Fr. Doug Yarbrough was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008. Although judging from his MRI scans he probably had it for many years prior to his diagnosis. Since the diagnosis he has experienced continuous progression of the disease resulting in more and more disability.
Today he is dependent on an electric wheelchair to get around outside of his home. At home he uses a walker to walk short distances. His eyes loose focus easily and he cannot read. This is difficult for someone who has always been a voracious reader and life long learner. He experiences extreme fatigue. Most days it is all he can do to just take care of his own personal needs. We are grateful he can do that and fear the day that he will loose these skills. But with the progression of this disease that day may not be far off.
July 21, 2017
It occured to me that I had not updated this website in such a long time. Returning from Mexico Doug got very sick. We don’t know why. He developed an acute respitory disorder and was intubated (put on a ventilator) for 10 days. When they took him off he was paralyzed. He is only now able to walk short distances with his walker around the house. He is not back to where he was before HSCT. Right after HSCT in Mexico he was doing so much better. The good news is that today we learned that Doug will be able to get the follow-up chemotherapy here in our hometown. This is something we have been praying for. It will be so much easier and cheaper. And now we can begin to write the final chapter to this story. Our prayer now is that the MS in in remission and that Doug will get more skills back.
Today along with getting the good news about the medications, I also received the bills from all the hospitals since Doug got sick in December. It is time to pay for another portion of the journey that we are on.
We are so thankful for everyone who has supported Doug and I along the way. It has been a long journey, but if the progression is stopped it will have been worth every moment of difficulty along the way. The journey continues. Stay tuned
November 10, 2016
After just arriving in Mexico I received an email from our friend Cindy Wolfenbarger from Holy Nativity, in Meridian Idaho. During a recent church bazaar the members held a raffle and a silent auction to help raise money for Doug’s HSCT Stem Cell transplant. They raised $834!!! Thank you members of Holy Nativity for your help and support. We love you!
With the donations to Help Hope Live and donations to Doug personally, we have raised about $32,000 to date. We are so appreciative and thank all who have helped! The total cost of the treatment will be about $70,000. We are almost half-way there. Thank you to all who are contributing to Doug’s healing.
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November 11, 2016
Isn't it wonderful that electronic media can be used for such a compassionate purpose. God bless you and provide you the strength to endure the treatment and return to good health! We look forward to the progress reports.
October 22, 2016
Doug - many many prayers have been going and continue to be raised up for you and your family. You are truly a gift in my life. My sons, Amani and Gabe, will never forget the gift of our time together. My life is better because of you.
October 22, 2016
Prayers go with you as you prepare for your trip to Mexico next month. Trusting that your faith and the skill given to your medical providers will result in miracles for you! I am truly blessed that I had the opportunity to get to know you and Eileen this past summer. I also pray that you will be able to make that last trip you dream about. God bless you both.
September 27, 2016
Sending prayers and love your way. We have wonderful memories of the years you served Epiphany and the Mountain Rivers Episcopal Community. May God be with you each and every day.
Chad and Teri Cheyney, Arco