Sunday, July 27, 2008

a request

So, last week I promised to show you pictures today from the Antique Show I went to while in Astoria. Yes, I went to the show...and took lots of pics...but I had to use my mom's camera (since I forgot mine! smooth) and haven't gotten them off her camera to my computer yet. SO, I'm hoping to have the pics for you tomorrow. Sorry about that! I have to admit that the event was smaller than I was hoping for, and I DIDN'T BUY ANYTHING (can you believe it?) but I still took some fun pics.

So for today, on an entirely different note (this is not something I usually use this blog for, but...I think you'll understand). The night before we left for the beach I got a call with some tough news. My good friend Lauree has a daughter, Audrey, who's just a little bit older than my daughter. (Audrey just turned four a few months ago.) In fact, Audrey and my daughter are good friends who have a lot in common personality-wise. They've had several playdates this year and have attended each other's birthday parties, and her parents and I are always struck by how similar they are. Anyway, apparently little Audrey was just diagnosed with leukemia.

Now, I don't know a lot of details, because I've been out of town since Thursday and haven't received any updates; so I don't know what kind of leukemia it is, or what the plan of treatment may be. I only know that my good friend is living a nightmare right now, and her sweet, tiny daughter - so like my own - is facing a horrendous disease.

If you are a praying person - or even if you're not - would you consider praying for Audrey? So many of you readers are moms yourselves, and I'm sure you can imagine what kinds of emotions news like this would bring. Little Audrey has an amazing family and extended family, and I know she will be so supported and loved during the following months and years to come. But...leukemia. The word puts dread in my heart. I'll be praying for comfort and peace for her parents, grandparents, and for little Audrey as well. I'll also be praying for wisdom for her doctors up at Doernbecher's Children's Hospital. And especially for strength for her mommy.

**Edited to add: I did find out that Audrey has a more treatable type of leukemia. She started chemotherapy immediately upon receiving the diagnosis, and will most likely lose her hair within the next three weeks. And, even worse...this will most likely be a brutal chemotherapy treatment process that will last for the next two years. From what I understand, this all went down in the course of one day - last Wednesday. It's just heartwrenching. One day you take your child into the doctor for some random symptoms...the next, you've entered the cancer ward at the leading children's hospital in your state. How shocking is that for a parent?**

13 comments:

  1. Consider it done!

    My mother and sister are both Audrey's. It made me feel a little sick to read the sentence "Audrey was just diagnosed with leukemia"...

    Please keep us updated when you can.

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  2. Amen, Courtney. You prayed the prayer and He heard it.

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  3. Courtney,

    I'll be praying for little Audrey. I know what it's like to have a little one sick. I'll be praying for her mommy too.

    Alesha

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  4. Oh, no. That's so scary. We'll definitely be saying prayers for little Audrey, and please keep us posted when you learn more. I can't imagine what her mom must be going through. -Julia

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  5. My own Audrey turned four a few weeks ago and to read this was shattering. Too close to home, you know... Many prayers will be said.

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  6. Oh, Courteny, so sorry to hear about Audrey! I will certainly be praying for her and her family. Have a great week!

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  7. Courtney,
    That is tough, can't imagine how that must feel. I'll pray that God heal her little body and encourage their family through this stressful time.
    Blessings,
    Melissa

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  8. my heart goes out to Audrey's mum, I just cannot begin to imagine how tough it will be and what a journey they are about to embark on

    I will be praying for them

    Sarah

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  9. I will be praying for her with all my might! I grew up with a great friend of mine and she was diagnosed with Leukemia also, and now she is strong and 27 years old. I know that the Lord will work this to make her little body strong and she will be able to fight!

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  10. I'll definatley say a prayer for little Audrey!

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  11. thanks for all your heartfelt comments, everyone!

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  12. My little Courtney was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 18 months old, had a bone marrow transplant at 3 years old - she celebrates her 17th birthday in 2 weeks- if i can offer comfort and hope to your friend Audrey, let me know.

    God Bless-Linda

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thank you for commenting, dahling! I can't wait to hear what you have to say. :-)