Immediate Prayer Request

Leigh Marsden
By Leigh Marsden Latest Reply 2009-11-07 20:20:19 -0600
Started 2008-11-25 16:45:23 -0600

My 24 yr. old daughter just got into a car wreck. Her body was thrown half way through the windshield. She severed her spine in 3 places and the doctors never expect her to walk again. She punctured a lung, broke ribs, broke an elbow, crushed her throat. they are going to take her off of her breathing tube today to see if she can breathe on her own. If not, she will be on a breathing aparatus of some type. I live in Missouri and she is in Alaska. We are waiting to head up to Anchorage before we get the go ahead to be with her.
Needless to say, I myself am disabled. My ra and lupus and diabetis are all acting up… the first plane will take 9 + hours… I won't be able to walk myself! My heart is crushed. I ask for prayer.
Thank you all, Leigh

159 replies

salmanda 2009-11-05 17:21:10 -0600 Report

Hello Leigh,
It has been almost a year since your daughter Joleena's accident. I pray that she is doing well. Please post an update if you can. I pray all is well with you and her.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-05 14:16:33 -0600 Report

Bless your heart; sure hated to hear the news about your daughter. My prayers are with you and your daughter. God bless you. Sue

Hinboyz3 2009-11-03 07:16:05 -0600 Report

Hope everything is better for you and your family. I was just reading the whole blog on this site and was so extremely touch by a mothers love for her daughter. My prayers go out to you and give you strength to handle anything coming your way. Please let us know your friends here at diabetic connect know how your doing.

imsuzie2 2009-11-03 05:49:43 -0600 Report

Leigh, I just today found this posting. My heart goes out to you, Joleena, and the family. I only hope Joleena feels the love and support from you and the community. I have tears in my eyes at how everyone here has come together for you. Please know I have sent angels to surround you, Joleena, and the family, and I hope each update you can give has better and better news. Take care of you too!!! Hugs S2

cathy culp
cathy culp 2009-08-19 12:20:00 -0500 Report

My Prayers are with your entire Family…Have Faith…I truely believe you will all come thru this. GOD BLESS!

lynn802 2009-11-03 00:20:43 -0600 Report

God bles you and your daughter. I hope everything works out for both of you. You will both be in my thoughts and prayers daily.

Your online friend,


mamatweed 2009-08-18 01:39:17 -0500 Report

My prayers are also with you.I can't imagine what either of you are going through.How helpless you must feel.I can't imagine not being able to be by my child's side in such a crisis.My heart goes out to you. Just know that she is still here and will need you and all of your strength when you are able to be by her side.If you can't keep your thoughts straight (which is completely understandable) ask a close friend to help out right now..I know that can be hard to do but not only can they help you pack,take your meds on time,make a meal or two but they can be a great support,someone to cry with,share with and plain unload on..
I am a list maker also especially in high stress situations.when you think something you my need to remember write it in a note book.Big or small it doesn't matter..Emotions or shopping list..what you want to say or take, what needs to be done before you can go..I know it seems small and ridiculous in such a desperate time but can be helpful..lists in a note book become a type of journal to look back on and check thoughts and dates. I call mine my brain …
God bless and give you all strength..I pay to read a positive outcome about your daughter and her recovery.
Concerned online friend,

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-18 11:15:50 -0500 Report

Brandi, I am with you on the notebook for lists, feelings, I buy spiral notebooks every years that school starts, on sale, several for various notes, recipes, it is easier to keep track of a notebook than a loose piece of paper that has a way of disappearing!! I buy different colors for different needs, keep gardening plans, personal thoughts—-etc, then when wanting a notebook I grab one up, even keep Drs appt in them—-keep one beside my easy chair and phone, they do help. Of course different info gets into different books, but that just makes for more interesting reading. hugs, PR

Sherry\u003C3 2009-08-15 11:31:38 -0500 Report

My prayers are with you and your family. I pray you find your daughter in better conditions when you get to Alaska. Make sure you take care of yourself through all this. Be Blessed!!!!

