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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Hi y'all - I want to take a moment and thank each and every one of you for reaching out, sending well wishes and for all the PRAYERS for our sweet girl. Today marks a change in our lives forever and I sincerely hope that y'all will keep the prayers coming. This morning Miss Andi undergoes surgery to remove the tumor and her kidney. We will be in the hospital for 5 days and then she will start chemo therapy to make sure all the yuckiness goes away. We have a long road ahead of us and I'm not sure what we would do without all of you. Thanks you, thank you, thank you.

Please continue to pray for Andi.


Isaiah 41:10 
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 

6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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