We know the miracles in Medjugorje from the various experiences of people who have experienced them.

 Many testimonies that took place in Medjugorje are known. Jesus sends his mother to Medjugorje to help and heal people, and so did this miracle with the sun that happened. My family and I were devastated when our nine-year-old granddaughter, Kiera, was diagnosed with stage 4 epithelioid sarcoma – a very rare cancer that causes tumors with finger-like extensions. 

She had a tumor on her sacrum (lower part), the size of a man’s fist, which had finger-like extensions in other areas. The surgeon in Pittsburgh was unable to remove the entire tumor because of where the extensions were.

 Pittsburgh had never seen this type of cancer, so we went to Philadelphia. We were told there was nothing that could be done – radiation and chemotherapy would not work. The only cure was to remove the entire tumor. 

Because of the location of Kiera’s tumor, it would be a very radical operation, requiring the removal of her bottom and possibly more. It would be too painful and most likely the area would not heal. We didn’t want to give up just like that. In the meantime, everyone was praying. Kiera’s name spread like wildfire. We received so many holy objects and masses. Kiera’s painting was taken to the Holy Land, Medjugorje and Rome. 

My friend, Joann, told me about Rev. Bill Kiel. Her mother attended his healing mass in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and was cured of kidney cancer. Father Kiel met with us privately and blessed us all, and we went to his healing mass several times. After my first healing mass and resting in the Spirit, I felt peace for the first time since Kiera was diagnosed with the disease. 

Kiera also rested in spirit. When Kiera had the scan, the surgeon said that the operation would be feasible, but they would need to have a plastic surgeon available.

However, they found a lump on Kiera’s lung and she had to have a biopsy. After the biopsy, the first thing Kiera said was, “Nana, I just felt the Blessed Mother kiss my forehead.” The biopsy was negative – a miracle! The oncologist was sure the cancer had spread to her lungs. If it was, the operation would not have been performed. We continued to go to healing Masses at the local church. 

Father Kiel went to Medjugorje where he celebrated mass for Kiera and brought her 100 rosaries and medals.

Kiera enjoyed giving them to everyone. Kiera had to have a colostomy before major surgery, and then she will be going into surgery in a few weeks. A week before her surgery, we got a call that her surgeon had to do back surgery. We had the choice of calling another surgeon or waiting until Kiera’s surgeon came back. We thought God must have a reason for it. We would wait because he was the best surgeon. 

Since her operation was postponed for an additional six weeks, she had to undergo another examination. The surgeon was surprised to see that the tumor and its extensions were much, much smaller and that a plastic surgeon was not needed. 

The surgeon said he did not understand what had happened. I told him it was God, and he couldn’t believe how many people were praying for her. She was operated on while everyone was praying for her, and the surgeon got clean margins – a miracle! Kiera miraculously healed well without any problems. She returned to school a week after the operation. If her surgeon hadn’t operated himself, Kiera’s surgery would have been much more radical. A standstill Then, in October 2011, Kiera felt a small lump in her breast that began to grow. 

The biopsy showed that it was the same cancer. Her oncologist said surgery was not possible due to the tumor’s finger-like extension around her ribs. Of course, we confirmed it with another opinion. No surgery or chemotherapy could be done. I thought: “Why did God take away His miracle?” 

Then our wonderful friend Debbie said that we should go to Medjugorje. Vicka meets Kiera In January 2012, we went to Medjugorje. Seer Vicka was too ill to speak in public, but she started speaking a week before Kiera’s arrival.

Vicka held Kiera in her arms and prayed for her. She told her there was nothing to be afraid of. Kiera said that she knows that and that she is in a win-win situation. She wins if she goes to heaven and she wins if she stays here. Vicka said that our Blessed Mother took her to heaven, and heaven is the most joyful place we can imagine. 

While climbing Križevac, we first saw the Miracle of the Sun. Elsewhere, Kiera captured this miracle with her phone that the rest of us couldn’t capture.

