Offer Hope Through Your Struggles


Through the sharing of our struggles may you feel hope surging through you.

This letter comes with tears upon Karen’s and my heart. Yet, through our darkest times there is light, love and laughter.

My extremely rare autoimmune disease of negative serum tryptase mastocytosis is worsening. Essentially, this means more mast (immune and systemic) cell attacks are occurring at low levels building to moderate to severe ones over a period of several days to weeks.

Last October I had to be intubated. Karen and I were enjoying a long-delayed date day because of my ill health. A man passing through our town came into the restaurant we were having lunch at. He had cologne on him. I had to be intubated. This was my tenth intubation. Marks were put on my neck to do a tracheotomy, which thankfully wasn’t necessary. The doctors could barely get the breathing tube down me because there was so much swelling in my throat.

I’m recovering from my fifth bout with pneumonia.

I’m requiring stronger antihistamines whenever I go out to minimize the risk of anaphylactic and asthma attacks. I’m having to stay inside much more because of triggers such as scented products causing hyper-reactivity. I’ve had to go to the ER several times with anaphylactic and asthma attacks.

Thankfully, we can still have our counselling practice because clients either come to our attached office of our home where we have a no scent policy, or speak to us by phone. Many people prefer speaking to us via phone because they have anonymity.

We would be so thankful if you made others aware of our counselling practice. Having more clients would help pay for the medications and treatments the government doesn’t provide, and cover the costs of further professional education such as tuition, books and school fees. Here is the link for our counselling practice you can share.with your family, friends, colleagues and on social media.

My mastocytosis specialist doesn’t do video appointments. I have to get another one who does. The pollution in downtown Toronto where my specialist is, has triggered anaphylactic attacks.

We believe there is realistic hope my disease can be controlled and improved. Yours and my circumstances of today don’t have to be those of our tomorrow. We pray for all who have this terrible disease to have better health, improved quality of life, and that one day there is a cure found without risk of death. If we stopped believing in a brighter tomorrow we would give up, to say God is asking too much of us. There are times Karen and I feel that way, but we don’t stay there.

We don’t know what trial you are going through, but God knows. As we pray for you we know many prayers are being lifted up for us.

Live each day bringing hope into the lives of others. When you see anyone in need be there for them. Remember you are a gift to others. Even if you are poor caring costs nothing. It’s the present we give that has a lasting value.

We can have a more beautiful world by shining Christ’s light of hope in us.

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love“ (Romans 5:5, New Living Translation).

Carry that hope in your hearts now and always.

Kevin and Karen

Kevin and Karen Osborne are Christian pastoral counsellors and psychotherapists. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. We have started You Can Hope Again Counselling. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.


About osborne2029

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. I m in an M.A.-Ph.D program with St. James the Elder Theological Seminary to train to become a psychotherapist and priest. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Posted on January 19, 2017, in circumstances, On Life's Purpose and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Father, thank you for saving Kevin’s life again. Thank you God for the brave woman who stands faithfully by his side. God, thank you for life!!! You are the God who knows each of us because You created us and knew us before we were even conceived. Thank You! God, come now as Jehovah Jira and continue to meet each of Kevin and Karen’s needs. God you caused the rocks to produce water I know that You will continue to meet the needs of these 2 very dedicated people. Holy Spirit pour out Your love over these 2 right now and God as Kevin has stated I am going to stand in agreement with him that there is a reasonable way for his disease to be controlled. God, You obviously still want Kevin here because You hold the keys to life and death and Kevin is here despite coming to the threshold of heaven multiple times. So God I ask that You continue to encourage, strengthen his physical body, and continue to bring joy to his inner man. You have chosen Kevin for a time as this. So God I ask that you continue to provide for Kevin medically. Thank You God for who You are. Lord, let every prescription be covered and let there not be any financial burden because of doctors or medicine. Lord, I continue to pray that You will do as You have done with others and as You have done in Your word healed the people. God, Lord, as it is in heaven so shall it be on the earth Lord, I speak healing over my brother and I say that Kevin’s faith in You has been strong and I ask that You will just touch every cell and every part of his body and bring healing fire now. Lord, let him instantly be able to tell the difference.

    Lord, thank You for Karen as well. Lord, “for better or worse, in sickness and in health” Lord, how difficult those words are to honor when it is a constant sickness or disease affecting the one you love. Truly, this woman is truly a Proverbs 31 woman. Lord, may she feel in those dark hours of not knowing if Kevin will live or won’t live again that You continue to strengthen and build her up as well. God, I pray for Karen to bring light to others as she can relate to so many with loved ones in these life or death situations. God, meet her needs that she has both as a wife and as a woman of integrity. God, continue to cause her to smile even in the dark of night. Lord, when she cries I pray that You will bring comfort. Thank you for this one.

    Lord, grant Your abundant favor on these 2. I ask this in and because of the blood sacrifice of Ben Elohim (Jesus Christ) who has conquered the grave and who is coming for His bride soon. Father, His sacrifice is why we have hope. I ask this all in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen..

    On a personal note. I am writing this from a nursing home/rehab. On New Years Eve I was hospitalized after being found unconscious at home in my room on the floor. I was intubated and am beginning my journey back. This was my 6th intubation. This was all prior to my hospitalization in Dec for respiratory failure(my friend says I had blue hands, lips, feet, and the house was 98 degrees and I was ice cold all the way to my core. Naturally I don’t have remember), pneumonia in my left lung,sepsis and a skin staph infection in my bloodstream. I was home from that nursing home/rehab less than 48 hours before being admitted and vented on New Years Eve. (I am coming to terms with the fact that I almost died twice in less than 20 days.)SO, for whatever reason we are here for a time such as now and He is not ready for either of us yet. I have not breathed fresh air in over a month (other than to be transferred from hospital to rehab.)

    Blessings Kevin and Karen!!!

  2. So hopeful and full of courage and generosity. May your God bless you with many days together xx

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