Don't Quit: When things go wrong as they some times will, When the road your trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, when you want to smile, but you have to sigh When care is pressing you down a bit, rest if you must but don't you quit. Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems afar, So stick to the fight when your hardest hit, its when things go wrong, that you must not quit.
This is Ann, Sherry is my sister, one of five siblings . Sherry, has lupus and recently had meningitis. The meningitis caused severe brain damage. She was in a coma for nearly three months. The neurologists told us that if she came out of the coma she would never be capable of any motor functions due to the areas that were damaged in the brain. They suggested nursing home placement and told us she wasn't a candidate for rehab. We refused to accept this and demanded she be placed in a rehab center and begin hyperbaric treatments . She has had 32 to date and is walking with assistance. Her trach has been removed, she can type on the computer and best of all she can hug and kiss her two children .
She works hard to recover and is encouraged by the love of her husband , Johnny and their boys, John, age 12 and Jacob age 4 and our family.
Sherry is pictured here with her twin , Terry.
I just wanted you to know I love you so much and I am so very proud of you. you are a best sister anyone could ever have.. It was a wonderful feeling to see your face driving the car again. I wouldn't have taken a million dollars for that smile you had. you did a great job keeping it in the road, and it want be long before you will have enough strength to crank it yourself. You are my inspiration a true fighter to the end. hang in there keep up the hard work and together we will beat this thing. lots of hugs your sister Ann
Sherry, " May flowers of love around thee twine and the sunshine of peace shed joy and calm over thy mind." Wow, what an inspiration you are and what a wonderful family you are blessed with. The song I chose for your page is "The Rose" it reminds me of you Sherry, covered with snow and hard weather of the winter but always blooming in the spring with beauty of new life. I pray, God will allow you to bloom again with good health and joy.
Ann, thanks for sharing your precious Sister with us.
We welcome you to our family, Frankie, HBA, Ryan's mom.
Sherry, I am a meningitis survivor. My name is Sherry too. I pray for your healing. Don't give up! You are a survivor and the worst is over. God Bless You!
You go girl...Don't ever let them tell you, you can't do something...Prove them wrong!
Shirl Mom to twin EBA's Kraig & Kristofer survivors of meningococcal meningitis
A VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASE!
Hi Sherry, I work with your mom and Terry you twin. Everyone at FCCJ North campus has you in their prayers, and let me say girl I saw you in ICU and it was really hard, but seeing you today is a miracle in itself. Just know I love you and your whole family and I just know with so many wonderful people helping you I expect to see you totally well soon. You are an inspiration to everyone. Love Judy Smith coworker of your mom and sister
May God bless you richly and hold you in the palm of His hands. I love your sister Anne very much and I will pray for you and hold you in my heart.
Melanie R. Kimball, CRT,
RRT Director Cardiopulmonary Services
My name is Mitzi McMurphy and I work with your sister Ann at Irwin County Hospital. Iíve heard so much about you through your sister and just wanted to let you know how proud I am that you are doing so much better. I hope you make a full recovery. You are in all of our prayers here at the hospital. Iím glad that you are finally home. Have a wonderful day.
My name is Nan and I work with Ann at Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla. I have been so inspired by your story. You have been through so much and I know that God is not done with you yet!! Keep up the hard work. Look how far you have come. Take care. Nan Phillips
I want you to know I am very proud of you. You have shown great courage, strength and determination in the last six months. I believe with all of my heart that you are going to beat this thing. You donít have any choice in the matter, because there are so many people praying for you and watching over you. We will be there by your side to see you through. You can always count on me. I will be on your heels every step of the way, and you know I wonít cut you any slack. I love you with all of my heart. I wish I could make this journey easier for you. I will be there to lend you a shoulder to cry on, a hug if you need it or just a plain on kick In the butt if you need it. We all have high hopes for you girl and with your determination and attitude I know youíll be just fine. Hope sees the invisible and achieves the impossible. Babe Ruth once said,Ē Itís hard to beat a person who never gives up.Ē
Love always you big sister,
Sherry, your sister has kept me informed of your progress and Iím so proud of you. Youíve come such a long way and youíre blessed to have a family as loving and caring as yours. Keep up the good work and Ann will keep me posted on your amazing progress. May God bless you and see you all the way through this time. Take Care and Keep Safe, Nancy (Respiratory Therapy Irwin Co. Hosp.)
