Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Praying for MOH!

Update: THANK YOU for praying!!! God just proves again and again that he can do more than we can ask or imagine. Today I got a great update about MOH. He made it through the surgery perfectly and is resting and recovering wonderfully. He may even get to go home this weekend. But here's the BIG news: The pathology report came back, and the tumors they removed were NOT CANCEROUS!!! It is truly miraculous, and I am overwhelmed by God's goodness.
Today I want to tell you about a very special person. His name is Michael O'Hern, but to me he will always be MOH. MOH was my high school choir director and my teacher in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade at Lake Highlands High School. MOH is a teacher who has truly devoted his life to his students. I've been out of high school for ten years (yikes!), but he still knows me, keeps up with me, and asks about my family. Now that I'm a teacher, I realize how precious planning periods are, but MOH spent many of his planning periods with me, listening to me cry in his office about how hard calculus was or the boyfriend that just broke up with me. He has devoted over 20 years to teaching, and even recently won Teacher of the Year. His choirs consistently bring home top honors in competitions, and he is well known in the community. MOH stays at school until 10:00 many nights rehearsing with choir or Espree (show choir). He spent Saturdays judging competitions. He gives up a week of his Christmas break EVERY YEAR to take high school students on a ski trip. I can only hope that I will become a teacher as amazing as MOH. If I had to pick five people who have been most influential in my entire life, MOH would be one of them.

Two years ago, MOH was diagnosed with brain cancer. He had surgery and went through intense chemotherapy. He beat the cancer, went into remission, and continued teaching. A few weeks ago, at a routine doctor's visit, they discovered that the cancer had returned. Although this was discouraging news, I know that MOH can do this again. He is scheduled to go into surgery at 7:30 on Wednesday morning in Dallas, and the doctors are confident that they will be able to remove all of the cancer. I know our God can do BIG things, so I'm asking you to pray that MOH will be completely and miraculously healed and that the cancer will never come back. MOH has a website where he is asking for prayers. He is asking you to pray specifically:

1. For the wisdom of his surgeons
2. For his continued positive outlook
3. For peace for his family and friends
4. For his Lake Highlands HS students

If you would add MOH to your prayer list for this week, I know he and I would be very, very grateful! We love you MOH!!


Tiffany said...

Praying for MOH! Cancer sucks.

Elicia said...

Just prayed for Michael. I can tell he is very special!

Marisa Frizzell said...

Mom told me about that. So sad to hear!! But will be praying for great news!!

Kate + Zach said...

That is so amazing.

Elicia said...

Katie that is awesome! I got chills when I read your update!

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