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Brooke’s Story

Be humble in the presence of God's mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes.  God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.   
1 Peter 5: 6-7

Welcome to Brooke's CaringBridge page! Please visit often to read entries, view photos or write a guestbook note!  (or send a note: Want to send Brooke a note? Her home address is: P.O. Box 154, Chapman Ranch, TX 78347

When your child is diagnosed with cancer, your life stops, changes course, and begins instead toward a path to do anything & everything to help your baby.

Brooke is our baby; this is her story... Brooke is 6 years old and loves pink, ponies, cats and dogs, and dinosaurs. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Brooke was always a healthy child with ear infections as her biggest hurdle. She had a great summer in 2010 and even learned how to swim! By August, a few, sporadic things began to occur. First she had a couple of strange, unexplained fevers. We thought perhaps it was her ears, or a bladder infection, but those tests came back negative. Then she had a couple of intermittent times she made a "volcano" (what she calls getting sick to her stomach)...again with no real pattern or explanation. In late September, she started having a strange limp and her right knee was becoming swollen, and it was getting harder for her to walk. By the time she had stopped walking completely, and not even crawling because of the pain, the pediatrician's initial diagnosis was Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and he immediately wanted her to stay home and wait to see a pediatric rheumatologist. Meanwhile, Brooke had begun rapidly losing weight with less appetite, and at 3, she was barely crawling, or pulling up and holding her back, but she only complained of knee and tummy pain. A sonogram, nuclear scans, MRI/MRU and later tests revealed a large mass in her abdomen pressing on her left kidney, spine, and internal organs. They told us it may be a kidney stone...

On November 18, 2010, our lives forever changed. Brooke was diagnosed with stage 4, high risk Neuroblastoma, which is a form of nervous system cancer that had spread to her bone marrow.

We have faced this battle armed with prayer warriors, friends and family ready to help pull her through. Financially it has been incredibly challenging as we have gone from a two income, one home family to a family separated by thousands of miles trying to maintain two places to live and receive health care for Brooke on one salary.  We spent an entire year living at the Ronald McDonald House in New York for the surgery of the mass and to battle the bone marrow cancer through clinical trials.  While daddy has been home most of the time working and maintaining insurance coverage, Brooke and her mom have been home for only a few weeks in the past two years as we now have Brooke at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan seeking new hope in a ground breaking NMTRC genomics trial and personalized medicine against her aggressive type of recurrent stage IV cancer.  We are still praying for remission daily!!

Although now she is 6 and a half, Brooke continues to bravely fight this battle and our family has set up a special charitable account, the "Brooke Hester Donation Fund" at any Wells Fargo branch. 

Our faith is strong and we BELIEVE in the power of prayer!

Thank you for supporting our Brooke through her journey!

http://www.BrookeFightsBack.org


To learn more about Brooke's foundation, please visit 

http://www.BrookesBlossoms.org

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surgery in the morning

http://e.gofund.me/LUCKlove4Brooke ❤️❤️❤️

As each bitterly cold day passes here while we are thousands of miles from home, we do not feel cold, lonely or estrangedly forgotten with our daughter. Quite the opposite, in fact. Today marks the second day of LUCK week at Legacy HS in Mansfield, Texas and it is beyond heartwarming to know how much love and hope these young, caring students are bringing to Brooke's battle with cancer. But more so, they have inspired others across the country to also help our family once again in this long and hard road we travel in HOPE for our sweet baby girl to find her cure.


Tomorrow she has an intense liver biopsy surgery and we are bracing ourselves not just for her hours of recovery from this procedure, but also in the direction the biopsy along with nine marrow biopsies will lead Brooke's medical team for a new individualized plan of action to hopefully bring Brooke into remission after so many long hard years of this fight with cancer. Thank you for the love, support, compassion and especially prayers which no doubt lead to miracles and strength in Brooke and in our family. God bless you today and always,

Hester Family

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http://e.gofund.me/LUCKlove4Brooke
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24 Comments

Annabeth Gos
By Annabeth
We are praying.
Cheryl Stokes
By Cheryl Stokes
God Bless Brooke and her family.
Leslie McCraney
By Leslie McCraney
Thinking of you this morning, and praying!
Judy Olds
By Judy Olds
Praying fervently especially today. 🙏
Amanda Gilliams
By Amanda Gilliams
Prayers sent~
marie martin
By Marie. Martin
Love and prayers for all. Extra hugs!!! Marie
Becky Pulley
By Becky Pulley
in prayer until we hear that Brooke is back in your arms. Love that pix of Big Sister reading to little brother. We love you guys. Becky
Martha Thomases
By Martha Thomases
Smooches, kiddo.
Sharon Stutts
By Sharon Stutts
Prayers to guide the hands of the doctors and nurses through Brooke's surgery, healing prayers for Brooke and prayers of strength for the family.
Sandy Yokeley
By Sandy Yokeley
Extra prayers today for sweet Brooke, her family and all the medical professionals involved with her surgery.