Utah Family asks for a “Lifetime of Christmas Cards” for their Terminally Ill Daughter

Addie Fausett’s brain condition means this will probably be her last Christmas. Her mother has asked for people to send Christmas cards to cheer up the 6-year-old. So far, 5,000 have arrived.

 

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Addie Fausett has Received over 5,000 Cards So Far

Utah’s local post office was flooded with Christmas cards for Addie, when her mother asked families and individuals to make this Christmas for her child a really special one. Addie, age 6, stopped growing three years ago and started to exhibit signs of cerebral atrophy such as trouble holding things and difficulty speaking. Just last month her doctors gave the devastating news that Addie most likely will not live to see next Christmas.

Cerebral Atrophy

Cerebral atrophy is not a disease itself but rather a symptom of an underlying disease process. Atrophy is a term used to describe the degeneration of cells in body tissue which ultimately results in a gradual decline of function. Cerebral atrophy is seen in many diseases that affect the brain such as Alzheimer’s and Cerebral Palsy. It is also a condition that can be caused by strokes, traumatic brain injury and infections such as encephalitis. Depending on the disease the atrophy can be generalized, resulting in an overall shrinkage of the brain tissue or focal, affecting only a limited region of the brain. In Addie’s condition the cause of her generalized brain atrophy has yet to be identified

Caring for Patients with Cerebral Atrophy

While many patients suffering from cerebral atrophy require hospitalization or care in a rehabilitation facility, others may need constant private nursing. Professional nurses, such as the ones provided by Doctors’ Choice Nursing provide experienced and trained private registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses and caregivers who care for patients in their homes.

Those interested in sending a card may mail it to: Addie Lynn and Sisters, P.O. Box 162, Fountain Green, UT 84632

You can also contribute via Children of the Earth at 252 W. Cottage Ave., Sandy, UT 84070 (write “Addie” in the check memo), or via its website. Addie’s Facebook page also has updates on the little girl’s condition.mengel@nydailynews.com

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