Sunday, January 1, 2017

*REVIEW* Truly Me Doll Without Hair

 Meet our very own American Girl Doll Bella.

Our two friends were diagnosed with cancer. Both beat cancer this year, but is was so scary and recovery was a miracle. One friend is an adult, the other was only 12 years old when she got the diagnosis in January of this year. We learned about her story from her Instagram. @thenookdolls  
 Our goal is to learn more about childhood cancer and raise funds
for St Judes Cancer Research in 2017 by raising awareness of how 
         they help families for free who have kids with cancer.                                                                                    
 We plan to visit Children's Cancer Centers here in Houston in 2017 and find out what helps one to handle the daily stresses of fight Cancer. We are at the beginning of this process and will be sharing our Journey along the way.  

 We named our new doll Bella June Wiggins named for Our two friends. Bella loved seeing a sneak of the Girl of The Year 2017, check out the shot of her in American Girl Place Houston Store.  

 She loves the Christmas Tree at American Girl Place Houston Store.

This is Bella June in her bed on the first night in our care.



  1. I'm very sorry to hear about your friends' struggles with cancer. Its a nasty group of diseases, I'm glad your two friends are doing better.

    It's wonderful how you encourage your daughter to learn about and understand things like this. The compassion and empathy she's exposed to and developing - it's inspiring!

  2. In so happy Bella is cancer free now!!!!

  3. Maxine so sorry to hear this. One thing about these diseases is that it doesn't change who people are on the inside. As human beings are bodies go through so much but who we are and the strength we carry comes from within. Thank you for addressing this.

  4. Thrilled to hear your friends are recovering! This touches close to my heart, as my eldest daughter, Brooke (now 9) was diagnosed with Wilms' Tumour--a form of renal cancer--at 2.5 years. It was a scary, overwhelming time for us (especially because Avery was only 2 months old at the time!) but we came out the other side all the better for it, new appreciation for life, amazement of how brilliantly our little fighter surged on, and with a tight-knit cancer community who truly cares and supports one another--even after the chemo treatments have ended. Brooke (now a cancer survivor--you become a survivor after five years of remission) is a cancer ambassador, who has done amazing things for cancer organizations and Make-A-Wish (she has sold more than $35,000 worth of paintings at charity auctions and encouraged all of us to take part in a 100km race, raising $5000 for cancer research!!). And while she was a little young to care much about the hair situation, it was a big deal for many of our friends, especially the older girls for whom hair fashions are such a part of their everyday routine and appearance. I know Brooke and many of her friends would have loved to have a bald, little doll to look like them during their treatments, as a way of demonstrating solidarity and beauty regardless of illness.

    Anyways, Brooke is now cancer-free (and God willing, will stay that way!!!) and she and our family have become advocates for childhood cancer and organizations who support cancer families, so I really applaud your thoughtful decision to explore this topic with your daughter! It isn't an easy one to discuss, but by bringing understanding and demonstrating strength and support at a young age, we are creating the next generation of compassionate volunteers, dedicated fundraisers and caring world citizens. It is so wonderful to see! Love it!!!!

    Thank you, Maxine and Faith Hope!