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Kristen Gabel
Kristen Gabel
Hi, Gundrum Family,
I have been following Dominic's journey for some time now.  We have been so encouraged by your story and your faith.  Little did we know, we would come back to your family's story to find hope as we discovered our ninth child has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  She is due in October and we have been letting our family and friends follow our journeyy with our Caring Bridge site.  I am anxious as to how to handle our daughter's care while also caring for my other eight children.  Please visit our site and if you have time (I listened to the radio segment and heard that you were scheduled for surgery this week), I would love to hear from you.  I am looking for advice on how to balance our large family as we start this journey of the unknown with our new daughter.
www.caringbridge.org/visit/bernadettegabel
Thanks, and continued prayers for you all!
Ann Johansson
Ann Johansson
Mary and Mark,

I just learned about Dominic this morning via Facebook, and I've been catching up on his life by reading this site (It's way past my bedtime :) but I'm hooked!). I've just finished reading two posts about disappointing meetings with health care professionals.  Since they'll never admit their wrongs, as a nurse, I'm so sorry for the way many in my field treat families like yours! It makes me so sad that I appear to be in a minority

who believe every life is priceless from the moment of conception. I get so annoyed with others who think it's up to us to decide what baby is 'compatible with life' and which is not! I worked as a pediatric homecare nurse for two years (I'm in grad school full-time now working on my PhD in Nursing; I want to research the genetics of undiagnosed syndromes and autism). A favorite memory of mine from that time was working with the family of little Ethan. I'd recieved report the evening before from my charge nurse about this little one-year-old boy with countless congenital anomalies; the doctors didn't know what to do with him because they couldn't figure out how he was still alive :) I was nervous as I walked into his bedroom, until I saw John 9:3 framed on his wall, "But that the works of God might be displayed in him." That verse is all I can think about as I read about dear Dominic!

 
Beth (Jacobs) Lasseter
Beth (Jacobs) Lasseter
Mary Doust Gundrum!!! Beth Jacobs Lasseter here!  I had heard about your story through my sister-in-law, Amanda (Mills) Jacobs, my brother's wife. Her mom is Mary Beth Mills.  And, I saw your Boston Globe story posted on Facebook by Maureen (Binder) Ratnayake, who is one of my fellow UD classmates!  What wonderful Catholic circles we travel in, right?  Your little Dominic looks just like his Aunt Becky. The story is truly amazing. What a powerful witness you have given to the world, and to the medical community in particular, about the sanctity of each human life. I'm sure your Dominic's surgery will advance medical education by another decade, given how few of these wonderful docs and med students get to witness such an amazing and rare surgery.  It is a powerful thing on so many levels. I saw Becky not long after her own scare, and am struck with how many trials your family has faced with such faith and courage.  You are a wonder, dear lady!  How truly blessed is our life- such a gift, but so often so bittersweet. Your post about how your experience in the hospital and the people you met there changed your perspective forever rings so true. I had a very similar experience almost 9 years ago when I was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. There is so much that goes on "behind the veil" and so many people who suffer in hospitals! But they are cared for by so many amazing people. Your docs and nurses were already wonderful before it all began, but now your family has given them a new reason to rejoice in their profession and what it does for the sick and suffering. How many of those opportunities are lost when a child is aborted...but your story of hope stands in the gap and shows others that anything is possible. I don't want to sound patronizing, but I am so proud of you. I hope that if you ever come to MN to visit we may catch a glimpse of you and your wonderful family. I would love to meet Master Dominic Pio some day, and see if he continues to favor his Auntie Becky in looks...Many blessings and hugs to you and yours, from your old World Youth Day pal, Beth Jacobs Lasseter (and from all of us Jacobs folks- Sarah, too!!!)
Carole Coombes
Carole Coombes
We have been praying for you everyday since BEFORE Dominic's birth.  I am Amy Gundrum's Mom, Carole....Paul Gundrum is my son-in-law.  My sister Jacquie, lives in Virginia--- she too prays daily!!.  Tomorrow is the Feast of The Holy Family. Little Dominic Pio will be held in the midst of that most Holy of Families.!!!

