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July 29, 2010


Tammy Russell

You are truly a beautiful person inside and out. You are an inspiration to so many people and I hope that we can now be an inspiration to you. I have gone through a similar situation that you are now going through. My husband's doctors diagnosed the C word in April of last year and we have been fighting it hard since then. This song and these words "Through It All" have come up so many times, God is so good! He will be our focus and our guide "Through It All". Please continue to believe this through out the fight. We will continue to pray you through this storm and we will continue to pray for your family, your husband, and yourself to have the strength to fight this. Remember that you never know how strong you are till you face a storm and that God gives us the strength to continue to face the storm. Look to God for your strength and love! This will make your family stronger and you and your husband stronger! May God Bless!!
Tammy (Lynchburg, VA)

Michele R

Julie, yours was the first blog I ever followed; I really love it and your talent. I am praying for you and your family as you go through this together. As Russ is on his way to recovery, please remember to take care of YOURSELF as well. Sometimes it may seem selfish, sometimes you may have to say no and disappoint someone, but it is so important. I took care of my husband for 2 years and I learned a lot. God bless you and keep your positive attitude--it is so powerful!!

Renee Ondrajka

Prayers for your family. As a side note, last year my DH was diagnoised with a very large thyroid tumor which looked fine, but in the end was cancer. He had 2 surgeries in 10 days and radiation treatments. This all took place 3 months after our house fire and while we were still displaced. These were some of the darkest days of my life, but looking back I wouldn't trade all that the Lord taught me and showed me during that time. His grace was suffient. Praise God! Through much prayer and just resting in God's hand my hubby is now cancer free one year later and will not have to have any more scans until Janurary and we are now moved back into our lovely and completely renovated home. Your video you posted brought back so many memories. Selah's song, Hold On and the album it is on was such a source of strength for me during those dark days. May the Lord give you and your family the strength to "Hold On". Blessings,Renee

chris bailey

just another follower of your blog sending you prayers and love from the UK xx

Julie, first of all - - you are LOVED! I am in awe of so many responses of love and concern. I will pray for Russ, and put his name on the LDS Temple Prayer Rolls here in Utah. My husband was once in a coma and wasn't expected to live. Prayers went up from ALL DIFFERENT faiths, and Heavenly Father hears them ALL. My heart is heavy for you and the tremendous amount of worry that you must be going through. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family..... Hugs!! Julie in Utah


I am a relatively new SU demo in Canada (6 months). I came across your site in looking for tutorials and ideas for upcoming classes.
I was saddened to read this post. My own husband recently lost his battle to the big C. I hope that your outcome is much happier. If you ever need someone to talk to, I am here for you. I know you have a bumpy road ahead of you. ((many hugs))

Angela Fehr

Julie, just got home and checked my blogs and I wanted to say my prayers are with you and your family as well. Thanks for your testimony of faith despite your circumstances.

Susan B

Keeping you in my prayers. I know I'm just another reader, but I feel a connection with you and your family. May God's presence be felt in your lives.


I believe in the power of prayer also and will keep you and your entire family in my prayers.

Ann C.

Julie, according to your faith be it done unto you! You and Russ WILL come through this trial victoriously. Faith is the victory. Remember, when you put the diagnosis/word of the doctors above the Word of God that says by the stripes on Jesus' back, Russ is healed, you make the doctors into a idol to trust in above God! It's that simple. God's Word is above any other word. Science does not stand above God. Sight does not stand above faith. Having done all to stand, then STAND and you WILL see the deliverance God will bring. No matter what you see or what is said to you. My sister was healed of lupus, asthma, arthritis and kidney stones!! She is alive and healthy today. God WILL heal Russ. Plead the blood of Jesus over him daily. You will be in my prayers.

Tammy Q Howell

Just wanted to let you know that I am lifting, your husband, you and the boys up in prayer. I know the Lord is in control. Praying for healing and peace for you all.

