Calling all Brothers & Sisters in Christ!

Our Christian Brother, Roy Heflin (aka Mr. H.) developed a rare condition called a dural AVM*. He has had an Embolization* Surgery in May 2011 and 1 year later, May of 2012, had a Second Procedure called a Craniotomy*, to completely remove the dural AVM. Currently, he is on the road to recovery. The Craniotomy was performed at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL by Dr Jacques Morcos.    *Website with VIDEO Brain Surgery explanation (http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm)

 Our Church wants to help, as Roy has been out of work for 5 years. Roy does have limited Medicaid coverage, But it requires a monthly $3,432 deductible to receive any funds towards medical costs. Those costs for both of these Procedures along with his Prescribed Medications and continued Recovery Expenses remain unpaid and because of your prayers and support have been greatly reduced (estimate –now less than 100k). Also Roy is NOW COVERED by Susan's health insurance for future medical expenses/procedures.

St. Paul has supported Roy & Susan by creating a Fund to help them cover any incurred Medical costs. We know that times are tough for all of us therefore we Trust that God will provide through His Church.

Any Donations are Appreciated and are Tax Deductible. Donations can be submitted via PayPal, Credit Card or Cash – BUT Most of All we request Prayers on Roy and Susan’s behalf. Thank You for supporting our effort to lift up our brother and his wife in need with the Love of Christ.

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ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 9/30/2013

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GOOD REPORTS . . . Back to the Future
God is SO GOOD and His Faithfulness endures forever!

read Psalm 117:2


Sorry, please accept my apologies for not posting sooner . . . lots of changes have occurred in my life medically - BUT Great Blessings have also taken place - Serving God's People at St Paul in numerous ways

continued Thanks Be To God for The Church - YOUR SUPPORT & PRAYERS have lifted me up to the point that now I am able to spend more time with the Saints and serve others, as well - read what's been happening below - following my latest Drs reports:

Dr. Wiznitzer, Hemotolgist - my hemosystene results are still encouraging - B12 & Folic acid - goals: to prevent DVTs in legs and one day not require Coumedin (blood thinners)

Dr. Morcos, Neural Surgeon - gave me permission to fly to Texas to see family and friends, since scheduled recent Brain CT produced positive results

Dr. Widdows, Osteopath-Internal Medicine, Primary - checkup results: BP stabalized, Coumedin levels consistant ; NEW CLOT ISSUES occurred following my return plane trip to visit family and friends there Fortunately my Vena-Ceva filter and contiuned Care resolved that concern within a few weeks! Hallelujah!!!

Main Problems noted by all Drs:
prayer for me in these areas

1. lose excessive weight = 10 pounds to date
2. need to exercise - still working to walk more

Dr. Sleeman, Critical Care Surgery - successful Gall Baldder surgery in August due to excessive gall stones and internal pain - Gall Bladder removed

Recent Activies and Involvements as a St Paul Staff (volunteer):
  • team teaching with Pastor Jones - Men's Ministry Weekend Retreat
  • active Men's Ministry Leadership member - planning and promoting
  • just been asked to assist with St Paul's Confirmation classes
  • open to being a Sub-Teacher in the School - fully qualified, current FL certification
  • still praying (join me) about leading The Story in our community, Boynton Beach with local men
  • assisting with St Paul FaceBook postings
  • have participated at Circuit Pastors mtg, Teen postChristmas party, 50yrCelebration of St Paul School
  • beginning Consulting other LCMS pastors-congregations to help in areas where I can, especially possible projects online, to speak to groups - teens, men, families, and support other DCEs

Please Keep PRAYING!
Help Susan & I if you can . . .

"DOLLARS FOR ROY"

we ask you to consider 3 actions before the end of the Year:

1. PRAY for many to participate

2. SHARE this message with your friends

3. ASK 20 of friends to donate $1 to Roy's Medical Support Fund (details below), then send collected funds to St. Paul Lutheran in Boca, FL either online or as a check by mail


THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT!

susan heflin, roy's wife


p.s. - some friends have asked, so if you would like to see post Brain surgery & inner Cranial pictures send a request to - don't forget to send prayers with them - rheflin@stpaulboca.com - write: "Brain pics please" on the subject line

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


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ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 2/01/2013

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GOOD REPORTS . . . Bright Future ahead
God Promises to Care for US - now and forever!

read 1 John 5:11-13


What a way to start the New Year as my recovery continues . . .

continued Thanks Be To God for The Church - YOUR SUPPORT & PRAYERS have lifted me up to the point that now I am able to spend more time with the Saints and serve others, as well - read what's happening below - following my latest Drs reports:

Dr. Wiznitzer, Hemotolgist - improved hemosystene results with increase in vitamin supplements - B12 & Folic acid - goals: to prevent DVTs in legs and one day not require Coumedin (blood thinners)

Dr. Abraham, Nephrologist - good blood results, protein seapage steady - goal: control kidney damage caused by high BP

Dr. Widdows, Osteopath-Internal Medicine, Primary - checkup results: improving well, also had ultrasound on both legs = NO CLOT ISSUES! Hallelujah!!!

Main Problems noted by all Drs:
prayer for me in these areas

1. need to lose excessive weight
2. need to exercise - sedentary lifestyle unacceptable

Dr. Morcos, Neurologist - appointment scheduled in February for checkup following Brain surgery

Recent Activies and Involvements:
  • team teaching teens with Cristine - The Story at St Paul
  • Bowling with seniors on Mondays
  • still praying (join me) about leading The Story in our community, Boynton Beach with local men
  • assisting with St Paul FaceBook postings
  • hoping to help Phil with men's ministry at St Paul
  • have participated at Circuit Pastors mtg, Teen postChristmas party, 50yrCelebration of St Paul School
  • have offered to other LCMS pastors-congregations to help in areas where I can, especially possible projects online, to speak to groups - teens, men, families, and support other DCEs

Please Keep PRAYING!
Help Susan & I if you can . . .

"DOLLARS FOR ROY"

we ask you to consider 3 actions before the end of the Year:

1. PRAY for many to participate

2. SHARE this message with your friends

3. ASK 20 of friends to donate $1 to Roy's Medical Support Fund (details below), then send collected funds to St. Paul Lutheran in Boca, FL either online or as a check by mail


THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT!

susan heflin, roy's wife


p.s. - some friends have asked, so if you would like to see post Brain surgery & inner Cranial pictures send a request to - don't forget to send prayers with them - dcemrh@mac.com - write: "Brain pics please" on the subject line

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


Roy “Mr. H.” Heflin

 Rostered and certified in our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS) as a Minister of Religion-Director of Christian Education, Mr. H., as he is known by many earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, Family-Youth Specialized from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1995.  Upon his graduation from Concordia, he accepted the Call from Luther Memorial Church in River Falls, Wisconsin.  Then, the Texas District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod issued the Call for him to serve as Campus Ministry Director to Texas Tech University students in Lubbock, Texas.  