Carole Coombes--Elm Grove

 
Lois Multer
Lois Multer
Mary and Mark  I just wanted you to know that each week day morning the people attending Mass are remembering baby Dominic in prayer as we recite the Rosary, at St. John's in Kohler. I hope that the healinf will continue without difficulty.Christmas Peace to your entire family. Sincerely Lois Multer
daniel gundrum
daniel gundrum
Hello Mark and Mary,


I just became aware that this guestbook existed. Although we are late to post, you can be sure that your family is constantly in our prayers. May God continue to bless you with strength, courage, and wisdom. May He lift you and carry you through this time. As Dominic's health continues to improve, may you find the blessings of God's will in each and every day.


Mark and Mary, you are a shining example of God's love and your love of family is inspirational. And His love will continue to carry you through.


God Bless you always. In our thoughts and prayers.


 
Tammy Heiting
Tammy Heiting
Hello, I got your information from my friend Nancy VandeHey so we don't know one another.  I just wanted to let you know there is a stranger here in Appleton, Wi praying for your very special little boy and family.  My heart goes out to you as a mother.  You are doing a great job.  Lean on God.  He is with you and your baby.  Prayers are with you.
Dianne Marquardt
Dianne Marquardt
Dear Family of Dominic,

   I want you to know we are praying for your precious baby and for all of you. I know God is a miracle worker and He can heal Dominic. I belong to the River Church in West Allis ,WI and I have put a prayer request to our Prayer Team. May the Lord be glorified with your testimony as Dominics health improves. We are expecting a miracle. God Bless You.

                              Dianne Marquardt
Kristen Gabel
Kristen Gabel
Hi, Gundrum Family,
I have been following Dominic's journey for some time now.  We have been so encouraged by your story and your faith.  Little did we know, we would come back to your family's story to find hope as we discovered our ninth child has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  She is due in October and we have been letting our family and friends follow our journeyy with our Caring Bridge site.  I am anxious as to how to handle our daughter's care while also caring for my other eight children.  Please visit our site and if you have time (I listened to the radio segment and heard that you were scheduled for surgery this week), I would love to hear from you.  I am looking for advice on how to balance our large family as we start this journey of the unknown with our new daughter.
www.caringbridge.org/visit/bernadettegabel
Thanks, and continued prayers for you all!
Beth (Jacobs) Lasseter
Beth (Jacobs) Lasseter
Mary Doust Gundrum!!! Beth Jacobs Lasseter here!  I had heard about your story through my sister-in-law, Amanda (Mills) Jacobs, my brother's wife. Her mom is Mary Beth Mills.  And, I saw your Boston Globe story posted on Facebook by Maureen (Binder) Ratnayake, who is one of my fellow UD classmates!  What wonderful Catholic circles we travel in, right?  Your little Dominic looks just like his Aunt Becky. The story is truly amazing. What a powerful witness you have given to the world, and to the medical community in particular, about the sanctity of each human life. I'm sure your Dominic's surgery will advance medical education by another decade, given how few of these wonderful docs and med students get to witness such an amazing and rare surgery.  It is a powerful thing on so many levels. I saw Becky not long after her own scare, and am struck with how many trials your family has faced with such faith and courage.  You are a wonder, dear lady!  How truly blessed is our life- such a gift, but so often so bittersweet. Your post about how your experience in the hospital and the people you met there changed your perspective forever rings so true. I had a very similar experience almost 9 years ago when I was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. There is so much that goes on "behind the veil" and so many people who suffer in hospitals! But they are cared for by so many amazing people. Your docs and nurses were already wonderful before it all began, but now your family has given them a new reason to rejoice in their profession and what it does for the sick and suffering. How many of those opportunities are lost when a child is aborted...but your story of hope stands in the gap and shows others that anything is possible. I don't want to sound patronizing, but I am so proud of you. I hope that if you ever come to MN to visit we may catch a glimpse of you and your wonderful family. I would love to meet Master Dominic Pio some day, and see if he continues to favor his Auntie Becky in looks...Many blessings and hugs to you and yours, from your old World Youth Day pal, Beth Jacobs Lasseter (and from all of us Jacobs folks- Sarah, too!!!)
Carole Coombes
Carole Coombes
We have been praying for you everyday since BEFORE Dominic's birth.  I am Amy Gundrum's Mom, Carole....Paul Gundrum is my son-in-law.  My sister Jacquie, lives in Virginia--- she too prays daily!!.  Tomorrow is the Feast of The Holy Family. Little Dominic Pio will be held in the midst of that most Holy of Families.!!!

