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My Story

Anna Margaret Dahl

Born: February 22, 2005

Diagnosed: Stage IV Neuroblastoma, February 26, 2007

Died: March 28, 2008

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"Pray. Pray, please." - Anna, 02/24/07



Anna Margaret Dahl was born on February 22, 2005 at 10:14 AM. She was 21 inches long and weighed 7 lbs 10 oz.

She developed an early love of reading and was always intrigued by new and "great" words. She was meticulous when it came to order and thrived on structured learning and playing times. She spent her days at home, but enjoyed spending time most mornings at the YMCA's Kids Stuff program, playing and working on crafts, while Mom exercised.

Late during the night of February 24, 2007, we took her to the St Paul Children's Hospital Emergency Room due to her lethargy, stomach distention, and acute constipation. When constipation had been ruled out, she was run through a series of scans until the early morning hours. During her tests, and after several unsuccessful attempts by the staff to find a vein for an I.V., Anna, through her pain and in a quiet voice, said, "Pray, please." It took us several attempts to understand her request. Finally, I asked, "Pray?" "Please," she said. Mom prayed and she was calmed.

Anna was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma on February 26, 2007. She received treatment for 13 months. All the while she continued to learn and love. She began to explore the facets of her personality and we soon learned that she loved the simple things in life. Among her favorites were the colors purple and pink. She loved books (those she knew and all the new ones, too) and Hello Kitty (from adhesive bandages to coloring books to stickers). She spent hours watching her Cedarmont Bible Songs videos and gazing at her room adornments, that we put up the first night of each of her extended hospital stays. She grew to love her nurses and clinic staff and even cried one Saturday when a clinic visit was not on the day's itinerary!

During her treatment, she underwent 15 rounds of chemotherapy, had 2 major resections (Children's Hospital, St Paul in June, 2007 and Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, February 2008) and multiple lesser operations, and traveled to 3 states in search of treatment options and clinical trials.

On March 28, 2008 around 7:15 PM, Anna died.

We were all with her when God called her home. She had endured several rigorous weeks but was beginning to feel better. She joined us at the table during dinner and for play time in the basement that evening.

Her body was laid to rest at Oronoco Cemetary in Oronoco, MN on April 5, 2008.

We are grateful that Anna is our daughter and cherish the 3 years (1,130 days, exactly) that she was with us. We love her and miss her very much. We know that she is with Jesus, and we glorify God in that knowledge. We look forward to our reunion with her when our lives are ended and Heaven becomes our home, as well.

We thank God for answered prayers and for the encouraging words and gifts from so many during Anna's treatment.

Please visit the Journal and Guestbook to read of God's faithfulness during these, our toughest of times. In sadness, He brought joy. Through the pain, He provided comfort. During sorrow, He granted peace. During all, He was "Emmanuel" - God with us.

Soli Deo Gloria

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Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

Peace. Quiet. Tranquility. That was the plan for the day. "Tonight," I thought this morning upon waking, "I will get home and we will have a pleasant ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

Peace. Quiet. Tranquility. That was the plan for the day. "Tonight," I thought this morning upon waking, "I will get home and we will have a pleasant ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

I have no way to conceive how Anna would have looked today.  I can imagine what the cake may have looked like.  It would have had six candles.  Or maybe a big number ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

Today was Josie's equivalent diagnosis date.  4 days after her 2nd birthday, Anna was diagnosed.  At this point, we had been hospitalized for 2 days and were just ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."These words are from Psalm 27.  In the New ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

Three years, five weeks.  That's how old Zachary is today.  Tomorrow, he will have outlived his big sister.He doesn't know that, nor do we think we'll tell him.  ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

Today, Anna would be 4 years, 7 months and 6 days old.  It is very hard to imagine what she would be like.  I can imagine a bit what she might look like, in the same way ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

When Anna was doing her radiology treatments, everyone had to leave the room.  I only witnessed this once, but it was very hard treatment to experience.  We would be ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

April Fools Day.  Seems like it was invented by Hallmark.  I'm not really sure why April 1st, of all the days on the calendar was chosen as the day for ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

Happy Anna’s Birthday! Greetings friends. Yesterday, 2/22, is the day that Anna would have turned four years old. I fell asleep while typing this last night, so need to ... Read more

Nate and Lisa Dahl posted a new journal entry.

Well, it appears some of you are already aware of this, but I suppose with the delays life brings, I shouldn't be surprised. Anyway...2 weeks ago, today, at 5:57 ... Read more

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