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Hayden’s fight against Osteosarcoma #HaydenStrong

 

SEPTEMBER 14

             Hayden was admitted into Doernbecher on Monday for another round of chemotherapy… we arrived here around 8:45am. We finally made it to our room where they pumped her full of fluids until it was safe enough to administer the chemo drugs, which was at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The chemo its’ self only lasts four hours and the rest of our stay has been bag after bag of fluids to flush out the chemo drugs.. today her levels are a .35 and she must be below .1 to go home.. so we are almost there! Praying for tomorrow but it could be Saturday.

              Monday was normal.. Tuesday was a very bad day. Hayden was given a steroid which caused a catastrophic mood swing. Her crying was so bad, our efforts for a few images of her heart were postponed for the next day. She didn’t eat all day long and the pressure of a feeding tube was heavy… but we got though it and the last two days have been nothing but positive! She is eating and getting about the ward with her physical therapist! She is also meeting with the hospital teachers to work on school.. which she loves! She’s making acquaintances with the other kiddos and becoming more involved with the activities offered by the awesome staff. She went to watch a movie with some kids today in the playroom… sat in a beanbag and ate watermelon! She just got back to her room from the Radiation ward.. they got an MRI of her knee which will help in their efforts to remove the cancer on the 21st of September. Her scheduled chemo treatment for next week is postponed until after the surgery, so we are getting a short break before we have to be back up here for minimum of five days. Thank you all for the prayers.. it’s hard all the time being away from her daddy and her comfort- but she’s is a diamond and I am so proud of how tough she is.

              Each day is an opportunity for God to show his grace.. and my oh my how it shines. I think this stay has helped me realize that though there is evil in this world.. God is still in control and goodness is found all around. There are people I don’t know working on her prosthetic knee, customizing all the details so it fits her tiny little leg. I ask my self what drives these people to want to help and I’d like to think it’s compassion and love. Doing their part in making the world a better place.

              The nurses come and go on 12 hour shifts.. in and out with things just for Hayden.. vitals, medicine, towels, snacks, activities.. all day long they are working for a ten year old.. making sure she is safe and as comfortable as she can be. I ask my self why…?? And again.. it’s because they want to help.. Help equals love .. love equals Jesus. Even if they don’t know Him, they are doing HIS work.. God is blessing us through each soul that works about this hospital … a soul created at just the right moment, walking just the right path… to end up serving a family who servers the one true KING. Jesus is so good, so caring and so meticulous with each detail of this season we are drudging through.

              The world will try to make me believe there is no God, because cancer is its own form of evil. “How could a loving God let this happen?” they taunt.. blindly speaking of what they can’t comprehend, what is too difficult for their hearts to accept.. too simple for their pride .. questioning what God does as if they know how to create the seed of a rose, as if they know the secrets of the stars or formed the dwelling place of human creation.. This is what I’d say.. “On a daily bases .. a BIG GOD directs little things to fulfill His purpose: to build in the believer an undeniable, unshakable bond of faith, hope and GLORY. Gods’ GLORY .. that will be passed on through each generation… to whichever heart will accept Him.”

              Cancer isn’t something I would choose.. or want any other living soul to endure.. but we have it… it’s ours.. therefore we will take up our cross and walk on with thankful hearts and our mouths full of praise. Many souls have been touched by the seemingly disastrous news of cancer, which makes our situation bearable.. our suffering is not in vain. Hayden was his before she was ours.. we have been so blessed beyond measure by her presence.

        Thank you for the prayers and support, God Bless every single one of you ❤

 

2 Corinthians 4:18📖

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

     

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
A note from Hayden’s Grandpa Pratt
     We went to the Oregon State Beavers game today. They honored Hayden during the Second quarter which was pretty special. She had the opportunity to meet, hang out and be treated like a Princess by the football team since yesterday. That is pretty special I think. 
We want to thank everyone that was at the game who cheered so loud it raised the loaf 😉! You too, made our little girl feel special and loved.  

📖 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

We will be posting more pictures of Hayden’s day with the Beavers!
#GoBeavs #HaydenJade #HaydenStrong 
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August 27, 2017

Hayden is home and resting after a grueling three weeks of chemo… she is feeling more nauseous and has puked more this time around… so prayers for that would be lovely..                                                   “Jessica”  

If Hayden is strong enough this next week she will be doing the following. 

29th: Hayden will be going back stage to meet one of her favorite bands for King and Country at the state.

September 1: Hayden and the family will be heading to meet the Beavers football team and spend time with the players.  On the 2nd Hayden will be coming out on the football field during the game and be introduced to the crowd.

