#Blogust We Lift Together In The Face Of Darkness

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Before you even read this, know that every comment and social media share on this post (and all #Blogust posts) is equal to a vaccine for children across the world.  Please share and comment.

 

we lift togetherI’ve talked a bit about the very difficult year we’ve had at the Czarnecki household, and the profound effect it has had on our family.  Our baby girl (she’s nearly 15) has been ill since last winter, and since then we’ve gone through every possible test, procedure, blood work, doctor and hospital available.  In fact, recently Sofie and I made promises to each other in light of all we’ve been through together this year.

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This sweet (and extra spicy) girl of mine has had to face some serious challenges, and overnight it seems, has grown in the face of darkness and heartbreak.

I wouldn’t wish that kind of education on anyone, anywhere.  Ever.  But it’s one of the first major life challenge for this girl of mine, who has never failed at anything in her life.  Sofie has, quite literally, never failed at anything.  Until this year, when she couldn’t make herself better no matter how hard she tried.

concertWe’ve all hit a wall at some point, or we will hit plenty of walls (metaphorically speaking) in our journey.  This girl just hit a lot of grownup walls at the tender age of 14, and there’s not a thing she can do about it but ride out the storm.

It’s a first for her, and it’s a first for me.  I’ve always been able to temper the hurt for my babies, and being unable to do so now is excruciating.  It’s a very visceral pain for me to watch her suffer without being able to offer legitimate help in getting her better.

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But would you like to know something?  My husband and I, who’ve traded night shifts and day shifts and in-between shifts of shuttling her to hospitals and doctors all over the blessed state of Utah, keep looking at each other and saying,

Aren’t we lucky?  Aren’t we so grateful?  Aren’t we are in such a good place?

We have insurance.  We have each other.  We have flexible jobs.  We have friends and family, and an amazing online community (yes, you) who have turned their lives upside down to help us face this darkness. We have world class healthcare available to us close to home.

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When faced with the worst kind of everything, you look for beacons of hope, and there are many.  We are truly lucky.

There are so many children across the globe who aren’t born into the privilege of healthcare.  So many.  But would you like to know the great thing?  There are champions all over the world working tirelessly to amend some very basic inequalities, like early vaccinations for children in developing nations.  I’m extremely honored to say that I’m one of them right now, spurring this cause with Shot@Life’s #Bloglust campaign with the United Nations.  And YOU can help!  It’s super easy.

wafflesFor every comment and social media share on THIS POST and those of the rest of the beautiful Shot@Life champions, Walgreens will donate a vaccine (up to 60,000).

All you have to do is comment, and share, and comment some more.  Seriously, how easy is that?  Let’s break a record!  Comment away!  Leave a comment about any old thing, or a first you’ve experienced.  PLEASEAnd thank you, for all you do.

// Blogust is one part an overall commitment of Walgreens donating up to $1 million through its “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” campaign. The campaign will help provide millions of vaccines for children in need around the world. Sign up here for a daily email so you can quickly and easily comment and share every day during Blogust! For more information, visit shotatlife.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2014—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share stories about Happy and Healthy Firsts. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or share them via social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, Walgreens will donate one vaccine (up to 60,000). //

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

303 Comments

  1. Cathy :

    I’d like to know how your daugther is doing now. Is she getting any better? How did all this affect school?

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    • Allison :

      Cathy,

      She’s still quite ill and doing an independent private school while we still figure things out. Sads. Thanks so much for asking!

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      • Emilie :

        I wonder what it is about 14. I lost a significant part of my hearing at 14, another friend started battling a chronic illness at 14. Hmm… I hope your girl finds healing. I love your blog

      • Jessica :

        I randomly found your Instagram account a few months ago. As a Momma myself, I can’t imagine what you are going through. Your strength and honesty through your incredible struggle inspires me. Love and hugs to you and Sofie!

  2. Chrysula :

    Sofie, thank you for being a part of #blogust with your mother’s gorgeous words and your brave story. You have love coming at you from all around the world. And prayers, and light. Keep riding the storm girl. You can do this. xo

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    • Allison :

      Thanks Chrysula, I’ll show this to Sofie later. xoxoxox

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  3. Lori J :

    I am so sorry to read what your daughter and you are going through.. She’s beautiful and I pray for her to get better..

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    • Allison :

      Thank you Lori. It’s been the hardest thing ever, but we so so appreciate your prayers. Thank you.

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  4. sisters from another mister :

    Thank you for sharing your words for the good of others. What a budding you are too #Blogust … Much love to you and yours that these days are soon behind you. Xxx

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    • Allison :

      Yes, let’s all pray for that! :) Thanks so much. xoxo

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  5. Maggi :

    sO GREAT TO MAKE SOME GOOD COME OUT OF YOUR TRIALS!

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    • Allison :

      There’s always a silver lining, always. (even if it’s super hard to see! and it is)

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  6. April :

    I hope and pray you get answers soon. I can relate- My daughter was sick last year for about 3 months then diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It was heartbreaking but she has be so brave and strong through it all. There is no cure but many advances are being made. Hope this post gets many comments!

