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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

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Juliana had IV chemo for the third week in a row yesterday. All of her counts dropped just a little bit from last week, but were high enough for her last week of this round of temsirolimus. I will continue giving her oral cyclophosphamide every other day instead of daily for another week, then we'll check her blood counts again next Wednesday, and most likely resume the daily oral cyclophosphamide and every other day oral etoposide protocol.

Julie is feeling good. She went to see Ice Sculptures at the Gaylord Hotel near Washington D.C. with friends on Monday. Today she helped me bake pies for Thanksgiving and then went outside to play in the snow (our first snow of the season). She is looking forward to seeing extended family and eating lots of turkey tomorrow then we'll begin decorating for Christmas on Friday. She is also counting down the days until her birthday on December 4th.

We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Shirley Bennett
By shirley
Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family I hope you have a wonderful day! I love reading the updates on Juliana and her video so glad she doing so well l!
Suzanne Hirtle
By Suzanne Hirtle
Happy Thanksgiving!!!! What kind of pies did you bake. I am sure there won't be a crumb left!
Sybil Guetersloh
By Sybil, Bob and McKenna
Blessings to the Carver Family at Thanksgiving. We are so happy that Juliana is doing well.
Claudia Ketcham
By Claudia Ketcham
Happy Birthday, Juliana!
Margaret Scherer
By Margaret
Much to be Thankful for.
Continued Blessings
Joann Groft
By Joann Groft
Wishing Juliana and her family a very Blessed Thanksgiving!!!
Amanda Gilliams
By Amanda Gilliams
Bright blessings for you, your family and loved ones, and for lovely Juliana! Prayers continuing--enjoy your special holiday time together!