Natalia's first week of school was a success!! She is loving her new school, her new schedule, and I'm loving my new school badge! Lol! Of course, it wasn't complete without an emergency call from the nurse....today. :( Three days into the week, Natalia felt a pain in her upper left thigh, and she's been complaining of pain on/off in her left ankle. And today, her ankle pain was the worst. A call to the surgeon led to an emergency appointment this Monday. Due to her condition, there is ALWAYS that possibility, that impending doom, that chance...with ANY ache and pain. I decided to hand it over to The Lord, instead I CHOSE to pray, intercede, and stand in the gap for my fellow comrades....the ones that are still fighting for their child against chemotherapy, in the trenches, and the ones that have a child in the presence of The Lord. It is NOT coincidental that our paths have crossed, God is intentional and he is a purposeful GOD! I will CHOOSE to focus my attention on my beautiful mommy friends that are still warring against cancer, than my "impending" doom. In the meantime, HE WILL TAKE CARE OF OUR NATALIA....HIS WILL WILL BE DONE, WE have already SURRENDERED HER TO THE ONE, SOVEREIGN, FAITHFUL, LOVING GOD. For HIS Glory...HIS purpose. Please feel free to join our family in praying for our fellow brothers and sisters that have lost a loved one, or are still fighting/undergoing treatment. We are so grateful for your support! Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is VERY powerful in its effect. James 5:16
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#tbt2013 #diagnosisanniversary #flashback #hearthurts Today marks the 2 year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis....the FIRST time Natalia had to be given Morphine for her leg pain right when we walked into the hospital, the FIRST time Natalia had to be under anesthesia for her MRI because she could not hold still from the leg pain. The FIRST of many exams, pokes and prods, EVER! The FIRST time the doctor confidently said the word...........cancer. The next morning, after she had a femur X-ray (the previous night), we were abruptly woken up to get our STAT MRI by seven am...they knew something was wrong from the X-ray...the bone looked frayed throughout the margins. Of course, NOONE would say a word....till we got back from recovery after the MRI test. EVERYone was waiting for us in an office to go over the diagnosis and films. After hearing the pediatrician say the word cancer, everything else was a blur. Dumbfounded.....numb....our child?.....questions and thoughts.....swirling room, our lives were totally turned inside out AND outside in.....BUT GOD! BUT GOD, through it all has been there alongside us. HE HAS NEVER LEFT US NOR FORSAKEN US. Hebrews 13:5 It is always under HIS DIVINE CONTROL...with a PLAN and a PURPOSE for Natalia Sofia and our family! I remember turning over Natalia Sofia saying, Father, you gave her to us, now we give her back to you....LET YOUR WILL BE DONE....NOT OURS. TOTAL SURRENDER. Surrendering EVERYTHING, including our baby girl. Psalm 16:8 I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will NOT be shaken. Psalm 126:3 The Lord had done great things for us; we are joyful. Psalm 68:3 But the righteous are glad; they rejoice before God and celebrate with joy. Hebrews 13:6 Therefore, we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? *****This post was written right after finding out that the MRI showed a large aggressive tumor coming out from her femur bone, and it was likely cancer. Two years later we can STILL say our Lord is faithful, HE is good, HE has carried us through, HE has been our refuge, our rock, our provider, our defender, our strong tower, our savior, our peace, our strength, and sooo much more!! Without JESUS we would have perished. Thank you, Lord for giving us the gift of life! Thank you for ALL that you have done for us! You truly are THE ONE, TRUE, LIVING GOD! Thank you JESUS, YOU have carried us a looooong way!! We are soooo grateful!
AWESOME BREAKTHROUGH!!!! REJOICE IN OUR VICTORY!!! GOOD NEWS!!! SHOUT IT OUT!!! Today is the day that The Lord has made just for Natalia Sofia!!! We went to the surgeon's office for a follow up of her bone graft. After the X-rays, we were on pins and needles waiting to see the Dr....when he walked in saying ENCOURAGING NEWS.........it was all over!!! Lol He showed us the progression the bone had made, and was stating that she didn't need any more physical therapy.....for now!! In 6 WEEKS WE ARE TO REMOVE THE CRUTCHES ALTOGETHER! W. O. W. No words. The moment we have been waiting for! The words we have been waiting to hear! The room was charged with emotion, as we watched her walk by herself to the surgeon and back!! Emotional hearts turned to THANK the one who made this happen, the one who created Natalia Sofia......JESUS CHRIST. We want to shout it from the top of the mountain!!! LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE!!! There is nothing HE cannot do. He can resurrect dry bones, and call dead things to life by breathing HIS LIFE into it. Praise JESUS, HIS WORD IS LIVING TRUTH, AND IT MUST DO WHAT IT SAYS IT WILL DO!!! IT IS CHARGED WITH LIFE! Thank you ALL for your incredible spiritual support!!! May God continue to BLESS each of you! Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Psalm 126:3 The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Natalia had her test, and it was so painful to watch her struggle through YET ANOTHER procedure.....Lord, PLEASE make this stop. The truth is....NONE of it gets easier. If it weren't for JESUS....We would be soooo in over our heads.....We HAVE no choice but to keep our eyes on him, otherwise we will drown in our very own circumstance. HE helps us RISE ABOVE it, HE helps the unbearable become bearable, HE places a shield between you and your circumstance, HE lifts the pain and heartache from us, and HE make us STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. THAT is the God we serve. We have LIVED IT. Watching my baby endure a-nother invasive, painful, scary, uncomfortable procedure was something I wished I could have taken away from her....again. "Unfortunately," as the specialist said, "because she had chemo, ALL BETS ARE OFF....WE MUST DO THIS." Our Lord, JESUS allowed us to go through it, YET NOT alone, HE gave US the strength to get through it, the MOST patient techs and nurses, and once again, HE REIGNED. We followed up with the specialist a few days later, and not only did he take her off her nightly antibiotic, he said everything on the test has come back negative! Also, he put her on a more HOLISTIC daily regimen!! YAY!! Thank you, JESUS! Next, we will be visiting the surgeon's office this week, and we will get X-rays of her bone graft to see if her bone has grown any. We have fasted and prayed over this, she herself has cried out to The Lord, and has given her "dry" bones over to our God Almighty, and we are at peace that HIS WILL shall be done........for Natalia Sofia is HIS. PLEASE know that we are extremely grateful for your intercessory prayers!! Thank YOU again for praying! Joel 1:14 Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, And CRY OUT to the Lord. Ezekiel 37:4-7 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’ So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of Natalia's head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; Natalia is of more value than many sparrows. Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Needing some prayers this morning, as Natalia will be undergoing an invasive procedure. We are trusting in the MIGHTY POWER of JESUS name! For we KNOW who is on control!! AMEN! Thanking HIM already for ALL that he will do for Natalia, for HIS wisdom, guidance, and covering!! Thank you in advance for your prayers!! 1 Corinthians 2:5 ...that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the POWER of GOD.
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