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8/15/02

Hi Joanne,   What a great message to start the day!  Congratulations to all of you.  This is a day when everyone can really rejoice!  It must be Laura's fighting spirit and the love of those closest to her that have helped her relentless battle!  We also want to thank God for answering our prayers.  One thing is for sure, Laura could not possibly be surrounded by more love!   Mal

8/15/02 Hooray- hooray- hooray!!!!!   Tina


8/15/02

Laura's progress is UNBELIEVABLE!!!
Tell her to keep fighting and praying!
Love
Beth


8/15/02

yes yes yes yes yes!!!!  What a girl you have.  All of my love to you guys. Where and when for the transplant?  By the way, when I visit next, can I bring up anything special for Joelle, like a favorite food or game or movie?  Love, theresa

8/15/02

you have my love and best wishes...Pam


8/15/02

I am so happy for all three of you.  What hospital will you be going to for
transplant?  Please know that the entire New England Marrow Donor Program,
and the Red Cross, are praying for you all.  Please remind Laura and Joelle,
I'm waiting for those Jack-o-Lanterns this Halloween!


CarolAnn Baldwin
Community Education Specialist
New England Marrow Donor Program

So happy to hear the fantastic news.  The positive events can only help Laura heal!  Our thoughts and prayers are with you from Iowa!
Love, Debbie


8/15/02

Dear Joanne,

    I am so happy to hear about Laura's REMISSION!  I am giving thanks and praise to God Our Father; Jesus His Son ; and God the Holy Spirit; and thanks also for the intercessions of Mary, the Mother of God, and all of God's angels and saints! (With special thanks to Padre Pio, now Saint Pio!)

    On this special day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I will be in church with my Mom and nieces giving thanks and asking for blessings to continue for Laura.  We will pray Laura stays strong and receives her bone marrow transplant ASAP (where God wants her to have it done), and that she will be HEALED thanks to God's merciful answer to our many prayers.   MAY MIRACLES CONTINUE TO HAPPEN FOR LAURA--- FOR THE
GLORY OF GOD!

    With Much Love and Many Prayers,
    Kathryn


8/15/02

HIPHIPHURRAH!!!!  That is wonderful news.  I hope things are figured out quickly and go smoothly.  We are praying for you.  Love Aunt Gail and Uncle John and Nikkiangel (I know she is with you all the way!)


8/15/02

JOANNE, THANK THE LORD!!!!!!!!!   WE ARE JUMPING FOR JOY AND THE PRAYERS CONTINUE!   LOVE, DARCY

8/15/02
WAY TO GO, LAURA!!!!   YOU ARE ONE TOUGH WOMAN!!!  (so is your mom :) )     AARON AND I WILL PLAN A SPECIAL LUNCH FOR YOU TWO SUPERWOMEN - LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU'RE IN THE MOOD TO EAT AND WE WILL PLAN TO BRING LUNCH ON FRIDAY IF THAT FITS IN WITH YOUR " SOCIAL SCHEDULE".  WE ARE SO EXCITED -  AARON WAS LOOKING THROUGH A TRAVEL MAGAZINE AGAIN TODAY AND HAS COME UP WITH SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR OUR CELEBRATORY VACATION NEXT SPRING.  CAN'T WAIT TO GIVE YOU BOTH A BIG HUG!!   I HAVE KEPT OUR GREAT MOTHER WORKING OVERTIME TO HELP YOU THROUGH THIS.  MANY BLESSINGS, MARIANNE   P.S. BOB SAYS RAY RAMANO SAID HI.  BOB FEELS LIKE HE KNOWS HIM NOW SINCE YOU GOT TO TALK TO HIM !
 
Hey, What's Up?  How ya doin?  That's great!  I knew you could do it!  I can't remember ever doubting that you could make it!  Keep up the good work, and I'll see you soon!
    Love, The Z's


8/15/02

HOORAY!!

