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Friday, December 19, 2008

Annette

When Catie was going through treatment, there seemed to be an abundance of baby girls within a year of her age waging their own battles on the 3rd floor of Scottish Rite. One little girl was Maddy and we got to know her family as we walked the halls together. Maddy battled undifferentiated sarcoma bravely, but won her battle as Catie later did, by running into the arms of Jesus. I remember watching her family walk the halls with her on their last stay and my heart breaking for them. They have since welcomed 2 more little ones to their family. Grant is 2 and Annette is just 10 weeks. This week Kirk and Natalie (mom and dad) learned the unimaginable news that Annette has a large tumor in her brain and a tumor in her spine. They are facing this beast a second time. Doctors are suspicious it's medulloblastoma or ATRT, but nothing will be known for sure until pathology reports are in. Her biopsy and debulking surgery is scheduled for early this morning. Please pray for this family... pray for a better outcome... pray for strength and wisdom... pray for Grant as his world has been turned upside down... You can visit them and leave encouragement for them on their blog... http://www.maxeyweb.com

7 comments:

The Foster Home said...

I love this family and my heart broke when I heard this news. I haven't been able to get them out of my head or heart for longer than 5 minutes. Still praying....

Talley Images said...

Sometimes life is so unfair.... My heart hurts for this family

Amanda: said...

Oh how scary. I can't imagine doing it all again....

Thank you for posting that - they will be in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear God! It is so hard to understand why this happens. I've been to their site, and I'll be checking it often now. I'm praying for you too, and for little Chip. I'm praying for your peace (and mine!) too! I know it makes no sense, but in some crazy way, I like to believe that since 1 child in our family has had cancer, everyone else is immune to it, but then I think, "But wait! Since we got off so easily with Joey, we may have to get it again since it wasn't fair that we didn't have the full-blown cancer experience!" I know this makes no sense, but I just thought I'd let you in on a little bit of my crazy! Anyway, I say all this to say that I know when you heard the news, as much as your heart breaks for this family, fear gripped your heart for Chip & Izzy, as mine did for my children. So, I pray for peace and His perfect love to cast out our fear!
Love,
Alayna

jandkland said...

I have been thinking of this family since you made the post, Jenny. I remember beautiful little Maddy and her lovely smile. As others have commented, life is so unfair. Our world is terribly fallen, and there is no way to make sense of things like this. I'm not sure there is a why. Maybe there is a way, though. A way for this family to keep soldiering on even as they fear losing another precious little girl. I pray God's peace and strength on them because that's all I know to pray.

--Kelley

Pam D said...

Dear Jenny,
Praying that this night will be beautiful in every way that God intended it to be, for all of you. And I am praying.. that 2009 will simply blow you away with the joy and blessings that you find!
Merry, blessed Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Jenny,

I just wanted you to know that not a year will go by, that "Greg" the elf will visit our house, and I will NOT think of your beautiful Catie girl! What a wonderful tribute to your sweet girl. From our home to yours, and from Greg the Elf.....Merry Christmas.

Julie H.