The Bartlinski Bunch

" Teresa "

" Teresa "

Teresa "Fang Fang " Bartlinski

Teresa was born on December 25, 2006 in China. She was born with a very complex heart condition. In July 2010, GOD added Teresa to our family through adoption. We have been blessed with 9 wonderful children. Gods grace has woven us together as a family. Upon bringing Teresa home from China we unfortunately learned she not only needed a heart transplant but also a lung transplant. Her doctors feel she would not survive this operation. Please help us to pray for a miracle for Teresa's heart and lungs to be healed. She is a very special little soul who has touched so many lives around the world ...
I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Very Dire


We just had a meeting with the wonderful team of Docotrs. They wanted to make sure that we knew how dire the situation is with Teresa right now. Even though we know , when you hear it spoken out loud, "We are in the HEROIC phase, and It is VERY dire". I can hardly breath. They wanted to know if we felt it was too much for Teresa. Teresa will never stop fighting! So never will we. This is just another opportunity for God to create a bigger miracle. When your Doctor asks you if it is OK to pray and cries with you ... As we came back to the room , Teresa's nurse was singing one of her favorite songs ALONG WITH TERESA. Once again she broke through all sedation and paralytic and is trying to communicate . She is so strong!
Teresa will be ok. ... either in Jesus arms or in mine.

70 comments:

Lynda said...

Will continue to pray along with you and everyone else for the Lord to do what only He can. Also have been praying for you and your families needs in this incredibly challenging trial. Sending much love your way.
The Carr Family

Laine said...

Sending so many hugs and prayers from Alabama....even in the middle of the night, He wakes us up to pray for Teresa.
May the God of our Salvation be exalted!

leapingintolearning said...

Praying here to for that miracle ON EARTH. I don't want God to take her home yet. I am crying so hard.

There have been TOO MANY heart babies from China being called HOME to their Creator. I know I can't understand His plans because my mind is finite.

I just wish with all of my heart for God to grant Teresa that BIG MIRACLE. I know He can. I know so many reading here know He can, and so many others are reading to witness perhaps for the first time in their own life the God of the universe and how He cares for EACH AND EVERY person.

Ann, I am in awe of your ability to praise Jesus and continue to follow Him NO MATTER WHAT. Your last statement here is incredibly faith-filled. Thank you for sharing in such a vulnerable time in your family's life.

I wish I lived closer. Please know I pray for Teresa and your family so many times throughout the day. She is never far from my thoughts. I see her sweet face in my mind when she is brought to my mind. I see our own heart babies and think of her and so many others who have had to fight way too hard for precious children.

I am heartbroken for what Teresa is having to endure. Please know we are praying for her here. Our sweet Sallie gives her picture kisses through the computer screen. She understands in a huge way I know, b/c she sees Teresa with all the tubes and points at her own heart surgery scar.

I just don't know what to say b/c there are no words to make it right. I am so very sorry. And I am NOT giving up praying for that miracle of healing for Teresa's heart.

Ellie said...

My 6 year wanted to check on Teresa - we are praying for your sweet angel girl! What a beautiful spirit she has!

xo ellie

Katie (Columbus, OH) said...

I cannot imagine what this family is going through. Princess Teresa continues to show us just how strong she is by waking up out of strong sedation to sing a song with a tube in her mouth alongside with her nurse at the bedside. She has overcome multiple critical circumstances, and remains here tonight to keep up the fight. Praying that little Teresa gets rested up and well nourished this weekend, so she is ready to fight for her life on Monday when the Berlin heart will be inserted into her body. I'm sure Teresa will fight until the end, and will come through that surgery and be the BOSS, knowing a better quality of life is waiting for her. Teresa's beautiful radiating smile will shine through CHOP, just like she has come into the lives of everyone around the world. I hope and pray that Princess Teresa and her family can feel all of our arms wrapped around them, wanting so much for a miracle to happen. We all are praying for a miracle, to give this child more time with her family. SO, for everyone that is out there who BELIEVES, Teresa will be here for many more years to live the life she deserves. As always, keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Teresa, you are such an inspiration. Please know how many people you have touched with your story. It is your turn to receive all the wishes and prayers go your way. You are the Boss....keep up the fight. Keep believing....anything is possible if you believe! Sweet dreams little Teresa... Everyone around the world will be praying for you on Monday. Hang in there, sweetheart! Keep up the fight!MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!!!

Amy P. said...

I am humbled to my knees by the grace and bravery of your precious child. Tears flow with every update i read. My fervent prayers for her continue. Thank you for keeping us posted.

zzz said...

We have found ourselves checking this page about every 30 minutes, hoping that the miracle that we all have prayed so hard for has happened. Please continue to share even the smallest of changes and please know that we are in this fight with Teresa and your family for as long as needed. We pray throughout the day and night and have faith that our prayers are in God's will.

When time allows please Google and read about Pope John Paul II being on the fast track to sainthood. I'm praying to him as well.

Mimi and Greg

Anonymous said...

I admire your strength and the strength of your family. What a special little girl. I will continue to pray for her.

Anonymous said...

Our family, four whom were born in China, keep stopping to check on your princess. We are so sorry that it is in this chapter. We are so proud of your princess and all her spunk. Praying and crying with you.

St Jude, pray with us and for us.

Shelly and Mary (8), Lily (9), Jonah (6) and Elijah (6)

Erik S said...

Praying for Teresa and her family!

Cathy said...

We continue to pray for Teresa and your family from Atlanta. God is with you and Teresa all the way. Much love!

Anonymous said...

I will pray for Teresa everyday. her story has touched my heart. Sending love and prayers your way.
Janis

Anonymous said...