Carole Coombes--Elm Grove

 
daniel gundrum
daniel gundrum
Hello Mark and Mary,


I just became aware that this guestbook existed. Although we are late to post, you can be sure that your family is constantly in our prayers. May God continue to bless you with strength, courage, and wisdom. May He lift you and carry you through this time. As Dominic's health continues to improve, may you find the blessings of God's will in each and every day.


Mark and Mary, you are a shining example of God's love and your love of family is inspirational. And His love will continue to carry you through.


God Bless you always. In our thoughts and prayers.


 
Dianne Marquardt
Dianne Marquardt
Dear Family of Dominic,

   I want you to know we are praying for your precious baby and for all of you. I know God is a miracle worker and He can heal Dominic. I belong to the River Church in West Allis ,WI and I have put a prayer request to our Prayer Team. May the Lord be glorified with your testimony as Dominics health improves. We are expecting a miracle. God Bless You.

                              Dianne Marquardt
Ann Johansson
Ann Johansson
Mary and Mark,

I just learned about Dominic this morning via Facebook, and I've been catching up on his life by reading this site (It's way past my bedtime :) but I'm hooked!). I've just finished reading two posts about disappointing meetings with health care professionals.  Since they'll never admit their wrongs, as a nurse, I'm so sorry for the way many in my field treat families like yours! It makes me so sad that I appear to be in a minority

who believe every life is priceless from the moment of conception. I get so annoyed with others who think it's up to us to decide what baby is 'compatible with life' and which is not! I worked as a pediatric homecare nurse for two years (I'm in grad school full-time now working on my PhD in Nursing; I want to research the genetics of undiagnosed syndromes and autism). A favorite memory of mine from that time was working with the family of little Ethan. I'd recieved report the evening before from my charge nurse about this little one-year-old boy with countless congenital anomalies; the doctors didn't know what to do with him because they couldn't figure out how he was still alive :) I was nervous as I walked into his bedroom, until I saw John 9:3 framed on his wall, "But that the works of God might be displayed in him." That verse is all I can think about as I read about dear Dominic!

 
Lois Multer
Lois Multer
Mary and Mark  I just wanted you to know that each week day morning the people attending Mass are remembering baby Dominic in prayer as we recite the Rosary, at St. John's in Kohler. I hope that the healinf will continue without difficulty.Christmas Peace to your entire family. Sincerely Lois Multer
Tammy Heiting
Tammy Heiting
Hello, I got your information from my friend Nancy VandeHey so we don't know one another.  I just wanted to let you know there is a stranger here in Appleton, Wi praying for your very special little boy and family.  My heart goes out to you as a mother.  You are doing a great job.  Lean on God.  He is with you and your baby.  Prayers are with you.
Kristen Gabel
Kristen Gabel
Hi, Gundrum Family,
I have been following Dominic's journey for some time now.  We have been so encouraged by your story and your faith.  Little did we know, we would come back to your family's story to find hope as we discovered our ninth child has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  She is due in October and we have been letting our family and friends follow our journeyy with our Caring Bridge site.  I am anxious as to how to handle our daughter's care while also caring for my other eight children.  Please visit our site and if you have time (I listened to the radio segment and heard that you were scheduled for surgery this week), I would love to hear from you.  I am looking for advice on how to balance our large family as we start this journey of the unknown with our new daughter.
www.caringbridge.org/visit/bernadettegabel
Thanks, and continued prayers for you all!
Beth (Jacobs) Lasseter
Beth (Jacobs) Lasseter
Mary Doust Gundrum!!! Beth Jacobs Lasseter here!  I had heard about your story through my sister-in-law, Amanda (Mills) Jacobs, my brother's wife. Her mom is Mary Beth Mills.  And, I saw your Boston Globe story posted on Facebook by Maureen (Binder) Ratnayake, who is one of my fellow UD classmates!  What wonderful Catholic circles we travel in, right?  Your little Dominic looks just like his Aunt Becky. The story is truly amazing. What a powerful witness you have given to the world, and to the medical community in particular, about the sanctity of each human life. I'm sure your Dominic's surgery will advance medical education by another decade, given how few of these wonderful docs and med students get to witness such an amazing and rare surgery.  It is a powerful thing on so many levels. I saw Becky not long after her own scare, and am struck with how many trials your family has faced with such faith and courage.  You are a wonder, dear lady!  How truly blessed is our life- such a gift, but so often so bittersweet. Your post about how your experience in the hospital and the people you met there changed your perspective forever rings so true. I had a very similar experience almost 9 years ago when I was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. There is so much that goes on "behind the veil" and so many people who suffer in hospitals! But they are cared for by so many amazing people. Your docs and nurses were already wonderful before it all began, but now your family has given them a new reason to rejoice in their profession and what it does for the sick and suffering. How many of those opportunities are lost when a child is aborted...but your story of hope stands in the gap and shows others that anything is possible. I don't want to sound patronizing, but I am so proud of you. I hope that if you ever come to MN to visit we may catch a glimpse of you and your wonderful family. I would love to meet Master Dominic Pio some day, and see if he continues to favor his Auntie Becky in looks...Many blessings and hugs to you and yours, from your old World Youth Day pal, Beth Jacobs Lasseter (and from all of us Jacobs folks- Sarah, too!!!)
daniel gundrum
daniel gundrum
Hello Mark and Mary,


