Sydney Thweatt

Letter from James

5/25/2006 9:15 PM

Yesterday, a hairstylist friend gave Sydney a short haircut. The hairstylist had previously had cancer and lost her hair, so she was obviously qualified to explain the realities to Sydney. Right before the cut, Sydney was beginning to get a little sad, and then she abruptly changed her mind and said, "Cut it like a boy". She had a long braided ponytail that was cut off and left in tack. The rest of the night she would lay her head on her pillow with her pony tail coming out from behind her head, it looked like it was attached normally. When the staff would come in to check on her, she would ask them to pull her ponytail. They would, Sydney would scream and scare them half to death or at least they would pretend to be scared.

Sydney has had very little if any side effects to the chemo. She feels good and is eating some. God has answered many of your prayers. I am so thankful to you for engaging in this terrible battle with us. Sometimes when we are sinking we read your emails, cards and quest book notes and are lifted up. Thank you.

We have so many things and people to be thankful for. One of our other kid's teachers had Leukemia when she was a child. She came and also did an incredible job explaining to Sydney about her condition.

God did something very special when he made Sydney; she is an amazing little character. Sometimes I feel like I can't do it anymore. Then I observe Sydney, and I am inspired and pulled along in her wake of courage. How can you lie down in the presence of someone like her.

Please pray for Sydney . . .

  • To be miraculously healed
  • To be protected from infections
  • To have no painful or negative side effects from the chemo
Please pray . . .
  • That one of the boys' bone marrow matches
  • For our boys, that this terrifying time galvanizes their faith
  • For us to see the blessings around us
  • That we have continued hope and peace
  • That we hear and understand God clearly
  • For All the family and friends who are propping us up
  • For our continued confidence in God
Thank you for your concern, prayers, and all your help.


Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.