BeckyJ 2009-08-14 15:58:44 -0500 Report

God keep you and bless you all. I will be adding your family to our prayer chain.

LAD 2009-08-14 18:13:06 -0500 Report

Leigh, I've just read the ordeal you, your daughter, granddaughter, and other family/friends have been / continue to be going through…such pain a mother feels when her child is hurting. My prayers are joining all the others. May G-d's loving peace surround and strengthen you, Joleena, Christiana, and all near you.

enge 2009-07-23 21:26:07 -0500 Report

I will definately keep you in my prayers, just remember to take care of yourself thru all this because your daughter will need you when she recovers from this. God Bless!

Angelique 2009-07-31 05:46:18 -0500 Report

Oh my goodness, I couldn't help but cry reading these posts. Has anyone heard anything since March?

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-31 08:28:04 -0500 Report

No—I have been checking——-nothing that I know of, PR

bltillman 2009-08-16 17:53:00 -0500 Report

My name is Barbara I will keep you in my prayers. We have a God that cares he likes us even in our struggles to call on Him. I know you will soon recover.Keep the faith even if it is small our Jesus will come through for us. I demand that pain to leave your body right now in the Name Of JESUS.amend In Jesus we all are healed love you and will pray. Barbara

Usha K
Usha K 2009-07-23 12:45:44 -0500 Report

My prayres are with you and your daughter. Today specially I do the SAI BABA pooja. He is the GOD who was insturmental in bringing about peace and happiness in the minds and hearts of the sick and make a difference in the sick people in India. SRI SAI SARANAM MAMAHA!I am a strong believer and the prayer will be answered for your well being!

Usha Kommuru

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-23 12:39:43 -0500 Report

Others pain and sorrows usually touch any heart, even one that isn't used to praying. I know as I have been there, mostly I was too tired to care to pray, but someone must have, as I am doing better! Hugs PR

bigjrm45 2009-07-02 23:01:27 -0500 Report

I do not pray to often eny more but for you I will pray for the both of you,and may your trip go easy on you

bigjrm45 2009-07-02 23:01:25 -0500 Report

I do not pray to often eny more but for you I will pray for the both of you,and may your trip go easy on you

tabby9146 2009-07-01 11:51:46 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry. I will be praying. So sorry that you are unable to go and be with her too.

arenk 2009-07-02 20:36:16 -0500 Report

Hi, You and your family are in my prayers. I just found the discussion this evening. Please, there has been no update since December, unless I am just not looking in the right place. I would love to know how Joleen is, and how you and her two kids are doing. I believe that our God is a God of great miracles, and the Scriptures promise us that nothing happens that is not a part of His bigger purpose, much bigger and greater than the picture that we see with our fleshly eyes. All things work to the good for those who believe. When we can't see, He still moves in His wisdom to complete His glorious plan for each of our lives. May God bless each of you This day. You are all in my prayers. Karen

maxcats 2009-06-30 19:05:49 -0500 Report

I just came upon this very, very late but I want you to know that you and your daughter and her family are sincerely in my prayers. I pray that she is much better than some of the reports you have given recently. God bless you.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-06-30 18:58:50 -0500 Report

I am so sorry about you and your daughter! I have learned that you "Do what you can, NOT what others, or yourself, expects you to do"! We are human too and should stay within our own limits, be there for her, that will be enough for HER, then let the caregivers do their job, PRAY with and for her, the loving touch that only a mother can give!! Folks on air flights are very helpful to get you a wheel chair, and to make your jouney north, as comfortable as possible! We will all be praying for you all, and all that come in contact with you! hugs and prayers, Pat roth

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-06-30 19:03:20 -0500 Report

I read more on this article to learn that I, too, was late in replying, but my advice still stands. At home, get outside help, if you are a Medicare patient they sometimes help with baths, moral support, as well as health care needs. Check with your Home Health dept for further assistance! I will continue to pray for your strength and support and your daughters! PR

P2putt 2009-06-30 13:42:37 -0500 Report

I hope all went well. My sympathy and prayers are truely with you and your family. My God bless all of you.Pete

teddybearcub1960 2009-03-31 12:58:29 -0500 Report


You know I will be praying for Joleen, as she needs all the prayers we can give her, and also we are praying for you too. Faith is the best thing in the world for us to have, Jesus listens to everything we say and he hears our prayers. Remind her that God has a purpose for her to be here on this earth.

lynn802 2009-03-30 19:34:58 -0500 Report

Leigh: I know this is late, but please know that there are a lot of people, like me, out here praying for you, your daughter and your family. Keep the faith and stay hopeful. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2009-03-31 11:59:43 -0500 Report

Thank you so Much!!!

