Helping Hands from Both Sides of the Border
UPDATE March 12, 2009
After much whining, crying, and begging to my doctor, he gave in and rescheduled my c-section from the 18th to TOMORROW!!!! J These little boys will be here by about 3pm Thursday afternoon J That statement “I’m so happy I could cry”…. Totally an understatement for the relief and happiness I’m feeling J
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Thank you for all your support through all of this… it’s been an incredible 8 & ½ months!!
Love to all,Terri
March 7, 2009 - Datica family
Here is a small update. …… leading up to the BIG update that is scheduled to occur on or before March 18, 2009.
Terri is feeling…….. well, much like a lump of motherhood right now – very restricted and uncomfortable, as you might imagine, but even though she describes herself as having “pregnant brain” she is hanging in there, as always! Doctor’s reports show everything as going smoothly, under the circumstances, etc. so she is counting the days (as well as minutes, hours, etc.) until the big day! If she does not go into labor sooner – Lydia is pulling for HER birthday, Friday – March 13th) we are scheduled to welcome Alexander Amado and Cody Christopher at 7:30 a.m. on March 18, 2009! Dad is ready – Diego can’t wait to see the “gagies” – Mom is CERTAINLY ready – Uncle Scott and Marieke are ready and waiting – the excitement is certainly building! Scott and Marieke are there – doing what they do, and doing it wonderfully (what a great brother, no?)
Terri received so many contributions, gifts, well wishes, etc. from her Akumal “family” and their help will certainly make things go much smoother……. A huge THANK YOU to all of you! Also – it must be mentioned that Suzanne was Terri’s angel during her recent visit. She cooked, cleaned, entertained Diego – you name it! She even cooked multiple dinners that could be frozen for later use, so that Terri wouldn’t have to worry about those kinds of things – HUGE hugs to you, Suzanne – you are a true friend! You can bet that even though they won’t allow me in the delivery room (thank goodness!) I’ll be in the hallway waiting to get a look at them right away!
So: Mark your calendars – give them your thoughts and prayers at 7:30 a.m. on March 18th…….. I’m sure that Uncle Scott will have photos as soon as possible! Will provide update when the boys are here safely.
GaGa KaKa (sometimes known as Cheryl Ragan)
Recently it came to our attention that the Datica Family, needs our help. When we received the emails with a fabulously easy way to help, we at Sac-Be International, Inc., knew we had to share the information with everyone.
Terri Datica, is expecting twins and with the care of her son Diego being a full time job she needs help. The doctors have pronounced her an at-risk pregnancy and without assistance she will increase the chances of complications. Terri's good friend, Cheryl Reagan, suggested we contact Ellen DeGeneres in hopes she would help.
Below are several emails, and a sample letter to the Ellen DeGeneres Show along with some great photos of the Daticas. Please join in - it is a really easy way to help this wonderful family, just go to www.ellentv.com and click where it says "email Ellen."
Here is additional information for the Datica family, Cel: 913-484-5677
12926 South Blackfoot Drive
Olathe, Kansas 66062
By the way...they just found out they are having two little boys!!!
From Mary Henderson:
I think the e-mail below written by Cheryl Ragan about Terri Datica is an important one. For those of you who don't know Cheryl, she is a long-time resident of Akumal (Casa Maleno) and a dear friend. Terri Brown Datica grew up in Akumal; many of us have had the privilege to see a young teen mature into a responsible adult who has faced seemingly insurmountable odds.
So, I'm doing as Cheryl suggests--writing to a TV personality, Ellen DeGeneres, to ask that the Datica family be considered for the kind of help Ellen provides through her show.
If you have the time to help this young family, please send your e-mail to Ellen (see the e-mail address listed at the end of Cheryl's) and then pass the information on to everyone in your Address Book.
Many of you receiving my e-mail I see everyday--others our contact has been less brief but just as important to me. As I review my day, I can say I've done something today that is good--all too rare an occurrence!
