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:: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 ::

I have some ASTOUNDING news for you today! Many of you will remember the mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer in the midst of her pregnancy with her daughter. Doctors told her she would have to choose between her own life and the life of her gestating little girl. She refused to choose abortion and continued her pregnancy. Her daughter was born healthy and delightful. The mother, however, seemed to be finished as the aggressive cancer crept into her bones. Her doctors (at the Moffit Cancer Treatment Center here in Florida) finally told her there was no point in anymore chemo, and she and her young family started preparing for last memories together and the end of her time here on earth. As a last ditch effort, her doctors decided to try a new type of chemo on her. They weren't sure what might happen, but they had nothing to lose.

Here is an email I just received, written by her Mother-In-Law:

"GOOD NEWS, Everyone!
(D's husband) called me this afternoon to tell me the doctors can’t find any cancer in (D’s) body! As you know, she has been going through experimental chemo for a while now, but the doctors were not hopeful that it would work. But today they got the results back from her latest CT Scan, and they said she seems to be cancer free! Praise God! (D's husband) sure was excited, and they’re giving God all the glory. He asked me to pass on the good news and thank everyone for praying. Her blood levels were too low to receive the last dose of chemo today, so she’ll go back to Moffitt for that next week. Please keep her in your prayers, but isn’t God good?"

Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say REJOICE!!!

Even her own mortality could not make her kill her daughter. I praise God above for giving D's life back to her for however long she may have it... and I pray that it will be a long, long time.

Thanks to all who reached out to D. May you be truly blessed for your love.

:: ashli 9:33 AM # ::

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