Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Cat's Out of the Bag

Well, only a truly relieved mother could use a megaphone to shout from the rooftops when news is this good. Or a mass email! If you received an emafandom my mother before I had the chance to personally call you, I apologize. She totally blew up my spot. Email is a dangerous means of communication in the wrong hands (just kidding). But, again, only a mother in her deepest moment of gratitude would rush to tell the whole word.

So...what's the news already? Christmas has come early to the Bond family. On Thursday, I got the final results from my PET scan and brain MRI, for which the insurance company DID pay. The brain MRI showed one original lesion had grown .5 cm but all the others were gone and there were no new lesions. I still have to speak with my radiation oncologist, Dr. Narayana, on Monday to find out how we will handle the remaing lesion but it is considered rather insignificant. Here's the really big news...da da da da-there are NO signs of active cancer anywhere else in my body. The breasts, the bones and the liver are all clear!!!! In a year of unending shitty news, this is beyond what any of us could have dreamed. A real Christmas miracle! Feel free to break open the champagne. We all deserve it because I wouldn't have gotten to this point without all of you behind us and beside us.

Now not to put a damper on this fabulous news beacause we all want to bask in the glory of it, but the fight is not over. Please remember that I have Stage IV cancer. There is NO remission, but I can be classified as N.E.D (no evidence of disease). In the meantime, we must continue to pray, meditate, send out good vibes and keep our fingers crossed. My prognosis doesn't change yet. However, with each scan that comes back positively, we have more and more reason to be hopeful that this story will have a happy ending...50 years from now.

You may be asking what are the practical implications of this development. Dr. Volm, the best doctor I have ever known, suggests we stay the course. I am totally cool with that. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I will continue my current protocol of chemo drugs and Herceptin. The only difference is that he will be open to me "taking short breaks" if I want to travel.

We will continue to blog about our family and health because there is still so much to come. For instance, Nathan did come home from the hospital on Wednesday. Ultimately, the doctors changed their diagnosis. All the bacterial blood cultures came back negative so their best guess was that it was a severe case of gastroenteritis. Of course, it's a rather difficult virus to deal with as he is missing a major part of his intestines and has an ileostomy. Slowly, he has begun to recover. Obviously, the surgeon advised him not to travel so our Puerto Rico trip was canceled. However, with all the good news, we'll take the trade off. Plus my dear friend, Marcos, has insisted we make the trip as soon as we all are well.

Nathan is scheduled to have his reconnection surgery the first week of January. We are looking forward to thoroughly enjoying this holiday season. With the good news and knowing that Sadie will really appreciate all the festivities around Christmas (at least the presents part), it will be the best Christmas and New Years ever.

Oops...I almost forgot the cherry on top. I have my driving privileges back! I was almost happier about that than the scan results. For those of you who know me, you know I am not kidding. Nathan says I'm like a 16 year old with her new drivers license, looking for any excuse to drive. Anyone need a lift?

170 comments:

  1. That's the best news! I read your blog from time to time. Positive thoughts and prayers from Chicago.

    MC

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  2. As a cancer survivor, I am SO out of this world HAPPY for your family. Please enjoy the holidays and each other!

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  3. I am crying tears of happiness for your family. I have prayed for all of you every day and will continue to do so.

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  4. OMG, that is fabulous news. May you continue to be cancer free for many years to come.
    Fay

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  5. Wow what awesome news!! Will continue to lift both you and Nathan upbin prayer... Celebration time

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  6. Fabulous news! Never underestimate the power of prayer.

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  7. Such wonderful news! Congratulations to you and your family - and happy holidays.

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  8. Great news! Blessings to all of you!

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  9. now this has truly made my Christmas wish come true, thank you, thank you, thank you God :-)

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  10. I am so thrilled for you! I have been asking for St. Jude's intercession, for his prayers that you and Nathan to be completely healed. St. Jude is the patron saint of "hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of," and he has never failed to answer my prayers. I'll keep praying and asking St. Jude to pray for you, too. <3

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  11. What fabulous, fabulous news! God bless and have a wonderful Christmas!

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  12. From Michigan - celebrating the wonderful news with you! Will continue to hold you in thoughts and prayers! Merry Christmas!

