I've seen Sandi's name around online in some of the yahoo groups I'm in, so when I read Roseanna White's post about Sandi's situation, I asked her if we could share it here too:
I have a writer friend named Sandi Rog. Sandi is one of the sweetest, most selfless women I've ever met. She approaches each moment with such enthusiasm that I often laugh when reading her gushing emails. She is quick with praise and slow with complaint. She is a true beacon of the Lord's love.
Sandi's debut book just released November 1, and it is AMAZING. The Master's Wall takes you back to first century Rome and into the world where people can be killed for their faith . . . but where the fire of the Word is spreading like only the Truth can. David is a slave being trained to fight--Alethea is the granddaughter of a wealthy man being groomed to be the perfect Roman wife. But only when they fight for each other do they find their true purposes.
I've given a sneak peak of Sandi's book here and will be posting my full review tomorrow.
Now, here's the deal. The very day her book released, Sandi was admitted into the hospital. (Not exactly the release party she had planned, but she's been making the most of it and passing out bookmarks to everyone in the hospital--see what I mean about her amazing spirit?) They first thought she had lesions on her brain connected to her MS. Further investigation proved it to be not a lesion, but a brain tumor. There were no other masses in her body, so we were hoping it was benign.
It wasn't. She's been diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, a very aggressive cancer of the blood. Her doctor thinks it's a result of the drugs she'd been taking for MS and has reported it to the FDA. And the very day they got the biopsy results, she was moved into the cancer ward and began chemotherapy.
Sandi needs your prayers desperately. Her spirits are good, but she's weak and tired and, well, sick. And my heart just aches for her and her family. She has four children, the youngest of whom is only a toddler. Please pray for the Rogs with me.
The outpouring on her behalf has been great, and many people have asked about helping out financially. Her response? "Just buy my book." Which is actually selfless, because I guarantee you'll get more out of it than the ten bucks it costs.
So. Please pray. If you feel led (or just want a really, really excellent read), buy her book. In any case, agree with me for her healing. And stop by tomorrow for the full review of The Master's Wall.
Roseanna White is the author of A Stray Drop of Blood which is Biblical fiction available from WhiteFire Publishing. Her second bib-fic, Jewel of Persia, will be released from WFP in summer 2011. You can follow her at her blog Writing Roseanna.
Thanks so much Roseanna, for sharing Sandi's story! I'm sure my readers will join me in praying for the Rog family. If you'd like to read more about Sandi and her new release, you can visit her blog here.