Janice Michaela Wray

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On Easter Sunday we will debut a short film entitled: The Retelling of our Story featuring Janice.

Some creatives at Sanctuary Church have put together a film that will tell a bit of the story of Janice Wray’s first year in a wheel chair – the struggles and the new life that has come from it. It will tie into Sunday’s teaching.

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This page features current information regarding Janice’s condition. We will continue to update this page with information regarding her health, ways to pray, and how to serve the family. 


WHAT’S HAPPENED 4/1/2012, 9:33pm

Around 1:00 in the afternoon, the Wray family received a phone call that Janice had been in a serious car accident. While Sue Wray traveled to Yale Medical Hospital, Linnie, Liz, and Matthew rushed home from church in Providence. Friends and family immediately began to pray. As the afternoon continued, more information was revealed about Janice’s condition. At the scene of the accident, Janice was unable to feel her legs and emergency medical services identified a broken neck and internal bleeding.

Friends and family gathered at the Wray home to pray and wait for more news. Around 3:00 in the afternoon, the family learned that Janice would likely survive. With her internal bleeding under control, she was approved for a three-hour surgery on her neck and back. Her surgery began around 8:30pm. Please pray for healing. Doctors are skeptical that Janice will be able to walk again.  We praise God for His protection over Janice’s life  and will continue to pray for her recovery.


**if you would like to read the updates in chronological order start at the bottom of the page (before the comments section) and read up.


+ UPDATE: 7/16/2012 Janice’s discharge date is July 26.

+ UPDATE: 7/14/2012 FROM SUE: My overnight stay (Thursday night into Friday) with Janice went well. I used the manual Hoyer lift to transfer her from wheelchair to bed and back, which eliminated the main concern for getting stuck during a slide board transfer with her in a position where she could fall. My other concern was her going dysreflexive on me during one of the standard procedures – which she did. We managed through without panicking. However the whole process took an hour, and she was in great pain from the headache the whole time. I had to re-position her every two hours through the night. Luckily re-positioning doesn’t take long, but sleep sure is interrupted! By 6:00 am, I decide to get up to shower before beginning Jan’s care, which was a good plan because we didn’t finish the remaining activities of bathing and dressing until 10:30, 4½ hours later! It was a lot of work but we both agree it was nice to be out of the hospital room in a more private, hotel-like atmosphere. Some good news about equipment: 1. The (donated) wheelchair-accessible van is now mine. It was registered and tagged this week. Outfitted with new tires and battery, and supposedly inspected and ready for me to pick up on Saturday. 2. Janice is the first patient known by her therapist who asked for and was approved for a loaner manual wheelchair with power-assist wheels. Her still-to-be-purchased manual chair is not expected to be available for another 2-3 months. Janice is extremely happy. We have been approved for a portable power Hoyer lift. Most insurance carriers will cover only the manual lifts, which have proven to be inefficiently designed and difficult to use properly by one person. 3. We thank God for the extended stay (projected discharge date is now less than two weeks away, Thursday 26 July) and for the provision of these unusual pieces of equipment. As we get closer to Janice’s discharge date, it is time to ask for, and line up, in-home care. It is expected that RI Medicaid will cover a yet-to-be-determined number of daily hours of PCA (personal care assistance). However, the application and approval process for Medicaid has been known to be lengthy (up to 90 days). It is still unclear what our main health insurance will cover as far as in-home care, and Spaulding personnel have indicated it may be necessary to find private paid/volunteer help while waiting for coverage through insurance. [I would like to set up a volunteer schedule shortly, once we know what this looks like. – Mel] Janice continues to charm the doctors, nurses, and therapists at Spaulding. Many have already expressed their anticipated sadness when she leaves. Much of her (my) recent success is due to the high-quality care she has received at Spaulding. While this has been our first rehab experience, the knowledge and extraordinary skill levels of the personnel is so obvious. Long hours, dedication, physical strength, open personalities, and the ability to teach patients and family members are exemplified in all of Janice’s primary caregivers at the hospital. One thing happened on Thursday where a young resident [Is he unattached and available? – Mel] came in to talk with Janice as she was preparing for therapies. He listened attentively to her answers to his questions, and agreed to look into a favor she asked of him. She then mentioned she was going biking later and said he should join them. He said he’d try to “if he could get his work done in time.” Gosh darn it if he didn’t get his work done and showed up on the docks just as she and others were getting outfitted in their bikes !!!!! He even tried her bike at the end of the session which was quite funny as he is quite tall and barely fit in the low-to-the-ground seat, his feet hanging over the ends of the footrests, and his knees bent way up toward his chest! He later commented to Linnie that Janice’s smile and go-get-’em attitude has been an inspiration to many of the staff. That’s it for now. Thanks so much for your support and continued prayers.

+ UPDATE: 7/8/2012 The countdown is on for Janice to come home. She is working hard every day to learn and practice the skills being taught by her therapists – slide board transfers to/from bed and wheelchair, wheelchair skills, etc. Her dedication is amazing. On Monday she’ll return to Mass. General for a minor procedure that will not impact her discharge date. A lung X-ray will be taken (also on Monday) to make sure the recent fluid buildups have subsided. In preparation for transitioning to home, Sue and Linnie will be participating in caretaker training this week (July 9-13) – learning how to physically support Janice through all daily activities. Having Janice home after 3½ months of hospitalization will be sweet. However, in so doing, she will be removed from the 24-hour care of so many skilled and supportive therapists and nurses she has grown close to at Spaulding. The hospital environment also includes a community of paralyzed and wheelchair-bound people who share the daily struggles and accomplishments of living with a spinal cord injury. This next phase for Janice will therefore also involve discovering a new local support group. Coming home also involves modifying the house to make it wheelchair-accessible. A ramp is being constructed and plans for opening doorways and moving/removing interior walls are underway. In the near future a new roll-in bathroom will be constructed as well. Medical equipment has been ordered for the house – special bed, wheelchairs, shower chair, etc. Other equipment needs will arise after Janice is home and learns how to best manage within the house (for example, accessing food in cabinets and refrigerator, and electronic equipment, such as an iPad). Learning the ins and outs of medical insurance coverage, grants and other financial options is yet another learning experience for Sue. The community has been wonderfully supportive – private donations of money and time, business discounts, public fundraisers, etc. – and it needs to be said that the entire Wray family thanks all who have been so generously supportive. Most of all, however, is our thanks to God our Creator and Redeemer for his unfailing love. Thank you for your continued prayers.

+ UPDATE: 6/20/2012, 2:21 pm Prayer Request: Janice will have fluid drawn from her left lung for the second time on Thursday. If all goes well, the trach will be removed shortly thereafter.

+ UPDATE: 6/17/2012, 2:31 pm Life through the eyes of the wheelchair…. Today Janice and family learned not everywhere is handicap accessible, including portions of Boston Common. We also learned the difficulty of traversing old sidewalks made of brick in a wheelchair. What started out as a fun outing ended as a life lesson in expecting difficulty as the jaunt concluded in frustration and soreness from jostling around. The good news to report is that the latest X-ray showed marked improvement for Janice’s left lung which has the doctors once again planning on removing the trach tube – maybe early this week. The point has come where Janice’s injury needs to be precisely stated. Due to a broken neck, Janice’s spinal cord was severely and permanently injured at the time of the accident. She is paralyzed from the chest down. She does, however, retain strong muscle control in her shoulders, though  less in her arms, and even less in her hands and fingers. The body is indeed wondrously formed and the intricacies of the nerves is amazing. Because so many separate nerves control such specific muscles, and because the spinal cord is itself a complicated body part, people with spinal cord injuries can experience  a wide variety of effects. The classification of Janice’s injury is one of the most severe, and while the full extent of recovery will not be known for perhaps years, she will not walk again without miraculous intervention. Her spirit, personality, tenaciousness, and intelligence, however, remain intact and are what she will be relying upon as she essentially re-learns to do that which we can carelessly take for granted – basic skills of mobility, grasping,  feeding, bathing, and the like. The impact of physical, occupational, and recreational therapy cannot be overstated.  To be shown that life hasn’t stopped, but only changed, is such a huge part of healing. As is encouragement from others who are years out from their date of injury, with whom the wheelchair almost disappears, but who still remember the early days of adjustment and re-beginnings. We all thank you, once again, for your love, support, and prayers.        

+ UPDATE: 6/11/2012, 10:25 am Some news from Spaulding: 1.  X-rays of Janice’s lung shows only 50% opened. Unsure of why. Doctors will readdress possible causes/actions. 2. Autonomic dysreflexia is a response of the body to some persistent irritant that causes an unsafe rapid rise in blood pressure. Janice experienced this for the first time two evenings ago. She had just started her nighttime care routine when she experienced the sudden onset and an extremely severe headache. Unable to push her call button, she had her roommate call out for her nurse. The nurse promptly came and quickly and effectively  determined and relieved the cause. (To the nurse’s credit, Janice said she was watching her to see if it was time to panic, but the nurse kept her calm which  allowed Janice to do the same.) Once the cause was removed, Janice’s blood pressure returned to normal just as quickly as it had risen. 3. The next morning, Janice texted that she had had a bad night and was currently off to X-ray. Later, as I hit the road for Boston, I received another text – this time a picture of her hand-pedaling a low-rise bike along the docks by the river! What a turn around. 4.  Today Janice attended the wheelchair clinic to determine the specs of her special-order power wheelchair. She then tried “her hand” at a manual chair – it’s harder than it looks. She was given encouragement from a couple of veteran wheelchair users as well as her therapist who said she did great. 5.  Afterward, Janice experienced a minor dysreflexive episode during stretching. Stretching has halted for the day and Janice met with  occupational therapists who devised a holder for her iPhone so she can text and talk more easily. That made her happy! 6.  As I was leaving for home this evening it was our turn to help Janice’s roommate who was experiencing a rapid onset of headache and general body pain. I sought out her nurse for her, and Janice later reported that she had many professionals coming in to attend her. I’m reporting these events so you get an idea of the unpredictable flow of events, physical well-being, and emotional states at an acute rehab hospital. Please continue to pray for Janice’s return to full lung health, the nurses and doctors at Spaulding, and the health of Janice’s roommate. Thank you.                    

+ UPDATE: 6/10/2012, 4:31pm It’s been a very busy week with physical and emotional states fluctuating up and down quite dramatically, thankfully ending on a high note. After a successful trip to Mass General for a procedure on Monday, Janice returned to Spaulding to hear the news that X-rays showed her left lung severely collapsed. She, although not surprised by the news, was very disappointed. After consults with doctors and respiratory therapists and a second X-ray, it was decided a second trip to Mass General was needed to have fluid drawn out of her lung. This was done on Friday with success. Janice’s ability to breathe without discomfort returned. Pain from the actual procedure was quite intense but has subsided. Physical therapy came to a halt during the week but she is set to begin again on Monday. The weekend proved to be another great family time. Janice was given TLOA – therapeutic leave of absence – allowing her to enjoy the great weather outside along the Charles River on Saturday, and a quick trip to the nearby Museum of Science with Mom, sisters, and brother in attendance on Sunday. No therapists were required on the outings, giving us another glimpse of returning to life outside hospitals. Janice is learning a lot about wheelchairs – more than she even knew there was to know – as she and her physical therapists rotate through different chairs and make decisions on the specs of a chair to be special ordered according to her physical measurements, expected areas of use (terrains, distances, etc.), and personal preferences. She will be outfitted with a manual chair also, and the prospect of having more maneuvering control has piqued her interest and excitement. The next goal is to have the trach finally removed. The doctors will be monitoring Janice’s lung health and will be looking for assurance that the chance of needing the trach in place for treatment of future lung issues are minimal. The whole family thanks you for your faithfulness in prayer. As Janice continues on with her therapies and preparation for her return home, life continues uninterrupted for her siblings. The final days of school are here including all the stresses that accompany end-of-year exams. 8th grade graduation will be soon, before Janice comes home and her presence will be missed. Home modification plans are underway. Training in home care is ongoing. Learning about agencies and resources continues. Your support for the whole family through fervent prayer is much appreciated. Thank you.

+ UPDATE: 5/24/2012, 2:43pm Janice continues on her up and down path at Spaulding. Re-learning how to eat has proven challenging to her system with many hours of nausea and daily bouts of vomiting. She pushes on, however, as physical and occupational therapy doesn’t stop. She is still on track to have the trach and stomach tubes removed within a couple of days. The doctor continues to adjust her meds in response to her progress. As the swelling from the injury subsides, new physical responses are beginning to arise: muscle spasms being one reaction, trouble maintaining body temperature is another. These should subside as time goes on but can be quite disruptive now. There is progress in learning new ways to accomplish everyday tasks such as teeth brushing, putting on a shirt, and using voice recognition software. Each new task is introduced and then, as Janice is ready, practiced. She is a quick learner and, when encouraged and supported, up for the challenge. Today Janice is trying a new type of power wheel chair with a different placement of the ‘drive wheel.’ She’s adapted to the new turning radius quite readily. Within the next week or two, as she begins to feel better consistently, they’ve promised her an outing to one of the nearby attractions. New patients have begun to arrive, as the weather turns warm and accidents become more frequent, requiring Janice to play “musical rooms.” She is now in room 909 sharing the room with a female of a similar age. (The two haven’t officially met as of yet.) Continued prayer is asked for full lung health, strength, and peace of mind. Thank you for all your outpouring of love and support.

+ UPDATE: 5/14/2012, 10:49am Janice’s injury is severe; as she explains, the keyword is “functionality.” The therapists at Spaulding are striving to 1. Strengthen the muscles left intact (mostly in her upper arms); and 2. Maximize functionality by utilizing working muscles to accomplish tasks once done by now injured muscles. For example, Janice cannot grasp with her fingers. However, fingers will automatically open and close as the wrist is bent forward and back. Janice is learning to take advantage of this connection between wrist and fingers to hold (albeit weakly) objects in her hands. She is being introduced to adaptive devices that assist in the accomplishment of tasks now impossible on her own. One such device is called a “universal cuff.” The cuff has a pocket to hold a stylus; wrapping this around the palm of your hand allows you to manipulate the stylus on a touch screen such as on an iPhone without using fingers. A special field goal-shaped joystick has been added to her power wheel chair. By resting her hand on the horizontal bar of the joystick, Janice is able to use her upper arm movements to manipulate the wheelchair negating the need to grasp a joystick (which she is unable to do). As you can imagine, for a once animated and active young woman, such an adjustment to requiring new techniques of accomplishing what were once mundane and automatic movements is both daunting and challenging; let alone the grief we are all facing at the loss of lower body movement. We thank God that Janice’s spirit, cognitive ability, and determined personality are still intact, which in the case of accidents is not a given, but is instead a gift to be acknowledged and celebrated. Continued prayers for strength, patience, peace, and continued progress in breathing and eating on her own are much appreciated.

+ UPDATE: 5/8/2012, 10:30pm At the end of the day, Janice is tired and sore. Leading up to the end of the day were several new learning experiences: 1. Electronic stimulus device used to “motivate” her fingers to relearn how to grasp. 2. Struggling to face the fear of falling forward as she sat on edge of her bed relearning to balance. 3. Adjusting to heightened senses of smell, hearing, and especially taste. Having passed the “swallow” test, she is now allowed to eat soft foods. However, her taste buds have been “on vacation” and sweet items are too sweet as are sour foods too sour. 4. Discovering the existence of adaptive devices to aid with typing, scrolling, and clicking on the computer. As you can imagine, such a jam-packed day of battles and triumps takes a toll on emotions and muscles. Rehab is trying and tiring, while also rewarding. Thank you for continued prayers for strength, rest, patience, and perseverance.

+ UPDATE: 5/6/2012, 9:59pm Please pray for continued strength for Janice – physically and emotionally. The work involved in her new daily routine has proven to be tiresome. Breathing off the vent feels so much better than on the vent – as it should because that is how one naturally breathes. But, essentially retraining her lungs – and brain – to do this natural function can be, and is, tiring. While Janice’s previous work-out accomplishments have proven to put Janice ahead of the game during physical therapy, the trauma to her body, and being bed ridden for the whole month of April while at Yale New Haven Hospital, places her at the very beginning of a long hard road of intense reconditioning; first adjusting to sitting up, and second beginning again to use muscles whose pathways to and from the brain have been deeply injured. Exactly how much functionality Janice will regain is still unknown; the length of time needed to determine this is measured in many, many months – perhaps longer than a year. So, Janice asks you to pray for strength and rest and peace and comfort during this difficult path she now treads.

+ UPDATE: 5/4/2012, 3:43pm Watch out world – Janice is on the move! She adeptly maneuvered a power wheel chair down the much-in-use hallway and back. At one point she even asked to go faster. The therapist wisely upped the speed from 1 to 2, refraining from advancing her to the maximum speed of 5.

+ UPDATE: 5/4/2012, 3:35pm Another good day for Janice at Spaulding. She was totally off the vent, breathing normally, for a full 4-hour stretch today. And, to the delight of all around her, she was able to use her voice for the first time in weeks. She also got out of her room to see the very bright gym where she’ll be doing her physical therapy. The gym has one long wall of windows overlooking the Charles River. Quite a few of the other patients noticed her as a new face at Spaulding and were quick to say hi and offer their support. There are a few patients there who are similar in age to Janice who we’re sure will be added to her support group. Thank you all for your communications to Janice. She still enjoys reading all the daily posts.

+ UPDATE: 5/2/2012, 2:28pm Janice has had a very busy 24 hours at Spaulding. Already she has met with, been initially evaluated by, and started working with: respiratory therapists, physical therapsits, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologist, psychologist, and attending doctor. Right now she is sitting up – the first time in a month! – and is being weaned off of the ventilator. Janice went 30 minutes breathing on her own this morning, and she did so well that she is doing a 2-hour stretch this evening. She will work with longer and longer times each day, and hopefully be off the ventilator for good next week. We are very pleased with the relaxed atmosphere here in terms of coming and going out of the room; only hand washing protocols for MRSA protection for family members. The staff seems to work together as a team aggressively working to get Janice out of bed, into clothes, down to the gym, and off the ventilator. All that since we arrived just over 24 hours ago!

+ UPDATE: 5/1/2012, 1:44pm Spaulding has a bed for Janice. Heading out at 8:30 am tomorrow – please be in prayer!

+ UPDATE: 4/28/2012, 9:47am Janice remains stable. Yale New Haven Hospital is still ready to discharge her to Spaulding. The plan remains to move her on Monday if all administrative issues are resolved. Janice has had some early signs of regained sensations in her extremities which we are hopeful indicate chance of regaining functionality as well. Spaulding promises to be a site where the focus is on mobility, communication, independence, and regained positive outlook on future accomplishments. Swelling from initial trauma should decrease in 6-8 weeks from time of accident and removal of her neck collar should happen in that same time frame. At four weeks from the accident now, Janice is at least halfway towards these events. She is ready! Thanks be to God for his mercy and grace on all of us.

+ UPDATE: 4/26/2012, 2:23pm Janice continues to rest easy. Not a lot of activity going on as physical therapy and others are on hold while she recoups from surgery. Respiratory therapists continue to work so that Janice can maintain clear lungs. Her doctor this morning was still optimistic of a transfer to rehab “soon.” Grandma Wray is in town dispensing love as only grandmas can!

+ UPDATE: 4/26/2012, 11:39am Doctors say Janice is “on the launch pad!” Yale New Haven Hospital is hoping to discharge her to Spaulding on Monday. Janice is ready! Please pray for continued progress in lung improvement and maintained health status, and coordination amongst facilities.

+ UPDATE: 4/25/2012, 10:05pm The procedure to clear Janice’s left lung was somewhat successful yesterday. The doctors are still hopeful she can be transferred Friday or Monday. Several administrative steps need to occur simultaneously before the move can happen. Please pray that all will fall into place according to God’s timing. Today’s goal was to start new IV lines which proved to be a tough task. A new technology was tried at seeing veins beneath the skin, but even that was not good enough. After much pain and many, many tries a male nurse named Leif proved to be a “master sticker” and was successful with the ‘old fashioned way’ on his first try. Side note: Christopher Jackson has made major improvements. Jose’s 2-year-old niece, however, has not been doing well at all; she has had lung problems, since birth and had been at this hospital now as long as Janice has. Continued prayers for Janice and the many, many folks struggling here are asked for. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer.

+ UPDATE: 4/24/2012, 3:15pm Janice’s status remains the same. All is stable except for lung capacity. A procedure to help clear her left lung will be done soon. She has had this done before, and it should not cause any added discomfort. She has no fever and only moderate pain. Please continue to be in prayer for progress that leads to her transfer. She is very happy to have Grandma Wray here from Pennsylvania to love on her as only Grandmas can. (I hear the house is cleaner than it’s been in a while since Gram tends to work her magic there too.) Prayer for her safe return to PA would be appreciated. – Sue

+ UPDATE: 4/22/2012, 1:02pm We are still hopeful for a move to rehab sometime this week, however clear lungs with no infection are seemingly hard to attain. Janice will be starting a new round of antibiotics and continuing aggressive respiratory therapy. Janice will be sestarting once-a-day physical therapy as well after a weekend of rest to recouperate from surgery. Please continue to pray that her body can heal itself from these issues and stay healed long enough for the okay to transfer out.

+ UPDATE: 4/21/2012, 5:41pm Janice is resting quietly; insertion of trach and feeding tubes was successful. So good to see Janice’s sweet face again. Doctors are hopeful for a transfer to Spaulding early next week. Thank you for your continued prayers and outpouring of love. My prayers is that soon Janice will be able to communicate directly with her friends, coworkers, work-out buddies, etc. Much love to all of you. – Sue, Janice, and family P.S. Janice really likes the bracelets and she’d like to add a few to a thank-you gift basket being prepared for the nurses here at Yale New Haven Hospital.

+ UPDATE: 4/21/2012, 8:20am Janice is scheduled for surgery for trach and feeding tube insertion any time now. Delays are always possible but they are prepping her for transport to the operating room now. Please be in prayer.

+ UPDATE: 4/20/2012, 7:04pm Doctors have decided the quickest route to rehab at this point is with insertion of trach tube for breathing, and stomach feeding tube for nourishment so that is what is scheduled for some time this weekend. A spike in her temp has the labs searching for a cause yet again. Please pray for widsdom and skill on these latest endeavors. Janice was quiet today as the fever kept her subdued, but her pain was kept under control. PRAY: successful and timely procedures, ease in transitioning to new tubes, wisdom for all decisions, and of course complete and miraculous healing.

+ UPDATE: 4/20/2012, 10:52am After another jump in her temperature, doctors are tracking down possible reasons and will formulate the appropriate medical response. Janice’s lungs are not proving to be strong enough to support breathing on her own yet. Apparently the breathing can/will be part of her rehab. Doctors are exploring other options besides a breathing tube. Continued prayers for wisdom for all medical staff are needed.

]+ UPDATE: 4/19/2012, 11:58am Respiratory therapists continue to work and test Janice’s lungs with the goal of taking out the breathing tube. Physical therapists continue to stretch and bend arm and leg muscles with the goal of remaining flexible for rehab. Infections remain away. Progress continues to be monitored. Not much news beyond the norm; and in this situation it can be taken as a positive sign. Janice continues to be encouraged by all your posts and cards. She sends you her thanks and love in return. + UPDATE: 4/18/2012, 8:11pm Janice is feeling cold today. There are thoughts that her temperature might be rising. Continued prayer needed for no fever or infection.

+ UPDATE: 4/18/2012, 5:18pm Janice had a restful night last night and a good report this morning. Her lung improvement continues and she is no longer on antibiotics. Lowering vent settings today. Hope to do breathing trials tomorrow, which is the first step to tube removal. PRAYER: – Continued progress for breathing on her own, no more infections, and to get those hands moving! – Chance for Jan to receive the outpouring of love first  hand – Many, many thanks for nursing and medical staff – Get her moving to rehab – Full and complete healing!

+ UPDATE: 4/18/2012, 5:04pm From Sue: I’ve been reminiscing about Jan a lot recently. One happy remembrance is when she was about six or so, she smiled real big and said she “Felt like a sunflower!!” I’ve been wishing for a return to that moment these days and have been wanting to get a sunflower to her somehow. Well, this morning I ducked out of her room to eat a bit of breakfast in the family lounge as the nurses were doing their morning assessment. I met up with Jose who, as always, asked about Janice and gave me a brief update on his niece. After declining to share my bagel, he left the lounge. When he came back, he said he’d just seen Janice and had introduced himself and left a gift. Looking across the way to her window I see a large plush sunflower on her sill. I can’t tell you what I felt and how hard I tried to tell Jose what just happened. He finally understood and was just as pleased. Upon returning to Janice’s room, she was smiling and wanting to let me know of her visitor and his gift. Thank you Lord for unexpected warm & fuzzies!

+ UPDATE: 4/17/2012, 1:16pm The doctors are continuing efforts to increase lung health. Previous infections are under control. It was a long night last night with very little rest as lung improvement measures occurred at early morning hours. REST IS NEEDED / STRONG LUNG FUNCTION NEEDED. We read the latest posts to Janice this morning. Big smiles were given for all!

+ UPDATE 4/16/2012, 11:05am New attendant today. Experienced with a positive outlook. Assumes diaphragm will show to be strong enough for breathing on her own. He is impressed with reported progress in arm movement. He correlates that with possible initial spinal cord recovery. He wants a more aggressive physical therapy that has been had thus far to keep her muscular progress going forward. Previously doctor considered a trach as a possibility. This doctor said it’s been considered and rejected for the time being. The assumption is that she will breathe on her own eventually. Her lung showed a bit more improvement and new trending data will be gathered to assess progress. Currently OCC therapist is working with her to stretch, move, and semi-sit. It’s great to see her sitting upright and not flat on her back if only for this brief moment. After such good news – here is what hasn’t changed: Janice isn’t feeling well. Ice packs on her face and loving strokes on tap for this evening.

+ UPDATE 4/16/2012 7:58am From Sue Wray: after being in the ICU for so long i’ve been impacted by the sheer number of people who are injured or sick or broken – both patients and their families. Many conversations with those i;ve met in the family lounge revolve around hurt & hope – most involving God and faith. Please remember to pray for the many many folks who are hurting, healing, seeking, and finding here at Yale Hospital. I spoke with the father of a young man seriously hurt in an accident just hours before Janice’s. He too is holding on to God while at the same time questioning Him. He agreed to have his son’s name posted for prayer – CHRISTOPHER JACKSON. Lift his name before our Lord along with Janice. Use his name as a representative of all the hurting people which need your prayers. I cannot express well enough the thankfulness i have for the many people who are standing beside Janice and the rest of our family. May God uphold you as well. – Sue Wray

+ UPDATE 4/15/2012 God is good. Today was a good, maybe even great day for Janice. Finally some encouraging words from the physicians. No fever. Her previously collapsed lung is much improves. Her latest cultures show that the infections may finally be backing down. She is laughing today. Inaudible Marcel Marceau type of laugh with tubes still in the way, but visually quite loud. Early talk of white water rafting in Uganda, a place Janice wants to work. She drove the nurses crazy when she realized the machines that monitor her oxygen levels would go through the roof by moving her arms. Thank you, thank you everyone who participated in the Ocean State Health & Fitness fundraiser. You raised over $5000 today. Thank you! More than money (which is deeply appreciated) – thank you for your love and concern. Please keep praying. Janice loves listening to every one of your posts read to her. God is good.

+ UPDATE 4/14/2012 The last two days have been very stressful with the previous set of progressive steps forward seemingly coming to a halt. After taking out the breathing tube for a second time and starting a new regimen of pain control and getting the “all clear” to eat whatever she wanted – Janice is back to square one. The tube has been reinserted because she had difficulty maintaining strong breathing due to complications. Respiratory therapists are working around the clock – literally – to help Janice clear infection and reopen her lungs. As yet unaccounted for spike in temperature yesterday morning also has the doctors sampling for cause and fine tuning her antibiotics. Janice is tired and disappointed. With the tube in we lose communication with her and her ability to direct her care. We also lose seeing and hearing her determined spirit which is so evident when she can express her needs and never ceasing ability to charm (just about) all of the medical staff. Thankfully many staff members have had abrief chance to see our witty, confident, knowledgeable Janice beneath the tubes. Your prayers and concerns keep pouring in. When possible we read every one to Janice. Her countenance changes as she hears all those who have expressed their love for her. We strive to remember that she is a child of our creator and His love for her cannot be exceeded.  – Sue Wray

UPDATE 4/13/2012, 2:40pm Janice has had trouble breathing this afternoon. She is back on the ventilator and really upset. Pray for her. Send encouraging messages (we read them to her).

+ UPDATE 4/13/2012, 11:15am Her return to health is multi-faceted. Physically she has her work cut out for her to control her pain, keep her fever in check, and keep her lungs strong. Spiritually she is great. She acknowledges she is in God’s hands and restful in allowing God to direct this next phase of her life. She wants to patiently wait for the beauty that God will bring out of all of this.