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  13. That's awesome news!! I started reading your blog after I saw an online news story about you guys and felt so touched by it. Have the most amazing Xmas and New Years ever! Sending best wishes all the way from Sydney, Australia xox Kacee

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  14. I am thrilled to hear some good news..what beter Christmas present than that!! I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

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  15. Wow...this posting has made my day..I have been praying for your family and following your blog for a while. I am so happy to hear that have you gotten some much needed good news! Happy holidays to you and your family!

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  16. So happy for you!!!!!! Happy Holidays and merry Christmas......

    Gratitude is the key to miracles!

    Love
    Graceful

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  17. Praise the Lord! Such wonderful news! "Miracles happen to those who believe..."

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  18. This is GREAT news!!! I am so happy for you and your family. Its been a year since Ive been in remission and know just how you feel when you hear that the cancer is gone. May god continue to bless you and your family.

    Aloha,
    Dawn

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  19. wonderful, wonderful news!

    Kim
    Kimberlys Korner

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  20. Hello, I am brand new on this blog. Caught my eye, while i was researching FOR WEEKS anything on metastatic breast cancer that my dear close friend is battling with at this time. Her Dr. is also Dr. Volm! And, I am so happy you speak so highly of him. I take her for her injections monthly. All good and quiet for now. Praying for you and your family. EAK

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  21. FANTASTIC NEWS!! Have a wonderful holiday with your little precious daughter! My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and your family.
    A friend in Massachusetts

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  22. I am so so happy for you and your family. The words we yearn to hear have finally arrived. May you have a blessed holiday season with your family. Xoxox

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  23. I am so happy for all of you!! God Bless and have a wonderfully Blessed Merry Christmas!!!!

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  24. I, a stranger in Denver, am rejoicing with you from thousands of miles away. What fantastic news - and yes, break out the champagne (and lots of it)! Your body has proven to be STRONG and RESILIENT - your liver is sure to be the same. :)

    Prayers, positive thoughts, good vibes - all headed your way from this snowy city. You have so many cheerleaders.

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  25. I am so thrilled. You have been on my heart and I find myself praying for you almost daily. I am not stage 4 but I am a bc survivor. It will be 5 years this March. I had 11 lymph nodes involved and a 5 centimeter tumor. I had so many fears and doubts that I would ever see this day. Miracles can and do happen in this world of bc. A scripture that helps me is 'King David pitched his tent in the land of hope' Here's to hope!

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  26. That is wonderful news! Have a Merry Christmas....and we will keep praying for your family!
    God Bless (:

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  27. INCREDIBLE news!!!! i have kept you all in my heart every day and am thirlled to hear that you are getting good news for a change! keep moving it forward. every day a little better.

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  28. WooHoo!!! So happy to hear good new for your family. We will continue praying for blessings for all of you. Happy Holidays!!! - Alison Huberty

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  29. Wonderful news indeed and you have a right to shout it from the housetops. Prayers and positive vibes work. Will continue to lift you all up in prayers. :)

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  30. That is just AWESOME you guys! I've been "following" you since you first made the tristate news, and I am SO SO SO glad for you all! What a wonderful thing to have happen before the holidays! May God continue to bless you both and your little Sadie.

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  31. Oh my Goodness! What fabulous news! I have followed your story since you were on the Today Show. I am so very happy for all of you...especially you, Elisa! I know too well the war you are fighting! This is just amazing! You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  32. Elisa and Nathan, I have been following your blog from the UK, you are an inspirational family and your latest post literally reduced me to tears, I am so happy to read your post, and I hope your Christmas is truly blessed. x

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  33. It is such wonderful news for your family. I have been following your blog from Orange County California. I have cousins who are your age who live in Brooklyn. They have a about 15 month old daughter. My dad was Brooklyn born and bred. I am so happy for you. I would love a ride. Is Cali too far?

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  34. This wonderful news made me cry with joy. Millions of blessings on you all.
    Hope is never a wasted emotion.
    Geraldine xx

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  35. I am so thrilled for you guys!! Sending your family a ton of healing mojo, Elisa!

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  36. Hooray! So happy to hear all this wonderful news!

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  37. From Oregon. Wishing you the very best of Christmas's and a happy new year. Cheers

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  38. There is whooping and weeping in Canada! Hurray!!!