Sherry, my name is Regina, I work with your sister Ann, and I wanted to send
you a message just to let you know how excited we all are about your
progress. You truly are a miracle and an encouragement to us all. Continue
to get strong. Never quit. You definitely have a group of people that are
rooting you on and keeping you in our prayers. We feel as though you are
part of our family too! Keeping you always in our prayers and may God
continue to bless and continue His healing in you.
Aunt Sherry, I just wanted you to know how very proud I am of you. I know you are a strong willed person and you work hard everyday to gain your strength and life back. You have taught me so much in the past few months. I learned there was so much in life we all take for granted and just how unpredictable life can be. We all love you very much and are grateful for everyday and every miracle god has given our family. I hope to see you soon.
Love Always , Angela Courtney
Hey Aunt Sherry how are you I hope a lot better I miss you and cant wait till I can see you. I want you to know that we all have guardian angels and yours is very protective of you through these hard and rough times but I want you to always remember that we all love you and will be here for you when you need us. but if you ever get sad or lonely just remember those two beautiful little boys that counting on you and your guardian angel that will always be with you.
I love you,
Carla your loving niece
my little sister. I could never put into words how I feel about
Your sister told me about you on an internet message board . Don't ever give up! I believe that anything is possible and hard work is rewarded.
I wanted to tell you a true story that I think you will find inspiring.
On November 17, 1991, a football player named Mike of the Detroit Lions suffered brain and severe spinal cord injuries during a game. When Mike came around he was paralyzed. The doctors told him that he would likely never walk again and need someone to take care of him for the rest of his life. Well, stubborn old Mike was not going to take no for an answer, he was determined to walk again. Slowly, after years of rehabilitation, Mike regained control of his body. Today Mike is able to walk and is nearly 100% self sufficient.
I hope the best for you and your family in the future,
Sincerely, Mark from Michigan
I TOO SUFFERED FROM MENINGITIS, BUT IT WAS WHEN I WAS A SMALL CHILD. MY FAMILY SAYS I DIED TWICE, THE SECOND TIME THEY PRONOUNCED ME DEAD. BUT THEY ASKED OUR PASTOR AT THE TIME TO COME IN AND PRAY. YOU KNOW WE'VE HEARD OF PEOPLE BEING RAISED FROM THE DEAD IN THE BIBLE, WELL I'M LIVING PROOF THAT THEY ARE STILL BEING RAISED. THAT WAS 35 YEARS AGO AND I AM STILL ALIVE AND WELL, NO SIDE EFFECTS. WHAT GOD DID FOR ME HE CAN DO FOR YOU TOO. HE IS STILL WORKING MIRACLES TODAY, HIS WORD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER. THE MIRACLES HE DID THEN, HE WILL STILL DO TODAY. REMEMBER THE MAN AT THE POOL OF BETHESDA, HE LAY THERE FOR YEARS BUT WHEN JESUS WALKED BY IT WAS HIS TIME, LIKE YOUR TIME WILL COME. KEEP THE FAITH AND GOD WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH. DON'T EVER LET ANYONE SAY TO YOU GOD CAN (CAN CARRY'S A LITTLE DOUBT), TELL THEM GOD WILL. I HAD A BOUT WITH CERVICAL CANCER LAST YEAR AND WHEN SOMEONE WOULD SAY GOD CAN, I WOULD POLITELY CORRECT THEM AND TELL THEM GOD WILL. READ JOHN 14:14, THAT GOT ME THROUGH ALLOT. PRAYERS ARE GOING UP.
My name is Tammy Dean and I am on the prayer list for the Gospel Station over the web. Just wanted you to know that you have been in my prayers. May the strength of the Lord fill you and His blessings be upon you. Psalm 91
1: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2: I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him will I trust.
3: Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the raging epidemic.
4: He shall cover you with His feathers and under his wings shall you trust, His truth shall be a shield and buckler.
11: For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
12: They shall bear you up in their hands, lest thou dash your foot against a stone.
Trust God, never cease to pray, and know that others lift you up in prayer each day.
May God richly bless you and your family, Love in Christ.