My husband, Bob, saw a hand above the cross as he prayed.

On the statue of the Risen Christ, tears drip from the leg; but every time Kiera touched it, they oozed (not dripped). Father Kevin Devine celebrated mass for her and treated her like an angel. We met so many amazing people and made lifelong friends. 

We all had such a peace that is hard to explain. We didn’t want to leave and cried as we drove. Kiera’s care was transferred back to Pittsburgh, to be closer to palliative care (waiting for death). She was on a clinical trial in the summer of 2012 that failed, and the tumor continued to grow.

She also developed tumor lesions and fistulas at the original site of the tumor on her buttocks. She was in severe pain. Our friends, Anita and Nancy, whom we met at Fr. Kiel’s, they went to Medjugorje in November 2012 with Rev. Kiel. They believed that Kiera must return to Medjugorje.

 They’re leaving in three weeks, and I’m saying we just can’t afford to leave so soon. They said not to worry about money. Earth angels Special anonymous earth angels donated money for Kiera and her father, Dan (my son), to go. By chance, there was room on the plane and in the hotel. Also, I found out later that they were missing 500 dollars, and a man from Massachusetts whom we never even met, who could not travel with the same travel company we were with, wanted to use his refund for a child going to Medjugorje. 

He didn’t know anything about Kiera, but the agent at the travel company did. He happens to have a granddaughter named Kiera – spelled the same. Return to Medjugorje So on November 6, 2012, we were blessed to return to Medjugorje, which was Kiera’s wish. Kiera climbed the Apparition Hill and Križevac barefoot all the way to the top and back. 

Fr. Kiel blessed Kiera with a pool of water between the statue of our Blessed Mother and the Crucifix, making the sign of the cross over her breast tumor. Kiera said she felt that Jesus and Mary were with her, and that night she said she thought the tumor was shrinking. 

Many more God’s winks, blessings and peace in Medjugorje! In December, Kiera went for an examination, and her lower part was, as the doctor said, “incredibly better”. She no longer had pain in that area. Her breast tumor was still there, but it wasn’t causing her as much pain as before. Her oncologist decided it wouldn’t hurt to try chest radiation; although it has been proven that radiation does not work on this type of tumor. 

She had radiation at Christmas and then again at the end of January. When we went for Kiera’s check-up in August 2013, no tumor could be felt. Her oncologist said it was inexplicable and miraculous! He said she was his third miracle since becoming a doctor. He said there was no way the radiation would shrink him. 

Also, when Kiera had her echocardiogram, the technician placed the ultrasound at the tumor site, and could not detect any tumor. Miracle! Kiera just had her six month checkup on Good Friday April 18th and her oncologist still says it’s a miracle!

If it weren’t for Kiera’s illness, we wouldn’t have grown closer to God, met so many amazing people, and been blessed with so many new friends. Kiera has made so many people more faithful.

 Kiera told me not to be sad when the cancer came back; she couldn’t wait to meet God, and that we would soon be together because our time here on Earth is like a blink of God’s eye. We never gave up hope and prayer, but accepted God’s will and peace. The most important thing is to be in heaven with our Lord! Maybe Kiera’s illness saved some souls. 

Before Kiera’s illness, I always thanked God, but I didn’t really praise him. I always went to church, but I didn’t make God the center of my life. I knew about the Holy Spirit, but I didn’t know the Holy Spirit like I do now. Now I know the power of the rosary and fasting and I read God’s word, the Bible. 

So I have to thank God for Kiera’s illness because it brought me and others closer to God. Kiera is God’s gift to us – she is God’s. I know there is a God because how else can we have a heart that can love others so much. Thank you, my wonderful Blessed Mother, to all my angels, saints, loved ones in Heaven and on Earth for your prayers. 

Thank you, God the Father! Thank you Jesus! Thank you, Holy Spirit! If you’re reading this, please say thank you for me. Remember to always thank and praise God; prayer is very powerful. Nothing is impossible for God. Jesus, I trust in You!