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    • Allison :

      April, thanks for your comment! There’s nothing harder than being a mother with a sick child is there? I don’t think so. Stay brave mama, so much research is being done all over the world, hopefully in a few short years all of this autoimmune nonsense will be a distant memory. xo

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  7. Natalie :

    Of course you, who is going through struggles, are looking to help other people. You are amazing. You inspire me… I tend to hide, to “turtle” when the going gets rough. You are inspiring me.

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    • Allison :

      Natalie,

      You’re very kind to say that. I feel like “turtle-ing” for sure, but it won’t do anyone any good anyway, so I might as well get to work! :)

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  8. Cindy L :

    Thank you for sharing!

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    • Allison :

      Thank you for commenting!

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  9. Kathleen :

    I love #Blogust

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    • Allison :

      Me too, me too!

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  10. joy the baker :

    you and your family light up the world. i love you big.

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    • Allison :

      I love you right back, mamacita! xo

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  11. IlinaP :

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.

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  12. Linh :

    Thanks Allison for sharing your personal story. I am not a mother myself, but I have a niece and nephew, whom I love very dearly. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you as a mother to see your daughter experience this. Hearing stories like yours makes me realize how much health is a blessing that many of us take for granted everyday. We often don’t appreciate it because we never realize what our life would be like without it. Even as flawed as we perceive our health care system to be, we still have access to basic preventive health services, like childhood vaccinations, that many other low-income countries still lack. For that, and for all the bloggers contributing to Shot@Life like you who are sharing your stories to help other children get access to vaccines in other countries, I am very thankful. Best wishes to you and your family!

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    • Allison :

      Thank you for such a wonderful comment! It’s super easy to forget how many resources we have until they’re gone!

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  13. Rebecca Martin :

    Please comment and share – each is worth 1 vaccine to a child who needs it. thank you for your blog. #vaccineswork

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    • Allison :

      thanks Rebecca!

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  14. wendy :

    Prayers for you daughter and your family

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    • Allison :

      I appreciate it Wendy, thank you.

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  15. Diane in TN :

    TFS!
    Parenting can be a roller coaster ride!
    You are doing a great job!
    BIG HUGS!

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    • Allison :

      I feel the hugs all the way from here! Thanks.

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  16. Debbie S. :

    What a lovely idea. Best wishes to you and your daughter.

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    • Allison :

      Thanks Debbie.

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  17. Cynthia Samuels :

    Your courage and wisdom are literally awesome and your daughter a star to follow!

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    • Allison :

      Aww Thank YOU Cynthia! Your words mean more than you know.

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  18. AnneMarie :

    Prayers for healing and strength and ANSWERS coming your way! Thank you for finding a way to tremendously affect children in such a concrete and positive manner!

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    • Allison :

      Isn’t it great, this #blogust campaign? So smart. And thank you, we need all the prayers we can get! :)

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  19. Leta :

    i wish the best to you and your family. It is just not fair that such a young girl should have to go through what your Sophie is going through.

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    • Allison :

      It’s pretty rough Leta, it really is. Thank you.

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  20. Morra :

    Oh Alison, wishing you lightness and brightness in your journey!

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    • Allison :

      Thank you Morra!

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  21. Lorraine C. Ladish :

    Oh, my, after seeing your video with your daughter … now I understand it better on reading this. Love, and light and lots of strength!

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  22. Emily McKhann :

    Allison and Sofie, my heart aches for all that you’ve been through. I thinking of you both and sending prayers, love and my very best wishes.

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    • Allison :

      Oh Emily, it’s the hardest to be a mom sometimes huh? Thanks.

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  23. Heather :

    I HATE that your beautiful girl is going through this, but I am so thankful she has you as her mom, in her corner, supporting her and loving her and fighting.

    Love you both xoxo

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    • Allison :

      That means a lot Heather. xo

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  24. Lorraine :

    Love, hugs and prayers to you, your beautiful Sophie, and your entire family.

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  25. ASHISH SHRIVASTAVA :

    Ref- #Blogust We lift together in the face of darkness- At the crisis time with family& daughter health,
    #Blogust addressing could greater impact on life saving vaccination donation to children around the
    globe.Update & provide regular contact &access with advance medical & health care services to daughter health.
    Address Rally4Sofie@gmail.com , & #hopeandloveforsofie

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  26. Elena :

    Thank you for sharing this incredibly personal reflection….thinking of you—and the entire family.

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    • Allison :

      You’re welcome, thank YOU.

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  27. Nicole Melancon :

    Thanks so much for sharing your heartfelt post. I have a daughter too and her name is Sophia and 7. I can’t imagine how hard it is being a mom and watching your child suffer. She is so lucky to have a loving mom like you! Wishing her a speeding recovery.

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    • Allison :

      Nicole, how wonderful to have a little Sophie! My Sofie is my heart, so yes it’s super rough. Thank you!

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  28. Jen M :

    I was so hoping to hear that you had found some answers! I hope they come soon for you and Sofie. She is such an amazing girl! Hugs and prayers coming your way!

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    • Allison :

      Jen, how I wish we did! She is a strong girl, we’ll get there eventually.

