Archive for September 2013

September 17th, 2013. Day +921.   1 comment

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CJ holding up her immunization chart with all of the shots now crossed off!!!

Last night we celebrated another small milestone.  Charlotte is now done with her childhood immunization shots (again).  The chemo conditioning she went through in preparation for the bone marrow transplant often wipes out any immunizations that the patient has had and Charlotte was no different.  She had tests done after her transplant to determine if she was still protected from MMR, Chicken Pox, etc and she wasn’t.  So she had a schedule of another 16 immunization shots drew up over the next two and a half years and last night were her last!!!  It’s another small milestone, but we will take it!

We wanted to send out a reminder to consider donating to the Wisconsin Make-A-Wish by going to Charlotte’s team page.  Every little bit helps another deserving child receive the wish of a lifetime.

Posted September 17, 2013 by L. Elske in Uncategorized

September 11th, 2013. Day +915. Three years since diagnosis.   3 comments

IIMG_1438_1n some ways it seems like only yesterday and in other ways it feels like a lifetime ago.IMG_1447_1

We wanted to show you a picture of Charlotte with her “Hero Beads” that she received during her treatment.  Each one of these beads represents a medical procedure, test, or other significant step in her journey.  They include Cancer diagnosis, blood draws, X-rays, surgeries, hospital admissions, hair loss, CT scans, sedation, EKG, etc…
Charlotte’s favorite bead is the rainbow colored spikey ball in the center of her name beads.  It represents  Bone Marrow Transplant.  It’s one of our favorites as well!
We had to include a picture of Molly in here.  She is now about the same age Charlotte was when she was going through transplant, earning many of these beads.  We can’t believe how little Charlotte was during all of this.

We are so proud of our little girl.  And we are so thankful for the help and care we received along the way.  We thank God each day for our friends and families, the wonderful nurses and doctors at Dean, St Mary’s and AFCH and, of course, for Erin;  for we know He had a personal hand in bringing her to us.

Posted September 11, 2013 by L. Elske in Uncategorized

September 3rd, 2013. Day +907. Charlotte’s first day of Kindergarten!!!   2 comments

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Charlotte, all ready to go!

We celebrated another huge milestone today!  Charlotte started her first day of 5K!  It was a very memorable day for all parents I am sure, but Amy and

Even Molly was able to give CJ a good luck hug!

Even Molly was able to give CJ a good luck hug!

I are able to cherish today like few other parents can.  She was so excited to go today with her new lunch box and shoes!  Amy, Molly and I walked her into the gym and she happily took her place and waited patiently for school to start.  The only tears that were shed were from Amy and me…

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  This year, there will be 11,500 families that have a child who will be diagnosed with cancer.  Please consider joining our team or making a donation to the Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation by visiting Charlotte’s Angels team page.  If you want to join our team and would like the materials (shirt, packet, etc) before the day of the event, you will have to sign up by September 6th.

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I think she likes it.

Posted September 3, 2013 by L. Elske in Uncategorized