Friday, October 20, 2006

A Candle for Katie

Todd and I have lit a couple of candles for Katie Kiser, oldest daughter of our friends Bob and Geraldine, and we'd like to invite you to light one too and say a prayer for Katie and the rest of the Kisers, especially if you know them.

Katie has been working for the US Foreign Service in Osaka, Japan this past year. She recently started having some unexplained numbness in her fingers that has since spread quite a bit. She has been given an initial diagnosis of MS (multiple sclerosis), not to be confused with MD (muscular dystrophy) which Bob has.

MS is defined at as:
A chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system in which gradual destruction of myelin occurs in patches throughout the brain or spinal cord or both, interfering with the nerve pathways and causing muscular weakness, loss of coordination, and speech and visual disturbances.

Not nice, though treatable. Geraldine is flying to Japan right away and Bob will go as soon as he can. He actually has to be in Tokyo next week for work but he's trying to get there sooner. They all, including Katie's 3 sisters, need your prayers.

If you'd like to light a candle with us as part of your prayers for the Kisers just go to:

From there you will be walked step-by-step through lighting the candle. When you put in your message and such there will be a spot for "group" at the bottom. Just type in "Katie" and your candle will be included as part of the group.


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