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  29. Mary Helene Mele :

    Here’s to the hope you embody!

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    • Allison :

      Hope forever!

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  30. Denise :

    Love you guys. Hoping for better days soon. And hooray for free vaccines.

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    • Allison :

      We love you too. And hooray indeed!

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  31. Paula :

    Wishing you all the best, for your daughter and your family. Hooray for healthcare!

    I don’t want to wish poor health on anyone for any reason, but those who would deny insurance coverage and add to an individual’s pain and a family’s stress during a time of sickness, so that families cannot do everything possible to uncover and eradicate the source of a child’s torture, deserve their own special level of hell. Hopefully having the Affordable Care Act in place for a few years will help more people see and understand that.

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    • Allison :

      I agree 100%. ;)

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  32. kaitlyn :

    Sending lots of happy, healing thoughts to Sofie and your whole family. I was diagnosed with a chronic illness this year and cannot tell you how much it’s meant to me to have the love and support of my mom. Sofie feels your love!

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    • Allison :

      Kaitlyn I’m so sorry to hear that. Chronic illness is the worst of the worst. So glad you have a wonderful mom!

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  33. April :

    Love that you are supporting vaccines with this post!

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    • Allison :

      YAY vaccines!

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  34. UpsideUp Laurie :

    Grace. That’s what you and Sofie are. Pure, beautiful, painful, grace.

    In the middle of this insanely awful year, you take time out of your life to do something for others. Millions of others.

    I’m grateful to know you, friend. Please hug Sofie for me.
    xoxo

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    • Allison :

      Oh, friend I feel the same way about you and yours. I sure love you. I will give Sofie the biggest hug ever. xo

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  35. Natalie :

    You and your daughter are incredible. I am so blessed to know you! And I am so grateful for people like you who do fantastic things with th influence they have!

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    • Allison :

      I could say the same about you! Thank you. We love you.

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  36. Kyran :

    Watching. Hoping. Praying. Caring. xoxo

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    • Allison :

      And how I appreciate and love you for it. xo

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  37. Sarah :

    Rock on Sophie-Girl! Stay strong! Love from Connecticut!

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    • Allison :

      Thank you from the bottom of our hearts in Utah!

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  38. donna :

    Sending lots of love and hugs your way as you work through this rough time. Love you two.

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    • Allison :

      Oh man, we love you guys to the moon and back.

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  39. teresa :

    Sending healing energy your way and strength to keep pushing forward. I think we ALL have been through difficulties in life and it does a several things, makes the good times sweeter, teaches us innumerable lessons, and gives us an opportunity to search for the GLADNESS in every day… there always is some. Because no matter how bad it is, like you said, you can find something to be grateful for. Sharing difficulties, like you have help so many people to see that they are not the only ones struggling and if you can do it, so can they. In this way, we help one another and illustrate how really connected we are as beings. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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    • Allison :

      Isn’t that the truth? Such a hard lesson to learn, but gladness and gratitude and hope are everywhere!

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  40. tiffany :

    Strong mama. VERY strong daughter. Praying for you.

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    • Allison :

      We appreciate it more than you know.

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  41. Luci :

    Prayers for your family and especially your beautiful daughter. Thank you for the opportunity to help make the world a better place for children!

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    • Allison :

      I’m so grateful to do it!

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  42. Di :

    Happy to comment for a good cause….hope your family continues to grow strong and that the vaccines help others families grow strong.

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    • Allison :

      AMEN. Thank you DI!

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  43. James E. Smith, Jr. :

    ABSOLUTELY amazing story. Strong family. I look forward to better days for your family. Thank you for sharing your story and allowing us to support vaccines for an amazing cause.

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    • Allison :

      Thank you James, I appreciate it. And the cause.

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  44. Beverly R. :

    Sending prayers for a speedy and full recovery for your daughter, and for your continued strength as her mom. What an awesome way to care, share, and help others and all with such a simple gesture! God bless!

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    • Allison :

      We’ll take all the prayers and strength. Thanks so much.

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  45. Rikki :

    I’ve been praying and thinking of your family for months. I don’t know you personally, but I so admire you and your family. Your daughter is a rock star. I hope to be as graceful as she seems someday. Much love.

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    • Allison :

      What a kind thing to say! You clearly have kindness and empathy in your heart. Thank you! xo

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  46. Fernando Shingaki :

    Esta é uma ação muito bonita e de alta relevância. Escrevo o post em português para que vejam o alcance do projeto. Parabéns

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    • Allison :

      Love to you in Portugal! Thank you!

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  47. Kimberly :

    There IS hope smiling brightly before you. Somewhere. I’m sure of it.

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    • Allison :

      Isn’t there though? Always hope. xoxo

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  48. SS :

    Yes – vaccines!
    (I hope Sofie feels better soon!)

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    • Allison :

      Yes indeed, thank you!

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  49. Kristin :

    Just this weekend in running club, as we slogged through 6 miles in the heat & humidity, someone changed our tune when she shared, “I’m thankful I can do this; my body did not stop me from getting up and going for this run today!” We take so much for granted. I hope that you receive answers soon and am inspired by your choice to hope in the darkness. Praying for healing for Sofie and peace for you.