+ RESOURCE  You may find this helpful as you continue to comfort, and pray for Janice and the Wrays. It is not a post about losing hope, but rather about being honest and finding true hope and peace. >> TEARS AND HOPE: an appeal to lament

+ UPDATE 4/12/2012, 4:00pm Janice had the breathing tube taken out again this morning! She is now struggling with pain. She can’t have visitors right now as she fights off infection.

+ UPDATE 4/11/2012, 10:54am The Doctors are treating the source(s) of her infection. They will continue to work towards removal of the breathing tube. Janice is sedated – so she is comfortable and relatively free from the pain that has been dogging her. Attending nurses and respiratory therapists have been great. Please continue to prayer for healing in the long term and stabilization now so she can get on her way to rehab.

+ UPDATE 4/10/2012, 12:03pm So many prayers answered and more needed: there are possibile lung issues (blockage/ pneumonia). The doctors are re-tubing to do a bronchial scope. We are hoping for a short duration on the breathing tube and for the healing of her lungs. Pray for continued peace for Janice and wisdom in the medical decision making.


+ UPDATE Easter dinner in the ICU




+ UPDATE 4/10/2012, 9:08am Janice is tenacious. After a really rough day yesterday with many attempts with various apparatus to help her maintain good oxygen levels – at least one of which was painful. The respiratory therapist was finally able to get her stable at 10pm or so. At 12:30am she called me and asked “ready to do arm exercises?” TENACIOUS. Thank you God.

+ UPDATE 4/9/2012 Her trip to rehab has been postponed. She has a slight fever and they are trying to determine the cause. The strength of her lungs is also being evaluated as breathing became more difficult. Keep praying. She’s still in good spirits.

+ UPDATE 4/8/2012 We are so thankful to God that Jan’s inner being – that which he himself designed – remained intact after the accident! Her vibrant witty spirit shone throughout the day. Jan remains stable and is still scheduled to head to rehab on Monday. Sue helped bathe her last evening and she and Linnie have learned to help her clear her throat which helps to keep her more comfortable throughout the day. She is still in periodic pain and the doctors are trying various med combinations to control the pain. Jan has enjoyed having all the posts, emails, cards, and phone texts read to her. She sends her love to all!

+ UPDATE 4/6/2012 Please pray for Janice’s arms and hands. She is in a lot of pain. Pray for the healing of a 2 year old who is in the ICU for respiratory problems. They Wray’s have become friends with her Uncle Jose, who has been faithfully supporting his sister and niece. Today’s goal is to “fly the coop.” The doctors are working hard to keep Janice pain free, increasing lung strength, and decreasing nausea. Her physical therapy will start today as well as eating by (albeit hospital jello, chicken broth, etc.). NOTE: The Wray’s found out that a friend who is a surgeon at South County Hospital was at the scene of Janice’s accident. He prevented well meaning witnesses and others from moving her until the right personnel & equipment got to the scene. This prevented her from having worse additional injuries. Sue says “THANK YOU LORD.”

+ UPDATE 4/5/2012, 11:30am The doctors are “amazed” at her progress. The plan is to move her to Spaulding Rehab in Boston on Monday. She will do a swallow test today and if that goes well she will be able to start eating! They will try and get her in a seated position today as well. Janice had a rough night sleep and has a busy day ahead. Her lungs are doing well and her diaphragm is strong. Sue says thats a tribute to Janice’s high verbal capacity (even as a toddler). The medical staff are really enjoying her Tiffany blue nail polish which she donned especially for her weekend away from clinicals (Janice is at school to become a nurse) where nail polish is forbidden! Sue and the kids will be back and forth between East Greenwich and New Haven. PRAY: – It was discussed today for the need to watch for infection et al. – Miraculous healing of her hands and legs. – God would continue to use Janice and the Wrays as a blessing to the ICU – For continued mercy as you join in with praise and thanksgiving.

+ UPDATE 4/4/2012, 10:43pm Positive day over all (see previous updates). Please continue fervent prayer to protect Janice from complications such as pneumonia.

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  + Zephaniah 3:17

+ UPDATE 4/4/2012, 6:06pm I forgot to mention that I (andrew, sanctuary pastor) had the joy of reading a number of your comments from this page to Janice last night. She was beaming. Keep them coming!

+ UPDATE 4/4/2012 , 2:30pm Sorry for the lack of updates today. First off – let’s give thanks. Janice’s breathing numbers are way better than expected. They are taking the breathing tube out as soon as possible today. They are ordering physical therapy for her arms. That will likely start tomorrow. Sue says “thank you lord.” There are thousands of people praying and loving on the Wray family. It’s a beautiful thing to watch. Thanks to all those who have donated money for a hotel room. We are tracking the money. Continue to pray (read the below updates for more info).

+ UPDATE 4/4/2012. 12:44am As family and friends were saying goodnight to Janice a few glimpses of joy came to the surface. She began to move her upper body (which she has been able to do – nothing new)  back and forth in a sort of rhythmic fashion. Her mom asked her “are you in pain?” Janice shook her head no. Sue asked, “do you need anything?” Janice again replied with a headshake – “no.” Sue then asked, “are you dancing?” Janice cracked a sweet smile and nodded her head… “yes!” Tonight Janice went to sleep dancing. We prayed, she blew a kiss, and the lights were turned out.

Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls. + Charles Spurgeon
Everywhere a greater joy is preceeded by a greater suffering. + Augustine
The joy of the Lord is your strength. + Neh 8:10

+ UPDATE 4/3/2012, 5:46pm Janice is awake after a long rest. After a day of so many people praying for her she is up and laughing with the breathing tube still in her mouth! She seems at peace. The doctors are pleased with the amount of movement in her arms and her breathing ability. All of her siblings are present. Laughter and inside jokes are dominating the day. Sue and the Wray family are staying at a New Haven hotel this evening. If you would like to help right now… – consider donating some money to help with hotel costs. Click here to give. – continue to pray. We firmly believe that God has given her (and the family) a powerful day of peace and love. The bible is filled with moments just like this: providing a peace that surpasses all logic in the midst of hardship. Please continue to pray for the healing of her hands/legs, and that God would continue to bring beauty out of this awful situation. Pray that the all those who are in contact with the Wrays at the hospital, and all those who are connected with them would experience the love, beauty, and peace of God.

+ UPDATE 4/3/2012, 12:22pm Breathing trials went well. She is still in the ICU, and still unable to use her legs and hands. There is a long road of healing ahead, but there is hope.

+ UPDATE 4/3/2012, 10:40am Janice had a restful night. A lighter note – many of the nurses have commented on how beautiful Janice’s hair is. That has become more evident as the debris from the accident has been combed out by her mom and washed by the nurses.

+ UPDATE 4/3/2012, 12:10am Thanks to the thousands of people who are praying for Janice and the Wrays (literally, if the amount of hits on this page are any indication). Thanks to the 20+ people who showed up this evening to pray in Providence. She is still in the ICU, and still unable to use her legs and hands. There is a long road of healing ahead, but there is hope. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” (James 5:13) “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all evil, and to cure diseases.” (Luke 9:1)

+ UPDATE 4/2/2012, 8:16pm The surgeon was pleased with how well her first surgery went. Her vertebrae were realigned and they are hopeful for a quick healing from the surgery. They briefly tested her ability to breathe on her own and Janice did well. She is back on the ventilator now.  The effects of the swelling from the surgery can affect any test the doctors do for the next 48 hours so they are uncertain as to her progress. Though she is not able to verbally communicate, she has been able interact well with Sue (her mom). When awake she has cracked a few smiles and shed a number of tears. They will settle her in for the night in the next 2 hours.

+ PRAYER MEETING 4/2/2012 Join with others to pray at 7pm at our offices – 745 Westminster St, Providence, RI, 02903.

+ UPDATE (correction) 4/2/2012, 2:30pm She is not speaking. She has a breathing tube in, but she is alert and responsive.

+ UPDATE: 4/2/2012, 1:32pm Doctors are saying that it’s a waiting game at this point. Monitoring her vitals and looking to see how best to proceed. Pray.

+ UPDATE: 4/2/2012, 12:00pm Janice is awake and  talking alert. She is with Sue and Linnie now and is requesting more worship music. We are making a run. Continue to pray for miraculous healing of her hands and legs.

+ UPDATE: 4/2/2012, 10:30am Following last nights surgery, the doctors prognosis was the same in regards to her legs. They discovered that though her upper arms move. she may not have use of her hands. Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.” + Martin Luther. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear… God is with us. + Psalm 46

WHAT’S HAPPENED 4/1/2012, 9:33pm

Around 1:00 in the afternoon, the Wray family received a phone call that Janice had been in a serious car accident. While Sue Wray traveled to Yale Medical Hospital, Linnie, Liz, and Matthew rushed home from church in Providence. Friends and family immediately began to pray. As the afternoon continued, more information was revealed about Janice’s condition. At the scene of the accident, Janice was unable to feel her legs and emergency medical services identified a broken neck and internal bleeding.

Friends and family gathered at the Wray home to pray and wait for more news. Around 3:00 in the afternoon, the family learned that Janice would likely survive. With her internal bleeding under control, she was approved for a three-hour surgery on her neck and back. Her surgery began around 8:30pm. Please pray for healing. Doctors are skeptical that Janice will be able to walk again.  We praise God for His protection over Janice’s life  and will continue to pray for her recovery.


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  • Hi supporters and friends of Janice.

    On Easter Sunday we (Sanctuary Church) will debut a short film entitled: The Retelling of our Story featuring Janice.

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  • Just watched the video and what an inspiration you are Janice! Keep up all the hard work and there will be no stopping you. You are always in my prayers.

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  • In case y’all haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link to a Vimeo clip updating how Janice is doing lately. Copy and paste, watch, then pray.


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  • Update 10.07.12

    Praying Friends,

    Janice has been home for over two months now and the delay in updates on this site is due to the jam-packed days she’s been having. Her spirit remains strong. Her determination to work as hard as she can in therapies is amazing to watch.

    The first month at home consisted of in-home physical and occupational therapy during which time she learned how to transfer between her wheelchair and bed using a slide board with some assistance from the therapist. She struggled with a couple of health issues and with finding new doctors who understand the complications of illness with a spinal cord injury.

    For example, because of the lack of feeling in her lower body, symptoms of illnesses (such as specific pain) do not present themselves in the same manner. She has had to find doctors who have examination tables low enough for her to transfer to, or those with doorways and ramps that can accommodate wheelchairs. (The new doctors have been great, however, and her team of medical specialists is growing and each has been knowledgeable and willing to make accommodations to get her into the office and properly examined.)

    Next, Janice transitioned from in-home therapy where she has, once again, met some very special therapists who are in awe of her resilience and unexpected drive to succeed. She goes to therapy 5 days a week, and just as when she would work out at the gym, she misses the regimen on her days off.

    She will not walk again. However, everyday she is learning how to maneuver her body with just shoulders, biceps, and wrist functions to dress, bathe, transfer, adjust her position in bed and in her wheelchair, which are the important first steps to become as independent as she can be.

    Please continue to uphold Janice before our Almighty God, that she continues in good health, strength, and determination to follow this road she is on, and to continue to be surrounded by caring, loving friends and professionals who will walk beside her and allow her to enjoy being the lovely, energetic, fun, and faithful 21-year old that she is. Her wounded body has limited her in mobility but has not affected her personality and her spirit.

    Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness.

    Sue Wray

    “My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don’t waver. Stay on track, steady in God. Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” – Philippians 4:1, 4-9; The Message

  • Dear Janice, Sue, and the rest of the Wrays, We at Plantation United Methodist Church haven’t forgotten you and the challenges you continue to face. (Members of my S.S. class were inquiring today, but I need an update on how things are going. I understand from Kathi that the issue of the van has been solved? ) We pray that God comforts and sustains you in every possible way ! Janice, you sound like a remarkable young lady. I keep thinking that God is going to use you in some miraculous way. Shirley Ware (mom of Kathi Curtis)

  • Hey Everyone!

    There will be another fundraiser for the Wrays this month- all proceeds go to the family and Janice’s recovery (or more directly: subsidizing the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van, house remodeling, and specialized wheels for Janice’s wheelchair- very necessary for her mobilization).

    The East Greenwich United Methodist Church has a Pumpkin Patch, open October 14th through the 31st, from 9 AM to dusk- YES!! That’s right!! Try to contain your excitement!! Come by any time before the sun sets and pick out the biggest, baddest, pumpkin that your little heart desires (or the smallest, nicest…?), go home, and get your pumpkin carving on! PLUS, you can go home and eat the seeds afterwards! SO TASTY! Please toast the seeds, add salt and pepper to taste, (roast, tossed in olive oil at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. Ovens may vary!) and ENJOY! Delicious.

    There will also be a Harvest Festival at the church on the 21st of the month with games, a hayride, and plenty of other festivities that will be taking place from noon to three. Fun! Activities! Yay!

    Funded by the EG United Methodist Church, The Frenchtown Baptist Church, and The East Greenwich Rotary. How awesome are they?!

    Official info here:


    EG United Methodist Church
    558 South County Trail
    East Greenwich, RI 02818

    Come, Play, Support!

    Please Share!

    And sorry for the excessive exclamations. Sometimes I get excited.

  • Hi Janice, thinking of you on this rainy, rainy day. Hope you are doing well. Lots of love, Betsy

  • Dear Janice, I was happy to hear from Kathi today that you have such a positive attitude and that you’re now able to send texts. We (in Plantation, FL) haven’t stopped praying for you, Sue, and the rest of your family just because you’re home. In fact, we pray ardently that you will not encounter any new obstacles and that you’ll be able to meet each challenge that arises. Our Sunday School was cancelled today because of Tropical Storm Isaac, but I know our members will be asking about you. Please know that we remember you and ask God to bless you and your family in every way. Shirley Ware (Kathi’s mom)

  • Janice – It was so great to see you tonight. I have missed your beautiful smile and sparkling eyes at the gym. What a treat it was to see you out and about. Sue – it was a pleasure to finally meet you. You both are so strong. I admire you. Sending you lots of love, Betsy

  • Janice, We have followed your tremendous progress over the past few months, and are simply one amongst thousands of families praying for your continued well being. With love and always in our prayers, The Rossetti Family

  • Dear Janice,
    I’m so thrilled that you are home. I hope you can feel the love that surrounds you and enjoy the comforts of home. Best, Liz b

  • My daughter Leticia told me about you coming home today and I had tears in my eyes. She told me: mom don’t cry! Janice is alive and full of life! I said: these are tears of joy!
    My beautiful Janice, we missed you so much! Welcome home honey! Xo

  • Thinking of you today Janice and hoping that all goes well. Sending you lots of love,


  • Best wishes to you today, Janice. May you be so aware of the many prayers surrounding you today.
    Love you muchly,
    Beth T

  • We are all cheering you on. We know this next phase will be challenging, but clearly the good Lord is there guiding and supporting you along the way. His loving arms are around each of you. You all are forever in our prayers. Looking forward to seeing Janice in her home! Go Janice! Peggy Traficante

  • Janice,, So glad to hear the Lord is providing ways of getting the equipment needed to be back home. Continuing to pray about the pain issues and praying for you and your mom as plans progress for the transition home.

  • Are We Back In Kansas Yet? 07.21.12 0850

    This is the expected last week of Janice’s stay at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Her discharge date has been set for Thursday, July 26. (Her arrival date was May 1st, exactly one month from the time she was admitted into ICU at Yale New Haven Hospital, on Palm Sunday, April 1st.)

    Your prayers are sought for a smooth transition to home from her wonderful Spaulding community of medical caregivers and patients which has been built up over the last 2 ½ months. While returning home brings closer proximity to family and friends (and her own bedroom), it also calls for Janice to face living in the community with her injury – maneuvering around the house and the community in a wheelchair, and dependence on others for transportation and daily personal care activities.

    Health-wise, we ask for prayers on two fronts:

    • The first is continued lung health and the absence of infections.
    • The second is pain management. Janice remains in constant pain. New methods of pain management are being tried even during these last few days at Spaulding, but with limited success.

    Returning home is not the end of her therapy and medical care. It is expected that she will have a couple of weeks of in-home care and then continue as an outpatient at the Southern New England Rehab Center in Providence. We’ve been told that such therapy can last a year or more.

    Thank you for your continued financial support, friendship, and prayers as Janice transitions into this next phase of life after her accident.

    “The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts.” – Richard Alleine

    “Effective prayer is prayer that attains what it seeks. It is prayer that moves God, effecting its end.” – Charles Finney

  • Dear Janice, I think you would like to know that friends at Plantation United Methodist Church (in Florida) are tracking your progress and praying for you. On Sunday our S.S. class prayed especially for an easy, comfortable and low-stress transition for you as you return home – both for you and for the rest of your family – especially your mom. We also thanked God for provision of the van and other equipment which you will need. We’re asking for God to hold you all in the palm of his hand. We never cease praying for a miracle, either. Shirley Ware (mother of Kathi Curtis)

  • praying that you will feel the arms of Jesus wrapped aroung you. Will be praying for your transition
    to home.

  • So wonderful to read about all your accomplishments! You are amazing!! I feel like I know you. I love reading the updates and I get extras from your Aunt Angie at church. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  • Lots of prayers for your transition home! You have done alot of hard work and you will continue to get stronger. We serve a mighty and awesome God . Many blessings today- The Comire Family

  • AWESOME, AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!! We are so happy to hear about the van and the necessary medical equipment!!!!!!! Janices progress is remarkable and will continue knowing her personality and determination!! The whole family continues to be in our daily prayers and thoughts!! If there is anything, anything at all that I can assist in Sue, please let me know!!! God bless!!!!

  • You have been on quite the journey! You all are in my constant prayers and are thought of often. Of course, Katrina also keeps me posted. I would be happy to sit with Janice once she is home, so put me on your volunteer list! If some training is involved, that is fine too. I can come after school or do an evening or two. What ever works. What ever you need. You all ROCK! God bless you all! Peggy Traficante

  • Hi Janice, Here’s hoping that your time at Mass General is short & uneventful today, and that all of the details of the day run smoothly.
    Love you muchly,

  • Hey Janice! Hope you are having a good day and enjoying some company. Roger has been keeping me updated on his visits with you and I love to hear all about how you are doing. So many people all around the country are praying for you and wishing you well – it’s incredible how many lives you have touched! Thinking of you every day and hoping to see you soon.

    Marilyn xo

  • Hi Janice!
    Hey- did you see fireworks from your amazing view? Thinking of you all the time – just checking in to let you know you are always on my mind! xoxo Kathi Curtis

  • Hi Janice, me and my brother miss you a lot and we wish you a full recovery!!! I am in 5th grade now, and I am playing field hockey, I think I am good on that! Janice, can I have your phone number? I will love to hear your voice again. Love, Trini

  • Hey Jan, We’re encouraged by the news of your progress and happy to hear that your home is being readied for you; you must be looking forward to returning there. We miss you! Love, Bill and Nancy

  • Shmannie <3 <3 <3

    I love you with all my heart. I miss you more than words can describe. I think of you all the time, and I am sending love and prayers to you and the fam! I am so very proud of your strength, courage, and determination. You are truly my inspiration every single day love! You are an amazing and beautiful person both inside and out!

    Love you to the moon and back <3 <3 <3
    Shmorgie =)

  • Dear Wray Family, On Sunday several people in church were asking about you. The latest info I had was that the Wray home is being readied for Janice’s return. That’s going to be another adjustment, but – we hope – a happy one. No place like home! And nothing like being with your loved ones. Anyway, please know that we continue to pray for you as you face ongoing challenges. We pray that Janice will continue to grow stronger and that God has miracles in store for her – for all of you. Feeling like an aunt, Shirley Ware (mother of Kathi Curtis)

  • Janice, Praying for you every day. Thinking of you all the time. You are so very brave. You are a strong person. God will be your support and comfort. Love you lots! Aunt Sue

  • I pop in from time to time to check in on Janice. I was on 95 and saw copter swoop in to rescue her – I’m praying for Janice and all of you who care for her – I have 3 girls with autism – and will care for them until I am old and gray – because that it what love is all about. We care for our children no matter what happens. God bless her. Kim

  • Hi Janice, Just thinking of you today and hoping that things are going well. Keep up the good work and know that there are many behind you, thinking of you, sending you healing thoughts. Today Cliffe and I went for a bike ride, but it was much too hot for it to be fun. Came home and retreated to the air conditioned room. Watching the bike racing of the Tour de France instead! Much love to you, Betsy Fenik

  • Food 06.25.12 Monday

    Many, many thanks to all of you who have so generously supported Janice and her family during this time. So many of you have provided delicious and nutritious meals which has sustained us these last two and a half months.

    As we now progress into house renovations – making room for the work to begin – it would be most appreciated if the many dishes and bake ware be returned to their rightful owners. Sue plans on being at home today and Thursday. Please stop by as you can retrieve your dishes. Thank you!!

  • Hello Ed,
    While I am one whose dinner arrangements were cancelled due to Mother’s Day weekend and I do not have dishes to pick up, I’d like to take a minute to thank you very much for the additional posts that you supply regarding Janice and her progress. While myself and my family now contact her directly, we still check for updates numerous times a day-so thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • Food 06.23.12 1504

    Many, many thanks to all of you who have so generously supported Janice and her family during this time. So many of you have provided delicious and nutritious meals which has sustained us these last two and a half months.

    As we now progress into house renovations – making room for the work to begin – it would be most appreciated if the many dishes and bakeware be returned to their rightful owners. Sue plans on being at home this coming Monday and Thursday. Please stop by as you can retrieve your dishes. Thank you!!

  • I hope the heat the past few days hasn’t been too tough on you, Janice. Stay cool! Love you!

  • Hi, Janice,

    “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ A.A. Milne

    I came upon this quote just now and immediately thought of you. It made me smile because we’ve often felt this way as we’ve watched you make progress, have setbacks and yet still forge ahead. You’re an amazing young lady. We’ll see you soon. Love, The Ratigans

  • Janice, Janice, Janice… May all aspects of your day today go exceedingly well. Know that I’m thinking of you and praying for you all the time. Keep your eye on the ball; that chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream treat will be on your calendar very soon!

    Love you muchly,
    Beth T

  • you’re welcome. it’s our way of loving her through this time.
    -Sanctuary Church

  • How grateful we are for these continued updates about Janice and the Wray family! Thank-you to whomever is taking the time. We are praying for her, and want to help in practical ways as well if we can.

    My stepfather was paralyzed from the waist down in his early 20’s, and spent his life in a wheelchair, but oh, what a man he was! Determined to be as independent as possible, he found workarounds for everything he wanted to do. He was a real “man’s man.”
    I think, too, of Joni Eareckson Tada, whose story captured me from an early age, and who still inspires new generations.

    People of faith have the many promises of God to trust in no matter the challenges and trials we face, and I know Janice will be an inspiration to many by her life, her will, and her indomitable spirit. She has always been special, obviously marked and set apart for great things. May God bless this family richly for His glory.

  • Dear Janice,

    I think about you constantly, wether it’s with my mind or my heart.
    Believing, trusting, waiting, hoping… praying for you.

  • Good morning Janice!!
    Just wanted to let you know that many people continue to stand in prayer with you and your family——-praying for renewed strength, patience, peace, determination, and healing each day!! We are inspired by your hard work and committment, and praise the Lord for His work in your life!
    The Davies

  • Praying this morning for you Janice for Healing, joy, peace. That your life would bring glory and honor to the Lord. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He has promised.

  • Hi Janice. So sorry you had an especially rough time of it last week. So glad to hear you are back at Spaulding and had an outing this weekend! Yay!!! Thinking of you all the time and praying for your recovery. Health Ed staff will be coming for a visit soon. Can’t wait to see you. I’ll be in touch.

    Marilyn xo

  • Hi Janice! We appreciate the posts so much about you, your family and your progress. We miss you and can’t wait to see you back in EG! Lots of love, positive thoughts and prayers are always coming your way! Lots of love and misses, Wendy, Don, Matt, Mike and MADISON!

  • Hi, Janice,
    It was so great to see you yesterday. We undertand you had a difficult time since the last visit but things seem to be moving in the right direction now. We pray you continue on this road (fewer bumps and more good days!). We’ll see you again soon and hopefully can join you outside overlooking the Charles for a bit…that sounded beautiful! Just an fyi…I woke up this morning thinking I must have done an amazing job lately with exercising (mainly sit-ups). Then I realized the sore stomach was from all the laughing with you (yikes, I can’t believe I put that in print). Your sense of humor is firmly intact! :) See you soon…in the meantime we’re thinking of you & your family and praying for continued healing and strength. Love, the Ratigans

  • Hi Janice,
    We continue to pray for you here at the Oliver house and we know that there are many, many churches in town and the surrounding towns that continue to pray for you and your family consistently!!!!!! You are always in our thoughts–day and night :) I’m sure it is hard not to get discouraged at times, but try your best :) Don’t be afraid, Janice–God is with you and your family–he will get you through this; You will breath easy and painfree and you will prevail!!!!
    Much Love

  • We continue to pray for Janice at Plantation (FL) United Methodist Church and for her family. Janice, if your read this, please know that we feel almost as if you belong to us – as if you are a child of ours. Our prayers are truly heartfelt and frequent. Please try not to be discouraged by this most recent setback. We pray that soon you will be breathing deeply and naturally and without pain and that God will grant you everything you need to triumph over your injuries. Love (yes, “love,” even though we haven’t met), Shirley Ware (mother of Kathi Curtis)

  • Still On Your Knees?

    Janice’s left lung is nearly completely collapsed. The doctors assume this is due either to a mucus plug, pleural effusion (fluid buildup around the lung), or both. Treatment protocol for the mucus plug is a bronchioscopy. The pleural effusion will involve removal of the fluid via a needle inserted through the back. Both procedures are done at Mass General Hospital, not Spaulding. Neither diagnosis is life-threatening. However, breathing has become painful, and worsens when sitting up. It causes near passing out during transfers with the lift to and from the wheelchair.

    Janice is concerned and afraid. She is tired of procedures and ill health. Physical therapy is at a standstill until this issue can be resolved. Thank you for praying for …

    1. Completely healthy lungs
    2. Wisdom for all the physicians
    3. Peace of mind for Janice and the family

  • OK, so I have enjoyed getting glimpses of Janice through this webpage (is this a blog? I’m not even sure about that). In any event, it’s been very helpful to me so I guess I should do my part to share with others who have shared with me. Jeff and I visited yesterday and I thought I’d give my impressions and mention a couple of things I never knew about Janice.

    First, she was eating when we arrived (ham on pumpernickel sandwich?) which is great because last time we were there she wasn’t really interested in food because everything was either too sweet, too spicy, or too something so she was just taking a pass. Or it could be because last time it was hospital food and this time it looked like a sandwich brought from home made by an experienced family sandwich maker.

    Second, she looks great, her mind is as sharp as ever and her quips are too! Although she had a setback with her breathing, it was clearly just that, a temporary setback. That was yesterday and over with. Inner strength is beautiful.

    Third, she is deathly afraid of heights and claims it comes from crossing the Niagara River near Niagara Falls in some kind of open cage and while doing this she saw children dangling off the side. Further research indicates this may be at least partially true; see the following link for description and pictures: http://www.niagaraparks.com/attractions/whirlpool-aero-car.html

    And lastly, if you see Janice out and about, keep a sharp lookout for children. She took out a four-year old girl (twice!) at the Boston Aquarium who was interfering with her view of the penguins. (I didn’t actually see this happen. Janice claims that the girl ran into her, but after hearing about how much Janice loves penguins, I have my suspicions).

  • Hey j bug :) was just going through Facebook pictures and came upon the one where we went to the party with bibby and he had the hot friend who looked like Ronnie from jersey shore. Remember? Hehehe it made me laugh we snuck a picture with him. Well I miss out and hope I can visit you soon and see your beautiful smile you pretty girl :) love, cat

  • Hi Janice,
    Just wanted to tell you what’s going on with softball. We came out 2nd in our Division and well we made the playoffs and we won our first playoff game last week against Riverside. Today was a big game. We were playing against Smithfield and their record was 14-0. They have never lost not even during their playoff games. So, I tried to stay positive but thought chances of winning probably were not good-that’s what “people” were saying too. Anyway, I tried to stay positive and tell myself that “anything can happen at anytime if I/we work hard enough to get it”. Smithfield scored 2 runs, so it was 2-0. I wasn’t to sure again, but I WOULDN’T-I COULDN’T give up. I kept pitching the best I could and all of a sudden it was 2-3 us, then 3-3 tied-uugghh! Well, I knew what “people” where telling me/us and what they were thinking and saying to others but I couldn’t give in-people said it would be a “miracle” if we won. JANICE, WE WON 7-3. WE BEAT THEM AND WE BEAT THE ODDS THAT WERE AGAINST US! Well, now we are on to another playoff game on Friday and if we win we play at Rhode Island College for it “all”! I just wanted to share with you. I hope you are doing good and hope you can have visitors when school is out.

  • Hi Janice, I hope all goes well with your procedure today. Prayers continue for success with all the details that surround your day today. Here’s to a quick recovery!
    Love you muchly,

  • Hi Janice
    I am glad to hear that you are doing better. It was great to hear that you were able to get out for a while on Thursday. I hope you had fun! Im not sure why you are having some surgery but I will be thinking of you and wishing you well. Cant wait to see you!
    Love Kiara

  • A Glimpse of Tomorrow

    Sue says life at Spaulding is like a whirlwind: it spins around and around, at some points sucking you inward, at others throwing you back into the whirling air, but never leaving you stationary.