While serving in that capacity, he also assisted in the educational, missionary, service and administrative ministries at Hope Lutheran Church of Lubbock, Texas.  Mr. H. has recently taught as both a substitute teacher, and teacher for special needs students at Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas.  Mr. H.’s subject specialties include mathematics, social studies, English, literature, history and religion (Teacher Certified in TX & FL).  Roy used his teaching skills extensively at St Mark Lutheran Church and School where he received a Call in 2006 to serve as DCE and Teacher. During his time of service he completed his graduate education by receiving a Master’s degree in Education, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction, being on the Dean’s list with Suma Cum Lade recognition, 4.0 gpa at Texas Tech University. 

 

Having a great passion for the youth of our country/Church, he has been selected on numerous occasions to serve in youth leadership roles as District and Synodical representative.  He, also has served in leadership positions in the LC-MS National Youth Gatherings in 1995 (San Antonio, TX), 1998 (Atlanta, GA), 2001 (New Orleans, LA),  2004 /2007 (Orlando, FL) and 2010 (New Orleans, LA). Roy and Susan are the parents of adult children (Suzanne, Roy and Kim) grandchildren (Amber, Anjelica) and great-grandchild (Nickolos), all living in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area. Finally, though it has been difficult to secure a full time position in the past 2 years, Roy has been extremely busy serving and using his skills in other positions – from Crossing School Guard to Tutor (Sylvan Learning Centers, Davie/Boca Raton) to Substitute Teacher (Broward & Palm Beach School districts) to Event Staff at Sports events/Concerts/Graduations – serving in all of those positions up until his time of being hospitalized.

Above is a link for you to read the medical condition letter from Dr. Morcos explaining Roy's needs and the Urgency to have a Cerebral Angiongram and follow-up Brain Surgery as soon as possible . . . We are still wrestling with Insurance coverage and appealing the Medicaid decision - NO Satisfactory answers to date . . .

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 12/10/2012

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A NEW NORMAL . . .
Blessings Continue in a New Creation Way!

read 2 Corinthian 5:16-18


Many who love me and care about me keep reminding me that "it's only been 6 months since my Brain Surgery" - BUT in my mind (scary), I am pleasantly surprised as my recovery has been a Miracle beyond my imagination with Blessings of the Lord continuing to flow to me daily . . .

Thank God for The Church - YOUR SUPPORT & PRAYERS have lifted me up to the point that now I am able to spend more time with the Saints and serve others, as well - such as the following:

a. This past week I spent a Wonderful afternoon with the Senior Saints of St. Paul, Celebrating our Common Faith in Christ in preparation of the Christmas Season - Great Fellowship Time!

b. I've been supporting DCE Cristine's work at St Paul with the high school teens - I am very thankful for them accepting me like a friend during their times of studying "The Story" on Sundays. I look forward to using my gifts/expeirences more in the future, kinda like Barnabas.

c. I had an opportunity to give the message during Chapel at Trinity Delray Lutheran's School -  amazing that the theme was focused on "Gideon" - on the same week as we were studying it at St. Paul in "The Story". I hope to have similar opportunities there and at other LCMS schools who would welcome me.

d. I'm becoming more involved with our community/neighbors at our 55+ park - from joining a mixed bowling group to attending the Christmas party to beginning "The Story" Bible Study with those interested hoping to start after the New Year - PRAY WITH ME ABOUT THAT HAPPENING!

Though Medical-Blood TESTS, Doctor Visits and the Burdens of knowing my Current balance of the outstanding medical costs remain, (approx. $50,000+). We TRUST that God will provide - our worry of those burdens has been lifted in so many ways. PTL!

YES - A NEW CREATION the Lord has made me - and I Praise HIM daily for that . . . and Most of All for YOU!


p.s. - some friends have asked, so if you would like to see post Brain surgery & inner Cranial pictures send a request to - don't forget to send prayers with them - dcemrh@mac.com - write: "Brain pics please" on the subject line

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 10/31/2012

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SO TIRED . . .
Refuse to STOP - PRAYING & DREAMING for more! Knowing GOD WILL PROVIDE . . .
 


I'm never sure, as I have good days and bad days like everyone does, whether my constant Tiredness is caused by the numerous meds (10 per day) I have to take, or the natural recorvery of brain surgery (5 months now), or because of my personal thoughts-moods-struggles of being unable to do what I used to be able to do - even little chores around the house - It is extremely frustrating

Then the Burden of knowing my Current balance of the outstanding medical costs that I still owe is also Tiring, its approximately $50,000+. Some of those charges have existed since my 2011 hospitalized medical issues began. It is exhausting to keep asking your friends, family and others to PRAY FOR ME - YET I FEEL THAT I MUST! and Even more humbling to Request they consider more fundraising efforts and seek additional donations on my behalf - BUT I FEEL I MUST to honor those who have served me and helped me to be whole - mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I daily Praise God for many of my Drs and Hospitals who have been beyond gracious to discount their charges (forgiven bills completely or discounted up to 50%- and We are Very Thankful for them - please join me in our continuing efforts to secure discounts for my remaining balances and PLEASE DON'T STOP PRAYING asking others to do the same - Thanks!

DREAMS of mine are still being realized - and I Praise the Lord for that . . .

Susan and I are committed to a 31 week Bible study at St. Paul called "The Story" - our faith grows!

I have committed to helping Cristine, DCE at St. Paul with her leading of teens using "The Story" - my gifts as a former DCE will again be used for The Church

and There is a possibility of me leading "The Story" in our senior park where we live - PRAY with me about that happening - 1 of my neighbors has shown interest - more will know Christ and grow, too!

LET'S ALL change the world with the study of "THE STORY" - God's Word!

p.s. - some friends have asked, so ifyou would like to see post Brain surgery & inner Cranial pictures send a request to - don't forget to send prayers with them - dcemrh@mac.com - write: "Brain pics please" on the subject line

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 10/10/2012

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GOD IS SO GOOD . . .
ALL THE TIME - GOD IS SO GOOD!

