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Erin's Homecoming 11-1-04
 
Dear Friends,
 
Erin opened her eyes and took her last breath at 4:24am this morning while I held her in my arms.  She went ever so peacefully without any distress.  It was such a blessing to be able to cradle her in my arms and hold her the same way I held her in my arms almost 11 years ago.  The peace that has surrounded this family is indescribable!  The pain is equally indescribable! 
 
Updated
Visitation will be at Green Street Baptist Church on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 6 - 8pm.  The Celebration of Erin's Life will be held at Green Street Baptist Church at 2pm on the afternoon of Nov. 3.  Her precious little body will be laid to rest in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. 
 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made either to:
Hospice Carousel Center, 1100-C S. Stratford Rd., Winston Salem, NC, 27103, 
Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC, 27317or
Adams Farm Community Church Educational Wing, 5113 Mackey Rd., Jamestown, NC, 27282.
 
Your support and prayers have and continue to mean so much to us.  Please know that your e-mails have been read even though we do not respond.  You touch our hearts in a very special way and we love you very much! 
 
Mourning & Rejoicing,
 
Laurie, Joey, Mary Beth & Caroline
 

Erin's Journey
 
September 11, 2001 - Erin goes to Baptist Hospital for her first chemotherapy treatment.  This is also the day the doctors tell us that her bone scan showed the worst case of bone cancer they have seen in their twenty years of practice.  It was widespread from the tumor in her left foot, all the way to her skull, including her lungs.
November 12, 2001 - An angel appears in Erin's room and tells her that she does not need to be afraid because she is going to be healed!
December 8, 2001 - Erin celebrates her 8th birthday (12/23) in the hospital playroom with friends, family and fellow oncology patients.
January 13, 2002 - Erin receives an annointing and is prayed over.
January 18, 2002 - Erin's bone scan comes back NORMAL, with NO SIGN OF CANCER!!!  YES, PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 27-30, 2002 - The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Erin's wish and the whole family goes on a Disney cruise that is absolutely, positively, without a doubt, the best vacation we have ever had!  I can not imagine a better way to celebrate Erin being in remission!!!
February 2002 - The Lord begins to enlarge Erin's territory.  Erin begins to publicly share her testimony.  (1 Chronicles 4:10)
September 24, 2002 - Erin receives her LAST DOSE OF CHEMO!
October 24, 2002 - Erin begins radiation as a precautionary measure.
December 23, 2002 - Erin celebrates her 9th birthday at home!
December 27, 2002 - LAST RADIATION!
August 11, 2003 - Routine chest CT shows a small tumor in Erin's left lung.
September 8, 2003 - Surgery is successfully performed at Baptist Hospital to remove the tumor.
December 8, 2003 - Bone scans and chest CT show NO SIGN OF CANCER!!!
March 8, 2003 - Her scans were moved up a week because Erin has not been feeling well lately.  She describes it as feeling like "five year old expired jello!"  Well, the reason is...her cancer has returned.  The Chest CT shows 5-6 spots in and around her left lung.
March 12, 2004 - None of the medical options available to Erin will save her life.  So, with MUCH prayer and Erin's input, we have decided to leave this in God's hands and pray for another miracle!
PLEASE PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!!!!!!
April 24, 2004 - Erin was taken to the emergency room at Baptist Hospital with a fever of 103.2, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing and hearing, dizziness, and severe back pain!  After an x-ray showed that her left lung was completely surrounded by fluid, almost a liter of fluid was drained.  She will go back to Baptist on 4/27. 
HOPE IS NEVER LOST WHEN IT IS IN THE LORD!!!
April 27, 2004 - Erin has been admitted to the hospital.  The chest x-ray showed more fluid around her lung today than she had on Saturday.  She will have a tube surgically inserted into her chest on 4/28 to drain the fluid and will stay in the hospital for 5-7 days.  The tube will be removed before Erin comes home.
May 15, 2004 - Just two weeks after being in the hospital with a collapsed lung, Erin is miraculously able to dance in her dance recital with her two sisters and her mom!  Check out the pictures!
May 16, 2004 - Erin ends up back in the hospital (for one day) diagnosed with anemia.  Chest x-ray shows no change since the last one, which showed only a small pocket of fluid left after draining.
May 22, 2004 - Erin's hemoglobin continued to fall so she went back to the hospital to receive her first blood transfusion.  The fact that she has gone two and a half years without needing a transfusion is a miracle in itself.  She is feeling so much better now, she says she can even breath easier.
May 28, 2004 - Erin completes fourth grade with straight A's!
June 11, 2004 - Hospice comes to our home for first visit with Erin.
June 12, 2004 - A hospital bed and oxygen is delivered for Erin's use.
(Erin is quite upset and does not like her new bed at all!)
July 1, 2004 - Erin goes back to Baptist for a chest x-ray because she is having intense pain and more difficulty breathing.  The x-ray shows that Erin's left lung is almost completely full of tumors and is starting to compress her right lung and cover half of her heart.  She also has a deviated trachea. 
July 11 - 16,, 2004 - Erin got to go to the Victory Junction Gang Camp and had a BLAST!!!
July 16, 2004 - The Make-A-Wish Foundation gave us four tickets to go see Clay Aiken in concert at the Greensboro Coliseum!!!  Some wonderful person worked it out for us to "meet & greet" Clay before the concert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, he really IS as nice as he seems.  He even hugged Erin!
July 30, 2004 - Erin is having a great week!  Her pain level, with only a few occasions of breakthrough pain, has been less than 1.  (On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the best.)  Tiredness has been her biggest issue.  The medicine she is taking makes her very drowsy.  Her nurse came to see her on Wednesday and could not believe how good all of Erin's stats were.  Her blood pressure, heart beat and pulse were great, her oxygen level was high, and the amount of air that she could hear circulating through Erin's left lung was "tremendous!" 
 
Can anyone say, "MIRACLE?!?"
 
August 17, 2004 - Erin started back to fifth grade at High Point Christian Academy and is doing very well!  Miracle, miracle, miracle!!!
August 28, 2004 - Erin is hospitalized due to severe chest pains and difficulty breathing.  Many prayers go up and she gets out three days later.  On day four, her appetite returned and she started acting like her old self again.  Please pray for weight gain!
 

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This picture was taken on July 29, 2004. 
Erin sure doesn't look sick, does she? 

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Erin & Clay Aiken!!!

Erin and Mom got to meet Clay Aiken on 7-16-04!
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Erin's Sixth Dance Recital!

Dance Recital 2004
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This was Caroline's 2nd, Erin's 6th, Mary Beth's 7th and Mom's 1st recital in a very long time!

Erin's Fifth Dance Recital

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In September, 2001, we were told that Erin might lose her left foot to bone cancer, if she survived at all.  On May 18th, 2003, Erin danced in her fifth dance recital!  This is nothing short of a MIRACLE!!!  Erin is the one in the middle with her hands raised to heaven.

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This photo album web site is dedicated to chronicling the long journey that lies ahead for our precious little Erin who was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma and received her first chemotherapy treatment on the dreadful Sept. 11th, 2001! We want to share our memories and miracles with friends and relatives all over the world. Please help us share her story!

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If you would like to be added to Erin's list of Prayer Warriors and receive occasional updates, please send your name to 
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Since Nov. 27, 2001

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This is Erin on May 15, 2004 at the Carolina Theater. She danced beautifully in her 6th recital.

ERIN NEEDS ANOTHER MIRACLE!