We have a very brave, super stylish, #ChildhoodCancer Warrior who needs to know that we are all thinking about her, especially now as she fights for her life! You may remember sweet Brooke Hester when we shared the story about her connecting with country music singer Miranda Lambert during a concert, or from the beautiful "Blossoms" she always so perfectly wears.
Please read the latest update about Brooke below and be sure to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you. heart emoticon
"Brooke couldn't bake her Daddy real cookies so she made him a special shark one on her iPad for him to "eat" for a Father's Day gift from her heart.
Many people may or may not know, but Brooke is a huge Audrey Hepburn fan... not of her as the actress, but of the woman who overcame obstacles and became a driving force for the betterment of people and children worldwide.
nothing is impossible
the word itself says
Brooke loves to remind us of this quote often. She could barely walk today with terrible abdominal and leg/ankle swelling from fluid retention (the worse we have ever seen even with red stretch marks forming on her swollen knees) and yet when it came time for family to leave she wanted to escort them from her room at the back of the hospital floor all the way to the elevator. When she got back, she told us with a huge look of pride and a soft smile on her face, "that was a lot of work, but it was worth it!!"
This child full of life and grace and hope is so beyond resilient and strong it is unbelievable. She finds solace and peace going out to the hospital room balcony and letting the warm night breeze whisper through her soft short curls that have slowly returned after so many years and hair losses.
Although her internal bleeding in her stomach and intestines and some in her nose has continued, it is certainly much less each day and we know she is being carefully monitored and cared for by the kids cancer physicians here. Her port infection cultures are coming back negative and they reduced her down to one antibiotic now which we hope and pray will give her ailing kidneys some reprieve as well as spare her port and keep her out of cardiac surgery for a new line placement. They have started her on albumin and also given her lasik now to help her fluid retention and swelling issues and every day family has nonstop warmed our hearts and filled our tummies with wonderful meals and lots of love.
We feel safe here.
But we also know this is only a temporary solution for Brooke. Should she miraculously heal from her cancer despite being off therapy during this healing time for infection and bleeding, she would still need more services to help her body get back on track. Should her cancer progress being off therapy to help her heal, then we may not know how much time we have left with her at all.
But what we do know is that right now Brooke is safe, happy and comfortable and so blessed to be able to spend Father's Day with her strong and courageous man of faith, her one and only amazing daddy, and without the love and support in our lives this might not have even been possible. We also were blessed to have my daddy here today for a few hours as on his special day, and he even brought US a delicious lunch. What a blessing to have my daddy here with us along with other daddies like Uncle Casey and Brooke's Great Uncle Mark and countless other special family members who have come by since Brooke's hospital admission here, even a special cousin from the Carolinas flew in!
Brooke and Audrey are right. Nothing is impossible.... through God who makes all things possible and brings eternal hope through salvation.
Thank you for your continued prayers for strength, peace and always... hope."
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Visit Brooke's Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BrookesBlossomingHope
Visit her website here: http://www.brookesblossoms.org