Tammy Dean Administrative Assistant email@example.com
Hi Sherry.....I am so glad you are doing better. .I just found out that you had this website so I got your email address from there....I know it had to be all the prayers that were lifted up for you plus your family's determination that has brought you this far.....Just want you to know that you will be in my daily prayers....I love you.....Aunt Jennie and Uncle Raymond
My name is Tracy Paulk and I work with your sister Ann at Irwin County Hospital. She keeps all of updated on your progress. I am so proud of you. You are so lucky to have a sister like Ann and also such a supportive family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good work! With love, Tracy
Sherry, I have been really touched with your story and your blessings from God. It strengthens faith in God to share blessings like you and my grandson Gabe Thornton and others have received from our precious Savior Jesus Christ. As it is made so plain By my stripes you are healed . All we need to do is keep the faith and know that God is an on time God. Gabe is a another meningitis Angel . He still has many problems. He is ten years old . He lost a leg, some fingers and has had about 23 surgeries and many, many more to endure in the next few years . He still can't walk well with out his sticks. He stayed on life support for a month and a half, and is one hundred percent mentally capable. GOD'S SO GOOD!!! His growth plates were damaged so he looks about five years old and is ten he has a twin brother who is normal size and this bothers him a little but not much. I wish you could see him .He is such a trouper. Sometimes he will tell us to take his leg off so he can win a race or game there doing. He says he can fly with out it. A Humorous little boy after all that) He also had to go through the Hyperbaric Chamber like you are doing his was to keep from loosing any more limbs. and it worked. Keep up the good work Sherry, and always remember (Isaiah 40:29-31) He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increased strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. I used to work with Ann ,and Trevor at Coffee Regional Hospital. You are fortunate to have a loving family. Keep trusting God
In Christ Love and Hope
Hey there, donít know if you remember me or not? But I remember you! You were about 5 or 6 years old I think? I'm your cousin Donny, I even lived with y'all for a few months when I was about 15years old. I've been praying for you a lot the last few months "when I found out what had happened". I'm so sorry that this has happened to you, and Terry," We didnít even know about her problems either till recently?!" Its sometimes so hard to understand why bad things happen to good people! I'm just glad your doing better, I know this has been very hard on everybody down there," we live in WA state now, and have for the last 15 years or so." Sorry its taken this long to write to you, were not very well informed of things going on down there. How much can you remember of your child hood? I cant imagine what it must be like to go into a coma like that, and then come out?! do you remember every thing that happened till the time you went under, at least? Sorry if I sound nosey, I'm just so amazed at what a miracle it is for you to have come out of this, and doing better!! We will continue to pray for you and all your family as long as it takes for you to get back to normal!! Well Better close for now, write when you can, and keep on believing in yourself, and the Lord,.. because you are a living miracle!! God bless you!
love, your cousin: Donny, Kelly, and kids
Hi Sherry........I hope you are feeling better these days....I think of you often and continue to pray for a full recovery for you...how is your mom and dad doing? We haven't heard anything from them in a while......We miss you, we love you and can't wait to see you again.....you are truly an inspiration for the rest of us........
Aunt Jennie and Uncle Raymond
I know your sister through Irwin County Hospital. She passed along the information of your illness over the past 6 months. God has truly been pouring out his blessings on all of you! We do serve a God that still performs miracles! Some people say that God works in mysterious ways, I personally feel that God works in magnificent ways! Thereís absolutely nothing mysterious about it! May God continue to richly bless you and let his healing powers flow through you! Love in Christ,
Rev. Jerry Ethridge, RRT, RCP
I just happened-up on your web site as I was doing some reading on hyperbaric treatments. You don't remember me, but your family does. I am Carol Dimsdale, your Case Manager at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. It's hard to believe how far you've come. I saw you when you could do nothing but lie in the bed and stare into space. You surely are a MIRACLE! I can vouch that you have a dedicated and caring family who never gave up on you and were in that hospital every day you were there!
I was surprised to read that your sister, Ann works at Irwin County Hospital. Would you believe my husband graduated from Irwin County High School and lived in that area until we moved to Jacksonville in 1988? His name is Ted and he knows most everyone in Ocilla.
I try to stay in touch with Dr. Murray and sometimes we still have patients that we take care of together. Dr. Murray--he's the greatest, isn't he? What would we do without his devotion? He never gives up on anyone!
Well Sherry, I'm glad you are doing so well. Keep up the good work and come back to visit us at Brooks. I know your nurses and therapists would love to see you.