Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Coleman Update and Blog 4 a Cure

This is my brave little cousin Coleman (age 9) who is fighting the good fight - against Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma. He is brave and awesome and I am lifting him up in prayer daily. Below is an update on his journey through this battle, written by his grandma - my Aunt Nona.

Prayers are still being answered.
Coleman had his port in on Sept. 18th and had his first treatment. The treatment consisted of 3 different kinds of medicine. The chemo was given to him in the spine at the time he had the port put in. Then later in the evening the second treatment (around 3:00 p,m.) was administered. Then Saturday morning the third dose was given him. They kept him in the hospital until Monday morning. He did really well, did not have a bad reaction to any of the medication.
Then on Friday Sept. 25 he received his 2nd treatment. He was only there a half a day. He did good on this treatment also.
Coleman goes for his next treatment this Friday Oct. 2nd and will stay in the hospital over night as he has the three medications again.
Doctors said everything was going very well so far.
I would like to ask that you pray for the rest of the family's health: Michele (mom), Brian (dad), Mallory, Carlye, and Joseph. All of them have been sick at one time or the other for the last 2 weeks. We really need them to get well as Coleman's immune system will be not be able to fight infections as he takes his treatments. Actually it's good that they are catching all this now while Coleman can still fight off infection. I pray that they will get all this over with and not be sick for the next 6 weeks.
Again I want to say thank you for all your prayers and words of comfort.
Nona

Please continue to pray for Coleman and his family as they stay strong in the fight and live in the Light. Thank you!

Also, check out this link for an awesome way to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and enter to win one of the many giveaways this week!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Baby Picture Sunday - I'm Gonna Get YOU!


Why are giant Disney characters so darn scary? Above is Luca on his 3rd birthday shying away from Winnie the Pooh (even though he was the one who wanted to meet Pooh.) And below you'll see much-beloved Mickey Mouse trying to coax almost 2-year-old Carlo into a family picture. Apparently, his big brothers in Star Wars face paint weren't nearly as scary as Mickey. We usually don't even bother with the meet-and-greet the characters because of moments like this. That, and the insanely long wait...

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Perfect Ear

Hope and Holly

Today is my 3-month-old niece, Hope's long-awaited appointment with the ear specialists at Boys' Town. I am praying for a perfect ear in Jesus' holy name. I am believing for perfect hearing. I am keeping the medical staff lifted up for wisdom. Please join me in all these prayers. She is God's precious daughter and she deserves only good things in her life. Thank you all for joining me and my family in this!

Hope and her soon-to-be perfect ear.

I know He is the God of miracles - I've seen it for myself. (see previous post.)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Praise Report - Yes, Jesus Heals

