45 months of (NED)No evidence of disease....cancer free...those words coming from her oncologist bring relief, tears to my eyes, and joy to my heart. (Sigh)Breathe.....as we continue to watch Natalia Sofia blossom where she is planted....we REJOICE! We PRAISE Jesus! Holding your breath weeks prior to her follow up exams is almost inevitable, there is always that "scanxiety" that slowly creeps into our heads...the anxiety and worry of the unknown...the what if, did we miss it the last scan and so on. The attacks in our minds are very real....and at times, it is so hard to keep our gaze on the fact that GOD IS ON THE THRONE; HE IS GOOD; HE IS SOVEREIGN; HE IS IN CONTROL...NO.MATTER.WHAT.
Although she is still jumping through the painful hurdles of the aftermath of her treatment(chemo and radiation), she is a fighter and has such tenacity to persevere and continue to push forward.
We will rejoice with the fact that God is on the throne, God is good, and God is sovereign! Enjoying every minute that today brings, even if today is not perfect.....we have renewed grace and mercies from our Heavenly Father fresh....every day!!
Tomorrow is never promised, neither is making it home from school or crossing the street. Life is not about guarantees....our last breath on this earth will be determined by our sovereign God, for it is HE that has the last word over our life in its entirety. Jesus never guaranteed that we will never suffer on this earth. He promises to give us (what we need) the strength, peace, and power to overcome on this earth because he overcame. Through HIM, through HIS power we can overcome our daily obstacles, our daily pain and suffering. It is through him that is in us, that we can say THIS IS OUR JOURNEY, AND WE WILL WALK IT WELL!
The only thing that is a definite assurance is our salvation, our willingness to open the door to eternity with Jesus. [...]
Natalia - Journal
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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!