    Janice is still having difficulty keeping the lower lobe of her left lung clear, and so the tracheotomy tube remains in place as a precaution. She is no longer on the ventilator though, breathing totally on her own for over a week now. And, her voice is getting stronger. However, the lack of progress completely opening up her lung has been very discouraging to her. On Monday or Tuesday, she’ll have another X-ray to determine the course of action.

    Her lung condition did not impede her promised outing however. On Thursday, she and five other patients from the Spinal Cord Injury floor, together with occupational therapists and a family member of each patient boarded a special bus and headed to the Aquarium! The trip was a lot of fun – the favorites being the penguins, seals, and sea lions. Janice did great at maneuvering her power wheelchair amongst the many people. The aquarium proved to be very accessible to those in wheelchairs. Janice and and Mom most appreciated the outing as a reminder of life outside the hospital room.

    Even though the outing was very pleasant, Janice’s body seemed to rebel at the over-stimulus. The sun was very warm but the air was cool and perhaps, it was the lack of consistency in temperature (or some other unknown element of the day) that caused Janice’s body to react negatively. She ended the day and continued through the evening with unexplained discomfort in body temperature, feeling “muggy” as she put it – hot and sweaty but shivering.

    If Sue’s understanding is correct, a body with a spinal cord injury can have trouble turning normal body temperature regulating responses on and off, especially early after the injury. It does not receive and send normal nerve signals to tell itself when and for how long it should compensate for a hot or cold stimulus (such as air temperature). The body can continue to react to a temperature change long after the stimulus has ended, causing great discomfort. Hopefully she will better by Monday when her therapies begin again. Monday is also the day Janice is scheduled for a minor surgical procedure which means a trip to Mass General Hospital, not far from Spaulding.

    Sue’s days with Janice are becoming more complicated as she is being trained in all aspects of Janice’s care in preparation for her discharge home. This means being present during the early part of the day for morning care training, midday for training with therapists in transferring to and from a wheelchair for example, and later in the evening for training in nighttime care. Both Sue and Janice find this new mother/daughter relationship a bit daunting but also empowering. One of the goals set for Janice before discharge is that she be able to “direct her care,” meaning she should be able to tell someone how to properly perform all elements of her care. What better way to practice than on Mom? From Sue’s perspective, the great amount of knowledge being gained is empowering in that she is learning to recognize and perform quality care of her daughter.

    Please continue in your prayers to our Heavenly Father for …

    1. Pain relief
    2. Cleared lungs
    3. Continued progress
    4. Patience and wisdom

    “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

  • Rose Whitehead
    Hi Janice, I was glad to hear that you are feeling so much better and enjoyed last weekend with your wonderful family. You continue to amaze me with your strength and positive attitude. Know that the good days will be more frequent and that everyone who cares so much for you will keep praying for your recovery. Always thinking and praying for you, Rose

  • Hi Janice!
    Thinking of you and looking forward to visiting you after my dancers perform weekend of June 9 and 10! Hope each day is finding you feeling a bit better and making new discoveris about your abilities. Much love to you dear!
    Kathi Curtis

  • Hi janice
    I was getting ready for bed and we just prayed for you. I hope you are doing good. Mom sai we can come visit you when school is out if you feel ok. Mom only has 9 days left to teach but we have 12 more days in nk :( not fair. Well I hope you are good and maybe we can bring you some watermelon or ice cream when we come see you. I keep praying for you and I know it will work.
    Love kailey

  • This is such awesome news :) we contine to pray and talk to god for Janice.s contined healing, peace and happiness!!!!! You are thought of more than you.ll ever know, honey :) Keep it up!!!!

  • And Now, For The Good News

    The family had a nice visit with Janice over the Memorial Day weekend. Her nausea has subsided and she was almost back to her lively self – joking and quipping “Jannie-isms.” (“Latin,” “Italians.” They’re almost the same … they both begin with “I.”) She was showered and dressed. wearing non-gym clothes. There was time to apply makeup as well, and so she looked lovely.

    I (Sue) was “trained” by a respiratory therapist on emergency actions to take should Jan have trouble breathing on her own with the tracheotomy tube still in place. As such, she was given the go-ahead to leave her hospital floor and venture outside on her own (with me in attendance, but without a nurse or therapist.) She did this twice for a few minutes both days. There is an outdoor patio on ground level with a deck overlooking the Charles River. (FYI: Very large carp grow in the Charles River, and the Duck Boat tours are very popular during the nice weather. They enter and exit the water – the Duck Boats, not the carp – just across the way from the hospital.)

    Janice (and I) have been thoroughly impressed with Matt. he is surely growing up and taking on the characteristics of his Dad. He readily helped Jan to eat (even cutting watermelon into uniform bites with very tiny white seeds diligently disposed of, as well as setting a Milano cookie aside just in case Janice dropped hers and needed a replacement.)

    Janice is learning to maneuver her fingers by utilizing the natural “pulley system” mentioned earlier, where you use the flexing of the wrist to open and close your fingers. As such, she had a great time practicing her new skill by joining Matt and Elizabeth in some painting with Q-tips dipped in water and dried paint strips. We then tried to play blackjack. Jan did a great job “grabbing” and “holding” her two dealt cards.

    Overall, she and all of us had several hours of good family time – hanging out, eating, and playing together. Similar to Yale-New Haven, we are exposed to many hurting families, continuing to see firsthand many others also struggling with life-altering injuries to their bodies. People of all ages and backgrounds share the Spinal Cord Injury wing of Spaulding. A young girl whose body (and brain) was severely injured in an accident the morning of her junior prom. Another girl just older than Janice who is paralyzed from a bullet wound, and also 18 weeks pregnant. A 50-ish woman who simply fell in her kitchen and broke her neck. A dad of two college-age girls injured riding his bicycle in a community biking event. And the list goes on and on.

    Peer mentors and members of the Spinal Cord Injury National Association are part of the Spaulding community. The association’s goal is to demonstrate the potential for full and active living with a spinal cord injury. Janice is intrigued by them and the seeming disappearance of their wheelchairs once they begin interacting with newly-wheelchair-bound patients. Janice is a member now of a new “secret club” to which none of us belong. I am thankful for opportunities for Janice to learn from other accomplished members of that club.

    Gram Wray (Mike’s mom) is expected to arrive for another visit this Tuesday. (She is now in town.) We are excited to have her near again.

    Thanks to all of you for your continued love, support, and prayers. I hope you are as excited as we are at knowing Janice had a good couple of days. We hope more will follow.

    Psalm 34:17-20 (NLT)

    The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
    He rescues them from all their troubles.
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
    he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
    The righteous person faces many troubles,
    but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
    For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;
    not one of them is broken!

  • prayers continue for you and your family. Keep up all the hard work.

  • Shmannie,

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    I love you so very much and I miss you more than words can describe! Thinking of you and your family all the time. You are without a doubt my inspiration every single day my love. Momma H and I cannot wait to visit you (SO EXCITED)!!!! Sending warm thoughts, many prayers, and love to you and your family. If there is anything you or the family needs, let me know love!

    Love you to the moon and back,

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    Shmorgie! =)

  • Hey Janice, just a short note to send our hugs and kisses. We continue to pray for your healing and strength. The strength you show gives strength to us, and others, I’m sure.
    Lots of love,
    Bill and Nancy

  • Janice! I’m so happy you are doing well in Spaulding and working hard. Hopefully I can come visit soon, what would you like to eat/drink? I’d say our regular Brie cheese and Pinot noir but that may not fly… Keep up your efforts and I think of you every day. Love cat

  • My beautiful Janice, Happy belated birthday! It’s your birthday but we are the ones that got the gift. You are an inspiration, a ray of sunshine everywhere you go, every life you touch!

    I can’t even imagine how much effort took you so far to get to where you are but I know that you have the strength to keep going and to make the best of whatever God has in store for you (if He listens to me, it would be lots of sunny days, friends, laughter).

    I continue to have long talks with God and the anger I felt before when I heard of your accident gave way to relieve that you’re still here, still recovering, still the always beautiful Janice, still with us. Everything else we can figure out, little by little. You have a whole community praying for you and willing to help you and your family and that’s not a small accomplishment.
    We all love you very much! I hope that helps little girl 

  • Hey Janice, just want you to know we are still praying for you. I know it’s a long road but you aren’t walking it alone..we praise God for that.
    Love, Debbie Ekholm

  • Glad to hear you’re recovering well. I hope you are finding ways to stay happy – true happiness is something that even the most extreme obstacles cannot overcome. I would like to tell you a story that may offer some inspiration and hope. Although I’ve never been to a rehab for the same reasons as you, when I was 17 years old i lived in a drug rehab for 8 months. One of the people whom I met there and became friends with was shot by a .38 caliber pistol in the neck (ironically, by one of the other people that was in rehab with us), and he had a serious spinal cord injury. He was actually going to buy the gun, but did not have all the money for it, and out of anger the person he was buying it from shot him – and although some of his friends were present, they all left him on the side of the road in Providence to die. Fortunately, he was rescued by a good Samaritan who drove by and saw him bleeding to death on the street.

    He was highly skilled in sports (particularly football) and when he got shot, it was questionable as to whether he would be able to ever even walk again. Within a couple years, I hung out with him again and he could do pretty much all the normal things a normal person could do. He can walk, run, use both arms/hands (although one of his arms/hands was less coordinated than the other last time I saw him, it could have improved further by now). He was not able to remain the star player of his football team, but his body recovered to the point where he is at least able to live a normal life and do pretty much anything the average person can do.

    Spinal cord injuries are a tough thing to recover from, and although your muscles may be physically weak from being stuck in beds and wheelchairs – all you have experienced since the car accident I’m sure must have made you internally far stronger than you ever imagined you could be. Difficulties, obstacles, and sufferings are an integral part of life – and without them pleasures would not be so valuable. We are all limited in various ways, particularly physically – but with enough motivation, inner strength, and creativity you can make any limitation you have irrelevant to achieving success in many areas. And sometimes, the most tragic events give birth to some of the most rewarding events; and the reverse is also true. In honor of this eternal law, I’d like to tell you a story I came across during the many years I’ve spent studying and practicing Zen Buddhism:

    There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “May be,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “May be,” replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “May be,” answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “May be,” said the farmer.

    Again, I’m glad to hear you are making progress. In life, we can ask for perfection, but true perfection exists only within God – in this physical realm, the most we can hope for is progress. I have faith in you, and I will pray for you – but regardless of whether I pray or not, I think it’s within God’s divine plan to make the best out of the worst in the struggles you can and will conquer.

  • Janice! Hopefully I can come visit you soon in Boston. My mom said in a week or two if that’s ok with you?? I hope you are Doing well at Spaulding and had a wonderful memorial day weekend. Love you, cat

  • Hey Janice! I hope you’ve been able to get outside to enjoy this GORGEOUS weather this weekend! Marisa and I will be up to see you tomorrow, so if there’s anything you want or need, let us know. Can’t wait to see you! <3


  • Janice-
    I want you to know that I am praying for you. I constantly check here to find out latest updates on your recovery. You are such a fabulous person and I know that you will find a way to inspire others as you always have.
    I know it’s not a lot but I helped with the fundraiser at OSHF and donated a large part of what I made at another Zumba event. I will continue to do what I can to help raise money to help you and your family through this. I just want you to know that we all love and miss you and your beautiful smile.
    Kara Jacobsen

  • Hi Janice, just wanted to say hi. I hope you are doing ok. I think about you a lot and I talk to my mommy about you all the time. I want you to be well again real soon and I want you to be happy. We pray for you every night before we go to sleep. We talk about times when you were at our house and mostly we smile but sometimes mommy gets sad. I hope you get better real soon janice and I cant wait to come and see you. Xoxo

  • Janice,
    We miss you like crazy and were ready to come and see you today but I understand you aren’t feeling up to company at this moment. Please let me know as soon as we can see you. We know that you are a strong person and will make as many gains as you possibly can. We love you and want you to be well.
    Love the Chennisi Family

  • Hi Janice, I know you’re work is hard, but remember to rest and have some fun too. I think of you often and am sending my love and support. Miss you so much. Betsy

  • Hey Janice- I still think about you every day and pray for you. I really can’t think of anything new and inspirational to say that hasn’t already been said so I’ll just say “have a greaelene and familyat today” and know that you are loved.

  • Hi Janice,

    I’ve been following your progress and wish you continued strength in your journey. Give my best to your mom and Linnie and your younger brother and sister. I apologize for not remembering their names. Middle-age fog I guess
    Patricia Jempty and Marty Feigen.

  • Hi, Janice. Your mom is right. Your spirit, cognitive ability and determined personality are all strong, healthy and as delightful as ever…everything we all love about you…and soooo much more! :) We’ll be up to see you again very soon. The Ratigans

  • Hey Jan, Happy Birthday! I’ve been sending wishes your way all day! I hope you had a wonderful day! Big hugs for you! Lee Ann

  • Happy Birthday Janice!!! Have a wonderful day!!

    Much love to you,

    Donna, Bob, Eric and Katie

  • Happy 21st Birthday Janice!!!!!!! Hope you have a little R&R on your big day. Thinking of you and sending best wishes for a wonderful year ahead!

    Marilyn xo

  • Happy 21st Birthday Janice!!!! We are thinking of you on this day!! We love you Janice!!

    The Lobato’s David, Wendy , Sarah and Daniel

  • Felices 21 Janice!!!!! Lot of love and kisses. Trini and Patricia (Chile).

  • Happy Birthday Janice! Hoping and praying that all your birthdsy wishes come true!
    Love to you Janice,
    Kathi Curtis

  • Happy 21st birthday to such a beautiful young lady!!!! Love you so much and will visit again soon XXOO Love, Wendy , don , Matt , mike and of course Madison!!!

  • Happy birthday Janice!!!!!! Have an amazing 21st birthday :))) we will be celebrating in style soon going out to providence and being able to drink!!! Miss you Janice have a wonderful day! Love Catherine

  • Happy sunshiny birthday to you, Janice! I hope you have some time to enjoy basking in the warm sun today. Have a wonderful day filled with smiles!

    Love you muchly,


    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    I cannot wait to sing to you in person! I miss you so much and I love you with all my heart! I am so blessed to have you in my life as a best friend! You are amazing, and you inspire me every single day with your strength and determination! Keep kicking some Spaulding butt girlie! Sending all my love, warm thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

    God bless you on your Birthday, and may His love shine over you today, tomorrow, and always.

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    Love you to the moon and back,

    Shmorgie! =]

  • I know you are working soooo hard every day at rehab but tomorrow you get to relax … its your special day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Janice!!!!! Have a wonderful day with your family..My thoughts and prayers are with you always.Rose

  • Hi Janice – I’m leaving you a happy birthday message early because I have a long day tomorrow – church and then I’m singing in a Jazz Mass at a Lutheran Church up the street. The pastor and the Blyckers are neighbors. I hope your day is as nice as possible. Jon just hit 21 in April, and earlier Leah turned 18, and now all my kids are grownups. If someone brings a laptop, get into Jenna Steele’s FB and she’s posted lots and lots of pictures of Danielle’s wedding that I enjoyed getting the chance to see a lot. I still feel the compulsion to go and clean the church special for these things. I’ve heard your hard at work at Spaulding – not fun but with a vital purpose. Betty and I had breakfast together yesterday morning. She’s such a dear friend, as you have found, and she helps me a real lot. – Hugs, Anne
    P.S. I write a blog called lovecoversall.org maybe you would enjoy that some time.

  • Hi Janice!
    Are you are meeeting some interesting/helpful people at Spaulding? I hope to get over to see you soon- though I know they are keeping you extremely busy and you need your rest. I sent a little something over to your house for your b-day – I hope liz can bring it for you when she comes next! Thinking of you all the time dear! And of course praying.
    Kathi Curtis

  • I personally remember 5 very Tough months of physical therapy. They told me I had a certain amount of time for the nerves to regrow or there would be permanent damage. Not all of the nerves eventually regrew but, one week before the deadline, the Dr. said “Tense your right arm.” I did like I had done so many times before and could see nothing move. He said “DID YOU SEE THAT?” I said “No.” He said “It moved!” I could not see what he saw. He was right and in a few weeks my right biceps went from being a water balloon to working again. To God the glory. Hang in there – if you like your therapist, you might have the wrong one. :-) “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

  • Hi Janice! It’s 2:40am, and I’m just finishing some work.

    This past Sunday, I was eating cereal when a piece of my front tooth came out. 23 years ago, it had been chipped and bonded after I had an up-close and personal interview with a sidewalk. I was so upset, and after complaining to my girlfriend about it I suddenly remembered what you are going through right now. I felt ashamed and silly for letting such a comparatively trivial thing upset me.

    Anyhow, I thought I’d check in here and see how you’re doing. I’m SO happy to read about the progress you’ve made! Now you truly know – you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to :) The world is full of people who settle for mediocrity and make excuses about why they deserve to be miserable. Not you. You exemplify the spirit of perseverance. Don’t look back – only forward. Congratulations on everything you’ve done so far, and everything you will be doing to make your recovery one for the record books!


  • In case it wasn’t perfectly clear…those were tears of joy upon seeing you yesterday Janice. Thanks for having me. Liz b

  • Hi janice, I just wanted to say hi and I hope you are doing better. I think about you every day. My mom said we can come visit you soon. She said we needed to wait a little until you got comfy there. Please take care and keep getting better. I cant wait to see you! Kailey xoxo

  • We are continued in prayer for your recovery and continually ask God for many blessings for you and your family! Great job with the physical therapy and keep up the good work! God bless you mightily! The Comires

  • Hi lovey dove!!!

    I am so excited that I get to see you tomorrow! I know you are suer busy with therapy but I will get to see you for a bit :) I have missed you so much, I can’t wait to see that new Ferarri of yours! ;) Vrooom vroom baby! Keep up the hard work sunshine :)

    Love you! <3 Katie Fitzpatrick

  • Hi Beautiful Janice!

    Just a quick note to let you know that we’re all thinking of you every day. Eric graduated this weekend! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already. Soon that will be you with your family looking on proudly. Keep up the good work. Maybe in a couple of weeks we can come for a visit if you’re feeling up to it.

    Finally it’s gardening weather and I’m going to get some sunflower seeds to grow in your honor. When they bloom I’ll take pictures and send them to you.

    Happy Mother’s Day Sue! I hope you are surrounded by your children who love you so much.

    Love and Blessings to you all.

    Donna and family

  • Janice, I hope you have a great day with your mom and family :)

    Sue, Have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your children!!!!!

  • Morning Janice. It’s mothers day and we know how special your mom is to you!!! You’re whole family deserves a special day and it’s everyday when they see your beautiful face and the support you give to one another! Family is so very special and helps to make things better. Keep up the hard work and remember how special you are to many of us. Love you!!!!! Xoxo

  • J bug! Stay strong and keep up the amazing work in physical therapy. I love you so much and think of you every day. I saw your sisters pictures of her prom she looked absolutely gorgeous by the way and next year you’ll be doing her eye makeup like you always did for me before we went out :))

  • Hi Janice,

    I know your days are filled with very hard work physically and emotionally. I’m thinking of you and imagining that this must be a roller coaster of emotions at times. You will get through it. I know you to have a strength of mind and a courage and determination that will serve you well. Please remember that. Best, Liz B

  • Hi Janice,
    I hope all is going good at Spaulding. I had to post quick to tell you about my game today. We played today against Wickford Middle School (real important plus a little town rivalry too lol). Well, I’ve mentioned before that I have been so close to hitting a home run but it just wasn’t working out that way. Today was a little different. I usually take off my Janice bracelets because we are not really allowed to wear anything while we are playing but today I really felt I wanted to keep them on and if they made me take them off then I guess I would have to. So, I made sure that my braceletes were tucked away on my wrist under my underarmour where noone could see them. Janice, I had an awesome game. I pitched really good and on a 3-2 count at bat, I said a prayer, looked at my wrist, and there it was–my homerun–finally, game after game after game after game. It went over the fence and bounced against the side of DMS. As I ran the bases, I thought of you at each base I touched. When I finally touched home and got to the dugout, I pulled up my sleeve and smiled. My coach told me that the last homerun that was hit at DMS was in 1990 by an 8th grader. It took so long to get my homerun, but with perserverance, I finally did it and you will too! We are all praying for you, Janice. Please stay strong and you are always on my mind.

  • Hi Janice. Hope you are having a good day today! Thinking of you ALL the time and praying for your recovery every day. I can’t begin to imagine how hard rehab is, both physically and emotionally, BUT… you are one of the most goal-oriented, focused people I know and though you have to veer off course for awhile and follow a different path than you had planned, you will come out of this ON TOP and even STRONGER than you thought you could be!! Use that strength to focus on YOU. Everyone here at Health Services asks about you all the time and we keep them updated as we learn about your progress. So happy to hear about each and every bit of progress you are making! You are incredible! I am here for you if there is anything you need and please let your family know I would be most happy to do anything for them. Take good care of yourself Janice. Everyone at Health Ed says hi and we will be sure to visit soon. Can’t wait to see you in Boston. Sending positive energy, love and healing thoughts to you.

    Marilyn xo

  • Hi there Janice! I hear that you are working so hard. I am sending all my prayers and love to you, wishing you constant strength and hope. Keep up the good work! We’re so proud of you!

    Kelly Barone

  • Thinking of you~stay strong honey~keep up the good work and rest when needed :)
    Much love, jenn

  • So good to see you the other day, Janice!! I can still hardly believe that after the month you’ve had you were cracking jokes and making us all laugh and smile along with you (especially after a long day training and conditioning)! I’m so glad you’ve managed to stay positive through the ups and downs. I hope that your electronic finger “motivators” are beneficial and that little by little you’ll be able to use your fingers! Well, next time I head your way I will try to bring our wedding album to share with you, as promised (although I’m not quite sure how long it will be before I get it), or at least a few pictures if I don’t have it yet. In the meantime, keep that kayak in sight- it has your name on it and you WILL be down there at some point (hopefully on a day with less clouds and rain than today though)- just remember: it’s a matter of WHEN, not if. You can do it!! See you soon!
    -Marisa :-)

  • Janice-
    What an awful thing for you to have to go through… But the good news is that you will get through it and it will all behind you soon. Keep working hard, stay positive, and know that so many people love you and care about you.

    Oh- and don’t forget to smile… it really does help!
    Lots of Love-
    Lynn Grandpre

  • Hi Janice, I think about you every day and always wonder how you are doing. I played a softball game the other day and thought about you on my way to the game and during my game. I know that you are going through something I can’t imagine but your recovery and getting healthy seems to fit in to me. It was a big day for us. We were playing against Exeter-West Greenwich and they were undefeated. I was on the spot because I am the pitcher for my team and sometimes I feel like how well or not well I do will depend on how my team performs. Well, again they were undefeated. I pitched the whole game and I hit a triple and a double. Both times my hits bounced off of the top of the fence (robbing me of 2 homeruns). I was so frustrated and bummed out about this. I tried so hard to hit that homerun and it just didn’t seem to be working for me that day. I knew that I had to keep trying and trying giving it all I had in me to get that homerun and pitch as good as I could to try to win. I made it around a few of the bases over and over again, still not getting that homerun quite yet. We did end up winning because we didn’t give in-we kept trying and pushing and trying and pushing, giving it our all. Your getting to Spaulding is like making it to 1st base, Janice. There are still more bases for you to get to but eventually with all your hard work and determination, you will make it to home plate, Janice-I know you will-just like someday I will hit that homerun! Please stay strong-it may take a while and you may need rest, but I know you will give it your all and God is on your side-he will get you to home plate! Stay strong and smile.

  • Janice! Keep up your efforts I know through all the amazing staff at Spaulding you will be better soon enough. I think of you all the time and keep praying for your recovery. Love you- cat

  • Dear Jannie, There is one area I can empathize with you and that is speech therapy. As you know, I have had five surgeries on my throat. The first was thyroid surgery, which left me with a paralized left vocal cord. Next was two surgeries to insert teflon in the paralyzed cord so it would touch the good chord. This didn’t work so, next came cysts removed from the good cord, which developed from banging into the paralyzed one. Finally, eight years ago, Dr. Rosen in Pgh. took some of my belly fat (of which he had no problem finding) and inserted it into the paralyzed cord. This has held and even though I can’t yell, I can sing and get by in my every day life. I said all this to tell you this–During this time, I had to do two years of speech therapy. I had to learn to breathe from my abdomen and not from my chest. I had to learn how to do this standing, sitting and lying down. I had to learn how to speak through my mask, which is my face and learn how to speak slowly and with high pitched words. What, at one time, came so easily, now had to be done with much thinking and practicing. It has taken awhile, but with God’s help, success has arrived. Patience has never been my best virtue, but believe me I am learning. You will endure, because God is your strength and He still has much for you to do.I just felt led to share this with you. xoxoxoxo Grandma Wray

  • Janice,

    You don’t know me, but I know of you because my son goes to school with your brother. I have seen your mom at various school functions and I met your sister through the EGUMC VBS. My family and I have been praying for you. Yesterday, during my morning walk (which is really my praise-God time), I was listening to K-Love and heard MercyMe’s song, “The Hurt & The Healer.” I couldn’t help but think of you. I hope this song brings you comfort and hope! Here is the URL for the YouTube video, which includes the lyrics to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxqfDs-64I0

    Praying with all confidence that God will heal you,
    Chris Campbell

  • Praying and thanking God for giving you courage, strength, peace, rest, comfort and healing.

  • Hi Janice, I’ve been folllowing your journey and am sending you strong thoughts and lots of love. Work hard, rest often and take it five minutes at a time if necessary. With love from Betsy

  • Janice, my Mom was in one of those electric-powered wheelchairs, and she used to take whole door frames off, shooting full-speed through a doorway and catching the edge of the frame with the arm of her chair. We were always like, “MOM! Slow down!” Everyone learned to stay out of her way! LOL!

    How exciting to hear of the hard work you’re putting your mind to, and the new friends you’re meeting at Spaulding. I know your infectious, winning spirit will be like sunshine there to so many, especially those who don’t share your faith. We love you and are rooting for you!!

  • AWWWWSOME! I’m loving this news of your latest advances. You’re on the move. What next? Keep it coming Janice. I KNOW you’ve got it in you. Best, Liz b

  • Way to go Janice! You’re doing great and we’re all rooting for you! Maybe it would be ok to come for a visit with Tessa and Charleigh when we’re in Boston sometime!
    Kelly Barone

  • Shmannieeeee!

    I miss you already! I am so proud of your progress (ICE CHIPS, apple sauce and hearing that beautiful voice of yours!!!!) I cannot wait to see you again! You inspire me everyday lady. Momma H cannot wait to see you either, you are all she talks about (literally)! We are all praying for you and sending our love! Keep up the amazing work and stay strong during those hours of breathing, OT, and PT. I just have to say, you are unbelievable and absolutely amazing in every way! You are a “Wray” of sunshine to us all ;) I will see you soon with some decorations from your room at home!!!

    P.S. I’m hooked on Once Upon A Time haha, cannot wait to watch it with you!!!!

    Love you with all my heart!!!

    Shmorgieeeeee =)

  • Janice, My name is Nathan Banville, when I am home I attend church with my wife and daughter, Heidi and Natalie. My thoughts and prayers are of you here in Kuwait. -Nate

  • Today our Sunday School class cheered and praised God for your progress, and we also continue to ask for your strength, patience and resolve as you continue on the road to recovery. We’re so happy you’re breathing on your own, out of the ICU, and able to maneuver around Spaulding. Prayers are definitely being answered. We look forward to hearing that you’re standing and regaining all functionality. Kathi’s mom in Florida

  • Hi Janice, Post 430 here. It’s so amazing to me that you have had so many experiences in these 5 few days at Spaulding. Although exciting to you, I imagine it might be sometimes a bit overwhelming too, yes? If so, in those moments just focus on chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, and things will feel better. That’s a promise! I’m looking forward to delivering that serving in person. In the mean time, I hope it helps to know that I have you in prayer all day long, from waking to falling asleep, for stupendous, dear-diary-like healing that’s faster than fast. And I still need to know what your favorite food is.

    This was quoted in church today (and earlier, prayer requests for healing and strength for you and your family were made): “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

    Love you!

  • Jenn, I am Janice’s grandmother and live in Altoona, PA. A grandmother here has a grandson, who was just diagnosed with leukemia. She loves the bracelet idea and would like to get some made for her family. Also, I could use some more, also. Please let me know how she can get some made and how I can get some more. Thanks for doing this for Jannie. God has provided me with ome wonderful friends and have raised $300, so far. Thanks, Janet Wray, 2022 Parkway Dr., Altoona, PA 16602 814-502-9705

  • Go Janice, go janice, GO, GO, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are such an amazing human being, we love you so much. So happy to hear the great news!!!. Trinidad and Patricia ({Viña del Mar, Chile)

  • Hi, Janice! I can hardly believe all the progress you’ve made- and all in less than a week at Spaulding!! Amazing!! Keep it up my friend. :) Oh, and Happy Cinco de Mayo, chica!

