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Terri

Burlington, Iowa
Ava~Hope for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. I am passionate about teaching parents how to advocate for their child's health. My third daughter Ava was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. CDH is when (inside of the womb) the diaphragm does not form properly. The abdominal organs move up... Full Bio
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I Never Imagined… by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Ava would be as GOOD as she is today ;) Hello Ava followers. I can’t thank you enough for your love and support. We have so many supporters. We have had 2930 ... Read on »
I See… by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Hello all. We are fine now but Ava had to make my heart beat a little faster this morning. Lexis had decided to give the dog a bath and she hates blow drying him so I step ... Read on »
Improvement by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Well we had a great day. Ava is doing really well and feeling great. I don’t know if it is the combination of the antibiotics or cutting her carbs but whatever it is we ar ... Read on »
Iowa and Cows by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Ava felt much better with that stupid drain gone. I couldn’t believe the end that was inside her was about 7 inches long and curved at the end. She is much happier now. W ... Read on »
Is the Cross You Wear Too Heavy to Bear? by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health One of my dearest friends sent me this poem and I had to share. Complainingly I told myself, "This cross was too heavy to wear!" And I wondered discontentedly Why ... Read on »
I’m Your Angel. by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Make video montages at www.OneTrueMedia.com I made this video last year and posted it on September 27, not knowing that a few days later she would be fighting for her lif ... Read on »
Kindergarten by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Hello Ava friends! Our Summer wound down with a trip to the Peoria Zoo and a baseball game. We had such a great family day.   She is growing SO much! ... Read on »
Knowing the right thing to do. by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health So Miss Ava is taking a step backwards. The last few day we have noticed her tummy is becoming louder. The grumblings are stronger. This is a warning that the bacterial ov ... Read on »
Late but here’s Halloween by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Hello friends and followers. It’s been super busy here at our house. I’m sorry for not updating sooner. Ava was sick with a cold around Halloween time so she missed school ... Read on »
Lexis and Emeline (Ava's Sister's) Blog Giveaway by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I thought some of Ava's loyal supporters would love a chance to get in this Giveaway. The girls are working so hard on hair candy! Hope everyone is doing well. Ava is sl ... Read on »
Life Goes On…. by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health As the title reads, life has been moving along great for us. It is Amazing how it falls back into a normal routine as though she was never stricken with Congenital Diaphra ... Read on »
Line? by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Ava’s fever went away for most of the day. I took her to the ear doctor that confirmed with a test that she had no ear infection. She woke up from her nap with a 101.4 tempe ... Read on »
Living Life! by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Hello Ava fans! Life is going spectacular for Ava! We are doing more and more exciting things as a family. This might sound odd to many, but I can count on one hand how ma ... Read on »
Long day…..of appointments by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Yesterday Ava was seen by two of her doctors. Dr. Brophy who is her bladder /kidney doctor. He thinks she is doing fabulous from his point of view. So he told us that unle ... Read on »
Make a Wish Reunion and Back to School! by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Hello Ava family and friends! We went to the Iowa Make a Wish reunion a few days ago. Our family had a great time. First there was a picnic. The kids could participate in ... Read on »
More Pictures! by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Hello Ava followers! I know how much you all love pictures. There was an awesome photographer at the Make A Wish reunion last Saturday so I thought I'd share her pictures ... Read on »
Mother’s Day by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health It is such a beautiful day here in Iowa. Ava is napping and I thought I would sit here, relax and chat with all of you. I have been giving Ava her antibiotics at about 7 a ... Read on »
New Do by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Well hello to all of Ava’s fans. We have been very busy. Brian and I have been painting the exterior of our house. It has been a pain to say the least. However it is a huge ... Read on »
Oh no… not that! by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Hello Ava followers. I’m posting because we need your prayers. Ava woke last night throwing up. She’s never had the flu only abdominal problems ever. We are hoping this is ... Read on »
On our WAY. by Terri Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Ava this morning. The eyes never lie….. see how beautiful her eyes look? Well all is going fabulous here at the Helmick house. We are finally getting into a path of n ... Read on »