Praying for Lily

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I am posting this because I need the WSO community's prayers, your good vibes, positive energy, anything you can send my family's way. Monkeys, I am going through a very difficult time right now. This site has helped me in many ways, I have tried to give back. You all know I am a family man - if you are religious, please say a prayer for my daughter Lilliana Hope.

I am posting this in success stories - I hope and pray that this proves to be correct. My intent here is to communicate my daughter's battle and raise awareness for premature births. If you can send some good vibes my way, I really could use them.

Please, any trolls out there, please stay off of this thread. This is my life.

This is Lily's story. This is Lily's Battle.
http://prayingforlily.blogspot.com
disclaimer: ^ this is not an easy read.

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Comments (132)

Jun 28, 2012

My thoughts are with you and your family. I post this entirely without facetiousness:

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Jun 28, 2012

Lily,

I'm sending you all the love that I can from Montreal !!!!!!

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Jun 28, 2012

Will keep Lily in my prayers. I wish you and your family well; I can imagine this is a tough time for you.

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Jun 28, 2012

Lilliana Hope - it's a beautiful name. AVP, I wish you and Lily the best. Stay strong and keep us updated!

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Jun 28, 2012

Even though I am not religious, I hope the best for Lily and your family.

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Jun 28, 2012

I hope the best for your family and Lily. If you don't mind me asking why was her birth premature? I read your blog but it didn't say. I really hope she makes it through.

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Jun 28, 2012

I wish you and your family all the best. If you ever need a complete stranger to talk to, I'm here for you.

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Jun 28, 2012

Will keep your beautiful daughter and your family in my prayers.

Jun 28, 2012

Sending some positive vibes toward your family. Hope Lily gets another wonderful day of life and many more to come.

Power and Money do not change men; they only unmask them

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Jun 28, 2012

The stuff that doctors are able to do nowadays is crazy. My prayers are with your Lily and your family

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

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Jun 29, 2012

My heartfelt wishes and thoughts are with Lily and your family.

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Jun 29, 2012

Here's to your daughter growing stronger every day!

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Jun 29, 2012

My prayers go out to your family.

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Jun 29, 2012

Wishes and prayers bro....

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Jun 29, 2012

I wish you and Lily all the best. Hang in there and don't lose courage.

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Jun 29, 2012

One more Wall Streeter praying for you and your family. It's times like this that bring us face to face with our humanity and change who we are.

Keep us updated.

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Jun 29, 2012

Good luck.

Competition is a sin.

-John D. Rockefeller

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Jun 29, 2012

Best of luck brother, anything we can do, let us know.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

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Jun 29, 2012

My prayers for your little Lily and your family. We will offer a mass for her.

Take care and God bless.

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Jun 29, 2012

My prayers to you and your family.

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Jun 29, 2012

Prayers go out to you and your family.

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Jun 29, 2012

Thoughts and prayers.

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Jun 29, 2012

May God protect Lily. Your family will be in my prayers tonight. God bless.

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Jun 29, 2012

Praying for you, the daughter, and your family.

There is life and death. I'm going to bust my ass to make an impact 'til the latter comes.

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Jun 29, 2012

My wife and her twin sister were born extremely premature and were not expected to make it; both survived and have led very healthy, happy and successful lives. I said a prayer for you and your daughter to have similar results.

Jun 29, 2012

Thank you everyone. I really appreciate it. Means a lot - every prayer and good vibe counts for lily.

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Jun 29, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious daughter.

Hang in there and God bless.

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." - DT

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Jun 29, 2012

Sending prayers from DC...beautiful name and all the best

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Jun 29, 2012

Praying for Lily

Jun 29, 2012

Praying for Lily and for your family.

She will power through.

"That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."

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Jun 29, 2012

One day and prayer at a time. I wish you and your family my best.

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Jun 29, 2012

Keep hanging in there. She's a fighter.

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Jun 29, 2012

Prayers from the breadbasket

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Jun 29, 2012

I will keep her with my pray!