Love, Sara & Arthur


8/15/02

Dear Joanne,  I was so happy to hear of Laura's prognosis.  My family prays for your family every day and it seems that this helps.  I pray fervently that a miracle continues to happen for you.  
Love,
Marguerite


8/15/02

Joanne:    I had just heard the good news from Mona.  I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that Laura is in remission.  The power of prayer is amazing.  I give you a lot of credit for not giving up hope and Laura for continuing the fight against all odds.  The two of you are an incredible team.  I can't imagine the joy when you heard the news.  Hope Laura is feeling stronger and that Joelle is doing well.  You now need to take care of yourself.   Hope all goes well with the testing and that she'll be able to have the transplant.  We'll keep the prayers going.  If there's anything I can do to help, please don't hesitate to ask.  Love, Dina   p.s.  Tell Laura I want a ride in the convertible.

8/15/02   Wonderful news! Thank you for sharing! Will keep up the prayers & good thoughts. I am so happy for all of you! Gabrielle


8/15/02

GREAT NEWS CUZZZZZ !!!!!!!HUP IN PHILY WHERE HAD MY KIDNEY TRANSPLANT ...THE % RATE IS FOR A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT WAS A 90% SUCCESS RATE, THAT WAS 1995.....I DON'T EVEN NO MUCH ABOUT BONE MARROW OR IF THEY DO THAT, THEY PROBABLY DO THOUGH.  WELL IT'S SOMETHING TO LOOK INTO....THIS IS THE BEST NEWS I'VE HAD IN A WHILE!!!!"POWER IN PRAY"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    KEEP THE FAITH"   JOEY O


8/15/02

Joanne,
This is great!!! Keep up the faith! We all are rooting for Laura!
Lots of love,
Sushma


8/15/02

Joanne:
Just read today's entry -CONGRATULATIONS and WOW!! Tell Laura we are praying for her and watch her progress each day with amazement and joy. As you enter the next phase, tell Joelle she is never far from our thoughts either.
All I can say is WOW!!
Love to you all,
Beth


8/15/02

WOW!

What an uplifting update - my heart is soaring for all of you!!  Laura is such a remarkable young lady.  I came home with the dread of possibly coming back to Avon to say goodbye - but since I left, she's had so much happen to her and still by her faith in God and the support of her family and friends, she has again risen up in victory.  Joanne - I'm crying with joy for all of you - as are your many friends and relatives.  I pray for you all and the wonderful docs and nurses who tend to Laura.  Purple passionate prayers are the order for the day here in the mountains -  So many times during the day I pray for you - one of my favorite passages - I will look up unto the hills.....  I know He hears and has been monitoring Laura's grace.   My heart will sing all day today for only you.

I love you dear friend.  Send Laura Italian hugs and purple prayers - She has to take me for a ride in her new car when I get down there!!

Love to you all

Jacci     xoxoxoxoxoxo


8/15/02

Joanne, Laura & Joelle;

What a rush I had as I read your update as tears were streaming down my cheeks. The happiness, hope and relief you must be experiencing has got to be tremendous.
Joelle is an awesome sister, and what a hero she will be. I pray for her health and strength as well as Laura's for the transplant.

Praying for everything to go well and for the day all three of you can be home together, happy and healthy.

Karen


8/15/02

Joanne,

Thanks for the great news!  We will continue our prayers.
Tell Laura when she is home I will be visiting and want a ride in her car!
Much love,  Laurie


8/15/02

I cant see the screen through my tears of joy!  God Bless!!  Thank goodness for some good news finally!!!    much love, The Tates


8/15/02

Joanne, our prayers are working and God is listening!!!!!!!  our prayers are louder than ever and our circle of friends praying for laura grows larger too.  our hugs, love and kisses to you, laura and joelle.  amanda was beyond thrilled when she was able to "talk" to laura briefly the other night.  she danced around knowing that she got to chat with her.     WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!   darcy, fred and amanda

8/15/02

Joanne, what great news!!!!  I came online to get the address at the Medical Center, I have something to send to you and I read the update...  it couldn't be missed!!! haha
It is truly a day of celebration.  You must still have a big and beautiful smile on your face.  I know my heart is joyful for you. 
You go girls!!!!  Know you are often in my thoughts and always in my prayers.  Love you all bunches, Judi 
:-)


