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Old 04-06-2012, 09:45 AM   #1
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Alyssa's Wish - Princesses, Minnie Mouse, and Pink!!!.....Nov 10-18

I have been stalking the DIS for a couple of months since we found out Alyssa will be receiving a wish from MAW. My name is Amy and I been with my husband Johnson for 18 years, married for 8. We are middle school sweethearts with two children, Chase 5 and Alyssa 2(wish child). I have been wanting to take the kids to Disney for the past 2 years but it kept being put off until the next year because of the cost. I went to Disney when I was 8 or 9 and remember riding Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion. I loved it!!! I was so excited when we decided to plan a trip for 2012. But other things kept us from going this time.

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In the fall of 2011, Alyssa started having some leg pain and running fevers. So we decided to take her to the pediatrician but was told it was just a virus. A month later the symptoms returned and we made another trip to the pediatrician who did blood work this time. It came back showing severe anemia and we were referred to NC Children's Hem/Onc Clinic the next day for more blood work and tests. A few days later Alyssa developed MRSA, and we were admitted to the hospital. After 7 days in the hospital with multiple IVs, Xrays, ultrasounds, PICC line, MRI and 2 bone marrow biopsies Alyssa was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in Oct 2011. She began treatment 2 days later and we were finally home after 14 days in the hospital. She is in remission now but we continue get treatments every 10 days which will go to once a month in June and continue until December 2013. She is such a trooper and feels great most of the time!!!

Our oncologist suggested we apply for MAW at one of our visits. The very next day I decided I would just inquire about it because I had felt a little guilty for signing her up when there were so many other children with far worse diseases. Within an hour MAW called me to find out more information and they sent the paperwork off to our oncologist to see if Alyssa would qualify. By lunch that day, MAW called back and said everything was completed and Alyssa qualifies. WOW! That was fast! We are now waiting to meet our wish granters Abby and Elizabeth on Monday. Alyssa loves pink, princesses, and minnie mouse so Disney is the obvious choice!



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Old 04-06-2012, 10:03 AM   #2
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I was hoping to go to Disney the second week of November. I want Alyssa to experience the MVMCP and eat with Cinderella in the castle but have no other major plans. Can anyone suggest special things for a little girl at Disney? Hopefully Alyssa will be 3 by the time we go.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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So I guess I need to explain the title of my thread. Alyssa LOVES pink! We have been asking her some questions so we can get info for her wish grantors when they come. When we ask who is her favorite princess she says PINK. When we ask her what is her favorite food she says PINK. So when the MAW grantors come to our house I will be surprised if she answers anything other than PINK! Her verbal skills are excellent and she talks in sentences so I don't know if she is trying to be funny or just get under my skin with her PINK comments.
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:38 AM   #5
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Planning your trip will be so much FUN!!!!!
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:23 PM   #6
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I know! I am so excited! Can anyone tell me how to add a signature?
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:39 AM   #7
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Your kids are so cute! Alyssa is a trooper! How exciting to get a trip to Disney! I hope you all have a great time, after all your family has been through, YOU DESERVE IT!
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Your kids are adorable! Glad to here Alyssa gets her wish.

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Old 07-19-2012, 05:31 PM   #9
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You have the most adorable family, and Alyssa is sooo beautiful. She has truly captured my heart. She reminds me so much of my DD, and I'm so sorry she's had to go through the hardships she has. I'm extremely excited for you all to go to Disney. It sounds like you're all going to have an amazing time. We'll be there around the same time. (12th-23rd) If I see ya, I'll give ya a wave.
Happy planning, can't wait to read more.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:16 PM   #10
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hello!!!

I just wanted to let you know that I found your pre-trippie report on here and put a link to it on the Wish Trippers UNITE thread.

You probably already know about that thread on here...but just in case, I thought I would invite you on over!

I put your link on the first page of the thread - so hopefully anyone that has not been by here yet will come say hello!

You have a beautiful family. You are doing a great job on all of the planning!
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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Thank you everyone for the kind comments!

My baby girl just turned 3 and my baby boy turns 6 next week! We had a cheerleader and football player birthday party, and guests were asked to show their team spirit by wearing their favorite college colors. The party was so much fun! The party was held at Elite Gym where both Alyssa and Chase take gymnastics. Guests brought toys to donate to NC Children's Cancer Clinic where Alyssa receives her treatments. This is the second year we have done this, and it brings us so much joy to have our kids want to donate their birthday gifts!















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The kids real birthday gift!
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