Wednesday, December 5, 2007

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Back in the spring of 1996, I had the great thrill of participating in the musical "West Side Story" as a high school sophomore. A lot of it - being almost twelve years ago - is a blur, but some of the seniors who also performed remain etched in my memory as somewhat a part of the character they played. One was a tall, lanky kid named Allen who seemed to embody with comedic perfection the role he'd been given - a member of the American gang, the Jets (I can still see him in his tightrolled jeans and white t-shirt). Allen was one of the brightest personalities I'd ever met: quiet and kind but witty and fun to be around at the same time. I haven't kept up with him since then, really, as he was so much older than me, but I've heard bits and pieces of his story since graduating. One such piece begs to be told today, and begs for your prayers and your outpouring of love and encouragement.

Allen and his wife, Gillian, have two children. Joseph is three. Shortly after Thanksgiving, he began having some trouble walking - stumbling - and Allen, someone who is pursuing a career in the medical world, felt it was imperative to take him to be examined. This was a week ago today. Since his admittance to the children's hospital, he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and had a major surgery to remove as much of it as possible, as well as to perform pathology on it to determine what kind of tumor it is. This morning Allen and Gillian were given the heart-wrenching news that the tumor is called an anaplastic astrocytoma. (You can Google it for more information.) It is malignant, aggressive and obviously induces a great amount of fear as far as prognosis for Joseph. Please visit their blog,, and leave them words of encouragement if you can.

Someone asked me recently if I looked back on the season before Copeland was born and especially those first few hours after her death and wondered how in the world I got through it. My answer was a resounding "yes!" I have no idea how God equips people to get through such horrific times. But I do know He does. And the fact that I actually experienced one such time, and lived through it - am still living through it - without any scientific explanation as to how simply testifies: God was there. God is here. May He be near to Allen and Gillian as they walk this difficult road. May He comfort them as they struggle for answers and wonder what to do next. May He guide them as they make decisions about Joseph's life. May He give Joseph strength and many, many years of joy before him.

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Rebecca said...


I'll be praying... Thanks for letting us know about this.


Tracy said...

oh my goodness. i just read their entire blog. i cant imagine what they are going through. i have a 2 1/2 year old son and i cant comprehend something happening to him. i will pray for this family and will check in on them often.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for posting about Allen & Gillian here. I followed your blog when Copeland was born. Much of what you beautifully articulated has helped me in the situation with Joseph. I knew Copeland's story would impact people in a dramatic way for years to come, but I didn't know how personally her story would touch my life. Some of the comments you have left on my brother's blogsite reflect your strength & understanding. I know God is using you in our family's situation just as I am sure He is using you & Copeland's story in countless other families. Thank you for putting yourself out there to help and love and understand.


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How sad...I'll be praying.

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Sweet and wise words, Boothe.. I know that the whole family covets your prayers.

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Conor and Boothe

I can't even begin to express to you my amazement! You guys have been thru so much (more then I could ever comprehend) and yet all you do is always ask that we pray for everyone else (don't get me wrong it's wonderful and I'm more then honored to) but you guys are always putting others before you and I marvel at your kind hearts. God bless you and your amazing beautiful family!


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I will be praying for Joseph and his family.

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I have added Joseph to my prayer list...and I continue to lift your family in prayer, as well.

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B, Thanks for letting us know. They will be in my prayers, and you continue to be.

Laurie said...

I have been praying for Joseph since you posted and it is good to see he is at home with the ones who love him most. I pray for you daily Boothe as I remember Copeland and the impact she and you have had on my life. I pray your days are gentle as you continue on this road of healing, always remembering others who need prayer. This is what the family of Jesus is all about and it is such a blessing to be part of it. Loving your heart and your words here, always.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

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I know you have no idea who I am and I certainly don't want to scare you to death by commenting on your blog but your testimony has astounded me. I am good friends with Ashley Williams and it is amazing how God placed your story in my life. I have a very good friend with a very sick baby and I was telling Ashley about her and wondering how I could possibly help her. Ashley thought about you and gave me your blogspot address to give to my friend thinking that it could be of some inspiration. I went to your page and was completely consumed by your story. In fact I sat in front of my computer all day sobbing. My mom came over and we both sat and cried! I have a 7 month old son and it's amazing how when you have a child of your own things touch you a lot more personally. I felt like I could feel some of your pain(not literally, and I don't want to take away from you in any way) but I think I was touched even more so because I have a baby. God says that He comforts us in our troubles so that we may comfort others in their troubles (2Cor.1:3,4). You and your family surely have a testimony to share! May our Lord and Savior be with you always!
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i will pray for the family of this little boy, just as i pray for your family. i was led to your blog through a friend of a friend, and have been praying for your family, the luces and others for several months now. the road you are on is not one i am familiar with, but i pray for you often, and for those who have gone before and can comfort you, and for those who will follow and will look to you to see that you survived. i feel certain baby Copeland is looking down on her momma and is proud of you. God bless you!

Melissa in Colorado

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