Friday, June 12, 2009

Just a quick update...For those following me on here that are not on the DIS or my Facebook account.

First...feel free to friend me on Facebook. I have an AWESOME username and I am so excited about it! It is maroo! Just Feel free to friend me there.

Now, to a harder topic...

I am struggling this week to try to figure out exactly what to do for my friends. They are having such a hard time. What can I do to help? How much should I help before I lose myself in helping.

Lauren's sweet family...has been through so much.

Her grandmother - we call her "grandmother" - was a missionary in Nigeria. Her son was diagnosed with Type I diabetes and was so sick they had to come back to the States from the mission field. She was a teacher for many years. A great teacher. The kind they name parts of the school after when you retire.

She has her first grandchild, Lauren. Who is a delight, but has so many struggles. Lauren never really walked and spends her days in a wheelchair. But with the help of her parents and grandparents - she lives a very full and active life.

She has her second grandchild...who was adopted. Her daughter was not able to have a child, but was able to adopt a child at the age of 5. At the age of 9, that child was hit by a car - suffered a traumatic brain injury that has him significantly delayed to this day.

And this grandmother is so supportive of her fragile family. Of her children and grandchildren who are all so special. She helps whenever she can - despite painful arthritis. She has taken chemotherapy for the arthritis and continues to help her children and grandchildren in significant ways.

Then last week she is taken to the hospital in severe back pain. The diagnosis and treatment result in a spinal cord injury. She can't stand or walk. She can't feel her feet. Bowel and bladder control are possibly gone for good.

What is up with that?!?! Hasn't one family just had enough?

Anyway...I am asking those of you guys reading this to really pray for this family. To pray that we would find some extra help to take care of the grandkids and fill the big shoes left by a wonderful caring grandmother. Pray for grandmother...that they would be able to help her regain some of her movement and control again. Pray for her children, who are just hurting so bad right now. Thanks for praying!