Today I was going to post my progress, but instead I wanted to share something beautiful, incredible and so very sad.
I had a friend named Erica. She was a gentle, loving, kind, generous soul. She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at 12 weeks pregnant. She was told she needed to abort if she expected to live. The prognosis wasn’t good anyway because the cancer was in her bones, but she believed that each life was to be cherished and wasn’t willing to kill the one inside of her so that she “might” live a little longer. She got herself new doctors that supported her decision to stay pregnant to at least try and give her baby life. They started her on chemotherapy, and monitored her and the baby throughout the pregnancy and treatment.
Erica was gracious and had a firm faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She had an understanding that this life is temporary for everyone, but it matters who you know and where you are going after you die. She was saved by grace. She was loved by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. She knew that no matter what, she would be with God. Her faith was remarkable. Her and her husband walked out this journey of cancer and pregnancy together. You see, her first child she lost due to miscarriage. She was devastated. Her second child is now almost 2, he is such a joy. Her third and fourth children were twins, and they were also lost to miscarriage. Soon after this miscarriage was when she became pregnant with her fifth and final baby. Ella. The miracle. She defeated the odds, and lived. She was born 6 weeks early, and was HEALTHY. In spite of the cancer, in spite of the chemo. Ella is alive. Her mother gave her that gift.
God’s word says that Jesus came to give life and to give it more abundantly. The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy. What the enemy meant for harm, the Lord has used for good. I know, I said that I “had” a friend. Erica went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ last week. She was able to spend almost 2 more months with Ella and her husband and son before going to be with Jesus. The number of lives she touched is innumerable. I am heartbroken, and had so hoped that she would live a longer life with her children and family. But I am overjoyed that she is no longer suffering or in pain, and that she gave her life for the life of her daughter. She was a mother. A beautiful, amazing, mother.
God’s word also says that: There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.-John 15:13
I got to photograph them last year:
Here is Erica’s journey on Facebook:
Please pray for her family, especially her husband and children. I cannot imagine the pain they all feel.