Thanks for taking the time to read all of this, but mostly thanks for your actions on behalf of the Datica family................Warm Akumal Regards, Mary HendersonHis FAVORITE thing about school... they are VERY expensive - insurance does not provide for one at home, in case anyone might "donate" one ...........
From Cheryl Reagan:
Dear Friends and family,
I am writing to ask a favor. Some of you know my little "adopted family" and some do not. They are Joel and Terri Datica, and their beautiful little son, Diego. Diego has C.P. and he will turn 4 years old next month. His twin brother, Javier, was stillborn, which resulted in Diego's diagnosis. For those of you who know Diego, you will have to agree that he is one of the happiest, most joyful little boys ever created. His daddy, Joel, works hard every day to keep the family going, and Terri - what can I say? She is my hero. She unselfishly takes Diego to school and therapy sessions EVERY day, as well as all of the things that mommies do EVERY day. I can honestly say that I've never heard her complain about it, and believe me, it's a JOB. The little Datica family is now about to become much bigger, as another set of TWINS will arrive in March, 2009. Here is the problem, friends: Terri's doctor has already instructed her to GET HELP before the beginning of 2009 - she is high risk pregnancy, based on past pregnancy, of course, and carrying around a 4 year old - 24/7 - is NOT conducive to ALSO carrying TWINS 24/7. Each morning, she "scoots" down the stairs from the bedrooms on her behind, and is teaching Diego to "slide" down on his little tummy while she keeps him from sliding too far or too fast, of course. We all know that this is a very temporary solution and that the problems she is going to encounter have definitely not reached their peak! To hire a nanny/helper, etc. to help her get Diego in and out of bed, into his highchair for meals, in and out of the car for therapy sessions, school, etc. is NOT in the budget, as it wouldn't be for most of us. Personally, I am very afraid for her - AND for the new twins. We recently held a benefit, but nothing that would equal getting some in home help for her, and they do not qualify for this type of assistance. So: What can we do? I've given it much thought, and have accepted that there is no one person that I know who might be able to "fix" this situation. However, maybe with MANY people, we can help. I am asking for NO MONEY, but maybe about 5 minutes of your time. With all of the forwarded email "prayers" - "chain letters" - "keep this going" things that we all receive, most seem like a pain, unless they're funny. This isn't funny. I got the idea to write to the Ellen DeGeneres show, as I see her helping people all of the time, so last night, I went to the web site, and wrote an email. I couldn't begin to tell her how special this little family is, as the email had to be brief, of course, but then, in the night, it occurred to me - "What if she received LOTS of email requests for the Daticas??" This is all that I am asking. I'm hoping that if YOU will write to her to ask for help, and possibly forward this on to YOUR email friends, etc. we can get someone's attention. Yes - I know that we're all busy and have our own things to deal with, but it literally takes only 5 minutes or less. If everyone begins their email with "I am writing to you about Terri Datica" - if you don't know her, you know ME, and you know that I wouldn't ask if it wasn't so very important that together, we try to get them some help. That's it - a simple email. If we can get someone's attention who has the power to help, then isn't it worth the 5 minutes of our time? God bless us all, if we have healthy children that we're able to care for, etc. - I think it's time to "pay it forward." They need us, and we need more people like them. If you simply do not have the time, then possibly you will at least take a moment to forward to a friend who might..........just go to www.ellentv.com and click where it says "email Ellen."
Thank you so much for considering.
From the Director of Joel's school - to Ellen DeGeneres:
I am writing to you about Terri Datica...
I met Terri Datica over two years ago when she called me begging to
enroll her son in our early intervention program. As the director of the
The next work day, Terri called me frantic to get into the program because she believed that perhaps this was the reason they had came from Mexico, where they were living to Kansas City. Diego, at the age of two was not able to sit or use his hands or talk when he came to us. He is now an almost four year old who sits, can almost feed himself, walks with a walker, and tells everyone "hi" and "see ya, bye bye". His smile warms the heart of everyone who meets him.
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