Terry Molineux

Julie...I am so sorry to hear about your husband...I would keep him, you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted.

Liz Rempel

Hugs and blessings to you and your whole family, I have faced the exact situation you are in with a young child and this horrible disease afflicting his father - I know at times it will seem that you can't go on, but you will find the strength. God will never give you more than you can handle. Be strong, you have the prayers of many.

Sherri M

Julie, God is good....allllllll the time. My prayers are with your husband, you, your children, and the doctors. Miracles do happen! May you feel the arms of God surrounding you.

Lori B

Sending you and your family strength and love!
Praying for your husband to receive healing and more love from our Heavenly Father! Feel the love of mankind and God Almighty! You are a blessing to so many, know that you too will be blessed! You are in my prayers and will remain there as long as you need it!



you, your husband, and beautiful boys are all in my heart and prayers.


My heart has been heavy with thoughts and prayers for your family. I pray that you have peace no matter what.

Debbie in Minnesota

Julie: As believers we are given hope and that sure sustains me through a lot. There's hope for victory in this life and there's hope for the victory we have in eternity. Praise God for giving us hope.


Gosh - tough times - but you are putting your faith in God and I hope that his plan for you all works out well

big hugs



Julie and Family...

I will keep you in my prayers and offer these words of encouragement:

What God does not deliver you From,
He will deliver you Through.

Just as Christ could have been delivered from crucifixion; God's plan was to deliver Him (and us!) through it.

Many blessings.

Sandra K

You are in our hearts. With God, all things are possible.


Julie, I am so sorry to read your of my new favorite scriptures goes.."Behold I am God, and I am a God of miracles.." My heart is with you and your boys and I will pray for the miracle. I will get your names added to our church's prayer rolls... May the Lord bless you all.


You and your boys and Russ are on my IP (Intercessory Prayer) list now and until your prayers have been answered by our always Loving God. I, along with so many others, have availed ourselves of all the things you have shared with us and now it is *our* turn to give back. Know that you all will be in my heart and in my mind every day. May God bless you and keep you and love you every day.

kim frakes

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bless All of you


My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in this very difficult time.

Mary P

My your faith in Our LORD be strong and with you always.

Brenda H.

We're lifting Russ up to our Heavenly Father, who loves Russ even more than you do!
"...Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Our God is faithful and He will be with you throughout this journey!
Love in Christ,

Linda Henry

Hugs and prayers for Your family and extra prayers for Russ!

Katherine A.

Know that He is with you always! I will keep you, Russ and the boys in my prayers.

Margie Porreco

You are in my thoughts and to you and your family.

Debbie Richard

god is there for you, your sons, your husband and for the nurses and doctors. i will keep all of you in my prayers.


Matthew 18:19 "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven."

Many are praying for complete restoration to health for Russ.
Adding my thoughts and prayers for your whole family.


my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.


Sending up prayers for God's healing, may he also give you strength and peace!

kylie c

thinking of you and sending positive thoughts...the mind is a wonderful thing, and I believe we can bring about great things with positive thought, and I will also include a warm hug, as I know how much that means xxx

Alison Kirby

Oh, Julie.... I'm praying so hard for your family! This CD, from Selah, is one of my favorites! I love "Hiding Place" on that CD. There are several really good ones!
I know this is overwhelming, but our God is a MIGHTY God! Hold tight to his promises!


So sorry you have to go through this nightmare. Always remember Who is in control. The first thing I did after reading your message was lift up Russ, you and the boys in prayer. With so many prayers from so many "friends" being lifted to the Throne, I am sure the prayers are heard, and if He hears us, He answers us. Take extra care of you during this time. Your family needs you more than ever during this time. Your family will be in my prayers. Many blessings.

Becky Thomas

God bless each of you in His own special way. I lost my husband, love of my life, two years ago to cancer and our sons are now 14 and 16. Although I don't like the outcome, I always feel blessed we had him in our lives and had time to say all those things you want to say. So many never have that chance. I wish peace for each of you even if only momentarily.

