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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Prayers Needed

Hey there!

Remember me?

I've missed you, your comments, and your blogs, and I can’t believe so much time has passed since I was last here. It wasn’t an intentional blogging break. Life simply consumed me.

Honestly, if it weren’t for someone special, I probably wouldn’t be blogging today. It’d probably be a little bit longer before I began posting again. But a dear friend needs my help. She needs your help, too. So here I am.

The Schuhmacher Family

My friend is Meri Schuhmacher. You may know her. She writes Our Diabetic Life. She has four sons, three of whom have type 1 diabetes. I like to call her Marvelous Meri, not just because I’m a word nerd, who likes alliteration, but because she’s truly marvelous.

A few years ago, Meri’s husband Ryan battled melanoma. With surgery and chemotherapy, they thought he’d conquered the cancer. Last week, they learned the cancer has returned. Ryan has six tumors in his brain and multiple tumors in his lungs and abdomen.

Meri and Ryan have set aside tomorrow, Sunday, as a day of fasting and prayer, and they have asked others to join them.

So, here I am, on their behalf, asking you to please pray. I realize prayer comes in many forms. I also realize we may not share the same faith or religion. It’s all good. Do what is most comfortable for you. Say an actual prayer (or two or three or four), recite a blessing, or send healing energy, positive vibes, best wishes, love and light, or whatever works for you. Please, just please, do it today and every day, but especially on Sunday.

As Meri wrote on her blog, “Our hope is that people all across the world, every denomination and belief, will pray for a miracle for Ryan. …God will provide. Let us bombard heaven with our pleas.”

For the past week, I have had this song running nonstop in my head. It’s the Mi Shebeirach, the Jewish prayer for healing. 
On Sunday, I will recite the Mi Shebeirach and pray for Ryan’s healing and complete recovery. I will pray for the entire family’s comfort and strength. I will pray for his doctors’ wisdom and skill and for successful medical treatments. Most importantly, I will follow Meri and Ryan’s wishes, and I will pray specifically for a miracle.

There's a Yiddish proverb that states, "prayers go up and blessings come down."

Won’t you please pray for a miracle, too?

To follow Ryan's progress and lend support to the family, please visit their "Schuhmacher Family's Miracle" Facebook page here.


Besides the Facebook page, a fund has been established to help with the family’s inevitable expenses. Please consider giving. No amount is too small, and all donations will be deeply appreciated. If you can help in any way, please visit the GiveForward site below. Thank you!

Medical Fundaising Made Simple

Even after tomorrow, please keep praying for a miracle for Ryan!


Diapeepees said...

Sweet thoughts, lovely Jewish prayers, beautiful intentions.

Lora said...

"prayers go up and blessings come down." LOVE THAT!!!

Misty said...

Beautiful! I'm with you, praying for our sweet friend today.

Amy said...

Fasting and praying today because I believe in miracles!

shannon said...

beautiful post, thank you heidi. i've missed your voice!

Holly said...

Ohh, I've missed you, Heidi!
We did, and still are praying. Sweet Meri. We are still asking for that miracle!!
Hope everything calms down at your house, so we get to see you more! : ) Love you!