Natalia - Journal
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Thank you all who came out yesterday to support us at Chick Fil A!! What an awesome turnout! NO WORDS......You all out did yourselves again! The outpouring of prayers, love and support, even from total strangers....WOW! It was more like a FAMILY reunion!! Thank you just seems not enough...... Those of you that helped promote by distributing the flyers, sharing on social media, etc. a HUGE thank you!! We could not have done this without you! ALL of you helped make it happen! May our Lord, JESUS continue to BLESS each and everyone of you and may your seed multiply by a hundred fold. THANK YOU!!!! Our Family
Remember, the event is ALL DAY THIS FRIDAY!!! Don't forget to tell them you are there to support NATALIA SOFIA!! Invite family and friends and share, share, share!!! Can't wait to see YOU all there! Thanks for all your amazing love and support!! Xoxo Follow us on Facebook: Praying for Natalia
Thank you DANNY RHORDAZ of Yellow leaf Marketing for giving your time generously to design this beautiful flyer for Natalia and PRO-COPY for the printing donations!! If you ever need designing, copying or printing done, PLEASE SUPPORT their businesses! They didn't HAVE to do this....they WANTED to! May God BLESS you!
The past few weeks have been filled with continual sleepless nights....too many to count. Natalia cannot find comfort in her own bed at night, and she tosses and turns until past midnight sometimes. She just wants to break open the cast........and run! This happened last time, just NOT as bad. Maybe because she is not 8...not sure the reason or reasons, but I am praying this will pass SOON.......VERY SOON! Today marks ONE week left before her fiberglass spica cast comes off!! Woooo-hoooo!! Natalia made a paper chain to count down her days!! We are sooo excited! I can't believe how quickly the time has passed! One night, she was praying before bed and she concluded, "Please JESUS, let me live to see tomorrow..." Huh?? Say what? Did I hear correctly? I asked her what she meant? She said that she has quietly been praying this since she got cancer......just this time she said it out loud, she vocalized it....asking The Lord to live another day...WOW. She has been in the threshold of life and death....and knows that tomorrow is NEVER promised...she also knows that her diagnosis could change any minute, and that it is all in the hands of her creator....such a heavy, heavy load for such a little girl...too heavy for her to bear, Lord JESUS, please lift this burden from her.....I can't even begin to wrap my head around it...nightly asking JESUS to let her live to see tomorrow....oh, sweet JESUS, the realities of having childhood cancer........an extremely heavy burden that ONLY JESUS could take away. This started yet another conversation with her....she said "Mommy, sometimes I look at Matthew ( 6 month old nephew), and I think, how is he going to be when he's older....and then I think that I'm not going to live to see him that big." This has been an open ended painful subject/conversation that we have had...unfortunately more often than I would have liked. She has lived through sooo much in her short life, so much pain and heartache, JESUS help us. At the same time, I find some relief in knowing that she freely comes to JESUS and prays to him, the ONE LIVING GOD! The ONE who could help her when she is in distress. In the midst of our circumstance, in the darkness, when the wind starts kicking up, and getting heavier by the minute, your vision is blurred ahead of you and you are completely paralyzed...in the midst of your VERY real trial, VERY palpable trial, VERY painful trial....JESUS becomes your refuge, your fortress, your calm, your peace, your guide, your strength, your light, your shepherd, YOUR ALL. As our cancer journey continues, we will CLEAVE to JESUS with everything we have...NEVER letting go. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. Psalm 50:15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
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.
Notifications: After clicking “Follow” above, you’ll then see a tab to manage “Notifications”. If you feel you’re receiving too many or too few email notifications, please check this section to tailor notifications to your areas of interest. For example, if you want to receive journal updates but not new calendar posts, or any combination of notifications from this site, you can do set them to your preference this section.
Don’t Forget! If you haven’t done so already, please click “Follow” on the top right. It’s your very next step to showing your support!