When I first got her e-mail I was at work. It wasn't a real smooth, easy day to begin with, and as I read her first words I could feel my face go all hot and cold, and all I wanted was to be with her and hold her like when she was little with an ouchy. I felt completely helpless, very teary, and couldn't even reply right away. But as I sat there and thought in a mindless fear and panic, the thought came to me to e-mail my husband, who was also at work. I received a reply within a couple of minutes, and it was so reassuring and caring that it calmed me right down. I was so greatful for him, and the partnership we have that makes the sharing of all problems, big and small, possible. For some reason, just knowing a problem is not yours alone makes it easier to tackle. Besides that, the man is just plain awesome.
After I calmed down, and was able to have some rational thought, I began thinking of all kinds of things I could do from 5,000 miles away. I can unite our family in a fast and prayer. I can pray for her myself. I can suggest to her that her husband give her a special blessing. If these all sound like small, inconsequential things to those who have never tried them, let me assure you, they are not. These are powerful tools, and I have seen such wonderful things happen when they're employed. The more I thought about them, the calmer I became, and the less I was worried. I realized that my Katie is being watched over by a loving Father, and that she is in good hands - even though she's not in my hands. I was so greatful for the blessings of prayer and fasting, and the power of the priesthood in our lives, and for what comfort they can bring us in our times of worry and trouble. I feel quite calm now. She still needs to be careful, and make sure she doesn't strain or overexert herself - Katie, who has a hard time sitting still for a minute. She'll probably need to up the minutes on her phone plan. This is going to be a challenge, but we're up for it. She is being watched over, as she's been watched over many times before in times of health crises. This is but one more, and she'll come through it again like she always does: with her amazing strength of character and equally amazing faith. We could all take lessons from this girl. I have been for years.