Kelli will be having a prayer chain for Heather's upcoming surgery and recovery.
Heather's story is remarkable. Faced with so many challenges, she remains steadfast and firm in her faith, despite her fears and vunerability.
I follow Heather's story very closely. I don't know her personally and she lives a country away but her situation is very similar to one I have just gone through.
I had a friend Melissa. She had three children like Heather. Two girls and a boy, like Heather. Her youngest has autism, like Heather's. She was diagnosed with in-operable, terminal brain cancer, like Heather.
Melissa lived years past her diagnosis and was an inspiration to many. She didn't start her journey with a faith like Heather's, but was very open to and grateful for prayer and God, and in the end, regularly met with a minister.
She spent her last year in the hospital and the nurses and everyone loved her. She stayed positive to the end.
Last week I attended her funeral. It was very sad. But she left such a legacy. I could see it on the faces of people.
These things happen. I am coming to terms with that. As I follow Heather's story I remember Melissa's. Heather helps me remember Melissa's spirit and positivity and fight and resoluteness - to the end.
Melissa always said that she was glad it was happening to her - she didn't want it to happen to any of her family and friends. It was like she took on that burden for us. I could never understand that - how could she be so strong and willing and accepting? So selfless?
I think about Heather and her family and friends a lot. I pray that through their suffering, they are united with Christ and receive God's graces in such a special way.
Please take part in the prayer chain for Heather.