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An Urgent Plea For Prayers


I receive many requests to pray for people, but this is one of the most heart breaking pleas that I’ve seen in a long time. This young woman needs a miracle! Although her situation looks grim, we know that “what is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27). A novena to Saint Gianna (asking for a miraculous healing) begins today (April 20). If you’d like to participate, please use the link below to sign up and receive email updates. If you’d rather pray on your own, that would be fine too. Jesus assures us that “everyone who asks receives” (Matthew 7:8), so please join me and thousands of others in praying for the miraculous healing that WE KNOW IS POSSIBLE! Please share this request with others.

I am writing this email in the hopes of asking you to join me in a special time of prayer for one of my closest long-term friends, Pamela, a 37 year old wife and stay-at-home mother to three young boys (ages 6, 4 and 19 months). And she is currently about 25 weeks pregnant with baby number 4.

About two months ago, Pamela began experiencing severe migraines which her doctors believed were pregnancy-related. But as they treated her and she did not improve, they did an MRI only to discover a massive tumor on her brain. She immediately had surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Over 90% was removed, but it was impossible to get all of it. Thankfully, baby came through surgery just fine. Then the pathology report came– bringing incredibly heart-wrenching news. Pamela has aggressive,stage 4 brain cancer. She was given a bleak prognosis of living an average of 13 months. As devastating as this diagnosis is, it is all the more complicated by her pregnancy. She cannot begin all of the recommended treatments immediately, and there are some very difficult (almost impossible) decisions to make regarding care for baby balanced with her own care.

In short, Pamela needs a miracle. Both she and her husband are people of deep faith. They are desperate for Christ’s healing touch, and are seeking the wisdom of God in all their decisions.

I have taken on their cause and have been committed to asking as many people as possible to pray for Pamela and her family. Specifically, I am feeling called to do a novena to St. Gianna (an Italian wife and mother of three, who discovered a tumor on her uterus during pregnancy with her fourth baby, and died soon after delivering her.) St. Gianna’s feast day is April 28, so I will be praying April 20-28 specifically for Pamela’s healing. Would you consider joining me in prayer for this dear sister?

I have set up an email notification so that you can sign up to receive the novena prayer for the nine days. (I promise there will be no more emails beyond this.) In addition to the prayer there will be a short story either about the life of St. Gianna, or about Pamela so those of you who don’t know this lovely woman can have a sense of who you’re praying for.

If you’d like to sign up, here is the link:

Because I have set this up online, feel free to forward this link to anyone you know who might also be interested in praying for Pamela. Really, the more prayer, the better. Thank you for reading, and being willing to consider joining me in prayer.


  1. Birgit J says:

    My heart goes out to this family and they will certainly be in my prayers – especially since their story is in many ways similar to that of my daughter. She was 20 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although all of the local doctors were at a loss as to how to approach her situation – abortion or letting the cancer progress being the two non-acceptable options – she sought help from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. There she found that they have been successfully treating pregnant cancer victims for 20 years – with amazing results. Chemo was begun immediately and continued until 3 weeks before her due date. Baby was delivered – and unaffected – and our daughter then continued chemo as well as several aggressive surgeries. Now, 3.5 years later, both our daughter and miracle granddaughter are healthy and cancer free. Please urge this family to pursue many different medical opinions. Had we not reached out – 1,000 miles from our home – the result would not have been positive. We carry the BRAC-1 breast cancer gene and the three generations before me have all died soon after diagnosis. Here is my daughter’s story:

    And here is her ongoing blog, Erika’s Miracle Journey Continues:

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