8/15/02

OH MY GOSH !!!!!  I AM ECSTATIC ABOUT LAURA'S NEWS!!!  JOANNE, LAURA AND JOELLE IM SOOOOO VERY HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!!!!! THANK YOU FOR EMAILING ME JOANNE AND LETTING ME KNOW.  I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE SO BUSY BUT STILL KEEP ME UPDATED,   THANK YOU.    I MET AN OLD FRIEND OF YOURS AND YOUR FAMILY THE OTHER DAY.  A WOMAN NAMED ANN THAT USED TO WORK AT THE OFFICE ON OAK TREE RD.   SHE SPOKE SO HIGHLY OF YOUR PARENTS, YOU, JIMMY AND EVERYONE.  SHE SAID SHE WAS GOING TO MAYBE CALL JIMMY.  AND SHE SENDS HER FONDEST REGARDS TO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN.  WELL PLEASE TAKE CARE AND I CAN JUST PICTURE YOU WITH A BIG SMILE ON YOUR FACE!!!!  LOVE, NANCY


8/14/02
Just read your e-mail.  You are all in our prayers.  We will pray for great results.  Love, Donna xxx ooo


8/13/02
Hi Joanne - We're praying 24 - 7 here!!!  Your positive energy is felt by everyone.  I have visions of everyone being home together this fall - and your house being "decked out for Halloween!!".  We love ya,
Marsha K.


8/13/02
Dear Joanne,

Thank you for letting me know.  I will spread the word for prayers tonight.  Please give Laura my love and tell her to keep up the good work.  I want her to give me a ride in that car!!!

I will be supporting you in prayer.

Love,
Mary


8/13/02

HI CUZS, FINGERS CROSSED, AND PRAYERS ARE ALWAYS WITH LAURA AND THE FAMILY !!!! "KEEP THE FAITH"  JOEY O @ THE O'S


8/13/02

Still praying, and gathering people to pray for you!! 


8/12/02
 

I am praying always. Please let laura know that we are thinking of her and she will always have the nikki angel watching over her.  love jenn brokaw and family
8/12/02
Joanne:
  That's the best news I've heard in a long time.  Our thoughts and prayers are always with you and Laura.  She is an amazing young girl who has taught us so much about resilience, strength and the will to survive.  May God be with her.   Love, Dina

8/12/02

Joanne: I just read your journal tonight.  WOW!  What a difference a week makes!  We are praying for increased ANC's, no cancer cells, no mouth sores, as well as for the day when your family can physically be under one roof for good!  I thank God for Laura's progress and will continue to ask him to shower her with many blessings.  May he look over you, (Super Mom) and continue to keep you physically, emotionally strong and healthy and may he provide Joelle with the same blessings and strength he has bestowed upon you.  What is the magic number of ANC we are praying for?  Let me know when Laura is able to have visitors again.  Love to all, Donna



8/9/02

what a treat to see those wheels.  Nice touch to the journal.  Your last entry showed true spirit and so much positive energy.  All my toes and fingers are crossed for you and your wonderful babes.  The children's hospital never looked better with those balloons and the car. Wow, someone must have thought you guys won the lottery. In many ways you have with all these people praying and pulling for you.  Keep up the good spirit.  As always thinking happy purple thoughts of you all.  jenn

8/5/02
 
Hi Joanne,   On my way to Norwalk yesterday I could only think of one wish for all of you.  That was to be able to sit next to a quiet stream on a warm sunny day, listening to the bubbles of the moving water and thinking of nothing else but the wonder of life and being together.   Mal


8/5/02

I was glad to read this morning's update!  I keep a picture of Laura and and Amanda when they were 3-4 years and I focus on their happy smiles and delight as they sit together on a chaise lounge on our deck!!!!!!!    always prayers for no cancer and a happy life!!!!!!  Fred gave blood last week and did it in Laura's honor.  he is donating every 56 days and he wouldn't miss.  hope some of his has been able to help Laura. love you so much dear friend.  gentle hugs and kisses to Laura.   love, Darcy


8/5/02

Dear Joanne: 

I don’t know if Nancy Nation told you, but my parish has been taking up money for the “message wall” in the teen room that Laura has inspired. We are almost there, and we will make it. Laura’s story and her determination to make a difference has really impressed us, and we want her to have this tribute to her courage and vision. 