So, yesterday we had a health crisis at my house. Yeah, Nick's just getting over strep and we've had some iffy days with the kids, but we were scared on Monday. Carlo (pictured above, singing during a recent Children's Prayer Watch at OHOP) had woken up the previous night with a stomach ache and come in our room. Now, he's been waking up and coming in our room almost every night for the past 2 weeks, so I didn't think anything more about it after Nick put him back to bed. Then, during the morning, I was at OHOP for a devotional set singing back-up, and then stayed to pray during the intercession set. I heard from Nick that Carlo was crying with a stomach ache, and that was what had woken him up during the night. I ask typical mom questions like: Has he gone to the bathroom? Did he eat? Nick is a good dad, so he has answers for me, and he's getting really worried. I had planned to come home around 11 anyway, so when I realized the time, I start gathering my stuff and see my phone flashing.
Nick had tried calling me 10 times and sent me a text: ANSWER YOUR PHONE! Then it started vibrating in my hand.
I make a quick exit to a phone-friendly hallway and answer. Carlo has been crying all morning with his tummy in pain, and it's tender when gently pressed around his belly button. I make my way home with bubbly pop in hand, hoping this will solve the problem.
Carlo is 5, on the small side, and quite dramatic. He's still crying a little, saying it hurts worse to walk around. I carry him to bed after he sips a little soda. After looking up stomach ailments in the medical resource book I have for kids, I find that YES, I should take him to the doctor. It might even be appendicitis. I change clothes, grab a book, and get shoes on Carlo as we leave. Nick gives me cash to get lunch on the way. I had decided to go to the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital because I think it'll be better than the close hospital. It took me about 20 minutes to get there and Carlo was chattering cheerfully almost the whole way!
I'm talking to him, paying tolls, driving, and thinking about the prayer warriors I asked to pray for Carlo. Fellow intercessory missionaries at OHOP, my mother-in-law, my other children and Nick had all laid hands on Carlo and prayed for his health. My own prayers echo around my head. Holy Spirit, heal Carlo by the blood of Jesus. Work in his body and set all things right. Thank you, Lord!
I find the hospital, turn around to get lunch at Wendy's, and prepare for the emergency room wait. As I'm pulling into the lot, Carlo asks for chicken nuggets. OOOKAY... I decide to go in and get us both meals and see how he's acting. I get him chicken nuggets, orange slices, and sprite. I get a chicken sandwich with fries and Coke. Yes, I am going to need the caffeine. Carlo eats his entire meal. That almost never happens. He even ate a few of my fries. He talks, laughs, and plays with his new Scooby Doo toy. No tears, no doubling over in pain; he almost runs out the door. I lay him in the backseat to press on his tummy a little, just to see his reaction. He says "ow", but giggles each time.
Then, I decide to go to the hospital "just to make sure" and pay $4 to park in the parking garage. I think this is ridiculous. There's only a few spots on the street with meters, totally unpractical for waiting room time. Is it right to charge people to park to see their sick children in the hospital?
Anyway, I sign Carlo in, get a visitor badge for myself and start "the wait." I read about 3 pages of "A Horse and His Boy" to Carlo before he decides he's done and gets up to look for something else to do. We wander over to a play room with a giant TV showing Spongebob and a big block toy. There's also a computer with easy paint games on it, but another mother/child team is already using that. I read a little. I watch Carlo play on the block faces. I look around at the sick kids wearing their "respiratory issue" face masks around their necks. I try not to notice a mother swat her sick toddler's butt for not sitting still on her lap, and try not to cringe as he cries miserably. Carlo has to go to the bathroom twice, which is conveniently beside the vending machines. He wants a snack. No. I didn't get a snack. Other dads get themselves candy and get their kids chips. I roll my eyes. I remembered I had a partial package of nuts and dried fruit in my purse. Carlo eats it all.
Finally, he's called and the triage nurse takes his temperature and blood pressure. Both fine. Carlo goes back to the playroom to get his turn on the computer game. After only a short time, he's pushed off by a little girl. He's bored. I'm frustrated and concerned with the very full waiting room and all the germs floating around. Ugh.
We walk around a little and Carlo tries to escape. He stands in the security room on the other side of an automatic door. I sternly call him back and sit with him on my lap. He gets up again and jogs around the room. We try to call Nick, but the call is dropped when Carlo is talking. He says, He doesn't care. No signal. Carlo wants to go home. I'm watching him full of energy, happy, ready to go.
Finally, I agree that he's been healed by Jesus. There's no other explanation. I gripe at him a little in the car because I think he may have been faking for attention. He doesn't say anything. He gets quiet; I know he's upset. He puts his Nemo hat on, pulling down the brim. He lays his head down and naps on the way home. I'm sorry I said that to him. I know he woke up with pain during the night. I know he couldn't maintain a fake stomach ache, with tears, for 4 hours. I thanked God for healing him, called my mother-in-law, and later posted a praise report for our OHOP family. Carlo napped a while longer at home, and he is totally fine now! I've been giving him extra hugs and kisses. He is doing great!
It's true! Jesus really heals.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Baby Picture Sunday - Share & Share Alike


Luca at 3 months "sharing" his seat in the stroller with Big Sis Cecelia (then 5).
It was almost the end of a long 4th of July at Magic Kingdom. We had no idea it would be so insanely crowded. Kind of a relief to sit and rest as the sun set and we waited for the fireworks show to start. Hard to believe this was over 3 years ago!

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Look for Blog

Well, I spent way too much time today on this new blog decor!
But! I did finally figure out how to make my own banner by myself and I successfully made dinner from scratch too. Can you believe it? Usually it's computer or good dinner. I must be getting better at multi-tasking. That, and I didn't have any convenience food available.

I've been in prayer for Coleman today since he was supposed to have his first dose of chemo. Hoping to have an update for you all tomorrow.
Thank you all for your heartfelt comments and prayers on his behalf. I'm forwarding them all to his mom, Michele and dad, Brian. I'm just so grateful to you. Keep lifting them up during this challenging time - battling time - as they also have 3 other children to care for.

Keep believing for those miracles!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today, I'm thankful for antibiotics and our dear doctor friend who got the prescription for Nick's strep throat. Why is it that it takes husbands twice as long to "get better" than wives? I'll be so glad when this mess has passed.

I'm thankful that the rest of the family is healthy! Praise God!

I'm thankful to be a part of the house of prayer. What an amazing thing to soak in the presence of God and petition Him with my concerns.

I am thankful for all of the wonderful prayer warriors (like you!) who are keeping my cousin Coleman lifted up in healing! Below is an update sent from my Aunt Nona (Coleman's grandma) giving a praise report and also further prayer points. You are all amazing!


Well good news, if anything about cancer can be good news.

Coleman is in stage 2. The cancer has only shown up in his neck. More on the right side (same side that the large tonsil was) than on the left.

