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My Story

In 2010, Melissa developed an acute pain in her side.  What we thought was a strained muscle turned out to be a large tumor in her abdomen. Scans showed spots in her chest and lungs. She was diagnosed with Stage IV Wilm's Tumor. She had surgery to remove the tumor and 26 weeks of Chemo-Therapy. She was due to start radiation when another tumor was detected. More surgery, aggresive Chemo-Therapy & radiation followed in 2011.

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Juliana Ipock posted a new journal entry, "Life Goes On".

Tomorrow will mark the first year since Melissa's passing. We are returning to California for a few days to see friends. It is ironic that we return there on the ... Read more

Stephanie Gierahn signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Hey guys! I think of the 3 of you often, especially as another school year starts.  I can't believe it's been a year already.  I'm sure you wonder how ... Read more

Lisa Sinisi signed Melissa's Guestbook.

We think of you all often and pray that each day is filled with the blessings of our Lord. Though distance has you far, you are always held close in our hearts ... Read more

Anna, Pam and Pete signed Melissa's Guestbook.

God bless you both. We all still miss Melissa her beautiful smile and the twinkle in her eyes.  What  a wonderful way to carry on her legacy.  ... Read more

Dawn Perrin signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Dear Jim and Marianne.  I am so glad to hear your move went well.  I still pray for you often.  Marianne you had mentioned on one of our ... Read more

Nancy Ortiz signed Melissa's Guestbook.

I'm so glad to hear from you guys. And that your move to Florida was a good decision. If you do end up having something I would love to be part of that reunion to remember ... Read more

Laurie Norman signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Jim and Marianne, so glad you are posting updates about what's going on. Would love to say "hi" if you are planning an open house somewhere. Will never forget ... Read more

Miss Carla :) signed Melissa's Guestbook.

So lovely to hear from you! As you probably know, our June recital dance, "Teach Me How To Shimmy" was dedicated "to Melissa, the best shimmier ... Read more

Lisa, Craig & Shelby Eichman signed Melissa's Guestbook.

I think about Melissa often and always look to the stars when I need to say hello.  So glad she touched my life and the rest of us at Gymnastics Unlimited.  Read more

Juliana Ipock added a new photo.

Carolyn Gaona-Hedglin signed Melissa's Guestbook.

Marianne and Jim, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.    God Bless you both! Love Hedglin Family         Read more

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