Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Urgent Prayer Needed

Hi Everyone,

Many of you followed the journey of our friends Debbie and Jim to China to pick up their beautiful little girl Lily. They have been home a couple months and she is doing great but her big sister Hannah (first grader) is in urgent need of prayer.

Here is the email that was passed around our church (we go to the same church and live in the same city):

Hi Friends,

As any good sister would do, I hacked into Debbie's e-mail to send you this e-mail.

Our Hannah is a very sick little girl. We were all together for Thanksgiving when we noticed that Hannah had many bruises all over her body. 35 when Debbie actually counted.

Yesterday, Debbie took Hannah to have blood work and was told they'd have the results by Friday. Later that same day, Debbie received a call saying, take Hannah to the hospital, we need to admit her. They have concluded her diagnosis to be: Aplastic Anemia. It's a rare and serious condition. In aplastic anemia, your body stops producing enough new blood cells. This means you're fatigued and at higher risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding.

She's currently receiving IV therapy. It may take several/many treatments before seeing results. They are planning for a fairly lengthy hospital stay at this point. Good news: leukemia has been ruled out. They performed a bone marrow biopsy today.

Hannah can not have any visitors as they want to keep her chances of catching any infection to the bare minimum.

Please don't call Jim and Debbie. They're overwhelmed at the moment. E-mail me, drive me crazy instead.

I will be posting for Debbie regularly at: so you can read updates.

As well, I'll be getting an address where cards, flowers, balloons, etc. can be mailed.

The prayer requests in this situation seem endless. Please take some time to go before the Lord today on Hannah's behalf!

Please forward this to anyone who knows the Eriksen's. I'm sure there are a lot of people I missed, by accident, of course.

Love to each of you,
Rachel (Deb's older and yes, wiser, sister)


  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the family..
    I read this yesterday on her blog..
    broke my heart..
    Hugs to you and thier family...

  2. I will most definitely keep this family in my prayers....I can't even imagine...


  3. Hi Christy!
    I can't believe this. My heart just breaks for this sweet family. It brings back a lot of memories for me of when Jeff was sick. It is so much to handle with a new baby. But, I know God will provide! I am lifting Hannah UP!!


  4. OMGoodness!! I totally followed this beautiful family and am just sick to hear about their oldest daughter. I will start saying some prayers RIGHT NOW!!!

  5. That's terrible. Poor, Hannah. I will be praying that these treatments work for her.

  6. Oh wow Christy...I cannot imagine walking through something like this. We will DEFINITELY be praying for Hannah a miracle. And praying for peace and grace for her family as they are with her and believing for that miracle!!! Thank you for letting us know. I hope you have a good day!

  7. I will say some prayers for your friend's little girl. How scary to find out your child has a disease like this. Sending some hugs your way.


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  9. though still serious, glad to know it isn't leukemia. Praying now.

  10. Hannah and her family are in our prayers.

  11. I did follow their journey and will pray for Hannah!