    Happy Christmas Family Bond!

    Christina

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  39. Wonderful news !!! Blessings to you all! Have a wonderful Holiday!

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  40. I check your blog often and am so glad for this great news. Will continue to pray for all of you.
    -Laura L

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  41. What amazing news!! So happy for you guys and this wonderful development! Prayers for you all from Vallejo, CA!

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  42. Wonderful news! May God bless you with both with continued and lasting recovery.

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  43. Wow, what amazing news!!!!!!! You guys so deserved it!! I hope this miracle is only the first in a shower of miracles in your lives! Lots of virtual-stranger hugs!

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  44. WooHoo! Literally crying I'm so happy for you! I'm one of the many strangers who has followed your journey. Praying that the good news keeps on coming!

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  45. SO, SO HAPPY FOR YOUR GOOD NEWS. YOU ALL MUST BE ELATED. ENJOY EACH AND EVERY MINUTE OF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. YOU ALL DESERVE IT. IN MY THOUGHT EVERY DAY.PLEASE CONTINUE TO BLOG.

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  46. The best news. You are clearly on the right side of remission now and forever. They will do something with the one hot spot left but that should be easy with all the other lesions gone. Wishing you and Nathan and Sadie the best holiday season.

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  47. I follow your blog daily and so often this fall I've been worried by your silence. This is truly the best news imaginable and, albeit cautious and mindful of your original dx and prognosis, I'm brimming with positive thoughts for you and your family's future. Not sure you and your husband are allowed alcohol ( fairly sure Sadie is not) but tonight I'm toasting you all with my Old Fashioned.

    And heck, who needs PR. Manhattan at this time of year is heaven. Take Sadie to see the windows and treat yourselves to some fabulous extravagant lunch.

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  48. I am so happy for you! Keeping the prayers coming that this hot streak of goodness continues....

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  49. God is good and is continuing to Bless you all! We are always praying for you Elisa and Nathan

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  50. So happy for you guys. Will keep the prayers coming.

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  51. I have been following your blogs and praying for you and your family....I heard the good news and it almost made me cry!..Sadie is one lucky little girl to have such positive, uplifting and spiritual parents!!!! God Bless and yes this will definitely be one of the most beautiful Christmas' for your entire family!!!Enjoy every minute of it and remember there are always angels watching over you!!!

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  52. I am so thrilled for you and your family! Have a very merry Christmas!

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  53. That is GREAT news!! I will continue to pray for u guys, as always. I hope u and ur family have a blessed holiday. Lots of love & prayers for u from Miami, fl ! Xoxoxox

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  54. Another stranger from far, far away...keep the good news coming...so wonderful to see this at last! A Christmas present to all this year! Thank you for all your posts, we all do care about your family so much...good luck and Merry Christmas.

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  55. Great News, your post brought a big smile to my face. Continuing to send prayers and love from Wisconsin!

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  56. Absolutely outrageous news! Love to the three of you from socal......Joanne

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  57. I'm so happy to hear of your good news! :) I've been following you for the past months and I am so grateful that you've gotten such a wonderful Christmas present. I hope you thoroughly enjoy the holidays as a family....together.

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  58. So happy to hear such wonderful news! Love to you and your family this Christmas! We will continue praying for you in Maryland :)

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  59. I cried as I read this post........I have followed your posts since they began and have quietly had you and your family in my heart and prayers. Tonight as I read this incredible news and the hope and miracles that lie within it I can't help but want to wrap my arms around you and just give you a big hug. You are a very brave woman and one of the funniest bloggers ever.........your writing is full of wit and charm and I just look forward to each and every new post you write. Keep fighting and believing because if anyone can nip cancer in the butt it is you. Oh and please promise me you will write a book or books in your lifetime. You would make an incredible writer and I will be the first in line to buy!

    live, love, laugh

    Christine D.

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  60. Big Hugs to all of you! I am crying tears of joy that are well overdue. We will all continue to pray for many happy and healthy times ahead.

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  61. Amazing news! Will continue to pray for good health for your family

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  62. Your very own Christmas miracle!! My family continues to pray for your family. Best Wishes from Milwaukee, WI

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  63. I'm crying tears of joy!!! So, so, so happy for this amazing news. Wow...your positive thoughts and attitude clearly have been excellent medicine combined with the best of modern medicine.

