9.09.2012

Beautiful



I wanted to give a quick update on Lucy tonight.  So many of you continue to pray for her and our whole family and I can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate it.  Your prayers have sustained us through so many horrible days and nights and our whole family will forever be grateful to you all.

Lucy has been going to school every day.  She stays until lunch and that seems to be just about the right time for her to come home and rest.  Every day she eats 6 chicken nuggets with ranch for lunch and I just laugh thinking about how wonderful it is to see her eat.  And let me just tell you something.  Lucy is up to almost 40 pounds!!  January of this year she weighed only 27 pounds.  Can you believe it?

If anyone in E Clinic is reading this---please tell Dr. W how well Lucy is doing with her weight.  No one will believe it!

It's not just the eating that's better.  It's everything.  She is sharp.  Really sharp.  Her mind seems to be working again.  For so long she was malnourished and her brain had suffered so much trauma that she struggled with even the simplest task.  Her memory failed her constantly and some days she couldn't even complete a sentence.  It was so hard watching her struggle.  Those were dark days for Erik and me.  I shudder just thinking about them.  Now, she is answering questions at school, staying on task when given an assignment and her memory is quick.

Physically she is getting so much stronger, too.  She still uses her walker at school and that allows her to be much more independent.  We are still working on accommodations for PE, but for the most part she can figure out a way to keep up with her classmates.  She's getting her drive and determination back, and that's awesome to watch.  It's like the old Lucy is starting to surface.  Her personality is beginning to shine through again and I am enjoying watching her reconnect with her friends.

It's still a process and she has a ways to go yet, but I am so thankful to God for where she is right now.  I look at her and see so much potential and so many exciting adventures in her future.  My heart is full and I am happy to be in this place.  I truly believe that God has special plans for Lucy in her lifetime.  She has already touched so many lives and I am grateful to be a part of her story.  Cancer will not define her, but I know that it will be a major piece of the puzzle that determines her future.  I continue to pray that as a family we can use the lessons we have learned and the challenges we have faced to help her become the woman that God created her to be.

Lucy's life may not take the "normal" path that we all dream for our children, but she has been set apart to do mighty things.  She already has.


Ecclesiastes 3:11
 He has made everything beautiful in its time. 


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63 comments:

  1. Juaacklyn CunninghamSeptember 9, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Go Lucy Go!!! I continue to pray and cheer for Lucy and the rest of the Krull family.

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  2. "Aganist all hope, in hope I believe..." Romans 4:18


    I have prayed this for Lucy and your family a thousand times. Because for families fighting cancer hope is sometimes all there is. Hope is a gift and a promise. In Lucy's case hope has been fulfilled. I will continue to pray this because it is so beautiful and perfect.

    I am so happy to hear she is doing so well.

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  3. That entire post was beautiful. So happy for you all. Love seein the fighter in her come back and so very happy that she has gained so much weight.

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  4. Praise the Lord! Sending love your way! <3 Renee

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  5. This just makes my heart burst!!! Thank you GOD!! Thank you Father!! You are so good. :)


    Continuing to pray and pray for Lucy!!


    Blessings,
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  6. what a blessing to read! so proud of you, lucy!

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  7. Lucy amazes me! This post made me smile- it's so good to hear the progress she's made. Praying for your family always.

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  8. Glad to hear Lucy is doing so well! Go Lucy Go! Continuing to pray for Lucy and your family.

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  9. Oh Kate, that is wonderful news. Thank you for this beautiful, uplifiting post on Lucy. So glad to hear she has settled back into school and is picking up again. Slow and steady is great!

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  10. Michelle from AustraliaSeptember 10, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    What a beautiful photo. I just looked at it and smiled. God Bless you all and thank you for giving us the chance to pray for Lucy, your family and those who support you all.

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  11. Thanks for the update! I am so glad that Lucy is doing so well! She continues to be in my prayers!

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  12. I'm so glad she's doing so much better, awesome for her and such a relief and break for you all. Well Done.

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  13. Such wonderful news to begin a new week! Go Lucy Go!!! What an inspiration you are! Thank you for sharing your story.

