🎗🎗🎗To those of you that are participating in the #goGOLD campaign.....THANKS!!🎗🎗🎗
In case you missed it...September is CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!!!![...]
When the surgeon call and tells you that he can't reassure you that it's not cancer. That he doesn't know what the lump is...I GET ON MY KNEES.
Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”
I thank you God, Lord of the universe, designer and maker of ALL that is in the heavens and ALL that is on the earth. You are a MIGHTY God!! Today we were able to enjoy Your amazing sovereignty in the heavens!! What a beautiful event...a solar eclipse!
Praise God! I Praise you Lord for today you are so real in our lives!!
I praise you that you not only made my children, shaped them, and breathed life into them, but you watch over them. You care about the lives of my children....down to every detail of their life. It is IN YOU that they live and have their being. May the power of Christ rest on them, and may they always shine for you!
I pray that their hearts will always trust you no matter what they see, that their thoughts would stay fixed toward you, and that they follow you all the days of their lives.
The surgeon felt the lump and suspects that there may have been some sort of infection...but he's not sure. He wants to keep an eye on it and give it time. He also ordered an ultrasound to further investigate. We have been down this road before and we choose to believe our faithful God! GOD WILL HAVE THE LAST WORD.[...]
FINALLY got a call from her pediatrician. Thank you all so much for praying!!!! Keep those prayers coming!!!!
Her office lab results were wrong.😱😱😱 The pediatrician apologized for that. 😳The hospital labs showed her numbers were normal, just like on August 7, when we went to the oncologist.[...]
Natalia Sofia has been loving her new school and enjoying life as a "normal" middle schooler! Last Saturday, she woke up and came over to me saying..."mom, did the cancer come back?" As she pointed to a lump with a dark bruise on her forearm. No doubt, the question shook me up to the core. I quickly regained my composure, and answered with a wide smile..."Noo, you must have hit yourself without knowing!" As a cancer mom, you know which is the next step to take....
Mental note: quietly observe...NO jumping the gun...NO.MATTER.WHAT.PRAY. A few days went by and then the arm pain began. Since her treatment, Natalia lives in daily pain. I admire the strength that ONLY GOD gives her to do a lot of the things that she does WITH pain. She usually forgoes meds and pushes through. Recently, due to the high doses of chemo drugs that she's received (from the 60's-80's), she's been diagnosed with neuropathy (PAINful weakness in her extremities).
Last night her pain was excruciating, and she asked for pain meds..."a ten plus" she shouted, as I ran to get her relief. In addition, she has been overly tired lately and experiencing frequent headaches.
Per her pedi's request, I took her today to get her lump looked at and run a CBC blood panel. Unexpectedly, her white count is a 1.2 from being normal Aug. 7th!!!
The doctor felt the lump and said it's hot to the touch, ordered X-rays, and another lab panel from the hospital....and we wait.[...]
Welcome to the Natalia support family! This site is for family and friends, old and new, to organize our efforts to support this extraordinary person. This page will serve as your home base for rallying the troops, receiving updates , and raising dearly needed funds to support Natalia . Here's the plan:
Your First Step: Please take 30 seconds to click on the "Follow" button on the top right of this page. This will allow you to receive updates, read journal entries, make donations, share Natalia ’s story on social media, and help the family with week-to-week calendaring needs. Though not mandatory to follow Natalia ’s page, we encourage you to easily create an account with your name and email in order to be able to post photos, leave comments and sign up as a helping hand on the Calendar page. Feel free to upload a photo of yourself to your profile so we can get to know and recognize others on Natalia ’s support team. After clicking “Follow” above, read on to learn more about what you can do to help.
Journal: This tab is where you can read the latest entries posted for Natalia and our support team. You may see additional authors writing updates here to help alleviate pressure for Natalia and expedite information sharing. Each post is followed by a photo and name of the author of the entry. You can reply with supportive comments to any journal entry, or click on the name of its author to send a private message.
Posts: This is where you can leave an encouraging message for Natalia and family, and to read thoughts left by others! If you have something pressing you'd like suggest that everyone sees (e.g. a fundraiser or upcoming event you're spearheading), please don't hesitate to contact us via private message so we can consider sharing it more widely in the Journal sections. There will undoubtedly be many coordinated efforts and events ahead, and we want to make certain they’re organized and publicized through this site to help drive the greatest possible impact.
Calendar: Please see this important section to learn what the family needs NOW. This will be an especially helpful section for locals in close proximity to Natalia . This is an up-to-date calendar which will list the family's immediate needs such as child-care, rides, and meals to help most in the short term. If you see a need posted and can fill it, please sign up through the calendar page directly (i.e. not through private communication) to let us and others know that you've committed to that need. Please check back often to help out with the most recently posted needs!
Donations: The very most impactful way to help Natalia ’s is to make a direct donation right now. After insurance participation, bills and related costs are expected to reach several thousand dollars. This fund will be used at the sole discretion of Natalia and family to help manage all related expenses, and will give them the flexibility to take time off work as needed to directly support Natalia ’s. Donations can be made securely using credit or debit card for any amount. PostHope.org generously makes these donations free of any fees. All donations, large and small, come with the eternal gratitude. Thank you for your generosity in considering what amount you are personally able to give.
Perhaps more importantly, you will also find the tools to share your donation and Natalia ’s story with friends and family via Facebook and social media. After donating, please click the social media buttons to share far, wide, publicly and OFTEN! We believe that many kind strangers online will feel moved by Natalia ’s journey.
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