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Friday, December 19, 2014

PENELOPE'S POST: TWO YEAR OLD BOUNCES BACK FROM SPINAL CANCER: an encouraging story of hope

child, hope, recovery, cancer, healing

Dear Readers, I'm pleased to present you with a great story of hope, written by a long-time friend and used with permission. My hope for you is that you'll be encouraged by the spirit of the two-year-old featured in the article.

 
While some of you have met or known Margaret, only a few of you know something about the challenges her younger daughter and family have faced over the past two years. The young mom gave birth to Penelope two years ago. A few months after Penelope's birth, the parents noticed that Penelope's motor skills appeared to be deteriorating. Medical exams confirmed that she had a cancerous tumor on her spine. Surgery was performed but she was left paralyzed from the waist down.

 
Now, for the good news. Penelope has been cancer-free for over a year. But there's far more to her story. Thanks to the incredible medical treatment she's received and continues to receive at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Penelope has made unbelievable progress. A year ago she was only able to crawl on her elbows. I wish you could see her now as she navigates with the help of her walker. With a totally disarming smile on her face and a sparkle in her eyes, she really moves out!

 
Here's a link to the December 2 issue of Kennedy Krieger's magazine. Click here: Potential. It features a photo and an article about Penelope's miraculous road to recovery. It's a heartwarming story and I commend it to you in this season of hope.

We all need hope. May Penelope's courage and God's grace give us all hope!

 

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