Support For Christi Thomas

This blog is to help offer support to the Thomas Family and their daughter, Christi, in her battle against cancer. Please visit Christi's website at to learn more. There, you'll find journals, photos and a lots of other information about this amazing child and her family.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day!

Dearest Little Shayla,

You are my valentine! I love you so much! My heart is breaking that I just sent you off to school and soon I will be zipping shut our suitcases and flying off with Christi and we don't know what the future will bring us. I know you're having a hard time with all that has happened in the past few weeks. You are the best little sister anyone could ever ask for. You're experiencing so many strong emotions: abandonment, jealousy, love, separation, loss, worry, etc. and I know you are scared too. Most adults will never endure what you are going through. I love you so and I'll fly home from Philadelphia as soon as I can. Until then, call me every day, take care of Daddy, don't let Nee Nee give you too many sweets and know that you're in my heart! I love you, sweetheart!

Forever yours,
Mommy xoxoxo


At 14/2/06 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sweet Shayla

What beautiful pictures of you! I was just thinking about you this morning and there you are :0) Your Mommy loves you so much and it's so hard for her to be away from you. She knows how sad you are and so do all of us who follow your story. You are such a big girl and the best sister Christi could ever wish for. Remember that you are so very, very special. I sent you another "hampster" so keep your eyes on the mailbox!

Happy Valentines Day Shayla!

Harrisburg, PA

At 14/2/06 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers will be with you throughout this difficult day. Keep faith and know there is a legion of prayer warriors praying for the Thomas family.

At 14/2/06 8:38 AM, Blogger HeatherB said...

Happy Valentine's Day sweet Shayla!

What a great little sister you are!

Sending you love and hugs sweetheart!!

Lots of Love,

At 14/2/06 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Thomas Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God continue to stand by you as you battle this beast. My daughter was also diagnosed with neuroblastoma. I have six children and the pain I had to leave the rest behind to tend to my daughter was so, so difficult. But they do understand, as hard as it is for them, they know how much we love each and everyone of them. Stay strong and know there are so many out there praying very strong for your family. With Love, an NB mom

At 14/2/06 9:26 AM, Blogger susan said...

Dear Shayla..
Happy Valentines sweetie..
You are such a wonderful sister to Christi and a sweet daughter to Mom and Dad and also a wonderful Mother to two little furries things, oh yeah! the Hampsters name Bunny, I do like that name though, very funny lol.

Shayla, you are in my prayers hon, I know it is so very scary not knowing what is going to happen with Christi, you are being very brave Shayla, but it is OK to say you are scared too, most adults get scared too sweetie and that is OK.
You are such a wonderful sister to Christi, I am very proud of you Shayla. May God Bless you and keep you safe. Susan

At 14/2/06 9:32 AM, Blogger Sue Chaplin said...

Dear Thomas Team ~~ Prayers are flying from Toledo ~ I am going to donate blood after school today in honor of sweet Christi. I'm not the bravest donor, so I'll be imagining Christi holding my hand and reading to me!

May God be with all of you today ~ may you each feel His loving Presence ~

Love, Sue (Betty B.'s friend)

At 14/2/06 9:38 AM, Anonymous Candy Belanger said...

I just don't know what to say except that I'm so sorry for all of the heartache your family is dealing with. I'm praying that Christi's doctors at CHOP can bring her some relief quickly. Wishing you a safe flight and praying for your speedy return.

Big hugs,

At 14/2/06 9:39 AM, Anonymous Tammy Nettina said...

Tears as I read this latest entry. Safe travel to you all. My prayers are with you, always. What a GREAT sister you are, Shayla!

At 14/2/06 10:03 AM, Blogger California Friend said...

You look absolutely BEAUTIFUL as you head off to school on this Valentine's Day!! Mommy's post to you says so much; although I don't think you'll know just how much until you're a little older. Just never forget how much you are loved. Christi was so lucky to have been given you as a little sister!

Thoughts & prayers following you to Philadelphia today Christi & Angela, and also staying behind with Shayne on the homefront.

Love & hugs from CA,

At 14/2/06 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anissa Hagendorfer said...

I am sorry to hear Christi is in so much pain. I will pray for you & her both as you travel today. I wanted to wish Both girls a very HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY from the NW Florida Panhandle. My prayers are with you today & always!

At 14/2/06 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I had seen that shirt before, so I just had to check out some old pictures - and I eas right! Check this out:

Even the hair is (well, almost(O:)the same! Soooo cute!

I hope Christi will feel better once you get to CHOP. Good luck!


At 14/2/06 10:31 AM, Anonymous Linda & Pat Connolly said...

Hello Thomas Family,

Such cute photos of Shayla! She is certainly growing up. My husband and I can recall meeting Shayla and her daddy at the NB conference, held in Chicago, the summer of 2003.

We pray that your trip to CHOP is successful in getting Christi's pain and disease under control.

Sending much love and hugs from Michigan.

At 14/2/06 10:34 AM, Blogger Sue Chaplin said...

Penn State University is having a giant 48-hour Dance Marathon this weekend called, "Thon", to help fight childhood cancer. My son's girlfriend is a part of the Thon. For more info., go to ~ Possibly donate in Christi's name?

Praying for the Thomas Team,
Sue (Betty B.'s friend)

At 14/2/06 11:12 AM, Anonymous Ronit said...

hoping and praying that you have as easy a trip as possible, that Dr Maris figures something out and that Christi can have that much wanted meal very soon.
love to you all, Shayla you ARE an amazing sister!

At 14/2/06 1:30 PM, Blogger Kait said...

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
And this Valentine Sweet Shayla
Is just for you!

You look precious! Mommy couldn't ask for a better Valentine!
Happy Birthday again sweetie

At 14/2/06 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello , Angela you are so strong of a person and a wonderful mother . This puts tears in my eyes how Christi is feeling so bad I would just love to hold her now and lift her up high and heal her. Take care we will continue to PRAY

Counts Family :)

UpperSandusky ,Ohio

Home of the Rams

At 14/2/06 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Valentines Day Shayla and Christi. Shayla you are getting so big! Christi I hope you find what you need at CHOP to feel better so that you can eat.
Our prayers are with you today as always. Please let us know if you need anything. We did send a gift to CHOP right before you left for home this last time. Hopefully it is waiting for you there.
Please let us know when Christi is feeling better.
Jodie and Karlie

At 14/2/06 3:03 PM, Blogger Java Koala said...


You are growing up so fast! You are a beautiful young lady! I hope you are having a great Valentine's Day and you had fun at school today. I am glad your mom posted the picture of you and her together and your Valentine picture-they are great! Your new haircut makes you look even more grown up. Take care, Shayla! The best little sister in the world!

Valentine hugs,
Java Koala

At 14/2/06 3:07 PM, Blogger amy said...

We are all here with you on this journey. Love to all of you on this Valentines Day. Give Christi a hug from a far away prayer warrior. Everybody should be as lucky to have such beautiful girls as Christi and Shayla!

At 15/2/06 12:17 AM, Blogger Geri said...

to thomas team: I love all the articles you have published and I've been reading through every story you have in your blog. Wish I could come there and hand a help. I just donor a blood to my aunt here in the Philippines because she has a breast cancer. Though I may not replace her life, hope I could add another year for her life. I also would like to add another year for you too, as if I was there. Just always remember that God always there to guide us even in our darkest nights...Geri


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