Judy LaCroix McGuire (’59) has been admitted to Hospice
New Journal Entry on CaringBridge Site:
Hi Gary, Janel posted a new Journal entry, “A shift in our hope for Judy,” on Judy ‘s CaringBridge Site. Visit the site to read the Journal entry
Journal entry by Janel Kess — Jul 11, 2018
When we began this journey back in February we didn’t know anything about brain cancer, best parking spaces at Mayo, steroids, depends, wheel chairs, sneaky tricks to make pills tolerable, in home care… Nope, we were clueless! We’ve learned a lot in the past few months as we hoped we could help Judy fight cancer and enjoy more time here on earth with family who love her dearly. The past two days Judy, Larry and the family returned to Mayo for further tests and doctor visits. After much discussion, lots of questions, and many tears, we have decided to pursue hospice for Judy. Her current condition makes it difficult for Judy to undergo any further medical treatments. Judy has fluid on her brain (from surgery and treatments) that can not be drained without excessive medical intervention. This fluid and extra pressure is causing her to be very sleepy and weak. The tumors actually look pretty good right now due to treatments but it is an aggressive cancer. It’s expected to return. As a family, we want her to be comfortable and keep the best quality of life for the time she has left. We know this would be Judy’s wish too! So now our hope shifts! Our hope and faith in the promise of eternity for Judy. This hope has always been within us but the result of this faith is near for Judy now. We are not sure how much time before Judy steps into the home Jesus has made for her. Maybe a few months. Maybe less. Her body is strong and healthy in many ways but her brain will begin to fail. Judy will not suffer. Brain cancer is painless and she will likely just fall asleep one day and not wake up. We know where Judy is heading and until then, we will rejoice and praise God for his goodness together!
I Thessalonians 4:13-14 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. Hebrews 11 reminds us of the the purpose of our faith and hope in Jesus. It’s full of examples of people who with great faith lived a life to honor God and were confident in his promises! What is faith? Here’s what a few verses in Hebrews say… (1) Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (13) All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them….(40) since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Prayers: – Drainage of excess brain fluid (this would increase her quality of life). – Healing. It’s still possible. – Emotional and physical strength for Larry and family – Wisdom as decisions are made for her comfort and medical care Praises: – Judy and Larry had are great week together over July 4th with all the kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. It was a gift of HUGE proportion for all of us. – Hospice care is covered by insurance and will allow Judy to be home with Larry.
Posted by EdnaMae Nelson Olufson-Smith
Please note: EdnaMae is a sister to Carlyle Nelson who lives in Bottineau who many of you know. Their Father was Abe Nelson who lived south of Willow Lake in the Turtle Mountains.
This is a pic of Harvey & me. Ramona HULTMAN (Who is Ramona Hultman?) is in the pictures I sent with Mildred & Marie and Joyce.
Blog (727) posted on February 26, 2010
Lester Kitterling – Former Rolett/Bottineau county Judge – has cancer:
From LeaRae Parrill Espe (67): Bottineau, ND
Judge Lester Ketterling and wife Eunice are in Arizona. The Judge was diagosed with an agressive lymphona (cancer) a few days after they got there. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.They were just planning to spend a couple of months in the sun and it hasn’t been good. He started chemo, but has a ton of side effects. Lester served as District Judge for this area including Bottineau and Rolette County for a number of years. He is blind and his wife has low vision.
Also From LeaRae
The Bottineau County Centennial Books used to be available at the Bottineau County Public Library and/or the Bottineau County Auditor’s Office. I just called both and neither has any for sale. Mom found one at a garage sale a couple of years ago for 50 cents. Sounds like it could soon be a valuable as a Rembrandt!
Gene Bender Benefit
For those who don’t see the Bottineau Courant or Metigoshe Mirror, I would like to remind everyone there is a benefit for Gene Bender, former science teacher at Dunseith High School. He suffered a severe stroke in November. He was in Rochester, then Fargo, Bottineau Good Sam, and is finally going home this week, but will continue to be an out patient. His right side and speech were affected. One of things they are trying to get is a machine to help him communicate. This item is not covered by insurance.
The Benefit is Sunday February 28 from 11AM to 2:30PM Multipurpose Room at the HS. Menu Spaghetti -Garlic Toast -Dessert Sponspored by Metigoshe Lions and Dakota College (Forestry) and Supplemental Funds by Thrivent. Come to the East side of the HS, just South of Thatcher Hall.
Free will offering.
Make it a day and attend the Bottineau Community Theater production of “Curtains” at 2:30 in the Holwell Auditorium. It’s a musical-comedy and mystery. You may recognize some actors/actresses with a Dunseith connection-Duane Sebelius, Keith Pritchard (son of Corbin) and his wife Jan Pritchard, Loretta Neameyer Wall, and Diana Awalt Bullinger. Also, Robert Christianson whose dad was supt of the Peace Garden a few years back.
Hope I didn’t miss anyone.
Posted By Neola Kofoid Garbe: Bottineau & Minot ND.
LINDA C. BJUGSTAD
Linda Bjugstad, age 59 of Dunseith, died Monday in a Minot hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church in Dunseith. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery of rural Dunseith. A wake will be held on Friday beginning at 4:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 8:00 P.M. also in the church
Linda is survived by her husband Don Bjugstad of Dunseith, ND, Her sons, Wayne “Stompy” (Sherry) Poitra of Grand Forks, ND, Terry (Audra) Poitra if Cando, ND, Christopher “Pd” (Arlene) Poitra Of Mandan, ND and daughter Tobbie (John) Vivier of Dunseith, ND, Step-daughter Joani (Lee) Jarus of New York, Kelsey Bjugstad of Fargo, ND and Jasper (Amy) Bjugstad of Missouri; Mother Betty Peltier of Dunseith, ND, brothers Dennis “Magoo” (Gail) Belgarde of Moorhead, MN, Tommy (Paula) Belgarde and Sylvester “Buster” (Ginger) Belgarde of Dunseith, ND; sisters Janice Morin of Fargo ND, Debbie (Elvis) Gladue and Betty Jean (Ray) Ostby of Dunseith, ND; 28 grandchildren and 3 great-grand children.