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Natalie’s treatment is expected to take about a year and includes 6 rounds of inpatient chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell harvest/transplant, radiation, and 6 rounds of immunotherapy. She has now completed the initial 6 rounds of chemo, stem cell collection, surgery, and is currently going through the transplant process at the U of M. The periphery lesions have cleared with chemotherapy, and the surgeon successfully removed 100% of the remaining primary abdominal mass in February, which was a daunting task. However, we learned just weeks prior to the scheduled stem cell transplant that Natalie still has disease in her bone marrow. Because of this, her medical team has recommended tandem (back to back) stem cell transplants rather than a single one, which will extend her treatment a bit. Natalie was admitted to the U of M’s bone marrow transplant unit on April 21st, and we expect to be in the hospital through mid-May for the first transplant. Then, after a period to rest for her body to recoup, we will be returning for the second transplant in June.
We are now at about the mid-point of Natalie’s treatment, and the past 6 months have been scary and challenging for our entire family. In addition to the planned hospital admissions, Natalie has been hospitalized an additional five times due to fever or other complications, and our family has spent a lot of time apart and dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Covid has added new challenges to the dynamic, so we are also having to cope with those pieces – more restrictive isolation and precautions, home schooling for our son, and the added worry about any potential exposure to Covid. We are blessed to have an extraordinary support network of family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers helping us through this journey in different ways, so having to cut off many of those contacts has been difficult as well.
Natalie is handling everything like a champ thus far - we knew she was a strong and resilient little girl going into this, but her upbeat attitude continues to impress everyone around her. She remains more active and playful than we could have ever imagined she would be capable of, given everything her body has gone through. Even at her lowest points, she handles things with a strength and quiet grace that is nothing less than amazing, and her smiles remind us every day that we are blessed to have such a remarkable little girl!
The Kieran - Unicorn Long Sleeve
- Soft-washed garment-dyed fabric
- INDY Unicorn Design on Front
- Grey or Navy
- Size Youth XXS - L
- Adult S - XL
The Paislee - Yellow Polka-Dot Pajama Set
- INDY Cursive pink logo
- Set - Top & bottoms
- Sizes: 2T Left Only!
The Henry - Minnesota Icon Lightweight Hoody
- 6.5 oz., pre-laundered, 80/20 cotton/polyester with 100% cotton anti-pill face, 40 singles
- MN INDY Logo on left front, Arrow Logo on Back
- Unisex, Slim fit
- double needle splitstitched throughout
- Unlined hood with nickel eyelets
- Plastic tipped white round drawcord
- Available in Youth & Adult (XS - 3XL)
- Camo, Grey, Navy, Pink, Black Camo, Black
- Youth Available in Pink & Camo (No strings on youth hoodies)
The Laura - Long V-neck Hoody
- Generous sizing - not tight
- Model wearing a size M
- Black or Light Pink
Sizes: XS - 2XL