Starla Chapman's Journal
We welcome you, October...
Written Oct 1, 2013 7:43pm by DeAndra ChapmanCan you believe it, our girl is going to be 5 years old in 9 days!!!! I could shed tears of joy. Since my last entry so much has happened (I will try to recall it all lol). We established a foundation in honor of our hero, the Proverbs 3:5 Foundation. Our story was shared with a national audience, ESPN paid a visit to our home to document our relationship with Alabama qb AJ McCarron. The documentary aired on Aug. 31 and can be found on YouTube ubder 'AJ McCarron's Special Bond.' Starla Started 'big' school. We held the foundation's first event, a walk during childhood cancer awareness month. Starla had a photo shoot as part of the hospital's new advertising campaign, the photo has bern featured in local magazines and billboards. Starla got to be an honorary high school cheerleader and cheered during homecoming, and we were specisl guests at the BAMA game (shutdown Ole Miss).
Whoever would have imagined that this journey would still be reaching/touching lives today. September 13 made 2 years since diagnosis. God is so very good to us!!!
First entry of 2013
Written May 26, 2013 6:56pm by DeAndra ChapmanOkay, so I am horrible at updating caringbridge! Here we are, almost halfway through 2013!!!!! Starla is almost 15mos off treatment and doing great. Her labs were all normal at her oncology visit about 2 weeks ago, so we have been changed to appointments every 3 months. How GREAT is our God!?!? I have been busy busy busy being a mommy to a 4 year old nd ow 5 month old, but he is the sweetest little man!!!! We are so very blessed. So much has happened since my last entry. We have participated in fundraisers for the hospital in which Starla was treated, I was asked to be a member of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors (I accepted!), we are currently getting ready to host Statla's third lemonade stand in another week or 2, and Starla has been asked to be the honored child for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in Mobile, AL. This year I had a desire to attend the 46 Momma's Shave for the Brave in San Antonio on June 30....thats depending on family finances, but I would love to spend some time with women who share my same feelings, and who have been where we have been, I think that would be an awesome experience. Im so thankful that God continues to bless us with our daughter's health. I am overwhelmed at the fact that next Sunday we will get to see her dance on stage at her first ballet recital....alive....well....healthy....enjoying life!!!!!
#JustTrust....God is with us!!!!
Last Entry of 2012
Written Dec 29, 2012 5:54pm by DeAndra Chapman
Okay, so its been a while AGAIN. Let me start off by saying per Starla's last cardiologist appointment in October, Starla Chapman has a normal functioning heart!!! Yep, you read right, the little girl whom they said wouldnt be here today has a normal functioning heart!!! Our God is awesome!!
We became a family of four this month. Our family welcomed our newest addition, baby KJ on December 13th, I was 37 weeks pregnant. I began having contractions and went to the hospital on December 12th at around 7:00 p.m., everyone was certain I would have a 12/12/12 baby, but wouldnt you know he decided to wait until 12/13/12 at 12:17 a.m. to make his arrival. I was overwhelmed with emotions when I saw them pull him out and then place him in my arms. Starla is his 2nd mommy and insists on helping with all of the mommy duties, she doesnt even complain about 'handling' his dirty diapers...she is the sweetest big sister ever. We are so blessed that yet again, God has trusted us to parent another one of His precious angels. We had a newborn baby to make Christmas even more special this year!
This is a very bittersweet time of the year, as we wrap up 2012....what a rollercoaster ride this year has been. I remember last year ringing in the New Year with Starla in the PICU. She was thrilled to yell "Happy New Year" to all the nurses and stay awake to watch the festivities on television. Who knew that 3 days later, on January 3rd 2012, our daughters life would lie in limbo. I remember feeling like I was holding my breath the entire time she laid in the bed hooked up to all types of support meds, hooked up to a ventilator...I felt as if I didnt breathe for a month...and that month felt like an eternity.
Im thankful that God said "not yet" to our little girl, and decided to perform the miracle that was necessary for her to be here with us! Im forever grateful to the amazing people who came into our lives, whether they came for a 'reason', just for that 'season', or whether they came for a 'lifetime.' Our lives are forever changed. I dont sweat the small stuff, I dont cry over spilled milk (unless its Similac, because that gets expensive lol), I dont chase behind anyone that decides to walk out of our lives for whatever reason. Life is too short!
As 2012 ends, and 2013 begins, I urge you to continue to Just Trust,and Celebrate Life...after all, who knows what tomorrow holds???
Happy New Year!!!
<3, The Chapman family
*I uploaded a photo of our baby boy.....looks just like his sister and dad*