Dear Family and Friends:
This is Roark, Sister Janis’ Father, writing this week. As many of you know, Sister Janis has mentioned in her letters some challenges she has been experiencing with severe pain throughout her upper body and numbness in her arms and joints. Beyond the letters you’ve seen, she has written others to us as well. Our concern for her has been growing these past weeks and we have wondered if we should intervene, but felt we should give it more time.
She received more advanced treatments this week but they seem to be doing more harm than good. In fact, she has largely been unable to work for the past three weeks and not at all this past week. Fortunately, we were able to communicate with her this morning via Google Chat and get a more in-depth report on her condition and the challenges she is facing. She agreed we should contact the missionary department today. The church infield representative for Brazil was kind and instantly connected us with the church service medical missionary who handles all missionary health issues in Brazil. He had some limited awareness of Sister Janis’ situation from Sister Klein, the mission president’s wife, but agreed with us there was reason for concern.
He contacted Sister Janis directly and spoke with her at length about the details of her situation. He then spoke with Sister Klein, who agreed she would coordinate with President Klein to get her transferred this week back to Manaus where the medical care is much better. As you know, she was in the remote city of Boa Vista approximately 10 hours bus ride from the mission headquarters with limited access to the world and to good medical care.
While Sister Janis was chatting with us, she expressed concern that she wasn’t going to have time to write her letter this week and we reassured her that wasn’t necessary and our chat would suffice for us. So I am writing on her behalf this week. All of us would appreciate your prayers and faith on Sister Janis’ behalf, specifically that the doctors in Manaus will be able to diagnose and treat her condition properly and that she will be assigned to a companion who can give her the opportunity to lose herself in the work. If the next few weeks do not show improvement, the missionary department told us she may have to come home to Salt Lake for treatments and while she would be allowed to return to her mission after getting healthy, it would likely be a different assignment.
If you would like to send her a message of cheer and encouragement, please feel free to email her at email@example.com and she should see it next Monday.