Thursday, June 6, 2013

Prayer Request

Hi Friends!

I'm here today to ask for a very specific prayer request -- would you?

This happens to be my 500th blog post, and I couldn't be more honored to use it to intercede on behalf of another person. One of my great childhood friends is taking her first step today in a battle against cancer. Very recently, her doctor spotted a tumor on her pancreas and biopsy confirmed it was in fact cancer. As I type these words, she is in the middle of a 7 hour surgery to remove the tumor, part of her stomach, pancreas, and small intestine. The surgery is known as a whipple or a pancreaticduodenectomy, which is just as extensive and difficult as it sounds.

Will you pray for her?

The recovery from surgery is extensive -- and then there's also the cancer part of this. To my knowledge, they're still awaiting more tests to see if the cancer is in other parts of her body. From the updates she has sent me, the outlook is not bad or bleak, but the road will be difficult.

I stood by her side when she married her husband and I have oogled and smiled from afar at all three of her beautiful children. Her oldest will celebrate her 5th birthday this month. She is an amazing person with a killer sense of humor and a tender heart. She thinks of others long before taking herself into consideration and is always loving, despite the circumstances. I, personally, would know this from years of being the friend who because of time and great distance became increasingly less communicative. She continues to love me just the same, despite my shortcomings.

In short: she is amazing.

To catch up on the last few weeks of her journey, check out her blog.

7 comments:

Becky said...

I will definitely keep her in my prayers!

Sarah A said...

Will be praying. My grandfather had a whipple procedure done about ten years ago and I remember it being scary. But besides a few bumps he is still doing amazing!

Kathy said...

Already prayed for your friend and will continue to do so. Please let us know how she is doing.

Kendra said...

I know Melissa! Met her through blog world and then discovered we actually lived in the same city...until my little family moved in March. We actually ran into each other a few times-so fun! Thinking of her often and will be praying.

Angie said...

Sending my prayers her way!

Anonymous said...

Our good friend is also fighting pancratic cancer. 42 years old. Unfortunately it has spread and cannot have the surgery. It's heartbreaking and came out of the blue just 2 weeks ago. Praying for your friend!

Jaci said...

The heartache in the world today seems overwhelming. Will say many a prayer for your friend and for miracles.

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