Cancer. You have 4 children, with the youngest being just 4 months old and you have Stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Possibly the most devastating statement one may ever have to hear.

Just a few weeks ago my neighbor, my friend, my sister was faced with this statement. I would love to share a little about this woman who I call my Sister. Lauren moved in across the street from me about 6 years ago. From the minute we met, I knew Lauren was different than most people I meet. I knew she was someone I wanted and needed in my life. We shared stories of joy and stories of grief. Lauren is a Christian Pastor who’s outlook on love, life and faith are so admirable. She has taught my family and I how to love selflessly. When Lauren meets someone new she only see’s their heart. She doesn’t judge, she just loves. She has played such an important role in the lives of my daughters, teaching them many, many things I don’t know about Christian Faith. She is an amazing Mother, Sister, Daughter, Friend and Leader. Lauren will beat this, she will fight, but she will not fight alone. Her support group is one of the most incredible groups of people I have ever met. She is going into this fight so positive, so at peace. So tomorrow as Lauren begins the biggest fight of her life please think of her, please pray for her and as we head into this crazy time of year try to remember that the big things in life may not seem that big after all. Cherish you family, your neighbors, your friends. Lauren, my sister, I love you and I will be by your side every step on the way.

You can donate to help Lauren’s Family during this difficult time here > https://www.youcaring.com/laurenscienski-995832
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Childhood Cancer. I’m sure we have all heard of a child having cancer. It’s easy to forget about and go on about your daily life, unless that child is yours. Your world stops. Lauren is an amazing 6 year old girl who my family was lucky enough to cross paths with during last years dance season as my 6 year old and Lauren took ballet together. I am sure that 6 letter word is something Lauren’s family thought they would never hear, but in the summer of 2016 any parents worst nightmare became a reality for this sweet family. Here is a little of Lauren’s Story from her Go Fund Me Page. Over Memorial Day weekend, Lauren was brought to Condell for bruising and swelling around her eyes which was initially attributed to allergies. She was lethargic and sensitive to cold and was continually getting the chills. While there, they performed a head CT that showed a mass behind both eyes and drew her blood which showed low hemoglobin levels. That prompted a transfer to Lutheran General in Park Ridge. There Lauren received blood transfusions as well as several other scans of her entire body. The scans revealed Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in her adrenal gland (near her kidney), brain, spine, sternum and in her bone marrow. We’ve been assured by her oncology team that neuroblastoma responds very well to treatment which is why Lauren is starting chemotherapy immediately. 10/17/17 – We got the results back from Lauren’s MRI and bone marrow biopsy and they are NEGATIVE for cancer cells! The MRI looked specifically at her brain, head, and spine. This was important because she had extensive tumor growth on her brain, eye orbits, and all along her spinal dura. She has responded so well to the chemo and was able to clear the disease past detection on scans. Her bone marrow has also been cleared of cancer cells! This is such a relief after the many months of treatment. Unfortunately, the treatment did cause Lauren to acquire partial hearing loss. We were told this was a likely possibility and it has been confirmed. She will be fitted for hearing aids in a few months. She still has a long road ahead of her, as this type of cancer is very aggressive and has a high recurrence rate in Lauren’s age group. We are moving into her next treatment steps to hopefully prevent relapse. This next step is most likely going to be the most challenging of her treatments so far. She will be admitted on Sunday to Comer’s Children’s Hospital for her first of two Stem Cell Transplants. She will be given a very high dose of chemo for 6 days and then will have her own stem cells infused to help her recover. This will hopefully kill any residual cancer cells that cannot be detected on scans but, in doing so, she will be completely immunocompromised. This will require long hospital stays around 4- 6 weeks at a time and isolation precautions until 100 days after the second transplant. During this time she will only be allowed visits from a few adult family members and only see her brother during her short break between transplants at home. She will most likely spend the holidays in the hospital. We trust her care team to support us through this next step and are prepared to do everything we can to get Lauren closer to a cancer-free childhood. Please keep Lauren, her family and her doctors in your prayers and she walks into this next step of treatment.  She is such a fighter and is going to continue chopping down that tree.  We love you Lauren! BNP_4677.jpg BNP_4688.jpgBNP_4667.jpgBNP_4700.jpgBNP_4724.jpgBNP_4737.jpgBNP_4748.jpgBNP_4761.jpgBNP_4779.jpgBNP_4810.jpgBNP_4817.jpgBNP_4851.jpgBNP_4908.jpgBNP_4946.jpgBNP_5004.jpgBNP_5008.jpgBNP_5024.jpg

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Year after year, I have gotten to watch this beautiful family grow and it has been such an honor to capture them each time. Mom always styles so beautifully, their little ones are always so well behaved and we just always have so much fun!! We had the warmest light and happiest kids and I know I always say it but this is definetly a favorite. Thank you Teschner Family for your trust, year after year. XO
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This family! I may just go on and on about how amazing our session was. They are goregous! They were styled perfectly and the lighting was possibly the prettiest I’ve seen all year. Their connection was the sweetest thing and I was so honored to be able to capture so many special moments for them. As a Momma to two littles myself I know the feeling of wanting my yearly session to go so well. This family just let go, had fun and were themselves. When you do that it makes it so easy to deliver a love filled, beautiful gallery to display and show off your wonderful family and the bond you share. Thank you Lock family for your trust, I completely adored working with you!
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Stunning clients styled by my lovely stylist Kaprice and this stunning backdrop made for one of my favorite sessions of the year. This family was so trusting and wonderful to work with. As an atrist, I have a vision and to work with clients who truly trust in that is everything I adore. A lot goes into planning a photography session. Finding the right photographer for your family, selecting a date and location and of course finding WHAT TO WEAR! We can have the perfect night, the perfect location and if what your wearing just isn’t right your session may end up not being exactly what you were hoping for. Kaprice is someone who’s style I have adored since first sight at preschool drop off 3 years ago. This is the honest truth! Even when she isn’t trying, she dresses so cute and stylish. After getting to know her I learned she actually went to school for design. You guys, she is so, so good! Her style boards make it easy for you to see your family’s outfits come together and she includes links on where to purchase everything!! The process is seriously so easy. Thank you Kaprice for styling this gorgeous family as perfectly as you did and thank you Wallace Family for your trust and ease. XOXO
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It was so awesome to see this gorgeous style board come to life.  Such stunning choices that worked so beautifully for this family!
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