Happy Half-Birthday

Read the latest post from Sarah…

http://swielgos.blogspot.com/2013/08/happy-half-birthday-to-me-im-6-months.html

Official Remission

Message from Sarah’s parents:

Dear friends,

We want to share with all of you who have been praying so faithfully for so long that we got miraculous news from the doctor today.

Sarah’s cancer is officially in remission!

Her tests show that her sister Mary’s DNA is now established in Sarah’s body, and she no longer has the chromosomal abnormality that made the leukemia so hard to beat.

It is still sinking in, and we are grateful beyond words for this absolute miracle that the Lord has worked though the medical team at Loyola.

There are no words to express our gratitude for the prayers, novenas, rosaries, and meditations from so many faith traditions that were lifted, literally, from all around the world for our daughter.

So many friends-of-friends and strangers generously kept her in prayer.

There also will never be an adequate way to thank Mary Faith for making such a tremendous sacrifice in enduring the shots and procedures to harvest the stem cells that saved her sister’s life.

What’s next?

Sarah has one more round of chemo as part of the clinical trial designed to prevent relapse in high risk patients.

Then she will have one, and perhaps two, surgeries to correct a side effect of the chemo from last fall.

She is now in physical therapy to strengthen her chemo- and radiation-weakened muscles. Her amazing oncologist expects that Sarah will be well enough to go back to college in January.

And so, with thankful and joyful hearts, we share our good news with you.

Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!

Suzanne & Chris

Sarah Celebrates Day 100

“TODAY marks DAY 100!!! And of course, the first fast food/restaurant food I was allowed to eat had to be taco bell. I MADE IT and I get to go home tomorrow! God is so good :) Thanks for the prayers and support!”

Finally, Sarah gets to get out instead of letting Flat Sarah have all the fun!

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May 15-Sarah’s Coming Home!

Message from Sarah’s parents:

Please keep Sarah in your prayers on May 15.

On that date, she will have another biopsy to determine her progress from treatment.

Our prayer and hope and belief is that she has NO cancer cells present and is officially and completely in remission from leukemia.

We were told it will take about two weeks to get the results.

Currently, Sarah is undergoing her third round of post-transplant chemo, as part of the clinical study her doctor is conducting for patients considered at high risk of relapse.

Even so, she is scheduled to be released from isolation after her biopsy procedure; the remaining chemo rounds will be administered outpatient.

She’s coming home! There have been many positive signs in her recovery, and we are trusting in God’s plan for her.

So please lift up our Tough Cookie in prayer on the 15th.

Our hearts are so thankful for all the many people who have been praying for Sarah, and for the countless miraculous moments that have unfolded since.

Sarah has turned this “mess” into her “message,” and we are proud of her willingness to walk in faith and share her journey with others. Keep praying!

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Thank You from Sarah

Thank You and update from Sarah Wielgos:

Engraftment

Direct Message from Sarah:

Happy dance! Engraftment! : )

Today, eleven days after transplant, I found out that my sister Mary’s stem cells have engrafted—finding a new home in my bone marrow.

This is truly transformative in my recovery, and really good news! It is hoped that these healthy, cancer-fighting cells will take over and destroy any remaining cancer cells that could have been left behind after the chemo and radiation. It is akin to building a new powerhouse in my bone marrow.

This is also good news because, to be honest, I have endured many days of pain since transplant.

With engraftment comes a rise in my cell counts, so my pain will lessen and I will soon be feeling much better.

Thanks to all who have understood that I have not felt up to emailing or texting, but I’m sure I will shortly. And early next week I will begin the 100 days of isolation in a nearby hotel, returning to the hospital twice a week for monitoring and meds.

So many people have prayed for me and sent me cards of support—I am truly humbled by the kindness of family, friends, and even strangers who have offered up prayers for me.

Thank you all for walking this very long and rocky road with me.

The worst appears over…many challenges are still ahead, but I will continue to fight through them and come out on the other side of this even stronger and more positive than when I started.

And when I get back to SLU, eventually, I just might have to do a happy dance right through campus!

Read more on Sarah’s blog:

http://swielgos.blogspot.com/2013/02/hope-and-pray.html

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Prayer Count Update

Thank you every one of Sarah’s and Mary’s prayer warriors.

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Prayer Count Update…

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Transplant Day – February 4

Sarah’s mother said I could post the following schedule for today.

Mary is going in for surgery around 9:00 a.m. today, then 4-5 hours of extraction.  Around 4-5 p.m. today is the bone marrow transplant.

Please offer up your prayers, fasting, and all intentions to this family today.  Thank you so much!

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Prayer Count Update

Prayer count as of January 31, 2013:

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In addition to these Facebook prayer counts, many, many people who don’t use Facebook are praying for Sarah and waiting for the date of Sarah’s transplant.

St. Philomena Novena

To the 1206 (and counting…) Sarah supporters from 1000 Prayers for Sarah

For Sarah’s Catholic Friends & Family:

Close friends and family of Sarah and Mary are asking for a novena (9 days of praying) to start today (Sunday, 1/27/13) and go through 2/4/13 (the transplant day).  Below are the details:

Novena Prayer to ST. PHILOMENA

O FAITHFUL VIRGIN and glorious martyr, St. Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me.

Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs.

Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of hope. I entreat thy charity , O great Saint!

Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before thee …

(Here specify in your own words your petition about success of the bone marrow transplant and healing to begin with Sarah.)

I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn, the sufferings and the death thou didst endure, united to the merits of the Passion and death of Jesus, thy Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of thee, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in His Saints. Amen.

Saint Philomena, Powerful with God, Pray for us!

 

Background on this Saint:  St. Philomena has been successfully invoked by her supplicants in every sort of need, such that she has become another patron of “hopeless” and “impossible” cases, like St. Jude or St. Rita, but she is known to be especially powerful in cases involving conversion of sinners, return to the Sacraments, expectant mothers, destitute mothers, problems with children, unhappiness in the home, sterility, priests and their work, help for the sick, the missions, real estate, money problems, food for the poor and mental illness. But truly, as her devotees have discovered, no case, of whatever matter, is too trivial or too unimportant to concern her.

 

For Sarah’s Non-Catholic Friends & Family:

For those of you who do not feel comfortable praying a novena to a saint, we are asking you to please pray for these 9 days leading up to Sarah’s transplant and Mary’s donation of precious cells that are going to be given to Sarah.  Please ask God, in your own words, for the success of the bone marrow transplant and healing to being with Sarah.

 

Thank you from the bottom of the Wielgos family for your efforts and dedication to Sarah and her family.