On June 1, 2012 I sent the following prayer request to our prayer partners ~
Please pray for a woman who is 20 weeks pregnant and has a very rare type of cancer. “Laurie” had surgery but because she is pregnant and has MS, she can’t have the needed treatment until after her daughter is born. To further complicate a difficult situation, she has been told that her daughter has an unspecified heart condition. The doctor has scheduled a c-section for the end of August, which will put the baby at around 36 weeks. “Laurie” feels her baby is a blessing no matter what happens. You can only imagine the well-intended-advise she has been getting from the professionals that would result in the death of her baby. She called us looking for help with baby things ~ she said she doesn’t have anything at this point. We have a few preemie girl clothes but if you have anything you could donate for this little angel, please let me know. Laurie is under a lot of stress and anything we can help her with will ease her mind and allow her to concentrate on her health and the health of her daughter. And pray, please pray.
Here’s the update ~
The response from our prayer partners on behalf of this client was phenomenal! We immediately received donations of baby clothes and miscellaneous items and a $100 check earmarked for her specifically. The offers and items came in for days. After collecting an impressive amount of wonderful donations, I called to let Laurie know. She didn’t answer so I left a message. A few days later I called again, no answer so I left a second message. A week later I called for the third time but I didn’t leave a message when the machine picked-up. Did she miscarry? Did she abort? My thoughts were unsettled so I asked God for guidance and I waited.
On the morning of July 13th, I received an email from a supporter that attended our June auction. At our auction she and her husband bought a beautiful basket that was full of baby girl clothes, blankets, and toys. As they were leaving the auction Nikki showed it to me and, looking over her shoulder, smiled and announced that they bought it for “Laurie”, which made me a little sad to hear because I still hadn’t received a return phone call from her. A few minutes later, another guest at our auction lovingly handed me some items she had bought with Laurie in mind. “Lord,” I silently prayed, “please bless these loving intentions and please let Laurie and her daughter be ok.”
In that email on July 13th Nikki said her husband, Ray, would be dropping the basket, two strollers ~ one specifically for Laurie, and a bassinet with an attached changing table ~ also specifically for Laurie, off at our office that afternoon. Oh my gosh, I thought, I’m going to have to tell our prayer partners that I hadn’t heard from Laurie since her phone call to our office on the day I sent out the prayer request. I had been asked dozens of times for an update on her story but I had nothing to say, I was still waiting myself.
I just missed Ray on the afternoon of July 13th, but as I marveled at the donations he left for Laurie, a peculiar thing happened ~
A woman walked into our lobby, obviously expecting a miracle. I smiled and asked how I could help her and when she said her name, which isn’t “Laurie”, I wasn’t sure I heard her correctly. My heart began racing as I repeated her very unusual name in the form of a question. She confirmed and I introduced myself as the woman that called and left messages. She apologized to me for the delay in responding, but explained that she had been extremely busy attending doctor appointments and hospital stays. Then she shared a remarkable story with me.
Previously married for over ten years, she was never able to conceive a child. Towards the end of her marriage she was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer. Now on her own, it was a struggle and a whirlwind of information, anxiety and fear. As a precaution to beginning treatment for her cancer, a routine pregnancy test was done and to Laurie’s surprise, she was pregnant. The doctors told her that the treatment would cause a miscarriage and they urged her to have an abortion immediately so that they could begin healing her. She didn’t because she couldn’t. They told her they would both die. Five months later, Laurie states there is no sign of cancer. In fact, she states that she learned that the particular type of treatment they were going to use to heal her would have killed her.
There are other health issues with both Laurie and her daughter. A portion of the baby’s heart is growing outside her body and she will require multiple surgeries from birth. Laurie said the pressure from the medical community here in Washington to show compassion for the pain the baby will endure by ending her life before birth has been tremendous. Because of this, there will be a team of specialists at the hospital in California for the delivery of her daughter, Astrid Lily Nicqelle. Laurie’s MS is in check and she gives much of the credit for that to her service dog, Simon. But, she absolutely, wholeheartedly, gives all the thanks and praise to God for the miracles she has witnessed in her recent life! She knows He gave her this gift ~ this life that saved her life.
Laurie was thankful beyond words for the generosity she received from our center ~ from our supporters. She told us that there was a scheduled cesarean section the end of August. I called Laurie on Thursday of this week and, not surprisingly, my call went to her voicemail. I left a message letting her know that I had been praying for her and Astrid and that I know they are in good hands, God’s. I asked Laurie to call me when she had a chance, and I promise, I will send out an update when I hear from her. Until then, I would ask that you continue praying for these two precious souls who have touched our lives and blessed our ministry. If you would like to join our prayer partners, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Joy & Peace, Kathy