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  14. Kate, I have to say this brought tears to my eyes, but for once these are happy tears, tears of joy for the family that has gone through more than any family deserves to go through. I only pray that this is the beginning to the amazing life that Lucy (The Krulls) have ahead of them. Good Luck to you all... I am glad t hear about her weight and her schooling. I have to say the news is BEAUTIFUL but most of all that picture of Lucy is so BEAUTIFUL.....

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  15. What a beautiful picture. Her smile says it all!!!

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  16. It is so wonderful to hear that Lucy is doing so well. God is so, so awesome! I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

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  17. Thank you so much for that wonderful update! So glad to hear about the weight - makes this mommy feel much better (all the moms know if the kids are eating, they're feeling better). Take care. Prayers continue from Elgin, IL. Go Lucy, Go!!!

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  18. Thank you so much for this update! Lucy and your family continue to be in my daily prayers and it makes me so happy to see this sweet child being able to enjoy the simple and mundane things daily that we often times take for granted. May God continue to bless Lucy and all of you!

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  19. Praise God!! What an awesome update! Goosebumps and smiles over here for your precious Lucy!

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  20. what wonderful news! I am sooooo happy for all of you! While walking yesterday, a song came on my Ipod that made me think of your little angel. If you haven't heard it, take a minute. It is such a sweet song. Alabama singing "Angels Among us" Lucy is an angel on earth for sure!

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  21. She's perfect! I love that beautiful smile : ) That's a little princess warrior & God has big plans for her!! It makes my heart happy to hear how far she has progressed!!

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  22. Yay beautiful Lucy!! Praying hard in Maryland every day!!! Wanted to share this with you. I'm sure you've already seen it, but I saw it on another blog yesterday and thought you might like it. Get some kleenex, cause it's THAT good, and sad, but good!! :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvN7BOAQn9I

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  23. So wonderful to hear all of this good news regarding Lucy's health :) We continue to keep you all in our prayers.

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  24. This is great news, and I'm so glad I chose to check my email early this morning, so I can start my day out with a smile! Keep fighting Lucy, and we will keep praying!!!

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  25. This is such a great and inspiring message. Good for Lucy and the progress she is making. I give you a lot of the credit!

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  26. I know this may sound silly, but a few posts back, I ALMOST commented that I was loving Lucy's cheeks so happy and round, but I didn't because I didn't want you to think I was a weirdo. =) It has been such a blessing to watch and read as your family walks through this. She will look back at this one day and thank you for your truth in telling her story. There has been something I've thought about several times. Do your children, especially Lucy and Ella, know you blog so openly about your family's walk?

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  27. SO thankful Lucy is doing so well and looking so good, your family and your story has touched my life and made me more thankful for what I have and my healthy Grandsons. I thank God every day. I get chills and tears reading about Lucy and love knowing she is doing so good. Thanks for the updates!!!! Will continue to pray for all of you!!!

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  28. This post just made my heart smile and jump for joy!! There is no doubt God has a plan for Lucy in this life!! She is a blessing, inspiration, a beautiful little girl with an enormous soul! Through her journey with which you have allowed for us, complete strangers, to become a part of, it just reaffirms that there is a God and his plan is more than we know. We just have to trust Him! Continued prayers going up for your beautiful family.... Here in Atoka :)

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  29. I am so happy to hear such good news about Lucy. I continue to pray God's blessings on her for a long, happy, HEALTHY life! I have never met her but trust me, I love her to the moon and back!

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  30. Oh this just brings me to tears. She is living testimony of HIS healing power!! Praise the LORD!! Kate- she is just precious and I am OVERJOYED for your family. Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for being so real and honest. I respect that so much! You are an amazing mom!!! Hug your sweet girl from the McBrayer family in Atlanta, GA. We have prayed and prayed for her!! My Mallory is one day older than sweet Lucy, feel like I should know you all! Thank you for the wonderful update! :)

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  31. Was so excited to see a post about Lucy tonight! Think about her everyday and pray she is continuing to do well!!! She looks so happy in this picture and her smile is beautiful!!! Go Lucy Go!!!!!!

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  32. I can almost feel your excitment through this post. We'll keep praying for your beautiful family and looking forward to more of these posts!!

