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Saturday, May 7, 2011

One Year Ago Today!!!




One Year Ago


One year ago today, we found ourselves in the oncology clinic for what we thought was just a blood transfusion because Ella's hemoglobin was low. But when they took her blood that day, they saw the dreaded leukemia cells that we had been waiting to rear their ugly head. Instead of going home that night, we were sent over to the hospital where Ella stayed for the next 28 days. It is almost sureal to imagine that it has been a year since that day already. Of course I am so thankful that she remains cancer free at this time and I can only hope that before too long, we will be celebrating one year of her being cancer free and then hopefully five years etc.





I know this blog has been sort of neglected lately, but as I come back to it, I can't help but remember how important this blog and all of my dear blog friends were to me during all those months spent in the the hospital. I am forever grateful to everyone who was able to visit in person but also equally so to those of you who were there with me in spirit and with their supportive words. Thank you!! And, please, every once in a while, would you mind saying a prayer for Ella and that she continues to remain cancer free!!







Today!!



(Darling outfit courtesy of Darlena Lehnick)





24 comments:

Jennifer Scott said...

Congratulations on such an amazing milestone!

To Love Endlessly said...

Amen to being cancer free, I can only imagine the emotions you are feeling today! Will continue to pray and follow our wonderful blogger friend. :)

Cammie Heflin said...

Woo hoo!!! That outfit and smile is darling!!!

my family said...

way to go sweet ella we always keep you in our prayers

stephanie said...

A year! My goodness. This is a day to celebrate!
Here's a Hip Hip Hooray to Miss Ella!
Love and hugs!!

Our Family said...

i cannot believe it's been a year! wow. way to go, cute girl, keep that cancer away!

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

I can't even imagine what the past 365 days have been like for both of you! I am so glad that I've gotten to know both of you and even my grandma still asks about Ella every time I see her. She is a precious little girl!

Rochelle said...

Adorable. So thankful that year is over, praying for cancer to never return.

Dee said...

Wonderful news! No worries. I will keep your Sweet Girl in my prayers!

Julie said...

Wow! Ella, so much has changed and you've grown so much in a year! Sending you a big hug from me and Dasha!

kecia said...

how crazy it has been a year! So glad she is doing so well!

Bulldogma said...

Give Ella BIG HUGS for me!

Devon said...

Oh, I just love this girl!!! Dakin sends kisses!!!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Wow, a whole year! Look how far she's come!! :)

Runningmama said...

Praise God for Ella being in remission, I am so proud of your sweet girl and of you for handling everything with such grace and for even being willing to guide us down the same path. Thank you :-)

Melissa said...

I can't believe it's been a whole year!! Ella continues to be in my prayers!

Lori said...

Praise the Lord for Sweet Ella's health! Wow-- look at her in that first picture -- she has changed so much - but still has that award winning smile =)

patsy said...

continued prayers for sweet miss ella :)....she is such a cutie!

Mama Mason-Mann said...

Wow! One year! Hard to believe. She's growing into such a beautiful girl! I think of you guys often and she will ALWAYS be in my thoughts.

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

so happy that you are in such a better place one year later- ella looks FABULOUS!!! love her outfit :) glad she is feeling so lively (although she always seemed to look pretty lively in all of the photos throughout chemo - amazing!)
hope you guys had a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Your daughter is beautiful! I happened across your blog from another mom's writings...

My daughter's name is Ella Gayle, and she also has Down syndrome (as well as the dress in your top pic of this post lol). My Ella got her names from her grandmothers (though I'd thought about naming her Grace instead of Gayle!). She and her sister Olivia Johanna were born 4/15/10.

I wish you and your family continued good health and happiness, and may our Ellas continue to bring us daily smiles and joy!

Fondly,
Lissa

Libby said...

Beautful! Prayers for your sweet girl! I'm new to blogger and found you all through Miss Maggie Rae (my cousins blog) I just had to leave a comment after reading the story of your Ella! I would love to grab a button for my blog!

Barbara said...

She is so silly!

My Plate Is Full said...

YES... I will say a prayer for your sweet Ella! Oh my... and I thought I had a full plate. I came across your blog because, as a mother of a child with physical and learning disabilities… I am always interested in hearing the stories of others and how they have coped with raising a ‘special’ child. I recently saw a film called ‘Dakota’s Pride’ which showed the MANY wonderful blessings children with Down syndrome bring to this world. I can’t even express to you how moved I was by this film! I was amazed by all of their accomplishments… one young man with Down syndrome even graduated from college, drives his own car and is an advocate for other adults with Down syndrome! I know you get to experience these many wonders on a daily basis, but I thought I would share a clip from the video… I give it two thumbs up… way up!!! I hope it brings some cheer your way! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eaS54b9z7o&feature=player_embedded