We are now well into our radiation treatments, while still undergoing an aggressive chemo regimen. :( I still hold my breath as I watch the "Beam on" sign light up while they zap her leg on one side, then they change the machine and zap the other side. It seems to be the longest minute......[...]
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As we went into the second week of radiation, Natalia became more and more antsy about being left ALONE inside a cold, semi-dark room, on a table(around four feet off the floor) with no rails, and all the noise from the beam. One of the nurses asked if she wanted a radio set up, so that she could play her favorite radio station, and she said the Joy FM, please! This really helped her relax and hum to her favorite christian songs, it helped put her at ease! We then noticed that it was also a CD player! So the next day, she brought in her fave. Mandisa cd....OVERCOMER![...]
We have been Skyping in the mornings with school to get her morning lessons, before heading to radiation. I did not anticipate that this would lift her spirits, making her excited to see her classmates again! So much so, that she asked to come in today to surprise the class with her valentine cards! She got to see the monkey that occupies her chair when she is not there, and interview a classmate, while learning about adjectives! She got TONS of valentines from her friends and had such a nice visit, that she didn't want to leave!! What an AMAZING school we have...they have truly embraced our family as if it were their own....helping Sofia ANY way they can....from the administration to the staff and the parents. I pray that GOD continue to BLESS YOUR families, as YOU are BLESSING ours! I'm in awe....[...]
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.
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