Love > Grief

Madison giving a "thumbs up"

Every couple of weeks, I take part in a blog carnival where a bunch of bloggers all write on the same topic. This week’s topic is grief. To read others’ thoughts, follow this link.

Today, I want to invite you to pray for a grieving family. Recently, friends of mine received news that their baby girl (born July 26, 2009) has several tumors on her spine and possibly on her brain stem.  Here is their background story pulled from Madison’s care page:

Madison Joy Chirino was born Sunday afternoon, July 26, 2009.  She has been a very quiet and happy baby from the start!  Her big brother, Cooper, makes her laugh and loves joining her for tummy time.

In October, an ultrasound revealed a tumor in Madison’s back, next to her spine.  In November, an MRI revealed a second tumor on the opposite side of her spine.  Neurosurgeons at Duke Hospital suspect an additional tumor on her brain stem.  A second MRI is being scheduled for early December, with surgery to follow the next day.

While a formal diagnoses has not been made, (we won’t have one till after her surgery) the doctors are suspicious that these may be Nerve Sheath Tumors associated with Neurofibromatosis.  These tumors may be benign or malignant.  Madison seems happy and healthy other than a strong tilt to her head and a preferance for one side of her body.  We place her in the Lord’s hands as he is the Great Physician and knows everything about her!

Juan and Sarah (the parents) are being strong, but I can only imagine some of the fear and uncertainty they face each day. I’m asking you to do one (or all) of three things.

  1. Say a prayer for little Madison and her family.
  2. Visit their CaringBridge page and leave a note of encouragement. (Thanks to all who did this! If you haven’t, you still can!)
  3. Consider helping defray their medical costs. I know most of you don’t know them, but if you feel moved to help, click here to find out how to help.

Grief can certainly be a terrifying force, but through the prayers, encouragement, and assistance of people filled with love grief can be overcome. Thanks for all your help. Love > Grief.



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15 responses to “Love > Grief

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  2. I’m glad this was the first post I read on grief. It’s so encouraging to be there and pray for another, especially in the times when it seems hope is far away. Thanks for bringing this to our attention and I will pray (and follow the other steps you said). Blessings Matt!

  3. Thanks Jason. I really appreciate you praying for and encouraging them.

  4. janetober

    Prayed for Madison and her family.
    Love in practical ways (like you’re doing by posting this) from others will surely help the family during this time. And may God’s love give them peace in the midst of this sadness and mystery.

  5. Your post is a good reminder that grief is also about the living. Thanks for sharing this — and I’ll pray for Madison, too.

  6. I too shall pray for little Madison and her family.



  7. Thanks to you too Louise. I’ll pass on all the prayers and encouragement you guys have sent the family’s way. If you get a chance, visit their care site and shower some love on their guest page!

  8. Such a heartbreaking story. Thanks for sharing so we can pray for Madison and her family!

  9. I can’t even imagine.

    I can’t even come close to imagining!

  10. There’s something particularly scary about a child with any illness or infliction. I don’t like it at all! I’ll definitely pray, because I can’t imagine the pain and fear they’re experiencing.

  11. Bernadette Pabon

    I will definetely pray for her and her family. All illnesses are terrifying, but when its a child, there are no words to describe it. Almighty Father, we place Madison on the palm of your hands, lift her up and surround her with your love and breath upon her with your healing power. Thank you Lord!

  12. Thanks Peter, Bridget, Bernadette, and Jake. They appreciate all of your prayers!

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