12.30.2011

Hurting Tonight

Tonight I write with the heaviest heart.  I can hardly breathe and the amount of pain I feel is so intense.  Our sweet friend, Justin (the one that Lucy has been with since day 1 of this journey) was taken by ambulance last night from East Tennessee to LeBonheur.  We had just arrived home from our own travels from East Tn when I got the phone call.  Kristie, his mother, was in the ambulance with him and they were headed my way.  Without a single thought I got right back in the truck and headed to Memphis.  I met her there and stayed until her family arrived 2 hours later. 

Justin has had an acute onset of tumor growth that led to sizable formations in his brain and bleeding there as well.  The family has chosen not to intervene with medicine, as the doctors have told them there is nothing they can do to help him.  He traveled back home tonight to be with his family and friends in his last days. 

I am asking you to pray for him and his family right now.  Honestly, I need you to.  I am so angry, hurt, confused, scared....I am finding it hard to put a prayer together.  All I keep saying  is "please God bring them peace."  As I hugged Kristie last night as she sat by Justin's side I thanked God for allowing me to be a part of their lives.  They are an amazing family and I have come to love Justin and Kristie so much.  I hurt for them as only a mom of a child with cancer can.  I want so desperately to make things better for them.  I know I can't and that hurts even more. 

Thank you for believing in the power of prayer.  Thank you in advance for your petitions on their behalf.

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38 comments:

  1. Praying for Justin and his family. Saying prayers for you too.

    This is rough but God is always in control.

    Praying and praying,
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  2. Saying a prayer for peace for this family!

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  3. praying for this precious family!!!!!

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  4. Oh I am so so sorry to read this, I can only imagine the incredible families you have met during this journey. My prayers are with you. You are always in our prayers . When you are in Memphis I would love to meet you sometime, bring you starbucks, whatever I can do. I can be there....just know we are praying.
    Suzanne and Clay Culpepper
    www.theculpeppers.com

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  5. I've been praying for Justin and his family since you mentioned him in another post some time back and I will continue to pray!

    Lori Quarles

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  6. Speechless :( Praying for him and his family and you and yours.

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  7. I am so so sorry for this family and grateful that you are with them in this time of need. I can only imagine how scarey this is for you and I am saying a prayer tonight for you and your dear Lucy. I am Jewish but I do believe my prayer will be heard by your God.

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  8. Not sure what to pray....but praying for everything. From miraculous healing, to peace, to no pain, to lots of support and love for those around them, for comfort for you, for God to use this for his glory. Praying for all those things tonight.

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  9. Praying for Justin's Family's peace and for your peace.

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  10. A friend of mine lost his 6 year old son tonight to osteosarcoma. As I look at my own daughter, I cannot imagine ever having to let her go. Times like these make me long for Heaven where we will never experience these sadnesses again.

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  11. I am so sorry for your friends and I know that it is also very hard on you. Hard to watch them go through this fiery trial and and hard to not let your fears take root. I am praying for Justin and his family. I will also lift you up to the Throne of Grace. May God grant you all peace and sweet comfort.

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  12. praying for Kristie and Justin and their family. praying for the peace that is ONLY offered by our God in Heaven. Laura

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  13. Oh Kate-you did help them by being there. Your presence and friendship ministered to them. I'm praying for all of you to feel Jesus' arms around you. We don't understand but we know God loves us more than we love our children which you know is more than can be described.

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  14. Kate, I have prayed for you and your family since I first read your story. I now include in my prayers, all precious children with cancer and their families. I know the hurt of losing a child (my son was 28)...I have experienced the comfort from our loving God...but the pain is the worst a parent can have. I am praying from the depths of my heart for this dear family and my prayers for you will continue each and every day.
    Janelle

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  15. Will pray for Justin, his family and your family tonight.
    I'm so sorry.
    Paige

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  16. My hearts hurts reading this. Praying right now!

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  17. I am praying for comfort.

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  18. "We Are Hungry" by Jeff Deyo

    Lord, I want more of You
    Living Water, rain down on me
    Lord, I need more of You
    Living Breath of life, come and fill me up

    We are hungry
    We are hungry
    We are hungry for more of You
    We are thirsty, Oh Jesus
    We are thirsty for more of You

    We lift our holy hands up
    We want to touch You
    We lift our voices higher
    And higher and higher to You

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  19. Praying for this family and for your family in the coming days. I will never understand this kind of thing, but am thankful for a God who sees and knows when we just don't have the words.

    Love, Katie

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  20. OOhh dear Kate!!! How I hurt for you as well as Justin & his family. This is sooooo NOT fair!!! It was VERY kind of you to meet Justin & his mom at the hospital. I hope you were able to get a little bit of time with Justin & I know you would have been soooo very supportive to his mama. I prayed for their family as well as yourself & your family!! Take Care Kate!!! Love, Jenn & Family xo

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  21. I am so sorry for this child and his family. And also you and yours, too. I pray God will give you all strength and peace. It saddens me so much to hear this. My cousin is a nurse at LeBonheur and this is how I found out about sweet Lucy and have followed from close to the beginning. I had posted to the Pray for Lucy Facebook page and wasn't sure if you check that or not. It is a picture of a Relay for Life foot I got and put Lucy's name on. It is hanging at my work and everytime I see it I say a prayer for her. Thought it would make her smile. Lots of love from west TN! =)

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  22. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.~ Psalms 73:26

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  23. I live in Upper East Tennessee, in Church Hill. If I can be your hands or feet, please don't hesitate to ask me to. Meanwhile I'll just be praying for these children I don't know, whose names are Justin and Lucy. --caseowens@juno.com

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  24. I'm so sorry for this bad news. I'm adding my prayers for your friends.

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  25. I grieve as a mother with you also, Kate, and will life Justin and his family up in prayer right now. May God bestow the peace only He can give.

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  26. Prayers for your family and Justin and his family.God hears our prayers.

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  27. Praying at this moment. Lord, be with this sweet family.

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  28. Prayers for Justin and Kristie ... so sad.

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  29. Praying with a heavy heart that is aching for this dear family and their precious little boy.

    Praying for you too as you support your dear friend....and hold your little girl closer still today.

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  30. This breaks my heart!! Prayers for Justin and his family.

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  31. Oh Kate,
    What a comfort you were to Justin's mother. I can't imagine the fears that arose in you on your way to meet Kristie.
    My prayer for you is that Satan will not attack your fears and multiply them but also for Kristie, Justin and their entire family and friends.
    You know, having been through several lengthy illnesses, you sometimes don't have the words to pray, but God knows your heart. He will intercede for you.
    Know your family and their family are all in our prayers.

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  32. Oh Kate....I am so sorry to read this post. I have been following your blog since the onset of Lucy's illness and I can't imagine the things your sweet girl has had to endure and see through this journey. Please know that Justin, Kristie and their family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as Lucy and your family continues to be.
    Sherry

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  33. Praying for Justin & Kristie! I'm so sorry.

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  34. What a great friend you are to drop everything to provide comfort. Prayers go out to Justin and his family as well as Lucy and yours.

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  35. Prayers for them , and for you as well. May both families find peace and comfort in this challenging time.

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