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Old 09-24-2007, 08:41 PM   #1
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See 12/31 update on Alicia on post #77.

I'm requesting prayer and cards for a friend's daughter. She just turned 23. She had cancer in her leg, near her hip. The cancer was so large it had eaten away at her hip. If they removed it there wouldn't be anything left on her leg to attach to her hip. After months of testing, they decided to do surgery. They tried for 10 hours to save her leg and couldn't. They had to amputate her leg and part of her pelvis a couple of weeks ago. She's doing okay as far as accepting it, but it's not healing like it should. After it heals they don't know if they'll be able to make a prosthesis that will attach to what's left.
She will be in the hospital at least 3 more weeks. She loves receiving mail. If you want to send her a card, this is her address at the hospital:

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Thanks in advance for your prayers and support. She and her parents know that it's the power of prayer that have kept her alive.

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Hi Grandma Dottie,
I'm making Alicia a card tonight and will pray for her strength, emotionally and physically.
Please keep us posted on how she's doing.
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I'm making Alicia a card tonight and will pray for her strength, emotionally and physically.
Please keep us posted on how she's doing.
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Thank you so much! I will keep you posted. They're concerned because it's healing so slowly. They already had to take her back into surgery once because of bleeding.
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Hey there. She's right around the corner from me (literally!!!)! I will send her out a card tomorrow! Thanks,
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Hi Dottie! I would be most pleased to send Alicia a card. Such a sad thing for a young person of 23 to have to experience. I will also watch for your request for cards for the 10 year old......

Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
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I am blessed with a healthy 25 year old son and a healthy 22 year old daughter. I will remember her in my prayers and send a card tomorrow or the next day.
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Such a horrible thing to have to go through. I will include her in my prayers for added strength during the next few weeks and then after. A card will be in the mail for her this week. Praying it will lift her spirits a bit.

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Dottie,
I just replied to another post you had about this girl asking for her address, I got it from this one. A card is coming from Ohio.
Bless you for being so caring.
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Many thanks to all of you for your prayers, and for sending Alicia a card. She loves getting them. Mail always cheers her up, and she certainly can use that. I can't imagine going through what she is. Her mom's a real trooper too, for holding up as well as she is. I couldn't do it. You'll never know what this means to me, that so many of you are sending cards and praying for Alicia.
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I will get one in the mail today! I live really close about 40 min. from there so card should get there tomorrow.

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Thank you Nancy and Renee for sending cards to Alicia. She appreciates every card she receives and so do her parents. God bless both of you, as well as everyone praying and/or sending cards.
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What a challenge for such a young person, but I know she will live a full life even so.....my dad lost his arm in WWII, his dominant arm and had to learn stuff all over again and he was one of the nicest, most capable people you could imagine......so.....

I will send out a card of encouragement, and I wish her faster healing than she is seeing right now.........and....with her positive attitude and acceptance she will have a great life.......
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What a challenge for such a young person, but I know she will live a full life even so.....my dad lost his arm in WWII, his dominant arm and had to learn stuff all over again and he was one of the nicest, most capable people you could imagine......so.....

I will send out a card of encouragement, and I wish her faster healing than she is seeing right now.........and....with her positive attitude and acceptance she will have a great life.......
Thanks so much, Joanne for sending cards to her and Bre"anna. I appreciate it so much.
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Hi Dottie!

Here is my card I will be mailing Alicia today!

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Hi Dottie - was directed to this thread by Mothermark - will send out a card to brave Alicia - how tragic - prayers for her starting now!
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Here is my card I will be mailing Alicia today!

