My Friend Kim

I am pausing in the telling of our story to share something that is going on in our lives right now. We found out this week that our neighbor and friend, Kim, has stage 4 breast cancer. It has spread to her spine and the large upper bones in her legs and right arm. This all came as a huge shock. Kim was having back pain that kept getting worse. Her family has a history of back problems so she thought it may be a ruptured disk. She went to a back specialist and they found a compression fracture that they attributed to a possible tumor. Scans and tests were immediately scheduled and on Monday, the results outlined all that is going on.

Kim is doing amazingly well. She and her husband, Mike, are taking it one day at a time. They seem so calm – although I am sure they have their overwhelming moments. They are being strong and very positive. They have a great support system of family and friends around them. So many neighbors care about them and want to help. It’s been incredible to hear how many want to bring meals, watch the kids or do whatever they can to serve them. Some who don’t even know them want to bring a meal. Of course, most are moms and we moms stick together and cover for each other, even if we are strangers. I love that about moms!

Speaking of moms, Kim is a really great mom!!! She is what I call a full-time, professional mom. I even interviewed her recently to help prepare a message I was giving at the National Hearts at Home conference. We have been neighbors for about 5 years so I’ve seen her day in and day out. Her kids are her top priority and she gladly gives them her attention. Sometime I feel like I run out of things to do with my kids, but whenever I go to their house she is doing something for them or with them. One thing I’ve noticed is that she never seems overwhelmed by having three kids – 10, 5 and 3! She is one of the most layed back moms I know. Also, her kids are really fun to be with. They are just as cute as they are sweet. We love having them hang out with us and our kids.

Kim is also a great wife. She loves her husband Mike and it’s obvious that he is her best friend. When she talks about Mike, you can tell she really admires and supports him and his goals in life. He’s been such a trooper this week balancing all that has been thrown at them, taking off work for her appointments and making sure his “girl” is okay!

Please pray for Kim and her family. I got a note from someone in Florida today who found out from a friend of mine that my neighbor needed prayer. They have a prayer ministry and put Kim and her family on their priority prayer list that is read and prayed over by pastors in their area. I love how God is taking care of them through those close by and those far away. Maybe you can be one that joins hands and hearts with us to lift them up for healing, peace, joy and strength.

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

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