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Jun 29, 2012

As a soon to be father a little girl myself (due in October)....I can't even imagine what you must be going through. Wish you and your family all the best my man. We did have a few scares at the beginning of the pregnancy, but all of the medical staff was so amazing and got us through it. It gave me a new appreciation of the field of medicine...those guys are everyday heroes. And from reading your blog, I think you'd agree.

Jun 29, 2012

She'll be fine! Sounds like she has a great dad/family supporting her. Hang in there!

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Jun 29, 2012

thoughts and prayers with you and your family, AVP

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Jun 29, 2012

As a parent myself my heart goes out to you and your family. I still remember the moment I got to look into my child's eyes - you will never, ever forget it. As a point of hope - my best friends daughter was born at 24 weeks and she is now a very healthy 6 year old that is queen bee of the kids social circle when we get together :)

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Jun 29, 2012

I am non-religious, but I am praying for you! Remain strong even if you feel weak inside, be there for your wife.

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Jun 29, 2012

praying for lily and all the best to you and your family

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Jun 29, 2012

Best of luck AVP, I'm hoping for the best

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Jun 29, 2012

Best wishes man.

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Jun 29, 2012

Good luck!

I was quite premature and my parents talked to me a bit about their difficulties. My prayers are with you.

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Jun 30, 2012

I hope that she gets well. wishing you and your family all the best

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Jun 30, 2012

Praying for you and your family. Best of luck, stay strong.

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Jun 30, 2012

Hang in there AVP. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Jun 30, 2012

Keeping Lily and your family in my prayers.

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Jun 29, 2012

Thank you everyone- people all around the world are praying and wishing lily well. The blog has had about 2800 hits, from everywhere.

Lily had a good day. I'm hanging in there. Thanks for your support WSO. I appreciate the prayers, messages, and well wishes more than you know.

http://prayingforlily.blogspot.com/2012/06/another...

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Jul 3, 2012

I wish you the best of luck!

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Jun 29, 2012

http://prayingforlily.blogspot.com/2012/07/day-7-o...
Just read the latest update. I'm glad to hear she's doing well! Sounds like a fighter, and besides that, the interwebs are on your side AVP. Tell her to keep rockin' for us!

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Jul 10, 2012

just came across this post - my prayers are with Lily and your family AVP.

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Jul 10, 2012

AVP- had no idea it's so recently. Wish the best for you & your family... My prayers are with Lily and hope you and your wife are holding up well.. keep us updated

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Jun 29, 2012

Just checking in. Hope everything is still going well brother.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

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Jun 29, 2012

Just wanted to pop in- have been pretty much offline on WSO for a while for obvious reasons.

Lily is doing REALLY WELL!! I'm confident it's because of all of the good energy and prayers that are being sent her way- they are working, so please keep them coming!

Http://prayingforlily.blogspot.com
Thank you everyone for the prayers, well wishes and PMs. I try to answer all PMs, but if I have overlooked yours please accept my apologies... Tough to stay on top of them all.

The amount of support I have received from WSO has been amazing- second to Facebook, it's the second-highest referring link for the blog, which has had about 11,500 views as of this writing. It amazes me that the two groups taking the most interest in Lily's battle are a) my closest friends and family and b) total strangers from WSO.

That says something special about this community. I've never met most of you in person, yet everyone here is pulling for my kid, praying for her, or sending good vibes. They are working miracles, thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It means a lot.

AVPG

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Jun 29, 2012

great to hear lily has been doing awesome! the picture of lily holding one of your fingers is really touching. such a little creature is battling for life and she is strong!

best wishes

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Jun 28, 2012

Great to hear a positive update. Keep the faith...

Power and Money do not change men; they only unmask them

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Jul 17, 2012

Prayers sent man. I am married, but no kids yet. I can't even imagine going through something like this. She's a fighter that's for sure!!

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Jun 29, 2012

AVPG,

Awesome that you are getting so much support through WSO. Keep the faith brother!