  • Janice!!! Keep it up girl!!!!! Love you so much and I’m so proud of you! Cat

  • Omg Janice Sounds like you are on the move!!!!! So happy to hear the amazing news!!!!! We all knew how determined you are in life no matter what the hurdles are in front of you! We can just picture that smile once again!!! We love you ! Xoxo

  • Sounds Like Exciting New Digs – We are and have been praying for you constantly. – Randy is becoming our Prayer Rock!.
    We have been sharing updates with Quidnessett as well and praying at their prayer meetings.
    We love you kid, I hope I am doing this right, haven’t quite caught up with technology.
    We feel bad we haven’t visited, but with all the kids in school and Alicia having every preschool kid blowing their nose on her – we have just not quite been healthy. We are hoping to have a couple of healthy days sometime.
    See you
    Love the Sherwoods!

  • Janice, I am so happy to hear all the recent updates and great news that you’re mobile via a motorized wheelchair. I’m so proud of you and your can-do attitude. You are an inspiration! I am in continuous prayer for you and your family. Godspeed, my dear one, Godspeed!
    Audrea M.

  • Katrina gave me your web site. Very glad to hear of your progress . Janice is in my thoughts and prayers

  • Hi Janice, We are sooooo happy to hear about your progress :) YOU GO!!!!!! We all can’t wait to come up and visit you and hear your lovely voice :) Keep it up–Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you always!!!
    Much Love,

  • Your progress is wonderful! Our prayers (in South Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, etc., etc., will continue.)

  • Hi Jannie, How great to hear your voice and that beautiful smile should be in a commercial. Your picture is before us on our kitchen bar (we pray over it every day) and your bracelet is on all my cousins, Aunt Opal, and many people at church. I have to order some more. It’s a good thing you exercised so much, because you know how to work out. This will come handy, I’m sure, in your new exercise programs. Love you bunches. Lolli says, “Yip, Yip!:” That means, “Hello”, Just ask Brooke.

  • Hi Janice!
    I took off my blue nail polish because you are settled at Spaulding BUT I miss it, so am going to put it back on! How wonderful to be able to talk!! What a relief – keep going strong girl! Love you and hugs to you and your Mama!
    PS I haven’t forgot about that mani I promised when I come visit you next!

  • Wow, girl! sounds like you are going places at Spaulding. I know it’s hard to meet all those people and get evaluated, and evaluated, AND EVALUATED so many times over in one day. I was in a program once and had to go through that. Hope you’re getting some rest and feeling encouraged. I am wearing my blue bracelet proudly for you. Love, Anne

  • Hey Janice!

    Wow. Every time I read through this blog, I become more and more inspired by how incredible you are and the odds you are readily defying. You are an amazing human being and I think about your unbelievable strength and progress all the time. I am so moved by your perseverance. Don’t stop fighting. You’re forever in my and my family’s prayers.
    Love, Aly

  • Hi janice
    i hope they are keeping you busy with all the therapy :) i cant wait to come and visit you :) you are in my thoughts and prayers :)
    P.S. I always wear my “Janice ” bracelet and even when i go to bed :) Get better soon :)
    Love ,Kailey xoxo

  • We are so excited that you are at Spaulding! Positive thoughts are in the air! We love you Janice and miss you so much! Thinking of you ALL the time! Love, Wendy, Don, Matt, Mikey and Madison :)

  • Hi Jan,

    I hope your transition to Spaulding is a smooth one. It’s possible there was a lot of emotion–leaving Yale and beginning this new path on your journey. I hope you can take comfort in the fact that so many are thinking of you and praying for you. You are not alone. Liz b

  • Janice, we’re really happy to hear of your move to Spaulding and we know we know you’re going to do well there. Keep up the good work. As always, know you have our prayers and are in our thoughts every day. Lots of love…Bill and Nancy

  • PTL!!! It’s wonderful to see the Lord at work in you Jannie, and through all those around you!! We are praying for continued strength, determination, and healing as you conquor this next phase of recovery!!
    The Davies

  • There have been more bracelets ordered~if you would like some at uri or know people interested, please let me know :) All proceeds go directly to Janice

  • Janice, We are all keeping you and your family in our prayers. Glad to hear about your progress. Many students keep asking about your bracelets. Stay strong, Suzanne Carr, URI CON

  • Dear Janice, This is the first time I have written but I have followed your story from the day after your accident when I received the frantic call from my daughter, Jenn. I have laughed and cried when reading all the caring and inspirational messages from those who love you so much. You are a very special girl who is able to meet the challenges and reach a full recovery. The love, support, and prayers of your family and friends will continue to lift you up. My prayers are with you always, Rose (the Oliver connection)

  • Janice!!! I’m so happy you’ve made it to Spaulding and will soon be off the ventilator what great news! I can’t wait to come visit you and gossip with you!!! Miss you and keep it going your a tough cookie! Love Catherine

  • Hi Janice, I read the update and saw that you are at your rehab now. I am happy that they are having you do lots of things there. It sounds like they are keeping you pretty busy and that is good. I am so happy for you and I can’t wait to come and see you-when you are up to visitors. I think of you all the time and I wear my angel janice bracelet with every outfit heehee! Hope to see you soon. Love, Kailey

  • YA!!!!! YA!!!!! YA!!!!! AWESOME!!!!! AMAZING!!!!! Keep it up, Janice :)
    God is GOOD!!!!

  • what wonderful news about moving rehab. Keep up the great work Janice and you’ll be off the vent and eating in no time!!

  • HI Janice,
    So happy to read the news you were moved to Spaulding. Look at this as if you are training for a marathon. The end result will be you will cross that finish line no matter how hard the training may be. Keep focused, and remember the world is praying for you, and anxiously awaits to see you cross that finsh line.

    Diane Sullivan

  • Janice has very intensive therapy sessions with a host of caregivers, essentially all morning until probably 4:00 pm, from the initial comments of the nursing staff upon admission on Monday. It probably would be best if we allowed her to settle into a routine and let her adjust to the level of ramped-up conditioning they are putting her through. This may be the best way we can help her, at least for now. She will need time to recover her voice once the tracheotomy is discontinued, and breathing may still be labored. Mail be sent to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Janice Wray Room 911, 125 Nashua Street Boston, MA 02114-1101. There is plenty of wall space right now. That’s our challenge-of-the-day. She has her computer in the room. I wonder if you might even be able to post a best-wishes vid on her Facebook, if you are friends.

  • Go Janice!!! Which Spaulding campus were you admitted to? Bob and I are looking forward to visiting you when you are ready. We’ll be in touch!


  • Jan!! I continue to be so incredibly proud of you! Keep up the good work! I will be seeing you shortly in the lovely city of Boston and can’t wait. Hang in there girl, you’ve got this! love you and thinking of you always!


  • Janice,
    So happy to hear you will soon be on your way to Spaulding. Travel safely and rest easy knowing you are in the hearts, minds, and prayers of so many.
    “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ” (Isaiah 40:29-31)

  • Hey Janice, Just wanted to let you know your in our thoughts and prayers. Sounds like you are on the road to recovery. Stay strong, we know you will persevere.


    When all the world is looming dark
    And things seem not so clear,
    When shadows seem to hover ’round
    Lord, may I persevere.

    When it seems everything’s been tried
    And there’s no way to go,
    Just let me keep remembering
    Sometimes the journey’s slow.

    I may just need to stop and rest
    Along the path I trod,
    A time to try to understand
    And have my talk with God.

    As I gain new strength to carry on
    Without a doubt or fear,
    Somehow I know things will be right,
    And so, I persevere.

    By Anne Stortz

  • Oh my I already thought you were at Spaulding~lol I guess my facebook post looks a little silly heehee :) sending prayers for a relaxing journey there for you and mom!!!

  • Hi Janice,

    Get lots of rest tonight! I am so happy that you are going to Spaulding tomorrow! One step closer honey… one step closer.

    Our love and prayers to you and your family,

    Mari Luz Simone

  • Amen. Blessings to you all.


  • Janice- I just read the good news- you’re off to Boston tomorrow! God speed! I know without a doubt that you will show the folks at Spaulding a new definition of the word “rehabilitation”! Keep up the good work, honey! You have everyone’s prayers helping you along.
    Love, Raelene

  • Shmannie love,

    I hope you are resting up my dear because Spaulding is right around the corner. “Watch out, here she comes” is all I have to say to them hehe. Thinking of you all the time! Miss you so much (but I know I will see you soon). Sending more love and prayers to you and your family!

    Love you to Neptune and back,

    Shmorgie! =)

  • Hi Janice! praying for a smooth transition for you asap -like tommorrow! Have fun on that ambulance ride:) xoxo Kathi Curtis

  • Wow!!!! So glad to hear the latest news~we A L L are :) You go, girl!! Are thoughts and continued prayers are with you ALWAYS!!! Much love!!!

  • Very pleased and encouraged by the update on 04/28/12. Spaulding is the place to be for the best treatment of neck & spinal cord injuries. And, its right on the green line for easy access. (Science Museum or North Station) . May God speed your recovery. We’re praying for you and your family.

  • Hey girlie! So i’m supposed to be writing the last and final paper for my psych clinical but instead I’m searching online for the easiest way to get to Spaulding so I can come see you tons of times and cheer you on during your recovery. I can only imagine you must be nervous and excited at the same time to be moved to Boston but I will be here for you 100% of the way as I promised. I’m finally all better and it sounds like you’re doing much better as well so I’m hoping to see you soon! I’ve already started planning out your birthday gift :) I read that you were showing early signs of regained sensation in your extremities and that you’ll get that awful neck collar removed sometime soon. I know there are no promises yet in terms of prognosis for your legs but tears of excitement and joy were running down my face as I texted my stepmom and Pete to tell them about that little update. I miss you tons and tons and I’m praying for you and your entire family and hoping that the big move tomorrow is quick and easy. Get lots of rest tonight and stay positive girlie!! Things can only get better from here :) <3 <3 <3 <3 tons and TONS of love!!

  • Dear Janice and all the Wray family:

    Just wanted to let you know that the Worthington family, far and wide, is rooting for you and thinking of you every day. We hold you in our hearts and in our prayers. We have been closely following the posts and are encouraged to hear that you are making enough progress to be transferred to Spaulding soon. We admire your spirit and your grace. Know that we think of you every day, wishing you a speedy and full recovery.

    Much love, Renee, Sam, Rachel, Jamie and Lindsay

  • Janice,
    I can’t help but text your Mom daily because I don’t have the patience to wait for the updates on the site. I am so excited to hear about your progress and look forward to hearing about your continued advances in the right direction. You are so loved by so many people it is incredible how many lives you touch. Janice I am convinced that Spaulding will be able to get you to reach further than one would expect. You are a strong person inside and out and if anyone will do it its you. Love you Janice. x0x0x0x0

  • Happy Sunday, Janice! Following your updates on the page daily, and continuing to pray in faith, believing in your complete and total healing and victory :-) Every time I see your smiling face in the photo on this page, I find myself smiling as well, and envisioning you giving that smile in encouragement and deep understanding and love to all your future patients as an amazing nurse. The Lord Jesus is with you continually, and right now He is carrying you just as described in the Footprints poem. He will never let you go, and His loving purpose for your life will never fail to be fulfilled. Shine on, special girl! Watch and see what the Lord will do :-)

    Much love and many prayers,
    Sharon Thiel

  • Janice, I have truly learned so much about you through these circumstances. I have learned is that so many people love and care for you. Whenever I hear people speak of you they all say the same thing beautiful, smart, radiant, full of joy and the list goes on and on. I have truly learned that you are everyone friend whether they are 20 yrs older than you or 20 yrs younger . Everyone loves you and you have blessed people in more ways than you know. We are all so happy to hear of your progress and pray that the transition to Spaulding goes smoothly. God bless you Janice.

    Wendy Lobato – The Lobato Family

  • Shmannie =)

    I love you and miss you with all my heart! I am so proud of all the progress you have made! You are my inspiration everyday girl. Momma H, Papa H, Chris, and I are praying for you and your family everyday! Sending love, and warm wishes your way! I cannot wait to visit you at Spaulding as soon as I can!

    I saw this quote and it made me think of you…

    The BEST and
    Most BEAUTIFUL things
    In the WORLD cannot
    Be SEEN or even
    TOUCHED. They
    Must be FELT with
    The HEART.
    – Hellen Keller

    Love you to the moon and back,

    Shmorgie =)

  • Woo hoo! Spaulding better get ready for you! Here’s a song of encouragement to keep those lungs clear and get ready for some PT in Boston!

  • Janice,
    I sent you well wishes on Easter, not knowing you….Since then, I have prayed for you regularly and followed this site. I have read so many encouraging and heartfelt comments from folks all over. Each day is a gift from God. I wanted to share God’s special gift to me last Thursday at the Alvin C York VA Hospital, in TN, where I work in the SCI clinic. I had been praying that I could help your family in a small way, but I didn’t know how. God answered my prayers, when I agreed to allow a PT student to observe in the clinic. Your cousin was the student. We really didn’t get a chance to talk before the clinic, so I didn’t realize who she was and I didn’t know her last name was Wray. She met a a new spinal cord injury patient, who had recently been discharged home after rehab. It was during this meeting that she mentioned her cousin was also in an accident. Again, I didn’t make the connection, until she said, “in RI.” I think immediately I got as white as the bed sheet. I asked if her cousin was at Yale and if her name was Janice. Then she got pale and had this look of shock on her face. I was overcome by emotions and could feel my eyes saturated with tears. After my patient left, we got the opportunity to talk a little more and I gave her some information and my contact numbers. I thanked God for orchestrating our meeting. I hope you are recovering well from your surgery and you have an easy transition to Spaulding. Your personality and faith have probably really touched the staff. I’m sure all the nurses and therapists will go into severe withdrawals and need some Lorazepam on the day of your transfer. You sound like you are radiant like that sunflower and that you will shine wherever you go. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Be joyful always 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. May God continue to bless you and your family!

    P.S. I want a bracelet!!!!!

  • Good morning Janice
    It’s been several days since we’ve sent you a message but you are always on our minds!!! We never let a day go by without catching up on your progress! Please remain strong and life has to get better for you. Your body needs this healing time to make you stronger to achieve the goals ahead of you. Hannah and I want to come for a little visit when you get to Boston we promise we won’t stay long because you have so many others that want to see you as well. Please continue the fight and hopefully every day is better for you!!! It’s still a little cold outside for those sunflowers but they are still beautiful!! Xoxo love you lots!

  • Janice, Just wanted to let you know you remain in our thoughts and prayers every day, all day :) We are glad to hear that you will be able to escape that place soon and touch many other hearts at Spaulding in Boston :)

    Sue, thank you so very much for the beautiful card. Could you let Janice know that people from all over are contacting about her recovery bands. A young man by the name of Connor Brady all the way from North Carolina emailed me; he said he worked with her at the White Mountain Ranch and he would “LOVE” to have a bracelet–it’s on it’s way tomorrow in the mail for him :) WOW, the people she has touched–AMAZING :)

  • I’m praying for you Janice and family. Blessings to you all. -Shlomy

  • Janice! Keep it up to move to Spaulding. Love you so much and we are all praying for you non stop in hopes of your recovery. – Catherine

  • Janice,
    I am both a gym friend as well as a neighbor as my parents live a couple of houses down from your Mom. Just wanted to drop by and let you know that you and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I pray each day that God will watch over you and that you continue to stay strong and improve. I also love your prayer bracelet and wear it proudly! Stay Strong and God Bless.

  • HOLA!!!! Me and CHarity here! Wanted to drop in and say hey heyy! We love you Janice and your fam. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo smooches!

  • Wow! Aunt Sue is trying this technology again. It seems to have worked before so I’m trying again. Just wanted to tell how much you mean to this family. Your bright smile and sparkling personality bring joy to us all. Prayers continue. Love flows to you! Thinking about you always. Love, Aunt Sue

  • Sweet little girl Janice,

    You and your family are constantly on my mind. I pray for you daily and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t wish that you were home, healthy and smilly :-) You will get through this honey and soon you will be in Boston!

    Lots of prayers coming your way


    Bob, Mari, Leticia

  • Dearest Jannie, Arrived back in Altoona Wednesday evening and missing you all, already. It’s hard to be so far away, but our God knows no time or distance, so you can feel all the believing prayers going your way. When you get back to your own bedroom, I hope you can find everything. Linnie helped put clothes away after the laundering. She said I wasn’t allowed in her room. I peeked in and now I know why. Tee Hee. Looking forward to seeing you in Boston. Love you bunches. Grandma Wray

  • Sending lots of love and positive thoughts your way. Keep fighting and keep being a beaming ray of sunshine for those in your life. Thinking of your family too <3 you are all such amazing people and I know you will all get through this. My parents send their love and prayers as well <3

  • Dear Janice, I hope you’re feeling better. They have trouble finding my veins, too. One of my friends says she is sending something to you all the way from Georgia! I gave her your mom’s address in East Greenwich. You’ll have to tell me what it’s like. I have my blog going. My most recent post is http://lovecoversall.org/2012/04/26/the-mighty-power-is-indescribable/ Maybe you’ll enjoy it. I hope so. Love, Anne

  • Hi janice I am so glad the doctors could help to clear up your lungs. I hope you get to go to boston really soon so you can get even healthier. I am going to bring you a special present when I get to see you. I wear your band all the time even to bed and so does kiara and my mom. I hear her pray for you all the time. I do to and I hope he can hear me. See you soon. Love kailey

  • Hi Janice,

    I just wanted to let you know that we’ve all got your recovery bands on and are thinking of you constantly. :) I hope you’ve found the past few days to be restful, comfortable, and pain-free. We heard that you’ve seen improvements in your arms, great news! I suppose that’s not at all surprising considering your upbeat attitude. Everything else will follow suit shortly. I have a feeling that you will very soon be on your way to Boston, amazing and charming a new team of doctors and nurses. They’ll be lucky to have you. You are in all of our prayers. <3

  • Hello Beautiful, Radiant, Glowing Janice!

    Just wanted to pop in and say hi and let you know you are in my prayers and thoughts several times a day. Stay strong and know how much you are loved.

    Blessings to you.

  • Hey girlie, just wanted to tell you that I met the owner of Ocean State Health and Fitness today when I went to buy some of your bracelets and she was super nice! We chatted briefly about you and how awesome you are :) also, today was the last day of our psych lecture and I knew you would be super excited that psych is finally over. I miss you so much. I’m almost in the clear with this chest cold I have and I’ll come see you soon. I know I’ve been saying that but I hope to see you in the next week :) I hope someone is reading all of these messages on here cause you’re getting tons of love and praise! Love you girlie keep fighting!

  • Dear Janice, I’m so happy for you that your grandmother was able to come. I am a grandmother, too, and understand a grandmother’s heart. I’m certain she never ceases praying for you. May God grant her safe travel as she returns home. I continue to pray for you and your family. Reading the posts of others on this site, I’m awed by the many people who love you and pray for you! You must be a very precious young lady. God has given you this wonderful support system, and I know He will continue to bless you. I’m praying for an early and easy transition to the rehab facility and your rapid return to vigorous good health.

  • Hi Janice, it’s Kiara. I was thinking about you today at my softball game–I can remember when you came to Warwick and you watched me play. We played against Westerly today at DMS. I thought about you when I was running around the bases. I had one hit and got to first–I never made it home with that hit though even though I tried real hard. Then I hit a triple and then my next at bat I hit a double–with those hits and staying on base, I did make it home eventually, one play–one hit–one player at a time!!! Stay strong, Janice and keep believing–never give up. I know my game is a lot different than what you are going through but my game reminded me of how you will get better. I had setbacks and disappointments and I needed to find it in me to keep pushing and be patient. I know it will take some time for you to get better, but YOU WILL make it around to “home plate”–one base at a time!!!!!!! Thinking of you ALWAYS, Janice!!!!! Can’t wait to come see you!!!!!
    Love, Kiara

  • Janice, You and your mom are constantly on our minds–there is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of both of you–we continue to pray for you daily, honey :) The girls and I can’t wait to come visit you when you are in Boston :) Stay strong and stay positive, honey!!!!!

  • Janice! i need to visit soon and do the monkey you love some much lol…. get better you are very strong and are in my prayers

  • Janice, just a short note to say hello and to let you know you are still in our thoughts and prayers. Continually and constantly. You’re at the very top of the prayer list. Please continue fighting. And smiling. Lots of love to you. Bill and Nancy

  • Hey Janice, I was just in Boston and thought, I’ll be back here soon to visit Janice! Keep up the hard work. You are truly amazing! Hugs,
    Lee Ann

  • Hey Janice. Not sure if you remember me (Allison Cabral, now Mitkowski) but we used to play when we were little. I hear you’re having a bit of a rough time but have faith that we all come across our challenges and get through to the other side. I know you are a strong fighter who can recover through this to the best of you ability and cope with what you cannot recover (remember we can ll deal with the challenges we are faced with). I hope you are getting better by the minute and can remember the ctazy fun times we had as kids. If you need anything please have somebody e-mail (amitkoequine@yahoo.com) me. I am out of work due to health reasons and could be very useful in any way that you may need via long distance. Heal quickly and feel better and keep a positive attitude. Trust me, I know how hard that last part is. Love and prayers are sent!

  • Dear Janice,
    Couldn’t sleep last night so I spent the time praying extra for you and your mom and family. I won’t be able to visit as often until Aristocats wraps, but please know I will continue fervent prayer for your healing and driving Matt to baseball when needed:) I am wearing Tiffany blue on my nails, so you are constantly on mind – I will not change color until you are well settled at rehab! I am going over to Betty’s soon to paint her nails blue too!
    Much love, Kathi

  • Never doubt, dear ones. With God all things are possible. Like the woman who touched the hem of His garment, we shall just trust in the Lord to send power and healing into Janice. Thank you, God, for holding Janice and Sue in your loving care. Amen

  • Hi Janice,

    I remain confident that you are capable of amazing things. Setbacks are to be expected. Like so many things in life, they are temporary. Any feeling that you have is temporary. So, don’t dwell in the negative feelings. Bask in the positives and cling to them with all you’ve got. Again, I can’t wait to see you. Liz b

  • Dear Janice and Sue. I pray with MANY others that Janice will experience relief of her pain, the disappearance of any infection, the restoration of sensation and motion to her hands and legs. The emotional roller coaster of the past few weeks much have left you both somewhat drained, so prayers are going up that you will be refreshed and strengthened in every possible way.

  • Dear Janice,
    We don’t really know each other well but I have known your family for many years from attending Frenchtown Baptist Church. I have been following your progress here and through Pastor Mel’s emails. I check in daily, even multiple times a day. It has been amazing to follow your journey here with all its highs and lows. It has brought many tears and even more smiles with the incredible progress you have made and the encouraging words your family and friends have left for you. I know you are able to feel the love being sent your way.

    I was very excited to get my “Janice” bracelet at church today. I have a bracelet with my husband’s name on it, he is currently deployed and now yours! It is a wonderful reminder to pray at every opportunity!

    I am a bit late posting this, I will admit I was a little nervous to do so. Last Sunday I was asked to sing in church. In the past I have gone to visit your sister Linnie at the bookstore to pick out a song (she has even made suggestions for me). Because of time constraints I picked out a song that I already knew and one that was fitting to what our congregation is going through right now. The song was called Jesus Will Still Be Here by Point of Grace. Do you know it? Anyway, I wanted to share the chorus with you…

    When the going gets tough and the rides too much
    And you’re just not sure enough
    Jesus will still be here
    His love will never change
    Sure as a steady rain
    Jesus will still be here
    When no one else it true
    He’ll still be loving you
    When it looks like you’ve lost it all
    And you haven’t got a prayer
    Jesus will still be there

    One result of following your situation is that I keep praise music on in my car so when I get in and I hear it, I remember to pray for you and your family. My mom got my daughter a Veggie Tales praise CD for Easter so now we have that playing. It is pretty funny to listen to a “cucumber” singing Amazing Grace. But the words of the songs are powerful no matter who it comes from :) My daughter is loving the music and she is starting to memorize and try to sing it (she is almost 3 so that is pretty funny too). But I think about the strong and obvious faith that you have even in these trying times and I can only hope that my daughter will grow up with that kind of faith as well. You are an inspiration. Keep fighting, stay strong and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for you.

    To Sue,
    I miss seeing you at church. I miss your incredible insight into God’s word in Sunday School. Please know that we are praying for you and the kids just as fervently as we are Janice.

    With Love,
    Heidi Banville

  • Janice, I just wanted you to know that I pray for you, along with others at Christ Church. The Lord is you. Believe in what the Lord God says in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed for I am God, I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee; with the right hand of my righteous. God Blessings….Rick Bonin

  • Hi Janice-
    You were prayed for today by a packed WKBC congregation. Be strong!!!
    -The Russell’s

  • Sorry, Sue–I have to make a correction–my last post was from my phone and there is a typo–I meant to say I’m glad to her “your girl” is resting well–I apologize :(

  • Shmannie,

    I saw this quote and it made me think of you…

    “Believe in yourself and all that you are.
    Know that there is something inside you
    greater than any obstacle” – Christian D. Larson

    Thinking of you and your family all the time. I miss you a whole lot!

    Love you so much,

    Shmorgie :)

  • Hi Janice, So glad to hear surgery went well. I am looking forward to picking up my bracelet! Hope you’re feeling better every day.

  • Janice,
    “Someone remembers, someone cares
    Your name is whispered in someone’s prayers…..”
    I’m so happy to read that the surgery went well and will continue to pray for your safe transfer to Spaulding and continued progress and recovery. God Bless you and your family. You serve as inspirations to us all!Stay strong.
    JoAnne Leach

  • Janny Janny Bo Banny Banana Fana… etc. How are ya? I’m wearing my spiffy blue bracelet and thinking about you! Now that you have your tubes in you can relax a little more and just focus on getting better. I will focus my prayers on your transfer to rehab.
    Love, Raelene and Lizzie

  • Hi Sue, so glad to hear our girl is resting well amd that this will help get her to boston quicker :) I noticed your post about bracelets, please let me know if you need more for the gift baskets, I can get them to you or to liz asap!! God bless, jenn

  • Hi Janice, It was so nice to read that you are resting comfortably and your sweet face is even more visible now. I, like everyone else, am so thankful for these updates and keep checking SO MANY times during my day. Needless to say, things are just not the same in Health Ed. The joy, ray of sunshine and brilliance that everyone talks about associated with you is missing in our department… I hope the recent developments allow you to be at peace and get stronger. My prayer is that you are comforted by so much love and hope that has been sent your way. You have an amazing spirit and have touched so many people, me included. It was always in taking care of patients like you and getting know families like yours, that made me stop and realize the power within the love of family…We love and miss you Janice,

  • Morning Janice happy to hear your surgery went well and you are somewhat peaceful! Remember this is a temporary fix while your body becomes stronger. Life really sucks sometimes but remember you have the strength of your loving family as well as many others that care about you!!!!!!!!!! You need to become strong so you can continue to push forward and fight these setbacks. As the weather gets warmer I bet many people are planting flowers especially sunflowers!xoxo I was at lowes the other day and saw an old friend of yours and yes you were the topic of our conversation! We all love you very much! Xoxo xoxo

  • Janice, I’ve been thinking about you and your family all day. I’m dying to see you cause I miss you so much but I’m still sick and I know you’re going through a lot. I cried when I read about the trach and feeding tube but I realized they will help you so much despite how much they suck. I read that Felicia’s coffee is selling the bracelets for you and I’m going to drive there tonight and get one. I love you so much and I’m still praying as hard as I can for you and your entire family❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • I’m praying for you lovey dove! I hope that this will help make things easier for you. You have been fighting hard for so long, please keep it up! You are stronger than any Olympian out there!! We are your cheerleaders, GOOOOO JANICE!!!!!

    Love, Katie

  • Hello Sue, I know this was a big day for Janice and our continued thoughts and prayers are with her :) I just wanted to let you know that our family and many other families and churches are praying for you as well–while I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through, please know that we are all praying for you to remain strong and healthy as well. I know it’s easy for me to say this because I am not living this as you are, but please REST, REST, REST!!!!! You need REST as well as Janice!!!!! REST will keep your body and mind strong for you and for her!!! You are in so many people’s thoughts and prayers, Sue!!!! Stay strong and God Bless.

  • Janice,

    You are in my prayers. Stay strong. You will get through this!

  • Hello Janice, today is a big day for you~stay positive!!! Keep in mind that today’s surgery is going to help your body recover and rest in order for you to heal and get out of that place and on to rehab :) And most important, this is temporary :) Keep smiling and can’ t wait to see you in Boston!!!!! Girls wanted to come sooner but sniffles here and there kept them away~kailey was sad, but she understands why :) REST , REST, REST cause before you know it you will be working out like CRAZY in Boston!!!! Thoughts and prayers always for you and the family!!

