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June 07, 2011



Hey good buddy, when you get back we should eat delicious redvines in our hidden swimming pool and laugh at Draco's diapered tush.

Beth Dudley

Tessa, it's amazing how strong you've been throughout all of this. I know its been a really hard journey for you, but you're almost done! I hope the operation went well today. My prayers are with you all the way. Love you Tessa!
-Beth Dudley


We love you Tessa. So glad it'll be all over soon. You're an absolutely amazing person. Good luck and know that every single on of your friends back home love you and are inspired by you every day.

C Nodarse

Tessa! I know we haven't been friends for very long, and we aren't that close, but I am thinking and praying for you. Can't wait till I can see you again!!
Charlotte :)


You are the most brave lady I know. I love you. Wish I was there holding your hand. Z

Kelly Drummond

Tessa -

I have been thinking about you and praying for you today. I know you are going to do great! Your strength is so inspiring! Keep your chin up kiddo!
Mrs. D

Carla and Erin Trainor

Tessa. Erin and I are sending big prayers your way today. I know I've never met anyone with the unique qualities you possess, which in combination, give you the ability to accomplish such a huge challenge. You are almost there. The end is in sight. Best wishes, dear. Erin and Carla Trainor

Nancy Stalkfleet

Good luck Tessa, soon it will be all over!

Grace Heitmann

TESSA!! We will be thinking about you all day! You are so brave and strong and I cannot imagine what you are going through! (and I thought soccer was hard) I cannot wait to see you back and much taller than me! You GOT THIS! You will do amazing, I just know it!

PS: I'll get Kate to draw an extra special picture for you! You can hang it up and know that you always got us Heitmanns behind you and supporting you 100%!

Bridget Winget


It is just now noon in Baltimore and I'm saying a prayer for you here in KC. You are wonderful and strong and I'm sure you will come through this last operation with the same courage and grace you've shown in the past. Missing you here at Vis!
Love, Mrs. Winget

Sean Hostetter

Hoping for a speedy recovery. We love you!

Sean, Sarah, Sophia, and Sayla

Mr. C

Sending good Karma your way. Hope you're back with your friends and family soon.



TESSA!!! I miss you already, and I'm thinking about you LOTS today. You're in my prayers. You'll do so well, I just know it. Go out there and show them what you're made of!! Enjoy your favorite city, and just keep thinking about how great you're going to feel when this is all done. Love you!!

p.s. Kathleen, we want her to HEAL, but we don't want her to wear HEELS.


Tessa Jean, As I told you several years ago when you started this painful but meaningful journey, you are one of my heros...certainly one of the youngest heros I have. Best of luck in this final ordeal. May you come through it as well as you have the others...and continue a great life. Dennis Guffey

Sandy Wirtel

Hey Tessa-- What a long journey. Almost over! I liked how your dad described you because that's how I think of you--someone with a fiery resolve and positive attitude. My best thoughts, prayers and wishes are being sent your way. I know that you will do great and that we will eventually see each other in the sand again!

Kathleen Blanck

Hey Tessa!! I am so proud of you! You look so beautiful in all of these pictures! And those iPhone speakers? They look like they cost more than the iPhone! ;) My whole family is thinking of you and praying for you, so don't you worry about anything. I can't wait to see you in Baltimore when you're even TALLER than me. Thanks for that. I vote we forbid you from wearing heals. It's not even fair anymore. I love you girl! Stay strong!


Diana Edwin

Tessa you truly are a strong and beautiful girl. I will be thinking of you while you are gone. I showed the pictures to Judah and he smiled and said, "Tessa!" he also LOVED the picture of Sam with all his toys. Good luck with your journey and we'll see you on the other side of it in one short month!


Best wishes to you all as you see this day come and pass. Looking thru the previous blog posts is a vivid reminder of the strength you have held thru the years with this. My thoughts are with your parents also - it is very to see your child go thru all this. Take care.

Jennifer Blanck

Hi Tessa, I thought about you first thing when I woke up this morning! Good luck today -- remember this is the beginning of the end of this long fight -- you're almost there! Kathleen can't wait to see you in Baltimore. XOXOXO

Kelly Hostetter Thomas

Tessa, all of us in London wish you a successful surgery and a quick recovery! You can do this! You are one of the most courageous, resilient, and determined young ladies I have ever seen. You are a lot like your Grandma Judy that way. She will be with you in Spirit and in love, as will all of us who love you and are far away. Give your dad a hug from us. He loves you so much and will be going through a lot, too. Love from your cousins, Kelly and Eric X O

Cheryl Knopf

Sending lots of good wishes, hugs and prayers to you Tessa!! You are almost there!! Look at how much you've accomplished, I am proud to know you. Keep thinking good thoughts :>)


tessa, i'm so glad you are at the end of this long ordeal. my very best thoughts will be with you!

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