendy,
    My heart has gone out to you and your family the moment I heard of this. I am in the midst of dealing with my own hurdles of "figuring out why Mommy is sick" and have great compassion for you, the kiddos and your husband. I will commit to praying for you guys. God has been so faithful with us to provide, protect and prepare each step of our journey and I know He will do the same for you (emotionally, physically). Praying that God will surround you with His peace and wisdom.

  14. Wendy, as I was on FB today, I saw that you are to have surgery. I checked out the blog and am now informed about your situation. You, your family, and mom and dad are in our prayers!!
    from Miguel and Linda Toledo

  15. It is quite a shock to find someone with your own name, half way across the globe, who even looks somewhat similar to you - and more so to learn they are ill. I pray health, life, and vitality over you Wendy. I speak to every cell in your body and command alignment with the Kingdom of God. You shall recover with amazing speed and astound your doctors. I speak peace and comfort over you and to all those around you - the shalom peace of God, everything complete and nothing missing. I pray restoration, in Jesus' name, and love and joy. I pray all your days are rich with the fullness of God.

  16. Wendy,
    We love you and we are praying for you. You have wonderful people around who will help take care of you. Just know that God is with you and have no fear. You are very special to us and you have been such a blessing to our whole family. Your courage and strength is such an inspiration to us. Your unwavering faith is so incredible! We love you sister!!!

    Victoria Funk

  17. Wendy,
    We are praying with you and your family. How great is our God and how he knows our hearts. We will continue to pray and believe that our God is in control!The peace of our Lord be with you.
    Our love to all your family,
    Michael Guinn