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My Story

Children with cancer are like candles in the wind who accept the possibility that they are in danger of being extinguished by a gust of wind from nowhere and yet, they flicker and dance to remain alive, their brilliance challenges the darkness and dazzles those of us who watch their light

 

 

 

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”

 

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

Our 9 year old daughter Sammie was diagnosed on November 24, 2006 with Osteosarcoma in her femur. After many tests and a lung biopsy the doctors have confirmed that it has also spread to her lungs.

Sammie's treatment finished in September of 2007-

Jan 30. 2008- biopsy shows not sign of cancer or infection!! Thank you GOD!

Feb 11th 08 - No Evidence of Disease in lungs!!!

March 5th 08- MRI shows the S1 of the tailbone is crumbling. Another biopsy is needed to rule out a relapse..

March 13th 08- confirmed relapse in the tailbone will start chemo March 23rd..

March 20th 08- 2 tumors in her left lung to beat as well....

May 08- Tumor removed from S1- not sure they got it all.

May 08- Chemo resumes

Sept 2, 08 - thorocotomy - 1/4 of left lobe resected also found two more tumors not seen on the scan. All tumors were still alive. Three rounds of chemo left.

Oct 31st 08- Last round of IFOS/ETOP completed.. Scans Nov 18th 08

Nov 18th 2008- All scans are clear

Jan 13th 2009- tumors in both lungs and tumor in sacrum the S1- will begin radiation

 March 09 - one round of chemo proved to be too much.. no more treatments

 

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Steve & Pegi Hayes signed Samantha's Guestbook.

Happy "Sweet Sixteenth" Birthday in Heaven, Angel Sammie. We think of, pray for, and bless you and your family often. Love, The Hayes Family Read more

Ms Polly, Prayer Warrior signed Samantha's Guestbook.

Sweet ones,Just a quick not to let you know I continue to think of ^^Sammie^^ often, especially in the past couple of days.  I'm not sure why the feelings are so ... Read more

Christine Hartsfield posted a new journal entry.

Sammie will be gone 2 years this Sunday Oct 9th- I am still touched by people that come to her site and let us know she is in your thoughts as well as myself, Steve, ... Read more

Christine Hartsfield posted a new journal entry.

Hello! It's Auntie Alaina here to let you know that we are starting our 5th annual Sammie's Bunny Drive! We value the huge amount of support we have received from our ... Read more

Christine Hartsfield posted a new journal entry.

Dear Sammie-I love you sweetheart.. How in the world can it be a full year that you have been gone? It does not seem possible that every day the sun came up and we moved ... Read more

Christine Hartsfield posted a new journal entry.

This pretty much sums it up..I share this for my friends that are walking the same path as I am and for anyone who may wonder what is wrong with me.. Oct 9th looms like ... Read more

Christine Hartsfield posted a new journal entry.

Dear Friends and Family-I am still here but just don't feel like updating because the truth is what is left to say.. We are holding our own but the daily loss still hurts ... Read more

Christine Hartsfield posted a new journal entry.

I have been rolling this update around in my head for weeks now.. Sammie has been gone 9 months today and as I was thinking about how that feels and how I measure the loss ... Read more

Christine Hartsfield posted a new journal entry.

Dear Sammie-8 months is a long time not to hold you and hear you laugh... Even though I knew 8 months ago today that you needed to leave us to stop your pain it still ... Read more

Christine Hartsfield posted a new journal entry.

Dear Sweet Daughter of mine,Sammie, 7 months have never gone by so fast- So many tell me that you are happier and I pray that is the truth because the pain I feel without ... Read more

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