Brief post-Angiongram report:
Dr Morcos, neural surgeon, Very Satisfied with progress of post-Brain surgery & recovery, No issues noted - Details and Full report to follow in coming weeks

My Current balance of the outstanding medical costs that I still owed to my primary doctor, Dr Widdows, was $23,360. Some of those charges have existed since my 2011 hospitalized medical issues and my Dr never mentioned that balance or served me any differently when ever I had Dr appointment follow-up visits. 
After my Angiogram follow up visit yesterday, we discussed with her about not being able to afford making a full payment for her services and she promptly agreed to discount those costs by 50%PRAISE THE LORD!
Please be sure to send her a Thank you on our behalf, pray for her (Dr Joanna Widdows) and bless her for her graciousness - she has been a wonderful Blessing to Susan and I - caring for my needs beyond her oath as a doctor.
Because of YOUR SUPPORT & PRAYERS on this Fundraiser site we were able to immediately write a check for $1,200 to my Dr and deliver it to her office yesterday.
feel free to share this Blessing story with others . . . GOD IS SO GOOD!

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY that other medical costs might be reduced - giving us more opportunities to PRAISE THE LORD! THANK YOU!

over $50,000 medical bills remain . . .


"DOLLARS FOR ROY"

we ask you to consider 3 actions before the end of the Year:

1. PRAY for many to participate

2. SHARE this message with your friends

3. ASK 20 of friends to donate $1 to Roy's Medical Support Fund (details below), then send collected funds to St. Paul Lutheran in Boca, FL either online or as a check by mail


THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT!

susan heflin, roy's wife

  

p.s. - some friends have asked, so ifyou would like to see post Brain surgery & inner Cranial pictures send a request to - don't forget to send prayers with them - dcemrh@mac.com - write: "Brain pics please" on the subject line

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 9/18/2012

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HIS STORY . . . MY STORY!

GOOD NEWS - Jesus Died for Me and Rose from the dead, so I can spend eternity with him . . . NOTHING BETTER! This reminder also helps me prepare for next weeks Angiogram . . .

Next Wednesday, 9/26, an Angiograms is scheduled for me, Susan and my doctors to get a closer look at the recovery of Brain surgery inside my head. We are a little anzious, but extremely hopeful that Good News will result from this procedure.

Susan and I are asking You to join us in PRAYERS that the Lord has continued his miraculus healing, as we both continue to look forward to God's plan to use us both mitghtily in the future for the benefit of His Glory and His Church - the Body!

As Always - THANKS, PEACE be Yours, as well!

  

p.s. - some friends have asked, so ifyou would like to see post Brain surgery & inner Cranial pictures send a request to - don't forget to send prayers with them - dcemrh@mac.com - write: "Brain pics please" on the subject line

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 8/28/2012

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EASTER TODAY . . . EVERYDAY!

Nothing like LIVING IN LIMBO - I know that's a Catholic term - BUT my definition is about having a medical condition that my doctors know what the symptons are, BUT can't figure out WHY the body is acting the way it is? In my case, the concerns of me, Susan and my Doctors is WHY IS MY BODY AGGRESSIVELY PRODUCING DVTs (blood clots in legs)? To date, multiple blood tests and blood panel results = NO ANSWER!? Testing will continue - at least we've discounted a number of possible physical causes.

In the meantime, MUCH PATIENCE IS REQUIRED. Fortunately, the Lord has blessed me with loved ones who remind me, who I am and who I belong to - my brother, Randy, my sister, Leeanne, and of course, my mom, Marguerite - all who are Faithful believers - I am extremely THANK-FULL for their prayers, encouragement and consistent contact via phone and social media. Their presense in my life, along with my Wonderful Wife, Susan make me think more about all of those who DON'T have such support - AND What is The Church doing to remind them that Jesus calls them to "COME NEAR to HIM" for Comfort, Healing and Forgiveness (sometimes the lack of being conscious of His forgiveness causes physcial, emotional and mental difficulties in one's life).

I was reminded myself a few Sundays ago, as I heard an Easter Sermon (Christmas in July) that pointed to Jesus on the Cross - helping me to remember that He weeps for us (Lazarus), He calls to us (Peter/John) and He cares for (when blind, sick, dying and more) - MOSTLY HE LOVES US, LOOK AT THE CROSS . . .

. . . ITS AT THAT POINT, WE CELEBRATE DAILY as we see the Lord Rise from the Dead and Ascend into Heaven preparing a place for us, for ME - for YOU!

THEREFORE, as we patiently wait for Medical Answers hereon earth about my Health issues - we also anxiously wait for Jesus to return - Trusting Always in His Promises, not only, to be with ME/US, but to Care for ME/US until He comes back or until I/YOU are called home. PRAISE THE LORD!

In the meantime, our needs for PRAYERS, for SUPPORT and for HELP, remain - As Always we humbly say, "THANKS".

Friends of Roy & Susan please consider this simple challenge . . . 

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 8/08/2012

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Special requests for prayers for Susan Heflin, Roy's wife


YOUR GRACE IS ENOUGH . . .

Over the past 2 weeks, medical news has not been received well. Roy continues to go to the labs for weekly or bi-weekly blood tests and monitoring for his PT/INR (Coumadin levels), while DVTs (blood clots) still are a serious issue – one which Dr. Widdows (primary) and Dr. Morcos (neural surgeon) remain concerned – causing them to refer Roy to a hematologist, Dr. Wiznitzer, in hopes of answering their question: “What is causing Roy’s body to form DVTs?” What followed was numerous blood tests to answer that question for all of us. Test results may take up to 2-3 weeks, at which time Roy will have an appointment with Dr Wiznitzer – PRAY FOR ANSWERS! Thanks!

In the meantime, last Thursday, August 2nd, Roy woke in the morning with severe pain in his swollen right foot/toe area – first thoughts were, its Gout. Roy will begin a less fat diet for starters to see if doing so will solve this issue . . .

. . . then Sunday comes – our day to Worship the Lord! The message (sermon) and the selected songs, provided exactly what Roy & I needed after so much not-so-good news.

We were reminded of Paul’s trials and the thorn in his side (read 2 Corinthians 12:8-10) when he pleaded with God “to take it away.” Roy and I often PRAY that same Prayer. Sometimes the pain does subside, sometimes only temporarily, and sometimes the pain remains.

In fact, Roy jokingly remarked to our pastor that he feels like our car. You take the car to get fixed for one issue and a week later, another problem occurs. Seems it never ends . . . then our ears perked up, we heard the Sunday message loud and clear “It’s not about us, it’s all about Jesus”

More importantly, Roy & I heard even louder, God’s response to Paul’s plead, to our plead – “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ”

and Roy was brought to tears as he sang the closing song for service - “Your Grace is Enough”

PRAY for Roy & I to respond as Paul did, Therefore [we] will boast all the more gladly about [our] weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on [us]. That is why, for Christ’s sake, [we] delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when [we are] weak, then [we are] strong.”


