In the world of Down syndrome, it's a word we try to avoid. Our kids are are like moving targets, and we parents sometimes feel like we're playing a real life game of paintball, dodging the next bullet, knowing that one of our kids is bound to get hit.
Only this time it's not a kid. This time the one to get hit was one of the moms. This isn't supposed to happen. It's not how the game is supposed to go. It's like someone jumped in and messed with the rules or something and none of us know what to do. I want to jump up and call "Foul!" or something.
McKenna is supposed to be dealing with her children's medical issues, not the other way around! And, in fact, she is in the midst of dealing with her children's medial issues! She doesn't have TIME to have cancer, people! I mean REALLY, what kind of a sick joke is being played on this family? It is situations like this, when I want to get in the face of God and ask an awful lot of questions. I'm betting Mckenna and her husband DJ are feeling pretty much the same way, aren't you?
I first met my friend McKenna on the website Downsyn after her daughter Darah was born with Down syndrome. Then her son Connor was born, and then last year they adopted their daughter Reese from Easter Europe. Reese also has DS. I even got to meet McKenna and her husband DJ in Atlanta at the NDSC conference a few years ago, so I can say I know her "in real life".
McKenna was diagnosed with Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia a couple days ago, and was already started on Chemotherapy. They're still pretty much in shock and unsure of a lot of things. But I do know this: If anyone can kick Cancer's butt, McKenna can!
Their family can use all the prayers and support they can get. Please hop on over to their blog, and follow along with their story. Please join us as we pray against cancer, and pray for McKenna's to have the strength she needs to kick cancer's butt!