Joleena has gotten a sore the size of an orange and the hospital will not release her to me until they have healed up enough to be able to stand the 9-11 hours that she will need to be on a plane and transfer from Anchorage Alaska to Missouri…
I am requesting for prayer for the sore(s) and for her to find inner well being. She has been feeling blue… Asking "Why ME"? and what her life has in store for her is overwhelming for her right now… This whole ordeal is truly a test of faith…
I appreciate with all of my heart all of the prayers and support that has been freely offered at this site. It has spiritually been an enlightenment.
Your Friend, Leigh Marsden

Edie 2009-01-15 20:32:12 -0600 Report

Your family is in my prayers daily, nightly and always. I will continue to lift Joleena in prayer to our Father in Heaven and I know she will be up and walking again. She has 2 beautiful children to see raised and families of their own one day and she will be there to see that happen.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2009-01-15 20:35:54 -0600 Report

Oh Edie,
Your such a beautiful person. I love you with all of my heart. Thank you for being there through out this. Yes, I believe that her children will be her reason for strength.
Right now, she is depressed and she is fighting progress in her behalf. That is normal I quess, but it is hard on a Mother's heart…
Thank you, Leigh

Sailor - 20977
Sailor - 20977 2009-01-15 20:59:34 -0600 Report

Dear Leigh, Harbor view took care of me during my heart attacks. They have great doctors and nurses. We went one day at a time. Talked to churchs for help when I got home.
My wife has some time to help. Email me small and we will exchange information and see what you need. I am in Snohomish not far. In Him Sailor

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2009-01-15 21:05:12 -0600 Report

That would be wonderful… My daughter is coming to me with nothing. No clothes,suitcases for traveling to here, medical equipment, ect, she has nothing… I will be sending her a plane ticket…
I will contact you at your site. God Bless you, Your Friend, Leigh

Sailor - 20977
Sailor - 20977 2009-01-15 21:11:18 -0600 Report

Leigh, I understand better now.I will get my neighbors in on this and whoever will listen. Get me her size in clothes and shoes. I have a nurse friend we can get some good idears going and get them to fit how she is day to day. We will learn together.
Hugs Sailor

2009-01-16 06:05:59 -0600 Report

What wonderful friends I have seen when looking to hear from you about Joleen. You have support out there, willing and able. At this time of need, do not be afraid to ask, or receive.
I am,however; worried about you. You do need to take care of yourself. I know what you are going through, somewhat; my husband was slowly dimishing while having severe renal shutdown and on dialysis and it was three very hard years; I did not take care of myself and got very ill.

But, I have been looking for your posts and am glad you updated, however difficult the job is ahead for both you and Jolene; I will pray that each day gets a little better. I am so overwhelmed over what you two have had to deal with that I really don't know what to say, except wish you both to stay well.
Sincerely Claudia

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2009-01-16 20:10:55 -0600 Report

God Bless you kindness Claudia,
There are so many times throughout this ordeal, this site has given me the faith to leap forward in situations with grace… thank everyone here so much for your support and prayers. I will consider it sacred in my heart and soul for the rest of my life. Thank you again, Your Friend, Leigh

Edie 2009-01-16 08:28:59 -0600 Report

I will call my daughter Anne and her Grandma Faye Maclin there near you and see if they can help you one day a week atleast. I wish I could be there to help you when I take Anne's and the kids belongings to them I will be staying for a couple of days and we can meet. I have some Ideas that may make it easier for you to care for your daughter when she gets there to you. I will also bring down some clothes with me for her. Just let me know what she needs and her size just before I leave up here I will call you to make sure I have what can be used. I will also contact my Church and see if they can send help in your area also for you. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

teddybearcub1960 2009-01-16 21:17:38 -0600 Report


I think often about you and Joleena and how you are both doing. You both have always been in my prayers since the first day I heard of her accident.

