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This is Lucy. Isn't she pretty??
Yesterday was her 5th birthday. She spent it in a hospital bed.
About two weeks ago, Lucy was a normal four year old girl, doing normal four year old things. Literally overnight, she went from a normal four year old princess of a girl to a cancer fighter.
Lucy is fighting Medulloblastoma and had tumors removed from her brain and spine.
She and her family have a long fight ahead.
Cancer. Just the sound of the word strikes fear.
Ask me about NICU and having babies with messed up hearts. Ask me about echos and EKGs and heart cath procedures. Ask me about handing a child over at the door of an operating room, trying to make it down the hall without falling into a heap on the floor. Ask me about sleeping in the PICU waiting room night after night. Ask me about burying a baby after complication from heart surgery. Ask me about holding it all together when all you want to do is scoop up your baby and run far away.
Ask me about Autism. Ask me about words disappearing and sensory issues. Ask me about using pictures to communicate. Ask me about brain MRIs and EEGs, ABA therapy, and IEPs.
Just don't ask me about Cancer. You'll have to talk to Lucy's mom about that.
I can relate to the worry and the constant need to hand it all over to God, because He is the author of the future. And because, well, I know how it feels to pick it all up again--attempting to manage it in my own power.....
I can relate.
I have added this button to my sidebar:
I don't know Lucy or her family, even though we live in the same community.
I have several family members who are personal friends of this family.
I've seen their heartfelt messages and I've seen the ribbons of support.
I will leave Lucy's button on my blog until she wins this battle.
One way or another, she will.
I ask that y'all share Lucy's story and her prayer button.