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Newsletter • Avisos November 2012 • Noviembre 2012
Candlelighter Profile: Natalia Cook
My name is Natalia Cook and I was diagnosed with a brain tumor called meduloblastoma on November 22, 2008. I was competing on the track and field team, in the pentathlon. Everything was all right until my last competition when I started to feel dizzy. My mom thought it was because of the race and that once I rested and drank water I would be ok. I was ok for a short time. Soon after it happened again during a volleyball game. The game was on a Friday, so my mother said that on Monday she would take me to do an MRI. But the MRI couldn’t wait until Monday, because that same day at 3:30 am I woke up with a terrible headache. I thought my head was going to explode. My mother took me out of bed and I started to have a convulsion and was vomiting big black blood clots at the same time. It was really scary. We went to the emergency room and they did an MRI, the results were not optimistic. The test revealed a big tumor between the cerebellum and the medulla oblongata; it occupied 80% of the space, without touching any other important organ. The doctor said that it had to be removed immediately because we didn’t have much time, one or two days at the most. I had surgery the next day on November 23, 2008 at 9:00 am. It took 6 1/2 hours. When the doctor came out of the surgery, he said the tumor was removed completely, but he didn’t have good news, it was a malignant tumor. He told me I would need to have radiation and chemotherapy treatment. I received 33 radiations, 15 chemotherapies, 9 of them in admission to the hospital, 24 blood transfusions and platelets. There were many days that my counts were very low, and I spent 23 days in the hospital. One of the chemotherapies got loose from the catheter and it gave me a third degree burn. The catheter had to be removed and the doctor put it in the other side. My last treatment was on February 2010. It has been a very rough and long time, it has not been easy, but thanks to the care, love and prayers of many people I’m still standing and I’m alive. My last MRI and lab reports say I’m clean. I am 14 years old and I am a very happy person. I have enjoyed every second on my life. I keep fighting. Cancer didn’t stop me, but it did teach me to appreciate life, that I have a mission, and that love conquers all.
Candlelighters Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, and Friday, November 23, 2012. La oficina de Candlelighters estara cerrada el dia de accion de gracias, 22 de Noviembre, y el Viernes, 23 de Noviembre, 2012.
Family Monthly Meeting Junta Mensual de Familia Tues, Nov 6 / Martes, 6 de Noviembre 5:30 - 7:30 PM Candlelighters Office Topic / Tema
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Dr. Jesus Gonzalez November Dates to Remember Workshops Nov 6 – Family Monthly Meeting 5:30-7:30 pm @ Candlelighters Office Nov 8th – Caregivers Workshop 9-11 am @ Candlelighters Office Nov 15th – P.S. I Love You 9-11 am @ Candlelighters Office Nov 16th – Shop for the Holidays Bazaar 9-5 pm @ Candlelighters Office Nov 20th – Manualidades 9-11 am @ Candlelighters Office Nov 27th – Manualidades 9-11 am @ Candlelighters Office Nov 29th - Caregivers Workshop 9-11 am @ Candlelighters Office Nov 30th - Caregivers Makeover Event 10 am @ Candlelighters Office Nov 30th – Strengthening Marriages 6-8 pm @ Candlelighters Office
Announcing Our 2012 Christmas Card Winners (Fire Truck) Demis – age 15, was 2 years old when she was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. She is in ninth grade at Eastlake High School who hopes to grow up to be a teacher. She attends the Candlelighters summer camp every year and looks forward to becoming a counselor. Volleyball is her favorite sport, but she loves to dance - most of all. (Candle) Erika – age 10, was diagnosed with a Wilm’s Tumor last year, but is doing very well now. She is in the fifth grade at Riverside Elementary in Sunland Park. Her family serves as volunteers at Candlelighters events and Dad provides DJ services. Erika is one of our ambassadors serving as Princess this year. Her favorite sports are volleyball and basketball and she loves playing with her Barbie dolls. (Hospital Holiday) Jeanne – age 7, was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. Last year, she was the youngest, bravest camper at Camp Courageous. She has been accompanied on her treatment, journey by her favorite doll whose name is Purple. She likes to go swimming with friends and playing with her dog. When she is grown up she wants to be a veterinarian. (Penguins) Allen – age 5, was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010 and is still receiving treatment. He Is in Kindergarten at Collins Elementary. Allen loves to draw all different cartoon characters and keeps busy with board games and video games. His favorite character is Sponge Bob. (Parachuting Santa) Jacqueline – age 17, is the sister of Natalia who was diagnosed with Medulo blastoma. She is a senior in High School. Her favorite sport is track and field and she has competed in Nationals. She is a shoe fanatic who can always find the exact pair to match with her clothing. She loves to cook and wants to eventually be a great El Paso chef. (Snowman) Amanda – age 9, is the sister of Natalia who was diagnosed with Medulo blastoma. She is an excellent student and a great sales person who loves to meet people and makes friends easily wherever she goes. She’s a fashion girl and clothes are her thing. She loves to keep up with the new styles. Dancing also brings her great joy.
Arts & Crafts Bazaar November 16, 2012 • 9am to 5pm Candlelighters Office • 1400 Hardaway Suite 206 For more information call 544-2222
Come Pamper Yourself! Friday, November 30, 2012 Starting at 10am Parents, come join us for a whole day of rest and relaxation. We will have massages, hair cuts, hair styling and other activities to help you enjoy some time off from the taking care of the kids. Don’t miss it. Padres, disfruten un día entero de descanso y relajación con nosotros este 30 de noviembre. Vamos a tener masajes, cortes de cabello, peinado y otras actividades que le ayudarán a disfrutar un descanso de cuidar a los niños. No te lo pierdas.