Meet the Little Miracle in our
lives...Madison May, our only grandchild. Madison was born November
2, 1999. In early January she was diagnosed with an hemangioma in
her throat (a tumor). The Doctors decided that she needed a trachea
tube in order to breathe on her own. Prayers around the world
surrounded her as she fought for her very life. Today she is a happy
little girl. We praise God for her good health and continue to pray
for total healing.
Madison Update 12/2003
In November 2003, shortly after Madison turned four, her family made the routine trip to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN for a 6-month check-up.
The devastating news that Maddie's cancer was back took all by surprise. She showed no outward symptoms nor had there been any noticeable change in her. An MRI showed several troubling areas in her brain. A brain biopsy showed numerous cancer cells through-out. The oncologists felt the cancer was in too many areas to be treatable; they gave her months to live.
Our family traveled to Disney World for Christmas. It is a bittersweet memory in every way as we wept while watching Madison enjoy the sights and scenes. We returned home with heavy hearts, but we also knew that Maddie's life was given back to God. Her future was entirely in God's hands. It was out of our hands. Our prayers were that Maddie would be healed, it was our heart's desire, but always we needed to remember, "thy will be done".
We continued to pray and wait... remembering that God's plan is not always ours.
Madison Update 1/2005
As we begin a new year, we are in awe of God's faithfulness. God is so good.
It has been 14 months since Madison's brain cancer diagnosis. We are celebrating her life; and we do so each day. We truly believe she has been healed. She is a delightful and charming 5-year old, healthy, intelligent and very honest. She shares her faith by telling others about Jesus and singing praise songs in local churches. Madison doesn't know that she was ever sick.
I am reminded of these scriptures: Psalms 126:2-3 Our mouths are filled with laughter, our tongues with joy... The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with Joy. Luke 6:21 Jesus said, "Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh."
Madison May DeWitt ----- Winter 2009 update
Madison is now 9 year old as of November 2, 2008. She is an active girl who loves to read and swim. She enjoys learning about history and is enjoying the American Girl series of “Kit”.
She swims on our local YMCA swim team and has qualified for the Iowa State swim team for the past three years.
Madison knows her own history and at the last Relay for Life was able to tell the crowd that she was a 6 year cancer survivor!
For her past 3 birthdays she has asked her friends to donate a gift of food packages or paper products instead of a birthday gift for her. The dried boxed foods, paper towels, napkins, etc. are boxed up and delivered by Maddie and her family to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, Minnesota.
Maddie has even told stories as well as showing picture albums of her 6 months of living in that wonderful place for sick children and their families. It is also an opportunity for her family to greet Doctors and Nurses who so faithfully cared for Maddie during her cancer treatment.
All of us marvel at this little girl, knowing that God has a plan for all of us. We know that life is precious, that God does answer prayer and that God is good.
Our Other Little Miracles
Meet our grandchildren.