Friday, March 22, 2013

Thirty-One for Noodle

Marissa (aka "Noodle") was born at 25 weeks old on July 20, 2009.  She has endured more in her short life than anyone should ever have to endure.  Too many times, we were told that she wouldn't survive. Twice I've stood by and watched as a team of doctors and nurses fought to bring her back to life.  Too many times, we were told to prepare for the worst.  Too many times, we were asked how "far" we wanted to go. We have always opted to fight because SHE has always opted to fight.
Noodle struggles with very complicated diagnoses including:  Hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, hemiplegia and cortical blindness to name a few.  She has endured 50 surgeries and has spent around 300 days in the hospital so far.  There is no cure for any of her conditions.  She works so hard every day to overcome the obstacles placed before her and she is living proof that miracles do exist.  She has been an inspiration to all who have met her and she brings a smile to the face of every person who is lucky enough to cross her path.
We have been given the opportunity through a generous grant to try an innovative treatment for Noodle that could not only relieve some of her pain and discomfort, but that also just might help give her some freedom by restoring some of the function she has lost.  The grant we received covers two-thirds of the total cost of treatment, but we need to fund the remaining one-third by raising an additional $2,000.  We owe it to our little fighter to give her this chance.
Thank you for considering supporting Noodle by participating in this fundraiser and by sharing it far and wide with friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you can think of.  Together, I know we can do this!
*Online at:  THIRTY-ONE for NOODLE - event closes 4/10/13.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Flashback Friday

My Hair - it's a constant source of frustration for me....always has been.  It's been long, short, straight, curly.  It's been brown, blonde, black, red, multi-colored.  It's been highlighted, lowlighted, chemically processed and damaged beyond repair at times.  For quite some time, I've enjoyed it short.  I went nearly completely gray several years back and the constant salon coloring and cutting became too expensive and too time-consuming so I just let it grow and took to coloring at home.  Now, I'm sick and tired of it again and I need professional help!! So.....what's it gonna be - help me out or I just might do something really drastic! 

(Please never mind that I have aged A LOT and lost and gained the same 20+ lbs MANY times over the years)