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What started out as a site to update on our daughter's cancer has thankfully grown into a site to update on our beautiful family of four. Enjoy our journey...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow..."

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow..."



I am sorry for not posting earlier - it has been a long day.


We have received positive news from Omaha today. Charli's tumor has not grown, in fact it has recessed some. We do not know the exact percentage or size of the tumor, but we were told that it is in deed a smaller mass than six weeks ago. THANK GOD.


This means a few things for us. #1 - it means that there was no growth, which would have been a huge indicator that the mass was still active. #2 - the mass could have stayed the same, which would have left us in the same boat as six weeks ago...not knowing what to do next. #3 - I am going to try to believe that if it is decreasing in size that it will continue to do so, and be less and less active as time goes on.


Please know that we are SO excited and feel so blessed, it is hard to put into words. At the same time, we are still guarded because we will go back again in six weeks and again in three months. And, truly any appointment could turn our life around. I know that we can not dwell on that - and we won't...but it will always remain in our minds.


Thank you for all of your prayers. You must know that we believe in the power of prayer, and know that your love and support has helped our family in ways we will never know.


Our journey is not over, although it may seem to be. Charli will have at least one more surgery to have her port removed, possibly after her three month check. Today as we were getting ready to send Charli off for her CT, I realized that it doesn't get easier with time. I thought that after seeing Charli go through much worse, and knowing that she wouldn't be pain - today would be "seamless"...but it wasn't.


On a happier note - we feel so pleased and so blessed with our news today...we literally don't know what to do!!


Our life is forever changed, and so are the lives of many people around us. Through all of this I hope we have done something to raise awareness to not only neuroblastoma, but also childhood cancer. In the beginning I remember writing that we did not only want to survive NB, but become better people because of it. That is still my goal.


GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU, and THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS FOR ALL OF YOUR LOVE, SUPPORT, PRAYERS, and DEDICATION TO OUR FAMILY - and NEVER GIVING UP ON CHARLI.

28 comments:

AndreaChad said...

Charli is a little piece of heaven sent here to live on earth!!! We praise God with you tonight on your wonderful news! Our prayers will still be sent up regularly!

Markysmommy said...

Praise the Lord! Congrats on the good news!

NB Warrior said...

Brenda, I was soooo happy to read the WONDERFUL news!! I wished I had your number today because while I was on my lunch break I was thinking about you guys.

You guys are already such wonderful people for all that you have done to bring awareness to NB and childhood cancer, I wish we could do half of what you and your family have done.

Have a WONDERFUL week and weekend!

stacy from michigan said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful news and Charli with us!! Our prayers are being answered...I will continue to hold Charli close in my thoughts and prayers. With a smile from ear to ear tonight I will sign off...God Bless!!

Sheila Ferrell said...

Awesome news!!! God is so good and I know that He is rejoicing alongside you. High-five Charli for me...she is a tough little cookie!! I will continue to pray faithfully for all of you. South Texans love strong and courageous cowgirls that drive John Deere tractors;-)

Anonymous said...

We are so happy for you all and will continue our prayers for you. Love, Grm & Grp P

Anonymous said...

That is GREAT news! It goes to show that prayer is so powerful! I will still keep all three of you in my thoughts and prayers daily and can't wait for you to post more pictures of your beautiful family!! God Bless!

Aunt Rachelle said...

Super news today! A bit of relief for your family, each visit is a step to climb and we will continue to pray for continued progress for Charli! She really is a tough little cookie ... I can only imagine that she is going to be onory like some other little gilrs I know!!! Guess this calls for an even bigger sucker :-) Love to all!

Shevy said...

That's wonderful news! I'll continue to keep you all in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

Oh Praise the Lord! I am so happy to be reading this you have no idea! Thank you for posting this update and keeping us all informed on how it went yesterday. SENDING A BIG HUG YOUR WAY BRENDA!!!
XOXO-Courtney

Mark, Samm and Deqlan said...

CONGRATS ON THE GREAT NEWS - SO HAPPY FOR YOU - WE HAVE NOT MET YET - MY NAME IS SAMM AND MY SON, DEQLAN WAS DIAGNOSED WITH NB STAGE 4S ON THE 25 OF MAY , HE IS 10 AND 1/2 MONTHS OLD - YOU CAN VISIT OUR BLOGSPOT WWW.DEQLANHIGGINS.BLOGSPOT.COM

WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FANTASTIC RESULTS FOR CHARLI - OUR LORD WILL HEAL OUR CHILDREN AS BY JESUS STRIPES THEY WILL BE HEALED

LOOK FORWARD TO READING MORE GREAT NEWS

ALL THE BEST
SAMM HIGGINS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Katie VanDyke said...

God is so good! All those prayers really do matter. Charli Ann and your family will continue to be lifted up. What a blessing to know that the tumor has shrunk. What wonderful news to start my day here at work. I check on Charli first thing before getting started with my day. As a family I have never met, you all have a special place in my heart. God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Preister's,
So thrilled to read your news this morning! Charli is a tough cookie. We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers always.

Kim

Anonymous said...

God is SO GOOD!!! HE has many things planned for your little girl and getting better is just the beginning. I was almost in tear as I read that the tumor shrunk. With Charli's new year brings GREAT new things.
Kelly

Anonymous said...

Awesome news!!!

~ Angela P.

Missy said...

AMEN!!! :) So glad to hear the news!! What a girl!

Anonymous said...

God is GOOD!! Looks like the prayers have been a blessing.
Glad to hear the good news....
Take care,
Anamaria

Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo Charli(and Chad & Brenda)! That is Fabulous news!
Jen C.

Sheri said...

Brenda - This is awesome news!!
God does answer prayer!

ChandraJoy said...

Praise the Lord! I'm so happy that you all got such great news! We lift up prayers for Charli everyday. (((HUGS)))

Anonymous said...

Brenda and Chad=Such jpositive news I am sitting here with tears in my eyes as I am sure a number of people have.
God is good and may the news continue to be positive. I am thrilled I was able to be part of Charli's birthday party,
My prayers will continue to be with you and the prayers of a large number of my friends.

Anonymous said...

God answers prayers! So good to hear the news.

Amy
Aug 06 BabyFit Mommy

kt_perrine said...

Congrats! Congrats! I love good news!

She is a doll and I am glad that she may now get to enjoy her tiny life the way it should be!

Baby Sorenson said...

I am so happy to hear your news. I am not on babyfit much but watch here to see how Charli is doing and am sending prayers your way always! I look so forward to hearing continual good news. :)

bree said...

PRAISE GOD!

Anonymous said...

Great News!

So glad to hear that Charli's mass has decreased in size! Happy 1st birthday! We continuely pray for all of you. God Bless.

The Kuta's

Deb Maher said...

Hi Charli,

Please know that you now have new friends from Illinois! My nephew Dawson was diagnosed with NB in 2005 and is doing great! We started a web site to help raise NB research funding to benefit the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. I would like to invite you to join in with other NB families to help raise awareness by joining our "For The Kids" page. Take care and keep smiling, as we will be smiling back.
Sincerely,
Deb Maher
www.Coins4Kids.org

Cindy said...

So happy to read this good news! Congrats!