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    • Allison :

      It’s hard to appreciate the good unless you’ve been through the bad. So glad you’re strong and healthy!

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  50. Kristin :

    I pray for answers and comfort for you and your family. I spent four years as a teen sick in varying degrees including hospitals stays and many doctors.

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    • Allison :

      Oh man, you know personally how hard this is, then. I hope you’re doing better now. So rough.

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  51. Nili Majumder :

    Thanks for sharing.
    Positive thinking is the key to win any hurdles of life.
    Wishing, your good work and good thinking for others will get great success.
    All the best.

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    • Allison :

      It is! It’s possible to be positive even in the depths of sorrow.

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  52. Jag :

    I found your blog through pinterest and I think you are really awesome! I went through something similar to your daughter 4 years ago shortly before my 20th birthday. Saw tons of different doctors and had every test to try and find out what was happening to me. Eventually they finally sent me to someone who knew what they were talking about. Turns out I have an autoimmune disorder know as MCT. I know how hard it is to not know whats going on and I just want you and your daughter to know that I wish your family the best and I hope you find out what’s wrong that that she gets better. Best of luck!

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    • Allison :

      Autoimmune stuff is the roughest of the rough. I’m sorry you’re sick but grateful you finally have a diagnosis. Thank you. Good luck!

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  53. Michelle :

    I hope the answers are revealed to your family soon, and that your daughter can be relieved of this. You are in my thoughts.

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    • Allison :

      Me too, thank you!

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  54. Briana :

    As someone who suffers from chronic pain (I almost dropped out of college because of it), I can understand something of what your sweet daughter is enduring. She seems like quite a brave girl. I think it’s fabulous that you are using your situation as an opportunity to provide vaccines for less fortunate children. Way to be awesome!

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    • Allison :

      Briana, chronic pain is the worst! Ack. Glad you’re sort of on the other side. Thank you!

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  55. Fried eggs :

    Great work

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  56. Jalaire :

    I went through something I call “the medical madness” about 15 years ago. It involved many kinds of specialists and 3 neurologists. Through it all I always felt lucky that I had good insurance, that I had access to healthcare, that I was able to continue to work (no matter how much I didn’t feel like it), and that I had a good support system. All the doctors settled on a diagnosis of a couple of chronic conditions that are very manageable and ultimately do not prevent me from living my life. Lots of love and prayers to your daughter and your family.

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    • Allison :

      Medical Madness is the perfect way to describe it! I’m so glad you’re managed, and yes, you’re right, it’s doable!

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  57. Emily N :

    I really hope your daughter feels better soon! In the meantime, hang in there! I’m glad that you are able to focus on the light in spite of the darkness, and thank you for courageously embracing the Shot@Life mission, even in your time of need! Thanks for sharing this wonderful perspective and contributing to #blogust !

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    • Allison :

      Me too, thank you! Grateful for the Shot@Life mission!

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  58. Annie :

    Love this.

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    • Allison :

      Thank you Annie!

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  59. Linda :

    Sofie, you are such a wonderful, beautiful young lady. Love you lots and keep you in my prayers.

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    • Allison :

      She is great! I’ll show this comment to her and make her day.

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  60. Laura :

    Allison, you are an inspiration, to me, your other readers, and especially to beautiful Sofie. I pray every day for her recovery. I’m so glad you’re able to support this great cause.

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    • Allison :

      Laura, that means a lot to me. We appreciate the prayers so very much!

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  61. Beverly :

    Thank you so much for supporting immunizations for kids. Take care and God Bless

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    • Allison :

      Absolutely!

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  62. Sescun :

    Yes, we are very lucky to grow, and make grow, in healthcare communities, where health is just another part of our lives, and not the one-and-unique way of survival. Wish every child on Earth worried about health only the same as toys, school, friends… that would be a good sign of changing times…. :)

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    • Allison :

      Wouldn’t that be amazing?

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  63. Jennifer Burden @WorldMomsBlog :

    Thank you for sharing this health story from home and batting it out to the importance of global health — what an impact!!

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    • Allison :

      I’m happy to do it!

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  64. Serena Mclean :

    wow! I am so thankful I came across your website in time to see this post. What an incredible thing Walgreens is doing to help out. I wish your daughter the best of luck as you all are dealing with this sickness in your life. I can’t imagine how hard it must be on your entire family. keep us posted about her progress.

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    • Allison :

      I’m glad you came across this website too! Thank you so much.

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  65. Tina :

    Hi – my daughter was very sick at 15 and they never found the cause despite many many tests. She overcame it and is a healthy 24 year old now…. good luck on your difficult journey..

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    • Allison :

      Tina I’m so happy to hear it! There’s hope …

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  66. Sarah :

    Love you! Love your girl! Thank you for doing this post. Praying for you and your whole family. xo

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    • Allison :

      You’re wonderful, thank you mucho.

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  67. Kelly :

    Thinking about you all every day. You’re SO STRONG. xo

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    • Allison :

      Friends like YOU make me feel strong!

