Monday, August 09, 2010

Prayers Needed: My Dear Friend Amber Needs a Miracle.

"There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul."
~Edith Wharton

*I began writing this post back in November of 2009, but just hadn't posted it yet. Now, instead of just a post about how much I love my friend, I'm asking for your prayers.

Amber and I were mission companions for 12 months of our 18-month missions in Lithuania. That's nearly unheard of. I seriously love her with all my heart. She is one of my very best friends. We have a connection that I don't have with anyone else, which isn't surprising seeing as we spent twelve months, 24 hours a day/7 days a week together and are still the best of friends seven years later!

Amber and JP. Myrtle Beach, SC. April 2010.
Amber has had such a huge impact on my life, one that I am so incredibly grateful for. She taught me how to unconditionally love and how to be selfless. She taught me about hard work. She taught me how to stop and smell the roses. I had some of the happiest times of my life when we were companions taking Lithuania by storm. Some of the hardest times I've ever laughed (and cried) in my life were with her. I'm thankful for the unconditional love she showed me. She has astonishingly incredible insight and in many ways, I feel she has taught me how to live. This girl is closer to the Spirit and to God than just about anyone I know. She is amazing! I could honestly go on and on because this girl is seriously one in a million. I mean that literally.

Tonight, I am soliciting your most earnest, heartfelt, miracle-inducing prayers on her behalf. Amber is in the hospital in a medically-induced coma on medication to cease the recurring seizures she has been having since Saturday. She wasn't feeling well all day long. After coming home from a family birthday dinner for her younger brother, she told her husband she was going to take a quick nap on the bed in the guest bedroom while he put the kids to bed. When he came back to check on her, she was unconscious and unresponsive. Longer story short, she has been in the hospital, intubated in the ICU, since Saturday. Her brain has been in a continuous state of seizure since Saturday. They put her on medication that has finally stopped the brain seizures as of tonight. If she remains seizure-free for six hours they will begin to decrease the dosage and wake her up slowly. Until then it's a slow watch and wait.

Amber is one of the best people I know. Quite honestly, the best and the strongest. She is the most selfless, loving, and kind person I've ever met. The world needs more people like her. The world needs HER. Her husband and her babies need her. Pray for a miracle for Corbin and Kayla, to bring their mom home.

Amber and JP with kids, Corbin and Kayla. Myrtle Beach, SC. April 2010.
Please pray for her, think about her, share her story, put positive thoughts out into the universe. God is listening. I believe in miracles. I believe our faith can bring about miracles. Amber taught me that.

As myliu tave, Ses. Viskas bus gerai. Bus stebuklas.
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9 comments:

Renee said...

I'm hoping and praying for the best, Emery. Thanks for sharing so much about Amber.

Joshua said...

It makes me so sad to hear this. Please tell JP that my thoughts are with him and with Amber.

Anonymous said...

We are all praying for Amber, JP and their family. I love Amber, too, and hope that medical science and Heavenly Father can bring her back to us. Our faith is in Him and we can know that with Him, all is well.

Mom

Cebre said...

I'm praying for her and her loved ones, too.
Please keep us updated =)

Amiee said...

oh. wow. that is so sad! i will keep her in my thoughts and prayers, as well! what a beautiful family she has!!!

Susan Budge said...

I will keep you all in my prayers.

Kait said...

My entire family and I will be praying. This is very hard news. I love her. I was her visiting teacher for just a short time. She did more to teach me about life, love and how to live your life than I ever taught her. She became my friend. I am in tears right now:( My dad knows and loves JP, he served with him in a branch presidency. My sisters adore her, they had her as a beautiful young women leader. I think we'd better have a family fast.

Amanda Smith said...

This breaks my heart.
Amber has impacted my life more than anyone will ever know. She is the most beautiful, most amazing woman.
I have learned so much from her, she has given me an example of who I hope to become.
I share your love for her, and her family.
she is in my deepest thoughts and prayers.
I love you Amber.

Molly Mom said...

Any new updates??? She is in my prayers!