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I love your card, Cindy. Everyone, you should all check it out, it's really personal and special. Thank you so much for spreading the word all over about Alicia and Bre'Anna. You'll never know what it means to me and to them. Alicia has received one card so far, and luckily they mentioned my name. She didn't know I had posted her name on here, but she does now, and she's thrilled. So thank you again, everyone, for being so kind and thoughtful.
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Hi Dottie - was directed to this thread by Mothermark - will send out a card to brave Alicia - how tragic - prayers for her starting now!
Thank you, Julia, from me and Alicia. I'm more amazed every day at the kindness of the members on here. I'll never forget what you've done for these girls. Cards are meaning so much to both of them.
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Mothermark and her huge, compassionate heart linked this site on her challenge today. I will definitely send a card to Alicia. Far too much for a 23 year old to undergo. Anyone for that matter.
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Hi Dottie,
I used to live in IL and met you at Jamie's classes.
I'm now living in GA.
My card will be in the mail as soon as it dries!
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I just looked at Cindy's pretty card for Alicia, I will be making a card for her today. Can we put Alicia in the keyword like we do for Maddys card? just a thought. Thanks, Grandma Dottie for helping to have cheery cards sent to Alicia. Edited to add my card: FOR ALICIA http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...0&ppuser=70441
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Hi I was directed over here by Mothermark's challenge post today. I will make a card this evening and it will be in the mail tomorrow. Davis is not far from where i live so Alicia should have it by Friday!
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Mothermark and her huge, compassionate heart linked this site on her challenge today. I will definitely send a card to Alicia. Far too much for a 23 year old to undergo. Anyone for that matter.
Thank you so much, Denise! It's appreciated so much.
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I used to live in IL and met you at Jamie's classes.
I'm now living in GA.
My card will be in the mail as soon as it dries!
So your name is Jen, I assume? I remember you being at Jamie's class. Thanks's for beinging it to my attention. I'll tell Jamie I heard from you. I'll bet you miss her. We had a class tonight. My highlight of each month is her class. She's so sweet and fun.

Thanks for sending Alicia a card. She loves getting them. She has a long road ahead of her, so I hope they continue. I can't imagine what she's going through. Her mom said yesterday when I asked how she's holding up so well, that she looks at it as the glass is half full instead of half empty. She's a remarkable person too.
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I just looked at Cindy's pretty card for Alicia, I will be making a card for her today.

Can we put Alicia in the keyword like we do for Maddys card? just a thought. I don't know how to do this, but if you do, then please do it, or tell me how, if you mean in her thread I started.Thanks, Grandma Dottie for helping to have cheery cards sent to Alicia. Edited to add my card: FOR ALICIA http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...0&ppuser=70441
I wrote comments in your gallery. Your card is awesome. I hope everyone looks at it. The talent on here never ceases to amaze me. I spend days trying to come up with an appropriate card and draw blanks for kids too old for the "Wild About You" set. I'm still struggling for one for Bre"Anna.

Thanks so much for all you did for Alicia. For mentioning the cards, Mothermark, and giving both threads. You'll never know what it means to me and to Alicia in the long run.
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Hi I was directed over here by Mothermark's challenge post today. I will make a card this evening and it will be in the mail tomorrow. Davis is not far from where i live so Alicia should have it by Friday!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Here is my card for Alicia, which I am sending out tomorrow along with my thoughts and prayers.
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Sorry I don't know your name, to address you. Your card is beautiful. It's bound to cheer Alicia up. Thank you so much for sending it to her, for putting her link on it, and for your prayers. Her family and I appreciate it.
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Sorry I don't know your name, to address you. Your card is beautiful. It's bound to cheer Alicia up. Thank you so much for sending it to her, for putting her link on it, and for your prayers. Her family and I appreciate it.
I am happy to do it!! One can never have enough prayers and well wishes...and, my name is Jodi by the way
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Hi Dottie: A card is on it's way for Alicia. She and her family are in my prayers. Please keep us posted.
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Here's an update on Alicia from her mom.:

Good Morning Everyone!

This has been a busy two weeks! Last week Alicia underwent three surgeries and a CT scan. The surgeries were to remove infected and dead tissue from the incision site. Alicia now has an oval crater 10" wide by 12" tall by 1" -2" deep where the staples used to be. It is not pretty and is packed three times a day with new dressings. The drain was removed yesterday and she has another surgery this afternoon to remove more dead tissue. The hope is that she will be able to have a skin graft in 2-3 weeks depending on how this "crater" heals. At the very least, she will reside at UMC for another 5 - 6 weeks. The CT scan showed no deep infections within the wound area, which is very good news as this was a problem and why she had three consecutive surgeries last week. We are trying to encourage Alicia to eat. She last weighed 95 lbs. She has been doing better with her appetite, thanks for the brownies Darby & Becky, and the nursing staff are making her special protein drinks with ice cream. She has had some wonderful nurses!!!

I want to thank Dottie Boyd for for inviting all her friends at Slipcoast Stampers to send Alicia beautiful homemade cards. She has received over 12 cards from people all over the country. They are truly works of art!

Again, our heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you for your continued support!
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