Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Suzanne Cramsey seeks medical and financial assistance to treat her rare spider bite.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: We're not quite sure yet what to make of this plea. We called the McLean Bible Church and spoke to the Parish Nurse, who said that she knew nothing about this item, and that a parishioner with such a need would almost certainly be assisted by another member of the church. (McLean Bible Church has 9,000 members, many of whom are doctors.) We also spoke to someone at the church office who was not aware of Suzanne Cramsey's situation and knew nothing about a special church fund being established to assist her.
So, we wrote to Suzanne at the e-mail address found in some versions of this message and received the following response:
I WAS BIT BY A BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER IN MY BED WHILE ASLEEP, ON 3/26/02. I KNEW QUITE A BIT ABOUT THE PROPER TREATMENT BECAUSE MY DAD WAS BIT BY ONEWe'll keep trying to sort out the conflicting information.
MY HUSBAND AND I MOVED TO VIRGINIA OVER
I LIVED IN CALIFORNIA ALL OF MY LIFE, AND IT WAS VERY HARD TO LEAVE MY PARENTS, AND BROTHER AND SISTER, BUT I KNEW THAT THE CHILDREN AND MY HUSBAND NEEDED EACH OTHER, AND HONESTLY I BECAME THEIR MOTHER, AND I JUST LOVE IT. UNFORTUNATELY THEIR BIO-MOM HAS BEEN ON DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND MANY LEGAL ARRESTS.
OUR CHURCH IN MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA WAS FANTASTIC, AND THEY AGREED WITH OUR DECISION.
MY HUSBAND'S BROTHER IS DAN CRAMSEY, AND HIS WIFE MARCIE THAT WORKS AT THE BALLS FORD ROAD CHURCH. WE BEGAN ATTENDING MCLEAN BIBLE AT BALLS FORD THE THIRD WEEK WE ARRIVED IN VIRGINIA. WE NOW ATTEND ON SATURDAY EVENINGS AT THE NEW FACILITY (WILD LIFE CENTER) IN MCLEAN. I HOPE THIS ANSWERS SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS, AND GOD BLESS YOU. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL CHURCH FAMILY, AND PASTOR LON.
WARMLY IN CHRIST,
STEVE AND SUZANNE CRAMSEY
Last updated: 30 September 2007
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