Harder Family

Harder Family

Friday, July 26, 2019

Brain Surgery Prayer Request

James 5:13-16 "Is anyone among you suffering? Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over hi, anointing him with oil...The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." 

I am asking for all of my prayer warriors to pray with me this morning. Do you remember the story I shared over a year ago about Wayne's "chance" encounter at the Southwest Terminal at Midway? Wayne was waiting for a flight out for work and started talking to this young girl, who about Abigail's age. She clearly had brain surgery and Wayne was pretty confident she had brain cancer because she was wearing an Optune device. He started talking to her and found out that she had brain cancer in the same spot he did. He was able to encourage Emily and her mom. Wayne's flight was announced and he quickly left, forgetting to get their contact information so that he could stay in touch. He literally called me when he landed and pleaded with me to put it on social media to try to find this girl and her mom. All we knew was her approximate age, that she was from Nebraska, that she had brain cancer, and that she was a patient at Lurie Children's Hospital. Thankfully, God worked everything out and after the post was shared on the Lurie Children's Hospital Facebook page, a nurse saw it and sent my information to her mom and the rest is history. 

We have been staying in contact with Emily and her mom Hilary. We met up months ago for lunch while they were in town. Emily and her mom are such sweet women and I know that Wayne found a connection with Emily. I think he looks at her and thinks of Abigail and cannot believe how hard she's been fighting this awful cancer. 

While we were in Chicago this week, Emily has been at Lurie Children's Hospital while doctors run some tests. Wayne had to take Shan Chen downtown on Wednesday for a doctor's appointment and they met up with Emily and Hilary for lunch. After meeting with them, Wayne said I should take Abigail and Grace and go see Emily. She has been at the Ronald McDonald House for almost two weeks and hasn't gotten out much because she is tired. I took the girls last night and we brought them dessert. It warmed my heart to see Emily smile and laugh with the girls the night before her huge procedure.

Emily is having brain surgery this morning, her third surgery. The trial she was on stopped working and the doctors are attempting to stop the growth of this tumor. I am requesting that everyone pray for Emily, her mom, and the neurosurgeon who will be doing the surgery this morning. Pray that God heals her body and that she has many more years. I'm thankful that God has allowed us a unique ministry with those with brain cancer. We understand the journey they are on and we were able to pray with Emily numerous times. We rejoice that God is able to take our trials and tribulations and help encourage others! Please join me in prayer for this sweet girl!

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