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  68. Laura Ferry-Jimenez :

    Best of wishes to your daughter, she really does sound amazing!! :) And yes, how lucky are we to have access to vaccines, insurance, doctors and more!

    PS: I saw an article just yesterday about a teen who was diagnosed with “Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome” – just in case it hasn’t been considered, thought I’d share. :)

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    • Allison :

      Thank you for the suggestion! We’ve ruled it out, but I always appreciate ideas!

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  69. kate :

    sending prayers of healing to sofie.

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    • Allison :

      Thank you Kate!

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  70. Lauren :

    Thinking of you and your daughter!

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    • Allison :

      We appreciate it so much!

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  71. Sarah :

    It is so darn thoughtful of you to be doing this when your own family is having such a tough time. I hate seeing my daughter in pain, and we are lucky to have never experienced the kind of thing you are dealing with right now. I hope this helps, sharing on social media also!

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    • Allison :

      I’m so grateful to be able to help. Thank YOU for sharing and helping! :)

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  72. Joanna :

    You have a beautiful daughter and family, keep staying positive. Lots of hugs, hugs, and more hugs your way.

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    • Allison :

      Joanna, thank you, that means a lot. I’ll take all the hugs I can get! :)

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  73. Yan palmer :

    Been watching you and sofie go through this on my iPhone screen– every time I see a photo my heart breaks a little for her whole at the same time feeling awed by her endurance. Sending love and care and rest to all of you. Xx

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    • Allison :

      Yan, you’re such a beautiful soul. It’s horrible watching anyone suffer when you’re a mother yourself, isn’t it? Thank you for all the loves. xoxo

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  74. Karen from Chookooloonks :

    GO FIGHT WIN, Sophie. And hang in there my awesome friend. Thinking of your family, always.

    K.

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    • Allison :

      That’s it! Fight, fight FIGHT! xo

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  75. Anna :

    I’ve never met Sofie but I feel like I can’t stop following this story so that I can know she’s better. You guys are amazingly strong and when you don’t feel so strong, remember all of us who can be strong for you.

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    • Allison :

      Anna, I can’t even tell you how much the collective strength of friends on the internet is getting me through this. It’s like a million arms around me all the time. xoxo

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  76. Rita :

    Oh Allison, I sure hope you and your sweet girl can find some answers soon. Much love to you both. – Rita

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    • Allison :

      Me too, me too. Thank you, as always for your love and support and comments. It means the world. xo

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  77. Megan :

    I have followed your story since we briefly spoke at the Creative Connection in Mpls., MN years ago. Prayers to you and your family!

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    • Allison :

      Megan, thank you so much! We’ll take the prayers!

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  78. Erica :

    Thank you for sharing. Your daughter is so beautiful and her strength is such an inspiration! Sending hugs and hope for healing your way.

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    • Allison :

      Thank you Erica! What a kind thing to say. She’s so much stronger than she even knows!

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  79. Marilenn :

    I’m an instagram follower and I truly admire your strength. Sending prayers!

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    • Allison :

      Marilenn, thank you for following on Instagram and for taking the time to come over here and comment. THANK YOU!

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  80. Althea :

    I think of your family often. Wondering how your girl is doing. Sending healing light, blessings, and all the love in the world.

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    • Allison :

      She’s hanging. We’re all hanging on. Thanks for all the healing blessings being sent my way. Thank you.

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  81. kate :

    Thinking of you and your family

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    • Allison :

      Thanks Kate!

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  82. Lori van wagoner :

    Sofie, I’ve never met you but I know quite a bit of your sweet extended family. Please get well soon. I hope hinges start working out for you soon. Thanks for sharing your story to help others. Many prayers are coming your way.

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    • Allison :

      Lori thanks for this. I’m having Sofie read your comment tonight. It all makes such a difference.

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  83. Febian :

    Warmest regards to your daughter and family. Helplessness is so not funny

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    • Allison :

      It really isn’t, is it?

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  84. Jennifer :

    This is a perfect partnership! Congratulations that you can see that every cloud has a silver lining! Hugs!

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    • Allison :

      It’s true, if you really look for a blessing in disguise they’re totally there.

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  85. Carolie :

    Sending love from VA

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    • Allison :

      Sending love right back to you from Utah, thank you!

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  86. Rachel P :

    I’m glad to help support a great cause but I really help that doctors can be inspired to help Sofie

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    • Allison :

      I’m thankful too, but you’re right. Hoping there’s a diagnosis out there somewhere.

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  87. Jen :

    Big, fat, juicy, healing hugs to all of you. I hope you get some answers soon!

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    • Allison :

      Me too! And we’ll take the big fat juicy healing hugs, thank you!

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  88. Emilie :

    Hugs

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    • Allison :

      And right back to you Emilie! Thanks!

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  89. Angie :

    Have been praying for Sofie and your family. We hope there is recovery and answers soon.

    >> Reply
    • Allison :

      We so appreciate the prayers! Thank you.

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  90. Danielle :

    Thinking of you and Sofie often – hoping you find an answer soon! xo

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    • Allison :

      Thank you so much Danielle.

