I created this blog when my sweet little girl, Kristen, was diagnosed with cancer, for the third time. After fighting for almost 3 years Kristen was called home to that same God who gave her life. One of my favorite quotes comes from Neal A. Maxwell- "Those who "plow in hope" not only understand the law of the harvest but they also understand what growing seasons are all about. True, those with genuine hope may see their proximate circumstances shaken like a kaleidoscope at times, yet with the "Eye of faith" they still see divine design." Kristen blessed lives and continues to do so. Her light continues to shine. As for me, I continue to "plow in hope" knowing well that Kristen is mine for eternity. Families can be together forever!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

prayers for a sweet friend, please.

Meet Brighton...
This picture was taken May 1st

Brighton needs your prayers.
He was involved in an accident a few weeks ago.
He is struggling as well as his family.
His grandma is my dear friend. She supported and loved Kristen.
She is always there for me. 
Please help me as we lift their family in prayer.

Here are a few words from Brighton's mother...

On May 1st Brighton woke up and showed us for a brief magnificent moment that he is in there. He smiled that beautiful infectious smile of his and everyone near and far smiled with him. We all collectively exhaled. Leave it to my little B-man to give us hope in the form of a smile. I think Brighton wanted to provide us all with just enough of an exhale before
 the inhaling was to begin again.
Brighton is experiencing involuntary spasms and clonus. His body tightens up and releases in a rhythmic sort of pattern. This is likely due to the initial lack of oxygen although the doctors said it may have been the cardiac arrest he suffered a few days later. It doesn't really matter. When the doctors say the words "neurological damage" everything else sounds like fax machine noise. All his tests come back normal, but his body is telling a different story. We are still getting occasional eye contact and smiles, but Brighton is also somewhere else at times. Also, a tracheotomy is likely in his near future. He works hard to breathe with the ventilator tube and when they removed it once he stopped breathing altogether and it was put back. We don't want a repeat performance of that. It's really too early to tell what challenges we are facing and I will never be able to answer the question "Why?" in this lifetime, but I can tell you this: Brighton has been brought back from the brink 3 times since April 11th. His name and story has been shared by so many people in so many ways. Great faith has been exercised on his behalf and I have felt the profound love you all have shown him and our family. He's not even mine anymore. Brighton is ours. He represents hope and light and I simply have to believe that there is a reason why his impact on the world is so great. I JUST BELIEVE he has more to do and so for as long as it takes, we journey on!

Remember...he smiled to show us he's in there.

Here is Brighton last October

Please, say a little prayer for Brighton.


Rochelle said...

Praying for Brighton and his whole family!

Cindy said...

This breaks my heart. But that smile of his does bring hope! Will be praying for him and his family.