"Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grand-children and others throughout the generations. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events." --President Spencer W. Kimball

March 17, 2011

My mind is on a special little girl...

I'm like 12 blog posts behind, and my goal tonight was to try to get caught up.  I got one post out of the way, but I can't seem to focus....my mind is not on my blog list, it's on a sweet little girl named Lauren.

Lauren is my sister-in-law's niece and a very special little girl.  She's only 11 years old, but she has gone through so much the past few months.  My heart aches for her and her family.  I first heard about Lauren's condition back in December....the day I heard about it I wanted to go to the hospital to see her.  I asked Tea to go with me, we stopped and got her a teddy bear and headed up to Primary Children's to see her.  When we walked into the NICU, her mom was sitting on the couch in the waiting room.  I said hi to her and she looked at me and asked who we were there to see.  We told her we were there to see her and she was very surprised.  She was there by herself just waiting for her husband and the rest of the family to come back.  She hugged us and cried for the longest time, we just cried right along with her.  I can't imagine how she feels or what she's going through.  At the time we were there, Lauren was getting a bunch of testing done....that is why her mom was waiting in the waiting room.  We sat there with her as she was explaining to us what was happening and what was wrong with her daughter.  We were all crying.  What can you say to that?  How can you comfort someone who's going through a situation like that?  I didn't know, so I just cried.  After a little while of talking with her the doctors came in to tell her the results of Lauren's tests.  Tea and I got up to leave so she could have some privacy, but she asked us to stay.  We sat there and listened to the news from the doctors.  It was not what we wanted to hear.  Her mom just sat there crying the whole time saying "it's not fair".  I felt her pain.  I know that she probably would have wanted anyone else there with her at that moment, but we were glad we could be there to comfort her.

Even though the doctors didn't give that great of news that day, Lauren's condition improved within a couple days.  It seemed that all the prayers and fasts had been answered and that things were falling into place.  We went up to the hospital one more time to see Lauren and her mom, but that time it was all smiles.  Lauren was able to go home for the new year.

Since that incident, Lauren's been on my mind constantly.  She's such a young girl with such great faith and an amazingly supportive and loving family.

Just a few days ago I heard that her health had gotten worse.  I didn't get details, but right when I heard my heart dropped and I couldn't stop crying.  The situation sounds grim, but we know that through faith, prayer, fasting and through the Lord ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.  Lauren, we love you.  You are in our minds and prayers all day everyday.  We will fast for you tonight along with your family.   She's going through a major operation tomorrow, so if you're reading this....please say a prayer for Lauren!


Kiki Fangupo said...

thanks for your kind words and for taking time to visit Ren in the hospital. Sila & Abe really do appreciate all the love and support for Lauren. We love and thank you! Ti will be here in the morning so we will keep you updated on the surgery.


such a great post Mon, you are such an example to me!!! I LOVE U!!! and WE ALL LOVE LAUREN and her dear family!!! I too have been sucked in by this lil girls FAITH!!! and her beautiful family


Monica you have got to be one of the most compassionate people I know :) Loved this post!