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 7/20/2012

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY PRAYER . . . for those who may not have kept up with Roy's story - Roy's Brain Surgery was Successful which we PRAISE THE LORD, BUT you also need to know that over $500,000 in Medical costs - hospital staff/services, doctors, prescriptions and such still remain which Roy & Susan feel responsible to PAY. We are Praying for some of those charges to be reduced - Join us in that - some reductions in charges have occurred, but bills and collection notices arrive every day via mail and phone calls.

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 7/10/2012

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AS MANY SAY – NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS . . . maybe? Recently I went for a post-surgery follow-up with Dr. Morcos (neural surgeon) at Jackson-Miami Hospital and he was impressed with my progress externally as he observed the area where my head was surgically opened to remove the dural AVM. His concern though was focused on the reports of  the return of DVTs in my legs. He plans on contacting my hematologist to press for answers as to What are the Reasons this is re-occurring? At this point, the only treatment that has taken place is my being prescribed Coumadin (blood thinners). Dr. Morcos prefers that in the near future, I not be dependent on using such drugs – WE CONCUR! His concern, naturally results in increased concerns for me and Susan. We PRAY and ask YOU to Join Us that the Lord would reveal the secret as to my body’s production of DVTs and eradicate it – THEN Sunday at service we loudly hear God’s voice in the lessons - when Paul asks Him to remove his thorn in his side and the Lord responds by saying: “My Grace is Sufficient” (2 Corinthians 12:-8-10). WE PRAY that IS NOT HIS FINAL ANSWER FOR ME!

As Always, we can never Thank YOU enough for your prayers and your support.

YET, as always, we continue to feel personally obligated to Repay the Doctors, Hospital staff and countless number of behind the scene Servants who have contributed to my well being. In this post-surgery period as we look forward to the day when I am released from doctors’ care, we are reminded of the mounting Medical Expenses arriving daily in the mail or those which occur at each doctors/lab visits which have not been covered by MedicAid or Sue’s Work Insurance due to pre-existing conditions, program disqualified charges and/or out-of-pocket co-pays demanded at the time of each appointment – IT SEEMS HOPE-LESS AT TIMES. Then we remember God’s promises to care for us . . . WE WILL TRUST IN HIM ALWAYS! And We continue to believe He will answer through The Church.

SO, we have decided no matter how humbling it is to request financial support - We Must Continue to Ask! We refuse to forget those who have Served us both, many sacrificially.

please continue to support us by considering all of the following:

  • PRAY for Roy & Susan
  • SUPPORT them by sharing this information with Your Friends
  • SUPPORT them Financially           (on this site)
  • CONSIDER HOLDING A FUNDRAISER on their behalf - even as simple as a "Dollars for Roy" Campaign where you ask 20 friends to donate a dollar, then submit those donations on this St Paul Lutheran webpage . . .


THANKS SO MUCH for your support
roy & susan

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 6/26/2012

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Roy medical update:

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY . . . As I write today, I'm experiencing a stage that I'm not sure if anyone could be prepared for - Post Surgery ; The time after a year long struggle of remaining grounded, trusting God will supply - in body, in mind, in faith, in needs: spiritually, financially and in ways unknown - when your friends and hundreds of believers are lifting you up in prayer - when daily connections with doctors are falling in place along with financial/medical assistance and support is arriving from places never expected - leading to the outcome of a successful Brain surgery with only a few bumps and setbacks - 14 days later taking that long ride home and taking that deep breath that WE MADE IT - WE = All of Us, YOU, TOO - me, Susan, and those thousands who have supported us only the way. 


Dr. Morcos (neural surgeon), Dr Widdows (primary) and now Dr Gersten (hemotogolist) though filled with great expectations of me recovering fully - warn me/Susan that there is another 1-2 years before I will be released. Another follow-up is scheduled on July 6 and a 3 month Angiongram is scheduled on August 1. Pray for conintued GOOD NEWS - We are in the hands of the Lord, resting in his Grace and Promises to care for us, both.


Then a NEW REALITY, ANOTHER CHAPTER OF LIFE sets in within days - discovery of new DVTs (blood clots) - more Doctor visits - weekly lab tests and the never ending mail carrying COSTS UNPAID (hospital, doctors, prescriptions and travel expenses for instance) - those that remain uncovered by my Medically Needy assistance or my medical insurance through Susan's workplace.

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 6/16/2012

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Roy medical update:

Too Good to be True journey . . . GREAT NEWS - PRAISE GOD - Craniotomy Brain Surgery = Complete dural AVM removal and Recovering well at home ; 1 week later, after follow-up with Dr Widdows, primary - discovery of new DVTs (blood clots) in his legs = NOT GOOD. After visit to Dr Gersten, hematologist, he confirms DVTs and prescribes 2 prescriptions - as follows: Arixtra = $1400 for 7 doses and Leg Compression stockings = $50/1 pair. Of course, this doesn't include the costs of our doctor visits or future needs - visits, prescriptions, etc. Last words of Dr Gersten - "[Roy] will begin a Coumadin (pill, blood thinner) regiment again [ROY HATE'S THAT] and will remain on Coumadin for the rest of [his] life" - NOT RECEIVED WELL!

Therefore, we as friends continue to ask others to continue to -

PLEASE CONSIDER HOLDING A FUNDRAISER on their behalf - even as simple as a "Dollars for Roy" Campaign where you ask 20 friends to donate a dollar, then submit those donations on this St Paul Lutheran webpage . . .

THANKS SO MUCH for your support
roy & susan


p.s. - to see post Brain surgery & inner Cranial pictures send a request to - don't forget to send prayers with them - dcemrh@mac.com

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 5/29/2012

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TO FRIENDS of Roy & Susan Heflin - after almost 1 year Successful dural AVM removal is completed (May 12, 2011), GOD IS SO GOOD - Praise the Lord!

Tuesday, May 29th - 
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY for a Complete and (fairly) Quick Recovery.

ROY UPDATE - please share with others: Finally, HOME - Recovery could be a few months, some speech difficulties, Dr cut stitches and was impressed with progress ; please KNOW that YOUR PRAYERS past and continued are much appreciated ; In your prayers be sure to Thank the Lord for the care at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Excellent work performed by Dr Morcos (neural surgeon) and his team, Hospital staff, as well. Ask for SPECIAL BLESSINGS upon all of them as they continue to use their gifts to HEAL others!

and 2 more requests:

1. Share these Prayer Requests with others - thru Social medias, emails, etc.
2. Continue to Pray for the Lord to move hearts / The Church to support the Heflins, as there will be a number of medical costs that they will incur post-surgery

Lastly, Roy & Susan want All of You to know they are so Grateful that YOU have prayed for them and supported them to arrive at this point in this struggle - in their own words: "WE LOVE YOU!"

