Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I cannot stop the flow of tears as I write this. In exactly two minutes my dear friend Meredith will begin pre-op for her surgery scheduled at 4 p.m. CST. As I mentioned in this post, my world has been bombarded with cancer lately.

Just 12 days ago Meredith was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2 1/2 hours she will undergo a double mastectomy.

I sit here typing while wearing a pink shirt (given to me by Meredith). There is pink all over Minneapolis today as we think of and pray for our friend.

I don't know why I haven't really cried until today, but now I do. Maybe because I'm sad that my friend has to face this trial. Maybe it's because she's already faced SO many trials.

Meredith endured years of infertility. Meredith's mom lost her battle to cancer with Meredith at her side. Meredith adopted her daughter Gracie. Went on to conceive Isaac (her miracle baby) through IVF. Meredith is now in the process of adopting their son Matty who came to them through foster care more than two years ago.

I've known Meredith as a friend for years, but God led me to work with her part-time for a season. What a blessing that was...because on my hard days during my years of waiting, the listening ear across the room from me was from someone who knew the pain I was enduring.

Meredith is the one who sobbed her eyes out in August of '08 when I told her I had finally conceived. Meredith is the one who was waiting for me at my home when Ryan and I returned from our ultrasound and discovered our baby had died.

Meredith is the person I called when I was going to meet our birth mom. She walked me through what to say, what not to say, and encouraged me as I began my adoption journey.

Meredith has loved me, prayed for me, supported me, and cheered me on.

So today I wear pink in honor of my friend who is courageously facing yet another trial. I am begging and pleading with God to rid her body of cancer TODAY. I am praying for a successful surgery. I am praying for her mind and emotions as she deals with a new body. I am praying for a recovery filled with encouragement and hope. I am praying that our BIG God would do more than we can ask or imagine.


cybil said...

read about that already on the Homemakers blog and I join you in praying: Father, pls heal Meredetih supernaturally. Bless her and restore her full health very quickly.
Father surround her and her loved ones with supernatural peace and a joy beyond all understanding.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and Meredith today, you are in my prayers.

Love, Michelle (South Africa)

Stacey said...

Sorry I'm so late commenting here. Beautiful post honoring what sounds like a truly beautiful person and friend. I pray that this surgery went well and that she is already on the road to recovery. Update when you can.