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October 12, 2007

Yesterday we officially learned what we had suspected (and feared) was the case. Audrey Maria has Trisomy 18 – which is “a genetic disorder associated with the presence of extra material for chromosome 18”. It explains the health problems she has endured thus far – and also means her time with us will probably be very brief. Today she is being transferred back to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek so she can be closer to home. (Because of her condition, no surgeries will be performed which was the reason she was moved to Children’s.) It is possible she may come home in a few days. We will be working out those details with the doctors in the next day or two. Sara and I continue to be appreciative of your prayers – and all of the assistance we are receiving from family and friends. Email is probably the best way to communicate as we can then read and reply when we are able to do so.

There are difficult days ahead – but we continue to move forward in faith, finding comfort in our Father’s perfect love, knowing His hand is upon our family. We are grateful for Audrey, for who and what she is, and we are grateful that we have been blessed to have her as a part of our family.


15 Responses to "Diagnosis"
  1. The Matt Family says:

    Dear Sam, Sara, and family,

    My heart is heavy with grief. May you find strength and peace in the God’s love. Our family has been praying for you and will continue to do so in the days ahead. We are here to walk with you.

    With Love,
    Sue and the rest of the Matt family

  2. Sonya Gala says:

    Dear Friends,

    I am so sorry about the test results. It is certainly not what we wanted to hear. We all know that Audrey’s life was, is and will continue to be purposeful and intentional as Our Lord makes NO mistakes. We pray for the road up ahead and we ask sweet Jesus to give you the strength to be able to make every second precious and full of lasting memories. We ask Heavenly Father to surround your family with a peace and unmeasurable joy.

    We are here for you at any capacity.

    In Christ,
    The Gala Family

  3. Heidi says:

    What a beautiful little girl. May God give you time strenghth,courage,blessings and love. I can only imagine how this trying time in your lives must be. Please know you are always in my prayers and my church family.
    god bless you,

  4. Susan Clark says:

    Precious Audrey seems like quite a little fighter to me as she has overcome so much already to be a member of your family. Don’t dwell on the things you might never get to do with her, just be grateful for the time you have. We don’t know what God’s plan is for us, but His love is perfect and she couldn’t be in better hands.

    I love what the little boy said in his prayers on the previous page of comments – to please let Audrey get well so she can go home with her Momma…

    You are in my prayers,
    Susan Clark

  5. Kim Day says:

    We were out of town for two weeks and just got your email. We are praying that the time the Lord has entrused Audrey Maria to you is filled with His blessings. She is a beautiful little girl and has been given to a wonderful family. If we can do anything please let us know.

    Kim Day and Family

  6. Jill says:

    We’ll be praying for you and your family. May God bestow much grace and comfort upon your hearts.

    love and hugs…jill and the combs family

  7. Doug and Ellen Hatcher says:

    Sam, Sara and family,

    Ben has kept us posted about Audrey. We are so sorry to hear the news. She is a beautiful little girl. Please know that our most postitive thoughts are with you now.

    Love to all of you,
    Doug and Ellen

  8. Jeff & Barbara says:

    Sam,Sara and family,

    Our hearts go out to you. Audrey is in our prayers. The neonatologist from Children’s are very good. From our experience with Jeffrey, things sometimes go better than the Dr. predict. If you need anything, Please let us know.
    Jeff & Barbara

  9. Terry Soule says:

    Dear Sara, Sam and kids,

    I learned about the test results with Audrey through my daughter, Briana, and Lori Myers. I am praying for you all and will continue to do so. Our newest granddaughter has just gone through difficult heart surgery at 4 weeks old, so I understand just a tiny bit of what you are going through. My prayer is that God will give you rich times with Audrey, and that she will be a light to Him during her life here. You are being prayed for in South Carolina, and I will ask others in our church family out here to pray.

    Love, prayers and hugs,
    Terry Soule

  10. The Zakas Family says:

    Sam, Sara and family – just as we rejoiced with you at the birth of your precious Audrey we also weep with you at this latest news. Even though most of us cannot truly understand what you are going through, we are here to help in any way we can – you are not alone. May Jesus draw close to you and hold you tight and bless your time with Audrey immeasurably. Praying for all of you, The Zakas Family

  11. Alisa says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray the Lord for your strength and Audrey’s miracle signs.
    I believe that God works through Audrey in order to give all of us the time and faith to pull us together into one strong community and no word can describe it. Let our faith and belief be heard from Him and trust that He’ll work miracles in her.

    God Bless You,

  12. Stef says:

    you remain in our thoughts and prayers… and we’re praying for a miracle. I pray Audrey’s story will be what God uses to change the hearts of many!
    God bless you guys,
    Stefanie Arnold

  13. Steve says:

    Sara and Sam,
    She is always in our prayers.
    Steve and the McGinnis Team.

  14. The Carrero's says:

    Sara, Rachel and family,
    This is not the news we were expecting to hear. I do not even know what to say that can possibly do a thing to comfort your hearts and spirits. Just know we are praying for you all and are here in anyway we can be. May Jesus surround you all with His love, peace, and comfort at this incredible time of mixed emotions. Audrey is so special and has already touched so many hearts.
    Love and prayers,
    Amanda Carrero and family

  15. Jesi Pitzer says:

    “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
    Phil. 4:4-8

    You’re in our prayers-
    Jesi Pitzer & fam

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