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Big Sister

I know our main focus is on Avery’s health and well-being, as it should be, but please keep her Big Sister in your thoughts and prayers as well.

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She has never spent more than a night or two away from mom and dad. Her life, too, has been completely turned upside down.

Although she’s used to seeing us every day, we (Ma, PaPa, Uncle + 3 Aunts) cannot replace her mom and dad.

The first whole day she was away from them she started saying, “Momma. Miss. Dada. Miss.”

It’s so hard on her too. Even worse, not only will the idea of a “normal” Christmas almost be completely thrown out the window, but she turns 2 tomorrow, on Christmas Eve.

The day Avery starts her “big meds.”

Her birthday party (with just our family due to Covid) had already been planned. She has a 2 yr check up next week. She’s potty training. Cutting teeth. All the things a 2 yr old should be doing.

But mostly she’s struggling with separation anxiety (just like mom and dad) and really trying to make sense of this new (temporary) normal right now.

So, please just remember her specifically too with your prayers and thoughts.

We sometimes forget that even the siblings can be going through a tough time.

Follow Avery’s journey with Leukemia here.

How can you help from home?

First, prayer. We need to continue to storm the gates of heaven for Avery.

Their biggest tangible needs are food and money. Even with insurance, the costs are undoubtedly going to continue to add up.

For starters, we set up a GoFundMe with a tentative amount that will most likely go up as we continue: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-baby-avery-beat-leukemia

To help them stay fed while at the hospital, we’ve found DoorDash gift cards are best: https://doordash.launchgiftcards.com/

Email for digital gift cards here: [email protected]

Join the National Bone Marrow Registry at Be The Match if you would like to be included in the search! Just click this link https://join.bethematch.org/everAvery or simply text everavery to 61474

Want to send cash straight to Chey through Cashapp? $CheyenneShipwash

Or you can send it straight to Nic through Venmo: @NKiernan

Want to send tangible gifts? We’ve set up an Amazon Wish List.

Purchase a shirt here: Happily Ever Avery products

Facebook page for updates: Happily Ever Avery

Instagram handle: @ourhappilyeveravery

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