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Monday, May 23, 2016

When the world stops turning

Yesterday I was going to start working on my race recap from my marathon on Saturday. But then everything changed.
 I got a call from my twin sister, asking me to come stay with my 8 and 11 year old niece and nephew, while she and her husband took my 13 year old niece to the hospital.

 She had been having dizzy spells, double vision, headaches, fatigue, etc.
After about an hour, we got the call, letting us know she had a brain tumor.

You can't put into words the emotions and feelings that come when you hear something like that. It's like you're in total shock. Then slowly it begins to set in. It is heart wrenching.

I immediately thought of this song, "I need you Jesus, to come to my (her) rescue". All I could do was say His name. And cry.
 It's so hard to understand, you ask why, but there are no answers. This same little girl also has diabetes, so she deals with that every day, and now this.
 My twinnie just went through heartbreak a little over a year ago when she had a miscarriage. She's been through so much. I wish I could take it for her. But I know God is giving her peace and strength.

At this moment she is having an MRI. The Dr did say it was in a 'good' place.

I do still plan on doing a race recap. there is so much to tell about my race. And I need the distraction of writing about it.
 Just like Saturday when it got hard, when I wished the sweep van would come pick me up, but I kept going. Nothing could make me quit.
 There is something about pushing through, fighting when you want to give up, and then realizing you're stronger than you thought you were.



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  1. This is just awful. Reading this post takes me back about 5 years when my son had a similar health scare (also involving the brain). You're right. The world does stop turning. And your priorities completely shift.

    But I'm very glad that you and your sister have each other to lean on and draw strength from. I hate this so much for your family. :( Please keep us posted.

    April in Georgia

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    1. I didn't know you went through something similar, April. We will get through this!

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  2. So sorry to hear about your niece, Katie! Hugs to you and your sister.

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  3. We are so sorry to hear about your neice. Many prayers for a swift recovery. Big hugs to your family.

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  4. Oh my goodness.... that is so scary. I'm glad it is in a 'good place'. Sounds like your niece is one tough little girl anyways. Someone that had diabetes (my niece having it as well) proves how tough they are when they have to alter their lives at such a young age. Please keep us updated.
    & cant wait to hear about your race. I'm so proud of you.

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  5. I'm so sorry to read this. I know you will be there for your sister and niece. I'll be praying for you all.

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  6. Oh Katie...I have no words. Praying for all of you, you entire family. Jesus be near you all.

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  7. Oh my gosh, I am so sorry to hear about your niece! I'll send a prayer her way!
    I am glad it is in a good place though. I know every situation is different, but I've actually known 2 people who had them recently and after the removal surgery they have been doing wonderfully. My hope is that will be the case for her too!
    I am glad your sister has you to help her though this tough time and watch her kids that probably meant the world to her knowing it was one less thing to have to stress about that day!

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  8. Oh my ... I can't even imagine. That it's in a 'good place' sounds promising and I pray that it is so. I'm glad you are able to be there for your sister! Please keep us updated...

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  9. All my thoughts and prayers to you, your twinnie, your family and especially your niece! It sounds like everyone's worst nightmare. I hope you are all okay. Xoxoxox

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  10. This entry literally made my heart stop. This story is so similar to that of the daughter of my good friend Joanne!! Your niece will have a hard road ahead of her, but if she's anything like you, she's a fighter and is going to overcome all of this. Please keep me posted. Maybe we can do a 5K for her or something. (((HUGS))) You guys are all in my thoughts and prayers!

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    1. I hate that your friend had to go through this too. It is so hard. I have no doubt she'll overcome this.
      That would be so much fun. I'm sure her other 2 kiddos would run it too! Thank you, Karen.

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  11. I know your niece has that same fighting spirit within her. It's so unfortunate that one so young must battle so. Our prayers are with your niece, you and your entire family as you collectively suffer through this.

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    1. Thank you so much. We greatly appreciate your prayers!

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  12. I'm sorry to hear this for your family! Hugs and all the best to all of you as you start this road.

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  13. Thinking of you and your family. So sorry. Hope they are able to find a way to treat the tumor.

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  14. Katie,
    I'll be praying for her.

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  15. i will be praying for her. i can't imagine what y'all are going through!

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