Look at my sidebar and see Britt and his mother, Gina on her wedding day this summer. Britt is Gina’s only child.
My heart is breaking for my friend and her son.
Britt has a type of brain and spine cancer. He is 15 years old and was diagnosed last September.
Last fall he met Andrew at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, while Andrew was recovering from brain surgery. Britt has endured treatment, including chemo drugs, radiation and clinical studies.
Gina and I knew each other while both students in college in the 80′s.
We reconnected when she learned of Andrew’s diagnosis.
I remember at the viewing of Andrew’s body last December that Gina stood in line. When she got to me, we hugged and retreated to talk.
I remember telling her, “Gina, don’t let what has happened to Andrew affect your faith in God.”
We have stayed in touch and I drove to Tampa one day to sit with her while Britt had chemo through an IV.
She has been so very strong. Gina is truly a warrior mother.
This picture is from today. She posted it on FaceBook so I feel free to post it here.
|Gina and her strong and beautiful son, Britt|
Britt needs prayer.
Gina needs prayer.
While I don’t understand why some are healed and some are not…this side of Eternity, I do believe God DOES still heal today.
So I’m asking that you take 30 seconds and ask God to perform a miracle for Britt.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
(This is not my friend’s son.)
|And not my son, Avery, but definitely where he was heading beard-wise!|
|Avery and me…July 2010…Yay! He looks like this again after surprising me today by shaving his full beard!|
When I delivered the cake and the care package, I told my friend’s son that he would be in our thoughts and our prayers. And I meant that.
Based on Ephesians 1:17-19 and The Lord’s Prayer:
for (my children: Audra and Avery), I petition that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to them a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened, so that they may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Lead my children away from temptation and deliver them from the evil one. Abba, strengthen my will and my heart and convict me to intercede on behalf of those weaker in the faith. May we resolve to have a faith that endures against all temptation, trial and pressure.
Have a beautiful day!
Britt is 14 and was diagnosed last year with Anaplastic Astrocytoma.
It’s cancer in the brain and spine.
Britt went through chemo and radiation and was in a trial study with other drugs. (the same one we were planning to do for Andrew)
Britt lost his hair, was nauseous, had other side effects and has faced what no child should ever have to face.
He met Andrew when Andrew was at All Children’s last fall.
Gina and I have had conversations about the why and the how and the what if.
Gina believes God’s word. So do I. But we are left with questions in spite of that. And the only answer is Jesus. And the only place to go is God.
Britt was able to finish school last spring and to start this fall.
His latest mri (8/6/10) resulted in very bad news.
I will never, ever understand what happened with Andrew and why cancer has attacked Britt. I will never understand this side of eternity.
Please pray for my friend Gina. Britt is her only child. Britt has such a sweet spirit. Please pray.
Despite losing Andrew I still believe in divine healing and I still believe in miracles.
I would be lost, undone, utterely broken and sitting in a corner crazy as could be.