He will be receiving 1 treatment a week for the next two months. They will put a port in this Friday around 10:00 a.m. and start his treatments at that time. They will be putting this in his spine. They do not feel that there will be any brain damage from this since his brain is developed. Please pray that this is so.

He will be missing school for a month and then they will see about him going back to school during the second month of treatment.

The type of cancer (Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma) that Coleman has is the easiest treatable cancer. The doctor believes that there is a very good chance of him being cured. Thank God for these answers to prayers.

Thank you for your prayers and I only ask that you keep praying that the treatments go will and that he will not be to sick from the medicine.
Love you all,
Nona


Monday, September 14, 2009

Pressing In, Power in Prayer

It is sometimes a difficult thing, staying close to family from so far away. I rarely get a chance to visit my extended family in Oklahoma, and I don't talk to my sister enough. I blame my kids for that. They just have no respect for phone calls. Now, I am in this strange heart place of prayer for family. I love them, I know them in a somewhat detached family way, and now I am pressing in for healing for two beautiful children who I am delighted to be related to. I know God is a loving father who only wants good things for His children. I know Holy Spirit is capable of miraculous healing. I know Jesus Christ bore those stripes in His flesh so that we can live in health; and He died so that we can live. I feel these truths. My heart is crying out for their divine healing. I am pressing in because there is power in prayer. Please join your prayers with mine for Coleman and Hope.
Coleman - age 9

This is the email I got from my Aunt Nona, Coleman's grandmother:

Michele has asked that I try to keep the family updated on Coleman's progress. Please pray for her and Brian as they deal with this and having to keep the other kids going.
I believe it has come down to Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma. You can find out more about this cancer by going to the Lymphoma Research Foundation web site www.lymphoma.org
Coleman had test ran on his bone marrow and a spinal tap. The Spinal fluid was clear and the bone marrow looked clean. They are sending the bone marrow off for testing just to be safe. So this is good news.
Monday he will have an x-ray of his head and neck to see if there are any tumors in that area. Then a scan of the whole body will be done later in the week. They are waiting for the insurance to approve this scan. Friday is the date set to enter the hospital to have a shunt put in for the chemo treatments. He will have his first treatment at that time. He will probably be in the hospital for the weekend.
Some of you already know this but Coleman has a web site. It is www.hotshot99.com if you want to check this out.
Thank you for your prayers and kind words. Please keep praying for all of us.
Nona

Please pray for complete healing for Coleman - a miracle by faith to glorify God! Strength and peace and love over Coleman and his family. Wisdom over his doctors and nurses.



Baby Hope (now 2 months)

As I've written before, my new little niece, Hope was born without an ear canal in her right ear. When I visited my family in July, I took note of her ear being somewhat misshapen and smaller than her left one. It looks a little smooshed. Otherwise, she is baby perfection and quite cuddly. The initial tests they ran came back all fine. Her appointment with the specialists at Boys Town is on September 25th, then it will be determined if her inner ear is developed and where she goes from here. I know that's still a little ways off, but I am believing for a total creative miracle before then. I am praying that her ear is completely healed before that appointment. Thank you, Lord!

Thank you all for your prayers. I know that they are worth more than gold.

Verse of the Day:
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'Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.'
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness." Acts 4:29-31

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Prayer Request

Just when I was starting to get in a groove with my blog posts, my house cleaning, my everything, I got sick. I'm not talking about the sniffles and annoying sick, but laid out with a fever and spending the better part of 4 days in bed sick. I assume it was some kind of flu - fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, no appetite, etc. I've been fighting it off all week. I haven't been on the computer since Saturday. It's Friday now, and while I was sifting through my email, I found a cry for help from my dear Aunt and Uncle in Oklahoma and thought I should pass it on as I send my prayers up. Thank you all for joining me.

Subject: Pray for our grandson

Coleman is 9 years old and in the third grade.
Now that we thought everything was okay we received some bad news this evening.
When Coleman had his tonsils removed Tuesday, they sent his right tonsil to pathology for testing because it was VERY LARGE. The tests came back positive for cancer. The doctor believes it is lymphoma cancer. He has asked for further testing to find out what kind of cancer. Michele has an appointment for next Wednesday to talk to a pediatric cancer doctor and that's when we will find out the type of cancer and what to do from there.
Also pray for my son-in-law, Brian, for he is having a very hard time handling this news. Michele feels confident that Coleman will be okay.. They have not told Coleman or his sisters and brother the news. They want to wait until they go to the doctor next week.
Steve and I also need your prayers that we can be positive and strong for our daughter and her family.
I have Three scriptures for now:
Psalm 34:4 takes away my fears- Psalms 37:4 grant the desires of my heart- Deuteronomy 33:27 for we are in his everlasting arms.
Your Sister In Christ,
Nona