Sunday, March 30, 2008

Get out your PRAYIN' HANDS...

Well, do I have a story for you! Get ready - you are gonna fall off your chair! For those of you who are new to my blog, you may wanna go back and re-read Dec 3 - Jan 20th before finishing this post...it will catch you up. For the rest of you - all you have to do is look to the right of this post and see the sweet face of a little King that stole our hearts and still holds them in his little hands as he gallops through Heaven with his fellow cancer-free playmates! King Juju, as we like to call him. He touched the world during his short, not quite 1 year battle with Medullablastoma. There was one person in particular, Kendra, that was not only touched by Julian's story but was in awe of the friendship that Mimi, Dawn and I share b/c of Ju; even having never laid eyes on one another. A friendship that was orchestrated by someone much bigger than the blogosphere! In one of the many, many, MEMES I get invited to do, I answered the question, "Who would you like to have lunch with?" with my all-time mantra, OPRAH! Soon after I posted that MEME I got an email from a regular reader, Kendra. Kendra is an amazing woman and another very good friend whom I have never laid eyes on. Kendra's email said that she scored 3 Oprah tickets. They were for me, Dawn and Mimi...if we could commit to a trip to Chicago at a moments notice. This was a gift from her heart to ensure that the 3 of us would meet! We have all been so excited for the last few weeks of our impending trip to the WINDY CITY...and we have BEGGED Kendra to join us. She maintains that this is a trip for just the THREE of us and she was simply happy to be an integral part of us meeting. Friday Dawn called me to ask if I got an email from Kendra's daughter. I quickly checked and there was nothing. Dawn read me what she had just received and I lost my breath. Kendra was in the hospital and had just undergone emergency brain surgery last week to remove a tumor. And the doctor's also found lung cancer. This is a woman who had no idea she was sick. She was battling a couple of ailments but had marked it up to the winter germ spreading that happens when you are the children's storyteller at a public library. I talked with Kendra on Friday night via IM...from her hospital bed. She is in good spirits with a room FILLED with flowers but she is scared and needs our prayers. This is a woman who gives and gives, she is a blessing to everyone around her and she NEEDS US now! Please send your prayers and well-wishes through this post and I will make sure Kendra knows you are pulling for her. Those of you who have prayer chains, please put her on them. FWD this post to anyone who would post a prayer for her or leave her a scripture to lift her spirits. God bless you Kendra! We love you!

23 comments:

Christina said...

She sounds like a wonderful woman with a big heart. I am praying for her recovery!

Kim Wheedleton said...

I'm praying for her, too...

Dawn said...

You wrote that so much better than I did, Michelle! Good job! You know I'm praying for total recovery!

Debbie Yost said...

I'm adding Kendra and her family to the top of my list!

Shellie said...

You know, I read about this already on Mimi's page and Dawn's and I am so shocked and wondering what we can do (other than than pray of course, and fast of course) Tell her I am thinking of her and praying, will add her to the prayer rolls. My uncle recovered this last year from lung cancer, so it IS possible.

Kim said...

Sending prayers for her. I will be thinking of her. She sounds like a wonderful human being!

nomi said...

Most definately.... She sounds like an amazing woman, I'd be happy to pray for her.

Mabunny said...

She sounds like a true Angel on Earth. I am sending prayers her way and will add her to our Church prayer list.

I am Heather...creator of all things crafty! said...

Dear Jesus, We know that you hold Kendra in your hands. Give her strength, calm her fears and heal her body. Lord we stand in faith knowing you are our Great Physician and will hear our sweet friend. Wrap your loving arms around her and give her comfort. For her family who is most likely scared as well. We ask that this trial will bring glory to Your name. We love you and know that your plans for us are to prosper and not be destroyed. We love you Jesus. Hear our prayers Lord. Heather

coffespaz said...

I will definitely add Kendra to my list. Hoping to post tonight, so I'll do a prayer list update too since I haven't done one before.

I am so excited for you and your upcoming trip...that is just so amazing!! Be safe and make sure you blog all the details. OH...and give Mimi a HUGE hug for me!

it's me, Val said...

I am so sad to hear this. Wow. How did they ever find the cancer??? I will pray for her and pray for her. Thank you for telling us.

The Journey Begins Here said...

Praying, praying, praying. Nothing is too hard for God.

Father God,
I come to You to ask for mercy for Your daughter, Kendra. I praise You and request Your favor of healing, Almighty God. In Jesus name, I pray. AMEN

May the God of peace be with Kendra.

Love you, Theresa

Laura ~Peach~ said...

kendra has been added to out prayer list and chain since mimi and dawn both had posted about her!
I hope you three get to see her while in chicago! and have a fun safe trip loads of pics too of course!
Hugs Laura

Sue said...

Kendra sounds like the most selfless woman. I will definitely keep her in my prayers for a full recovery.Thanks for sharing.

Take My Life... said...

HEY MICHELLE !!!!

I did it!!! I have my own mommy blog!! thanks for being the first visitor!!!

Love you
Mimi

Teresa said...

Sending up my prayers. Kendra sounds like a wonderful woman who is very loved. We serve an awesome God! Through Him all things ARE possible.

Karla with a K said...

Kendra is on my prayer list, too. Praying for strength and peace for her and her family.

Thanks for the updates.
Karla with a K

MoM2-2GoodBoys said...

I try to take the time to read my favorite blogs everyday. Kendra's blog was one of those. I knew something was up when she seemed to just stop writing.

Please let her know that I will keep her in my thoughts and pray for her full recovery.

Mary~

Tracy said...

Anyone who would give away three Oprah tickets has to be wonderful! I'll keep her in my thoughts and prayers!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

I'm so excited for your trip to Chicago and I'm praying for Kendra... please keep us posted as you hear more!

Beth said...

Sending thoughts and prayers to Kendra and her family!!!!

Beth

Julie Stiles Mills said...

When we do our devotions tonight we will be praying for the "library storyteller." And tomorrow night, and the night after . . .

Grandmother Goddess of the Garden said...

Thanks Michelle! Thanks everyone else! I know where my peace came from! I survived Radiation #1, nine more to go....will be posting my journey...keep the prayers coming!God Bless you all!