  • Hi Janice:
    Its Diane Sullivan again from the gym. I understand today is a very big day for you. Just want you to know I am thinking of you and feel so very optimistic that today is not only a huge step, but will prove to be an extremely positive step towards your recovery. I know you have a lot of work ahead of you, but i’ll bet anything in not that long a time if Andy were to challange us to his famous “Squat Jumps”, you will beat me. I am praying for you , and just feel as though today is going to be a wonderful day for you and your family.


  • Good morning Janice, I’m looking at a beautiful blue bracelet with your name on it and wanted to tell you that I am thinking of you. I was once where you are now. 8 years ago due to leukemia I was hospitialized and at one point needed a trach and feeding tube and was put into a medically induced coma. These measures took away the hard work of breathing and eating, enabling my body to concentrate on healing. These are positive steps that will help you to get better. I hope today goes well and will keep you in my thoughts all day. With love from Betsy Fenik (gym).

  • Morning Janice, We are thinking of you this morning and praying that surgery goes well!!! You are in our thoughts every single day. Remember to stay strong. Love you lots!!!!xoxxo

  • Hi Janice, Post Number 336 here to wish you a glorious Saturday. You certainly were a beautiful, wonderful sight for these very sore eyes on Thursday! I am so glad to have been able to visit with you and discuss a very serious topic – ice cream. Heavy stuff. Chocolate chip cookie dough? Cake batter? BOTH? Yum. Double-scoop yum. Got you on my mind all the time – and now on my wrist. Have a good day!

    Love you muchly, Beth

  • Hi Janice,

    I just wanted to send some more love and warm wishes to you from the whole Ratigan family. We are thinking of you and praying for you every second of every day! We hope that with the new tubes you will be more comfortable and that they will help you on your road to recovery. Get some rest, and know that you are loved!

  • Inspirational Bible Verses: 7
    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    Deuteronomy 31:6

  • Jan! I know today is an important day for you all and I just wanted to let you know that I’m still thinking about you and am here for you. I miss you immensely and let me tell you, fridays at health ed just aren’t the same without you. Let your mom or linnie know if I can be of any help to you and if you ever need an old friend to pay you visit, they know my number :). Keep your head up little lady, I know you will get through this and in the words of my man bob marley: “every little thing’s gonna be alright” :)
    Love you and continuously praying for your recovery.

  • Following your journey in this blog and we’re part of your extended prayer team.

  • Id also like to thank Lydia at Salon Essentials for her generousity as well in placing the bracelets there as well :) She is AWESOME!!!!

  • I am the Auntie of 2 beautiful girls that grew up in your neighborhood, I also work in a doctors office. Last fall one of our patients, a healthly young man in his 20s, rolled his motorcycle while turning a corner. He was not wearing a helmet. His injuries were beyond extensive. His family, like yours, NEVER gave up the hope that he would “return” to them and I want to share with you the fact that he did!!! He has been to the office a few times, but I wasn’t there to see him..until yesterday. The first time he came in, he was in a wheelchair, the second time was with the aid of a walker and this week he only needed a 3 pronged cane! For the first time, he walked up the ramp to the patient rooms w/out the help of his Mom…she walked behind him with her arms held high saying “Look, I’m not helping him at all”…she also had the biggest smile on her face that I have ever seen. His Mom said that his next visit will be with a “straight cane”. We call him our miracle boy and he is! He answered all our questions, knew exactly what medicine he was taking and laughed and joked with us. He had a LONG road of recovery in front of him when he got into that accident and I want to let you know that although the road is a long one, he is WALKING down it. Hope, faith, and prayers are powerful instruments, and I am sending all three your way! Also….the sunflower is such huge sign from God that he is hearing you!

  • Jannie,
    I know we haven’t kept in touch much for the past few years, but I have been following your progress diligently. Having spent a lot of our childhood together, I know you have the strength and resiliency to persevere. You have an amazing spirit. I wish that there was more that I could do for you, besides continue to send positive thoughts and prayers your way. I keep thinking about how you were the first person I ever had a sleepover with, and how I regret that we haven’t had one in so many years. I hope that you continue to stay positive and I want you to know that you and your family are in not only my prayers, but in my whole family’s. Most of my childhood memories are with you and your family and I really hope that we can have the opportunity to make some new ones as the grown up little girls we used to be together. Stay strong, I know you can do this!

  • Due to the response based on an earlier post, I need to post the newest information with regards to JANICE’S “RECOVERY BANDS”. They are in–ya!!! I have gone around to various establishments and I have had so many WELCOME the idea. The bracelets will be available by tomorrow afternoon at multiple locations: Ocean State Health & Fitness in EG, Felicia’s Coffee in EG, HillTop Ice Cream in EG, and Oatley’s Restaurant in Exeter (if someone can’t make it to one of these establishments, please call me 256-3080).

    While these are a fundraiser for Janice and her family, the main reason for having JANICE’S “RECOVERY BANDS” available to all is for everyone to have an opportunity to “wear” her name proudly and continue to show their love and support for her and her family–no matter where we are and what we are doing, it is to let Janice know and remember that she is in all our thoughts all the time and that continued prayer for complete healing occurs every single day for her–multiple times a day :)

    I’d personally like to thank Deb and Mike (Ocean State Health & Fitness), Felicia (Felicia’s Coffee), Cindy and Rick (HillTop Ice Cream), and Vaughn Oatley (Oatley’s Restaurant) for all of their assistance–as well as, once again, Mr. Rath and East Greenwich High School!!!! YOU ARE ALL THE BEST!!!!

    Janice, so many people are behind you and praying for you all the time. Keep your head up and keep smiling :)
    Much Love,
    The Olivers

  • Hi Janice,

    Today is Thursday–a lovely, spring day, crisp and sunny. The perfect kind of weather to nurture an up-and-coming sunflower. Close your eyes and picture it. Picture yourself there amongst the sunflowers. I am and it’s wonderful. Liz b

  • I got the chills when I read your mother’s update the other day about the beautiful sunflower. God speaks to us in mysterious ways. But clearly He is here, shining His light on you. Stay positive, Janice! We’re all pulling for you!
    With lots of love, Kelly, Andrea, Tessa, and Charleigh

  • Janice~I posted a comment here right after your accident, and from that moment on, everything has changed. I barely know you; only as a sweet, radiant face at the gym, but your accident has humbled and enlightened me to an extent i can barely articulate. I pray for you every single day. I lift you up at different times when i’m outside and surrounded by nature, when i’m working out and listening to music, or when i feel like complaining then think of you and your struggles just to move and breathe. I don’t have the depth of faith that it appears you and your mom do, but i do know that prayer is powerful and i will continue to pray for you, your mom and all the incredible medical staff at Yale. I went to the gym yesterday to drop off a donation and Debbie shared with me how wonderful it was to see you on Tuesday. Andy also shared with me last week how uplifted he felt after he left the hospital, that with all your pain and suffering, you are still smiling, fighting and “dancing”. You are an inspiration to me and i am certain to many others. I feel so helpless that making a donation and praying for you daily is all that i can do, so posting a comment, sending positive thoughts, love and strength are my way of letting you know how much i care. I’m compelled to read your updates daily as i cheer you on from my little corner of the world. Keep smiling, stay strong and feel all the love and prayers being sent your way!

  • Jannie Shmannie,

    I love you and miss you more than words can express. You are always on my mind; whether it is through prayers, warm thoughts, positive blessings, memories of hilarious times together, or just the image of your beautiful, smiling face. I am so proud of you and the immense strength you have within you! You are truly amazing and bring such joy to all of those you come in contact with! You are so beautiful inside and out! Keep fighting and feel better my love! I cannot wait to come visit you soon! Here are some quotes and tiny poems to keep your spirits up and that beautiful smile glowing! I love you with all my heart – Morgie Shmorgie

    Courage does not always roar.
    Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow”- Maryanne Radanbacher

    believe in YOU.
    Listen to your heart.
    Trust your instincts.
    Know you CAN.
    See your own strengths.
    Dream it ~ dare it.
    Keep the faith.
    Follow your vision.
    ANYTHING is possible
    if only you believe.

    Keep your face to the sunshine
    And you will not see the shadows – Helen Keller

    One more for my bestie…

    Don’t lose hope.
    When the sun goes down,
    the stars will always come out.

  • Father, Please be with your children, Janice and her mom Sue. Strengthen Janice’s lungs and the muscles in her diaphragm so that she can breathe deeply and easily. Keep every infectious agent away from her. Let them both have a restful and peaceful night, waking tomorrow to renewed strength and improvement; and fervently, Lord, we pray that you will heal her spinal cord and restore movement to her hands and legs.

    Father, calm the anxieties of the patients in the ICU, heal their injuries from accidents or surgeries or infections, and give them relief from pain, nausea,fever and whatever suffering they have been enduring. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen

  • Hi Janice again you are always on our minds!!! Please try to stay strong even when some days seem hopeless and out of your control!! Smiles are probably very difficult but you have such a following and so many nice stories about the many different people you have charmed throughout your life!!! Imagine the years ahead of you and the people who haven’t had the opportunity to meet you as you brighten their lives!!! Its obvious you have touched everyone’s lives with charm, wisdom, kindness and love!!! We are all wanting you to continue this fight because you have so many people that love you and so many people that will be lucky to meet you someday. Please stay strong and continue this fight as hard as it may be, Janice! Have you seen the sunshine? Xoxo

  • O Christ who died yet lives
    And who is among us as one who has returned to God,
    Your words speak to us from the center of our hearts,
    You address us from the garden of our souls.
    Call us by name that we may recognize you within us and among us.
    Show us your wounds that in the brokenness of life
    We may glimpse your resurrection presence.
    Celtic Treasure: Daily Scriptures and Prayer

    Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold, for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me. Psalm 31:3

    Prayers for you and your family!

  • Janice, I don’t know if you remember me from Frenchtown School for Young Children, but I want you to know you, your mom, your sisters and brother are in my prayers as are all in need of God’s healing grace. Stay strong. God Bless you and your family.

  • hi janice :) today my sister and my mom and i all got our hair cut today :) i am hoping and praying that you will have a soon recovery. i just got done helping my mom make the posters for your bracelets :) so pretty soon everyone in rhode island will be wearing one of your bracelets with their finest attire (giggle giggle) :) lots of love kailey :)

  • Hi Janice, We are all praying for you each and every day, honey!!! Take one day at a time, and make sure you rest your body when needed. Remember, noone is saying not to continue driving the nurses a little CRAZY with all the beeps, that is a GREAT thing lol!!! The girls and I went and got our hair done today at Salon Essentials with Lydia. What a wonderful person she is–she cares so much for you and your entire family :) She is also a great stylist–I found a new person to cover all of my grays lol–not that you have to worry about grays but people my age do :) You continue that fight and keep on that beautiful smile!!!! In our thoughts always, Jenn

  • Hi Janice,

    I was thinking of you today and praying for you and a thought popped into my head that I wanted to share with you. When you finish your nurses training and become a nurse you are going to be such an inspiration to your patients and co-workers. This has probably already occurred to you, but if not, believe it.

    May God’s Peace and Blessings be with you.


  • Janice, I went to Haircuts For Hope today at Salon Essentials and met your wonderful stylist Lydia. She told me that she does all of the Wray girls hair and we had a wonderful conversation. What a wonderful caring individual she is. Full of joy. She spoke so highly of you and wants nothing more than to see you get better. you know throughout all of this I may have just found myself a new hairdresser. Not only is a wonderful person but also an excellent stylist. Thinking of you and your family

    Wendy L.

  • Dear Janice & Wray family,

    I’ve never met you, and I am new to the Sanctuary community, but have been praying for you since I heard about the accident. Reading the updates on this page and hearing about what God is doing through you all – even in such difficult circumstances – is so inspiring and humbling. Praying for continuous healing, courage, and peace.


  • Janice,
    It was so wonderful to see you yesterday. The twinkle in your eyes and how bright the look on your face was when you saw Mike and Myself yesterday was terrific. You are a ray of sunshine and you touch so many peoples lives. You have a magnetic personality and you are so strong and determined. I know you are going to pull through this Janice. I love you and can’t get you out of my mind. Your family is terrific. Keep smiling and moving those arms.

  • Hi lovey dove!

    I read Laura’s comment and yes we stood on that quad and we chased down people! We were pretty crazy but hey, that’s us! People were so generous. A lot of people remembered you and said they were all praying for you. You are loved everywhere you go :) Remember how much I loved your Audrey nail polish color? I went and bought it so that when Jill and are allowed to see you again we can all match! It’s a Janice-go-get-’em color. :) I think about you every single day and I pray that you will get better. Please, please keep up the fight!! You have been so strong!!

    I love you! <3


  • Janice,
    I’m sitting in psych right now and missing you like crazy. This presentation is pretty boring and I wish you were sitting next to me and drawing silly pictures in Draw Something with me. I think about you every second of everyday and send positive energy and prayers your way. I’ve never prayed so hard in my life. Last week, Katie, Liana, Jill, Jen and I stood on the quad and raised $251 dollars for you and your family by asking kids for their spare change. It was put Into the paypal account through your Church. We planned to have a bake sale on 4/20 for you but uri shot us down when we asked for permission. I heard that your work raised over $7,000 for you and it brought tears to my eyes. Pete’s mom asks me about you all the time and she tells me she prays for you everyday. I want to come visit you so badly and I would drive there everyday if I could but I know you need rest and are very busy getting better. I have also come down with a bad cold and I don’t want to put you at any risk. I’ve just been working a lot and exercising to keep well. Keep fighting Janice- you are the strongest person I know. I love you girlie and I will come see you as soon as I can ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • Janice,

    Keep fighting! You’re doing a great job. Don’t give up :)


  • Janice and family, Please know that you are in my daily prayers. Be strong, Keep fighting.

  • Janice.

    My continued prayers for you and your family. I have petitioned the Virgin Mary to intercede on your behalf to her son. When I am searching for answers or needs, she is the one I turn to often. She is Immaculate! Your faith has already begun healing you. In the Father’s time you will recover. I will keep praying for you !
    God Bless.

  • But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

  • I wish I could leave messages full of infinite hope and wisdom, but I am not God, and only he can promise such things. However, he is looking after you. You are one of his children and he does not let them fall. All I can say is to keep up the optimistic attitude and soon enough things will start to make sense. You are still so young and there is so much ahead of you — regardless of what you’ve been through. Remember you have multiple hundreds at the LEAST of people who are concerned about you and will do what we can to support you. You have us all. We love you and have confidence that even though God is putting you through a challenge, he has a much greater purpose for you later. We all encounter challenges but truly it comes down to HOW you deal with them — attitude is everything. The mind can create any reality it wants. It’s that advanced, that exciting, and that frightening. Grab a hold of it, tell your sorrow and anxiety to take a step back, and make active efforts to appreciate daily blessings. Remember all those who care about you and you will start to see that things happen for a reason, and you have a destiny yet to be explored. Sometimes it may take a tragedy but that brings out the best in us — it separates the weak and the strong. You are an uncharacteristically strong individual with beams of joy and you touch all you meet. Just keep smiling, and try to laugh every now and again. Laugher and smiles are healthy. God will be beaming when he looks down on you and sees you making the best out of a bad situation. And you will be rewarded. Janice I know you will be okay, believe it in your heart as well. Don’t get distracted by the minor details and setbacks. Soon enough you shall be reunited with all your friends and family outside of the hospital, and we desperately await the day we can hug you and talk to you in person. Hang in there — the pain will be rough but it is but a physical phenomenon. Keep your mind strong, love those close to you, believe in God and His will, stay optimistic, and keep a fighting attitude, and you can overcome any physical dilemma. I wish the best and will keep looking to your updates.

    Alex Ricci

  • Janice, more people than you even know or have even met are praying for you. God has a plan for us all. It won’t be easy discovering it — but it’s there nonetheless. You will find it.

  • Praying praying praying…daily for you Janice! You and your family continue to be in our thoughts and we are committed to standing beside you through prayer as you go through each hurdle. Keep pressing on! In His Love, Joyce Bridges and family

  • Dear Janice,
    I know it has been a long time since we last spoke but I just wanted to let you know you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I can remember working on pyramid projects, watching that bear movie your dad got us, getting ready for dances, singing to the vegetable songs on our way to the aquarium. You have such a great heart and such a positivite outlook on everything. That is why I know you are going to get through this. Stay strong – God is with you. I wish you the best in your recovery – you are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Libby Perkins

  • Please, Father. Help Janice to breathe deeply and strongly. Give her and her mother a restful, peaceful, restorative night, and let them wake refreshed and joyful in the knowledge that Janice is growing stronger and healthier by the day. Amen

  • I can’t read these updated without getting emotional, without wishing there was more I could do than just hope and pray.
    Please know that you are thought of frequently and with affection. May complete health and healing be yours and soon!
    Stay strong Janice.

  • Hello Janice! If there was any doubt before (and there isn’t) that you touched the hearts of everyone you ever met, well, you should have seen the turnout at the gym for you and your family over the weekend! Clearly everyone who meets you can feel the love and spirituality in your heart. Even the group of women who joined last week are praying for you and they only “know” you by the stories they hear about you and your positive happy soul! So just continue to be focused on letting your body become as strong as your spirit. We will all continue to send our prayers up in your name. Love, Raelene

  • Ocean State Health and Fitness – you and your friends rock! Janice and the whole family truly appreciate what you did over the weekend, raising a total of $7488 over just a few hours. A bucket full of thanks for everything that every single person did to make the day a success. To God be the glory for he has done – and continues to do – great things.

  • Hello Beautiful, Joyful, Radiant Janice!

    I see that your infections are under control, but you need to REST. Rest will help you heal. I spoke with our Pastor today and she is praying for you and your family and is going to put you on our prayer list at church. She is also going to raise you up in prayer tonight at the Board of Deacon’s meeting. I have a new job as a CNA and there is a co-worker who is also new and he and I frequently talk about doing God’s work and he is also praying for you. I only wish I could be a CNA at Spaulding when you are there so I could help take care of you!


  • Dear Janice and Wray Family,

    I thought I’d leave a post here, as I have not yet. I heard about Janice’s accident through the mother of one of Janice’s friends, Erin. I am the mother of Erin’s roommate at college! I have been checking on her progress as least every couple of days, and have been praying for you all. I will continue to uphold you in prayer. You are all a beautiful testimony to God’s sufficient grace through such difficult trials, and it is wonderful to see how the body of Christ has come by your side. Praying for healing, strength,and for God to be glorified in and through all of this. Janice, I don’t know you, but I have a daughter your age. Your faith, strength, determination and joy for life are evident even though I’ve never met you, and an inspiration to many, many people. You are a beautiful daughter of the King of Kings! God bless!

    “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” ~2 Thessalonians 2:12

  • Dear Janice and Wray Family,
    We just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you! The students in our youth group bring updates each week and we pray for continued healing. Each night we kneel at our sons crib as a family and lift you and your family up in prayer as well. Prayer is powerful and among so many other things our God is the great physician and healer! “And we know that in ALL THINGS God works for the GOOD of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
    The Cruse’s

  • Hi sweetheart! I have been thinking about you daily and I love reading about how you are doing. You are such a strong women do keep pushing through this. Once you are starting to feel better I am going to bring you some carrot cake cause I know that is your favorite. I love you very much and I am praying for you and a speedy recovery. Keep smiling beautiful! I can’t wait to come visit you darling! :D

    Love always,
    Jamie Bridges

  • Hi Janice. Thinking of you a million times a day every day! My sister who lives in Titusville, Florida has added you to her church’s prayer chain…lots of prayers coming your way. Several of us went to the fundraiser on Sunday. Dr. P. & his wife, Roger and his wife, Sheila, Linda T. (my buddy in Women’s Clinic) and Laurie J. (who used to have Sheila’s position here). Of course, you know me — I haven’t been to the gym in weeks, BUT I made it through Zumba just for you!! We collected money from everyone here at HS and we made a basket to raffle off. Felt so good to do SOMETHING for you and your family. I am so glad that they had such a good turnout–everyone gathered together in support of all of the Wrays. We miss you so much here at HEd and everyone at HS asks about you all the time. We look forward to getting updates about how your day/night went. God bless your Mom for being there with you – it must be such a comfort knowing she is by your side every step of the way. So Janice, rest your mind and body for now and let your strength return gradually. Patience is key! Let others take care of you so you can heal one day at a time. Try not to rush it…it’s going to take some time but I know YOU CAN DO IT!!!

    Love and miss you,
    Marilyn, Health Ed

  • Hi Janice,
    I just wanted to let you know I have been thinking about and praying for you every day since the accident. Whenever I remember your face in my mind, you are always smiling. Please don’t ever stop smiling; it is your positive energy and happiness that warms the hearts of all who know you. You are a beautiful girl inside and out and I am praying for a healthy and speedy recovery! Don’t lose faith and always rely on God. He will not disappoint.

    Stay strong Jan!
    Britt Field

  • Thank you, Father, for each improvement Janice has experienced. Continue to hold her in your loving care and to infuse her with your healing power, so that every malicious virus or bacteria is conquered and every injury continues to heal. We pray, too, for Christopher Jackson, his father, and for all the other hurting and fearful people in the ICU at Yale, so that they will know your healing power and the peace that passes all understanding. Indeed, we know that you are everywhere, and we ask your blessings on the suffering ones wherever they are. Thank you, Jesus, for all the caregivers who tend them. Endow these caregivers with the wisdom, skill, compassion and tireless energy to do your healing work. Amen

  • hi janice, ive been watching how you are doing and im happy that you are doing better :) i hope you get better soon :) im waiting for you to go to boston so i can see you and bring you a janice bracelet. im always thinking about you and praying that you will get better soon. love kailey :)

  • You go, Janice!!!! Keep driving those nurses crazy with all the beeping lol!!! Keep up that fight but remember rest is also good :) God Bless!!!

  • I miss you mini me!! Always thinking of you!! I’m handing in my thesis tomorrow. You are my inspiration! As much as I don’t wanna do it I know you’d be yelling at me to finish! Can’t wait to see you again!! :) Love you! -Jo Jo

  • Hi, Janice! From your family in PA… We know you are keeping many Scriptures in mind. Hold on to them. They are more real and more powerful than any injury. Be sure to include Mark 11:24 — “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe you receive them, and you shall have them.” It is so difficult to believe that Jesus’ sacrifice healed you, BEFORE that healing manifests in your body. Believe the Word and not the symptoms. As we are told in Hebrews 11, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We believe you are healed, whole, and well, and your body needs to line up with the Word. Matthew 4:24: “…and He healed them all.” Praising God for your recovery, and for the testimony you will be able to share with others. Much love! Uncle Dan and Aunt Vick

  • i watched a full hour and a half documentary on arnold schwartzenegger today in film class. so much iron pumping, and so many creepy muscular dudes. that’s what you want me telling you about, right? haha. i had clinical today and took care of just one mother. i get there way too early. you should see my “changing room”. it’s more like a changing cupboard than anything else. the girls have this huge spa, and i get three wooden lockers with a chair. thank you, you are too kind. steph told me all about her eventful sunday night. she’s always asking about you, much like the other girls. i think she went to the beach today. it was a very summery day. it got up to 92 here in north smithfield. i thought my longboard wheels were going to melt! im getting really good. im sure in time you will be getting better too. when i first got my board i fell off so many times. you saw my elbows and hands, haha. there’s going to be struggles and setbacks with you’re road to recovery. i know you wont give up. i love you and ill see you asap

  • Friends at Charles St. AME Church in Boston have added Janice’s name to their prayer list. We continue to send our love and support, Janice. Bill and Angela Ryding

  • Janice so glad to hear they are getting you to a sitting position. Praying that the tube can be removed and that the fever will come down and you will feel more like taking on this challange ahead of you. As I look at all the posts on this site I am amazed at how many people you have touched in your young life. Keep up the good fight.
    Sue, we have also been praying for you, Linnie, Elizabeth and Matthew. We will also add Christopher as you asked in your post today,

  • Lord, I lift Janice up to you again with everyone else who is asking for healing .
    Please give her the strength to face each moment. Shower her with your comfort and love.
    In the name of Jesus we ask these things. Amen

  • Hi Janice,

    You don’t know me, but I know your sister, Linnie from Sanctuary and I know the Ratigans. Just wanted to let you know I’ve been praying for you and your family like crazy. Of course, I am one of many- so SO many people are praying for you. You’ve touched so many with your spirit of strength. God is with you through all of this.

    God bless,
    Nikki Sacha

  • Dear Janice,

    Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do, or what can’t happen. We know that through God all things are possible. Sending you love and prayers.


  • Update on the bracelets~Oatleys Restaurant in Exeter and Ocean State Health & Fitness so far have been kind enough to place the recovery bands at their establishments~thank you, thank you :) There will be additional places as well. I will post them as soon as I get the final word :) In addition, if anyone wants a bracelet or bracelets, they can also call my cell~4012563080 :) (they will be in wednesday night and I wil exactly where has them and exactly when). I jave received numerous calls already from people ready to purchase :) So much love for the Wray family~its awesome!!!!!

  • Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;
    he will never let the righteous fall.

    Psalm 55:22

  • Janice~ Even though I do not know you, I think of you daily. At the most random times of my day, I think of you and your challenges. You make me put so many aspects of my life into perspective. You are everyones daughter, sister and best friend. Your community cares about you and are all pulling for you. Fight the fight and be who you know your are. Much love and prayers to you and your family.

    Cathy Black

  • One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
    Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
    In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
    Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
    other times there were one set of footprints.

    This bothered me because I noticed
    that during the low periods of my life,
    when I was suffering from
    anguish, sorrow or defeat,
    I could see only one set of footprints.

    So I said to the Lord,
    “You promised me Lord,
    that if I followed you,
    you would walk with me always.
    But I have noticed that during
    the most trying periods of my life
    there have only been one
    set of footprints in the sand.
    Why, when I needed you most,
    you have not been there for me?”

    The Lord replied,
    “The times when you have
    seen only one set of footprints,
    is when I carried you.”

  • Hello, The recovery bracelets should be here wednesday night. Once I receive them I am going to go to various locations to determine who will assist in helping out. One place that will have them for sure is Oatleys Restaurant in Exeter!!!!!! I am going to place an order for more because the reponse for Janice and her family has been soooooo AWESOME!!!!! If you would like to contact me directly please call me at 401256308 and I can speak with you personally :) Janice, you rest when you need to!!!!! Before you know it, you will be off to Boston, honey!!! Much love and prayers, Jenn

  • Janice, I am so sorry this has happened to you, but I truly feel that you will over come this. You are such a strong, smart, and beautiful person. Over the years at URI that I have known you, you have always been surrounded by a presence of optimism, and happiness. I think about you constantly, and continue to pray for you. Stay strong.


  • @ Jenn Oliver: Where in the “metro East Greenwich” area can we find the “Recovery Bracelets?” We want to help you in selling them all out.

    @ Ocean State Health & Fitness: Thank you, guys for an awesome job! Praise the LORD for those who conceived and ran the fundraiser, all of those who contributed financially, the businesses which donated goods and services and those who bid on the auctions, and for Ocean State which generously opened up their facility. Props to y’all!

    Janice is not the only patient in Yale New Haven. Her mom reminds us that she has been “impacted by the sheer number of people/souls who are injured or sick or broken – both patients and families.” Conversations in the family lounge revolve around, and run the gamut of, hurt and hope. God and faith are called into question. Let the name “Christopher Jackson” represent this whole group of people. That is the real name of a patient who was in an accident just a few hours prior to Janice’s. His father consented to using his name for the sake of prayer for all of the SICU patients/families. Remember to pray “for the many folks who are hurting, healing, seeking, and finding here at Yale New Haven Hospital. … I cannot express well enough (my) thankfulness for the many, many people who stand beside Janice and us, her family. May God uphold you as well!” (quoting Sue Wray)

    Mel Bautista

  • Dear Sue Wray & Family, Please know that our thoughts & prayers have been and continue to be with you all as you navigate through these stormy seas. We pray for clearing skies, the warmth of the sun, and a calm sea just ahead beyond the horizon. May your shining star ‘Janice’ continue on her journey back to good health and the brillance of all that she is! With much love, hope, & peace – Rick, Jacquie, Josh, & Tiffany Wesson

  • We continue to pray earnestly for you, Janice, and for you, Sue. I find myself now praying for all the others praying with us, too. God bless them all and especially bless you two and the rest of your family. We ask for relief of all pain and anxiety, with easy breathing, with restful sleep, and with healing throughout Janice’s body.

  • Janice

    I love you so much girlie. I know you are fighting as hard as you can. Your ability to fight for what you believe in and staying strong are qualities that I have always admired about you. I am so lucky to have met you and getting so close with you this year. You are such a smartiepants, beautiful, kind, and caring. God is with you and loves you so much <3

    I came across this Bible quote today that I hope helps lift your spirits and helps keep the faith.

    "Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8)

    May God give you peace, love, and courage. He is with you every step of the way my love.


    Jilly Billy <3

  • Hi Janice. I just wanted you to know I’ve been thinking about you and keeping up with your recovery every day. I know how determined and focused you are to achieving your goals, and I know you are a fighter. I miss our twice a week workouts very much, but I really hope to see you again soon. Every day you came into the gym, you brought an amazing attitude with you, which I know everyone around noticed. It didn’t matter if you were having a good day or bad, or what was going on. You were focused on the task at hand, which is your training and getting stronger. I know you wil apply that same energy and focus to your recovery.

