Writer Shannon L. Alder said, “You will face your biggest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” I certainly hope this is true, because I am most certainly in need of miracle. A few Fridays ago, one of my darling students, a thirteen-year-old girl, went home with a headache. On Monday, we were called into a staff meeting to be told that this girl … this sweet little Hell0 Kitty loving child, had two rapidly-growing brain tumors. How do you respond to news like that? I wish someone would have told me, because I’m not sure I know still.
The weeks that followed have been difficult and heart-wrenching. From watching her say goodbye to her closest friends at school and finding that her family cannot afford her medicine, to hearing she will be having surgery only after she can gain weight, and recognizing the fear in her voice. The staff and I tried to think fast. One woman decided to buy the band bracelets to sell to raise money. Kids brought in countless stuffed animals, made cards, showed their love by the piles. My students and I made her a blanket. We signed it with glow-in-the-dark paint so that she would not be alone when the night came. And it is not enough. None of it is.
Her surgery is on the twenty-second. I’m not sure she is strong enough, but time isn’t really on her side. I know this post isn’t witty. It isn’t funny, or particularly well-written … but I am asking you to take care in reading it just the same. I am asking you to be this little girl’s miracle. I am asking you to pray … wherever you are, whoever you are, God is waiting for your voices to reach him, and so is she.