~ From Anthony & Maryan Jenner - 17/2/2017 ~
Dear David and Sheila,
Thank you so much for your birthday and anniversary good wishes. We have completed our tour of New Zealand and are now with our friends in Perth for a couple of weeks.
We have been looking at the weather forecast in Pepieux and our garden neighbours there have sent us pictures of our saturated garden so just to make you jealous below is the birthday boy today with feet in our friends' pool that is like a beautifully warm bath. Temperatures today in mid 30s and when we travel north for a few days into the desert it will be even hotter. Our friends think we are quite mad going even though we can explore the fauna and flora of two of the national parks up there.
Back in UK on 1st of March and we are really looking forward to coming back to France ON 20th March. We have been away from France for too long and are seriously missing our little house and need to make sure it survived the bad weather undamaged.
Thank you so much for taking the time to send me the card. See you soon.
From: Patti Partridge - 24/5/2017
An extract of an email received from Beverley. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers.
It looks like being a busy few months for Jonnie and co!
Dear Family and Friends,
Finally we have some great news. Jonathan went to Birmingham on the 28th April for a liver scan and we heard nothing until Saturday 20th May when he had a letter from Birmingham Hospital inviting him to an appointment this Friday 26th May also there was a letter from Shrewsbury asking Jonathan to attend a meeting on Tuesday 23rd. We thought it was a routine chat about how we are finding things but it was anything but:
There had been a multi disciplinary team meeting all the scans and results have been analysed and this is their plan for Jonathan.
1. The primary tumour in the colon has shrunk by 75%
2. There are four areas within the liver that have been affected, they have significantly shrunk and Birmingham want to
operate to remove them.
3. A part of the tumour in the bowel is touching the margin of other structures so they want him to have 5 weeks of
radiotherapy (there is a 40% chance of the cancer returning if he does not have radiotherapy) then they will operate
to remove the cancer.
4. Wednesday 24th May is to be his last chemo session although it was touch and go as his palette count was too low
last night but this morning when they retook blood they had risen enough for it to go ahead.
5. On June 12th he will begin 5.5 weeks of radiotherapy which they plan to finish on July 14th. It will be every week day
Monday to Friday and takes half a day.
6. He will have 2 weeks rest to recover from the severe side effects of such treatment and then at the start of August he
will have liver surgery at Birmingham.
7. End of Sept / October he will have colon surgery at Shrewsbury.
His status has gone from palliative to restorative.
8. We have to go to Birmingham on Friday 26th to discuss the liver operation and timings as the two hospitals have to
agree the plan of action.
Although we still face huge obstacles and anything can go wrong at any stage, it is a huge positive step in the right direction. I see this journey as a road and each time we face results, it’s like the road forks into two, one road is positive and results in him returning to the Land of the Living, the other fork does not. Every time we have taken the fork that leads to life and restoration. Praise God.
We are so grateful for the amazing support, thank you so much but I also have to acknowledge the support, love and care that our Heavenly Father has given us and so far everything he has said has come to pass.
With much love
From: Patti Partridge - 17/8/2017
We are delighted to be able to pass on this good news to you. We are going to Newport tonight so hope to be able to see Jonnie for a few minutes tomorrow.
Thank you so much for your love and support
From: Beverley Partridge [
Subject: Surgery update 17/8/17
Dear friends and family,
Sorry this update is slightly later than you may have been expecting. Jonathan didn’t go down to the theatres until 1pm, because of problems finding a bed for him in intensive care.
Beverley and Joe are travelling down to see Jonathan now. We have just heard from the hospital that he is out of surgery, and in recovery. Beverley got a call from the doctor looking after him, who said the operation had gone well. She was also able to speak to Jonathan- he sounded ok, though pretty groggy.
They are hoping to be able to see him this evening, and we’ll keep you all updated.
Thank you for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers on this stressful day, and for all the lovely messages,
Lucy and Ben
From: Patti Partridge - 04/10/2017
Dear DAVID and Sheila
Lovely to hear from you both. Thanks so much for getting in touch.
I only wrote to Viv as she thought we might have contacted her, Ron wasn't sure who it was.
Yes, we arrived back from the granddaughter's wedding in Greece last Thursday night, but as it was late we stayed overnight in Heathrow, then Barry drove us back to Dolgellau. We did a bit of shopping enroute and also had lunch, arriving home about 9pm.
Barry was shattered and soon went to bed. In the night he awoke and was kIcking his legs around in the bed. He also had several "accidents". In the morning I rang 111 only to be told it was not available in our area. I eventually got hold of someone who asked a dr to ring me. Barry was also talking a Lot of gobbledegook and this dr said that was typical of an older person with UTI and he faxed a prescription for antibiotics across to our local Boots and a Friend picked it up for us. He had 3 on Sat and 2 on Sun. I'd noticed his right side was weaker than his left and he got more and mor e distressed so I dialled 999 and we were taken to Bronglais hospital where he was given a CT scan and admitted to the Acute Stroke ward where he stays until tomorrow . His blood pressure was sky high; 193/154 and that had caused a bleed on the left side of his brain. Not a clot. We've been told that it's a matter of wait and see for at least 6 weeks, not sure if it's still bleeding. He's lost a bit of movement in his right arm and leg and not sure if his sight is affected in that eye, but Matt Is coming over tomorrow with his ophthalmoscope and will check it. Also there is a case meeting at 2pm with the whole team, so we may be a bit wiser afterwards.
He's definitely making a bit of progress albeit slowly. He seems to understand what we say and gets a few words out, but can never finish a sentence to make himself understood .
It's terribly frustrating for him and rather so for me too.
We'd very much appreciate the prayers of the Fellowship
From: Patti Partridge - 19/10/2017
Our dear ESCF friends and other Christian friends
Thank you very much for your cards, emails, letters and prayers.
We have been so blessed by all the love and caring that you have shown us over this difficult time.
Most of you know that 2017 has been an “annus horibilus” for our family.
Our lovely son Jonathan was diagnosed with cancer of the colon, liver and lungs at the end of last year. He’s had a great deal of chemotherapy followed by a big liver op in August. He’s had a short while to recover from the onslaught on his body and tomorrow at 7.30am he has to be in Shrewsbury hospital for the op on his colon. All along Jonnie has been convinced that God has been promising to heal him and so far he has kept remarkably fit and upbeat. but was disappointed to be told last week that he will need a lot more chemotherapy after tomorrow’s op.
Please pray with us that it might be a complete success, so much so that he will need little or no chemo afterwards.
Then Barry had a stroke Friday/Saturday September 29/30, there was no doctor available to visit and it was diagnosed over the phone as a urinary infection. A prescription was faxed through to our local Boots for some antibiotics..
I had to dial 999 on the Sunday as he was just getting worse. He was taken to hospital in Aberystwyth and admitted to the Acute Stroke Unit where he stayed until Monday when he was moved to the Lower Dependancy Unit. We hope that he will be moved to our local hospital here in Dolgellau tomorrow. That will be almost 3 weeks since the stroke.
He is now making excellent progress and can wash and dress himself. His speech is good although he gets confused and can’t always find the right words, which is understandably frustrating.
We value your ongoing prayers for him, but just now we hope that you will keep our darling Jonnie in your thoughts and prayers for tomorrow, Thursday October 19th. Also his wife Beverley and the 3 children Lucy, Joe and Ben.
Thank you so very very much.
Blessings and much love and hugs
Barry and Patti xxxx