3rd: we are having a surprise party at the Kroc in Salem.  Hosted by ‘Seeds of hope’. 

Will you join us in prayer for Hayden. She will need her strength. We are excited to show Hayden how much people love her and are praying for her during this difficult time in her life. Again,  thank you for all your prayers and encouraging words.

As these events wrap up, Hayden will be preparing for the surgery on her leg and knee.  Please pray she will be recovered enough to join us for the Hayden’s Benefit Auction on September 29th.

Thank you from the Shenk and Pratt family.

 

 

August 18

Hayden is almost ready to come home from her third round of Chemo. When grandpa and I visited Hayden she was in high spirits, extremely tired, and a bit hungry. She however, mustard up enough energy to show us the Lego set she put together that her social worker gave her. She has always loved legos; this was music to our ears.   Hayden also wanted to show grandpa and I how to make slime.  Not only was she excited because it turned out we seen a hugh smile on her face that we haven’t seen in a long time.  As Hayden’s 10th birthday approaches I can’t help but reminisce the joy and love our little girl has brought to the family. I’m greatful for the love and support each of you have shown to Hayden and her family. Please continue to pray for her as she heads home to rest. She will be heading back for chemo round four on the 22nd. 

 

August 13

Hayden’s second round of Chemo at Dornbeckers Hospital. We visited our Granddaughter Hayden, and her Mom, Jessica. Hayden is losing her hair from the Chemo, but she is so Beautiful she shines brighter than any Disneyland princess ever has, could or will. In other words, I have never seen a more beautiful young lady!! Hayden was pretty tired while we were there, so I borrowed the picture of her smiling from Jesssica, taken acouple of days ago. We also gave her the necklace my Aunt Ruthanne got her. Also, Hayden’s great grandma from California came to visit. Hayden is home now with her family and doing well. Her siblings missed her very much.

 

JULY 25

Here’s our Granddaughter Hayden, fighting her Osteosarcoma bone cancer with a smile. A Beautiful Princess for sure, but dont be fooled, she’s as tough as a Pirate, a Dayton Pirate like her Mom, Jessica and Grandpa are – Except, Hayden’s sooo much tougher!
These pictures Jessica posted yesterday just warmed my heart. Hayden’s white cells were down to zero, so she had a blood transfusion today to get the white cell count up. They have to be up before the next chemo treatment. – Keep this Princess and her family in your prayers. And Thank you very sincerely to all of you who have been praying for her. The Lord has been showing himself throughout this whole ordeal, and still is. For THAT, I am so thankful!!

 

July 23

 They had to take Hayden to the Salem hospital… she’s at about a zero white blood count… 🙁 and a fever of 101.4
Prayers for no bacteria 🕆 ambulance will take her to Doernbecher shortly 🚑

JULY 15, 2017

Hayden has started her first round of Chemo last night around 11:30. She did well through the night.  This afternoon she started feeling sick. Of course, we all know chemo destroys the body and the side effects are going to be awful.  Please continue to pray for her and the family as they begin this 7 month journey.  

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Hayden is a smart, vivacious and witty 9 year old daughter of Chris and Jessica Shenk. She just ended her 4th grade year at Terrebonne Community school this year in Terrebonne, Oregon. She has 1 sister and two brothers. Hayden has always been very physically active participating in karate, softball, swimming and basketball. She just received her green belt in karate. One day Hayden was playing in a tree and twisted her knee. Her knee seemed to be okay for the most part but never healed. Hayden’s Knee gradually hurt more and swelled up. On June 27th, Hayden was taken to the doctor to see if her knee had a pulled tendon or some other type of injury. Little did we know that x-ray would change her life. At the appointment the physician identified a tumor on the upper knee. On July 5, She went into the hospital for an MRI to confirm that it was a tumor. On July 7th, a biopsy was done, they diagnosed her with Osteosarcoma bone cancer! Over the next several weeks Hayden will be undergoing Chemotherapy. Her parents have to make a tough decision to replace the knee or amputate her leg either way Hayden has a tough journey ahead of her. We hope to raising funds to help Hayden and her family pay out of pocket expenses including medications, surgery, prosthetics, loss of work and other unforeseen out of pocket expenses to help the family during this tough time. It’s our hope that by raising funds the family can focus on kicking cancers butt! Hayden starts her chemotherapy treatments in the next week. Your prayers and donations would be greatly appreciated. The time is here, the battle is now. You can help. On behalf of Hayden’s friends and family, THANK YOU for your time and consideration. Please Help spread the word! Hayden’s Grandma Pratt

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