Becky T

Lynne Hurlburt

My hubby and I both are cancer survivors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours and especially healing prayers for your hubby. Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne


Although I am not sure that I believe in god I do send your family the very best of wishes and hope all turns out ok.

Chris Hnatiuk

Praying that you will continue to be strong for your husband and your boys, and as is evident on your blog here, that your open heart and faith will reach out and speak to many who otherwise would not be open to God's word. May God continue to be with Russ, you, your boys and all your extended family, as well as the medical community serving you.

Pat Jandacek

A survivor on a website I visit declared "I didn't fight cancer, cancer had to fight me...and I won!" Gotta love that attitude. Keep the faith, Julie and we'll keep Russ and your family in our prayers.

Debie Phillips

Your projects have been so helpful to me. When my husbands "C" symptoms and treatments start to get to me, I check out your blog and head to my craft room to try to make them. It's amazing the things that can help us to make it to the next day at a time. I will be thinking about you and your family.

Mary Ann Daugherty

Please know that everyone of your Stampin Up sisters and brothers are praying for you and your family each and every day that you are going through this painstaking time. Please take care of yourself so you can be strong for those boys and please do keep us all informed. Big Hugs to everyone and may the Faith of the Lord grow stronger each day.

Diane Woodham

When you hear the "C" word as I did 8 years ago it is devastating. But I went to bed that night praying that God would give me peace with the situation. I asked him to show me each day that he had his hand on me. God answered my prayers. When I woke up the next morning I was filled with that "indescribable peace". Everyday God showed me that he was watching over me and my family. I am praying for your husband for healing and for strength, comfort, and peace for you and the boys. God gave me a second chance at life. I am a 8 year survivor of breast cancer! When you don't know how to pray, it helps to know that others are interceding for us.


my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cathy B.

Dear Julie,

I strongly believe in the power of prayer and in miracles. Ten years ago, my sister was stage 3. The doctors also said things. But through faith in God and the prayers of family and friends, she is still with us and going strong. I will keep you, Russ, and the boys in my prayers that all will be well. May God Bless all of you.


Pam Clay

Julie, I am a daily visitor but not normally a poster. Your talent and your faith is an inspiration. Our family has dealt with this disease as my younger sister is now, by the Grace of God, a 2yr survivor. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you lean on God and go down this long road. You are blessed with many people around you that are praying for you!


I wanted to let you know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Surround yourself with the power of God, family, friends, faith, love, hope and courage.


Gail S.

I too visit your blog most every day but don't comment very often. Please know there are ALOT of people out there that you don't even know that are praying for your family right now. Stay strong.

Mo Moss

Julie. My husband is a cancer survivor and also quadriple bypass. Without GOD and my friends I don't think I could have made it. Know that your friends, and I am one of them, will pray for all of your family. I wish I were there to give you some help. GOD Bless


Praying for you & your family.

Rose Menassas

Something my oncologist told me during my third bout with cancer was, " I have checked you from back to front and from head to toe, and nowhere on your body can I find an expiration date"! NEVER give up HOPE! Your faith will sustain you and your family through this trying time.


Keeping the whole family in my thoughts and prayers.


Hugs, hope and prayers. Gabby


WOW, how wonderful to have so many friends and family who are all praying for you, Russ and your whole family. You are blessed and I hope our prayers and support will lift you up each day!!


Thinking of you all...

Diane M

Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go thru this difficult time.