Jul 19, 2012

praying for her

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Jun 29, 2012

Glad to see your kid is still going strong, hope all remains well!

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Jun 29, 2012

Just read todays update. Really excited to hear the positive progress! And congrats to getting a sliver of normalcy in your life this weekend. Best wishes to your growing family.

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Jun 28, 2012

AVP, you better invite me for Lily's 1st year old birthday !!!

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Jul 23, 2012

AVP, I have a young son and can't even imagine what you are going through. Keep the faith and best wishes to you and your family. The next few years are going to be the most joyous of your life!

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Jul 24, 2012

Glad to see things are still going well, keep up the fight Lily!

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Jun 29, 2012

Thanks all for the prayers and well wishes. Things are beginning to look up, ever so slightly, but it's getting easier to start thinking about her coming home. Beat case, we're looking at late September.

On that note - I can't make the conference for obvious reasons, but maybe we can have a little WSO get together in the city once she comes home-- I want to thank each of you personally for your prayers and well wishes! Least I can do is buy you all a round!!

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Jul 10, 2012
AVPGuerilla:

Thanks all for the prayers and well wishes. Things are beginning to look up, ever so slightly, but it's getting easier to start thinking about her coming home. Beat case, we're looking at late September.

On that note - I can't make the conference for obvious reasons, but maybe we can have a little WSO get together in the city once she comes home-- I want to thank each of you personally for your prayers and well wishes! Least I can do is buy you all a round!!

AVP, for sure, keep us updated. Great to hear things are looking up! Once she is home, feel free to make an event in NYC so all the members in town can celebrate with you :-)

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Jul 26, 2012

This hits close to home so it's great to hear your daughter's doing well. Best of luck and keep updating your blog.

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Jun 29, 2012

Sorry to hear about today's update, but it sounds like all-in-all she's still trucking. Keep it up, Lily!

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Jul 31, 2012

Glad to hear!
Keep on.

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Jun 29, 2012

According to the latest update, Lily has no brain damage, which is great to hear! Keep up the fighting!

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Aug 3, 2012

best of luck and to your daughter's good health

Mr. Dan

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Aug 3, 2012

Prayers are with you, hope the best for your family!

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Aug 3, 2012

Wishing the absolute best outcome for your family. Please keep us posted. Chin up.

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Jun 28, 2012

After reading the recent bankrella thread, I really hope Lily don't go into finance.

Lily, if you're reading this, please go to med school !!!!!!!!!!!

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Aug 3, 2012

Praying for her and for her to keep up the fight.

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Aug 3, 2012

Prayers sent your way. She's a cutie. Hoping for the best!

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Aug 3, 2012

Very cool to see so many people sending you and your family positive thoughts; I too will be sending tons. And that's a beautiful name...

Aug 3, 2012

wishing you and yours the best brother, stay strong.

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Aug 3, 2012

Good luck! Saying a prayer for you and your daughter!

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Aug 3, 2012

All the best man !

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Aug 3, 2012

All the best and beyond my brother from another mother. My heart goes out to you and the family.

Baby you're the perfect shape, baby you're the perfect weight. Treat me like my birthday, I want it this way and I want it that way. It makes a man feel good baby.

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Aug 3, 2012

Glad to hear she is doing well! Precious daughter.

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Jun 29, 2012

Great news to hear about the brain scan. Congratulations to you, your wife, and Lilly for hitting a milestone. Keep truckin' through the many more I'm sure are on the way!

Much love and best wishes from down south!

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Aug 3, 2012

Wish you guys luck and medicinal science.

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Aug 3, 2012

You definitely have my prayers, and I am very happy to hear that good news is coming in!

If it's worth anything my wife's sister was born under similar circumstances, I believe 4 months premature as well, and she spent many months afterwards in the hospital and her parents weren't sure what would happen to her.

She will be 30 years old this year, healthy, and has a beautiful 2 year old of her own; my nephew! Stay strong and keep us posted with the good news.

