JOSIAH'S PLACE Coffeehouse
A Christian Coffee House Ministry
1175 Madison Road
Beloit, WI 53512-1075
MORE THOUGHTS ABOUT MY BEST FRIEND
Since the first time I met Pat I have respected her, not just for her many talents and qualities but as a person. She is and has been a wonderful role model of a Godly mother, step-mother, grandmother and wife. She truly practices what she preaches and has lived her life to glorify God. She has a heart of compassion reaching out to the homeless and less fortunate of our society, believing that “but for the Grace of God, there go I.” She has always believed that we should invest our time and resources into the youth of our community. It troubles her to see children growing up in broken homes, many times without any positive role model in their lives and void of love. Most recently, she would cry when on the news she would see or hear of children who were hungry and hurting.
Pat has suffered with sciatic nerve pain for more than two years. Not until January of 1998 did we discover that it was caused by a growth in her abdomen pressing against the sciatic nerve. Perhaps we should have suspected more than just a pinched nerve considering her history of cancer. However, she has had such a tremendous quality of life since her initial bout with stage II cervical cancer in 1987, that we never suspected it would happen again. Some of you may recall her story. After refusing traditional treatment, she had much prayer with the laying on of hands and went to Mexico for Dr. Manner’s Metabolic Therapy. The cancer went from stage II to stage 0 in ten days and the spot on her left lung also disappeared. She then had a hysterectomy and went back to work. We don’t understand how cancer can reoccur; however, it is a documented fact that stress can have a negative effect on the immune system. God knows that Pat had endured much stress in the three years prior to her death, not the least of which resulted from the forced relocation of The Overflowing Cup and the Harbor For The Homeless coupled with the illness and death of her mother.
Pat was a gifted musician and writer, contributing most of the information published in the newsletters of The Overflowing Cup and occasionally a guest editorial for the local newspapers. Both Pat and I have looked forward to writing books. We always wanted to document the exciting story of the ministry of The Overflowing Cup so that others might be encouraged to “keep on keeping on” even when the going gets rough. Pat has also planned to write a book on the “blended family” because of the high divorce rate in our country today and because of the success we have had in blending our families. Another book that Pat wanted to write was on her “Victory Over Cancer” and the important part that FAITH has played in her healing process along with what’s known as “alternative therapies.”
In 1996, Pat was contacted by a woman in New York who was doing research and studying case histories of women who confronted cancer using alternative therapies. Through many telephone interviews and reviewing documents sent through the mail, Pat’s encouraging story and testimony of faith has been included in a new book just published by the New York University Press and authored by Margaret J. Woodell and David J. Hess. An entire chapter has been dedicated to Pat’s story. Nothing would please her more than if everyone could get the book and read of her testimony and that of many other women who have overcome their battle with cancer. The name of the book is “Women Confront Cancer – Making Medical History by Choosing Alternatives and Complementary Therapies.” A paperback copy can be ordered directly from the publisher or from The Overflowing Cup at a discounted price of $12.75 plus $4.00 shipping and handling. A cloth copy is $40.00 plus shipping and handling.
Pat has always been a woman of strong convictions. For those who have had the privilege of really knowing Pat, you’ve known her always to speak the truth in love. Pat is a trained Biblical counselor as well as a caring Pastor. She has never been afraid to deal with an issue directly, whether counseling a marriage relationship or dealing with someone struggling with an addiction or some other life controlling problem. Pat never counseled out of bias or prejudice but always referred to the Scriptures as the basis for her feelings and demonstrated the love of Jesus as she ministered God’s Grace to people. She will be remembered by many as a woman of integrity and honesty and will be loved and missed by her family and friends. Perhaps no one will miss her more than myself because we were truly one and truly we were a team. We also learned that the secret to a happy marriage relationship is to make Christ NUMBER ONE in all areas of our lives.
Many thanks to the ALPHA Christian Registry staff, Pat’s doctors, nurses and her very special care-givers and friends who have ministered to her and prayed for her well-being and healing.
Husband and Best Friend, Dave Fogderud
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