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  64. Wow wow WOW! What amazingly wonderful news!!! Christmas has come early to your family. Thank god, thank whomever- I'm just so happy to hear that. One more WOW!

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  65. That's such beautiful news--blessings & best wishes for a great holiday :) We believe in you guys!

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  66. *BIG STUPID SMILE*

    Doubtful I could've heard any better news than this. Blessings abound for you all. Kudos to those who have tirelessly stayed the course beside you all this time.

    Little Sadie has a troupe of Guardian Angels looking out for her and her parents. :) Oh, my prayers of praise are aimed in thanks for your news tonight! {hug}

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  67. Best news ever!! You don't know me, but I am following your story and only wish beautiful things for your Family and the upcoming holiday season.

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  68. A Christmas miracle indeed--what incredibly wonderful news...

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  69. Soooo much excitement in Northern Virginia tonight after reading this news!!! I'm simply thrilled for all of you! Best wishes this holiday season. My own little boy is the same age as Sadie and I know you are enjoying her excitement over the sounds and sights of December! Lots of love!

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  70. I am sooo happy to read this great news as you & your family are always in my thoughts. I will continue to keep your blessed family in my daily prayers and so excited for you. May God continue with his healing powers! Xo from Oregon :)

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  71. thrilled, thrilled, thrilled, thrilled, fucking thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dayna xx

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  72. Saw this right before I went to bed. Dreams do come true. Continuing to send good vibes to all of the Bonds!

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  73. Amen, hallalula happy days I, so happy that is the best news I've heard in so long! God is good

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  74. So amazing! I am basking in the glow of your incredible news and blessings.

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  75. What a wonderful wonderful answer to prayer! Truly we will lift a glass of bubbly to celebrate this great news. Enjoy this christmas season. love to you, xoxo the diehls in chicago

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  76. Your family photo is the screen saver on our home computer. It is a constant reminder to remember you in prayer to the Lord. I have prayed for you and your hubby and sweet baby girl daily...and your family too! I am so thrilled to hear this beautiful news. Your struggle w cancer has make me realize how precious and sweet life really is! Thank you for taking the time to share with "strangers". This world can be crazy at times but I love to see the strength in numbers of all the folks cheering for you and yours! xoxo from Dallas, TX

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  77. That is the most wonderful news! I will continue the prayers for you and your lovely family. Happy holidays to all of you!!

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  78. I had opened a little bottle of champagne to drink myself last night! You must have been our internal vision.

    I am glad you are celebrating the good news. It is a new beginning for your entire family! We are celebrating with you.

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  79. That is amazing and wonderful news!! You and your family are so inspirational. You deserve to be blessed in every way! Enjoy Christmas to the fullest :)

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  80. WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! The Bond is strong!

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  81. Dear Family Bond, I've been reading your blog since March. Your case made news in Portugal, and since then, I´ve been accompaining your story. Every day I hoped to ear some good news. You deserve it. There is no best way to start this new year. I wish you all the best.

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  82. Wow,
    That is truly amazing news. You certainly deserve some good news after all you have been through. Yes, thankful for being alive, that is a good one for Thanksgiving!
    Best wishes for a wonderful 2012 and beyond that for teh next 50 years as you so aptly said.
    From a new friend in Canada

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  83. Well done, kemosabe!
    xo nick

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  84. Rejoicing with you in Missouri!!!! Continued prayers going up for you all!

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  85. Peace and love from Ohio! Wonderful news! I hope you enjoy every second of the amazing holiday season!

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  86. I am so happy for you and your family. This is wonderful news! I have been following your blog since the beginning and I am amazed at your strength and outlook! You are an inspiration to all!!!!! May you enjoy every minute of this joyous holiday season!

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  87. What wonderful news!!! so happy to hear it!

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  88. So wonderful! So happy for you and your family!! Here's to 2012 being FULL of miracles!

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  89. This is the most wonderful news.
    I have been praying for you all for months and months and I truly Praise God (YES i believe HE IS REAL and HE DOES CARE).
    Christmas...new beginnings..takes on a whole new meaning for the Bonds.

