This is not my usual hour for blogging. Normally I would be enjoying my Bible study and cup of coffee right now. I do have my coffee, but am having a terrible time keeping focused on my study of the book of Esther. My heart is so heavy this-morning and I keep finding myself staring into space praying mini-prayers like “God, give them peace” and “Lord, please touch that little body and heal it completely!”
One of my closest friends for the last 13 yrs is Amanda Michaels. She has been there for me through absolutely everything! When God called my brother away from this earth, she hopped in the car and drove to CO from MI without hesitating. She was a bridesmaid in my wedding and I was in hers. She came to visit just a few weeks after Cloe was born, and flew me to MI to meet her first baby as well! This is the baby that I’m preoccupied with today. And have been since Tuesday morning. That sweet baby (her name is Kate) is now 4 yrs old, and she’s in the hospital.
Meet Brave Kate!
Kate has been diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor, a cancer of the kidney. Right now they believe she is at stage 3. It has spread to her lymph nodes, abdomen, and main artery that reaches her legs. Her prognosis is good… they said with chemo and surgery she has a 90% chance. Amanda said that Kate is in good spirits and is telling everyone that her name is “Brave Kate.” She is asking her friends and family to pray for her, and for lots of hugs! What a precious, brave little angel!
Amanda, Luke, Kate and Rob Michaels
This-morning (at 9 am MI time), Kate is going under to have a port put in and a biopsy done on the tumor. As of yesterday, they believe they can not do surgery to remove it until the chemo has done it’s job and shrunk the tumor, as it’s intwined with her main artery leading to her legs.
Wouldn’t it be great if, when the Drs got in there this-morning, the whole cancerous mess was just gone??? God could do that. He’s done it before! I absolutely believe He is able. But if that isn’t part of His plan for Kate, I am praying that He will accomplish something else SO great that only He could receive the glory for it.
Will you pray with me? Pray for God’s complete healing of this sweet little girl. Pray for her mama and daddy, Amanda and Rob, as they walk through this terrifying valley together. Pray for exceptional clarity of thought and expertise for Kate’s Doctors.
My sweet friend Amanda and her little first-born, Kate.
If you would like to send a card or flowers or anything, I know it would be a huge encouragement. They are at William Beaumont Hospital (Room 5337) in Royal Oak, MI.
Please pray! I will post an update on here, I’m sure, but you can write me if you need any info.