My husband and I are leaving tomorrow to travel to North Carolina for about ten days to visit a dear friend who is suffering from ALS. He and his wife were our neighbors during the four years we lived in NC. We wanted to visit him before his condition is such that he wouldn’t be able to get around at all or enjoy company. I sincerely ask your prayers for him and his wife. His name is Bill.
I have another urgent prayer request for the daughter of my friend, Camille. Camille and I were best friends during the time we both lived in NC. She now lives in Virginia, but we have tried to keep in touch over the years.
Camille’s beautiful 38 year old daughter, Lisa, was diagnosed with stomach cancer about four years ago. She had responded well to treatment, and seemed to be cancer free.
Last week, I received an email from Camille with the awful news that the cancer had returned in Lisa’s stomach, colon and possibly her lung. The family is devastated, as anyone can imagine.
Camille has had more than her share of heartaches. When I was going through my cancer ordeal, she was pregnant with her second child, Lisa’s little sister. Elizabeth Ann was born 35 years ago with a congenital heart defect for which there was no treatment.
During her first year, this strawberry blonde angel thrived, and grew into a beautiful pink-cheeked baby, so curious about the world and seeming perfectly normal. But, her parents knew that her heart was failing, and when she was 18 months old, she died. I will never forget receiving the call from Camille that morning.
Two years later, Camille became pregnant again. She was so worried. She took my hand and looked into my eyes and said, “What if it happens again?” I assured her that God would never let such a thing happen to her twice. And then, she gave birth to a fiery red-haired little boy…with a heart defect.
Michael’s problem wasn’t fatal, and eventually it was repaired surgically. But, he also had a learning disability.
A few years later, Camille’s only sister came down with Multiple Sclerosis. She had a very bad case, and deteriorated rapidly. She died in her 40’s.
Camille’s husband had always had a heart murmur. But, when he was in his 50’s, it became a significant problem and he retired on disability. They also had to move to a one story home, because he could not go up and down stairs.
And then….four years ago, her beautiful Lisa got cancer. And now it’s back with a vengeance.
Camille writes to me that she doesn’t understand….how could God let this happen again? Her mother- heart is trying to turn the world upside down to find a miracle for her daughter.
I ask your prayers for this good family who has suffered so much loss over the years.
Thank you! May everyone continue to have a Most Blessed Advent, and a Joyous Feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, my favorite title of Hers.