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  91. Mary :

    May the grace you see be the Grace given to you; you are in my prayers.
    Sofie– take time to be kind to yourself; What a wonderful project.

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    • Allison :

      That’s beautiful, thank you Mary.

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  92. Maureen Moses :

    Sofie – girl you keep rockin that pink lipstick. It is a color that looks awful on me, and I desperately want to wear it! We don’t get to pick the color of lipstick that looks best on us, but in the face of this crazy planet we live on, we can rock our power color on even the darkest days! Get well soon sista! – Mo

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    • Allison :

      Maureen, there’s a serious armor in wearing bold lipstick isn’t there?

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  93. Evan :

    Hi lovely lady – You have may have already considered it – or perhaps not – but living in Minnesota we are so fortunate to have The Mayo Clinic at our fingertips. Not to compare whatsoever, but I’ve had 5 knee surgeries and still suffer chronic kneed pain – I spent a remarkable 3 days at Mayo undergoing a smattering of tests, meetings, etc. And an amazing team of doctors and specialists came together with a solution for me – one that would involve much more than I’m able to do currently. But i say all this because it may be worth – if you haven’t already – considering a trip to Mayo Clinic. I highly recommend it. They’re the best in the country – literally, ranked #1 in the country by U.S. News. And I’m hopeful that they can help. Please keep me posted if I can be of any help if you do decide to make the trip out.

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    • Allison :

      Evan, I’m so sorry you’ve had so many knee surgeries! I’m a knee surgery recover-er myself and I know how rough they can be. So grateful you had such world class healthcare. We’ve consulted doctors at the Mayo Clinic, and are more than open to heading East if we get there. Thank you for your kindness and suggestions.

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  94. Erica :

    Praying help for those needing a Shot@Life; praying healing for your dear Sophie.
    Psalm 41:3 for your sweet girl; Matthew 15:28 for you, with love.

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    • Allison :

      You’re so kind and considerate, and are such a beautiful Christian spirit sharing all your love. I love you, thank you.

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  95. nat :

    love ya lady.

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    • Allison :

      Love you right back. Thanks Nat.

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  96. Brei :

    What an inspiration you and your beautiful girl BOTH are!

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    • Allison :

      Brei, thank you, that means a lot. Truly.

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  97. Jessica hakes :

    THANKS FOR SHARING. Lots of prayers your way. We ❤️ You guys.

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    • Allison :

      You are welcome! Thanks for commenting. We love you too!

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  98. sarah :

    you both are very strong

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    • Allison :

      We’re trying very hard to be. Thank you.

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  99. Kim Hacking :

    Forever and always sending you and your beautiful family healing light and love. xo

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    • Allison :

      Oh Kim, that’s so kind and wonderful. I sure love you from afar. Hugs to you and YOUR beautiful family.

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  100. Natalie :

    Allison, I know Sofie from the good old elementary days when our daughters were classmates. It’s easy to loose track of kids when they enter the bigger world of junior high. I’m so sorry to hear she’s sick and we’ll definitely include her in our prayers.

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    • Allison :

      Natalie, yes! I hope you and your daughter are doing well! It’s sad when they leave the little protective nest of elementary school, isn’t it? Thank you for the prayers, and for the comment. xo

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  101. Erica :

    Thank you for doing this, and for sharing your family’s struggles. Thinking good thoughts for all of you.

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    • Allison :

      We’ll take them!

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  102. DeeDee V. :

    I cannot imagine what you and your beautiful family are going through this year. It sounds a bit trite to say that I am thinking of you, but I am. If love makes a difference ( and I believe it does) know that there is so much coming your way. Thank you for using your voice and your reach for this very, very important cause.

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    • Allison :

      Deedee, I feel so much strength from online friends like you. I mean it. It’s making a huge difference in lifting our hearts and spirits through this trial.

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  103. Rachel :

    You’re amazing! Sofie is stronger than whatever is making her sick. Did they rule out Crohn’s disease? I just thought it sounded like a possibility. My brother in law has that and it took a long time to figure it out with similar symptoms. Thanks for being you! Stay strong little mama!

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    • Allison :

      Rachel, Sofie is strong! Chrohns is awful, and thankfully (or not) we’ve ruled it out. It’s a toughie.

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  104. Kristie :

    I can’t believe this has happened to sweet Sofie! I still remember living next door and her needing to go have a Benadryl so she could eat watermelon with us! We love you Sofie and pray for you and your family!

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    • Allison :

      Those were fun days, weren’t they? When the littles were little and watermelon was the only daily worry?! Thank you so so much for all the prayers and love!

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  105. Mehna :

    Wishing you healing light, Sofie! It is wonderful to contribute to such a great cause! Thank you!

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    • Allison :

      She’s a good egg, that Sofie. Thank you!

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  106. Carina :

    Anything to help a child.

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  107. Dani :

    Sending prayers and good wishes to Sofie. Wonderful post for a wonderful cause.

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    • Allison :

      Thank you Dani! For the kind thoughts and prayers and good wishes!