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Aug 3, 2012

Hope someday that blog is on her facebook page and you all think back and laugh at what she's able to do in her teens that you never thought would be possible. Chin up. You got a fighter.

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Aug 3, 2012

good luck

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Aug 3, 2012

whish you all the luck and strength in the world
your life had put you and your family on the tough challenge - it is a chance for you to rise as a human being

will send many positive thoughts to her
i hope for the best

ps - congratz on the success so far

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Aug 3, 2012

Best wishes to Lily! Great to hear she's doing well so far! From the picture, she's a fighter alright, an awfully cute one at that! Keep us updated!

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Aug 3, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with Lily.

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Aug 3, 2012

I was 3 months pre-mature and went through a lot of similar experiences..stay strong and prayers for the whole family and wishes -- from Houston.

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Aug 3, 2012

Wish the best for your daughter.
Hope she feels better soon.
My prayer and thoughts to your family.

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Aug 3, 2012

Wish you, your family, and Lily all the best.

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Aug 3, 2012

Ill definitely be sending my prayers from Denver, CO!

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Aug 3, 2012

She'll be perfectly fine, you'll see!

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Aug 3, 2012

Thoughts and prayers with you and the family dude. Keep fighting Lily!

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Aug 3, 2012

Will definitely keep your daughter and family in my prayers. "If He brings you to it, He will bring you through it" Stay strong!

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Aug 4, 2012

AVP, you are younger than I thought. Why have an avatar of an old guy? I saw your blog. From the pictures of your baby, she seems like a fighter. I think she will make it just fine. Best of wishes for your family.

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Aug 4, 2012

All the best for you and your family!

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Jun 28, 2012

no brain injury?
YEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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Aug 4, 2012

I closed my eyes and said a prayer; I really do wish you all the best and pray that she continues to respond well (saw the great news in your blog)

"Dont compromise yourself; you're all you've got" - Janis Joplin

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Aug 4, 2012

My prayers are with Lily and your family, best wishes :)

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Aug 5, 2012

I've just read all the updates and a tear came down my chin while reading. My prayers go out to Lily and your family. She's a fighter and will pull through.

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Aug 5, 2012

My prayers are with Lily and your family

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Aug 5, 2012

Hoping for the best. My prayers are with Lily and your family.

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Aug 6, 2012

i know someone who was born about 4 months premature. she literally fit into the size of her father's palm. she came out perfectly normal in the long run, no neurological or development issues. a lot of people are born premature and live long, normal lives. my friend's parents still marvel that such a small, delicate mass of flesh grew into a healthy adult, but these things do happen.

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Aug 6, 2012

God bless her and your family.

Fighting!

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Aug 7, 2012

Thoughts and prayers, good vibes, and best wishes...pressing 'SEND'.

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Aug 7, 2012

My prayers for your little Lily and your family.

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Aug 8, 2012

God bless you Lily. Keeping you, your wife, and your daughter in my prayers, AVP.

Lily:
Origin: English - The lily is a flower symbolic of innocence, purity, and beauty.

May your daughter grow up to exemplify all of those qualities.

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Aug 8, 2012

So sorry, AVP. This is the first I've seen of the story as I've been AWOL since we had our own baby at the end of May. He was a premie, but not nearly as early. Hang in there bro. You've made it a long way and there's absolutely nothing better than being positive and having people rooting for you. It's amazing how babies sense your feelings. You never know whats going to happen, but she has fought hard this long, so you have to continue to believe she will continue to fight.

A friend of mine is also having a difficult time with his daughter. She is a fighter too, just like Lily. Both of your girls are going to make it. They have to.

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Jun 29, 2012
Something Creative:

Didn't know you and your girl popped out a kid, too, congrats! Best of luck to your friends as well.

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Aug 3, 2012

Keep your head up AVP, all the best!