    Keep believing in yourself.

    -Patrick Vieira

  • Sweet Janice,
    May the sun shine it’s healing on you,
    The wind wrap it’s strength around you,
    The moon bring quiet rest to you…
    And the stars fill your spirit with peace.
    Wishing you well

    Miss your smiling, happy face at the gym.



  • It took me a while to write a message because I was struggling to capture how I wanted to tell you my sincerest wishes for your wellbeing and recovery.

    Paul and I have been wishing the best from you since we first found out. Please stay strong, and keep dancing! I hope they let you listen to a lot of music! The updates that mention when you smile and dance are truly a testament to your strength, will, and the finest essence of the human spirit. Even though we are both far away in FL, we are constantly thinking about you, checking for updates, and will do what we can to support you.

    Stay strong – you are inspiring everyone around you, and reading about your optimistic attitude is, I believe, helping me get through a bout of depression and anxiety. I hope I get the chance to see you in person soon – it’s been forever…too bad I’m way out here in Florida :-(.

    I look forward to hearing more news about you. And don’t despair- recovery may not seem linear in the short-term, but I have much faith in you. Remember there will be minor setbacks, but when you zoom out and examine the general trend, you are destined toward another chapter in your life filled with challenges perhaps, but with many more opportunities. And you will never, ever, be alone.

    With lots of love and infinite wishes,
    Alexandra Ricci and Paul Traficante

  • It took me a while to write a message because I was struggling to capture how I wanted to tell you my sincerest wishes for your wellbeing and recovery.

    Paul and I have been wishing the best from you since we first found out. Please stay strong, and keep dancing! I hope they let you listen to a lot of music! The updates that mention when you smile and dance are truly a testament to your strength, will, and the finest essence of the human spirit. Even though we are both far away in FL, we are constantly thinking about you, checking for updates, and will do what we can to support you.

    Stay strong – you are inspiring everyone around you, and reading about your optimistic attitude is, I believe, helping me get through a bout of depression and anxiety. I hope I get the chance to see you in person soon – it’s been forever…too bad I’m way out here in Florida :-(.

    I look forward to hearing more news about you. And don’t despair- recovery may not seem linear in the short-term, but I have much faith in you. Remember there will be minor setbacks, but when you zoom out and examine the general trend, you are destined toward another chapter in your life filled with challenges perhaps, but with many more opportunities. And you will never, ever, be alone.

    With lots of love and infinite wishes,
    Alexandra Ricci and Paul Traficante

  • Dear Janice,
    We just found out about your accident and are sorry about your injuries. We are praying for you for a full recovery, free from pain. You always impressed us with the joy that radiated from within you. From the updates, it sounds as if that joy is shining brightly for all to see. Keep smiling! God is with you. We will also pray for your family.

    Bob, Donna, Eric and Katie Wheeler

  • Janice- now let’s get those lungs back in shape because when you see the video of me humiliating myself at Zumba, you will need full lung capacity to laugh your butt off! Love and prayers and peace, Raelene

  • Janice,

    I think about you a lot and hope you are dealing with the frustrations you’re facing. I understand what it’s like to be lying in a hospital bed day after day, drifting in and out, and not knowing what the next day holds. Stay positive and focused. Let the love of family and friends envelope you in a deep, peaceful embrace.

    Patricia and Marty Feiigen

  • (: Jannie Shmannie,

    You are on my mind every second of the day. I am sending as many prayers, positive thoughts, and warm wishes as I can your way. I am so proud of all the obstacles that you have overcome thus far. I know you can do absolutely anything that you set your mind to. You are a fighter, incredibly strong, and my inspiration everyday. I pray that you feel better soon! I cannot wait to see your beautiful, smiling face again! Stay strong my love!

    Love you with all my heart,

    Morgie Shmorgan :)

  • Janice, you are in our thoughts and prayers every single day. You know on the way home from church today I was listening to The Message and the songs they played were the one we just sang at church They reminded me of you and your families strong faith. Don’t know if you remember my Mom / Gwen but she has been on her knees praying . She stayed home from church today and told me that she was spending the hour praying for you. We all love you very much Janice and are rooting for you all the way. My mom Gwen says to say hello to your Mom and let her know she is holding her heart. She thinks so highly of your Mom as we all do. We love all the Wrays.

  • I have debabted for days whether this post is appropriate for this site or not; I am still unsure. However, in my heart, I know why I am doing this, so here it is: ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO JANICE’S RECOVERY AND HER MOMMA :) I have purchased 600 “RECOVERY BRACELETS” (with the assistance of Mr. Rath at EGHS–thank you, thank you) with the beautiful name “Janice Michaela Wray” and an angel debossed into them. These braceletes will be placed in various locations throughout the state and will be selling for $4.00 a piece. Again, all of the proceeds will go directly to Janice and her family. I hope to sell so many that I will have to order more :) Please pass the word and if you are interested or know anyone who is interested, please ocntact me!!!! Thanks so much!!!! YOU ARE LOVED SO MUCH BY SO MANY, JANICE!!!!!!

  • Dear Janice, You don’t know me, but I feel I know you by the posts on your site. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I attend Llyswen United and saw your gramma this morning. Your Aunt Angie keeps me updated too. You have a very special family. Prayers continue.

  • Janice, we want you to know we’re still praying for you and that you are constantly in our thoughts. We love you very much and are looking forward to seeing you soon. The updates about your strength, determination, and unshakable faith are an inspiration to all who read them and remind us that life is not about what we want but about doing His will in ways we don’t always understand. Keep up the good work and always remember that you have so many friends sending prayers your way and wishing you well. Lots of love. Bill and Nancy

  • Hi Janice ( and Mom too). We are all here praying for you and thinking about you always. Maicey and Grace keep you in their prayers daily. (praying that “janice’s body gets better”) I will send pictures of the girls down to you. Piper is getting so big. She has 6 teeth now and makes noises (talking in her little mind) and claps all of the time. She is areally happy baby. Keep the faith and know that we are all here for anything you need. We love pretty girl! THe MacLeods

  • Janice- I wanted to write a note to you, I was one of the first to arrive the day of your accident and have been praying for you and following your progress thru this site. In the short time i was with you I could see that you were a special person with unmatching strength and calm… It’s no surprise you have such great friends and family that are there for you in this difficult time. I think about you everyday and pray for your health. -Matt

  • Dear Jannie,
    Know that not only is God with you at every moment, but also that He is at work healing and sustaining you at every moment. He is using every person that enters your room to care for you…He hears every prayer brought before Him on your behalf! He will never stop loving and caring for you!

  • Janice’
    I’m praying for you more often and harder than Ii’ve ever done before. May the light continue to be there for you.
    All my love to you, Elaine

  • Janice,
    I’m praying for you harder and more often than I’ve ever done before. May the light always be there for you.
    Love to you, Elaine

  • I am praying for you tonight, Janice, and for your family. Tomorrow in church my prayers will be joined by many others. I feel that I know you after reading all of the wonderful, encouraging, and prayerful comments on the website and after hearing all the love being poured out for you.

    Today I heard an inspiring story. Are you familiar with the Fox News Anchor Heather Childers? When she was l7, she crashed her car into a tree, after which she faced years of facial and oral reconstructive surgery. Can you believe it? Her beautiful face and voice belie that she ever had an accident. You are coming to come through, too, beautiful and strong as ever. How can it be otherwise with so many people entreating our Heavenly Father on your behalf?

    Please, Father, touch every cell of Janice’s body tonight, ease her breathing, quell her fever and give her restorative rest. Heal all of her injuries, we pray; and restore her to full health. Be with her mother, Sue, and give her rest for her body and soul. Endow the doctors and nurses and therapists with all knowledge, skill, strength and compassion as they care for Janice. Amen

  • Dear Sue and Janice and all of your family and friends,
    We have been praying for Janice. Carolyn & Jimmy Wray are here for a week. I wanted to share a favorite devotional reading with you:

    Do not look forward to the changes and chances of life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He has kept you hitherto, -do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, He will bear you in His arms. Do not look forward to what may happen to-morrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you to-day, will take care of you to-morrow; and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations. Francis de Sales

    With love & prayers, Peggy and Dave Roll (Caledonia, NY)

  • To my wonderful, nursing school goddess, best friend, nutritionist, part time mom and freshman roommate…( I could go on and on), I want you to know that you will get through this. Just like every other bump in the road you have overcome this far I know this will be another huge hurdle that you will gracefully overcome and accomplish. Thinking of you everyday and sending you warm, positive, happy, well wishes and prayers. Love you so much lady! You can do it… I know you can!


  • Still praying for you every day. You have been making such big progress and I know this setback won’t be for long. You are a fighter and an amazing person!
    Samantha Ohsberg

  • Hi Janice,
    The fellas in my bible study group send their prayers and want you to know you are like a granddaughter to them. They feel that through their prayers you seem to actually give them real feedback as to your determination to help the Lord heal you. It seems like we are all working together to reach the same goal, They say “it’s Real teamwork!!”.
    The people at your bedside must be awsome! We thank them for their work, dedication to you and for their knowledge. Hurry to get stronger and we will continue our communication to our God to keep you in his healing hands.
    With love,
    Percy & Nancy

  • Janice,
    As Deb has been writing for both of us I felt it appropriate to express my feelings of care, hope, love and perseverance for a speedy recovery. Your personality ignites a flame in those around you and illuminates an aura of happiness and joy in the lives you touch. Frailty is not in your vocabulary nor is an inability to succeed in whatever you set your mind to. You are not just “4.0” to me you are one of my own family as you represent what every parent looks for in a child; bright, motivated, loving, caring, enduring and many other adjectives that don’t serve you justice in describing your true nature. You are an inspiration for those around you and a beacon of light for those searching for resolve in times of dismay. You must promise to never give up hope, desire and a willingness to live life to its fullest. You are part of us in a way that circulates our essence and epitomizes the type of person we all strive to be. Keep your aspirations alive, lofty and achievable as it is easy to veer off the path. You deserve the best and should always remind yourself of it. Be good to yourself and be true to yourself as we all care so much for you and a speedy recovery. We love you and hope to see you soon.

  • Dearest Janice,
    we have been praying for you!!! We are fighting in your corner, cheering for you, hoping for you :)

    With love, hugs, and maybe a few eskimo kisses,
    Bekah and Eli

  • Setbacks stink :-(

    When you’re headed up a mountain it seems as though every time you think you’re going straight to the top, you find yourself on a switchback; sometimes to the left, sometimes to the right, but always at what seems to be cross purpose to your goal.

    Oddly enough, the builders of roads up mountains once felt the same way about going straight to the top. Then they discovered the ultimate value of switchbacks. The work is the same, regardless of the distance travelled. They both end up at the same height. However, with switchbacks, though requiring travel over a longer distance, the slope is much more easily managed. You might compare it to pushing something heavy up a ramp instead of trying to carry it straight up. It’s a slower, but safer and ultimately less exhausting journey.

    So, dear Janice, I pray the Lord will give you the grace and patience to consider delays and roadblocks as a type of switchback that gives you time to regroup, your medical team time to be certain they aren’t missing anything important, and each one a level to be overcome, rather like those in a video game. A challenge with a prize, of which you’re already a winner, Janice, because you keep your eyes on Jesus, and with Him you can, and will, do all things!

    Here is a link to a favorite song I think you might find encouraging :-) There IS a light at the end of this tunnel for you! Love, continual prayers, and God’s blessings! Sharon Thiel

  • Janice,
    I can’t even explain into words how much I miss your smiling beautiful face. You are a strong, beautiful young Woman who is going to pull through this difficult time and look back on all of this as if it was a bad dream. I look at this website to see the updates no less than twenty times per day. I can’t get you out of my mind along with so many other people. We are rooting for you and I know you are going to be ok it’s just going to be a long road ahead. Your family is terrific and your support group is too large to mention. Hang in there and remember we love you and miss you and look forward to seeing you as soon as you are up for company.
    Hugs and Kisses from Debbie, Mike, Michelle and Jake

  • Still praying. Still trusting. Still hoping. Still here. We love you, Janice. We love your momma and your siblings.
    Audrea & Dominic (& Anthony, too)

  • Janice,

    We are all praying for your recovery. God has wonderful plans for you. Don’t lose faith. It won’t be an easy road…great things never are. Keep your spirits up and know that we love you and miss you and your family tremendously. Praying for you always!!!

    Love, Stephanie, Mackenzie, and Paige Harkins

  • Janice,

    I have sticky notes with “JW” in several places around my classroom (book shelf, desk drawer, etc.). Every time I see one I pray for you – regardless of what is going on in my room. A few days ago a sixth grader noticed one and asked me what it was for. I told her it was for a friend of mine who was hurt and it reminded me to pray for whenever I saw it. She replied that she would pray for you too and went to her next class. Yesterday when she came into math class she quietly pointed to her notebook. On the cover she had written the initials “JW.”

    Praying for you, your mom, and your sisters and brothers…
    Dave Lobato

  • Janice,
    Be not afraid. You are stronger than you know. Build on the positives, your successes will lead the way. Give little attention to the setbacks, consider them an annoyance in your way. Know that I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Liz b

  • Hi Janice,

    I understand that it might be hard for you, as a person of great determination & will power & tenacity, to just let go & rest easy & trust in the medical profession to clear up these issues you’re facing. After all, you’re PART of that profession!

    How I long to write something, ANYTHING, that would chase away the frustration. I think we, the JMW Blog People, all feel that way. We feel for your disappointment in not having taken “Mother May I” giant steps forward this week.

    I want you to know that I’m going to now faithfully focus on what next week might look like for you:
    – Infection chased away, CHECK.
    – Related fever vanquished, CHECK.
    – Talking, laughing, reading aloud these posts on your own, CHECK.
    – Enjoying your favorite food as often as you want it until you’re tired of it, CHECK. (Well what IS your favorite food? Inquiring minds what to know!)

    Oh, I’m envisioning a whole LOT more for you for next week, too. I’m faithful that mountains can be moved for you, Janice. You take care now – I wish for you great rest, and peace, and PATIENCE.

    Love you, Beth

  • Dear Janice,
    I am not even sure you know me, but I too have been religiously following your progress. I know you from the club. I am one of Andys clients and have always been so impressed with how sweet, nice, and how I don’t believe I have ever seen you without a smile on your face. I want you to know my heart goes out to you and your family, and even without really knowing you, I feel you have the support, the strength, and the peace to get you through this most difficult time. I pray for you to have healing as you face each minute, hour, and day. I admire your courage, and feel so happy that you have such an enormous support system. I do believe in miracles. There was a point in my life many years ago where I was so uncertain about my future. Keep that beautiful smile on your face, take baby steps, and I know your outcome will be wonderful.

    Diane Sullivan

  • Please remember to come to Janice Wray’s fundraiser tomorrow at Ocean State Health and fitness 5600 Post Rd in East Greenwich in Benny’s Plaza from 12-5 on Sunday 4/15/12. We have a lot of fun activities, food, entertainment raffles and most importantly we are working together to raise money for Janice and her Family. We hope to see you tomorrow.

  • Hi, Janice! You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers constantly these past couple weeks, and I wanted to send you my warm wishes for your healing and recovery. I can’t even begin to imagine how trying this has been and is for you, but I do know that you are a strong, beautiful woman, and with your lively spirit and your family by your side, you are equipped with everything you need to get through this. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I hope to see your smiling face soon :-)
    -Marisa xo

    It Couldn’t Be Done
By Edgar A. Guest

    Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

    But she with a chuckle replied

    That “maybe it couldn’t,” but she would be one

    Who wouldn’t say so till she’d tried.

    So she buckled right in with the trace of a grin

    On her face. If she worried she hid it.
She started to sing as she tackled the thing

    That couldn’t be done, and she did it.

    Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

    At least no one ever has done it”;
But she took off her coat and she took off her hat,

    And the first thing we knew she’d begun it.

    With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

    Without any doubting or quiddit,

    She started to sing as she tackled the thing

    That couldn’t be done, and she did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

    There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,

    The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;

    Just start to sing as you tackle the thing

    That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

  • Hey Janice! Sorry to hear that your breathing has become difficult. You have been so strong and making such good progress and I know you can do it again. One step forward, one step back- just think of it as doing the chacha! Soon you’ll be breathing on your own again. Still praying and sending positive thoughts your way.
    Love, Raelene

  • Janice, not a day has gone by without you at the forefront of our minds. We are praying for you and your dear family. You are blessed to have one another. Keep fighting, and try your best to remain peaceful when it’s time to let others fight for you. Xoxo

    St. Christopher protect us.

  • Janice- Be strong- I say a special prayer for you every day! Jeannie from the gym

  • To Janice and all the family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you every day.
    Heidi Fiedler

  • Psalm 5:11
    New International Version (NIV)

    11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
    Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

  • Hi Janice,

    My name is Alexandra. We have never met but I know your sister, Linnie, through Sanctuary. I see a desire in her to take each day as it comes – and I see that same desire present in you. All of these comments show that you have a great support system backing you up; I get teary eyed just reading some of them! It must bring incredible joy to your heart to know that so many people care about you.

    Even though I cannot imagine how you must be feeling, I do understand set backs. One thing I have learned is to look at all of the trials as pebbles in your journey of healing. Sometimes, healing can hurt but within that; the most beautiful things are formed. Just remember the passage of the potter and the clay :)

    You are loved!

  • Hi Janice,

    My name is Alexandra. We have never met but I know your sister, Linnie, through Sanctuary. I see a desire in her to take each day as it comes – and I see that same desire present in you. All of these comments show that you have a great support system backing you up; I get teary eyed just reading some of them! It must bring incredible joy to your heart to know that so many people care about you.

    Even though I cannot imagine how you must be feeling, I do understand set backs. One thing I have learned is to look at all of the trials as pebbles in your journey of healing. Sometimes, healing can hurt but within that; the most beautiful things are formed. Just remember the passage of the potter and the clay :)

    You are loved!
    Protected under US Patents 6,334,133, 6,675,151, and 7,430,519 with additional patents pending. to look at all of the trials as little pebbles in your journey to get better.

  • Dear Janice – I hesitated to write because I don’t think we’ve ever met. Then it occurred to me how absurd that was. I — and countless others who don’t actually know you — are devoted to praying for you because we care about you and your family. You are on my mind and heart. May you feel completely secure in the arms of the One who holds you dearest of all. With love from one of your future friends, Pru Bonham

  • great memories :) I still remember staying up late in the summer and playing in the Wray’s backyard

  • Just letting you know that students at UNH are keeping you in our prayers — and though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, He will not hide Himself any more. May you feel His love always!

  • Hey, Janice!
    Gosh, I hope I’m doing this right. You know your aunt is technology challenged! Praying for you all the time. Believing in God and your indomitable spirit. Loving you completely and knowing God loves you,too. Set backs are temporary. I know you’ll strive forward. Love to all, Aunt Sue

  • Hi Janice!
    Please know you are my thoughts constantly and I am praying for you hourly as are so many others. I know you are anxious to get better so you can go over to rehab:( It’s happening! Kara, the Zumba teacher is hosting a Zumba workshop for you! She speaks so highly of you! I love Kara-had know idea you knew each other:) My mom, Shirley Ware, is a great prayer warrior, she is all over you too! I will come tommorrow to help your mom and see you if I am allowed.
    Kathi Curtis

  • Hey girl,

    Keep fighting. You have so many people who love you and are praying for you and we know you are going to get through this. Just remember that even the slightest progress is still progress. Just take it one step at a time, one day at a time. You have always been a fighter so keep it up girl. We love you!

  • Hey Janice <3

    It's Victoria (from clinical) I read this almost everyday to see how you are doing. I saw today that you had a bit of a rough day :( I am praying for you and hoping that the upcoming days are easier for you. I know how strong of an individual you are and it makes me smile to hear from Katie and Jill about how well you are doing. Hopefully I can join them for a visit soon. :D The spirit and life you show and put into everyday inspires me.

    Love you Janice,


    p.s. I am making you a CD of some songs that are kind of my pump up songs lately. :D MISS YOU

  • Janice darling i miss you and i pray for you everyday…so many people here are praying for you and want you to get better. I love you so much and keep thinking of the times when i was little and you would come babysit me and bring liz and we would do handstands on the wall (liz wasnt very good haha)…you are going to get better because you are a fighter (and yes im singing the christina aguilera song in my head) you are fiesty and i know you are going to fight this. I love you :) (more than bunnies) mwah! :)

  • Janice…we think about you and your family every day-you are constantly in our thoughts!!!!! You are in our prayers-I have passed the word about your accident honey and there are sooooo many people passing it along to their churches and praying for your complete healing!!!! This will be a journey with some set backs but you need to stay strong and keep up this fight!!!! It is fine to rest for a while when you get a little tired-your body needs that to heal-that’s all part of the journey that you are on. You have soooo many people who are praying for you and you have so much to offer others and so much work here left to do. You have touched so many people’s lives and there are so many more that will be blessed by your beautiful personality!!!! You stay strong and rest when you need to and continue to gather the strength from your family and friends to heal!!!! Much love :)

  • Dear Janice, God is asking you for such great patience as you heal, and that is so hard! I’ll be praying that you can relax in His presence while things improve. We are following you here on the Sanctuary page every day. Love, Anne

  • Hey, Janice! I just read the latest update about you having to be put back on the ventilator this afternoon after being taken off yesterday. You must be getting so frustrated, with that feisty spirit of yours. Hang tough. God has promised that He works all things for good for those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose. And He has promised that He has a plan for you. Somehow, all of this is meant to work together. I believe everything you’re going through right now is giving you a very unique perspective, and God is going to do wonderful things through you in the coming years. Maybe you’re going to teach nurses, doctors, and families how to minister to patients with these kinds of injuries. No one can really understand, can they, unless they’ve BEEN there. And with your tender heart, your desire to be a nurse, and your empathy, I know God is going to turn these ashes into beauty. Amazing beauty. You’ll see. These are trying times, but they’re not gonna be in vain. No, no, no. They’re not gonna be in vain.

    What’s going on out here: We prayed for you at Living Hope Christian Church’s youth group Wednesday night. Matt came to our youth group a few times last year, so the teens there feel a connection with you. They wanted to pray last week and this week.

    Someone is selling bracelets with your name on them to help your family. I’ll bet there are gonna be thousands of Janice bracelets all over the world once it takes off. :) Someone else is cutting hair at a Warwick salon on Apr 18, with all the proceeds going to help you. I can’t believe how many people are signed up so far! You’re such a beauty, you know how important it is to have a stylist you can trust. So these folks signing up are saying, “WE LOVE JANICE WRAY!” And if we all look funny afterward, we’ll just start a new hairstyle trend and call it “The Janice.” ;) You’d love that!!

    Scott’s in the studio writing a song for you. I hear it…it’s beautiful, just like you.

    You hang tough, Janice Wray. You’re a special one. The light you’ve been in the world is spreading!

  • Janice,

    You are a wonderful person and your smile and loving personality always made my day better. I am thinking about you and your family and I hope you keep on smiling!

    Scott Grandpre

  • J boog, it’s kitty cat. I am sending never ending positive thoughts to you day and night and think about you every day. You are going to be back delivering babies in no time. Remember when we would get ready to go out and you would put my eye makeup on?? I miss those days, that was my favorite part of going out was spending time actually gettin ready picking out clothes with you… I miss you and know you will get better it’s just going to take time ok? My family and I are praying for you and thinking of you everyday and I love you more then ever.

  • Jan-

    I have a big race tomorrow, and I am racing for YOU!

    Stay strong!

  • Praying daily for God to heal you completely, to comfort you and your family, to guide all the medical staff in their care of you. God is awesome and is with you every step of the way, along with many family and friends. I’m only a friend of a friend but your sister in Christ. <3

  • Just wanted to say I love you girlie and I miss you and I’m thinking about you nonstop! ❤

  • Janice! I hope you had an amazing Easter! We have been missing you like crazy here at school!! You are in all of our thoughts and prayers and I know you will pull through this. Remember, you can do anything you set your mind to. You are an amazing person and you will get through this!! Give these doctors a run for their money!! Miss ya girly xoxoxoxo

  • Dear Janice, I called Silent Unity to ask for prayer for you (in addition to the prayer groups of everyone I know.) At Silent Unity, someone prays around the clock for something like 40 days for all prayer requests. We pray for God to flood your body with His healing presence, so that you can relax and breathe naturally and easily, and so that you will regain full use of your hands and legs. Also, that the pain will go away quickly. When I had a heart attack many years ago, I lost more than half of my heart muscle. Eminent cardiologists told me that part of my heart was dead, could not get better and that I would be living a very restricted life. Here I am 20 years later with a fully-functioning heart – all through no merit of mine but because of the faithful prayers of so many people. Those prayers are being raised constantly for you all over the country!

  • Janice… It dosent seem that long ago when your parents held the summer neighborhood gatherings. I recall being asked to come up with some games for the kids to play. There was tug of war…. water balloon toss…I think we had spoon races with eggs but the one game that your mom always asked for because it was your favorite was musical chairs. We played music by The Monkeys and your face was always bright with a big smile. You were a gracious player too. Yes, you came to play but you seemed to have just as much fun watching others get the last seats. I’ll get the Monkeys cd to your mom. You are in our thoughts and prayers, The Grays

  • Hi Janice, I’m one of your neighbors. i walk through the neighborhood daily (as your Mom probably knows), and everyone has been asking about you, and we are all praying for you. I am a nurse that takes care of young adults on ventilators. I know it is very discouraging to be back on the vent, but it will allow your body to get the rest needed to fight infection, and to help you recover more quickly. By reading the many messages on this site, it is obvious that you are a very strong person who is loved and respected by everyone. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts, and to pray for your recovery…………. Maureen Orleck

  • Janice, you are beautiful. I never knew you personally, but I have heard nothing but good things about you. Keep your head up, you can do it. This is just another curve, but your strong and you will get through this. You have so many family and friends that love you.

  • Hi Janice we’ve been keeping an eye on you everyday!!! Please stay strong, you have so many people that love and care about you soooo much!!! You need to ” fight like a girl” I know it’s hard but try to put that pretty smile on your face as much as possible, you always had such a great big smile!!!! We want to visit you when you get to boston!!!!love you lots!!! Xoxoxo

  • Janice-

    I am so sorry that you’re road to recovery is a rocky one right now – but I have all the faith in the world in you. Whenever you are having a tough time, remember all the that you have been blessed with too: a wonderful, caring family; thousands of people praying for you; and the strength and faith to keep pushing yourself.

    “Hope is knowing that people, like kites, are made to be lifted up.”

  • Janice – we love you! Do NOT give up! You are one of the most inspirational women we have ever known! You have too many wonderful contributions to give to this world! Your smile, your face and your wonderful and optimistic attitude are needed! Fight!!! Seeing you last week was incredible!!! Your family is so wonderful! Get to Boston to rehab – we are all waiting for you :) love you jan….

  • Hi, I knew Janice from the gym, I am there 4 times a week,and how I enjoyed seeing Janice when I would come in after a long day at work and see her sunny face and hear her sweet voice. When I am there now I still feel her presence.and think i will turn a corner and see her. I miss her so, and we knew each other only to say hi. I, also am a spiritual person, a devout believer in the power of our Savior. I am praying for her and the family and staff daily. I know your faith is comforting and provides strength when u need it most . God Bless,

  • Janice we are all praying for you at the gym…you are in our thoughts every day..we will continue to pray as you continue to stay strong and keep fighting..I wish I could fight for you…

  • Janice, Bill and I hope for your continued recovery during this difficult time. We miss your beautiful smile and kind heart at the gym. We love you, Bill & Angela Ryding

  • Bill and I know that your inner strength will help you to get through this dificult time. Your beautiful smile and kind heart will surely aid you. We love you, Bill & Angela Ryding

  • Hi Janice!

    We just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you down here in Texas…Jon is deployed to Afgahanistan and is praying for you over there, too…so, all around the world, prayers are being lifted up to our awesome God in Heaven for you! Stay strong and keep smiling :) Hugs to your mom, sisters and brother, too.

    Jon, Kristie, JT, & Savannah Van Nostrand

  • Hi Janice!
    I work at Hanaford School. Please know that the school community is thinking of you and praying for you! Also, two of my sons remember you from EGHS, and my youngest played ball with your brother. Everyone remembers you as one of God’s sweet angels here on Earth. You have touched so many lives. May God bless you & your family!

  • that made u stronger than u ever iagined u could be. stay strong janice, this will all be over soon. your in my prayers ~tajaray

  • hi janice, I know that we never really got a chance to hangout in high school, but whenever anyone mentions your name, everyone always says how incredible and how strong of a person you are. we never know why we have to go through the hard struggles that we are dealt but I do know one thing, someone who has been given all of the special gifts that you havebeen given is someone who is going to go on to do extraordinarythings with their life. someday your going to look back on all of this as just a bad memory but also something

  • Come on Janice, you can do it!! I know it must be very difficult and painful but every step you take is one more for your speedy recovery. I know you, and I know you are very strong and tough and you get what you want, and your recovery is something you definitely will get. We pray for you and your family every day. You are in our hearts and thoughts every second of the day. Do not ever give up, you have many angels supporting your recovery. With all our love, Patricia and Trinidad (Viña del Mar, Chile)

  • Hi Lady JaJa!

