This past Monday was supposed to be Kailee Bridges’ last day here with us this side of eternity. God had other plans though.
Kailee, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (an aggressive bone cancer) last fall, was quickly losing a battle to an intense C-Diff infection that was a side effect of this cancer. The doctors at Strong Hospital proposed a high risk emergency surgery they described as “a heroic attempt to save her life.” The staff in ICU prepared the family to say their goodbye’s to Kailee. With heavy hearts and tear filled eyes we prayed and committed Kailee to God’s will.
Kailee came through the surgery.
She has been so strong in this battle. Monday was a victory, but the war wages on. Just two weeks ago on her 20th birthday, Kailee was told her cancer is inoperable. A hard road lies before her. She remains in ICU. The cancer remains and cannot be treated until she heals from the surgery. But Kailee remains too. God still wants her here with us.
Moses wrote in Psalm 90 “So teach us to number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom.” Kailee’s journey ought to cause each of us to ponder the same. None of us knows the number to our days. And then what? What comes when we arrive at that number? The wisdom Moses speaks of is knowing how to live here on this earth, knowing there is a number. If nothing else, let Kailee’s life touch you and cause you to consider “and then what?” Because you know what? Life passes by and if we are not careful we miss it and we miss what God desires most, our hearts.
These kinds of wars often come with collateral damage. The family must journey along side Kailee and they too come under fire in all this. God’s grace has been sufficient, but please keep the whole family in your prayers.
A few weeks back we posted a video titled “Worn” for Kailee. The response to this video has been incredible, so we are re-posting it to encourage your prayers.