Answers for Anna

For: Anna Booher
Organizer: Norm and Renita Harber
$131,930
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 371 donors
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The Story

[SEE UPDATE #25 posted 1/1/16]

In early 2012, our sweet friend Anna, then 13 years old, had the first of 3 seizures, which in time led to numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, blurred vision, and fatigue.  One year later, Anna's abdomen suddenly distended, causing nausea and vomiting, resulting in a feeding tube for six weeks.  By April, she had a sudden onset of scoliosis with curvature of 31 degrees.  A month later, it had changed to 47 degrees, and her colon functions began to slow down.

Doctors in Nashville could not explain Anna's symptoms and had no answers.  Her parents made the decision to take her to the Mayo Clinic in MN, where she saw many specialists and underwent many diagnostic tests.  Mayo physicians determined that the muscles in Anna's colon and bladder were not functioning. But nothing was providing answers needed to remedy this problem.  

Desperate for answers, independent labs were consulted next, and results indicated her nerves and muscles had been affected by Lyme Disease and its various co-infections, as well as intestinal infections. In November 2013, the family consulted with a doctor in Florida who had hoped he could help Anna, but after a time, he realized he could not. Continuing to search for answers for their daughter, the Boohers found a new doctor in Sarasota, FL.  Anna is currently receiving treatments at the Florida Integrated Medical Center,and after three months of treatments, is seeing some improvements.

The tests and treatments are costly, to the tune of $3,000-4,000/week, plus housing costs. As this has been a long ongoing process, the family would be so grateful for financial help to get Anna's body functioning again!    

If you are willing and able, please contribute with Paypal through this site, or send a check to the address below:

Anna Rose Booher Trust
c/o First Tennessee Bank
4771 Lebanon Pike
Hermitage, TN  37076
Attn: Walker Ferebee

Her family believes that God has a plan for Anna's life and He will provide for her through the love of others.  Thanks in advance for helping Anna find the answers she needs.  Her friends and church family are trying to do all we can first, but we will need others' help to see this through.  Please pray for her, and please give if you can!  Any amount will help.  And please pass this on.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 13, 2016

Posted on July 13, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

Once again we find ourselves at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, but this time it is for Evan. Tomorrow beginning at 10:30-11:00, Evan will be having major intestinal surgery due to Crohn’s Disease and complications associated with it. We were hoping for the surgery to be done laparoscopically, but the situation is more complicated than they first thought. It should last four hours with a 4-5 -day hospital stay and then weeks of recovery. We ask for your fervent prayers that the Lord will guide the doctor and all others associated with Evan’s care. We ask that you pray for this surgery to be a success so that Evan may have fullness in living his life.

Anna and Adam are both in Florida where Anna is receiving a new treatment that helps with some recurring symptoms from Lyme disease. She is so much improved, though, that we are hoping to move back to Nashville permanently by Labor Day with regular return trips to Florida for check-ups and treatments if necessary. We ask for your continued prayers for Anna as well.

It is difficult being in two different parts of the country and none of us being at our home, but the Lord is providing what both Evan and Anna need, and we are thankful for that. We are also thankful for your continued prayers and support. We know that God is in control and that He is the healer of all physical and spiritual illnesses. We appreciate you continued appeals to Him on behalf of Anna and Evan.

Gratefully,

Lisa

(for Gilbert, Adam, Evan, and Anna)


Posted on January 1, 2016

Posted on January 1, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

We would like to wish each of you a Happy 2016, and we pray that this New Year will provide hope, love, joy, and answered prayers for each of you. Our family is very hopeful that this year will be filled with all of the above and more. When we think about the three-year health battle that Anna has endured and that even one year ago she was in a wheelchair with several organ impairments and that today she is standing straight, walking, with little impairment, our hearts are filled with incredible thankfulness to our heavenly Father and to each of you. Thank you again for your steadfast love and support.

We are currently in Nashville enjoying seeing family and friends. Anna and I will return to Florida mid-January for Anna to receive additional therapy and check-ups with her M.D., but we are hoping and praying that we will be able to return to Nashville permanently in late spring. Please will you pray that we can locate a Nashville doctor and therapist who can support Anna as she makes this transition and that she will be blessed with continued and sustained improvement?

Evan has completed the treatment he was receiving from the doctors in Vancouver, B.C. It has been a difficult past few months, but we are praying that as time goes on, he will see the benefits from it. He plans to start school again in Nashville on January 11 with a reduced course load so that he can continue to focus on his health. We ask for your fervent prayers for Evan as he is regaining strength. Please also petition the Lord for Evan’s healing.

We realize that our family is only one of many who have endured challenges. Many have been in our prayers as we have learned of illnesses, deaths, spiritual struggles, financial struggles, etc. Below is a list of some in need of prayer due to physical challenges. I know there are others, but please will you pray that the Lord will provide just what each of these dear ones needs: Annabel F., Jay S., Rebekah H., Titus D., Andrew W., Christian S., Anne H., Annette J., Rhea R., Bill S., Stacia R., Bo W., Michael B., Molly S., Sandlyn F., Paul B., and many others.  

As we are blessed with a fresh, New Year, may we all be reminded that God is Sovereign, God is in Control, and that God hears and answers Prayer. May He bless each of you in special ways throughout 2016.

With a grateful heart,

Lisa

(for Gil, Adam, Evan, and Anna)

“Ah Lord God! 
It is You who made the heavens and the earth 
by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm. 
Nothing is too difficult for You!”   

Jeremiah 32:17    


Posted on October 5, 2015

Posted on October 5, 2015

Dear Friends and Family, 

We are currently still in Florida where Anna is continuing with the special physical therapy and staying in close touch with Dr. M., her medical doctor. We continue to pray that the Lord will restore allfor Anna. Progress is being made, but it is slower than we would like. It is just not the right time for us to leave the people here who have helped Anna reach this point of healing.  Last week Anna and I had the joy of visiting with Renita Harber and Lauren Wickersheim. What an encouragement it was to us to see both of them and to have a “piece of home” near us! We are praying for Lauren as Lil’ Punkin’s arrival will be very soon. Thank you again for all of your many acts of love and support throughout Anna’s long journey. Please continue to pray for Anna’s complete healing.

In the last update, I mentioned that Evan had applied for a special Crohn’s clinical trial study. He was accepted into the study, and he and I traveled to Vancouver, B.C. in September for him to begin the study and to get the supplies to bring back to Florida.  Evan has just completed five weeks of the study, and it has been rough on him. He has lost weight and had to reduce to a liquid diet again. But, despite all of this, the four week labs were much improved for him, and this week has been better. Today he began some solids again and has tolerated it well. All of the medical people, including his local GI doctor, are hoping that this is a case of Evan’s body making uncomfortable adjustments and “getting worse before getting better.” The eight week labs will be very important labs to see if this is the case. Evan has two more trips to make to Vancouver. He and I will be going the end of October and then he and Adam will be going in December. We ask for your fervent prayers for Evan as well as Anna. 

Again, thank you for keeping our family in your prayers. We know that God is faithful and knows our every need.

With a grateful heart,

Lisa 

(for Gil, Adam, Evan, & Anna)  

Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

~ Jeremiah 32:17

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