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Giving Forward to Shonda Parker

Ed note:  Shonda Parker, author of Mommy Diagnostics, Naturally Healthy and other best selling Natural Health books sold by The md_coverUrban Homemaker for many years, spent the last 25 years or so of her life teaching others about natural and healthy alternatives, including midwifery.

A Mother’s Guide to Using Trilight Herbal Products has been posted at articles.urbanhomemaker.com for years as well as urbanhomemaker catalogs for over ten years.  I know the phone seminars I hosted with her over the years  were always the most listened to programs we did.

I have always respected her work and and been blessed by her “balanced” approach to health care issues.

I have just learned that now Shonda needs our help as she fights bone cancer.  Here is an excerpt from a giving forward website designed to support Shonda’s ongoing medical needs.

Shonda Parker has spent her adult life working for the health and benefit of others. Now she needs us as she combats bone cancer.

“From a CT scan to a spine tumor. From one spine tumor to multiple tumors in spine and pelvis. From multiple tumors in spine and pelvis to tumors in lung, liver, spleen, and adrenal gland. From one very aggressive tumor to catastrophic surgeries.

From multiple surgeries to spinal cord damage, liver damage, pancreas damage and plenty of platinum and battery-powered parts. From all that metal to no good way to monitor the remaining tumors. From the remaining tumors and all that damage to permanent pain management. From here forward, for the rest of her days: neurosurgeons, neurologists, oncologists, hematologists, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, electrophysiologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, functional medicine docs, physical therapists, counseling therapists, and whatever other –ists and –ologists become necessary along the way.

Instead of one foot in front of the other, it is one hour or maybe one day out of the bed and into the reclining chair. And on very good days when she presses hardest, making it out for an event for her children or to worship with the Church. And all through this, Shonda has pressed on.

Her husband, Keith, and her seven children, Zachary, Emily, Eryn, Ellie, Zeb, Sam, and Simon have rallied around her and have been the reason for her to keep trying to get up each day, to try to learn to walk again, to learn how to manage a bowel that no longer works on its own, to trying to cope with nerve pain and bone pain that doesn’t even allow her to snuggle her children.

She must steel herself for the pain of being hugged by friends; or held by her husband. She, who thrives on conversation and interaction, must live with the overwhelming isolation all of this causes, and- amidst all of this– to try continue to meet the needs of and her commitment to the students of health she has served over the past 23 years.

For a good while, Shonda and Keith were able to keep up with the regularly arriving doctor and hospital bills, the expenses of traveling back and forth to Houston and their stays there. They cut household spending, and the older children got jobs to help out. When the costs kept rising, they refinanced their home and took out a second mortgage. Now, the financial undertow is pulling at them fiercely; adding one more burden. Given the out-of-pocket medical care costs, the travel-to-treatment expenses, on-going costs of care; the Parkers can’t keep up without the help of those who love them.

If you have been blessed by Shonda and for more information on how to help

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1 comment to Giving Forward to Shonda Parker

  • Krista M

    Thanks so much for posting this. We had not heard about this until now. We’ll keep Shonda and her family in prayer.

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