Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The new norm

Hey y'all. I've been meaning to post this sooner and update y'all but its been super hard to concentrate and make myself write a post. Most of you know that 3 weeks ago our lives were flipped upside down when Miss Andi was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor on her left kidney. We had 24 hours to prepare and then she went into surgery to have the tumor and kidney completely removed. I'm pretty sure it was a tad better to have happened so fast because the lack of time to process everything sort of sends you into overdrive. Although the surgery was super long it went exactly as planned. We are so blessed to have such an amazing surgeon, team and group of nurses and docs at MCV Children's Hospital. The whole process has been a blur but we're learning and trying to keep up. 



They tested her lymph nodes and made sure the cancer had not spread to anywhere else in her body and the results came back favorable. She will now undergo 22 (now 21) weeks of Chemotherapy. Y'all, she has been the most inspiring little warrior princess I've ever encountered. I've found myself multiple times reminding her that she doesn't have to act like an adult. She's so smart and so aware of the situation and it just brings me to my knees. Kids are so resilient and they are definitely so much cooler than we are. She calls her incision scar a "mermaid wave" and by all means that is what we will forever call it. It is healing beautifully and the oncologist (its still sinking in to say that word) says that her hair should be ok for another few weeks.


Now onto the thanks portion. Y'all....we have NEVER been more grateful, thankful and blessed. The support we have received from you all has brought us to tears on multiple occasions. The prayers have ranged from California to England and everywhere in between. The blogging community has been a POWERHOUSE and I am so blessed to have BEST friends that I haven't even met IRL. You all are the prayer warriors that keep us going for her. You all are the ones that bring light and smiles to our faces in times where its hard to cope. THANK YOU. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. I'll continue to keep you all posted just in case this ends up touching another family in a similar situation. Please keep those prayers coming.


Come back next week for an update on reno #3. Hubs has stayed busy on this renovation sort of like a good distraction. We're still on track to be moved in by Fall so it has been fun seeing all of the progress continue!



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9 comments:

  1. So proud of her! (And of y'all too!). Continuing to pray for your family often!

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  2. Continued prayers for this precious girl and your amazing family! We love you -- and the mermaid wave: absolutely! Proud of that strong girl!

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  3. Praying for y'all! My heart aches for you.

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  4. Continuing to pray for yall!! Cannot even imagine!

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  5. Sweet friend, I can't even fathom what you are going through as a family right now, but that little girl is so darn brave, and you are a warrior mama. Please know that we're continuing to pray fervently, and my husband actually led a prayer for Andi from his deployment location overseas. You are so loved and covered in prayer.

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  6. Andi is such a little warrior! And so are you both! As always, sending lots of love and prayers.

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  7. Your family continues to be in my prayers each day, and sending lots of hugs for that warrior princess of yours <3

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  8. We continue to pray for you and your precious little mermaid!! May Jesus Heal her in His name x

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  9. I’m so glad for the good news! She is a strong little lady and so are her parents!! So glad to be YOUR friend and be able to support when you need it! Love you!!!

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