Category Archives: Prayer

Stellan will LIVE!

In August, I told you about a baby named Stellan. His mom was less than 25 weeks pregnant with him, and he was VERY sick.

Stellan’s mother will deliver him via C-section tomorrow. She’s 37 weeks pregnant, and the C-section has been planned for the last several weeks. Over those weeks, Stellan has improved dramatically. Doctors say it’s possible that this baby won’t need ANY medical intervention for his heart, the same heart that was so badly damaged that doctors held out virtually no hope for his survival. However, his medical condition won’t be more fully known until he’s born. Doctors really have NO idea what’s going to happen.

His parents believe that, no matter what tomorrow and the days ahead bring, Stellan WILL live through life in Jesus Christ. I share this belief. Even so, their desire is for Stellan to live on earth for many, many years. Please join with Stellan’s family and friends (both real-life and bloggy) and me in praying for this amazing baby, his mama and the rest of the family.

And keep an eye out for updates over at Stellan’s mother’s blog.

Tricia, Nate and Gwyneth need your prayers…

(Photo from Confessions of a CF Husband)

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about the Lawrenson family.

In case you don’t know the Lawrenson’s story, Tricia has cystic fibrosis. Last September, Tricia found out they were expecting their first baby. This news came RIGHT before they were to head to Durham, North Carolina, for Tricia to begin the process to be put on the list for the double lung transplant she needed to save her life. In January, Tricia delivered a baby girl more than 3 1/2 months before her daughter’s due date. Gwyneth Rose will be nine months old on Wednesday and is doing well.

In early April, Tricia received a double lung transplant and was released from the hospital less than three weeks later. In mid-May, Gwyneth was released from the hospital. At the end of May, they returned to their home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Around that time, they found out that Tricia has a form of cancer common in transplant patients. The cancer happens to be in her lungs, but is NOT something that could have been in the lungs she received. If I understand correctly, this particular cancer just happened to land in her lungs. She underwent one round of “milder” chemotherapy, which wasn’t successful. Then she went onto the REALLY strong stuff for several more treatments.

They were supposed to travel back to Durham today for some follow-ups for both Tricia and Gwyneth, including test to see how Tricia’s cancer responded to the chemo. They’re headed back to Durham today, but Tricia is really sick… She’s suffering from some sort of sinus problems, complete with drainage, which is causing her to cough up all “stuff.” Unfortunately, today she was having trouble breathing and was unable to cough up the yuck. They were headed straight to the hospital to see what was going on. Nate said it’s possible she would be admitted. I haven’t seen any updates from Nate since his earlyish morning post. Please pray for this sweet family.

You can check Nate’s blog, Confessions of a CF Husband, for the latest.

Prayers needed…

For the last week and a half or so, I’ve been reading this blog. I found it while scanning comments on Nate’s blog.

Long story short, this baby’s heart is very bad, as in “they’re not exactly sure how he’s made it this far” bad. Mom is not even 25 weeks pregnant. In trying to improve the baby’s health via medications given to Mom, Mom’s heart and other organs have been through the wringer, too. Not that she’s not happy to do it, but it’s HARD… on so many levels… ups and downs with the baby’s health, her health, and her emotions.

She’s in the hospital for the time being, away from her husband and three other small children.

The baby is named Stellan. I don’t know Mom’s name, because her family goes by pseudonyms (or if she’s shared it, I missed it). Until this week, they didn’t know the gender of their baby (and weren’t planning to until the baby’s expected due date in November). Nor had they named him. Because of the circumstances, they wanted to learn more about their baby, name him, and share his name with the folks who were praying.

So if you’d like to pray for them (she is an amazing woman of faith), leave an encouraging word, or both, I know her family would appreciate it. I’ve had the opportunity to exchange an e-mail or two with her, and I’ve found her to be an absolute delight.

I’m also putting a button that Jennisa made in my sidebar, so if you want to know the latest, you can click on it. Thanks, all.