I have been following the process of a baby girl named Layla Grace. I found out about her by accident and I was so touched by her and her story that I have been following her battle with cancer……Unfortunately she lost the battle, but her family has continued to spread the word about Neuroblastoma which affects small children in order to support the research in hopes of finding a cure.
This post is something taken from the Layla Grace website, which was written by her mom while beautiful Layla Grace was still here:
I’ve spent the past 10 months praying for God to heal Layla’s body and rid her of this cancer. To restore her to good health and allow to live a long and happy life. I’ve spent the past several weeks praying for, EXPECTING, a miracle. Miracles happen, right? I’ve had people email me telling me of their miracles. I’ve read about miracles. I’ve even witnessed miracles.
Our time frame for miracles is running out. Layla’s PICC line (IV that is inserted in her arm and runs to her Vena Cava to administer meds) stopped working Sunday night so she spent Monday at Texas Childrens having it repaired. Thankfully, they were able to get it working again without surgery. Praise God! While there, they did an ultrasound to see what’s going on with the tumors in her little body. I’ve been praying all morning for some good news like “They’ve stopped growing”. Instead, we got news that there are new tumors. One inside her liver and another on the right side of her abdomen, where her kidney should be. The existing tumors are still growing.
This cancer is invading her body. NOW is the time for a miracle! She is very tired and lethargic. She is down to 18lbs. Her eyes are bruised and she can hardly pick up her head. We need a miracle NOW. Her breathing is becoming soft and labored and her heart rate is declining. She is sleeping more and more.
She still likes her own bed, so Ryan and I are working in 6 hour shifts sitting in her room watching her sleep. Her dog is planted at the foot of her bed. Amazing how animals know these things. Her 2 sisters told her goodbye tonight and went to my mother’s house for the night. I didn’t think Layla was going to make it through the night. Once again, she proved to me that she is stronger than I could ever dream of being. She is still with us and sleeping peacefully.
I take comfort in a few things. First, I know there are angels watching over her. I know they are sitting right beside her; that she is never alone. Her angels will usher her into heaven. Second, I know her death will not be in vain. She has done what God sent her here to do. She has gone above and beyond. I receive hundreds and hundreds of emails every day from people telling me their faith is stronger because of her. She has managed to do more Godly works in her short 2 years on earth than most people do in 80. I take comfort in the fact that when she returns home, she will be greeted by the Lord and hear “Well done good and faithful servant”. She will instantly be renewed and have a perfect heavenly body. There will be no more tears, no more pain and no more sorrow. She will see glorious things we can’t even begin to dream of. Revelation 21:18-21 says The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.d 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
I’ve spent all this time praying for her to be healed. AND SHE WILL BE. It just might not be in the way I want. Within a few short days, one way or another, Layla will be healed and absolutely perfect.
For more information about the foundation or donations, please visit:www.laylagrace.org