THANKS - friends of the Heflins

p.s. - pictures will be posted next week.

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 5/08/2012

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TO FRIENDS of Roy & Susan Heflin - after almost 1 year since Roy's 2 seizures (May 12, 2011), the Light has COME - Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, May 9th - TOMORROW!
PLEASE PRAY for both of them as Roy will be at Jackson Memorial Hospital to have a Craniotomy (Brain Surgery to completely remove his dural AVM) performed in hopes of making him whole again . . . be sure to PRAY for Dr Morcos (neural surgeon) and his team, Hospital staff, as well.

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 4/29/2012

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THANKS for YOUR RECENT PRAYERS - Roy had a little diffulty with the Cerebral Angiogram, but is recovering well at home. His Craniotomy to completely remove his dural AVM is Scheduled at Jackson-Maimi Hospital on May 9th -

LOTS OF PRAYER REQUESTED . . . for us, Dr Morcos and his surgical team, and the Hospital Staff - PLEASE Share this news with others. THANKS!

PEACE.

jasic, susan heflin, Roy's wife
I John 5:11-13

http://brainavm.uhnres.utoronto.ca/malformations/treatment_information.htm )

For Details of Roy's dural AVM and Surgery process - click on link above or copy-paste, then click on "animated explanation", clicking each tab on that page


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 4/24/2012

TO FRIENDS of Roy & Susan Heflin - after almost 1 year since Roy's 2 seizures, the Light shines brighter - Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, Tomorrow morning, 6am til ??? ,
PLEASE PRAY for both of them as Roy will be at Jackson Memorial Hospital to have a Cerebral Angiogram (pictures taken of his brain and dural AVM) performed in hopes of making decisions of having a future Brain Surgery operation to completely remove his Brain Malformation . . . be sure to PRAY for Dr Morcos (neural surgeon) and his team, as well.

and 2 more requests:

1. Share these Prayer Requests with others - thru Social medias, emails, etc.
2. Consider posting on your FB wall for 1 hour tomorrow, 4/25

THANKS SO MUCH
friends of the Heflins


ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 4/14/2012

GOOD NEWS about Roy's Brain Surgery PRAYERS and SUPPORT . . .

PRAISE THE LORD - Roy has been Approved to receive Co-Pay (medically needy) MedicAid and has the Funds to pay for the pre-op Angiongram - BUT still needs additional funds to pay for the required Brain Surgery . . .

please keep PRAYING and SHARING HIS STORY . . . Roy's pre-op Angiongram is scheduled on April 25th at Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital . . .

Thanks so much - friends of Roy & Susan Heflin


Funds received to date: $ 27,176.04

Funds Goal: $100,000

Medical Expenses to date:  $165,000

FUTURE Medical Expenses –  Cerebral Angiogram:  $12,000

followed by AVM Surgery:  $150,000


WITH THANKS & GRATFULNESS . . .

We Praise God for those below, especially those only known to The Lord . . .

  • The 6-8 grade students at St Paul = $650+
  • Caleb Walk & Run – Hays family = $4,700
  • Jill Hurey – 24/7 prayer TxTech = $1,500
  • Judy Hinsch & Family in honor of Ted Hetzer, her father
  • SOF Fund = $3,000
  • Soldiers of Christ = $2,000
  • FL-GA, TX Districts donations = $3,000
  • GREAT FRIENDS OF roy & susan = $15,000+
  • Hospital costs – Hollywood, Boca = Forgiveness of more than $130,000
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Boca = Financial, Spiritual, Hosting “Needs” website
  • Sankey’s – fish + food = Priceless

FUTURE Fundraising Plans of others who love the Heflins:

Quite a Few Friends/Schools/Churches have begun to plan and hold future Fundraisers to increase the Blessings received already. We Pray YOU might consider doing the same. Sharing Roy’s Story with Others using Facebook, Email address books, and Twitter – PLUS Your own ideas will help us reach Our Goal – The sooner we reach Our Goal – the quicker Roy can make arrangements to have his Urgent & Required Brain Surgery.

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL FUND SUPPORT NEWS THIS WEEK: 3/10/2012

REJECTION is never easy to accept, BUT we are learning much, especially what doors are NOT OPEN! – What we have learned MOST though is that YOUR EFFORTS to SHARE ROY’S STORY are really Making a BIG Difference . . . THE CHURCH & God’s people are AMAZING . . . So this week we want to share with YOU, Their Story of Supporting US! And ALSO ASK YOU to join US in THANKING THEM & The Lord FOR THEM DO SO . . .


Funds received to date: $ 25,176.04

Funds Goal: $100,000

Medical Expenses to date:  $165,000

FUTURE Medical Expenses –  Cerebral Angiogram:  $12,000

followed by AVM Surgery:  $150,000


Quite a Few Friends/Schools/Churches have begun to plan and hold future Fundraisers to increase the Blessings received already. We Pray YOU might consider doing the same. Sharing Roy’s Story with Others using Facebook, Email address books, and Twitter – PLUS Your own ideas will help us reach Our Goal – The sooner we reach Our Goal – the quicker Roy can make arrangements to have his Urgent & Required Brain Surgery.

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL UPDATE: 2/20/2012

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Another week of believing we were seeing a light at the end of the tunnel – YET we found our train heading up a steep hill. Of course, we still Trust The Lord has a special plan for us to be well and completely healed – WE NEED ALL of Our Friends to join us in Praying Big – Partial Answers about Medical Coverage, Donations and Support continue to be Received and now we just need to bring this train ride home –  YOUR EFFORTS to SHARE ROY’S STORY are extremely important to arriving at Jackson-Miami Hospital and have Roy’s AVM Surgically Removed . . . God is GOOD, He is FAITHFUL and He works through His people – THE CHURCH . . . WE PRAISE & THANK HIM, especially for YOU!

 MORE GOOD NEWS, then NOT SO GOOD NEWS THIS WEEK:

 Roy had the privilege of attending & participating (a little bit) in the Middle School FUN NITE at St. Paul – The 6-8 grade students decided to donate funds collected that night to Roy’s Medical Fund. Roy was humbled as he spoke about his medical condition and THANKED THE TEENS for their generous hearts.

