Makyah’s teacher went to a [Jamie Grace] concert recently and shared her story with Jamie Grace. [She] then brought a signed copy of her CD to the hospital as a present and in turn we have gotten to learn [Jamie Grace’s] inspiring story!
Makyah is a 12 year old 7th grader that has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Makyah attended a doctor’s appointment at her pediatrician on September 30, 2014 for what we believed to be either a pulled back muscle or kidney infection due to Makyah complaining periodically of back pain. That same day she was admitted to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital and by the end of week had been biopsied where surgeons found metastasized cancer. She had a large mass inside liver, smaller ones on the outside of her liver, on her diaphragm, in her pelvis and on her colon. Just 2 days after being admitted, Makyah’s kidneys and liver shut down, she gained 30 lbs in fluid in one week and began dialysis while doctors waited on biopsy results to give her cancer a name. Her levels of pain warranted that she be given pain medications stronger than morphine and in amounts that rendered her unconscious for 2 full weeks.
Prayers for Makyah have reached well outside the state of NC and though doctor’s predicted that she would see no results from chemo until 14-21 days after treatment, Makyah began to wake up about 3am just one day after her 5 day treatment.
It was October 13th and Makyah learned for the first time that she had cancer. She has been fighting to defy all the odds against her recovery and has now completed her 2nd round of chemo for a cancer that still has no name. Through 3 labs testing, doctor’s can not identify the type of cancer she has and are treating her blindly but God is making it work for her. She is not able to attend school but loves to learn so much that she has caught up all of her school work since waking up in the hospital and is ready to begin homeschooling soon. She loves music most of all and had just began to learn to play the trumpet but now does not have the lung capacity to continue with that instrument. It is my intent to find someone to teach her a different instrument in our home for as long as I can afford to do so, as I am not able to work now as the mother she needs in this fight.
It puts into perspective for you how to focus on the things that truly matter to your children when something this tough happens. I am careful not to call it tragic because I have known in my heart through all of this that she is a miracle waiting to happen. She went into that hospital a shy, timid, preteen without the ability to see who she really is, the strength she really has… she could not even tell you her favorite food, lol. But she is being transformed! All the prayers I prayed well before this that she know her true worth, talent, and purpose in this life are coming to pass. I whispered to her in the hospital when she could only wake up for 1-2 minutes at a time, “Do you know how to talk to God? Talk to him like one of your friends. I know you are in too much pain to move or be touched but talk to him in your mind. Ask him what he wants you to do when are healed. Can you do that?” and she nodded yes.
Today she is at home with me, doing school work and getting stronger each day. She is laughing more and I am working on a project to help her get to know herself where she has to write at least one thing she likes on a list each day and Jamie Grace has made the list. I would like for her to see [her] perform someday.
Makyah’s fight is just beginning and she needs all the encouragement she can get. All continued prayers are appreciated.