Tonight my heart is heavy for a friend of mine, and so I thought I would share a bit of her story in hopes that you all could help me lift her up in prayer.
I met my friend Jan at church twelve years ago this summer. She was actually my boss as I worked in the Mother's Day Out program over the course of several summers. Jan is funny and kind. She is also organized and can get a job done quickly and effectively. As I got to know Jan over the years, I was also introduced to her three lovely children--Hollee, Laurann, and David. For the past several years, her daughter Laurann has been battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma (the same type of cancer my mom had at nearly the same age). After eight rounds of chemotherapy, as well as many other treatments, Laurann has been given only months to live. She is 22. Mike and I went to visit Jan and Laurann last week. Hospice has been called in because the tumor in Laurann's chest is causing her quite a bit of pain.
As a mother, my heart is breaking for my friend. I simply cannot imagine watching my daughter suffer. Thankfully, Jan has an incredible faith that is giving her the strength to care for her in these final days of her life. Would you please join me in praying for my sweet friend? And for her daughter too? I know they are both battling fear and exhaustion.I am praying specifically that these last weeks will be peaceful and full of especially precious moments together.