As I am not a religious person, I have no verses or prayers for you. But as a friend I have tons of positive energy to send to you, and hopes and blessings... YOu have provided us with daily inspiration for many years, and now its time for us to return it to you... Cyber hugs from Toronto!!!!!


prayers for you and your family, Julie...and also prayers for His hand to guide the health care team's hands through these trying times...hugs

Kim Kowal

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My husband went through Lymphoma and is now 2 years in remission. It was a very difficult time for all of us but God saw us through it and he will see you through this too. Please email me if you have any questions or just want to chat. Altough I may not know exactly what your dealing with and how you feel, I've been through it and can sorta relate. Remember to be gentle with yourself too and get lots of rest. You will need it. My best to all of you. HUGS!!


well I don't have any verses for you but I will be praying for your hubby and your family....


I'm praying for your family as you start down this difficult road. He *will* keep you strong and He *will* hold you close. In the taking care of your husband and kids, please do not forget to take care of yourself. Eat healthfully, rest when you can, lean on a friend, cry and scream if you need to, just don't forget to take care of you.

Nancy C.

I just wanted to let you know that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family - stay strong!


sorry ... I meant through your blog!


Julie, you have been such an inspiration and joy. I don't respond much to posts but know sweetie that we will be praying for you today and will lift up your challenges at Church on Sunday. You have made me smile so many many times with all your sharing and your positive handling of all! And, I have never ever seen the kind of response that you are receiving through facebook. We keep you and your family in our hearts and prayers!

Sue B

Lots of prayers and good wishes coming your way.Stay strong and keep the faith.As you can have lots of support from your stamping family.We are there for you!

Patti C

My prayers are also with you & your family. I pray God's healing power pours over your husband & keeps you strong in faith. God bless you all.

Edna Burgess

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless each of you. Edna

Glenda Jones

May God be with you and your family during this difficult time. You are amazing and surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends. I'll be praying for you all!

Tracy Clemente

Julie you and your family are in my hearts and prayers. Now that He is with you through it all.


julie, i am so sorry for this trial you and yours are going into- nutritions makes a huge difference in coming thru this!! and please look at alternate treatments - there are some very good things out there that will help ease some of the treatments!! y'all are being held up by many, many prayers from many, many prayer warriors!!

Monica Miller

Oh Julie...I don't comment often, but visit each and every one of your posts. You are an amazing woman, and I know that you will help your family pull through this. My family too, sadly, has been touched by the big "C"...much too often. As others have said...stay informed, stay in touch, and never, ever be afraid to ask questions... OR question what's being done, and be aggressive. YOU are in charge...not the docs or caregivers! I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers...please keep us posted on how things are going. Sending you cyber hugs!

Joani Strow

Dear One - I spend so much time appreciating your talent (but have never before responded to a blog). Thank you for all that you do to inspire me. Thinking of you and Russ today I hope you have time to go to this link TODAY (it changes daily) and find strength in the message. Blessings and good cheer. Claim it!

Giovana S.

Julie, I believe in the power of praying and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


Dear Julie
Mu heart and prayers are with you and your Family at this traumatic time in your lives.
May you get strnegth courage and faith from your G-d.
These prayers came from Joyce in Cape Town SA.
I am a great admirer and follower of your work.
With Best Wishes Joyce.

diane mcvey

You have my sincerest empathy during this very difficult time. After the initial shock, you can begin a plan of how to heal Russ. The doctors are NOT always right! Search out every avenue of treatment for him that is possible. Some providers are better than others. I trust that God will keep you strong, so that you can all help Russ in this battle. I'm so very sorry you are facing this. Get rest, and may peace be with you always. BIG HUGS to you ALL...


My thoughts and prayers are with you, your husband and your boys. We are all here for you, you have been such an inspiration to all of us. Big hugs to you all. Carole


You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


I am so sorry to hear about your sweet husband. Please know I will pray for you all and stand on the promises of our God with you for his healing!

We have a mighty God and He can do amazing things!

May He keep you both close to Him and may He bless you all,


nothing is greater then prayer...nothing is greater then our Lord!
many prayer, hugs and love to you and your family....

