Wednesday, April 1, 2009
My Sister Debbie
My sister Debbie is a mother of two girls. Her oldest is finishing up her Master's Degree this May and getting married in June. Her youngest is a Junior in college and is a dancer in the Disneyland parade. Debbie has been married for twenty-eight years and is still in love with her husband. Debbie is my sister and my best friend.
For many years, Debbie has worked full time, raised her daughters to become incredible individuals, taken care of her husband, Kurt, and has stayed faithful in her walk with God. She is the person that people rely on to lift them up and to nurture them through their trials and tribulations...She is the person that will always say yes and lend a helping hand..even if she has to postpone something for herself... She has sacrificed her happiness on many occasions for others.... She never complains or whines...I believe she is happy to help. I believe her spiritual gift is serving others because that is where her heart and time go...
Debbie has been suffering in silence for many years... She started fainting... No one could figure out why. This went on for years. Then the fainting became worse... she would lose track of time and days. Still the doctors could not figure out what was wrong. In all this time, Debbie never complained. She was still taking care of others...never asking for help. A couple of years ago after a very bad "spell" she went to the hospital where a MRI discovered brain lesions... combined with her medical history and the MRI many of the doctors came to the conclusion that she has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). What is still very frustrating, after two years the doctors believing it is MS still have not Completely diagnosed it as MS. She fits all the symptoms...leg dragging, memory loss, stiffness, lack of motor skills, and list goes on... About six months ago she went in for another MRI to see if there were more lesions.. During that MRI, not only did they find more lesions...they found a brain tumor!!!
Today she is taking home her youngest daughter from the hospital who had her thyroid removed yesterday because of tumors..still waiting for the biopsies on that.. She is helping her oldest with finalizing the June wedding plans, She is helping our mom who has cracked her pelvis bone, and She is still waiting for yet another MS specialist to see her. She does all this without complaining and whining... She is still... She is quiet... She is waiting on God...While she is waiting she is calm...because she knows that God is in control.
I ask you friends and followers of Christ to please lift up my sister Debbie in prayer that the doctors will finally be able to treat her. That her brain tumor will be manageable without surgery, that she will be strong and healthy for her daughter's wedding, that her youngest daughter's tumors are benign, and to keep Debbie peaceful and in His embrace and love...