I don't know what to say, or how to start this. I have been plagued by this for the past year. I have some very good friends that are going through a more painful time than I can even imagine.
Around June 27th in 2004, my friend's daughter Claire started getting frustrated and was getting head aches because for some reason her vision was being blurred. Her parents immediately took her to the hospital. After a lot of testing, the family was informed that Claire had a rare, inoperable brain tumor that was putting stress on her optic nerve. They were told that they could treat it, and prolong her life, but the doctors seemed to agree on one thing. This tumor was not going to be healed, and would eventually kill this six year old girl.
When I was told, I was crushed. I immediately thought about my daughter, Raechel, and what I would do if we were in the same situation. I just couldn't believe this girl that I remember as a little baby was going to die.
She was given one to two years to live. As we come up on the one year mark, it is starting to look like that time line was about right. Unless God intervenes, I believe that Claire will die with in the next month or two.
It's so hard for me, because I see Shane (Claire's father and my friend) everywhere I go. I tear up everytime I see him and/or his wife. Raechel sleeps in Claire's old crib. Everytime I put Raechel to bed, I think about the joy that Claire has been to the Tatoms. I think about the joy that they must have had putting Claire in that same crib.
My human heart prays for her to heal and be better so that she could spend more time here with us. However, my spiritual heart knows that while the miricle of her being healed would show an awesome power that God has, I know that if she were to pass quickly then she would no longer be in pain, and she would not have to go through the pain and temptations that we go through. Sometimes I feel that she would be the lucky one if God were to take her from us now.
I don't know what spiritual backgrounds people have around here, but I would ask you to keep Claire Tatom and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Her family definatally needs strength and comfort. I love this family, and my heart breaks everytime I talk to them or even drive down the road and see a sign that says "Pray for Claire Tatom and her family."
For more information on Claire Tatom visit the Fortville Christian Church web site (to avoid complaints about web site design, I did not design this site. There is supposed to be a flash nav bar at the top of the page. It shows in IE but not anything else. I have told the developer about the coding error, and how to fix it, but he never has)
You can also read updates that Amber (Claire's mom) write on this livejournal