Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Family Night @ Primary Children's

Yesterday I received horrible news. My cousin Lana's 8 year old daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with Luekemia. I've blogged about Lana before... the amazing mother of six under 12! She left 5 kids behind in Burley, Idaho (where they live) to be by Emma's side at all times. Emma will be at Primary Children's Hospital for a couple weeks undergoing extensive chemo treatments. Her treatment will last 3 years if she responds to it. We are praying that she does and that she can be cured from this awful disease.

I've been super emotional about this all because I could only imagine if one of my children was going through this and I feel so bad for Emma. You just never know what the future holds. Lana isn't just amazing because she has six children... it's her attitude. She is happy. She gets what is important. She loves her children and has the best sense of humor. I wish I had her wit. I went and visited her last night and I can't get over how STRONG she was. She was cracking jokes and at the same time was so optimistic and loving and patient with her daughter. I left that hospital room uplifted by her and her husbands courage and example. I've looked up to Lana all my life and I do now more than ever. I am so THANKFUL especially during this THANKSGIVING time for my children and their health, for my friends and family, and my faith that I have to rely on in times like this.

11 comments:

Tracy the GREAT said...

I just don't even know what to say. My heart goes out to Lana and her family and little Emma who has to go through all that. I can't IMAGINE what it would be like. They will be in my prayers. Thankfully the Savior knows our limits and capabilities and is there to help us when we need him. He will be there to bless Emma. Aren't we lucky to have sucha special friend?

val said...

this is heartbreaking. it's so hard to understand why these kinds of things happen. what an amazing mom and little girl.

The Shupe Ohana said...

isn't that the saddest news. but your right lana is amazing and so positive. it just breaks my heart for little emma though, how tough. that was nice of you to go see her, i need to get up there.

Shannon said...

OH Karlin, I don't know what to say either. Prayer and Faith are powerful things, all that can be done at this time is to trust the Lord and his plan. I will pray for you and for your family!

My cousin had Luekemia and stayed in PCMC for awhile. They are the BEST there! She was cured and is healthy and happy! She too is from Idaho. Her sister has a blog and if you would like to email her to maybe find support I will give you her info. Let me know! I would LOVE to help if I could!

The Hendricks Family said...

Wow! My heart goes out to your family! I hope all will be well! Isn't it amazing having the Gospel and understanding the Lord and his plan for all of us! My prayers are with all of you! God Bless!!!

melissa e. said...

That is heartbreaking news. Best of luck to Lana and her daughter at this time. It's very hard to understand why these things happen to such sweet kiddos.

janet said...

what a trial for this little family.. especially at this time of year. It makes you want to hold on to your little ones a little tighter.

Hoosier Mama said...

so incredibly sad! A friend of ours has a one year old boy who was just diagnosed with Leukemia. He has only a 50% chance to live in the first year. Your kids are super cute - all 4!

Janessa said...

That is so sad. I'm sure your cousin is glad to have you here. You can be here strength now.

Brooke said...

This is my nightmare- something happening to my precious kids. My heart goes out to them. It makes me want to hold my kids a little tighter.

Josie said...

im crying right now kar. um. tell her i say hi. did i tell you i got a full ride scholarship and i' going to nursing school in ONE year? I just have to make 80 dollars to pay for the scholarship. so that's VERY good news!!!! yay.!

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