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  108. Jenny :

    I love sweet Sofie!

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  109. breanne :

    praying for sofie all the time xoxo

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  110. Jenn :

    I truly believe in the power of positive energy, and send some out into the universe every time I read (or even think) about you & your beautiful daughter’s health issues. I hope it makes a difference.

    Love the idea of commenting to help, too!

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    • Allison :

      I believe in it too, and man it has gotten us through some tough spots this year! Thank you for sending it our way. Thank you!

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  111. Asha Dornfest {Parent Hacks} :

    Sending Sophie, you, and your whole family my warm thoughts. Writing about Sophie’s challenges for #Blogust…it’s very moving. This must be the hardest time of all, and you’ve turned it into something that will change other children’s lives.

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    • Allison :

      Asha, I’m truly grateful to be able to do something with our personal struggle. It makes me feel less hopeless in this struggle. xoxo

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  112. Barb :

    Sweet, brave Sofie and her brave mama!

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    • Allison :

      She IS brave Barb! I don’t know if I am, but I’m good at pretending! xo

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  113. Megan/BrassyApple :

    the days have been long and hard yet good. That is what I always get from your shares and posts :)

    would LOVE to be able to connect you with my friend ….. #iknowitwouldmakeadifference #beingboldandsayingit #swallowinghard :)

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    • Allison :

      I hope it’s coming off more positive than not, sometimes that’s hard. I’d love to connect with your friend, eventually. It’s not going to work out right this minute but I’m so grateful to you for reaching out. Truly. xoxo

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  114. Shivani Cotter :

    Each heart I see reminds me to say a prayer for Sophie (and since my walls are filled with them, I am sending many prayers her way). Allison, you touched me so at ClickRetreat 2013… your kind words helped me feel welcome in a place things were not familiar. I am so sorry you, Sophie and the rest of your family are going through all of this and i will continue to pray for all of you until your beautiful girl is better!

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    • Allison :

      Shivani! You’re such a love! Thank you for your kindness. xoxo

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  115. suzanne :

    bless you. bless you for blessing others in the midst of this trial. i’m praying that today is a better day and that answers and healing are coming soon. xxoo

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    • Allison :

      Every day is a gift. Thank you for the prayers!

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  116. Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama :

    Indeed we are so lucky and I’m so glad to champion the need for vaccines for other children with you during Blogust!

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    • Allison :

      we’re the luckiest!!

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  117. Lisa :

    :) What an awesome thing – to give vaccines to those who need them. Thank you for filling the world with goodness. I just said a little prayer for your daughter. <3

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    • Allison :

      Thank you! We feel all the love + prayers.

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  118. Paula Kiger :

    Thank you for your candor and for continuing to reach out to help others at a difficult time for your family and your child.

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    • Allison :

      You’re welcome! I’m so privileged to have any part in this at all.

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  119. Jane Maynard :

    sure love your guts. and sofie’s, too.

    and, yay! love that you’re working on shot@life – here’s to 60k!

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    • Allison :

      here’s to 60k, indeed! I love your guts right on back. xoxoxo

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  120. Meg :

    Please know your family is in my prayers! Thank you for being a light to others and for providing us with a way to help people across the globe. Sending you lots of love.

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    • Allison :

      Meg, thank you. Those kind words mean a lot, they really do. Thanks for the prayers and love, we appreciate it so very much.

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  121. heather @french press :

    you and sofie are such an inspiration; praying for relief for you all

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    • Allison :

      Heather, thank you for the prayers and kind words. Hopefully we’re a happy inspiration in the face of sadness. xo

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    • Allison :

      Oh Kim, I miss you. Thank you for holding us in your heart. xoxoxo

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  122. Stacia simonsen :

    Going to get a flu shot sometime soon. Hope to get shots for others.

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    • Allison :

      Aren’t we lucky to just be able to do that? Thanks to you, 1 vaccine was donated to a wee little babe somewhere in the world. I love you.

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  123. REK981 :

    I’m so glad more children will receive the very important vaccines they need. Thank you for participating! Good luck with Sophie.

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  124. ~j. :

    I love you and your girl so hard. So glad you’re Shot@Life family.

    >> Reply
    • Allison :

      We feel the same way about you lady lover. I’m so so grateful to be a part!

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  125. Melanie Burk :

    Oh I just love your family. Hugs and prayers to Sofie and you for being so brave and strong!

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    • Allison :

      And we just love you and all the happy everything you’re putting into the universe, truly. Thanks for loving us and for all your kind comments and love sent our way. xoxo

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  126. Jen Galan :

    I love you and shot @life.

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    • Allison :

      Then we officially have a love fest because I love you right back. !!! xo

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  127. Rain :

    I send my love to you guys, daily. You’re all in my heart.

    >> Reply
    • Allison :

      Rain, we feel it. Being carried around in others hearts is lifting the burden in ours. xo

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  128. Lori B :

    Prayers for Sophie and your family!

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    • Allison :

      Thank you so very much.

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  129. Jennifer B :

    I just wanted to tell you that we are thinking about Sophie and want her to get well. My son Griffin was in her class with Mrs.Wright. He just wants her to get better. Praying for you!