 Quite a Few Friends/Schools/Churches have begun to plan and hold future Fundraisers to increase the Blessings received already. We Pray YOU might consider doing the same. Sharing Roy’s Story with Others using Facebook, Email address books, and Twitter – PLUS Your own ideas will help us reach  Our Goal – The sooner we reach Our Goal – the quicker Roy can make arrangements to have his Urgent & Required Brain Surgery.

 Finally, We received another SSDI payment – it sure takes lots of pressure off of us to remain above water with our monthly bills, while Susan is settling into her new responsibilities at Macy’s.

 LESS NSG NEWS:

 Continuing to Persevere with SS – We re-applied to receive MedicAid coverage to cover the Doctors’ costs of the Brain procedures. Join Us in PRAYER for Roy to be approved!

 WE CONTINUE TO TRUST IN THE LORD TO PROVIDE and His Church to Support us!



ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL UPDATE: 2/7/2012

Lots of changes have taken place over the holidays in Roy’s life concerning his medical needs – So Many we feel as though we are on a Constantly Redesigned Rollercoaster with each day brining Good News – Things We thank and Praise God For & Not Good News – That Causes Us to Pray more for Patience, Trust and Hope – that this ride of Ups& Downs will end with a Miracle – of Medical Answers, Support, Solutions and Restoration . . . We ASK ALL OF YOU to Join Us in Prayer to Our Lord, Jesus so we can continue to serve Him and His people . . .

GOOD NEWS:

The Social Security Administration has approved Roy to receive monthly Disability Payments, which will be very helpful in meeting our financial obligations.Numerous Friends, Groups and Organizations including Churches, Youth Groups and Schools have contributed to Roy’s Medical Support fund – AND Many Others are planning on future Fundraisers to increase the Blessings received already.

Roy & Susan have made contact with a High Risk Pre-Existing Medical Insurance Company that claims to cover situations such as ours regardless of the medical expenses or Roy’s health condition for a reasonable cost. The plan is to cover those insurance costs with Roy’s Medical Support Fund – SO THANKS BE TO GOD & TO SO MANY WHO HAVE MADE DONATIONS!


NOT SO GOOD NEWS:

The Social Security Administration Has Not Approve for Roy to be covered by MedicAid which means he Can Notreceive the Medical Insurance he desperately needs to have a Cerebral Angiogram performed which prevents the Required Surgery to have his AVM removed. At this point in time, Roy is more than 2 months past the recommended time for him to have the Brain Surgery – each day increases the likelihood of him having a Brain bleed which would lead to death.  In addition, Susan’s position at Macy’s has been eliminated due to cost cutting measures. She is still employed by Macy’s but, at a lower rate of pay. WE CONTINUE TRUST IN THE LORD TO PROVIDE and His Church to support us & SO WE ARE THANK-FULL!

These past few weeks of news have been the most difficult to understand, most frustrating to receive and the most disappointing to respond with optimism. Susan continues to work hard as a department manager, wife and nurse, YET constantly wonders – “What else can I do?” She is the Only Income the Heflins receive to pay their monthly bills. Roy still does not have Medical Insurance, and the Insurance he does have under Susan’s employee claim that his dural AVM,  multiple DVTs (both legs) and Kidney disease are “pre-existing conditions”, therefore he is NOT COVERED under their plan.

 We hate to speak about being Desperate, but it is our over-riding emotion these days when it comes to raising the Funds necessary to cover Roy’s necessary Surgery Expenses. We are forever grateful to those who have already sacrificed with donations towards those costs – YET as you read this, you also realize the Funds Raised to date are not adequate or nearly enough to convince Dr. Morcos & Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital to schedule a Surgery Date for Roy.

 Therefore, we are asking all of our friends/supporters to consider Sponsoring Fundraisers at their churches, in their communities and to share the Heflin Story with those who are in their families and friend circles, asking them to do the same.

 

Below are a few options that you might consider –

Please send any donations or funds raised directly to St. Paul Lutheran in Boca Raton, FL OR online at http://stpaulboca.com/royheflin

 

1. PRAY for us daily adding us to whatever contacts you have for them to do the same - for the Lord to provide the funds necessary to pay past bills and future surgeries required - sharing with everyone you know
2. SEND this request to others (family/friends) and other Church members - perhaps posting the website listed below in your churches' bulletin and on your own church or personal websites
3. POST/EMAIL these Fundraising Ideas to/for friends, members and other churches to consider holding such an event on our behalf ; also send your ideas to us – dcemrh@mac.com 
4. DONATE any amount - even $1 will help! Consider a $1 per member offering!
5. HOLD an Auction, Dinner, Garage Sale, Car Wash or other Charity fundraiser to help us cover those expenses - (updates posted on the same site)

6. CONTACT LOCAL REPRESENTAIVES/AGENCIES – Question them about what help is available or contacts to Call to help Roy with his Medical Expenses

7. SEARCH for Other Organizations who might offer Grants, or Memorial Funds or Matching Funds like the “Dream Foundation” – which Roy might be eligible to apply for Help. Then forward that information to dcemrh@mac.com - THANKS!

 

PLEASE SEND ALL funds directly to St Paul Lutheran, Boca Raton, FL at http://www.stpaulboca.com/index.cfm/PageID/2646

 

Whatever you and others decide to do to Support us - WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL! THANK YOU for caring about us - God bless you!

 

We continue to Trust in the Lord to heal Roy and Believe The Lord will use His Church to provide the funds to do so.

 

 

GOOD NEWS:

 

God is Actively Working through others to support the Heflins. More donations have been received from our friends and Boca Raton Regional Hospital has decided to reduce our Medical Expenses – original billing = $43,000 ; adjusted payment due = $4,300. Thank God & them along with us!

 

After Roy visited with his Nephrologist, Dr. Abraham, we were told that his urine tests were acceptable and kidney damage has been stabilized. We questioned about the excessive swelling of Roy’s feet and legs, so he decided that Roy’s Norvasc medication will be reduced in hopes that his swelling might be reduced and doing so won't effect his blood pressure. Continue to pray for good outcomes and THANK GOD with us for the good report, too!

 

 NOT SO GOOD NEWS:

 

DISAPPOINTING: Roy received a Letter notifying him and Susan that his application request has BEEN DECLINED to receive Social Security Disability Benefits – we ONLY requested MedicAid Coverage in order for Roy to have the Surgery he urgently needs to remove his dural AVM

 ( http://brainavm.oci.utoronto.ca/malformations/dural_avm_index.htm )

 

After receiving the S.S. Decline Letter, reflection of our meeting with their approved doctor, Dr. Roderick Santa-Maria causes us to believe that Social Security Agencies DON’T UNDERSTAND Roy’s Condition. They definitely DON’T REALIZE THE URGENCY for Roy to have the dural AVM removed quickly or his inability to work considering the medications he is taking to prevent future Seizures. Questions still remain about Dr Morcos operating on Roy because he has requested that an Angiogram be performed to determine if his condition has changed since the Angiogram in May.

