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Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Call To Pray... For Karen

Meet Karen... she is a sweet soul, full of hope and faith.  She is married to Anthony and mother of 2 adorable kids, Alexis and Wyatt. 

Karen has been a constant warm voice of encouragement since I have started blogging.  Always full of loving words either when leaving a comment for something I write or as a reply to something I leave for her.  I always look forward to her words for they are super encouraging and loving.

Earlier this year, Karen was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Myopathy.  

Mitochondrial Myopathy is a rare genetic disorder.  

Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised. The disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common.
Diseases of the mitochondria appear to cause the most damage to cells of the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, kidney and the endocrine and respiratory systems.
Depending on which cells are affected, symptoms may include loss of motor control, muscle weakness and pain, gastro-intestinal disorders and swallowing difficulties, poor growth, cardiac disease, liver disease, diabetes, respiratory complications, seizures, visual/hearing problems, lactic acidosis, developmental delays and susceptibility to infection. source

My heart is hurting...

I am writing this to ask that you please read her most recent post linked below.  She shares her most recent update on the state of her health.  Keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers, and please take the time to leave words of support and encouragement.  Follow her blog (click on the photo below to go there) and follow her journey by clicking on "Follow My Journey" join this site with google connect in the right hand column.

Thank you!


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Pidg said...

I actually have had Karen on my mind since I read her last post. It's funny how perspective can snatch you up and allow you to feel so blessed because of the strength of those around you. I know several others that are battling such insurmountable health {and other} issues and am continually inspired by their determination to fight. My prayer roll is getting longer and it helps me to appreciate the blessings I have in my own life.

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I pray for her,don't lost hope God is always there for us no matter what happen. God Loves us :)

KERRY said...

Hi Salena! I love your blog, you have a beautiful family!! I am your newest follower and I look forward to reading all about your life in Hawaii :) (It's so breathtaking over there, I love it!!)
Karen is a beautiful woman, there is something about her so unique and pure and heartwarming, she is one of my favourite bloggers. Her smile is contagious and she makes you feel as if you've always known her.
And happy 2nd birthday to gorgeous little Hayden!!