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    • Allison :

      Jennifer, how wonderful and kind of you to reach out. Wasn’t Mrs Wright made of magic? We miss her. Tell Griffin thank you for thinking of Sofie, and thank YOU for the prayers. It means the world to us.

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  130. Dina :

    Hugs and kisses from me to both of you!! To all of you. Think of you all the time and pray this will all give way to happier days.

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  131. Katie :

    Commenting for a vaccine :)

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  132. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale :

    these girls of ours.
    i love you. i’ll always remember our late night ride into the darkness of the blacked out hotel – our conversations about bullying, parenting, and our kids.

    Love you. #hopeandloveforsofie
    Grateful for this space and for the opportunity to do things like this with people I admire

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  133. Jessica :

    Sorry to hear about your sweet little one. I know it is never easy to see them suffer. I wish peace and health for your family.

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  134. Paulette hatfield :

    Prayers for your daughter and family. Thanks for thinking of others for the vaccines. Had she been tested for candidia? I had a friend who was totally debilitated for a year because of it.

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  135. Andrea Jones :

    I love modern medicine!

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  136. Julie Marsh :

    Allison. Continuing to think of Sofie and you and your family. Much love to you all.

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  137. Amy @ MomAdvice :

    Seeing you guys go through this is so heartbreaking. Your positivity even in these moments of family crisis are so amazing, my friend. I love you. I continue to pray. And I will be sure to share this.

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  138. Sarah K. :

    Payers for your family through this difficult time – so good of you to create a positive spark despite the darkness you are going through now.

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  139. Rachel :

    Hey Allison, do you guys ever come up to primary children’s for Sofie? If you have time and she feels good enough, call or text me so we can get Sofie and Gracie together. She asks about her a lot. Or if you need a place to stay over night in SLC let me know. Xoxo

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  140. Rachel :

    Here’s to saving another baby from disease! :-) :-) :-)

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  141. Rachel :

    How close are you to your goal of 60,000?

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  142. Rachel :

    Yes, I’m now filling up your blog with boring unimportant posts to get more vaccines for babies! So there!

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  143. Rachel :

    You’re in charge of your own blog right? So you’re not going to delete my useless comments because each one gets another baby vaccinated! :-)

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  144. Rachel :

    Here’s another vaccine! :-)

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  145. Rachel :

    And another!!! :-) :-) :-)

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  146. Rachel :

    Are you getting sick of me yet? Just trying to get you to your goal! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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  147. Marnae Sorensen :

    Get those babies vaccinated

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  148. Rachel :

    One more day to get comments and likes to get more kids vaccinated!

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  149. Rachel :

    Vaccines are good!

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  150. Rachel :

    Vaccines are cool!

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  151. Rachel :

    The organization who is funding this is cool!

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  152. Rachel :

    Allison is SUPER cool!

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  153. Rachel :

    Vaccinate by two, it’s up to you!

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  154. Rachel :

    Ok I’m done for a little while.

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  155. Sandra :

    I pray that your daughter is healed soon. I know what it’s like to have a sick child and not have answers to why they are sick. My son was diagnosed with a rare disease and had to have a bone marrow transplant. He’s still not 100% well. After MUCH prayer, questioning, and research, I found out that his bone marrow failure was very likely caused by a vaccine he’d received. I’m in NO WAY trying to be hurtful at all, but just wanted to say that you may want to look into side effects of the vaccines your daughter received in the months leading up to her illness to see if there is any connection. Blessings to you and your family.

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  156. Nancy :

    So sorry you’re dealing with this. Such a great program of Walgreens too!

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  157. Emily :

    Hope you find answers soon.

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  158. Robin :

    Prayers for your family

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  159. Erin :

    Praying you find answers.

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  160. lacey :

    Prayers for healing for your sweet girl.
    Thanks for this chance to help make a difference.
    Hugs to all of your sweet family

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  161. mpv61 :

    My daughter stopped growing along her normal curve when she was 10 or so; the doctor’s office noticed it as a significant thing when she was about 12 and they said she should come in for a weight check in 6 months. Before 6 months was up, I was diagnosed with celiac so we had all our kids tested. Sure enough, that’s what my daughter had.

    We were of course very lucky to have gotten a quick and definitive diagnosis, with a relatively simple treatment.

    I hope they figure out what is happening with your daughter and she makes a full and amazing recovery. My thoughts will be with your family and especially with her. You all hang in there!!

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  162. Kate :

    So happy that I found your blog. Sending up prayers for Sofie, your family, and all sick kids.

    >> Reply
  163. Crystal Smith :

    Sending lots of love and support to your beautiful family!

    >> Reply
  164. Jenna :

    Will be praying for Sophie! So great to make a difference just by commenting.

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  165. Erinn :

    Prayers for your family.

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  166. Jamie :

    Prayers for you, your daughter and extended family. Enjoyed your video and will follow your updates. May God Bless you all.

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  167. Lisa :

    Wonderful that you can still look outward at this difficult time. I will pray for you and your daughter as you bear this trial.

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