Monday, February 25, 2013

At times life doesn't make sense...

Do you ever have one of those weeks that leave you shaking your head...wondering why?

Four years ago, when I had my first chemotherapy treatment, it kicked my butt...So much so, that 4 days after I had received the dose, I had to call oncology clinic because I was so weak. They encouraged me to come to the infusion center for some IV fluids, the doc was thinking I was probably dehydrated.   Previously to that visit to the infusion center, I had never seen anyone close to my age.  Until that day. A day I will never forget. There she was...sitting in a chair--surrounded by several other ladies--and they were all laughing. (I remember thinking--am I ever going to laugh again?)  Well, the only chair open was next to this giggling group of girls, and I was too sick to walk much farther so I sat down.

As I was waiting for my labs to be drawn, I overheard their conversation. (Okay, ya all--I tried hard to NOT listen--but, there was no way that would happen--the chairs in that place were close together.) Anyways, they were talking about the Beth Moore bible study they were doing. Since Beth has been one of my favorite bible study leaders, I was quickly drawn into their conversation...and thus a friendship between Kerri and I was formed. We traveled the chemo highway together...our cancer journey and our faith--a bond that busy lives didn't break.

A few months back we learned Kerri's cancer has returned? It wasn't supposed to happen...I don't understand why?  As I try to process this, I can't even imagine how hard it is for Kerri to process.

Why am I sharing this with you all?

Last week, Kerri wasn't feeling well, so they did a scan that was scheduled for mid March, early.  Unfortunately, it showed that her liver tumor has grown, despite being on chemotherapy.  URGGGHhhh....seriously?  Again, Why?

I know, I know...Some times there just isn't an answer.  So--although, I know there doesn't seem to be answer to this why, I do know that God is with Kerri and her family. He alone provides the hope!  Kerri and I both trust--He has her safely wrapped in His arms--even if at times we don't understand the why...


I asked Kerri for permission to post her family picture and a prayer request!
Please pray for Kerri and her family

Last evening, after I returned home from visiting with Kerri--I read an update from Vicky (a blogger friend)...let's just say...she too, needs our prayers.
Please pray for Vicky. Vicky blogs at  Westra World

Another life story that has me pondering why...


Kylie is a 6 month old with leukemia. She has important tests on  Thursday. Please pray for her and her family.

 I know there is no answers to the why question...and yes...I do trust and hope in our Lord--knowing that He provides healing, comfort and peace.  The main purpose of this blog post is to seek prayers for healing for these three beautiful individuals.  Thank you for joining me in this quest!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

9 comments:

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Dear Kim, I about lost my breath when I started reading, thinking that when you said your first chemo...that you were back on chemo. Thank God that is not the case, but I see that your sweet friends are facing the very thing I feared for you. Of course, I am already in prayer for Vicky, but will promptly add Kerri and that sweet cherub to my list as well. You can count on it. And thanks for your prayers for my friend Carrie. Let's just keep these things circulating and see how high they can get. Hugs to you, friend...and peace be with you.

Susan Stilwell said...

Oh wow, Kim. I'm so sorry to hear the news about Kerri. What a beautiful lady, and her family is precious. I know they're reeling, but looking to the right One for strength.

I'll add her to my journal, as well as the others. One of my favorite aunts recently started chemo for breast cancer. I'll be glad for the day when our faith is made sight and our bodies are glorified.

Cathy Baker said...

Kim, I will most certainly be praying for Kerri, Kylie, and Vicky, as well as their families. Please keep us posted as to how they're doing.

Thank you for sharing these needs with us. It's a privilege to lift up my sisters in Christ in prayer.

Hester's Heart said...

Bless your heart Kim. God's orchestration of how we meet fellow sisters in Christ amazes me. I'm sorry to hear of your friend Kerri and will pray for her family.

The needs of others can be so great at times; May God strengthen you as you minister to them.

Much Love,
Hester, ;)

Julia Tomiak said...

Wow Kim. Thank you for sharing and I will certainly pray for Kerri. Keep being a wonderful friend.

Vicky said...

I am just now catching up and O.M.G! I'm so touched- truly honored you would do this for me. THANK YOU- you officially just made my day :) Ever since I saw Roxane post about Kerri I've had her on my heart and in my prayers. How truly great to see that beautiful family and feel their loving presence. Prayers for all!

Vicky said...

Oh- two Kerri's- okay- will say a separate prayer... too many Kim- too many of us...

Nancy's Point said...

Oh, Kim, how I hate this disease. How I hate all cancer. In my mind, prayers sent for one are prayers sent for all. Thanks for caring and sharing.

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