My Hero; Lauren Hill

Someone who read the previous post told me about Lauren Hill, another terminal brain cancer woman, but who chose to live instead of die. So I googled her and found this video. http://bcove.me/6em3knme

She was diagnosed with a very rare type of brain cancer, DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), 49 days after her 18th birthday last year.

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DIPG usually occurs in children.  It grows its roots like tentacles at the base of the brain stem weaving around the nerves. It is inoperable and nobody has survived from this.  Lauren was given a maximum 2 years to live.

How come such a horrible thing happened to her, who is so young, beautiful on the outside and inside?

Often I don’t understand what God is doing.  Yet, at least it is clear that she has been sending an incredibly inspiring message of life, courage, and faith to the world. She has been informing us of this unfamiliar cancer and the need for research.  She is “a grain of wheat” that falls and dies to produce many grains.  She is my hero!

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‘I never gave up for a second even when I got a terminal diagnosis; never thought about sitting back and not living life anymore,’

said she.

I wanted to know where she gets the strength from, and then, yes, she was praying. She was searching for the purpose of her life.

[One January night, I was having a meltdown, “ she begins. “I asked God if I could do anything. I didn’t know what He sent me here for. I wanted to know what He sent me here for. Whatever you sent me here for, I’m ready to do.”] (from the article)

God answered her and she made up her mind to speak out about DIPG using every single opportunity she got for children who couldn’t speak so that someday the cure would be invented.

“What keeps me going is remembering why I’m here.”

She, who loves and continues to play the basketball, is focusing on Jesus instead of seeing the stormy water of brain cancer. God has been giving her strength and power, and then people who watched and listened to her responded.

Her dream, praying in the first collage basketball game, which was scheduled on November 15th originally, was moved up two weeks to November 2nd after a MRI in September revealed that she might not be able to pass this December.  10,000 game tickets, whose benefit will be donated to a research institution, were sold out in just a few minutes on the first day of the sale—Amazing!

The game was over giving her glorious opportunities to score four points and the victory for her team.  Receiving a stand ovation, she said to the 10,000 person crowd, ” I ‘ve never had such a wonderful day in my life,” her voice choking.  God anointed her head with oil and her cup overflowed.

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Cancer has been taking away her abilities to hear, see, run, dribble the ball, and her precious time mercilessly. Yet she hasn’t surrendered.

Steroids have puffed up her face, and her figure.

Nevertheless, she is shining!

She is living every minute meaningfully.

Lauren, you are so beautiful to me full-bloomed cherry blossoms!  I guess “why” questions are no longer necessary.

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The T-shirts says,
  PLAY FOR 22 (Lauren’s number)            
 “Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9″

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