Monday, October 15, 2012

Cards for Maddy Update

Hi Bloggers!

Back in July, we introduced a beautiful and brave young girl named Maddy Justice who was fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  We asked any and everyone far and wide to get out their crafting tools and make something special for Maddy to uplift her spirits through this very difficult time. We were beyond pleased at the outpouring of love that was shared from continent to continent and so very happy to be able to pass along many cards of love and encouragement to Maddy & her family.

We're pleased to report that Maddy is on the road to recovery! It is something that will require a lot of dedication and hard work, but thankfully, Maddy is safely home with her family!!

Please read this uplifting excerpt from a journal update from her mother:

Today, exactly 7 weeks into her last round...almost exactly 7 months since the day she walked into Riley Children's Hospital...Maddy finally gets to go home......for good. And after four rounds of intense chemo, surgery for a central line placement, numerous biopsies and spinal taps, countless scans consisting of xrays, CAT scans, pet scans, MRIs and ultrasounds, EKGs, echos, blood draws, a pic line placement and removal, blood and platelet transfusions, TPN and a bone marrow transplant (and the many behind the scenes procedures, pain, and complications) Maddy's treatment is complete.

The feeling of finally being done is so surreal and fills me with mixed emotions. There is excitement in knowing that I can have my family all back home again and that our life can continue forward. Yet, there is fear because the treatments being done on Maddy to kill the cancer is finished...that the work by the doctors is complete...and now it is up to Maddy and her sister's precious stem cells to keep the cancer away. No matter how much time goes by, no matter how old Maddy is, I will always look over my shoulder. I also know that in time that feeling of worry will lessen as each year passes that she is cancer free, but it will never go away. 

We are so pleased that this wonderful family is in the comfort of their own home together again!  Once again, thank you all so very much for sending such gorgeous cards and messages of encouragement to Maddy & her family during this very difficult time, it was undoubtedly greatly appreciated!

We encourage you to continue following Maddy & her progress by visiting and check in on Maddy’s progress.  She has her own site - maddyjustice (no capitals or spaces in the name). Marizel, Maddy’s mother (seen above), journals about her experiences with contributions from Tim, Melanie, and Maddy, herself.

Thanks again for your outpouring of love!!

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  1. Wish her only THE BEST as her journey continues. Thanks for updating.

  2. That is good news. The family has been in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. So happy for Maddy and her family!

  4. Oh, what wonderful news! So glad she is home; I will continue to keep her and her family in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for keeping us updated!

  5. Thanks for the update. That is wonderful news.

  6. Such great news! Our continuing thoughts and prayers to her and the family. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Fabulous news :-) I am sure Maddy is so happy to be able to be home with her family and continue to recover and enjoy life :-)

    Good Luck Maddy ! :-)

    Lols x x x

  8. A delightful story for a Monday morning! Hang in there, Maddy. xo Anni

  9. Yay Maddy! So happy to hear the positive update!!

  10. That's wonderful news :)
    Thanks so much for keeping us updated
    hugs Mandy xx

  11. I'm so glad for such wonderful news! Thanks for the updates, and I wish Maddy a complete recovery soon!

  12. Congratulations on getting freed from the hospital! I wish you all the best now and in the future :)

  13. Thanks for the Maddy update. It's great to hear she's doing so well. She has a great sister and family to support her in every way. Her smile says it all!

  14. All the very best Maddy!! Hugs Hazel xx

  15. Sooo glad for Maddy and her family. God bless!! :-)

  16. Wishing each of you the gift of peace as you go on with your lives. Blessings!!

  17. as I plug away on my treatments, I am thrilled beyond measure to hear that Maddy is home now. :) it makes my heart soar to know that all of our cards reached her and her sister, that she is finished with the pain of treatments, and she can finally rest in the arms of her family. that will heal her more than anything. prayers will continue every day for this brave young woman! :)


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