Wiersma Family Blog

A glimpse into our lives as a family with micro-preemies. Our twins boys (Lovingly referred to as our Miracle Men) were born almost 16 weeks early.

Our journey continues when our son Max was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3. This is his story....

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Quick prayer request

I just wanted to get a post on here for all you faithful warriors that have been holding Max and Wes up in prayer. Both boys are having a brain and heart ultrasound tomorrow morning. We are not sure when the results of those ultrasounds will be available, but we covet your prayers. Max already had one brain ultrasound and we are aware that he has some issues in his brain that the doctors are saying are "concerning" and they will keep track of. The ultrasounds tomorrow will look first at their hearts and see if they have Payton Ductus Arteriosis (PDA), which is when a valve near the heart stays open after birth. This valve is open when in utero to facilitate the flow of blood between mother and baby, but shuts when the baby is born to "redirect" more blood flow to the lungs. The doctors said that 1 in 3 "micro preemies" has PDA. It can be treated with medicines, but if that is not successful, surgery is required to close the valve. They will also do an ultrasound of the brain. This is primarily to look for bleeding on the brain. We know that Max has a stage 1 hemorrhage and we pray that is unchanged or improved. We do not know what to expect with Wes, so our prayer is that he does not have a hemorrhage or any other concerns.

Kate is having a much better day. Thank-you for everyone who prayed for her. We prayed last night that Heaven send its angels to combat the forces of Satan who were planting lies in Kate's head that she should have fought harder or done something different to prevent our boy's predicament. She still struggles seeing the boys with all of their tubes and monitors, but her motherly instincts are really starting to kick in. She is starting to gently remind them about behaving and being nice to the nurses. Speaking of the nurses, they have been absolutely phenomenal. They just love our little boys so much, and love to tell us all the funny things they did when we weren't there. It really takes a special person and a HUGE heart to come in to work everyday and do what they do.

Please check out the pictures of Max and Wes below. We are really proud of them and want everyone to see them even though they live in a little clear box. You can click on the pictures to see them in more detail and see how amazing their tiny little bodies really are. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!


  1. Thank you for posting those pictures. Your boys are truly perfect little miracles!! It is just amazing to see the work that God has already done with them. We will be praying this morning and today for their scans to be clear and for Max's hemorrhage to have healed!!
    Ross and Krista

  2. Continuing to pray for all of you! The boys are truly gifts from God. Still today, I take a step back and just look at my little girl and thank God for her!

    Dear God:
    We pray for strength today (and days to come) for Wes and Max. We pray the tests will show everything just the way it is suppose to be. We pray for Kate, whose body continues to heal and we pray that You will make Your presences known! We pray for Mark as he is there for Kate and the boys. Give him the stength he needs to be there for all of them. We also grant him safety driving back and forth home (when and if he does!) We also pray for the nurses and doctors at DeVos. What wonderful, caring people you have placed in Mark, Kate, Wes and Max's life! God give this family of four what they need most!
    Thank you for all the blessings you have given this far.

  3. Wow, continually praying and praising. You are awesome Kate, the devil holds nothing to you and your faith! Congrats again in becoming parents you two, they are precious!

    Audrey (off in FL dedicated to staying "in touch")

  4. Mark, Kate, Max & Wes,

    You have a big morning ahead of you, so we will get to work lifting you up before our mighty God. We are so thankful for this new "extended family" that you have in the hospital and we will continue to thank the Lord for all of the amazing people working with you to love on those precious boys!

    Jason, Mary & Bella

  5. Praying for the little warriors this morning that scans will be very,very good!

  6. I am praying for perfectly normal scans and results and that you may all have a great Monday!!

    Joy Koning

  7. Wow!! How can one not marvel at God's handiwork when they look at your precious boys! We are praying for you guys....thank you for sharing these moments with us. You are blessing so many people as you walk through this time.
    Steve and Julie Meyaard

  8. You and your precious little boys are in my thoughts constantly! I know all of us hope and pray for good results from Monday's tests.

  9. Thanks for the suggestion to click on the pictures and enlarge them. Your boys are perfect. You have much to be proud of.

    Carrie, Chris, Lucas and Simon Dattels