 

Roy’s Lawyer, LaVan & Neidenberg has APPEALED the S.S. Determination, BUT the timeline of another S.S. DETERMINATION with them is 3-6 months, causing us to request a HEARING which could take 12-18 months additional months to FINALIZE A RULING?! Problem is – Past Prognosis of 4 Neural Surgeons has strongly recommended that Roy have the dural AVM removed by the end of this year – 2011 OR Death might occur! Finally, our lawyer has suggested we contact our Neural Surgeons and request letters of Urgency and Recommendations to Social Security in hopes of convincing them that Roy’s Condition needs IMMEDIATE ATTENTION!

 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

 

YOUR PRAYER ARE WORKING - SO WE ASK YOU to continue

Joining Us in the Prayers above and the Specific prayers listed here –

 

  • For Improving/Stablized Blood and Urine Test Results
  • For Dr. Widdows will discover the perfect combination of medications that would be most beneficial to Roy’s health – controlling his BP, reduced swelling results
  • Strength for Susan to sleep well at nights so she can perform at her best at work and to keep her healthy as well. Also for spiritual strength and growth during this trying time
  • For Roy’s 4 Neural Surgeons to agree to write letters to inform the Social Security Agency to realize the URGENCY and NEED for an Angiogram to be performed, therefore leading to Roy being scheduled for Surgery to remove his dural AVM
  • For Continuous Generous donations to cover our Medical expenses or other means such as Medical Funds / Foundations available to apply for assistance

For THANKS to God, friends and His People – for their prayers and support



ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL UPDATE: October 19th, 2011

Funds received to date: $6895

Funds Goal: $100,000


As with any Health Issues any person(s) may experience, they can be very complicated and expensive, YET every day and every week we have received Good News, Not So Good News, Financial & Prayer Support and heard from Fellow Believers of ways they and their Church have decided they want to be part of supporting the Heflins in large and small ways. We would greatly appreciate it, if you would share this News with others through various means.

 GOOD NEWS:

God is Actively Working through others to support the Heflins. The Steven J. Olsen Memorial Fund has provided them with $2,000 in Fund assistance after approving such support from the Steven J. Olsen Board working through members at Our Father Lutheran Church in Centennial, CO. Thank God & them along with us!

Roy has been Approved to take the Next Step towards receiving Social Security Medicaid. He has an appointment on Monday, October 17th to meet with SS Referred Dr Roderick at 3pm for them to receive additional information needed to document Roy’s claim for Disability Benefits. Few first time applicants get this far when request such benefits – SO again, Thank God along with us for this appointment and Pray for a Future Approval letter from Social Security.

We would also like to Thank family members, especially Roy’s mom, Marguerite for their financial support in covering some of our monthly living expenses with Susan’s paycheck which is our only income since Roy’s seizure in May of this year. THANK GOD with us for them, too!

 

NOT SO GOOD NEWS:

In the past couple weeks Roy has met with Drs Widdows (primary), and Dr. Abraham (nephrologist) and next week will meet with Dr. Roderick, SS referral, as noted above. Questions still remain about Dr Morcos operating on Roy to remove his dural AVM.

Both Dr. Widdows and Dr. Abraham now agree that the swelling of Roy’s feet and legs may end up being a lifelong issue due to recurring DVTs (blood clots) and Roy’s daily medication combination regiments. Tiredness is inevitable, but control of Roy’s BP is crucial (BP acceptable for a few months now) as conditions of his kidneys (class 3 results) has caused Anemic problems. Roy will be meeting Dr. Abraham in 2 weeks to review most recent Blood results and provide a plan to prevent further damages to his kidneys. Sadly, medication balance is still being adjusted. Seems Roy’s body is having difficulty remaining stable as some days are Good and others Not So Much.

Dr Morcos, Specialist known for Surgery on dural AVMs continues to remain prepared to perform Roy’s surgery, but awaits with us for decisions to be made about SS Insurance coverage OR for increase in donations to the St. Paul Medical Funds to cover the costs. Current and Future Estimated costs are listed below.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS:

We have to tell you that our emotional state has been like a Roller-coaster ride. We still need quite a bit of money for past, current and future expenses, yet it is uncomfortable to keep asking others to sacrifice for us. We experience fear that the required operation won’t take place in time, before Roy has a brain bleed which could be fatal. Then we are humbled by the worldwide concern of friends, members and the Church giving Financial support and especially those who keep asking “How are both of you doing?”, then sincerely letting us know we are in their prayers. At times, we cry, yet we are Joyful ; we feel desperate for funds and answers from Our Lord, yet we Trust the Lord more than we ever had to provide for our needs ; we question and at times it seems like Doubt, yet we Know and are Assured in God’s Word that His presence, promises and Peace are with us at All Times!

 

SO WE ASK YOU to Join Us in the Prayers above and the Specific prayers listed here –

  • SS referral - Dr Roderick and Roy’s Appt with them Monday, 10/17, 3pm ; that the Doctor will send a positive and approving report to the SS that leads to Roy receiving Mediaid Benefits
  • Dr. Widdows will discover the perfect combination of medications that would be most beneficial to Roy’s health – controlling his BP, lessen swelling results
  • Dr. Abraham will receive Blood Test Results that assist him in formulating a plan to prevent any further damage to Roy’s kidneys
  • Strength for Susan to sleep well at nights so she can perform at her best at work and to keep her healthy as well. Also for spiritual strength and growth during this trying time
  • For Continuous Generous donations to cover our Medical expenses or other means such as Medical Funds / Foundations available to apply for assistance
  • For THANKS to God, friends and His People – for their prayers and support

 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT OPTIONS for YOU:

As most of you know, personally Roy has been and is still experiencing numerous Medical Health issues since his first seizure in May 2011 ; in turn Susan and Roy have incurred thousands of dollars of medical expenses from hospitals (3) and doctors alike - therefore . . .

We are asking ALL OF YOU to consider one of the following fundraisers on their behalf:

1. PRAY for us daily adding us to whatever contacts you have for them to do the same - for the Lord to provide the funds necessary to past bills and future surgeries required - sharing with everyone
2. SENDing this request to others and other Church members - perhaps posting the website listed below in your churches' bulletin and on your own church or personal website
3. POST other Fundraising Ideas for friends, members and other churches to consider holding such an event on our behalf ; also sending your ideas to us
4. DONATE any amount - even $1 will help! see support website below for details . . .
5. HOLD an Auction, Dinner, Car Wash or other Charity fundraiser to help us cover those expenses - (updates posted on the same site) sending funds directly to St Paul Lutheran, Boca Raton, FL at http://www.stpaulboca.com/index.cfm/PageID/2646


Whatever you and others decide to do to Support us - WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL! THANK YOU for caring about us - God bless you!

