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Brooke’s Story

Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes.  God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.   
1 Peter 5: 6-7

Welcome to Brooke's CaringBridge page! Please visit often to read entries, view photos or write a guestbook note!  (or send a note: Want to send Brooke a note? Her home address is: P.O. Box 154, Chapman Ranch, TX 78347

When your child is diagnosed with cancer, your life stops, changes course, and begins instead toward a path to do anything & everything to help your baby.

Brooke is our baby; this is her story... Brooke is 6 years old and loves pink, ponies, cats and dogs, and dinosaurs. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Brooke was always a healthy child with ear infections as her biggest hurdle. She had a great summer in 2010 and even learned how to swim! By August, a few, sporadic things began to occur. First she had a couple of strange, unexplained fevers. We thought perhaps it was her ears, or a bladder infection, but those tests came back negative. Then she had a couple of intermittent times she made a "volcano" (what she calls getting sick to her stomach)...again with no real pattern or explanation. In late September, she started having a strange limp and her right knee was becoming swollen, and it was getting harder for her to walk. By the time she had stopped walking completely, and not even crawling because of the pain, the pediatrician's initial diagnosis was Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and he immediately wanted her to stay home and wait to see a pediatric rheumatologist. Meanwhile, Brooke had begun rapidly losing weight with less appetite, and at 3, she was barely crawling, or pulling up and holding her back, but she only complained of knee and tummy pain. A sonogram, nuclear scans, MRI/MRU and later tests revealed a large mass in her abdomen pressing on her left kidney, spine, and internal organs. They told us it may be a kidney stone...

On November 18, 2010, our lives forever changed. Brooke was diagnosed with stage 4, high risk Neuroblastoma, which is a form of nervous system cancer that had spread to her bone marrow.

We have faced this battle armed with prayer warriors, friends and family ready to help pull her through. Financially it has been incredibly challenging as we have gone from a two income, one home family to a family separated by thousands of miles trying to maintain two places to live and receive health care for Brooke on one salary.  We spent an entire year living at the Ronald McDonald House in New York for the surgery of the mass and to battle the bone marrow cancer through clinical trials.  While daddy has been home most of the time working and maintaining insurance coverage, Brooke and her mom have been home for only a few weeks in the past two years as we now have Brooke at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan seeking new hope in a ground breaking NMTRC genomics trial and personalized medicine against her aggressive type of recurrent stage IV cancer.  We are still praying for remission daily!!

Although now she is 6 and a half, Brooke continues to bravely fight this battle and our family has set up a special charitable account, the "Brooke Hester Donation Fund" at any Wells Fargo branch. 

Our faith is strong and we BELIEVE in the power of prayer!

Thank you for supporting our Brooke through her journey!

http://www.BrookeFightsBack.org


To learn more about Brooke's foundation, please visit 

http://www.BrookesBlossoms.org

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Our beautiful sweet blossom has left us today to go be with Jesus. God bless each of you who so selflessly loved and prayed and cared for Brooke and our family during the years of her brave battle. She left peacefully and without pain this afternoon as God mercifully took her home while we held her hands and literally felt her spirit move through us like a soft breath of air on her way to heaven. Psalms 146 was read aloud to her just shortly before she decided it was time to let us go and we know she would want you also to read it and glorify God in that memory shared in love and prayer with our beyond extraordinary amazing daughter, Miss Brooke Elizabeth.


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Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD, O my soul!

I will praise the LORD as long as I live;

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in princes,

in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;

on that very day his plans perish.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the LORD his God,

who made heaven and earth,

the sea, and all that is in them,

who keeps faith forever;

who executes justice for the oppressed,

who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets the prisoners free;

the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.

The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;

the LORD loves the righteous.

The LORD watches over the sojourners;

he upholds the widow and the fatherless,

but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The LORD will reign forever,

your God, O Zion, to all generations.

Praise the LORD!
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Tiffinee Swanson
By Tiffinee Swanson
A blossom she was, and will forever be. Praying for your family during such a great loss, what a beautiful, selfless, and incredibly brave girl. She has taught us all about love and inspired us to help others. May He bring you the comfort and peace that only He can offer, and may you always remember that Brooke now resides in paradise. God Bless!
Tiffinee Swanson
C.O.L.E.’s Prayer Team
www.colesfoundation.org
Faye Snodgress
By Faye Snodgress
Brooke's amazing spirit and huge heart touched and inspired so many people. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you move through the process of grieving and healing. Please know that there are many like me who are thinking of you.
Jennifer Green
By Jennifer Green
Praying for your family as you continue your Earthly journey without your sweet Brooke here.
Jennifer Green
c.o.l.e.'s prayer team
www.colesfoundation.org/
Sheri Jones
By Sheri Jones
Thank you for your precious post. What an amazing, soul touching verse. I will print it and have it where I can daily see it and think of you and your sweet family. Sending love, hugs, and prayers from Iowa. Isa. 40:31
Peggy Bartholomew
By Peggy in NY
Please know you are being thought about in NY. Brooke spent so much time in NYC and we embraced her.
Melinda C
By Melinda
I have followed your Precious Brooke through a prayer chain at your Dad's work. May GOD'S Precious Peace that Passes ALL Understanding Consume Your Hearts and Minds from this Day Forward. I will never stop praying for your family.
Through these exhausting years of caring for your daughter you have taken the time and energy to let others know the current prayer requests that Brooke needed. Thank You So Much for writing words that were painful and emotional when you would like to have been resting, but you kept us updated. God blessed Brooke with the Perfect Parents who did Everything in their power for their Baby Girl! You guys are Amazing!!
May the Huge Hole in your hearts be Healed by Our GOD who Loves You All Oh Sooo Much!!
When time permits, will you continue to update us as your family walks through the days and months ahead?
Blessings, Love and GOD'S Amazing Grace be with you!
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Gail F.
By Gail F.
I am so very sorry, what a wonderful fight you had....will miss her sweet face
Dionne Barclay
By Dionne Barclay
Praying for your beautiful family as you walk through this unimaginable loss.
K S
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll be thinking of you and your family.
Margie Mixon
By Margie Mixon
Your family is continually in my prayers as you work through this time of grief. We love you and will always hold Brooke in our heart as a beautiful example of bravery and sacrificial love. May God bring you peace and comfort during this time.