In two weeks, our friend, Sofia, will turn 5 years old. She was diagnosed about 2 years ago with cancer in her brain in Ukraine.
They were treated in Israel next and finally, were able to come to the United States. In Cincinnati, the Children's Hospital is one of the best when it comes to cancer treatments.
After so much radiation, proton therapy, chemotherapy, stem cell therapy (from her baby brother, Timothy's umbilica cord)...her brain had undergone so much stress and was weakened. She had a stroke Dec. 17, 2013. Then, a few days later, she had a much more serious stroke. The left side of her body was affected and she is still trying to regain strength by physical therapy. She also lost her ability to see.
She has been in the hospital 3 months today, but was able to come to church yesterday for the first time in months!!! All the children gathered around her wheelchair, holding her hands, kissing her cheeks and greeting her with love. She went to Holy Communion. I took her little brother to Holy Communion, as I am his Godmother.
I took these two pictures of their whole family in October 2013 when our parish moved from the old building into the new large church! Everyone carried an icon to the new church.
I ♥ Sofia's smile in this photo. She is supposed to be going home this Thursday Feb. 20th. We are all praying she continues to heal little by little.