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Anya’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about our little Anya.

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 Anya approached her Mom and Dad in early April 2012 complaining of stomach pain and a pain in her side. She asked for some kind of medicine to help her tummy ache. She tried TUMS, which soon changed to Childrens Tylenol to cope with the pains. She never displayed a temperature or anything more than simple aches and pains of a growing nine year old child. After a few more nights of concerns and complaints of tummy pains though, Anya asked to see the family doctor. We took her to the Doctors office the next morning.

When we got to the Doctors office we discovered that she needed an x-ray to determine what was bugging her. When the X-ray came back we looked at it together and there was a strange shape to her left hip bone. The Doctor ordered an MRI to be done at Children's Hospital in St. Paul.

Anya and Dad went to the hospital. She did great in the tube, but her nerves were getting to her as she reached the half way point. Anya asked that Dad would sit in the room and hold her hand while she finished the test. It was a really special moment for Dad.

Dad recieved a call from the doctor's office that there was some sort of adnormality on the scans and that the doctor wanted to meet with Mom and Dad the following day. When we went to the office the next morning the Doctor confirmed that Anya has a tumor 4cm X 5cm X 5cm. Our worst nightmare confirmed. The Doctor said that most likely it is Ewings sarcoma, but further testing would need to be done to absolutely confirm the results. She stated that our Oncology team from Anya's brother was already alerted and working on the problem.

Latest Journal Update

Grateful no matter what..

This is not going to be one of those overwhelming long posts that explains Anya's procedures. Because rightnow we wait.. But I thought I'll take a chance to express nothing but gratitude today...


I am grateful for the turkey in the oven and stuffing in the crockpot while my older kids are sleeping in while Evan is watching cartoons.


I am grateful that we actually don't have to go anywhere and have no major doctor appointments or scans.


I am grateful for "lazy" days. They became my favorites:)


I am grateful that on Monday Anya starts chemo that works and will continually clean her body from a monster in her lung.


I am grateful Anya's body is responding to treatment....


I am grateful her chemo will be all oral and she gets to be home instead of the hospital.


I am grateful despite all trials and tribulations our family is fractured but still together.


I am grateful we have the power to crush Satan with our heel. All we have to do is choose that.


I am grateful for old friends who stay connected and pray for us.


I am grateful for new friends who open their hearts to be here for us.


I am grateful to know that there is still good in the world.


I am grateful for generosity that is expressed to our family through all the hardships.💖


I am grateful for my children who are my light and the greatest gift in this life..


I am grateful for our families.


I am grateful for music that helps me to express what I can't through words.


I am grateful most of all for God who is SO good to us and loves us no matter what.




Blessings to all and Happy Thanksgiving!!