Natalia's platelets were checked this morning and she passed! She was not a happy camper to be back getting her finger poked today....pouting at the fact that she was getting admitted. :( (even though this is a short stay.) After a looooong day of waiting for a room to open up in the unit, accessing in the infusion room, getting labs, checking for blood in the urine, and waiting for her chemo to be especially made, we made it back to the floor AND got our chemo shortly after!! ( we usually get it past ten pm.) Hooray!! Celebrating the little things![...]
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Checking in for labs and a possible admission this morning, Natalia's numbers are great...but her platelets are too low. :(
Her numbers are higher today, but too low for her to receive chemotherapy. Her body has not recovered from the last dose. Trusting wholeheartedly that JESUS is in control of Natalia's treatment....when we pray for HIS will and HIS purpose for her, we TRUST that whatever the outcome...he is in charge of it. Peace....the peace that transcends ALL human understanding guards our hearts and minds.[...]
You just never know what you are going to face each day. You make your own plans, and then have to re-do them, due to unforeseen circumstances. You THINK you know how your day is going to go......then God changes EVERYthing and rewrites your day.[...]
Natalia asked last night if she could attend school!! She was sooo excited this morning, she got up x-tra early and got ready quickly! Also, it is brother's first day back! He is going to be going for half days, and then moving up to full days. Brother pushed his sister's wheelchair into her classroom and she was received with a warm welcome from all her friends!![...]
For the last couple of weeks, Natalia has been asking if we could take her to the beach "at least to touch the sand and the water!". Due to the fact that she has been in the hospital for one thing or the other, and she had NUMEROUS restrictions, we had not taken her. [...]
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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