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  90. Congratulations!!!! these are great news.
    I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Christmas time. I know my family will,after we have had our share of bad news this year.
    Keep fighting!!!

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  91. Unbelievable!!! COULD.NOT.BE.MORE.THRILLED!!!!!!
    You are both such incredible warriors - you are my heroes! Absolutely over the moon. March on, brave soldiers! Love you guys so much. xoxoxo

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  92. So happy for you and will continue to pray for your miracle to continue for another 50 years or more!

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  93. happy to hear....from all the way on the ues of nyc. :)

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  94. from a random person in MN....so happy to read this post!!! you guys are beyond tough. amazing news.

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  95. What a blessing for you and your family as you can now focus on just enjoying the holiday season and being together. Thrilled for you!!! Will continue to lift you all up in prayer!!

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  96. I am so very happy to hear this. Miracles do happen!

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  97. From another random person hoping for only the best for your family…so thankful for this wonderful Christmas gift for all of you! So glad to hear good news.

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  98. Keep going! KEEP GOING! Fight fight fight!

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  99. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I I am soooooooooooo happy for the three of you! Well deserved GREAT GREAT GREAT NEWS!

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  100. THIS MADE MY CHRISTMAS TOO! You are all always in my prayers and I will continue to pray for this goood news to become a permanent fixture in your home.... The best is yet to come...and...

    MERRY XMAS!

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  101. What great news! I do not know you, but have followed your story and couldn't be happier for you and your family. Prayers will continue for you from Knoxville, TN.

    Merry Christmas!!

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  102. I'm SO HAPPY for you all! That is the best news :)) And you totally deserved it after your awful year.
    I hope you can all enjoy a merry Christmas with no new health dramas... or any other kind of dramas, lol!
    And yay for being able to drive again!
    Donna from NZ

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  103. Dearest Elisa,

    Again, I am one of the many strangers writing to you (Jessica from NYC living in Italy) and I have to say that your news has lifted my heart in a way that I can't put into words. I am so extremely happy for you, Nathan, Sadie and your respective families and friends. I wish you both never-ending health and happiness. It is clear you already have never-ending love.

    All the best always....

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  104. Thank you Jesus! WhooooooooooHoooooooooooooo! Praise God! I am so, so, soooooooooooooooooooooooooo elated for you and Nathan and Sadie!!!!! OMG! I am a bit speechless, all I want to say is thank you Lord, thank you God, thank you!!!! Praise God!!!!

    I will keep the prayers going for your family and I will keep believing the best for your family and 50 years from now I hope we all will still be poppinng those champagne bottles! Drink up!!! No one deserves it more than the both of you!!!

    Prayers, hugs, healing, and blessings to you all this holiday season and everyday!!!! Thank God!!!! :)

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  105. Dear Elisa: What wonderful news! So very happy for you, Nathan and Sadie! I have been following your blog since the beginning. I am a Vanderbilt mom of a PiPhi girl and ASB participant. You understand why I feel connected to you. My prayers and thoughts of you and your family will stay strong. Lots of love to you... Susan

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  106. Wow! God is sooo good!!!!!!

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  107. Awesome...Such a small word for such a huge blessing. Merry Christmas!!!

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  108. You guys are amazing! What wonderful news! Have a Merry Christmas with you beautiful daughter!!

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  109. SO HAPPY! With every ounce of my being I wish you, Nathan and Sadie PEACE, HEALTH and JOY this Christmas and for every day thereafter.

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  110. So Happy for your wonderful Super Great test results! Now you have permission to drive allowing you spread your wings as you please is 2nd best news! I wish you the BEST Holiday EVER with your family especially your lil girl. Wishing you both the best of health and happiness now and forever. I continue to pray for you all.

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  111. This is amazing news! God is great!!! Have a wonderful holiday season!

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  112. You both and your families and wonderful support network amaze me! So happy for your good news.
    Erin Casey Bailey

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  113. You just gave me a BIG lift. So happy for you - have a wonderful holiday season :-)

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  114. So so so so SO happy for al of you, and all of your family and friends! You made a stranger's day (week, month). I wish for you an (eventual) return to the dull pleasures of life lived out from under the spectre of the c-word; the freedom to complain about little things without having to feel grateful for everything (although i'm sure you will…); for Sadie to be able to fight with you as a teenager! and for you to see her become the lovely adult I am sure she will be, having such brave and graceful parents. Love from Berkeley.

