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Old 02-18-2013, 04:10 PM   #151
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Thank you Judy I was on early & read your lovely greeting, and couldn't post then cause I was crying too much. We were amazed by the support we received when Angel was diagnosed, but dismayed at how fast everyone diappeared as soon as she was released from the hospital. The only ones that have stayed with us are some truly wonderful friends we made online at a webkinz forum. Now we have DIS friends too. It does hurt to be so alone in RL though.

I just got an email from the wish coordinator, asking if I had my passport yet, because she can't do anything until I do. That is not what she told us 1/24. She said she had already submitted the dates, and that Tom & Angel applying for the passports was enough. It wasn't a matter of misunderstanding what she said, I have follow up emails from her. I was so excited to see an an email from her, hoping for dates. Now we're simply crushed, because it looks like we'll probably not be going this year.
Oh no, that's horrible. :-(. Maybe somehow it'll work out. I'll keep praying.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:15 PM   #152
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Thank you Judy I was on early & read your lovely greeting, and couldn't post then cause I was crying too much. We were amazed by the support we received when Angel was diagnosed, but dismayed at how fast everyone diappeared as soon as she was released from the hospital. The only ones that have stayed with us are some truly wonderful friends we made online at a webkinz forum. Now we have DIS friends too. It does hurt to be so alone in RL though.

As you know, we are in year ten of this and there is no relief in sight. When I saw this graphic I thought of you, I really DO get it. My online friends are more family to me than some of our own family and my IRL friends got weary about 9 years and 9 months ago...just about the time Lisa was getting out of the hospital to come home...I am sorry I made you cry though! I am not going anywhere!


I just got an email from the wish coordinator, asking if I had my passport yet, because she can't do anything until I do. That is not what she told us 1/24. She said she had already submitted the dates, and that Tom & Angel applying for the passports was enough. It wasn't a matter of misunderstanding what she said, I have follow up emails from her. I was so excited to see an an email from her, hoping for dates. Now we're simply crushed, because it looks like we'll probably not be going this year.
I am beyond frustrated for you and I would call the office and ask to speak to the board of directors if the wish coordinator is the "highest person in the office. I would present the emails and the quest for the birth certificate and say...ENOUGH! We have had ENOUGH do this for our family PLEASE! ONe family shouldn't have to keep taking all of these hits. I am sorry!
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:56 PM   #153
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Thank you Kristy & Judy

Judy - I know your family has been through so much more, and how you handle everything is such an encouragement to us. Thank you so much for being such a blessing.


Tom tried calling the coordinator, and left a message, but she didn't return his call. Since that's happened several times before, I replied to her email, and asked several specific questions. She answered the email immediately, so I'm not sure why she didn't return the call. She didn't directly answer any of my questions, and what she did answer was vague. The coordinator still thinks that the April cruise is possible. I wish I were more confident in the accuracy of her answers, but at this point all I can do is hope that it all works out, because today made Angel very sad. Praying my birth certificate gets here very soon.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:11 PM   #154
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So sorry for all the problems. It will work out for you, just hope sooner than later. Hang in there!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:52 PM   #155
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Argh to all the miscommunication (or lack of communication). It must be so frustrating, especially since the POINT of the trip is to give you guys a break. I know here in Canada you can request an "emergency" passport if you need it really quickly, will that be possible for you once you get the bc? (This is reminding me to get on my FIL's bum about W's bc... We have no idea where it is since his mom passed; luckily he's had a passport this entire time.)
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:37 PM   #156
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Thank you Melissa & Jo

We really are trying to stay positive about the trip, but I'm glad I have so many examples on the DIS to show me that our MAW experience is the exception, not the rule. There's quite a bit that's happened that I don't post about.

Yes, you can get an emergency passport, but this isn't an emergency. They do offer expedited services, and we asked about that when Tom & Angel got their passports, just in case it came to me needing it. It costs a lot more, and the lady said that the 2-3 weeks tends to be on the side of 3 weeks, and that overall standard comes in about 3 weeks any way, even if it says longer. I know in Dec. there were many posts on the cruise forum that they were so surprised to get theirs in just 2 weeks. Tom & Angel are past 3 weeks now, and when I checked online it just says "processing". Doesn't leave me confident about mine.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:33 AM   #157
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Thank you Kristy & Judy

Judy - I know your family has been through so much more, and how you handle everything is such an encouragement to us. Thank you so much for being such a blessing.
You know my mantra...nothing is worse, it is just different! THANK YOU for your kind words!!

Tom tried calling the coordinator, and left a message, but she didn't return his call. Since that's happened several times before, I replied to her email, and asked several specific questions. She answered the email immediately, so I'm not sure why she didn't return the call. She didn't directly answer any of my questions, and what she did answer was vague. The coordinator still thinks that the April cruise is possible. I wish I were more confident in the accuracy of her answers, but at this point all I can do is hope that it all works out, because today made Angel very sad. Praying my birth certificate gets here very soon.
Our MAW was less than stellar from the coordination end of it (I think you might have gathered some of that...it is what I DIDN'T say that made my head want to explode, so I get it). The trip itself, was what we made of it and that was awesome! I am so upset for you and especially Angel...this is just not right. Is there ANYTHING that can be done to expedite the BC? I KNOW you have tried everything I am just truly frustrated for you! I can't stand when I am ignored either...HUGE Hugs and Prayers!!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:56 PM   #158
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Thank you so much Judy Sorry that you had MAW issues too. So glad your trip was awesome

When I called about the BC last Tues., the person told me that it literally just needed to be stamped, and that is why there wasn't anything that could be done to speed it up, because that was the final step, and they were confident that it would be mailed no later than Fri. If that were the case, it should have been here today, even with the holiday, but it wasn't, so I called again (which sounds a lot easier than it actually is). The status shows it was completed yesterday. That is a relief, but we still don't know if it was mailed yet, and if not, how long it will take for it to be mailed (it took a week to get it stamped, and it's been almost 10 weeks when it was supposed to only be 4). We have a storm headed our way, so even if the BC gets here, I may have difficulty getting to town to order the passport.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:01 AM   #159
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Ugh! Sorry you are having so many problems. Hopefully it is in the mail and will be at your house tomorrow and the storm stays away so you can get into town to get your passport.

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Old 02-21-2013, 06:28 PM   #160
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Thanks Jackie
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Oh my goodness!!! I can not believe all the problems you guys are having. I am so sorry for all of what is going on. It really makes me sad to see kids who suffer in pain and other things suffering in emotional sadness too. I really hope things get shaped up soon and she gets what she wants. I will be praying that it comes SOON! So glad to hear that it is done...now if it would just hurry and get there!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:41 PM   #162
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Thank you Britney

Still not here. Good news is that the "storm" ended up just being a little snow.
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For those that ordered JoyJars - when it comes, there's an information card with it that includes a section of their website where you can request a "I'm a NEGU kid" tshirt. We ordered one, and it came in just a few days. I took a pic, but Angel didn't like the expression on her face, so I'll have to try again soon.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:12 AM   #164
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awesome! I ordered one of those joyjars!! It should be in soon. I will get the shirt too. Thanks!!
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:19 PM   #165
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For those that ordered JoyJars - when it comes, there's an information card with it that includes a section of their website where you can request a "I'm a NEGU kid" tshirt. We ordered one, and it came in just a few days. I took a pic, but Angel didn't like the expression on her face, so I'll have to try again soon.
They sent us some wrist bands and said Ava doesn't qualify for a joy jar. :-(
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