When a child is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it can seem impossible to find a ray of light or a source of joy in life. For the Quibodeaux family of Louisiana, that’s certainly not the case as people from all over the nation, including friends from the White House, have blessed them with prayers and gifts for what could be their son Drake’s last Christmas.
Drake, just 8 years old, was diagnosed with lethal Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an incredibly aggressive brain cancer that doesn’t respond to conventional therapies and is dangerous to treat with surgery.
“Last week, we got the news that his tumor was growing,” explained Danielle Quibodeaux, Drake’s mom, to KPLC7. “At the start, they give you nine to 12 months. And on the 12th of this month, it’ll be nine months.”
“What do you want to do for Christmas?” Danielle asked her ailing son. “Tough,” Drake said quietly. “It’s tough.”
“That’s a tough question, he said,” Danielle explained. “We have got to go see LSU football and we had a deer hunt. He killed a deer, so, I don’t know what we could possibly do to top that.”
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So, for what could be the Quibodeaux family’s last Christmas with Drake, a friend of the family made a post on Facebook asking people to “flood his mailbox” with Christmas cards for the little guy.
After the family friend’s post went viral, Drake was inundated with Christmas cards and letters from all over America.
Drake smiles more today with smile the Tiger then he has all week. He was honored at Leblanc Basketball games and it was so amazing to see all the kids cheering him on. Also included pics of mail today…
“It’s about letting him know the community loves him and they’re behind him,” Danielle said, tearfully.
“We tape them to our front door,” Danielle said to KPLC7. “‘He just looks at them and says, ‘They love me so much mama.'”
The outpouring of love and support from the world didn’t end with Christmas cards, however. Police officers, soldiers, and even a Santa actor have made personal visits to see Drake and lift his spirits.
Drake has had to take naps the last few days as he’s been tired….. he is still having a wonderful Christmas and…
The Quibodeaux family got the greatest surprise of all when they received a letter with the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue return address. Even President and First Lady Trump offered their support and prayers to the sweet little boy.
“Melania and I recently learned of your diagnosis and send our prayers for your healing and recovery,” the President wrote. “The resolve and tenacity you have demonstrated during this difficult time is inspiring.”
“We pray that God grants you strength as you courageously fight this battle,” he continued. We hope you find comfort and peace in your faith and that you are uplifted by all those around you.”
Please continue to pray for Drake and his family as they endure this trying season! If you feel moved to send Drake a letter or a card, you can send one to:
2412 Hwy 388
Vinton, LA 70668
Choosing to Trust Yourself
You can make choices that are not congruent with your history. You can makes choices that no one has ever made before.
Every other day, it seems we are given new ‘authoritative’ advice on social distancing, masks, what’s safe, and what isn’t. Much of the news to which we’re exposed contradicts what we were already told. The CDC and some top officials, who shall remain nameless, have done less than a stellar job of providing reliable public information. Some governors in large population states, have been inconsistent, partial, duplicitous, authoritarian, and, in some cases, criminal. Who Can I turn To? Against such a backdrop, how does John and Jane Q. Citizen move forward professionally and personally? This is not foolproof but works as well as anything we’ve seen: Trust yourself and your decisions. Trusting yourself enhances your ability to choose based on limited or inconsistent information. A study in the 1940s of highly successful people uniformly found that they reached decisions quickly and retreated from them slowly. A more recent study found when people make decisions based on instinct, they are happier or at least more content than those who make decisions based on careful analysis. Hmm. Too much thinking could be hazardous to your choices – and to your happiness! Reinforcing Statements Here is the statement that reinforces your desire to trust yourself: “I choose to trust my ability to make the right choice.” Another essential choice is choosing to feel worthy and complete, simply spoken to yourself: “I choose to feel worthy and complete.” This helps me reduce anxiety, stay calm, and feel more relaxed. Depending on how long it has been since you’ve felt worthy and complete, you might have to make this choice for many days or weeks running – but keep at it. By choosing to feel worthy and complete, you automatically redirect yourself to accept that there is nothing you must do. Everything is based on…
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[written by Doug Giles and republished with permission.] For those of you who’ve read the book the Leftists love to loathe, namely, The Bible, you know that King David went through more crap than Michael Moore’s colon. His brothers didn’t like him. King Saul sought to kill him and The Philistines weren’t big fans of his either. Later in life, because of his sin of bumping uglies with Bathsheba and having her old man offed, his own kid sought to dethrone him as a consequence of David’s dalliance. Suffice in to say that his ‘walk with God’ was messy. David constantly needed God to bail him out and to come through in a big way with His supernatural power and boy howdy, did God ever show Himself mighty on David’s behalf! In Psalm 92:10 David said, ” … You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.” King David said God made him akin to a … wild bull? Yes, Dinky. David said God made him like a wild bull. When’s the last time you’ve heard that preached at your Hipster Feelgood Church? Never I’m a guessin’. In light of Psalm 92:10 I’m starting a series of oil paintings depicting both ancient and current wild bovines as a homage to Ps.92:10 and a reminder to my clients that when you get into deep doo-doo, don’t curl up in the fetal position and wet your big Christian diaper. Call out to God and ask Him to make you like a wild bull that kicks demonic ass. Here’s the first in my series of bold bovine. The original is sold but we have prints available. We print on luster paper, museum quality canvas, wood and for all you metalheads, yes, we print…
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