Cleveland, here we come!  (also meet doctors # 44 and #45)

UPDATE: Please go to this link to read how I have recovered my health using The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS)! 


UPDATE: Please go to this link to read how I have recovered my health using The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS)! 

Why, hello, Cleveland Clinic.  We will be visiting you in one short week.  Will you have good news for us?  News of health and healing?  News of hope and vibrant life being restored to us?  We sure hope so, and we will pray into that!  We will pray for the doctors and nutritionists and lab staff that will be overseeing my care!  We will pray for wisdom to be given to them in abundance!  We will pray that this is a place where we will be given answers to my health conundrum that has dragged on for 12 loooooong years.


Two and a half years ago we applied to go to Mayo Clinic.  Insurance approved our referral, but Mayo Clinic denied it (yes, they can do that!)  Bummer.  We trust that it was not the time to go to Mayo Clinic.  A year ago, my doctor told us we should try to go to Cleveland Clinic, since Mayo Clinic denied our referral (they have been known for not accepting patients with longstanding digestive issues because we tend to be REALLY hard to figure out!)  This time, I was accepted by Cleveland Clinic and denied by our insurance (twice!). It has taken us a full year to go through this referral process, be denied twice, and then decide to pay out of pocket to go to Cleveland Clinic.  Whew!  We hope all of this preparation has been worth it!

I will be meeting with Dr. Patrick Hanaway, MD, at Cleveland Clinic. Please pray for him in the week leading up to my appointment, which is next Wednesday.  We have heard wonderful things about him and now we get to meet him face to face.  He will be the 45th doctor I have seen in the past 12 years in regards to my ongoing health issues.

Here he is!  Please pray him up!

Preparing to go to Cleveland Clinic has been no small thing.  After 12 years of health troubles, I have a LOT of information that needs to be relayed to my doctors, and in a concise manner!  I have spent the past couple of weeks putting together binders for all of the practitioners that will be present at my appointment next week.  These binders include all of the important health information that Dr. Hanaway needs to know in order to give me the healthcare I need.  My primary care doctor and my nutritionist will be present via phone during my appointment with Dr. Hanaway, as they would also like to hear what he has to say.  We are all eager to hear of a way out of this health desert that I find myself in.

These are the awesome notebooks I put together for my practitioners!

Additionally, I have an Immunologist appointment this Thursday here in Holland.  Some of my recent tests (the ones that my doctor ran for my food poisoning) revealed immune issues.  The neat thing is that the immunologist had a cancellation this week, so I can get in to see her before my appointment at Cleveland Clinic, which may give me just a bit more information for my meeting with Dr. Hanaway next week!  Let’s hope so!  

Meet Dr. Julie Hutson, MD, my new Immunologist.  She is my 44th doctor on this winding health path.  Please pray her up too!  THANKS!


A note on the food poisoning episode that started a month ago: The symptoms have CONTINUED. MANY, many tests were run on me, and the only thing that was found was an immune deficiency.  Please pray for my nausea to completely go away.  It has been a long month, my friends.  I have come to learn that when food poisoning hits a person who already has major stomach issues, it can take months or even YEARS to recover.  We are seriously hoping that it does not continue too much longer.  

In summary, this is what we stand in need of prayer for:

1. Dr. Hanaway at Cleveland Clinic (For ANSWERS and A WAY FORWARD!)

2. Dr. Hutson, my new Immunologist (For any important information to be revealed to us through her!)

3. The food poisoning symptoms to go AWAY completely.

4. Pray for our hearts to be ENCOURAGED! We could really use it!


If you would like to partner with us financially on this journey, we will receive your gifts joyfully!  These visits are incredibly expensive and we can use all of the help we can get.  If you would like to donate to my medical fund, please click on the link below.  Thank you!
Mariah’s Medical Fundraiser
With Great Expectations,

Mariah and Travis

UPDATE: Please go to this link to read how I have recovered my health using The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS)! 

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  1. You are precious to one another, to us at MAM, to your families to …. so many others. God hear our prayers for breakthroughs this week in Mariah and Travis’ health journey this week. May it bring you Glory to bring healing! With you in thoughts and prayers,
    Jay and Laura

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  2. Mariah and Travis,

    Warm greetings–in Jesus. May his Spirit give you awareness of his resurrection presence and power today.

    Thanks for the update, and for info about Mariah’s upcoming visit to the Cleveland Clinic. Please know that each of you remains–daily–in my prayers.

    Blessings, friends.

    Dale Cooper


  3. Let me know how your experience @ the Cleveland Clinic went. Concern. Prayers. JRK and Sharon

    *Sharon (and or) John Kleinheksel*


    • John, our newest blog post is an update of how the visit went. I can’t remember what it’s called, but we published it yesterday, the 24th. Thanks for all your concern and prayers and support! -Travis


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