Emails from family, friends, co-workers and others have filled two, 3-inch binders.  Here is a sample of the 500+ emails that Rayna has received since July 19th...

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From Michael Wells,
Dear Rayna, Lisa and I are praying for your speedy and full recovery. Be assured that hundreds of people who know and love you, and some you've never met, are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers! Your loving family and friends are by your side, and the lord is watching over you every moment of this ordeal. Stay strong, and God bless you, your family and the doctors and nurses who are all working hard to heal you.

- Love, your cousin Michael

From Coe & Allison Harper,
Hi Rayna, Scott’s email caught me a little off guard (to say the least!), but I am glad to hear you are improving.  In Scott’s email, he mentioned you are “amazingly strong”, and this made me stop and think. Where exactly does strength come from? Well, being married to Scott is probably responsible for a large part of your strength. Family in general is most certainly responsible for another large part of a person’s strength. But then it hit me – a person’s education builds strength as well. Not just the knowledge acquisition portion, but the intangibles one experiences. For instance, sitting in a damp bitterly cold stadium watching the Cougars lose to the Huskies year after year… Now that’s gotta build strength!

But seriously, we cant imagine what either of you are going through, but please know that we are here if you need any type of help or support. Allison and I have been saying our prayers for you and Scott and will continue until all is well. We hope for a speedy recovery.

- All our best, Coe & Allison

From Sean Mehranbod,
Rayna, I just heard that life has thrown you a curve ball over the last few days. I am really sorry that you are going through this. But knowing you, I am absolutely confident that you’ll fight this, and you will come out of it stronger than ever. Your positive attitude and caring personality that you have always displayed towards others will carry you through this challenging time. My wife, Zovinar and I are thinking and praying for you and Scott and please let us know if there is anything we can do.

- Warm Regards, Sean Mehranbod, Office Depot

From Erica Wells,
Dear Scott, Thank you so much for your email last night. Your words brought so much comfort and hope to us all. We are so happy to offer prayers of thanksgiving and praise. We know Rayna has a long difficult road ahead of her, but with your love and support, and by the grace of God, we feel certain that she will come through this ordeal.

Scott, I a came across the following passage and would like to share it with you and ask that some day you share it with Rayna.

“From the Father’s heart: My child, do you know that when you hurt, I hurt? Pain is no stranger to Me. I have been there, and I understand. I’ll walk with you through your fires, and I’ll wipe away your tears. When you cannot walk alone, I will carry you. Lean on me today.”

- God bless you both, Love, Erica

From Shannon Nole Young
I just heard about Rayna last week through some Tri Delta sister of ours and wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to her. I am a nurse in Tacoma and know very well how serious a P.E. can be. As you said in one of the emails that was forwarded to me: “Rayna is strong” and has a great drive and determination. This can be overcome!! I haven’t talked to her in over ten years, but I know what an awesome person she was back then. I pray for continued healing for Rayna and strength for you as you remain by her side.

- Best wishes, Shannon

From Dana Klopfenstein
Hello Rayna and Scott!  Happy Anniversary to the both of you and Rayna, Happy Birthday. Rayna, I remember our conversations about the two of you during your early months of dating and how you knew he was the one so again, CONGRATULATIONS!! I was talking to my mom the other day giving her an update on your progress Rayna and she started to laugh and reminded me of the time she came over to your apartment with me in Kennewick and how she was so impressed about your water purifier (not many people had them then). We laughed for quite a while. My mom’s twin sister is part of a prayer chain in Michigan so you have been on her prayer chain for weeks now. I am thinking of the two of you so often. Love you and hope to see you soon.

- Love Dana (and Kevin too even though you have not met him yet)

From Taunya Lady
Happy Birthday Rayna!!! Lucky you… always get to be the younger sister! I would love to be able to say I was 32 again!! Your fortitude and perseverance is amazing! I know you will make it through recovery and on to a “normal” way of life again. How fortunate for you to have such a loving and caring husband and lots of friends and family to help you through… I can’t wait to see you soon.

- Love, Taunya (the much older, and not necessarily wiser, sister)

From Mom
Remember January 1989? We had a ski vacation at Ripling River in Oregon. You and Tanya were pretty novice skiers at the time. We were at Mt Hood Meadows and we took you and Tanya up to the top. We know you could make it down but you didn’t know. Your snowplow muscles were pretty sore at the bottom (and there was much whining and complaining between the two of you all the way down. Something about parents trying to do you in) but you made it. Just think – if we hadn’t pushed you a little you might have given up skiing all together and think of all the fun skiing vacations you have had since then with Scott. But that did take courage and that is one thing you have a lot of now.
I love you and do so admire your courage.

- Love Mom and Gene

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