Our second daughter Chelsea Anne Carpenter was born the fifth of April 1992 and welcomed by her sister Lindsey Sierra Carpenter. When she was 3-1/2 years old, one night we discovered Chelsea was very pale and seemed very sickly. We were fearful of the worst and took her to the emergency room. It was there that they diagnosed her with acute lymphocytic leukemia. We were crushed.
From there, blood transfusions (she had no red blood cells), chemotherapy, vomiting, hair loss, weekly shots and blood draws with needles that seemed as big as her arms and legs, they implanted a buddy port and after two years of long drives back and forth and who knows how much money had been spent, they told us she was cured. It seemed too good to be true--and it was.
Six months later she resumed vomiting and severe headaches and we were then informed her condition had become refractory central nervous system leukemia. As bad news goes, this was the worst. They resumed her chemotherapy treatments and on the second of January 1999, she was given a near fatal dose of chemo that caused her to go into cardiac arrest. She was brought back to life only to have the doctors discover they had damaged her little heart beyond repair. She was given three months to live—maybe.
Along the way we discovered a friend/neighbor who had recently purchased a light and sound generator also known as the beam ray. He welcomed our limp, lifeless daughter into his home and within a few weeks our sweet Chelsea came alive and we were all dancing circles with her in the living room. After a month, our little Chelsea was able to state resolutely, "I don't have leukemia anymore." And she was right. We went back to the hospital and had her blood drawn and found she was making perfectly normal blood cells. The doctors thought we were crazy! We thought we could see the light.
Within a month we had enough money to get our own generator however, because of the heart damage she sustained from the chemo overdose, her little heart began failing and on the 24th of August 1999, and our little Chelsea died.
We felt such pain, leaving the hospital without our Chelsea! So from healing our wounds, we were led to help others who are suffering in and from the human condition.
Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.