 

We continue to Trust in the Lord to heal Roy and provide the funds to do so.

NOTE: costs are estimates

CURRENT MEDICAL EXPENSES:

 Total Costs of Hospital, Doctors and Surgery charges to date = $122,710.76

 FUTURE MEDICAL EXPENESE – just to remove AVM from Brain

 AVM Surgery charges = $60k-$100k

Hospital costs = $100,000 - $250.000 ; depending on stay

Doctors/Specialists costs = $100,000



ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL UPDATE: 9/20/2011

Funds raised to date:  $6895.00

It seems like we’re taking 2 Steps Forward and 3 Steps Backward as we continue to Trust in the Lord to heal Roy and provide the funds to do so.

This past Tuesday, 9/13, Roy & I had an appointment with Dr Morcos, Specialist known for Surgery on dural AVMs. Our meeting with him was very enlightening. As far as the Surgery, after he explained the procedure, we were reassured/confident that advice given by 3 other Neural Surgeons had led us to the right person who could successfully remove the dural AVM from Roy’s brain region.

Dr Morcos, after reviewing Roy’s past Surgery/Medical history stated that another, more current Angiogram was required to determine the extent of his current dural AVM condition before operating.

ISSUES:

  • Cost of Angiongram = $9,000
  • Current Insurance at this point will Not Cover due to the AVM being a Pre-Existing Condition
  • Roy’s Application for Medicaid has yet to be Approved
  • Roy is Not Qualified for other forms of Medical Support
  • Additional Costs for future Dr Morcos appointments - $750 - $1,000
  • And Of Course, Surgery & Hospital stay Costs - $45,000 - $100,000

 An additional Complication has been discovered by Dr. Widdows (primary) following a recent office visit with regards to Roy’s blood results – at this time, Roy has become Anemic. She referred us to a local Hematologist to assist with these new complications.

 ISSUES:

  • Additional Costs for Specialist – though covered by our insurance, we still need to cover Co-Pay expenses
  • We assume more Tests will be required = additional Lab costs, unsure at this point whether these will be covered by our insurance and how much these expenses will be out of pocket expenses

 Finally Roy (& I) is still at home coping as best he can with the new information and challenges of remaining strong, eating right and exercising (walks/water therapy) when possible along with controlling thoughts about Medical costs – AND WE Continue to Trust that the Lord will Provide! His DVTs (deep-vein thrombosis) continue to cause swelling in his legs – recovery could take from 4-8 weeks. Also controlling the balance of his blood thinning and seizure prevention medications has proved to be more difficult than the original prognosis had predicted. 

Join Us in Prayer – that somehow medical assistance for Doctor visits and the upcoming Surgery ( est - $30k-$40k ) required to remove his dural AVM (brain malformation, details: http://brainavm.oci.utoronto.ca/malformations/dural_avm_index.htm) will take place. More Specifically – that Social Security will Approve my Application for Medicare. All help – Support and Prayers are Much Appreciated!

 NOTE:

 AVM Surgery estimated costs = $40k-$100k

Current Heflin Medical Fund = [insert current amount here]  (funds received to date)

Fund Goal = $100,000

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL UPDATE: 9/12/2011

A Specialist Appointment has been made to meet with Dr Morcos at University of Miami, Jackson - BUT the date has been changed to NEXT TUESDAY, 9/13 - Special Prayers that the Lord might move Dr Morcos & the Hospital to accept me as a Case Study patient for Reseach which would mean the expenses would be covered by them OR PRAYERS that the Lord would pave a way for those expenses to be covered.


THANKS SO MUCH for your prayers, support and caring for both of us. 
PEACE.

humble in Christ,  Susan Heflin
I John 5:11-13

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL UPDATE: 9/04/2011

Roy is still recovering from his recent hospital stay, comfortably at home. After his visit with his primary doctor on Thursday, his Blood Clot issue in both legs is slowly improving. Leg Swelling has been reduced, but Dr Widdows encouraged him to be patient because full recovery of his DVTs (deep-vein thrombosis) could take from 4-8 weeks. Also controlling the balance of his blood thinning and seizure prevention medications has proved to be more difficult than the original prognosis had predicted. 

 A Consultation Visit has been scheduled with a renowned Neural Surgeon – Dr Marcos, University of Miami Hospital, Jackson – on September 19th. Cost for this visit is estimated at $750 - $1,000. Of course, without insurance coverage, Much Prayer is requested for the Lord to provide the funds needed to continue receiving medical assistance for Doctor visits and the upcoming Surgery ( est - $30k-$40k ) required to remove his dural AVM (brain malformation, details: http://brainavm.oci.utoronto.ca/malformations/dural_avm_index.htm).

 PLEASE PRAY BIG: PRAY GOD might convince the Staff at Miami Jackson Hospital to consider Roy’s unique/rare AVM condition for Research purposes as a Case Study.

 Medical costs continue to escalate quickly therefore, requests for financial assistance are still being sought from multiple sources – individuals, churches, hospitals and social services. All help – Support and Prayers are Much Appreciated!

ROY HEFLIN MEDICAL UPDATE: 8/25/2011

Roy is Currently at home receiving a balance of medications to reduce DVT Blood Clots in both legs while preventing any Brain Bleeds (dural AVM) at the same time, his left leg is doing better than the right but both still make it difficult to walk long distances causing shortness of breath, as well.

 Surgery required ( est - $30k-$40k ) concerning his dural AVM (brain malformation, details: http://brainavm.oci.utoronto.ca/malformations/dural_avm_index.htm ) is still in a holding pattern due to lack of insurance coverage and funds to cover costs. Hopes/Prayers are that due to the unique/rare AVM present that Roy might be considered as a Case Study for Research purposes. Plans are to visit a renowned Neural Surgeon – Dr Marcos, University of Miami, Jackson - for consultation next week. Cost for visit alone is estimated at $750 - $1,000.

 Medical costs continue to escalate quickly therefore, requests for financial assistance are still being sought from multiple sources – individuals, churches, hospitals and social services. All help – Support and Prayers are Much Appreciated!

 NOTE:

 AVM Surgery estimated costs = $40k-$70k

Current Heflin Medical Fund = $3050 (amount raised to date)

Fund Goal = $100,000