You, Laura and Joelle are in our prayers, and we are honored to have a chance to pay tribute to your examples in this small way. 

Blessings and Peace, Salin


8/5/02

  Images of Laura in peaceful sleep is a beautiful sign.  Keep positive, love jenn


8/4/02
Joanne, our prayers and our love for Laura, Joelle and you.  our hugs and kisses love, Darcy, Fred and Amanda


8/4/02
Joanne -

I've prayed for all of you so often today you'll probably tell me to shut up!!

Hope the ride becomes smoother and that Laura will have some peace and comfort!!

How we humans take so much for granted!  I love you all and wish you the best.  Purple Passionate Italian Hugs from us!!!

Love    Jacci   xoxoxox


8/4/02

Dear Joanne,
Someone,  indeed , is taking good care of your home.  Looking good!  Hopefully it won't be much longer that you are gone and a all these bad cells, germs and other aggravations will be past and Laura's health will be restored.  And yours and Joelle's.  My prayers for you all.  With love, Leslie


8/4/02

Dear Joanne:
I know you don't know us well.  We are friends of the Giampolos.  Laura probably wonders why I keep sending cards and postcards.  I truly admire both of you.  So much courage and determination.  I know Laura will be fine.  It's been such a hard road for your family,  which breaks my heart.  I know what a rollercoaster you are on and I truly admire the strength of your family.  Remember, there are many of us who think and pray for you daily.
There will be good days and bad days.  In the end, Laura will succeed!  Hope you know Lance Armstrong had his fourth win.  His coach says he will go for two more.   Determination is an amazing thing.
Many thanks to you for keeping Laura's website updated.  Let us know what we can do.
Love, Debbie


8/4/02

Dear Jo, You are my best friend and hero...out of the mouths of babes!!  You are such an incredible family (not that I didn't know that before), but the Great Spirit has to be looking out and keeping his/her hand over all of you....my prayers are always with you and I see every cell of Laura's body becoming healthy and strong with each second of the day...hang in there....Love always, ME


8/4/02

Dear Joanne,    I really appreciated seeing you last Friday and getting the update on Laura.  You are handling everything so well, you are an inspiration!  I have been reading your journal entries and update for the weekend and hope that Laura will not be in intensive care long.  How is she doing today?  She truly is amazing.  I can't tell you how much she has touched my life just through a few water aerobics sessions and the website.    I would like to help you in any way possible.  Will you let me know what I can do for you?  Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day.    Love and strength, Carol Tsacoyeanes and family Joanne & Girls, as always I sti at my computer and read your entries sometimes with a happy heart other times it is with a heavy heart.  Not of sadness, but in awe and total inspiration.  I can only hope that my daughters share the special love that both of yours have.  Nikki taught them alot and now the teaching continues with Miss Laura.  Not a day goes by without happy thoughts of you all.  We are praying for you, especially because we all want a ride in that car!!!!  You have strength that I can only dream of.  Stay strong my sweets, I know it is very difficult. I can not even imagine the pain and the losses in your heart right now.  Remember you are never alone and a lot of people would do anything for ya.   Take care, hugs and kisses, god bless, jenn

8/4/02

Hi Joanne -

Thinking of you all and hoping someday you could share the beautiful sunsets here in the mountains.  Laura can drive you in the new sports car next summer and we can go to Jackson Falls and frolic in the water.  Sending purple prayers and Italian bear hugs to you and the girls.

Love you
 

Jacci  xoxoxoxoxoxo


8/4/02

Hi Joanne,

I'm getting ready to attend a meeting with several members of the Executive Board in Norwalk later this afternoon and wanted to give them an update on Laura's condition.

You are simply remarkable in keeping everyone informed about Laura and her day to day challenges.  Very often we will receive calls from members inquiring about Laura and we have been directing them to the website.  You have many wonderful true and caring friends ready to be there for you when you really need them.  One thing is for sure!  You have provided Laura (and Joelle) with unconditional love during this very trying time and given them both strength to carry on.  The emotional and physical strain on you has been significant, but your fighting spirit and love has allowed you to push forward.

Our thoughts, prayers and love, are with you all!

Mal


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