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Juliana’s Story

Juliana was diagnosed with stage 3, group 3 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma on 3/7/07. She had 6 weeks of radiation therapy and 14 rounds of chemotherapy. Julie relapsed on 3/17/11 and received another 12 rounds of chemotherapy and 5 more weeks of radiation therapy. Julie relapsed a second time on 6/5/12 and received 12 more rounds of chemotherapy and 10 more weeks of radiation therapy. She relapsed a third time 3/17/14 and after surgery that removed 90% of the new tumor had five more weeks of radiation therapy and two more rounds of chemotherapy. She is now on oral chemotherapy and will remain on it for the foreseeable future. Please keep Julie in your prayers!

Until Sunday, February 18, 2007 we had no idea there was anything wrong with our beautiful, happy, confident five-year-old daughter. She came into our room that morning complaining about a "bump" under her right arm. The bump turned out to be a swollen lymph node and we discovered the next day at the pediatrician's office that she also had a tumor on her right forearm. After x-rays and an MRI, we received that awful call from the doctor--it appeared the tumor was cancerous and that it had matastisized to the lymph node. The next two weeks went by in a blur as we drove back and forth each day to the hospital for exams, blood work, numerous scans, a biopsy and surgery. Julie's treatment will include weekly chemotherapy for 42 weeks, daily radiation for six weeks and possibly more surgery to remove the tumor after is shrinks.

We adopted Julie from Minsk, Belarus on August 26, 2003 when she was 20 months old. We believe that God placed her in our family for a reason. Had she remained in the orphanage in Belarus, she would not have received treatment for her cancer. Instead, God allowed her to be adopted into an American family where some of the best medical care in the world is within driving distance and surrounded her with many, many loving, caring family members and friends.

Latest Journal Update

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Juliana had an exam, counts and a port flush at the hospital today. Her counts were all good and we talked her oncologist into giving her a two week break from the hospital--she doesn't have to go back until January 7th! Julie will continue her oral chemo and mistletoe injection schedule. 

Juliana had a good time at the Children's Cancer Foundtion Christmas party on Saturday. It was at Toby's Dinner Theater--we saw Mary Poppins, had pizza for lunch and then got gifts from Santa afterwards. She is excited about getting two whole weeks off of school (Friday is her last day) and is counting down the days until Christmas.

We really appreciate all of your prayers and support over the past year and hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Suzanne Hirtle
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you and your family.
Gwen Haag
By Gwen Haag
Merry Christmas!
Amanda Gilliams
By Amanda Gilliams
May your Christmas be joyous, and your New Year be filled with His blessings--have a great two week break!
Donna Bequest
By Donna from Wisconsin
Juliana and family,
So glad to hear you will get a break from the hospital during the holidays!! I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful holiday season.
Shirley Bennett
By shirley
I love you guys! Juliana you amaze me everyday! Your attitude is so positive and you remain so happy. Juliana you have the best parents anyone could ask for they love you and they love your siblings so darn much. You always make me smile I'm always looking for any new video or update regarding you. I wish you guys a very merry Christmas and a happy New year!
Claudia Ketcham
By Claudia Ketcham
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!