Archive | July 2014

Many Thanks!

Charlotte received so many cards upon her return from the hospital that it took her a couple days to get through them! She is very grateful for the kindness and show of support.

In addition to the cards, her doll Carly received some gifts, too, including new clothes and a “get well” kit so that she can have a bandaged arm like Charlotte.

Charlotte has received DOZENS of new earrings! It will take her a couple months to wear each set once her ear is ready for piercing.

As before, we are overwhelmed by the kindness of all of the people who have never met Charlotte but have taken the time to make her feel special. Thank you.

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My Top Five

So, as designated family blogger, I have been quite neglectful of my duties over the past year or so. For this, I really feel badly, as I’ve missed out, not only on sharing with and hearing from followers, but even from discovering stories about Charlotte that I didn’t realize were out there.

So, here’s a top five list of things I want to share with you.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

#5 – Charlotte’s 2013 Blog Stats – 7700 views!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

#4 – This picture of Charlotte’s dad, Tim Ponce, with a pink mustache, featured by Mlive.com.

Tim and Charlotte Ponce celebrate her 12th birthday at Beaumont Hospital with pink mustaches.

Tim and Charlotte Ponce celebrate her 12th birthday at Beaumont Children’s Hospital with pink mustaches.

#3 – Holiday Party for Beaumont’s Children.  Charlotte partied in style among many whose lives have been forever changed by the skill and compassion of Dr. Kongkrit Chiayasate and his surgical team.

Charlotte and family enjoy a visit with Dr. Chiayasate at the Beaumont for Children's Holiday Party.

Charlotte and family enjoy a visit with Dr. Chiayasate at the Beaumont for Children’s Holiday Party.

#2 – Charlotte’s photo by Chris Clark of a trip at the beach was featured by The Grand Rapids Press as one of the TOP 25 Photos of 2013.

If this photo doesn't make you smile, I'm not sure what will.  I love how joyful and carefree she is in this photo!

If this photo doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure what will. I love how joyful and carefree she is in this photo!

#1 – “YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT,” said Charlotte on the Today Show, “JUST ROCK WHAT YOU GOT.”  I hope those words inspire you to feel good in the skin you’re in.

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Thank you for all your love, prayers and support!!!!

~Amber Ponce (Charlotte’s sister-in-law)

This entry was posted on July 21, 2014. 1 Comment

Made with Love

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Charlotte returned home to a bed for her American Girl doll, handmade with love. The kindness of some people is overwhelming.

An Ear My Dear

Charlotte now has a right ear! The ear was built using harvested cartilage from her ribs. Dr. Chaiyasate and his surgical team carved the ear structure and implanted it under the skin of her right forearm in April.

On July 10, Dr. C transplanted the ear from her forearm to its new permanent home right where it should be. The surgery appears to have gone very well, and Charlotte is starting to feel herself again after a few rough post -op days.

Charlotte is expected to come home tomorrow. Tune in at 8AM in the Grand Rapids area to NBC to see Charlotte on the Today Show this morning.

Charlotte returns to Beaumont Children’s Hospital in a few weeks for a skin graft to heal the area on her arm where the ear had grown.

Details and photos from the past year can be found on Charlotte’s Facebook page, which is more regularly updated.

We cannot tell you how much your love, prayers and support have done for this spunky little girl and the family which supports her. Charlotte cherishes letters received. You may write her at PO Box 397, Fruitport, MI 49415, and make her day 🙂

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Charlotte the day before her ear surgery (7/9).

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Charlotte with niece and nephew the day she moved out of ICU to a regular room (7/14).