    I know that things have been really rough for you. I am praying every single day for you and I know that God will give you strength. You are the sweetest and most loving person I know, we want to be there for you now. I am kicking all this pneumonia out! It’s time for it to go! I am your personal bouncer, instead of no one under 21, it’s no germs! :) I heard that you are really working those arms hard, I am so proud of you! Those muscles will be a lean machine any day now! I know that it’s hard and you are working your absolute hardest. Keep up the hard work and I will bring more chocolate for your ovaries, except I’ll get Godiva or something, even better! OOOOhhhhh yum!

    Love you sunshine! <3

  • Janice,

    I haven’t stopped thinking about you. I have been praying for you everyday and check here for updates throughout the day hoping to get more news of your incredible strength. I miss you so much and I’ve been waiting for “Let It Rock” to play so I could jam, remembering the many nights of driving you and I used to do listening to that on repeat. You are such an amazing person, beautiful inside and out. I am so lucky to have met a person like you and to know that I have a friend no matter what. You know you have the same in me, and I hope that the picture I posted last week at least brought a small smile to your face, even though I know you hate your dress (you have permission to make fun of my haircut). I love you so much Janice, I am looking forward to seeing you when you are ready. I’ll always be here for you no matter what and you will get through this. You are strong and amazing and a fighter….you have thousands of people behind you and rooting for you. Keep smiling and dancing, love you girl


  • Janice, I am on my knees thanking God for you and your family and praying that the peace of God which passes all understanding will descend upon you now. I am amazed at your strength and tenacity. Turn the corner! You can do it!!!! I lift you up through prayer.

  • Hi Janice-
    This blog has essentially become our new home page as we eagerly check it hourly for news. We are all praying for you many times a day down here in South Kingstown. You were also one of the topics at our Easter pastoral prayer along with a packed sanctuary on Sunday at WKBC. 2 steps forward, 1 step backwards can be frustrating, but just remember to focus on the 2 forward steps. Keep fighting girl!
    – The Russell’s

  • Janice – we are trusting God for a miracle in your life! Our Bible study group has been praying for you. I know Emily and her friends have as well. We are following all your updates and trusting God for great things!! Love, The Betts family


    She, (a real-life person…some after-thoughts)…in reverie…a robbery of activity…
    A modest, emerging member of the FAMILY,
    Change…dramatic change…a suddenness of happenstance,
    Bitterly upsetting the balance of ordinary chance and other likely circumstance;
    Immeasurable great loss…brought back (with intense concern and tender care) to RE- ARRIVAL…
    A hope of NEW BEGINNINGS… sense and semblance of SURVIVAL…
    For others … those on side-lines,
    Closest others, and others not so close, silently waiting for/ looking into/ list’ning for/ hope even in small
    Helpless offerings of feelings…( deeply agonized)… genuine prayers…
    Ordinary, filled with impossible, yet, possible well-wishes… genuine… offering, even promising, personal
    sacrifices… prayers spoken by many players…
    Pleas, begun with PLEASE…not to magic’lly undo the already done…but something with a magic’lly
    hopeful run…
    Nothing of a MAJOR MIRACLE… with a wand and deep-throated demand…
    Just something of a MINOR MIRACLE… a SWEETER, SOFTER alteration in the MASTER PLAN …
    Humble all the while…considering the awful TRIAL…bearing up with head held high…(not a give-up sigh)
    and a trace (ever so jaunty)…of a knowing smile…

    Special Note: Janice, for you, may there be many more tomorrows…with many smiles and very few
    Hopefully someday, in some way…a somehow remedy…re-inclusion into the world of DOING… WORK
    and a room with a view…
    A role , an active role, in the precious drama …of life’s HUMAN COMEDY…when, there, awaiting the
    entrance at the given cue is…YOU…

  • Janice, we, at Health Services, send you love ,peace and positive thoughts
    You have been in my prayers and thoughts daily.
    With so many souls storming Heaven, I simply know that your outcome will be positive.
    Celina Pereira

  • Janice!

    Keep fighting girly! You are sooooo darn tough! Proud of you for getting that tube out. Try your best to relax and let your body put up an awesome fight against any illness! I have you in my prayers all day every day! I love you soooooo much, more than words could ever say.

    Keep smiling lovie <3

    Jilly <3

  • Hey chicken(another endearing pet name only said to those i love :p) just bopping in here to let you know im thinking and praying for you as usual. speaking of chickens.. what did the the baby chick say to the Mama chicken when she told it to cross the road? “I cant, Im a little chicken” heheahahhoho


  • Keep smiling and keep fighting :) Thinking of you and praying for you always :)

  • Hi Janice,
    This will be a journey with some setbacks, bumps in the road and miracles along the way. We join with all your friends and family to pray for more miracles. Love and smiles to you and your family from all the Ratigans.

  • Beautiful Janice, so many people asking me about you! Every night when I call my mom in Brazil she asks how “the little girl is doing”. I tell her that the little girl is strong and is a fighter.

    The cleaning lady at work stops by everyday to get updates and also to say that everybody at her church (here and in Cape Verde) are praying for you and your family.

    I am sorry to hear about the latest setback with your lungs but be strong and have faith, this too soon will pass.

    You and your family are in our prayers, always.

  • God speaks, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) –May God continue to heal your physical body and protect you with Christ’s blood. I will be keeping you in prayer daily. You are a blessed woman to have so many “Kingdom” people standing on the battlefield with you. God bless! Your brother in Christ.

  • woohoo first comment today! im going to come down and see you friday. ill let the girls know to give me their cards and such. im probably going to look like santa, bringing in a big bag of gifts. youve been a good girl right? haha of course you have. i swear by the end of this they are going to have to fly a helicopter full of your gifts to spaulding. i don’t want you to overwork yourself or get worried about anything. remember when we were studying for the patho final this time last year? we were both super anxious but we sat there and went over each individual section slowly. this is just like another patho final that you’ll ace :) i love you and ill see you soon

  • That scripture should read “And we know that God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

    ALL things! :)

  • Beautiful Janice, I’ve followed your story — GOD’S story in you — since the day of your accident, and stop in here nearly every day to see how you’re doing and to pray specifically. Your story is being shared by many via Twitter and Facebook, and people all over the world are praying expectantly for both you and your family!

    This latest setback with your lungs is just a little bump on the road to your recovery. Rest — physically, and spiritually. Just rest, and trust that God is keeping His promise concerning you: “And we know that God causes things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

    You are so loved, sweet girl. So loved.


  • Janice, we are thinking you every minute of ever day!!!!! We are praying for you and your family~stay strong!!!!! You will never know how much you touched my life, Janice!!! You were put here to touch people’s lives and you will!!!!! Lots of love, Jenn

  • Thinking of you and praying for you every day…..stay strong Janice you have so many people praying for you…

  • Dear Janice and the entire Wray Family,

    I got the news last night from Mariel. You are in my thoughts. I know that Janice’s wit and resilience will bring her through this. I understand, Janice, that you are in nursing school. I definitely see you as a nurse. You’ll have so much to give. Hang in there.

    Patricia Jempty
    Marty Feigen

  • We just heard he news and want you to know you’re in our family’s prayers. Be strong, and keep the faith!

  • Hi Janice-

    Just wanted to let you know we’re thinking of you and wishing you a fast and full recovery.

    Lots of Love-
    The Grandpre Family

  • Hi Janice,
    I don’t know you extremely well but we went to the same highschool and you were in my physics class. Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and praying for you and your family, as I know so many others are. You will get through this!

  • Dear Janice, Sue and family,

    I have been thinking of you and praying for you, and hope you have a speedy recovery.
    With love, life, peace and joy,

    Anneke du Toit (South Africa)

  • Dear Janice,
    I am sorry to hear of your fever and postponement to re-hab. We will keep praying for your strength and improvement -don’t overdo when you are feeling good- get your rest! We will be working on respite for your mom -we need to keep her strong for you:) So great to see you looking so good on Easter! xoxo – you crack me up – do you realize how brightly your spirit is shining????????????????

  • “Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all.”
    (Emily Dickinson)

    You have been in our thoughts and prayers each day since we first learned of your accident. We hope that the knowledge that so many people are praying for you brings you some comfort and strength. Remember, ewvery dfay may not be good, but there is something good in everyday.
    God Bless You and your family,
    The Leaches (Richard, JoAnne, Sarah,Chelsea, and Jordan)

  • Dear Janice, You never met me, but I’m sure I’ve seen you when you visit your Grandma and Grandad Wray in Altoona. I live directly across Alpine drive from them. I’ve been praying for you every day since. I’ve read most of the posts here and Isn’t it wonderful how many lives you have touched in some way. Keep smiling and I will keep praying for you. Mrs. Detterbeck

  • Jan – it was great to see you yesterday. Glad you enjoyed the helicopter ride! You are an inspiration to all. No wonder the nurses love you! They are probably fighting over who gets you! Take care. You can count on a visit from me in Boston for sure. And when you are ready – I will make you your very own Fudge Cake! Love and a Hug, Mrs. T.

  • Dear Janice, I was saddened to hear of your accident but am encouraged after reading the various medical updates. Although I don’t know you very well I do miss your sweet smiling face that greeted me at OSHF with that sunny disposition. You have that rare but natural ability to make the other person ( i.e. me, just a gym patron) feel like they are the most important person in the room. It is now your time to take some of that energy for yourself to heal. I wish you the best and also look forward to seeing that smile in the near future.

  • Janice,
    We are praying that you will regain your strength & be able to move to Spaulding ASAP. Keep up your spirits, so many people are sending prayers your way.

  • Dear Janice, I am the mother of Kathi Curtis, who has told us about your family and your accident. Many people in our church, Plantation (FL) United Methodist, are praying for you, as are friends in North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and Colorado (and who knows whom they have asked to pray?) We’re asking for your physical comfort and a full and quick recovery! Also praying for the rest of the Wray family.

  • Dearest Janice,

    Happy belated Easter! I hope you and the family had a wonderful time yesterday. Andrew was so excited to see you again. Praying for the big move today. Keep hanging in there! Looking forward to seeing you soon :)

    With lots of love,

  • So glad to hear her condition is improving, and that there is so much positivity, love and hope being expressed despite the hardship being experienced. I wish I had money to donate, I only have $30 to my name right now. It’s hard for me to predict my schedule far ahead of time and I see that alot of people are already making meals for the next month or so, but I’d definitely love to cook a delicious Italian feast in honor of Jan’s recovery and inner strength – as well as her family’s tremendous love, help, and hope. As every moment passes in life, life is never quite the same again – and even when powerfully devastating change comes upon us – there is always room somewhere for love and happiness. I wish the Jan and her family the best – and I pray that miracles come to visit Jan. Through God, all things are possible.

  • JANNIIICE!!! it took me this long to realize I can comment here! But I am so proud of all the progress you have made, and I know you are gonna come outta this! Everyone has you in their thoughts. I know how strong you are, you’ve helped me through a whooole lot these past 3 years.. and I can’t do this PA shindig without you by my siiiiide! so I know you can do it, because you are one of the strongest people I have come to know here.

    Love you girl, keep your chin up. I can’t imagine how hard this is for you, but I’m gonna love you the whole way through it. Just know you have everyone here wishing you the best recovery possible.

  • Janner Banannerrrrrr

    Lady JaJa, you are an absolute trooper and so awesome. I wish you nothing but the best for your recovery and hope you had a lovely Easter with your family, and the new edition to your family, Hop. Keep up the good work lady! I love you with all my heart and am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God is good and will lead you through your recovery.

    Love you so much unconditionally

    Love Jilly <3 :)

  • Janice,
    I’m hoping that you were able to celebrate a beautiful Easter Sunday today. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so excited that you will be heading to rehab this week. I’m watching for an update and hopefully I can visit with you in Boston! Hugs! Lee Ann

  • Janice: Happy Easter! This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
    I hope to see an update that you are well enough to move up to Boston. Please let the love of God and family and friends and even strangers help you to have the strength to keep fighting. Love, Raelene

  • Happy Easter Wray family! Still praying for you and hope even with everything going on you can celebrate and remember that Christ is risen! He has power to conquer death and sin and injuries and anything else this world can throw at us! Love you all, Stay strong <3

  • Praying for you Janice! Stay strong and keep hoping in the LORD because He will never forsake you and He has the power to heal!
    -Rachel Otto

  • Janice I can not believe how well you are doing I’m so relieved I saw your smiling face and got to update you on my life and hear about your deliveries! So many people love you and are praying for you beautiful. I love you so much and cant wait to see you again. Before you know it we will be getting out nails done together and going out partying!
    Love you so much, Catherine

  • Hey Janice, We haven’t talked in a while but I heard about what happened. I look at the website everyday to check up on your progress and I am always glad to see it improving everyday. We were close for a long time and the minute I heard about what happened I was in shock. You were there for me when I wanted to transfer after 1st semester. You invited me down to URI and show me the ropes. Whenever we hung out there was never a dull moment. We were close for a long time and I know you will get through this. Me and my family are thinking of you. Stay Strong Buddy!

  • To Janice and family,
    Prayers are coming to you all the way from TN. Glad to see you are doing better and getting ready to move to Spaulding, which is an excellent facility. I am a RN (from RIC). God has truly blessed my life in allowing me to care for spinal cord injury veterans since 1988. Stay strong as you transition from ICU to rehab…you may have some set backs and that’s expected and okay. If you or your family have any questions at all, big or small, please don’t hesitate to send me a message in fb or through Nikki/Jessica or Beth MacLeod.
    Happy Easter! In His love- Patty,John and Victoria Rowan

  • Dear Janice,

    Happy Easter dear one. So many people are praying for you and delighted to hear of whatever progress you are making, siting, eating, moving to rehab! We pray that doctors are able to keep you pain free as you heal! You know people are praying all through my neighborhood and in California too, not too mention many other states and even counrties! Hope you can find some Easter joy today! Love, the Curtis family

  • We wish you and your family a Happy Easter!!! Stay strong and keep your head up but most of all keep smiling!!!!!! Much love <3

  • To quote another: “Let us pray without ceasing that the overflowing power of the resurrection will be evident wherever Janice may be.” On this Easter, Janice, I hope you are relieved of pain and are strengthened even more by your family’s love. All my best to you as you fly the coop.

    Love you muchly,

  • Hey Lady Jaja!!! :)

    I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of you. You are one of the strongest people I know. You have such resilience in the face of hardship. You never give up. You are kind to everyone you meet. You always have a smile waiting for everyone. :) you are driven to get what you want, you work hard for every step you take. You always have a joke or a story to tell when people need a pick me up. Janice, you make everyone happy! I know that things are really tough right now but every day you take a step to a better outcome. You have come so far and exceeded all expectations. I knew that if anyone could fly the coop, it would be you, sunshine! I just want you to know that we are all here for you, just like you were there for us when we needed it most. I am praying for you and your family!

    I love you! :)

  • my family and i went to do the stations of the cross and out to dinner yesterday. you have to kneel before and after each station. i pictured you turning to me with a big smile and saying, isn’t this great cardio?! i really overdid it today on my longboard. ill probably have to buy a new board this summer because my first one is all banged up. of course im going to use the green wheels you got me till they fall apart :) can’t wait for you to see my gray and orange helmet. i know youll love it and i know youll be happy im being safe. i didnt see any updates today. figured i wouldnt call your mom cause she needs rest. you need rest too. hopefully i hear something tomorrow. happy easter!

  • Janice, you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers each and every day. We are praying for the rest of your family too. You are such a strong family of faith and God works miracles. We love the Wray family.

    David, Wendy, Sarah and Daniel Lobato

  • Hi Janice you’ve been in our thoughts every day!!! We are happy to hear your spirits are up and you have that sweet smile on your face!!!
    Tomorrow hopefully you will feel a buzz in your ear because it’s Easter and we will be sending you sweet wishes! We love you and hope your days get better!!! Maybe as you get strong we can come visit??? Xoxo happy Easter, Janice!!! Xoxo

  • Hi Janice. I am thinking about you and I hope you feel better real soon. I miss seeing you at the gym and look forward to seeing you there again real soon. Happy Easter. Colby Grant

  • Hi Janice,

    We don’t know each other, but I am also a nursing student at URI. I am so sorry any of this happened to you, and it made me cry to hear about it. I kept crying, but happy tears when I read all of the comments below, showing what an awesome, supportive and Godly family (including your family in Christ) you have! I know it’s hard right now, but that means it’s even more important to remember to count your blessings, especially with Easter this weekend: Jesus died with YOU in mind, rose from the dead so that YOU could have eternal life, and is always available for YOU to lean on for strength and support! Halleluiah! A ton of people are praying for you, sister, so hang in there!

    A sister in Christ

  • Hey there stinky (remember as I told you before this has nothing to do with smell, but rather a loving pet name I only say to a selected special handful of people who I love..naturally you should be honored lol.) I am in part writing this to you Janice and other part writing to your familia, cause I know there reading this. (Hey guys! I old you I would write one, and also like I promised I would remind you that if your reading this to Janice right now you are not as good a reader as I! hehe) I know you agree Janice ;)

    Anywhooo back to you Janice, I had a great 2 days with you and the fam. You were full of witty comments today too, ya had me laughing over your nurse, i <3 him btw (sigh) lol.

    Also there are 2 songs that keep playing in my head that I feel God has put there for you. Have someone play for you "I will Rise" by Chris Tomlin and "Long Way Home" by Steven Curtis Chapman. Love you more than i love… cheese and crackers and coffee icecream ( thats true love. believe it.)xoxoxoxo
    <3 Mer

  • Janice- I’m so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. I wish I could take some of it for you but all I can do is keep praying for you. I am so proud of you for fighting so hard and staying so strong. Tonight I will pray for a good night’s sleep and a better day tomorrow.
    Love, Raelene

  • Janice, we are all holding you, your mom, Linnie, Elizabeth, and Matthew tight in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers.
    Lisa, Gary, Lindsay & Brittney Wesson

  • Stay strong honey. We love you and are praying for you as you travel on this journey. We are here for you and your family.
    Nikki,Dan,Jessica,Rebecca and Erica Rowan

  • Janice,

    I haven’t seen you in quite awhile but when my grandfather told me the news I wanted to reach out. I know how vibrant of a person you are and you will pull through this! My family and myself are praying for all of you, and your recovery. Stay strong – with so many people praying and caring for you. Thinking of you and your family.<3

  • Wray Family
    You are all  in the thoughts and prayers of the URI College of Nursing Faculty and Students, we are sending you positive energy .
    Nancy Doyle-Moss

  • Great progress. Very glad to see that she’ll be moved to Spaulding in Boston. No better place for treatment of neck / spinal injuries. We’ll keep praying.

  • Dear Janice & family,
    We are friends of Bonnie & Paul Lashbrook. We are praying for you. Praying that the Lord will give you the comfort you need during this time, Comfort to face the obstacles ahead, Comfort in tines of pain, Healing. Also that you will feel the Lord’s presence with you each day. May God bless you & give you a sense of his security as he holds you in his arms

    Joanne Ramey

  • Hi Janice,
    We are praying for you constantly. Every day when we read the update on your condition, we say Thank God for each improvement. Stay strong and God Bless you and all of the Wrays. Sue, please call if you need anything !!
    Sue & Mike Asay

  • Hi Janice. Sooooo glad to hear the good reports about your progress! I am so grateful for this site to be able to get news of you each day and to read all the uplifting words being sent your way. You have so much going for you…your youth, your unwavering spirit, determination and faith…these attributes will make all the difference in your recovery. You are STRONG in so many ways, Janice, and with the love, support and prayers from near and far, I hope it will comfort you knowing so many of us are in your corner! I am thinking of you practically every minute of every day and am praying for you and your family. You are an amazing young woman and I love and miss you. God bless.

    Marilyn, Health Ed xoxo

  • Hi Janice:

    We are all cheering you on today! You have made such incredibe progress. Good luck with your tests today! Sending you warm hugs! My entire school is praying for you!

    ((((H)))) Mrs. T. (Katrina’s mom)

  • hi Janice, My entire second grade class at West Bay Christian Academy prays for you every day. We are praying for God to do a miracle in your life and healing!!!

    Mary Mook

  • Janice, you have been in our thoughts and prayers constantly. All the ladies in the 6:00 am classes send you their very best. We miss seeing your smiling face at Core!
    Holly Barton

  • Janice!

    I remember two years ago when you were my counselor at WMR, as always, camp was a great time, but there was one night in particular I remember when we were all lying in bed and we told you that we were going to play “chubby bunny” with the marshmallows. You kept trying to be serious and tell us not to, but you couldn’t help but laugh. Pretty soon the entire cabin was in hysterics. You always made us laugh and you always had a smile on your face. Try not to let that that smile leave your face, even when times get hard. You are a wonderful person and you deserve the best. Always remember to never lose hope, never lose faith and most importantly keep your head up!!

    “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you may have tribulations; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33 Praying for you! <3

    All the best,
    Tess :)

    P.S. Kelly and Zoe are praying for you too!

  • Janice, Bill and I send you our prayers and thoughts for healing. Your strength and shining smile will help to get you through this difficult time. We miss you.
    Angela Ryding

  • Dear Janice:
    I have been thinking about you and praying for you since I heard of the accident. You are blessed with a strong and supportive family and many friends who are all rooting for you. Keep fighting!!!


    Mrs. Chace (your old librarian at Hanaford!)

  • Janice!

    I really hope they read all these to you! I miss you and I have not stopped thinking about you. It seems like everything I see somehow reminds me of you now. I can’t wait till we can come and visit you! With all this support rest assured you’re going to be back at it before you know it. You have been such a true friend to me ever since I met you. We have had so many good times like eating all your Mom’s Chai cookies, late night trips to McDonalds and many shopping trips…you inspired me to go into nursing and you’re always there to help me. I can’t wait to see your pretty face lady!

  • Clinical was so boring. Lew says hi. Did not know his patient history till Steph told me :O He said to tell you he misses his superfriend and he hopes you get better. Stephanie misses you. Kim, Nicole, Ali, Kelly, and Krista miss you. Everyone does. That’s really no surprise because youre a special girl. I can’t seem to keep you off my mind. I find comfort that i’ve made you laugh so much these past few days and seen you smile. Laura, Jill, and Katie are trying to see you tomorrow so I hope they can cheer you up. Take things one day at a time. I’m very proud of you and will see you as soon as I can :)

  • Keep rocking Janice !!!! it is no surprise or amazing to me regarding your progress…. because I wouldn’t expect anything less from a fighter like you. I miss you and can’t wait to see you…hopefully sooner than later. KEEP ROCKING IT JANICE !!!!!!

  • Hi Janice –

    This page brings tears to my eyes every time I visit. I’ve always known that you are a special person, but your recovery shows what amazing courage and endless positivity you possess. I don’t know how you manage to put such a fierce fight into your healing, yet still find the strength to bring smiles to the people around you so regularly. You are a spectacular young woman.

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers every day and night. I can’t wait for the next time I get to see your smiling face!

    All the love in the world,

  • Dear Janice—I have met you throughout the years when you visited your grandparents at U.C.C. in Levittown. Your mom, Sue, was very special to me when she was a youngster. I can tell you are also a very special young woman. God be with you.
    Nancy Tickel

  • Stay strong Janice, I’m praying for you and even though we don’t talk that much anymore I’ll never forget the amazing times we had together. We went through a lot and it made us stronger. I wish you the best of luck and hope you fully recover just as healthy and amazing as you were before.

  • Janice, Nancy and I were terribly disturbed to hear of your accident and injuries and have had you on our minds and in our prayers constantly since Monday, but we are heartened to read that you are already on the road to recovery. Your strong determination, deep faith, and the support of your family and friends will get you through this. We send you our love and concern and hope to see you soon. Peace to you.

  • Janice,
    I was very sorry to hear of your accident. I know that the tremdous inner strength you possess and the love of your family will help you get through all that is in front of you. I enjoyed getting to know you while at EGHS and always thought that if I had a daughter, I would like her to be just like you.
    Both Mr. Rath and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything at all that we can do.
    Mrs. Rath

  • The URI College of Nursing Faculty and Nursing students are all praying for your quick recovery. We are staying connected to this website for updates and great progress notes. We will be in close touch. Thinking about you often.

  • Hi,

    I go to the UCC and got the prayer request from Pastor Shelly. Have been praying for Janice and your family. Prayers for a fast and complete recovery!

  • Dear Jannie:

    All the people of United Christian Church of Levittown, PA add our prayers for your healing and the resilience of your spirit. No doubt you have people all over the world praying for you and we know those prayers go to the very heart of God. May God continue to bless you and your family at this difficult time.


    Pastor Shelly

  • Good Morning Kiddo!
    You have lots of people praying for you. Keep fighting buddy and you’ll be just fine. Remember to never stop smiling! That grin of yours can brighten up anyone’s day!

  • Hi Janice,

    You don’t know me, but I became friends with Linnie when I lived in Providence a few years ago. I’ve just gotten the news, and my tears, praise and prayers are with you. I’m so glad for the reports of peace that passes all understanding, and for overflowing joy in the middle of pain. That is a fierce and powerful thing– just a small taste of the fierceness and exuberance of God’s love and faithfulness toward you.

    I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me,
    declaring the end from the beginning
    and from ancient times things not yet done,
    saying, “My counsel shall stand,
    and I will accomplish all my purpose” (Is 46:9-10)

    Love and prayers from Okinawa, Japan! We have a mighty God.

    Melissa (Brown) Randall

  • Praying for you every time I think of it!! I only met you once, but you were a joy to be around (just like your big sister :)). Praying that you and your loved ones come out of this with a deeper, stronger love for Jesus! You are loved!!

  • Janice, I’m so glad to hear that you are improving. I have not stopped thinking about you since I heard the news and my whole family is praying for you and your family. You are such a strong person and I know you are going to pull through this like you have every other challenge in your life. I’m praying for a speedy recovery for you so I can come see your beautiful face. Hang in there girl. We are rooting for you <3

  • Janice, Sue and family, Sending you our wishes for your complete recovery. If prayers were visible like the stars, you would see a sky so full of twinkling stars that the night would feel like day. You are in our prayers and I hope you know the support that is yours. Stay strong. Love, The Rossetti Family

  • Hi Jan,
    You have been in my thoughts and prayers daily since I found out about your accident. CJ is praying for you too! The “church ladies”(my mom’s friends) at St. Thomas More, my parish in Narragansett, say the rosary daily for you. Your beautiful spirit have brought so many people together praying for you…You are on our thoughts all day at work and you are inspiring to us as we hear the updates. Keep up the good work, stay strong and positive. We love you!

  • Hi Janice- We haven’t actually met yet, but your sister Linnie is a gem to our family so we’re automatically in love with you. Andrew called me yesterday morning and shared with me that you had danced the night before. As one who CANNOT dance at all, this scene filled me with such joy. You keep dancing and we’ll keep praying- the joy of the Lord will be your strength!
    Much love to you,
    Sarah and Don and Millie and Jelly

  • Janice, woke up this morning and you were the first thing on my mind, everyone at The gym is praying for you, with all of the prayers and support I feel very strongly that you will get through this, stay strong and keep smiling….

  • Wow, Janice! Look at all the support & love you have! Alanna is keeping me posted with your progress, you’re in everyone’s thoughts, all day, every day. Alanna was so happy to se e you, she told me that you were so (characteristally) sweet, and asked her how SHE was! There is no question how special you are to everyone. If there is anything that we can do, we want to do it. Most of all, though, we want you safe & strong. Heal well, rest up, stay positive…you’re undoubtedly inspirational, beautiful & strong. You’re in so many hearts & minds… We’ll all see you through this!
    With fondness, support & concern and best best best wishes,
    Andrea (Alanna’s mom)

  • Janice,
    Ever since I heard the news you’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. I am sure that this is an extremely trying time for you and your family but after reading about all your progress thus far and all the support you have, I know that you will continue to pull through. Keep smiling & dancing! -Mikayla Farrell

  • Hi Janice, I do not know you, but I believe we met when I went into oshf to fill out an application. You were so nice, and I remember reliving myself ” she’s so pretty “. My heart hurts for your family, and for my close friend Danielle who works with you. I will continue to pray for you and your continued healing

  • Hi Janice, I’m a friend of the Rowan family, and I remember you from when my sisters and I went to vacation bible school at Frenchtown Baptist Church when we were younger…that was a while ago (looks like most of us are at URI now)! But I remember you and your family…your dad, your sisters, and your mom. I remember you all being so kind and loving. I loved vacation bible school, and loved to visit that church with the Rowan family, and spend time with all of you.
    I heard about your accident on monday and I have been checking the updates on this page everyday. My family and I are thinking of you very much, and have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. I know that you have a lot of strength, and that you will pull through this in a remarkable way. I believe in you!
    I hope this message finds you well, and brings you a smile.
    Love, Emily

  • Wonderful and hopeful to read such positive updates. I think of you daily, Janice
    and am hopeful for your full recovery. Be strong and keep dancing!

