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Oct 24, 2011

Abby Update

It is hard to believe Abby is getting close to being one year off of chemo. This year has flown by. While the chemo has left Abby with some challenges that she continues to deal with, no one meeting Abby for the first time today would ever guess that she was a cancer survivor (a barely survivor 2-3 times...). In school, among her friends, she is just seen as a normal little girl. I love that.

We were told that because her brain was still developing when she was on chemo, learning might be more challenging for her. Unfortunately, that has proven to be true. She has wonderful teachers at school, who are patient and encouraging. At home we work with all of our children, so she doesn't feel like she is being singled out.

Even with as much as we are working with her, she continues to ask us read "one" more book and to play "one" more educational game. Sweet little Abby was dubbed the Guatemalan Pistol when she was six months old. Little did we know then how that stubborn, tenacious spirit would help to save her life and then help her to meet life's challenges head on.


Even though it is taking her more effort to learn than some of the other children, she IS LEARNING to read. She is making consistent progress and for that we are truly grateful. She loves school, has a great attitude about homework and is determined to learn.

Next week Abby will see her oncologist again, to make sure she is still in remission. We have received great news ten months in a row and fully anticipate seeing perfect labs again next week. God is blessing Abby and we are truly thankful.

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We know another family who adopted a 6 month old little girl who just got diagnosed with Leukemia... sound familiar? Our heart really goes out to them.

Why don't you stop by their blog and offer them a word of encouragement? It meant the WORLD to us when our blog friends were praying and responsive. I know you would be a big blessing to this special family too. Cancer is a drag....

http://kimchingocha.blogspot.com/

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17 comments:

Jennifer said...

So great to read an update, and especially one with such good news.

Thank you. Continuing to pray for you all.

Jennifer said...

So glad to see an update, and especially with such good news. Continuing to keep you all in my prayers.

Thank you the update.

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Always good to get an update from y'all. :)

Glad that Abby's health is good, but sorry for the learning challenges. We haven't walked through childhood cancer, but we have definitely dealt with our share of learning challenges. Not fun!

Hope the rest of you are doing well.


Laurel :)

whenpigsfly said...

It is so exciting to think that it's been almost a year since Abby's celebration party!!! Praying with you that Abby continues to flourish and put more and more distance between herself and that now-healed diagnosis!! It's been too long since we've seen each other too btw!!! Love, Linda

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD TO HEAR HOW AWESOME SHE IS DOING. A TRUE FIGHTING SPIRIT FOR SURE. YOUR KIDS ARE SO CUTE AND GROWING SO FAST. GOD IS GOOD.

ERIKA

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for the 10 months our little Abby has been cancer free! Thank you Jesus! Will look at the blog you suggested and will pray for their young adoped cancer stricken child as well. God bless you guys, and continue to be who you are and do what you do.

Bobbie Bailey

Kathy said...

I'm so pleased to hear that Abby is doing so well! She's simply beautiful :)

Raj Kosaraju said...

Little Abby ran all the tests, and she was pronounced 100 percent clean. And they were all rejoicing and thanking God for the miracle. The family is just overjoyed.Thank you Jesus!

Anonymous said...

It was great to get an update on Abby and to see the pictures. Amazing how much your kids have grown. Prayers that Abby continues to learn and grow every day. She is one little determined girl (with a beautiful smile).

love and prayers...

Ann Stegall
Wake Forest, NC

Kaleigh said...

Been praying for Abby for a long time! So glad to see she is doing well and that she has grown so much.
Kaleigh
www.theorphanssong.blogspot.com

Sandy @ God Speaks Today said...

I picked a great day to stop by...I was looking for an Abby update and voila!!!

Praising God with you for a happy girl who continues to defy the odds and surprise everyone.

Blessings to your beautiful family.
Sandy

Jennifer said...

So good to hear good news for Abby! I have some encouragement for you: my nephew was diagnosed with ALL in September 2006 at age 4. After 61 months, 3 relapses, and 2 bone marrow transplants, he was declared CANCER-FREE last week! :) We are praising God here...and pray that Nick's good news is encouraging for others on the road.

Elizabeth said...

Happy with the others for an update. I was wondering how the kids are doing, especially Abby. Thanks!

trooppetrie said...

Have not been around recently and wanted to stop by and say I am still praising for how wonderful she is doing

SupermomWannabe said...

This is my first time here. I am reading about Abby and my heart and prayers go out for her complete healing, and to your family for comfort and strength. I am so glad she is doing better!

Debbie said...

It has been much too long since I last visited your blog! So glad to hear that Abby is doing well health wise. The school stuff will get better I'm sure. I had to return to work full time so I've not had as much time to blog hop. But I wanted to check in on your Abby. I am now working in a private school teaching three year old children and having a ball.

blessings and love,
Debbie

Carrie said...

Abby is so beautiful! I am soo happy to read this and so excited I can finally get on your blog again...not sure why I couldn't for so long, but at any rate...love that she is learning and growing and living life like a child should!
Carrie
www.itsgodsgospel.blogspot.com
www.hiswillandgrace.blogspot.com