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  115. You and your family have been in my daily prayers. Best Wishes for a joyous holiday season and I will continue to pray for you!

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  116. I've been following your blog for awhile now! This is truly WONDERFUL news! I am so happy that you and your family had a spurt of GOOD news to go into the holiday season with your beautiful little girl! Happy Holidays to you all!

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  117. I follow along and I wanted to cheer at my desk today! I am so happy for you all and my prayer is that 2012 will be a wonderful one with continued reports of N.E.D! Blessings to all of you especially to a gorgeous girl who needs her mom and dad.

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  118. Amazing news! Wishing your family a happy holiday!

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  119. This is GREAT news!!! So happy for you! I have been saying prayers & waiting patiently for you to let the world know! I hope everything goes well for Nathan as well! Hope you & your family have a great Christmas & New Years!! You all have deserved this special time with your beautiful daughter!! God bless!!

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  120. Fantastic! So happy for you three! May you both have a wonderful holiday season and new year with continued good news!

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  121. AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!
    I'm sooooooo happy for you, I am slightly lost for have words xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  122. Your good news is a Christmas and New Years gift to us, too ... even though we've never met and probably never will. You can't imagine how often we think of your family and continue to pray (or, at least, our version of pray) for whatever needs to happen to make your family healthy and well again.

    We're SO happy for you to have some positive news! ... all the way from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Now go drive to the corner store and get yourself some Vitamin D or something good like that!

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  123. Such fantastic news!! I have been following you this whole time, silently hoping for good news. It has been such an inspiration reading about everything you've been going through and your constantly positive outlook on things. If anyone deserves such great news, it is you. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

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  124. Like so many others, I have been silently folllowing your story and sending lots of prayers and good vibes your way. I started crying when I read your BLOG. HOORAY!!! You have been given great gifts--health and time-so wonderful. God bless and Merry Xmas to you all.

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  125. Wow! What great news! Prayers will continue to go out to you and your family! What a great outcome!

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  126. We are celebrating, celebrating, celebrating with you! YES!

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  127. I have been following your blog for months. I am sooo happy for you! Hope you and your family have the bestest Christmas ever and here's to a wonderful 2012!

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  128. I have been praying for a miracle. I believe it is being answered!

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  129. THAT IS THE MOST AWESOME NEWS!!!! I don't know you at all, but I've been following your story since you were on the Today show (or whatever morning show that was). PRAISE BE TO GOD IN THE MOST HIGHEST!!! I think what struck me about your story is that you had a daughter only 6 months older than my own and I don't know as though I could have been as strong as you have been. Please keep your "Team Bond" blog going...you have so many people who are pulling for you...people you don't even know. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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  130. That is just awesome!!!! BEYOND WORDS!!

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  131. Such wonderful, fabulous, just perfect news for you all! Have a joyous Holiday season...you deserve it ! Continued blessings of perfect health to you both. :o) Fondly, Lori

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  132. What GREAT, GREAT NEWS, Elisa, Nathan and Sadie! God bless you all! Hope you all have a a wonderful, joyous Christmas and a Very Happy New Year! XOXOXO
    Love,
    Fran

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  133. FANTASTIC NEWS FOR YOU ALL!!! I'm so happy for you both..You've been through such turmoil. Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and a truly Happy and Healthy New Year and many, many more to come... take care, will always be thinking about you in my prayers. Stay strong and fight the good fight! Love from The Morgan Family

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  134. This news is SO WONDERFUL not only for your family and friends but for all of us out here in cyber world who don't know you but wait for your blogs like you are a member of our family. Have a great doctor free holiday where you can enjoy just being together with your family.

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  135. I am so excited for you guys I could cry!! That's wonderful news!

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  136. Have been following your blog for a while now and feel as if you a part of my family. SOOOO happy for your news and hope that the holidays bring you and your family more joy than ever before. Sending love and prayers your way...Stacy

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  137. Awesome! I pray for your family all the time and I'm not even religious! :-) Amen.