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  33. She is such an amazing little girl. The picture of her is just breathtaking. Go Lucy Go!!!!

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  34. What wonderful news for Lucy and your whole family. Her smile says it all! Our prayers will continue--God's Blessings for Lucy and your family...

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  35. Thank you, as always, Kate, for sharing from your heart. This is a beautiful note about beauty after darkness - Lucy looks so beautiful! My heart sings with yours! Thank you Dear Jesus for giving this family hope and beauty today!

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  36. Thanks for the update. All I can say is praise God. He is so awsome. I am so proud of Lucy. Will continue to pray.

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  37. this makes my heart so happy to read this! My daughter is the same age as Lucy so her story has always run particularly hard with me. I am glad that she is doing so great.

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  38. Thank you for the update Kate. It sounds like Lucy is really improving and starting to shine even brighter. I will still keep you in my prayers since the path ahead, as you said, will be different than how you imagined it.

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  39. Go Lucy! You are awesome and it made me smile so big to see you are doing well! Praying for you sweet girl!

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  40. What a beautiful update ... so many great things to come for Lucy. She has touched the lives of so many people ... family, friends and strangers. It sounds like she's making incredible progress, and I am sure that as a parent, that is AMAZING to witness. Thank you for making strangers a part of your life ... the prayers continue, and I look forward to what Lucy does next! Lucy truly signifies HOPE! All of you do ... your entire family. God bless all of you!!!

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  41. The other day, I saw a 15-year-old friend of my daughter's who had cancer as a small child. You would never, ever, ever guess it if you saw her now. Lucy...you're on your way...Go, Lucy, Go!!

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  42. Thank you so much for that wonderful update, I cried through the whole thing. It is so awesome seeing how God can work such an amazing miracle with Lucy's life and still there are people that don't believe in an Almighty God. God does have amazing plans for her and I can't wait to see where she is at a few years from now. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. God is good! All the time! We will continue to pray endlessly for your family and especially Lucy! May God continue to poor His blessings out on all of you!!

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  43. What a beautiful post for such a beautiful girl. Lucy you are so amazing, keep it up girl! We can't wait to see what you become and what you make with these experiences! I just know that you have amazing things coming your way, and we are always here behind you praying for you.
    Lots of Love,
    Lauren

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  44. Praise the Lord!! What a beautiful picture of Lucy! God bless

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  45. Awesome news! Still praying.

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  46. I'm very happy to read such a glowing report on Lucy. And she looks just beautiful in the photo.

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  47. When I informed some ladies at church on Sunday how well Lucy is doing, one lady just started crying and said she had chills. God is doing some major work through your family and your story is reaching more people than you can ever imagine. Praying without ceasing, that is just what we do for you guys!

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  48. Thank you so much for sharing a Lucy update ~ and what wonderful, happy news to share! Go Lucy Go! Prayers continuing from San Antonio!

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  49. While I read every update I have only commented a handful of times. I think this post is my favorite yet -- SO MUCH HOPE contained in your words! God is so good! How amazing and awesome it is to see Him continuing to answer prayers for sweet Lucy and your family. I'm so happy to read about how well she's doing. Go Lucy, Go!!!

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  50. AMEN AND AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  51. You know that valley in the 23rd Psalm? It appears you have reached "the other side." Still praying... I hope to follow Lucy for a long, long time and watch her grow into a beautiful young woman.

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  52. Praise the Lord!! Thanks for the wonderful news, still praying for Lucy and your family in Florida!! GO LUCY GO!!!

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  53. I completely agree as the teacher!!!!! She is doing GREAT! AMEN!!! This is one awesome little girl!

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  54. Such exciting news. So thankful for all the answered prayers. I met your mm, Kate, at an Associational WMU meeting. So happy to meet one member of this fantastic family.

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  55. thanx for update, love the smile ... thinking & prayn for you & all the family. Our God is good :)

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  56. Your love for your daughter is so evident in your writing.............I pray for Lucy all the time...........Such a beautiful lil girl...................sending prayers youway, now and everyday....................

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  57. How beautiful indeed are those cheeks that are now filled out a little bit! Lucy looks so healthy and happy! I am so blessed by hearing how well she is doing! Go Lucy Go!!!

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