a request on wednesday the 24th

I've been thinking about this post for a few days.  There's quite a few things I want to share and I've been pondering on whether to write about everything in one post or break it up over a few days.  As I sit here right now, I have yet to decide.  So I'm just going to dive in and see where I'm compelled to go.

First and most important ... a Richie update.
My brother has asked for those of us following Richie's healing journey to spend a little extra time today and share the Prayers 4 Richie links ...

Prayers 4 Richie on Facebook

my Medallion Fundraiser

my niece Alexis' FundRazr campaign

On the whole, Richie's been doing extremely well.  Throughout the day, but especially at 2pm CST, I send out prayers to my nephew and his family.  I love visualizing Richie being held and supported in the light filled loving embrace of our growing community.

But he's got a long road ahead and challenges persist ... he's 2 months into his 12 months of chemo (1 week on, 3 weeks off), there have been several bouts with seizures, ambulance rides and late night trips to the ER, getting his meds dialed in to control seizures and re-upping the steroids to reduce the swelling and relieve his headaches and nausea.

This is how I like to picture my amazing and joyous nephew ...

I don't want this post to turn maudlin, but this image from Monday night's trip to the ER is sticking with me.

I was feeling so very sad and helpless yesterday.  I've heard countless stories of spontaneous healing and miraculous speedy recoveries.  With Richie's strong faith and insanely positive outlook on life, why hasn't his cancer just disappeared?   During my morning meditation and prayers, it came to me that Richie is taking the longer path for a reason.  He has a vision for a foundation ... a way to share the power of music and faith to help others through their own healing journeys ... and he can help others more effectively if he knows that difficult path.

His journey is bringing our families closer together and assembling a powerful global community.  While dollars and donations and medallions are one way to help, I believe sending out healing thoughts and prayers has an even broader impact.  Through our powers of intention, we're creating a web of love and light and healing that helps everyone, not just Richie.    

So, today is about Richie.  My stories can wait. 

with deep gratitude ...
l i g a - kvk