  • Janice,
    My friend is in your nursing class at URI. She told me about someone in her class who was in an accident, eventually the conversation came around to finding out your name. I had you in my class in 6th grade at Hanaford School and remember you well. I remember the church being the center of your family life. I am sure you and your family can count on your church family and friends for support. Although your picture is evidence that you have changed a lot since I knew you years ago, even as a young girl you had a wonderful work ethic and determination – I am sure that has only strengthened over the years. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Sue Adamo
    (I live and teach in NJ now, but keep in touch with RI news long distance!)

  • Janice,

    For some reason, when I heard about you I wasn’t too worried. I could not figure out why at first, but I have realized (especially from your updates) how much of a fighter you are! We got to know each other a little during our summer class and I am so happy for that! I’m praying for you and we are all waiting to hear more good news about you! Keep up the fight with God by your side nothing can stop you!

    Andi Marchetti

  • Hi, Janice,
    I don’t know if you realize what a special place you hold in all the Ratigan hearts…we are all praying for you. Our spirits have been shaken to the core and then lifted high as you have improved…smiled…and danced. We are there for you in any way you need us. We can’t wait to spend time with your smiling self again soon!!
    Laurie, Gerard, Doug, Nikki, Marisa, Andy, Amy, Ryan, and Jeff

  • Janie!!!!!!!

    Also Known As The One And Only “Shaneenez”
    (Liz helped with the spelling with that)

    I have always believed that I don’t have just two big sisters, but that I have four (and of course I’ve always considered Liz to be my sister as well). For as long as I can remember I have always considered your family as my family. You are one of the strongest people I know and I have always admired your unwaivering faith. I have no doubts in my mind that you will only gain strength from this phase of your life. God has a plan for you, and I know it’s an incredible one. I’m here for you and your family with whatever you need, at any hour of the day!!

    My family and I have all been praying for you none stop!
    We love you Janice, you’re in all of your prayers and thoughts, sending good and positive vides your way.

    I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
    Philippians 4:13

  • JAN–

    Jake knows you hate being called Jan. Hehe. We are praying like crazy for you!! We keep singing “Never underestimate my Jesus. You’re telling me there’s no hope; I’m telling you you’re wrong.” Keep believing that you will be healed. We want more than anything for you to be all better! It’s sounding like you’re still the same old Jannie–saw the update about you dancing!! You’re incredible–you’re not letting even something like this crush your spirit. We love you so much and will continue praying our hearts out. LOVE YOU!

  • Janice, from the moment i heard of your accident, i’ve been shaken to the core. I don’t know you well, and i’m thinking you may not even remember me. I train with Andy at the gym and i’ve only seen you a few times, but it was enough to see your inner beauty shine brightly, as you always greeted me with a smile. My husband Bill twisted his ankle a few months back and you were so kind and compassionate, getting him an ice pack, and inquiring about him for weeks afterwards. In the days since your accident, i have cried many tears, and whispered many, many prayers for you and also for your family, namely, your mom. I’ll close with telling you that i will continue to prayer for you, and i hope you feel the immense love, support and power of prayer pouring out from every corner of our community.

  • Hi Janice,
    I am so happy that your are progressing! I am constantly thinking of you and praying for your strength. I know you can pull through this because you are a fighter, and God is watching over you. I have great faith that you can work through this extremely hard time in your life. I want you to know that Tyler, my parents, and I all have you in our hearts and prayers.
    Kayla Resch

  • Janice, I dont know you well but I do know that since freshman year of nursing school there was never a time you entered our classes without a smile on your face. Myself and all of our classmates were shocked and saddened to hear the news. But we know very well that faith in god and one’s will to recover may have more influence than any kind of modern medicine. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and in those of so many of your classmates in the college of nursing. Stay strong but more importantly keep smiling.

  • Dear Janice,

    You are strong of mind, body and spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Liz B.

  • Dear Janice
    We do not know each other personally, but I am in your nursing classes at URI. Just wanted you to know you and your family are in my prayers every day. You have a great support system here at URI and everyone speaks so highly of you. It’s great to hear about the progress you are making each day. Stay strong and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Samantha Ohsberg

  • Janice our thoughts and prayers are with you I still remember the story’s about all of you from. Your dad on all of our trips. We are all thinking of you and your family as your are all still part of the NUWC family. Our hope is for a speedy recovery best wishes Joe B

  • Janice,
    I am writing you in behalf of myself and my staff here at Contrology Physical Therapy. You have been on my mind since I heard of your accident. You have been in my thoughts and my dreams. I have been trying to make sense of a senseless situation. All I understand is that whenever your name comes up in a conversation, I smile. You have touched so many lives… I think more than you can ever know. You are now faced with an unbeilievble challenge. I believe that faith, a positive outlook and your determination for life will carry you through. My dreams of you have been vivid night after night.. And your life is always meaningful and fulfilled in my dreams. I know this will become a reality.
    I look forward to seeing you and speaking with you soon. Take your time to heal. Many wonderful experiences await you.

    I am sending you strength and love.

    Samantha Fallon

  • Janiceee!! I knew you would pull through…you are doing great!! I am so happy i got to see you smile :) And to hear that you are dancing. Stay strong! You are an amazing minnie me that I admire so much. I love you! and I know you will get through this. You have so much love and support surrounding you. I think of you every day. The OSHF family is praying for you 24/7! Enjoy your Rhody the Ram :)
    Jo Jo

  • Dear Janice-

    I am a member at OSHF. I have had the pleaasure of meeting you a few times while you were working. I have to tell you, that I was completely stopped in my tracks when I heard the heartbreaking news of your accident. I need to tell you that you’ve been on my mind and in my prayers ever since. I have asked all the people I know to pray for you…and keep you in their thoughts. I can’t imagine what you must be going through. I also pray that God give your family strength to help them through this. You are a gorgeous, kind hearted person, who is loved by so many. You have hundreds of people pulling for you. May God give you strength to get through and overcome. Even though it is hard, try not to get discouraged. You can overcome. God never gives us something that he knows we aren’t strong enough to handle. Get rest beautiful…you need your strength to fight. We are all praying for you, and I can’t wait for the day I see you at the gym STANDING behind that counter with that smile!! Believe. Believe in the power of prayer, faith, and love. You have an abudence of all three coming your way. May God bless you and keep you close. I’m praying for you Janice!!!! Xo

  • Sweet Janice–
    I wanted to say thank you.

    I’m not sure if you remember, but way back in first grade, I had great big gap teeth, was awkward and chubby, had a terrible last name and Jeff Winters was always making fun of me. I felt lonely and awkward. You were always the one to get the other kids to let me into the games. It was popular then to play “family” and you would always welcome me in as some kind of far away cousin or something– bringing me into games that I’d been excluded from.

    Then, in third grade when I switched schools, I remember still seeing you around EG at the airshow, at girl scout things, the library and restaurants. You would always wave, say hi and stop to talk when other people had forgotten about me.

    When I moved back to EG for high school, my first class was with you and Jamie Worthington. The two of you were quick to let me sit with you and take me right back in. It made my transition back to the town schools SO much better (you’ll never know how much) to have someone smiling next to me on the first day of high school.

    I’m still a little bitter though, that it was at your birthday party that I found out that the tooth fairy didn’t exist. :)

    Lady, I have such great memories of you being incredibly inclusive with such a solid disposition. Reading these updates of you dancing and laughing with your family only serves to reinforce your sunny-ness.

    You’re in my prayers! All kids of people are praying for you out in Wheaton.
    Thank you again, Janice.

    With His peace,
    Erin Pyne

  • My name is Kim Stagliano. I was driving my 89 year old Dad back to Massachusetts from my home in CT when the traffic on 95 slowed down. When we were less than an 1/8 of mile from the accident (we could see firetrucks, ambulances, police cars and more passed us) the traffic stopped. And we saw that the highway was closed ahead of us. I said to my Dad, “I’m afraid we’ll hear a helicopter next. Someone is very badly hurt – but at least alive.” Sure enough the Life Star copter swooped over us and landed in the deserted weigh station parking lot. Traffic then was allowed to pass. I saw the Rhode Island plate. I saw the car. And I prayed. When I returned home, I Googled the accident and found Janice’s name – and her photo on Facebook. I have thinking of her and praying for all of you since Sunday. I am so very sorry. I have three beautiful daughters with severe autism. It is agony to watch your child suffer. I hope you find strength and resolve in whatever lies ahead for you and Janice.

    Kim Stagliano

  • Janice,

    I hope today was a better day for you. I’m so happy they’re taking you off the breathing tube, that’s great news! I loved hearing you were dancing last night. I feel like only you would do something like that (haha). My mom, dad, and I are all praying for you, but we know you’ll make it through this and turn out even stronger than you were before. I swear you were the strongest person I knew in high school – not many people could have gone through with you did and still be as good of a friend as you were, or have a smile on their face as much as you did! That’s why I know you’ll come out of this just fine.

    I know it’s been a while since high school, but please know that everyone loves you and cares about you regardless of how much we keep in touch or get together! We’re all rooting for you, and we all have faith in you.

    Feel better my dear, xoxo

    PS: I’ll be in New Haven next weekend and I really, really hope I’ll be able to see you, even if it’s just waving through a window or something!

  • Dear Janice, it is such a joy to hear about your progress. So many people are praying and so many people care. I have shared this Sanctuary address with several people who wanted to know how you’re doing. Facebook is just lit up with calls for prayers from all the people who love you. You’re in our thoughts all the time, that God would supply your every want and need as it arises. Love, Anne

  • My dear, beautiful Janice,
    I’m not sure that I’ve ever understood what it is to pray without ceasing until this week – you, wonderful you, have taught me to pray without ceasing. Eli and I have been praying, and everyone I work with down here is praying too. I spent the last 20 minutes reading the comments that people have left you, and I am floored – the light and love of Christ in you has brought so many people together. We are praying for your healing, for comfort for you and your family, and that Christ would be glorified.

    Love you. Checking for your updates a bit compulsively. Praying without ceasing – for you.

    -Eli and Bekah

  • Janice,

    I have been praying for you daily at mass during Holy week. I firmly believe you will “get up” and walk because Christ our Father has done this many times making miracles. I can’t imagine the cross you have had to bear, but I know the Lord is with with you always. Have faith, keep fighting, carry your cross and know we are praying for you.
    God Bless and Happy Easter!

    Ray “The Pharmacist” URIHS

    “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.'” John 5:8

  • Janice and Family,
    My name is Ashley Brewer…and through a string of people who love you and are praying for you, I have received your updates. My husband works at Yale Medical, and we would love to help your family in any way that we can. First off….we are praying for you…and our God loves us and is mighty to save! We would love to help with dinners….a place to stay for your family, (we live 20 min outside of the hospital), or get our local church involved.

    I’m from RI and used to go to Christ Church….so I will talk to people there also…but please know that we are close by and would love to help in any way.

    In Him,

  • Janice – I am praying for you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and I am so happy to hear that your path to recovery is one full of love and hope. Good luck!

    Thinking of you,

  • Janice, we are all so glad to hear of your progress :) We all continue to pray for you all the time, day and night~we are thinking of you constantly!!!!!! You keep fighting, honey. We wish you a speedy recovery!!!!! Much love, The Oliver Family xoxo

  • Dear Janice,
    It was great to hear of your progress and see it for myself today! You are such a brave girl! Keep those beautiful smiles coming – they strengthen and inspire everyone around you. I will be coming back to see you again and helping your mom and family however I can. Everyone in my family and our individual faith communities are petitioning the lord on your behalf! So much love is coming to you and yours. I hope you can feel it! Love, Kathi Curtis

  • Thank you to Pastor Andrew for keeping us updated!
    Jan- we all look forward to every update about your progress and how your family is faring. Keep up the good work, beautiful! Love from Raelene and Lizzie

  • Janice I’m praying for you, keep smiling. Miss you and love you. – Catherine

  • Dear Janice and the whole Wray family,
    Our God is an awesome God so we are praying that He will do something awesome for you. Don’t worry but trust in Him. We are praying and please let us know how we can help. Janice, keep your spirits up. God has good things in store for you. We pray that God will heal you.
    Love, Mason, Sue Amber, Aaron & Aimee Moody

  • Dear sweet Janice,
    Since hearing of your accident norm and have been praying continuously through-out our day for you and all the visable and invisible ministering angels surrounding you. Rest in His care.
    Sue, anything. Please let us know. Love in Christ. Terry Banville

  • Janice!!! A group of students at URI are getting together tonight to pray for you! You’re amazing and the Lord is your strength. We all love you so much and can’t wait to see you soon :) Be strong, beautiful girl.

  • My name is Jason Vieira, I am co-owner of Balance Sport & Fitness in Jamestown where Janice trains with my cousin Patrick. Janice’s commitment to getting stronger and more fit is a motivation to everyone in our facility. I have no doubt her extraordinary resolve will provide an amazing recovery.

  • Janice and family, I wish you the best. I’m praying for you…Kathy Nihill.

  • So sorry to hear about the accident… We are praying for you Janice and your whole family. Sue, if you need anything done at your or in EG just give me a call 316 6353
    Maureen Orleck

  • Janice,

    I was a former member of Rhode Island Health and Fitness and would take my son, Cortland, to the daycare. You were always so happy and you could tell you loved being around children. I’m praying you make a speedy recovery. Take one day at a time and be positive.


  • Praying for you Janice! I was hit & run over by a car in 1999. I was on life support for 2wks. During that time I was unable to move my legs, one arm & hand. It was an amazing time of prayer & healing. I am now fully recovered many surgeries later & I am now married with 6 boys(that I was able to give birth to, that was questionable at one point due to my injuries).

    This verse spoke volumes to me at that time:

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    ~2 Corinthians 12:9

    Praying for strength for you & your family! Looking forward to the stories of how you & your family have touched the medical staff for Christ. You may be wondering why, why me, why this tragedy? God can & will use this in a mighty way!

    Love In Christ,
    Jen Curry

  • Dear Jannie, All the prayers I have read and how many people say you have touched their lives, just increases my faith more and makes me get excited for what plans our Savior has for you. You have always been so special to me. I toast you with a big cup of coffee this morning. I’m taking this jumping Jack Russell for a walk now. Hannah and I will be paying you a visit soon. Love you bunches. Grandma Wray

  • My beautiful Janice, we are asking Dear Lord to restore your full health, to give you and your family streght and comfort. I catch myself praying for you in the middle of my work day and I asked my mom and her church in Brazil to pray for you. You would crack one of those beautiful smiles of yours if you could hear how she says your name :)

    My dear Sue, please know that we are here and want to help in anyway we can. Love to you all,

    Mari Luz Simone

  • Janice,
    I only remember meeting you at the Ranch in the summer of 2011 when Jon Swett was there and you drove him home.
    Yet all the same, I am SO glad to hear of your progress and will continue to pray for your full recovery.
    I know that the Lord will continue guide you, strengthen you and be by your side as He has always been.
    Be strong, always keep laughing and never stop smiling.

  • Janice,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please know you are very loved.

    AKA Tyler’s mom

  • Do you remember when this lady crashed into the rear of your van…not once….but twice…..when your sister was at the wheel? Linnie remained somewhat calm, but you were very upset? I spoke to you and told you that everything would be OK. Well, that was me….you and your sister saved my life that day, as crashing into your van prevented me from getting onto the highway just moments later. Who knows what may have happened to me. I will be eternally grateful that God had me at the center of His will that day. Your Dad was my angel that day…so kind…so understanding….filled with compassion. I will never forget that moment in time. Now, I am praying that all of God’s angels will surround you with love and mercy and most of all, healing, just as He protected me that day from harm. I believe in a God of miracles. He is my God…and He is yours! You are at the center of His will right now, Janice! I am praying for you every time you come into
    my mind….which is VERY often. God spared me that day for a reason…and He has spared you for a reason too!!
    Love and peace to you…..Lynne Znoj

  • Janice,

    I’m so happy to read that you are making progress, I know that you will continue to get stronger with each passing day. I am praying for you and your family, and please know you are in my thoughts. I know that you are strong and that you will make it through this. I haven’t seen you in too long, but you’ve always been an amazing friend to me with an incredible spirit.

    God bless you and your family.

    Ashley F

  • Glad to hear you are showing some of your personality today, Janice. I have been following your story and checking on your progress via the Sanctuary Church updates. We will continue to pray for you and your loved ones.

    Your experience feels very close to my heart, as I too was in a serious accident. Just before my 17th birthday, I was in a crash much like yours. My family sat by my bedside in prayer, cleaning debris out of my hair, doing all they could to make me feel safe and protected. Although I was thrown from the car upon impact, all of my bones remained intact. I did however suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury, which left me in a coma for 2 days, in ICU for 8, in the hospital for 5 weeks, etc. The entire right side of my body was paralyzed, and I showed signs of moderate loss of brain function. One doctor spoke with my mother, a nurse herself, and warned her of the possibility I might not make it back to complete my senior year of high school, and rather would very likely live in an assisted living home for the rest of my life.

    I’m sure this doctor thought he was just bracing my mother for worst . . .preparing her for the severe outcomes which my have befallen me. According to his medical textbooks, he was right. But he did not factor in the most important parst of a physical recovery: the strength of the human spirit, youth, love, prayer, hope, and the will to wake up and face each new day with determination.

    SInce you know me, you know that I did defeat the odds. I completed my senior year, went on to earn my bachelor and masters degrees, met and married my husband, and had a family. I am not just living a life, tempered by my injuries. I am living the life of my dreams.

    I want to assure you that you too will live the life of your dreams. You are young; you are strong; you are loved. While this all must seem like a strange nightmare to you now, you will look back on this experience as one of the most profound moments of your life. It will be a source of strength. You will triumph through this, Janice. Have faith in Him and in yourself.

    Kelly Barone

  • Janice,
    You may barely remember me form The Ranch, but I remember you! You were always so kind, and friendly. You had a lively spirit, and a fun personality. I have been praying for you as often as I can since I heard about your accident. Although it sometimes pains to hear, everything has a reason. Although we might not know it, or understand it, God has made it so for his understanding, not ours. I strongly believe you will heal, that you will walk, and that you will live to tell you story. I may not have known you well at all, but you and your family are still in my prayers!
    God bless,

  • Janice we are sending all of our love and prayers for healing, and to Sue, Linnie, Liz, and Matt, strength to see you through. Love, Catherine, Connor, and Cameron Raymond

  • Janice, I’ve been praying for you and your family since I heard Sunday and so has my youth group. I can’t imagine what you’re going through but I know God feels your pain and will stay with you through everything and that somehow He will use this for good. Know that you’ve got an army of prayer warriors at your back and even if we can’t be there with you we’re still here loving and supporting you. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:8) Stay strong <3

  • My thoughts are prayers are with you.

    Anne palumbo

  • To the Wrays,

    My love and prayers to you all. Words cannot express my gratitude in knowing you all. May God give you all the strength you need during this time.

  • Hi Janice We have been thinking about you lately and praying things turn out well for you each and every day!!!! Hannah has been thinking about you every minute of the day!! We pray that the sun shines brightly on you and your recovery goes well. I know you and your family are strong and thats important during times like this. We love you so very much!
    The Williams Family x0x0

  • My dear family, you are lifted up in prayer for strength
    through healing from me and my evening CBS bible
    study group. “HE will never leave you..”

    Love, Aunt Carole

  • There is a Ronald McDonald House near Yale New Haven hospital that provides free rooms to families of patients at YNHH. There is a free shuttle as well. We have used it and it is a real blessing. I am praying without ceasing for Janie’s complete recovery.

  • Called the 700 Club for prayer for Janice. They prayed for her and will continue to pray for her for 2 weeks. She will be in my daily prayers also.


  • You are all constantly in our prayers. We will put you in our Church bulletin so our Church will be praying for you, too. Please let us know anything we can do! Love, Lexie, Doug, Michelle and Kyle Riggs

  • Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

  • Janice,
    I presented you to my UMC bible study group last evening, 4/2/2012, and your name was lifted up to the Lord for His healing and comfort.
    Please gather all your strength and faith so you can finish your trip back to the safe confines of your home. We send you our love from VA,
    Percy and Nancy….

  • Janice – I am saying a prayer for you and your family.

  • Dear Janie, Sorry to hear about your accident. I have Church of the Brethern in Claysburg praying for you, also my family and friends.Am praying for a speedy recovery for you Janie. I am also praying for your family. Hope to be hearing good news soon. Love you and please heal. Love, Annie Graham

  • God is our savior and refuge, an ever-present help in trouble. — Pslam 46:1

    Janice, Stay strong. You are an amazing person and will get through this. I am keeping you in my prayers.

  • Janice and the Wrays,

    I love you all and I want you to know that I’m praying for you. Stay strong! And remember God is with you. “And I’ll be by your side whenever you fall in the dead of night whenever you call and please don’t fight these hands that are holding you, my hands are holding you.” By Your Side- Tenth Avenue North



  • You are loved much and thought of often..
    I remain constant and fervent in prayer for you . May God continue to draw you close..sweet and beautiful Janice.
    Our hope is in Him.

  • We and our West Kingston Baptist Church extended family prayer chain are praying fervently for Janice down here South Kingstown. Hang in there Janice!!! -Glenn, Kathy, Kayla & Sarah Russell

  • Janice – my prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Janice – my prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Mr. DiNobile

  • Although I have never met you, you are such an inspiration to me. You have been on our minds in our hearts and we often approach the Throne on your behalf.

  • My dearest Janice,
    This is such a schock. We are all praying for you here in Chile. Stay strong and get well soon!!!!
    Love you always

  • Hi Janice!

    I heard the news yesterday. Right now, the world as you knew it has been tossed up – and it’s so easy to focus on the problems. What’s wrong is always available… but so is what’s right. As long as you choose to acknowledge your many blessings each day, you won’t be able to stay unhappy! This isn’t some “positive thinking” mumbo jumbo – it’s simply how our brains function. As you think, so you are.

    You’re still here because you have a mission left to fulfill. There are a lot of people left for you to help. We never expect these things to happen to us. Although, oftentimes it’s the unimaginable and undeserving events we suffer through that make us grow the best. Trust me – I know first hand. You will get through this and go on to inspire many people in the future :) And that’s a great feeling.


  • “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs *will* accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they *will* get well.’ ” Mark 16:15-18

    My family of friends here in NH will continue to pray for total and complete healing in Jesus name. Janice *will* walk, skip, run and jump through the healing power of our God. Janice *will* whisper, speak, sing and shout by the loving grace of her Father. Janice *will* hold a glass of water, write, hug, clap, shake hands and anything else she desires with her hands because of the marvelous authority she has through her Savior and the Creator of all things. We declare *victory* over this accident and the things that hold back her condition from anything less than *whole* and *complete* and *more than well* in Jesus name. <3

  • Janice, The three of us love you muchly and are keeping you in many prayers for healing, patience, and strength.
    Love you lots, Beth, Rich, & Allie

  • Even thougt i’m far, My family and I in quebec are praying for Janice family and For Janice so she can recover and know that we love her .

  • We are in continued prayer for our friend Sue and her precious family, especially Janice.

  • This is such a shock. We are praying for Janice and the family. May God’s peace protect the minds and hearts of all involved. He promises that He will do that. Love from (Great-aunt) Janet Herman.

  • Dear Jannie & Family,
    We are all praying for you—–for the Lord’s strength and healing touch!! Stay strong and trust in Him!!
    The Davies Family

  • May the Lord comfort you and give you peace knowing that it is in His hands. We serve a merciful God who is Loving and caring.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    In His Name
    Ken Marsella

  • We offer our prayers. You stay strong in gods grace. Adapt, overcome, this will be a powerful sermon…….all our love peace prayers always

  • Janice,
    Isaiah 58:8
    Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

    You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    May God bless you and keep you.
    Adam, Jennifer, Lexi and Ava Scott

  • I don’t know you well, Janice, but your grace, gentleness and beauty inspire me.
    So much progress has been made in the field of spinal cord injuries, I hope surgeons
    are wrong and that you will one day walk again. I will be thinking of you and praying
    for a full recovery.

  • Janice, you are a beautiful shining star, sending you and your family love and support, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Emily Judisch sent your prayer request down to Eastern University. So I am praying for Janice and for the family, for endurance, for God’s presence to engulf you all in His love and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, for hope and healing, for miracles. In the Love of Christ, Linda

  • HOPE….is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so Hopes has within them the gift of miracles!!

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you Janice! May the Lord give you complete healing! The Comire Family

  • Thoughts and prayers going out to Janice and her family. Stay Strong and God Bless.

  • Praying for you and your family for a speedy recovery..all I keep seeing is that beautiful smile..keep fighting and get well

  • You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!!!! You are a strong, beautiful girl–you will overcome this, Janice!!!! God has a plan for you–stay strong, honey!!!!
    With Love,
    Jenn Oliver and family

  • The doctor’s will be able to get her back up soon. Hope she gets well.

  • I look up to the mountains-
    Does my help come from there?
    My help comes from the Lord,
    Who made the heavens and the earth!
    He will not let you stumble and fall;
    The one who watches over you will not sleep.
    -Psalm 121:1-3

  • Dear Wray Family,
    You do not know us. We became a part of Mel and Lucy’s family by our son, Eli marrying Bekah.
    We are so sorry to hear about the accident. We will be praying for you here in North Carolina. We will have all we know praying too.

    In Christ’s love,
    Ancil and Sherry Overbey

  • We are praying for her in Caledonia, NY. Dave & Peggy Roll (Carolyn Wray’s family)

  • Jannie–Julie e-mailed our pastor so The Howard United Methodist Church is praying for you. You, your mom, Linnie, Elizabeth and Matt are constantly on my mind.

    Aunt Sherie

  • Thank you, church, with providing the info we needed. Leah and i are praying and asking everyone on Facebook and in my e-mail to pray. Our love to Janice, and Sue, Linnie, Elizabeth and Matthew. Anne Goodreau

  • Just want to let you know how loved you are. Everyone one the prayer chains at Calvary Bible and West Kingston Baptist Churches are praying for you. You are an amazingly strong individual and faith will get you and your family through this.

    Danielle, Jeff, Anderson and Libby

  • All of the prayer teams of the Praise Line Christian Prayer Loop on the web are praying for you, Janice. Believing God for His healing power, His endless love and total provision for you and your family in all things. Isaiah 41:13

    Love and prayers,
    Jack and Sharon Thiel

  • Llyswen United Methodist Church in Altoona, PA, is praying for God’s healing presence to uplift and comfort you and your family, Janice. All things are possible through Christ our Lord.

    Aunt Angie and Uncle Charles

  • We are all thinking of you and your family…we LOVE you Jan!!! Lots of prayers coming your way
    Wendy, Don, Matt and Mikey

  • Dear Janice,
    We are all so shaken up to hear of your accident, but take comfort in the fact that so many people are praying and caring for you. Have faith in them and in yourself. You will get through this.
    The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.
    May God bless and keep you,
    Andrea and Kelly Barone
    Tessa & Charleigh

  • Jannie,

    We all love you. We are all praying for you at home. You are such an amazing individual, who brings such joy to all our lives. You are so strong and such a beautiful person inside and out. God has an amazing plan for you.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Momma Wray, Linnie, Liz, and Matt.

    Love you to the moon and back!

    Morgie, Momma H & Papa H

  • The entire prayer network of Russell (Ontario, Canada) is praying for you and your family, extending out to Portugal, The Netherlands, Australia and Guatemala! We pray for a swift recovery and the magnificent discovery of what God has in store for you through this.
    Love and many blessings,
    Your international brothers and sisters

  • Dear Janice,
    Everyone on our prayer chain, at Park United Methodist Church here in North East, Pa., has been praying for you since we heard about your accident. We know that God has been watching over you and that He has a perfect plan for your life. God bless you and your family. I’m sending lots of hugs and kisses to you also!
    All my love,
    Aunt Sally

  • I am praying for you and your family as well. Take comfort in the fact that you have an incredibly strong mother and friends and family who obviously care deeply about you. If you have inherited only 1/2 the strength of your mother you will overcome.

  • Dear Jan, This incident is just a little glitch on your road to being a doctor. You really didn’t have to do this to get first hand info. Seriously, people are praying from Virginia to Erie, PA for your total healing. Keep on praising and believing. God doesn’t do anything half way. God Bless, Grandma and Granddad Wray

  • We are praying at Altoona Alliance Church, in Altoona Pa(home church of Pete and Janet). Standing on 6 powerful words from Luke…”FOR NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD” and as we prayed at our service last night, ended the service by singing, “God will make a way when there seems to be no way, He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for me. He will be my guide, hold me closely to
    His side, with love and grace for each new day, He will make a way!”

  • We are all praying for the entire family and thanking God for His protection of Janice. Please know that we are here and want to help in anyway we can. Love to you all,
    The Soucie’s

  • Mart and I are gathering some of the Sanctuary family tomorrow morning to pray at our house. We trust in the power and love of our Lord and God and we will seek Him with faithful and faith-filled prayers.

    Love, Lauren

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