Darlene Castor

I am so sorry...I will put you and your family in my prayers as well. I enjoy your blog so much and feel like I know your whole family...God never said it would be easy, just that He will never leave us!
God bless you and yours and may His healing hand touch Russ...

Heather Donahue

Julie - I don't speak up a lot, but I subscribe to your blog and love what you do. I am sorry to hear of the hardship that has been brought on your family. Stay strong and believe that it will turn out for the best. I've had many family members taken by the C word. I know your pain (well not exactly) and how hard it can be to wait and see. I'll be praying for your family. God bless you.

Nancy E

I'm so sorry that your lives have been touched that that awful C word.... it's the word that instills fear in so many of us, myself included. Please know that I am thinking of you all...


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all.


Hugs and prayers for your family. This weedkend our town is hosting the RELAY FOR LIFE walk in memory and honor of those affected from this desease. Our family prays daily for those affected with this desease and including your family be an honor. {{{HUGS}}}


From the bottom of my heart...I'm so sorry to hear something like this. But, even when it might sounds a little rough, just remember that God is not going to give any of His children something we are not going to be able to HANDLE!! I'm pretty sure He is standing next to you and yours 24/7. God is MAGNIFICENT and I will be praying for you all...anything you need, even when you don't know me, don't hesitate to ask. Take care and please keep us informed...prayers are strong and miracles happen when you PRAY!!


all our prayers are with you and family . god is with your family.

Linda Q

Oh my goodness. Remember that what God has in store for you is greater than anything you can imagine.

margaret andres

Julie, I believe that being healed is God's will for our lives. Praying that God will give strength to you and Russ and peace to the boys as they may get concerned that Daddy is sick for such a long time. Waiting to see how God healing hand will manifest itself.


Keeping all of you in my thoughts...


Julie and family
If He leads us to it He will see us through it. Trust in Him.
Bless you Sheila


Many prayers and positive thoughts headed your way.

Don't know if you have a large group that you need to keep 'in the loop' but when my mom was terribly ill I was the one tasked to do that and it was very stressful. I wished I had known about These are free blogs for families in health situations like you find yourself now. It could be more private than updating on an ordinary blog because people have to register to visit the site and you can further limit visitors by requiring approval the first time someone visits. I'm not affiliated in any way, just have the experience to know how helpful it might be. If you have a friend or family member asking what they might do to help, you might ask them to check it out and/or set it up.

Hugs and take gentle care of yourself. This is a marathon not a sprint.


One thing I try to remember:"Be still and know that I am God". May God wrap you and your family in his healing light.


My heart goes out to you and your family. We are miles apart but I read you daily and you have been an inspiration in so many ways. I will offer my daily work as prayer to God for Russ and your family. May the love in these many messages lift you up and give you the special strength God reserves for women at a time like this. God Bless You, Julie.

Sharon KIng

Julie you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I know very well what your are going through...we were told in June that my husband has cancer. We have had 2 chemo treatments and will have a ct scan next wed. to decide what the next step will be. Be strong,which I know is hard but automatic. Lean on those around you and don't forget about yourself. Please email me if you feel you need to and we can go through this together. Prayers and blessings Sharon King


Julie - My stamping and Isagenix sister - you and your entire family are in my prayers. "His strength is perfect - He'll carry you when you can't carry on"

Hugs to you from your sister in Oklahoma!


Julie, I can only imagine how scared you must feel - I'm sure because as a mother, you must feel as though you are the glue and need to keep everyone together. There are many advances, as you know, in the technology of what can be done these days. My prayers are with you.

Becky Jo

Keeping you and your family close in thoughts and prayers. Super Big Hugs to you all!!!!

Jenn Fontaine

I've never posted on your blog even though I check it daily, you inspire me creatively, you have inspired me to loose 80 pounds over this past year and you inspire me with your attitude. I will stand in prayer for your family. My brother has been cancer free for over 10 years. Our God is a good God. Thank you for letting us know, now you have added so many prayers.
Big hugs,

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