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Aug 29, 2012

Hi AVP,

I have read all your blog posts and my heart goes out to you. I'm glad to see from your latest post that Lily is doing much better, she's absolutely adorable.

Also, I just wanted to share that my Aunt had her daughter at 25 weeks and my cousin went through much of the same medical issues that Lily is going through currently. Fast forward 20 years and my cousin is a pre-med student majoring in Bio-Chem with a 3.8 GPA, who received a partial athletic scholarship. She's an all around amazing young woman, just as Lily will be!

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Jun 29, 2012

Just wanted to pop in- it's been a few months since I've been on WSO given all that's going on. But I want everyone here to know how much I appreciate your support, well wishes, and (as applicable) prayers.

The PMs I have gotten have all been so touching. The stories of hope that some of you have shared have helped tremendously, even though I've been laying low on the boards- I read the comments, and appreciate them so, so much.

As some of you already know, Lily is really doing well. We had a scare a few weeks ago with pneumonia and two collapsed lungs- but she fought through it!

The support of complete strangers has been amazing. Thank you. From the depths of my heart - I mean that - thank you.

It has been a very difficult summer but we are hopeful to bring lily home by the end of September. It will be a VERY happy day :)

Something creative- please know that I am keeping your friend, his family, and especially his daughter, in my thoughts and prayers. My heart aches for him and I wish him nothing but strength, courage, and hope.

Thank you again, WSO, for your support. The blog has had about 35,000 views now, about 5,000 of which originated from WSO. Amazing.

I hope to soon be posting a celebratory event in manhattan, where I can thank each of you personally. Plan on fall- not too far away!

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Aug 3, 2012
AVPGuerilla:

Just wanted to pop in- it's been a few months since I've been on WSO given all that's going on. But I want everyone here to know how much I appreciate your support, well wishes, and (as applicable) prayers.

The PMs I have gotten have all been so touching. The stories of hope that some of you have shared have helped tremendously, even though I've been laying low on the boards- I read the comments, and appreciate them so, so much.

As some of you already know, Lily is really doing well. We had a scare a few weeks ago with pneumonia and two collapsed lungs- but she fought through it!

The support of complete strangers has been amazing. Thank you. From the depths of my heart - I mean that - thank you.

It has been a very difficult summer but we are hopeful to bring lily home by the end of September. It will be a VERY happy day :)

Something creative- please know that I am keeping your friend, his family, and especially his daughter, in my thoughts and prayers. My heart aches for him and I wish him nothing but strength, courage, and hope.

Thank you again, WSO, for your support. The blog has had about 35,000 views now, about 5,000 of which originated from WSO. Amazing.

I hope to soon be posting a celebratory event in manhattan, where I can thank each of you personally. Plan on fall- not too far away!

Fantastic news buddy. I'm sure she's looking forward to getting home too. All the best.

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Jun 29, 2012

just saw the recent pics - totally miracle!

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Oct 11, 2012

Bumping this thread - if anyone's interested, his daughter is home now (check the blog). Looks like Lily won the battle.

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Jul 10, 2012

CONGRATS!!!!

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Aug 7, 2012

WOOHOO!!!! WAY TO GO!!!!

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Oct 14, 2012

Best of luck AVP and Lilianna!

If you ain't gettin money dat mean you done somethin wrong.

" If you have built castles in the
air , your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be .
Now put the foundations under
them." - Henry David Thoreau

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Jun 28, 2012

It has been months since I posted here. As strange as this might sounds, baby Lily came to mind this weekend and I kept thinking that I need to check the site to know how she is doing.

I am happy to know that she is home with her family and won the battle.

Power and Money do not change men; they only unmask them

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Nov 11, 2012

my thoughts are with you family

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Oct 14, 2012

Wassup?

If you ain't gettin money dat mean you done somethin wrong.

" If you have built castles in the
air , your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be .
Now put the foundations under
them." - Henry David Thoreau

Jun 28, 2012

WOOT! Good to hear she's home AVP!

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Fly, Fight, and Win.

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