...could you please add a few prayers for our friend Malachi?
Malachi is one cool kid from one awesome family. He has a wild and wacky sense of humour that sneaks up on you and has you laughing no matter how gloomy the day. He is caring and compassionate and the first to step in when a job needs doing or someone just needs a little cheering up. He's a little shy, but he watches everyone and everything and then comes out with these incredible insightful comments that are always right on the money. In short: Malachi makes us smile.
Last February Malachi, who was 9 at the time, started complaining of pains in his leg. The fact that he was complaining at all was a surprise, because Malachi is one of those rare kids that never complains about anything. His parents set about helping him and figuring out what was wrong. A trip to the Doctor's office turned into a bunch of testing, and when it was all over the news was upsetting: osteosarcoma in his femur. He was immediately admitted to the IWK in Halifax for treatment and a very long journey began.
Since then every prayer in our house has gone "Heavenly Father, thank you for this day, please bless Malachi to get better.....". He and his family have been in our hearts and our thoughts through chemotherapy, removal of the diseased portion of the bone and reconstruction, and more chemotherapy. We have followed the ups and downs that have been shared with us as friends and know that there has been so much more that has been endured that has not been shared.
Finally Malachi's treatment was over and he was able to come home for Christmas. He is back at school and loving it. Our celebrations were that much brighter because we had Malachi back with us.
Still, my children's prayers continued "...please bless Malachi to get better...". I thought about telling them they could stop and just give thanks that he is better, but his leg still has a great deal of healing to do and I was waiting for that magic word: remission.
I still haven't heard it.
Last week Malachi spent back at the IWK doing all kinds of follow-up tests. We were devastated yesterday to receive news much different from what we had hoped and prayed for: nodules found in his lungs.
Now there's still a chance that those nodules may be benign. The doctors will be removing them and testing them next week, and the next step in Malachi's journey will be determined then. You can read all about it and bits and pieces of Malachi's story on the blog his dad is keeping for him. The news is not all bad: his leg is healing well and his hearing has been unaffected by the chemo (apparently it can be one of the side effects).
Malachi is well loved and has many people praying for him, but his medical trials are not over yet, and he could use more prayers. I know everyone is focused on Haiti right now, but if you could add a word and some faith for one of the bravest kids I know and his family, I just know it can help.