Back in July, 2015 Kira began a journey that reached a conclusion on July 22, 2016 when she began a new journey. Kira went for a routine physical in the summer of 2015 which went as normal as they usually go. During the questions it came out the Kira had recently become a vegetarian and the pediatrician ran some blood tests to check her iron levels in light of this information. The results came back that all her blood counts were low, so two days later we were at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin having much more in depth blood testing done. All the results came back either negative or clear including a bone marrow test for leukemia. The doctor did say, "She could be coming out of something or going into something, we need to monitor her." We became very familiar with the hematology out patient clinic and lab at Children's Hospital over the next year.
On July 20th, 2016 we had a blood count done to see if she could attend a camping trip with the church youth group and her hemoglobin was low enough to warrant a blood transfusion, but we still thought she could probably go. The doctor said it had been a year and an opening was available to check her bone marrow again, which was done on Friday, July 22, 2016. At 5:00pm that afternoon we got the news that Kira has leukemia although we didn't know the type until Tuesday, July 26 - acute myeloid leukemia.
On Friday she was admitted and the new journey to healing has begun!
Why feathers? Yesterday, my sister told me a story of a feather that had attached itself to her windshield wiper. It was there as she began a journey for work that took her onto an expressway at speeds of 70 miles per hour, plus it was raining for part of the time. She eventually arrived home and it had stopped raining. The feather was still on the windscreen, dry and now unattached to anything. My sister saw this as a sign of hope. It is certainly quite a tale of defying the odds for still being freely on her vehicle. Later the same day a friend and her beautiful talented artistic daughter stopped by with a basket for Kira. Melanie had painted some wonderful paintings to decorate Kira's walls with, and one of them was of feathers, and had the following scripture reference: Psalm 91:4 "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."
What a picture of gentle care and protection. For all the prayers, help and well wishes coming Kira's way, I see them as feathers bringing hope, love and healing helping her build strength.
Ephesians 3:16 "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being."