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Garibay Soup: Praying for Caydence

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Praying for Caydence

A lot of people in my life don't "GET" my online world. They probably don't consider my friends "friends" and probably just down right think I'm crazy. But I'm not. As wonderful as your friends in real life might be, they don't always understand you, your situation, what you're going through or know how to begin to support you in certain situations. And that's okay. I love my in real life friends so much, but have met amazing woman online that sometimes understand what I'm going through a little bit more.

When I lost Mya, I had amazing, continuous support {and still do} when people in real life were there for the moment, but since they have never experienced such a heart wrenching thing eventually forgot about it ~ or just didn't know what to say anymore. The support of certain friends online who went through this with me are STILL there, STILL talking with me about it.

None of my friends in real life understand what I go through with Ella and her heart condition, but I have a wonderful group of girls online that do, and are quick to be there just to talk or give advice for what they went through when their child's heart was racing up to 250+BPM, and that's okay ~ but maybe now you'll "GET" my online world.

Every once in a while you get to meet one of these special friends that you've been through so much with, and I feel extremely blessed to have gotten to know my dear friend Carlee. Carlee was pregnant with me when I was pregnant with Mya. While my pregnancy ended in death, her's ended EXTREMELY early with a very tiny baby with a whole lot of health issues. Caydence was born at 27 weeks. The fact that she's 3 years old and still here is a BLESSING, and if you ever get to know Caydence you'll quickly agree.

Caydence has not had an easy life. She has been in and out of the hospital more times than I could ever imagine, has had open heart surgery at such a young age and has constantly been on oxygen. I don't know all the details on what's wrong, but I do know that my little Caydence is in a hospital in Texas awaiting her lungs to show up so they can do a lung transplant.

I just got a call from Carlee as they are in the hospital waiting and they told Carlee on top of everything that Caydence has and is going through, they believe she has Wolff Parkinson White syndrome. That's exactly what Ella has. My heart feels heavy today, because I hate that on top of everything else, they're going to have to worry about Caydence and SVT.  

I'm going to share some pictures of Caydence with you and ask that you please keep Miss Caydence in your prayers ~ she's such a vibrant little girl, and the surgery that she's about to undergo scares that living crap out of me.  So please pray that these new lungs give Caydence a long, long, long life.  Please pray for strength for Carlee and the entire family as they will be split up these next few months

I feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know Carlee & Caydence, relationships that I have formed like this make me extremely grateful for the online community that is a huge part of my life.

A little, ity, bity Caydence

Brothers going to see their baby sister

After open heart surgery

She's such a silly girl 

The Garibays Went all the way to Wyoming to see Caydence!!

Here's Caydence at the hospital in Texas awaiting her lung transplant

Carlee & Caydence we love you and are here praying hard here!!  I feel extremely blessed to have been a part of your lives and if it wasn't for Mya, I wouldn't even know you..... crazy isn't it?  The Garibays love the Brannamans!!  Go Caydence Go ~ you have overcome so much and we know this will just be another thing to add to that list.



Blogger Becky said...

wow a lung transplant at such a young age? what a brave girl. thanks for sharing her story and i will pray!

February 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Brannamanclan said...

Amanda thank you so much for posting about my daughter Caydence. You as well have made such an impact in my life and I am very grateful that you are my friend! While reading this post I could not help myself from crying! I love you guys more than you know!! :)

February 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Michie (aka Michaela) said...

What an adorable little girl! Thank you for sharing this. I will keep her and her family in my prayers!!

February 11, 2010 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Sarah R said...

I will definitely be keeping Caydence and Carlee in my thoughts -- gosh, she was so tiny when she was born!

February 11, 2010 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Nada said...

What a little cutie! She's in my thoughts & prayers!

February 12, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger *.::alex::.* said...

What a teeny tiny baby she was!!

This post made me tear up a little bit.

Lots of love and thoughts to such a brave little girl and her amazing family!!

February 13, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Fish aka Two Fish said...

Lots of love and thoughts for these little angels. I tell you people are such precious gifts in our lives. Never explain the importance of online and real life connections. ((HUGS))

February 13, 2010 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Kara @ His, Hers and Ours said...

What an amazing story of such a little fighter! I have all the faith that this will be one more notch to add to her list.

Prayers, lots and lots of prayers are being sent to Caydence and her family.

February 14, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

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