I just became aware that this guestbook existed. Although we are late to post, you can be sure that your family is constantly in our prayers. May God continue to bless you with strength, courage, and wisdom. May He lift you and carry you through this time. As Dominic's health continues to improve, may you find the blessings of God's will in each and every day.


Mark and Mary, you are a shining example of God's love and your love of family is inspirational. And His love will continue to carry you through.


God Bless you always. In our thoughts and prayers.


 
Tammy Heiting
Tammy Heiting
Hello, I got your information from my friend Nancy VandeHey so we don't know one another.  I just wanted to let you know there is a stranger here in Appleton, Wi praying for your very special little boy and family.  My heart goes out to you as a mother.  You are doing a great job.  Lean on God.  He is with you and your baby.  Prayers are with you.
Ann Johansson
Ann Johansson
Mary and Mark,

I just learned about Dominic this morning via Facebook, and I've been catching up on his life by reading this site (It's way past my bedtime :) but I'm hooked!). I've just finished reading two posts about disappointing meetings with health care professionals.  Since they'll never admit their wrongs, as a nurse, I'm so sorry for the way many in my field treat families like yours! It makes me so sad that I appear to be in a minority

who believe every life is priceless from the moment of conception. I get so annoyed with others who think it's up to us to decide what baby is 'compatible with life' and which is not! I worked as a pediatric homecare nurse for two years (I'm in grad school full-time now working on my PhD in Nursing; I want to research the genetics of undiagnosed syndromes and autism). A favorite memory of mine from that time was working with the family of little Ethan. I'd recieved report the evening before from my charge nurse about this little one-year-old boy with countless congenital anomalies; the doctors didn't know what to do with him because they couldn't figure out how he was still alive :) I was nervous as I walked into his bedroom, until I saw John 9:3 framed on his wall, "But that the works of God might be displayed in him." That verse is all I can think about as I read about dear Dominic!

 
Carole Coombes
Carole Coombes
We have been praying for you everyday since BEFORE Dominic's birth.  I am Amy Gundrum's Mom, Carole....Paul Gundrum is my son-in-law.  My sister Jacquie, lives in Virginia--- she too prays daily!!.  Tomorrow is the Feast of The Holy Family. Little Dominic Pio will be held in the midst of that most Holy of Families.!!!

Carole Coombes--Elm Grove

 
Lois Multer
Lois Multer
Mary and Mark  I just wanted you to know that each week day morning the people attending Mass are remembering baby Dominic in prayer as we recite the Rosary, at St. John's in Kohler. I hope that the healinf will continue without difficulty.Christmas Peace to your entire family. Sincerely Lois Multer
Dianne Marquardt
Dianne Marquardt
Dear Family of Dominic,

   I want you to know we are praying for your precious baby and for all of you. I know God is a miracle worker and He can heal Dominic. I belong to the River Church in West Allis ,WI and I have put a prayer request to our Prayer Team. May the Lord be glorified with your testimony as Dominics health improves. We are expecting a miracle. God Bless You.

                              Dianne Marquardt