Monday, November 24, 2008

Miracle Monday

It's Monday again! Time for another edition of Miracle Monday.

I have a wonderful friend named Christie. She's not a blogger but let's not hold that against her! Maybe one of these days she'll start one!

Christie has a cousin named Maggie who is battling Lymphoma. Here is an email that Christie sent to all of her friends asking for prayers and help for Maggie:

Maggie is only 25 years old and is married to Shane and they have an 9 month old baby girl, Allison.

Last month Maggie was experiencing a fast heart rate and was scheduled to see a cardiologist for some tests and a 24 hr EKG. They weren’t that concerned, but thought it best to check it out.

Before she ever made it to that appointment, she went to see her primary doctor thinking she had a sinus infection…as well as some shortness of breath…and she was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday evening, Oct. 21st.

A CAT scan revealed fluid around her heart and lungs and a tumor that was attached to her heart and trachea. Maggie was sedated and a chest tube drained 2 liters of fluid from her chest that first night. She spent over a week in ICU…on a ventilator, sedated…fighting for her life.

During that time many tests were done and she was eventually diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma. This was terrible news as it is a very aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Fortunately, however, this type of cancer responds well to chemo.

They started Maggie on chemo as soon as possible and within days the tumor had shrunk by 1/3! The doctors were amazed! They were able to remove the ventilator and move her out of ICU. At that point she had to be told what had happened to her since she had been unconscious much of the time.

She had a few other complications…blood clots in her arm from the constant BP cuff & needles, low immunity from the chemo, staph infection, etc. She was given antibiotics for the infection and finally released from the hospital on Wed, 11/5. She is now living at her in-laws’ house along with her husband and baby girl.

Although recent news has been good, her ordeal is far from over. She will continue chemo treatments every few weeks for the foreseeable future and will have frequent appointments with her oncologist and other doctors.

This is an ugly form of cancer and often recurs in different areas of the body, so she will probably never rest easy even if she wins this particular battle.

The medical bills are starting to stream in now and they are very overwhelmed with that…I’m not sure how much will be covered by insurance. They were on Maggie’s insurance, but have switched to Shane’s since Maggie can’t work and she didn’t have disability, etc. Shane has missed a lot of work as well with Maggie’s hospitalization and all of her appointments.

Christie is asking for prayers for Maggie and Shane and Allison. And if you can provide any financial help - even $1 or $2 makes a difference. Here is the PayPal link that Christie set up:

And just so you know who you are praying for, here is a picture of Maggie holding Allison. (My friend Christie is in the green).

Please pray for Maggie's healing. I would love to write a post one day that tells that Maggie is free from this cancer!

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)

If you have a miracle you would like to share, it's easy to participate. Just post a miracle on your blog and link it back here using Mr. Linky below.

Please mention "A Mom's Life" and my URL in your post. And if you want, you can use the Miracle Monday button in your post as well.

post signature

This edition of Miracle Monday is now closed. Please come back next Monday if you would like to link to a miracle on your blog. If you are looking for other miracles, please check our Miracle Monday archives located on the right sidebar.


Denise said...

I will be praying my friend.

Christie said...

Thank you so much for posting my email on your blog. I am so thankful for all of the support and generosity I have received and I appreciate all of the prayers. Maggie is doing well and I can't wait to go see her next week. I will keep you updated!

Named Alicia said...

Ohhh, that makes me want to cry. I will definitely be praying for Maggie. May God heal her body and their financial situation. May He also comfort her during this time.

Take care my friend!
Have a great week!

Maggie said...

I will definitely keep Maggie in my prayers!! What a great picture!!

BTW, come on over to my blog; I have an award waiting for you!! =)

bauer zoo said...

i hate to hear about young mothers facing so much! she is definitely in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

What a story - I will be praying for Maggie, Shane and Allison. I have a friend who battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma and he has been in remission for almost five years! God answers prayers!

Laural Out Loud said...

I'm adding Maggie and her family to my praryer list. Please keep us updated!

Jaina said...

I will definitely keep them in my prayers.

He And Me + 3 said...

I will pray for Maggie. What a tear jerker. What a precious mother & daughter. Please keep us updated.

Valarie said...

Like all the others, her and her family will be in my prayers.