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Sis. Valentina Sallis


My husband Keith Sallis suffered a seizure in our home in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 22, 2008. He is the one standing in the middle with a great BIG smile and I am by his side. Since that tragic day, he has been in the hospital. As we are in the midst of Week 6, I would like to give a huge thank you to all those who has helped financially, praying for him, cards of encouragement, and to all those who made the Keith Sallis Benefit Bike Run over this past weekend. It was truly a successful event, and even those who weren't riders' but knew Keith came out to support and encourage us. Please look out for future fundraising events.

I am often asked how I am coping with such a 'tragedy.' When this ordeal began, I didn't know how I or Keith would end up or how I'd cope with something this traumatic. I often questioned God asking Him to help me understand this . . . the what, the how, the why? It finally dawned on me, early on in this 'challenge', that God's purpose for me was to stay by Keith's side; to be his Eve. As some of you may know, Keith and I were having some fertility issues and were undergoing treatment before that tragic day. Over our 11 years of marriage, I often cried and got upset wanting to understand why we had not been blessed with children of our own.  On day #3 of this ordeal, God finally shed light on me; my purpose was to be Keith's wife and to be obedient to God's will as such.  This was not our time to have a child because Keith's crisis was already known by God and we know that He never gives us anything we can't handle or overcome.  I know that we will have a child of our own one day when God sees fit to bless us; but for right now, I am to care for my husband until he is restored in mind, body, and spirit. God has given me comfort in knowing that my husband will return to me as a new man of faith and that will bear a new testimony for us both.

On Sunday, when I returned from the reservation, Keith was grinding  his teeth a lot and he started moving all of his fingers in both hands.  He was a bit agitated (Sunday, June 29th) and didn't seem to want to be bothered with anyone or anything.  I noticed that he is also able to 'grip' stuff, but he doesn't do it on command.  Today, (Monday, June 30th) he was a bit calmer and seemed more receptive to attention.  This evening, the charge nurse came and talked to me and my friend Rodney abouth Keith's care.  We asked if we could sit him in a chair to see how he would do because he's been in bed for the past five weeks.  The charge nurse agreed and we put him in one of their 'special' chairs.  He was able to sit up on the side of the bed and hold himself up and when he felt himself falling forward, he was able to stop himself and put his arms or his legs to hold himself up.  We got him into the chair and rolled him around to the TV room and down to the patios/gardens outside and he seemed to enjoy it.  We then tried stimulating him while we were outside and attempted to wake him up, but it didn't work.  However, the charge nurse was impressed by his efforts of sitting up and couldn't believe the strength Keith still possessed after being confined to a bed for over five weeks.  He is very optimistic about his recovery and assures us that regardless of what the doctors say, he just may well come back better and stronger than before.  The physical therapist team (a father and son) working with Keith has been awesome and they are determined to see him walk out of that facility in full health and strength.  We know it's only a matter of time before Keith comes out of this coma and recovers from his brain injury.  Our God is an awesome God! The Lord has never left us through any of this. We thank God for you all and know that we love you and are always praying for you as well.

In Christ, Valentina Sallis

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14; "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."