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  138. Woo Hoo! Wow, this is so awesome, Elisa! And, I'm glad Nathan is recovering from his gatroenteritis. This is just unbelievably happy news. You have deserved a break and you must have done something right in this life because you both are a survivors. Yes, you really seem to have excellent doctors; thank god! If we don't get an update from you before the Holidays I want you, Nathan, Sadie & Griffin to have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Drive wherever you want to go! Awesome news! Love, Vicki & little poodle Blazer

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  139. We've popped the Champagne in Rhode Island! We couldn't be happier for all of you! Have a VERY Merry Christmas and a FABULOUS New Year!

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  140. I am so thrilled to hear this. Merry Christmas, indeed!!! ;)

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  141. Fabulous fabulous news! Sooooo happy for you, Nathan, Sadie and your many loved ones. Happy holidays to the lot of you. xxx

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  142. From one side of the country to the other-literally- we rejoice in your news. Stay the course Girlfriend, take the meds, pray, meditate, drive, and most of all, live. A long, full, happy life. I will keep you in my prayers, for gratitude.
    Suzanne
    San Luis Obispo, CA

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  143. So happy for you. God Bless you all!!

    Elaine
    Orlando, FL

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  144. Wonderful news!! Sending you lots of love from Nashville. Love, Heather Davidson

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  145. Brought me to tears. The blessed miracle of your spirit. Enjoy every minute of the peace you are experienceing

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  146. Congratulations on the wonderful news!

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  147. Awesome!!!!! What a Christmas miracle gift!!!

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  148. I have been following your blog since I saw you both on the Today Show and have been praying for you and your precious family ever since. Tears came to my eyes when I read this. Enjoy this blessed holiday season with this amazing news! Your family is an inspiration to me and mine. Continued great health!

    Stacey
    Albuquerque, NM

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  149. SO, so, so very happy for you all. My own holidays will be happier because of your good news. Thank you and very best wishes!

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  150. Sounds as if the peace of the Season reached you all a little early - Wonderful news!

    Cara Sutcliffe

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  151. This news is truly fantastic!!!
    I have tears in my eyes.. it's such a relief.. I've been following you from the beginning and I've been praying and hoping for the best while fearing the worst.
    Let's leave all the medical issues in 2011 and let's have 2012 filled with health, happiness and love as you deserve..
    I will keep you in my prayers.
    Hugs from Croatia
    Ivana

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  152. One step leads to a mile....So happy for the good news! Merry Christmas!!

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  153. I've been following your story from Edinburgh, Scotland and was overjoyed to read your post today. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers... and in the meantime wish you the most unimaginably magical Christmas season!

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  154. Just wanted to stop by and say thank you!
    I read your blogs and think man come on God what the hell?
    All I can think is he has special plans for you guys.
    It makes me look at my own life and I just want to slap myself silly for whining about trivial things going on.

    I found this little quote that helped me through my miscarriages.
    If God brings you to it...he will also get you through it.

    I hope you guys have the best Christmas and NEW YEAR!!
    Kathleen in California

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  155. Oh, Elisa - that is INCREDIBLE. I am dumbfounded. I've been praying for you and your family ever since I heard from Sarah Semple about Nathan's and your diagnoses. I hope that you can write off 2011 as the worst year of your life and only have many many happy happy ones from this point forward. You have much to do and much to give.

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  156. I got goosebumps reading your post. What a miracle. May God continue to bless you and your wonderful family on your journey. I will continue to keep you in my prayers!

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  157. Congratulations!!! This is incredible news and hope your family enjoys an amazing holiday together. To a remarkable new year and more!

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  158. How absolutely wonderful. What a gift! Thank you for sharing. Keep up the fight, we're cheering you on!

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  159. Happy merry christmas. Long life and God bless your family!

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  160. Just saw you on the Today Show! Praise the Lord!!! So happy for you.
    ~Lynel in MN

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  161. Dear Elisa, I was overjoyed to hear of your NED status! Hooray! What fantastic news. My husband Matt is good friends with Lara (as am I) and I'm sure the entire family is overjoyed. I wish you, nathan and sadie the very best for 2012. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! -Batya

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  162. Much love and happiness to all of you. I have followed your story from the start and wish you,nathan and sadie only the best.

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  163. May God have the glory of your healing! What an amazing gift from Him to your family for Christmas. I will continue to pray for all of you.

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