Faith and Prayer

Michigan Mother Willing to Die for Life

A 37 year-old Michigan woman has died after forfeiting the chance to undergo chemotherapy to treat her brain cancer after discovering that she was pregnant.

The Daily Mail is reporting on the story of Carrie DeKlyen, a courageous mother of six who died surrounded by family at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor early Saturday morning just three days after giving birth to a little girl appropriately named Life.

Carrie’s husband, Nick, told the Associated Press that among his last words to her were, “I’ll see you in heaven.”

“We stayed by her until she took her last breath,” Nick DeKlyen said. “It’s in God’s hands now.”

The couple has five other children: Elijah, 18; Isaiah, 16; Nevaeh, 11; Leila, four; and Jez, two.

Carrie was diagnosed in April with a form of terminal brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme. A particularly aggressive form of cancer, she was planning to undergo…

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Susan Brinkmann

Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., author and award winning journalist is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She is the staff journalist for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of Grace® television show. She formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In addition to two historical fiction novels published by HarperCollins, she is also the author of a book on Carmelite prayer, "Lord Teach Us to Pray," published by The Catholic Standard and Times. Her book, "The Kinsey Corruption," which details the fraudulent research of Alfred C. Kinsey was published by Ascension Press. Susan also published "The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age?" with Simon Peter Press which has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She recently published the story of her conversion entitled, "We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl," published by Liguori Publications. Her most recent publication, which she co-authored with Johnnette Benkovic, is the "Young Women of Grace Study Program" which teaches girls ages 13-17 about what it means to be authentically feminine. Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.