Pray for Monique

Monique is a 10 year old girl from Las Cruces, New Mexico, who has brain cancer and is seriously ill. Her family desperately craves your prayers on her behalf. At the moment, Monique is under treatment in Phoenix, Arizona. Her family resides in the Ronald McDonald House. Of course, they love her, and grieve for her during her her trials.

Many good stories are based on human emotion. Frequently plots are driven by emotion, and one of the best compliments one can give an author is to tell of one’s emotional response to their story. “I cried.” “I laughed.” “I was filled with joy.” “My heart ached.” Of course, some authors draw a story from their own emotions. Other authors find inspiration by viewing or hearing of the emotional responses of others. Some stories are classics because the emotions were poured out directly onto the printed page. Other stories have the emotions partially hidden behind metaphors or by characters with a “stiff upper lip”. Such stories burst into richness as the emotion breaks out of hiding. Authors must study the emotions of those around them.

I draw your attention to the blog kept by Adrian Vigil, Lest one thinks that this blog is a vigil, be aware that Vigil is a Spanish name. In Spanish, an I is pronounced like a long E and the G is pronounced as a H. Thus Adrian’s last name sounds like Veehill. To those intimidated by foreign pronunciations, let me confess that during my teaching days, I was constantly pronouncing this common New Mexican name incorrectly.

Adrian is Monica’s father. He has kept this blog during Monica’s illness. If one wants examples of how a man expresses his love for a sick child, read this blog. If a writer wants inspiration to write an emotional story, read this blog.

From a literary perspective, I do not know how I will use all of this input, but Monique has our prayers. She and her family have my prayers, my wife’s prayers and the prayers of our church.


About Reynold Conger

Reynold Conger is a retired scientist, engineer and teacher. Now writing fiction. His books are CHASED ACROSS AUSTRALIA, MY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR and REDUCING MEDICAL COSTS (AT THE COST OF HEALTH). He has also started a series of novelas called THE RICHARD TRACY SERIES. Residence: New Mexico, USA Hobbies: gardening, animals and running. website
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6 Responses to Pray for Monique

  1. Chris C. says:

    My prayers are with Monique and her family.
    Cancer is a cruel illness that knows no boundaries-E.G. Culture, religion, status etc. However, it becomes more poignant when a child has to suffer.-God Bless her & her family.
    Chris C.


  2. Chris C. says:

    Perhaps you could write a short story about a child’s struggles with this illness and her bravery. The story could be followed by space for personal photographs would also make this a book for all of her family, friends & school to cherish.
    The book may also bring comfort to other families experiencing the same or similar battles. and could be viable to hospitals, hospices, schools etc.
    Chris C.


  3. Adrian Vigil says:

    I had yet to see this. I am moved by your words and I appreciate you linking my blog up. I’m new at this whole blog thing and still do not know how to do all the fancy things it’s supposed to do. All I know how to do is write, and post. The suggestion made by Chris C. bears some significance to me and I want you to know that should you decide to undertake such a task, I am willing to help you in any way that I can. I realize it wouldn’t be something easy to accomplish by no means and would understand if you are not able to. Again, I’m not asking you to, but simply offering my input, photos, ideas or anything else you may need, should you decide to.
    God bless you my friend.
    Adrian A. Vigil


  4. rjcsite says:

    I have put some thought into Chris’s suggestion. I will be in touch with you.

    In the mean time, Monique’s story is still in progress. I think we need to wait a little while to see how the story will play out.



  5. Chris C. says:

    Many people would love to read an inspiring diary from a child’s perspective, & would love to feel they are with her every step of the way.

    Monique may also gain great peace of mind & strength, in the knowledge that so many people care about her & that other children will be helped by her strength of mind & personality throughout this illness.

    Chris C.


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