Karen on December 19th, 2012

About six years ago, my son Nathan had open heart surgery to correct PAPVR, related to scimitar syndrome.  Those were some tough days, and I remember there came a point where Nathan had to walk down the hall for the first time.  His dad (and my dear husband) gave him encouragement; I snapped a photo [...]

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Karen on November 5th, 2012

Nathan can’t wait to tell his classmates tomorrow morning about his lucky day.  And I also can’t wait to tell my friends about Nathan’s lucky day.  But the reason Nathan thinks he is lucky and the reason I think Nathan is lucky involve 2 different stories. I’ll give you his side first. Two days ago, [...]

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Karen on October 20th, 2012

When I think back to those terrible days when Nathan was faced with heart surgery and then back surgery at such a young age, I recall how blessed our family was to have a strong and determined man who was with Nathan every step of the way.  Bryan Blakeney, Nathan’s dad and my wonderful husband, [...]

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Karen on September 3rd, 2012

I am very fond of all 11-year-old boys named Nathan–probably because I have one of my own.  I have read about Batten Disease and know that you have been through difficult challenges.  I shared your letter with my Nathan, and he proceeded to pray for you. Tonight, before I go to sleep, I will also [...]

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Karen on January 11th, 2012

In my mailbox this morning: “My daughter Madison has just been diagnosed with Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return.  I’m so glad I found your story.  Please keep Madison and our family in your prayers!” I will.  Nathan had cardiac catheterization at two, and it was determined that his PAPVR needed to be addressed surgically.  A [...]

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