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My Miracle

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As I prepare for the Mt. Hermon Writers Conference this week I thought I would update a story I shared with you two years ago.  I hope you enjoy.

Blessings, Rebecca

My Miracle

It’s been a few years since I talked about this very personal story, because my eyes still fill with water when I think about it. However, I wanted to share my trial and blessing with you this week to possibly encourage someone who may be struggling with a similar issue.

In 2007, my husband and I desperately wanted to have a second child so our son would have a sibling to play with. We were nearly forty-years-old and the physicians test you for everything under the sun once you’re over the age of 35. It’s scary how they tell you the risk of Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Gestational Diabetes, etc.  But, we were trusting the Lord in all aspects of this pregnancy, “Children are a gift from God.” -Psalm 127:3

In the Fall, we conceived only to lose our fetus just five weeks into our pregnacy to a miscarriage. We were devastated, and prayed we’d get pregnant again very soon. And, we did!

During my first trimester, my OBGYN found a spot during a routine exam. Three long days later, he called to say it was cancer and would require immediate chemotherapy and radiation treatments. After hanging up the phone, I slid to the floor and wailed. This can’t be happening to me…I’m pregnant!

After careful research, I discovered the dosage necessary to kill the cancer cells would cause my body to reject our child. Distraught is an understatement on how I felt.

Later that night, Randy and I read in our Bible “If anyone among you is sick, let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”- James 5:14

The next day, we took our then eighteen-month-old son, Austin, and met with our pastors at church. One anointed my head with Holy Oil from Jerusalem while five others knelt at my feet. They prayed I would be cured and that we could keep our baby.

We waited two tortuous weeks for an update from my Specialist. Unbeknownst to me, each night Randy would grab his pillow and hit the couch unable to sleep. He prayed for God to allow him to keep his wife and child.

The call finally came. My Oncologist announced he collaborated with seven other colleagues, and they decided to surgically remove my tumor. I could then begin treatment after our baby was born. Yeah, we get to keep our baby!

I underwent two surgeries; one in March to remove the cancer spot and one in May to verify “clear area.” When they went in the second time, to their amazement, it was all gone. My doctor told me it was a “miracle,” and I was cancer free. In fact, he was so pleased with the lab results, he canceled my post-delivery chemo and radiation treatment. Glory to God!

In September 2004, we welcomed a healthy baby girl named Alicia Lee Krusee to our family!

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Fast forward twelve years, I am happy to report that I’m still cancer-free, and our daughter Alicia is thriving 7th grader. She is attends honor language art as well as leadership classes.  Praise God for answered prayer!

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Guest Blog by Naveen Bansal

This week I’d like to share a guest blog with Naveen Bansal from Bengaluru, Karnataka. He is a team member of Tiny Step, a pregnancy, baby and toddler resource agency in India. He will share his thoughts on nutrition with us. Please welcome Naveen!

Blessings, Rebecca

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8 foods to boost immunity in kids

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Growing up, your kids will fall sick often. Minor ailments like the flu will often riddle your child. If the child’s immunity is not up to par he or she will often take weeks to recover. This keeps them from school and from play. Consistently falling sick during childhood doesn’t give way to an enriched adolescence or adulthood even. What most people don’t understand is immunity is one thing that can be alleviated, something that can be boosted. The best and most efficient way to accomplish this is via eating the right kind of food. Here are 8 wonder foods to give your child’s immunity a hike:

1.Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers abound in Vitamin C, a forerunner for good immunity. 2 times more than what’s present in lemons or oranges. What’s more? Bell peppers are an excellent source of beta-carotene, known to enrich skin and aid vision.

2.Citrus Fruits

As already mentioned, your kids need to stock on vitamin C! Lemons, Oranges, Kiwis, whatever you may find, whatever they may like. Vitamin C is pivotal in battling infections and can really give your kid’s immunity a kick.

3.Ginger

Ginger is a thing of magic. It is known to halt the advent of a cold! It is also something that should

be included in your child’s meals once he or she is sick to help with a rapid recovery.

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4.Tumeric

From the exotic world of spices comes Tumeric with its outlandish healing properties. It targets fever and keeps it at bay. Consuming it in some form may even prevent fever. Rubbing a Tumeric and water paste on a wound also results in its quick healing.

5.Spinach

Popeye was not a sucker, kids. Spinach is a storehouse of both vitamin C and beta-carotene along with plenty of antioxidants. Just remember to cook it as less as possible to keep its properties intact.

6.Broccoli

Yes the little tree-like, horrible tasting vegetables. They are quite unputdownable when you realize they have not only Vitamin C, but A and E too. A for eyesight, E for skin and C for immunity; Maybe, their simply repulsive feel on the tongue could be overlooked just this once?

7.Yogurt

Yes, yummy yogurt can help benefit your babies. Eating yogurt with live cultures is the one to choose, though. Yogurt has vitamin D, essential to the teeth and bones, and also incidentally, plays a vital role in immunity elevating.

8.Almonds

A handful to save your child’s life. It works miracles with memory and being rich in vitamin E, with immunity too.

Take immunity seriously and reduce the instances and prolonged periods of sickness that is thrown your child’s way. Eating healthy is half the battle won!

Happy Parenting!