Friday, January 4, 2013

Prayer Requests

It's been a long time since I've done one of these posts on here. I've put out a lot of prayer requests on my FB page, but with my blogging being so sporadic in the last year, I just haven't done a lot here. This has been a HARD winter for our Down syndrome community. We've lost a lot of kids to illnesses and other crazy issues. It's really scary as many of them were fine one minute and not fine the next. I know a lot of parents are struggling with fear when it comes to our little ones... myself included. We can't put our kids in a bubble, yet our desire to keep them safe is strong.

There are several kids and adults that need prayer right now and I thought it would be good to have them all in one spot. Please be lifting these families up as you feel led.

First, please remember our friend Kennedy. I mentioned her yesterday. She battled osteosarcoma 5 years ago and kicked cancer's butt. However, they had to remove several of her ribs to make sure the cancer was gone. They just replaced them with titanium ribs (it's so amazing what modern medicine can do!) but it was a MAJOR surgery and her recovery is going to be long and slow. She is up and walking the halls of Denver Children's, but she's still in quite a bit of pain and could use lots of prayers as she heals. Her mom updates her caringbridge page every couple days...

Also at Denver Children's is baby Lexi... she has Down syndrome and has been sick for about a week now. No one really knows what's wrong with her, though they've ruled a lot of things out, so that's good. They admitted her so they could run more tests and hopefully figure out how to make her better. I know that her whole family is really worried. Please be praying that the doctors figure out what's going on with her and that she gets to come home soon.

The next request is for Tori Cahill. The Cahill Family lived across the street from my cousin when I was little. I used to love going over to their house to play... everyone in the Cahill family has names that start with the letter T... even the dog. I thought, "How cool!" hahaha Anyway, Tori is 19 and was in a serious car accident on New Year's Eve in Arizona. She is in a coma and they had to remove part of her skull. They don't know what the future holds for Tori right now, but she most definitely needs our prayers. You can follow Tori's caringbridge page to see updates from her family and be praying for her.

Ethan Shpak is another sweet little one with Down syndrome. He has been so, so sick for weeks and in ICU on the ECMO machine. There were several days that the doctors' prognosis was very grim. He had an infection in his lungs and just so many things going on in his little body. His latest issue is a high fever. There have been lots of highs and lows in Ethan's story and he still has a long way to go. You can follow his story on his blog so you can know how to be praying for this little miracle.

My friend Lacey's mother is in the hospital in Utah in critical condition with menengitis. Lacey traveled there from California to be with her, but her mom is not doing well and could use a lot of prayers. Lacey is scared and not sure whether to get her kids home and back to school or stay there indefinitely... it's a tough situation. Please be praying for Lacey's mom (I think her name is Pam) and for the whole Robinson/Rugg family.

Next, please be praying for my friend Kate's family. She has two kids who are not doing well. Her son Joshua has a whole host of diagnosis', and he is terminally ill. The family has known this for quite some time, but Joshua has taken a turn for the worse lately and it's shaking everyone to their core. Just because they know what the future holds, does not make it any easier. Her daughter Bethany, who has Down syndrome, has an aggressive form of juvenile arthritis and recently had heart surgery but is still having issues with that. She has ended up in the hospital twice in the last several weeks because she is so sick and the doctors aren't quite sure how to get her better at this point. Both kids need prayer for pain relief and the whole family just needs love and prayers sent their way. You can follow each of their caringbridge pages by clicking on their names above.

Please remember the Caswell family as they continue to grieve over the loss of their beautiful Aziza. It's been a hard few weeks for my friend Janet, and I know she would appreciate your continued prayers as she struggles to find her new normal.

Last but certainly not least, please be praying for the families in Newtown, Connecticut. I know the media frenzy is going away now and things are hopefully quieting down in their town, but the children and staff of Sandy Hook are going back to school, in a new building, and I know it has to be so hard for all of them. Pray for the parents who lost their children. I know we all prayed for them on December 14th and the days right after, but please don't forget. Commit yourself to pray... I saw a challenge on Facebook to pick one family and pray for them every day. I think that's a good idea... I made a collage with all the kids' pictures and names here... please don't forget them.

I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones who are sticking out in my brain right now. If you know of others who need prayer, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll add them here later. Thanks for keeping all these people, little and big, in your prayers.


Anne B. said...

Thank you for this post Renee. It is always a good thing for us to know where prayers are needed, and yes, there are so many needed in so many places. Know that I stand with you before our Father asking for grace and mercy for all of the children and adults whose hope is in Him. (((BIG HUGS)))!!!

Kate said...

Thank you so much for mentioning my kids, Renee.

Lacey said...

Thanks for this post Renee! I'm so glad 2012 is over and I'm thinking 2013 is going to be amazing as my mom is making a miraculous recovery when two days ago they said she would not wake up! And now Ethan is extubate a, so I'm ready to see what this year has to bring, I'm done with the sadness our community has had to deal with the last little while!