About a year ago we shared a Facebook post that asked for some encouragement and prayers for hurting Tomb Guard, Andy Selga, Badge #627.
Andy had been in and out of the hospital for months battling an extremely rare case of Vasculitis that started in his small bowel. Only 17 people have had this exact type and condition of Vasculitis and 16 of them were over the age of 40 and they are already dead, meaning that he is the only person alive to live with and through this.
It causes extreme flares of pain ever so often and he has been in and out of the E.R.
Its an extremely lonely disease... So I wanted to share an update with his permission and this powerful post that he shared with his friends last week. I know he and his wife, Emily would love to see your shares, comments and prayers as well as get well cards.
"Was it the arrogance of the Infantry? Was it the pride of serving at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
Was it just my number that got pulled? Did smoking like a mad man for 2-3 years in the Army do this?
Or is it because I was a bonehead in high school? Was it genetics? How long will this last?
When will I receive liberty from debilitating pain? Can I work again?
Will I be able to still fulfill the role of a Husband and a head of household?
Will I ever be able to return to my health to have kids? Am I still enough for my wife?
If I'm the first to have diabetes in all of my family tree, will I pass it on?
Do I have to sit through 3 hour long infusions for the rest of my life?
Who has it worse than me, I know someone does, and how do they do this?"
Sentinel Andy Selga, Badge #627 one day before his 1st surgery. (Photo Credit: John Q. Citizen 2015)
"Call me crazy, but have you ever went from working at America's most sacred shrine, guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to being bed ridden. (Maybe you have?)"
"These are some questions that all run through my mind every hour of every day.
And they are all answered when I open God's word. This isn't a "Like for Prayer" post, but when the Bible fulfills that purpose of life that my illness robbed from me, how could I not share?!
I'm not one to put too much on Facebook, but if you ever wonder how I'm doing any of this, I tell you to look to a Higher Purpose, and I'm not talking about service to your Country."
"Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement to my son, Andy Selga. He has been fighting this painful disease since 2015. He passed Air Assault School while fighting extreme abdominal pain and walked the mat at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier numerous times in extreme abdominal pain and performed many other Sentinel duties while this painful disease would have put most men down, but Andy is one strong, brave, dedicated soldier to the Unknowns.
I am so proud of my son and his service. He misses being on the mat and being with his fellow brothers at the tomb. He had 10" of his small intestine removed back in October 2015 and is still struggling with recovery. Thank you all for anything and everything you can do for Andy and his new bride, Emily Selga, to encourage them out in DC. We are all in California and wish we were closer to help and encourage them. Thank you for this post. This constant pain is discouraging and debilitating for such a young man. This is serious what he is fighting. Again Thank you all for your concern and prayers and just loving on my boy!! His momma, Joan Selga"
For privacy sake, if you would like to email Andy and Emily Selga please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or if you like to write physical letters please send to:
Time to Kill Productions, LLC
Attn: Andy and Emily Selga
3420 MacArthur Blvd. Unit K
Santa Ana, CA 92704
We will forward all emails, letters and packages immediately to them.
Ethan Morse, Badge #548
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (2005-2006)