Leigh you need to keep up your health so you are able to help Joleena and your grandkids when they get to you. My prayers are with you.

God Bless


myrtle - 28871
myrtle - 28871 2009-01-15 19:48:25 -0600 Report

youre in my prayers god be withyou and your family I just found this site and your pray request caught my eye and i know you dont know me but i will pray for yall and put yall on our prayer list in georgia

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2009-01-15 20:33:44 -0600 Report

Thank you Myrtle. I truly hold sacred your support through out this ordeal. God has been so good. Your Friend, Leigh

Sailor - 20977
Sailor - 20977 2009-01-10 16:11:45 -0600 Report

You have my prayers everyday. One day at a time. Bless this family Lord. Keep them close in your arms. We ask for your healing and peace through these days of trials.
Fondly Sailor

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2009-01-15 18:18:02 -0600 Report

Hello Everyone,
Things have been so busy… I am sorry that I haven't written sooner.
Joleena is now at the Harborview Hospital in Seattle WA for rehabilitation.
I need your continual prayers. It looks like I am the only person that will care for her now. She will be coming to stay with me apon her release from the hospital. As you all know, I have lupus, diabetis, RA, retinapothy, asthma,epilepsy,cataracts,neuropathy… ect… I pray that I can care for her until she gets into a place of her own. Her children will move to be with her when she gets settled. PRAY PRAY PRAY…
She has great ROM in her upper extremities… Nothing in her wrists,hands, and legs. She does have feeling in her back and chest. She is still a quadriplegic. I have signed her up for donations from a chronically disabled person. If she is accepted they will tell her story and collect funds for her to use to purchase a van with a chair lift, housing, and any other needed equipment. Please pray that her application is approved. Thank you all for your care and support. I have taken non for granted.

Your Friend, Leigh

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-15 18:28:53 -0600 Report

Leigh, Joleena has been on our churches pray list from day one and will be on forever. You are also on the pray list. Ok, so now you know your daughter will be spending time with you. Now is a good time to try and get some care for yourself and make sure you are in better health. This is a chore and I know you will do it. But it may be time to get backup help from family and friends. You can ask them to give you an hour here and there, even if you get 1 hour rest. Now start thinking ahead and make sure your health don't get any worst. I am hear if you need an ear or just a shoulder to lean on…

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2009-01-15 20:31:23 -0600 Report

Thank you so much Debe. You have been a true friend throughout this whole ordeal. I appreciate your open heart with my whole heart. Thank you so much.
your Friend, Leigh

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-15 18:34:10 -0600 Report

So nice to hear from you, Leigh. You and your daughter have really been on my mind and in my prayers.

I'm sure you are so exhausted mentally, physically and emotionally. I can only imagine what your daughter's state of mind must be at this point. I never cease to be amazed, however, at the strength and courage that we find in ourselves through the Lord, and I know He is helping all of you through this.

You have so much to deal with already that I worry about your having to be her caregiver. I pray God provides some assistance for you in that area, and that He continues to be with you in dealing with all that's on your own plate.

This experience that's happenng to your daughter surely brings home the knowledge that any minute our lives can be snuffed out or changed in ways we could never imagine. Hang in there, Leigh. Know we are all praying so hard for your daughter, and you. We appreciate so much your taking time to give us this update.

Much love, Diane

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-15 19:02:55 -0600 Report

thank GOD for the improvement that she has had and i pray that she will continue to improve, also that all of your needs are met! thinking of you and your daughter and do keep us posted as you are able to find the time.

Goddess 2009-01-15 20:23:11 -0600 Report

You and Joleena have never left my thoughts and prayers. Make sure you take care of yourself so you will be able to help her.


Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2009-01-15 20:32:46 -0600 Report

This thank you goes out to you also . I will always remember your kindness. The love and support from this site will remain with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for your support, Your Friend,Leigh

2009-01-15 21:07:06 -0600 Report

My thoughts are with you and Joleena and her children. You have a lot on your plate but remember the 'big guy' doesn't give us more than we can handle.. hang in there and practice your deep breathing… one day at a time sweety. I wish I was closer I'd offer to help out but I'm way over here in Wisconsin in the deep freeze. If you need anything at all that I can do long distance please don't be afraid to ask. I'm not much of a prayer person but I will try for you… :)


KathyMarieI 2009-01-08 22:28:36 -0600 Report

my prayers are with you and your daughter place yourself in Gods hands and he will be with you both MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO YOU

MISS PAM 2009-01-09 02:16:19 -0600 Report

I am praying for your daughter and you and your husband. Prayer certainly does change things, I know this from expierence. Be strong and we will all be praying for you even when you can't. With God all things are possible.

teddybearcub1960 2009-01-10 15:29:47 -0600 Report


My prayers are with you and your daughter. I'm glad that she is improving, Sorry I haven't typed sooner but I haven't been on for almost a month.

God Bless You, and Your Daughter,


highlandcitygirl 2008-12-29 14:33:53 -0600 Report

i am still praying for your daughter and you! do keep us posted! we care!

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-05 10:48:50 -0600 Report

i am still praying, i pray that you find peace and comfort in the LORD! we love you.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-05 12:16:00 -0600 Report


I am sorry I haven't connected with you these past 2 weeks, I was caught up in the holidays. I am praying each and everyday for your family. I hope you have also been taking care of yourself too. I told you its going to be a long road to recovery and she is going to need you to help her all the way. So keep yourself healthy and you know I'm just a click away if you need me.

2009-01-06 05:41:25 -0600 Report

Has there been any news since 12/29/2008 on Leighs; daughters' condition? I hope she is continuing to improve. It has been almost 2 weeks. Still Praying; Claudia

mike67 2008-12-28 22:01:22 -0600 Report

we will keep you in our prayers. may the holy mother of god be with you through out the tribulation you suffer.

amrita 2008-12-28 11:35:00 -0600 Report

Putting your family in my prayers and into local prayer circles


Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-12-28 19:20:26 -0600 Report

I don't know how to thank all of you.

Prayers are the answer. My daughter is having reflexes in her legs and arms… To the doctors amazement. She is retaining water around her lung and it keeps collapsing, but, she is winning. There is reaction movement in her legs and conscious movement in her arms. Still no reaction in her hands, yet. She has a long ways to go but Glory to our King!!! She will walk again!!! Thank you all for your love and support!!! And thank you Jesus!
Your Friend, Leigh

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-05 10:54:46 -0600 Report

We miss seeing you on here, but know your life is so pre-occupied right now. I continue to keep you all in my prayers and hope the next time we hear from you there'll be more improvement in your daughter. Hope you're taking care of you and your needs. Let us hear from you when you have a free minute.

2008-12-27 19:02:42 -0600 Report

I pray for you and for your daughter's fast recovery! So sorry you are sick and trying to take care of your daughter too. You are in my thoughts, heart and prayers! God Bless You and your family!

anitamusser 2008-12-23 20:43:56 -0600 Report

I am so sorry for what your daughter and your family are going through. Your daughter and you and the rest of your family are in my prayers. Put everything in God's hands.

Lanore 2008-12-24 12:40:16 -0600 Report

Leigh, We are all praying for you and your daughter. Look to God he is so good. Love to you and your family. Lanore

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-23 09:50:40 -0600 Report

i pray the LORD give you the strength to continue as each day goes by. you are in my prayers.

Goddess 2008-12-23 13:38:15 -0600 Report

Leigh you have and will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care of yourself too.

gma 2008-12-23 19:26:48 -0600 Report

My prayers are with you and for your daughter I pray God will send his healing angels to her side and you take care of your self to God bless Deb

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