Praying, Praying, Praying! Our God is mighty! Teresa, a princess, is a daughter of the King. He holds her in His strong hands.

A sister in Christ,
From TN

Lisa said...

O Jesus Christ, Messiah and Lord, grant me joyful acceptance of the surgery which awaits me, and let this be the relief and cure which I seek. Make skilled the work of the surgeon and that of his team for it is unto their knowledge and skill that I give myself for healing. I pray You, O Lord, that this procedure will be without complication, and that my recovery will be speedy and complete.

Mindy said...

Ann, your heart is in my heart. With all the momma-love I have, I hold you close across the Internet and marvel at your strength in the face of what must be excruciating pain. Know that you are admired and loved along with your brood and especially your littlest peanut as she fights. My tears are for you.

Elizabeth said...

God of all creation, you who spoke a simple command and brought forth light from the darkness, I ask you now to send forth your miracle-working power to heal Teresa. You cleansed the lepers, opened the eyes of the blind and by speaking a simple command, you empowered the crippled to rise up and walk. You sent forth your life-giving power to all those in need, including those you raised from the dead. I ask you to send forth your healing power into Teresa's body and give her the strength to fight. I ask this through my Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN

Anonymous said...

God bless you!! I know it's hard, but please continue to be strong :) When the doctor says no Jesus says YES! :)

Jenni Clemons said...

Wow! I admire your courage and your willingness to accept Gods will no matter what. What a testimony!

Vicky from Catonsville said...

I have been praying so hard for Teresa and your entire family. Teresa has really touched my heart, I will continue to follow your blog and pray for all of you. God Bless Teresa and your entire family.

Anonymous said...

Many prayers being sent your way from Virginia. we also pray for your needs.

KimW said...

Your courage and commitment are inspiring! I know you are guided by love and I admire your strength. I'll keep on praying for your darling girl. I saw the video clip if her on the Today Show - she is such a sweetheart!

Penny said...

Really have no words, but am just sending love and prayers at various times throughout the day. This is such an astonishing little girl - if anyone can do this, it must be her. Praying for G-d's comfort through all of this for her and you.

Anonymous said...

We are keeping Teresa in our hearts and prayers. Jesus is watching over her and is with all of you during this difficult time. We will continue to pray for a miracle.

Love,
Matt & Madeline Bartlinski

April said...

we have been following your blog for some time now. I have never commented but wanted you to know you are an amazing example of FAITH to me..and so is your precious daughter. I am so sorry she is having to go through so much difficulty here on this side of heaven. But God know what HE is doing and obviously you all are trusting in Him alone. I am praying for Teresa, sweet little girl. We just brought home 2 of 3 now, precious Chinese blessings. We have ten total. Our youngest has TOF and while his condition is nothing compared to Teresa's it gives me hope and encouragement watching your story be told. He is going to be having a cath done soon and I am nervous but trusting Jesus along with you. Blessings

Raelyn said...

Ann....
This may sound cliché, as I am certain that EVERYBODY has most likely said/written/commented these words. But I am going to mention them, anyway. God has an incredible plan in store for Beautifully Unique Teresa. To literally show the world His Love, Grace, plus Mercy.... And it has already long-ago begun!!
--Hugs!!--
--Raelyn

Betsy Barnard said...

I know this seems very trite right now, but I often remember that to succeed you only need to get up one more time than you fall down. That reminds me to take things one step at a time, in tiny little steps. The journey is long. You have come very, very far. And now you find there is still more to go. Look one step down the path. The Boston Heart is a good device. It gives patients time to rest and to gather strength. Teresa will rest and gather strength. Your family too. And then you will take the next step. Teresa is not the only one that is strong. All of our love and strength goes out to you.

Carol said...

Prayers

Anonymous said...

Sending prayers!

G-31 Toastmasters said...

"VERY DIRE" - two four-letter words NO ONE wants to hear. :-( Praying as close to non-stop as I can.

TEG said...

It's absolutely amazing what God is doing through this Little Princess! He never ceases to amaze me and even though we are not certain of what will come we do know that God is in control and He will never leave our sides! It would be such a gift and blessing God for Princess Teresa to become healthy! Will continue to pray!

The Stephens family said...

I just heard about your story on The Today Show this week. I cried watching her but was so thankful she is in the U.S. and a part of your family. Praying for you all the way down in Montgomery, Alabama.

Vickie said...

Ed and Ann,

We are praying for your girl here--

I have a precious little girl (Lizzy) I have the honor to care for who happens to be in CHOP right now-- her momma (Maria) is one very special lady and would like to offer you any assistance she can give, be it just a break- a cup of coffee- laundry help-- they are in 12 9 south and her email is cmh134@hotmail.com

Hope you can connect up-- I have 6 China treasures and we just love your little Teresa's fighting spirit. You go Teresa!!

Vickie (Just a MINute MOM)

Anonymous said...

I like the comment earlier when the doctors say no, Jesus says yes. This is the truth. God has brought your angel to open the eyes and hearts of people across the world. Your faith sings to my soul. A miracle is waiting for precious Teresa. Shewwill ride that bike and get her cute little ears pierced. We send you none stop prayers and love from Kentucky.
Kristie O.

josette said...

Teresa is amazing and I just can't believe that we won't see the miracle! So many people are uniting in prayer over you sweet princess! We will continue praying from Ohio!!

Betsy said...

You are in our hearts and in our prayers. Teresa and your entire family will always be such an inspiration to us all. Betsy, mom to three from China.

Anonymous said...

Prayers....

Mei said...

We think of Teresa so many times a day. She is so strong.

The sparkle in her eyes says so much about her spirit. Peace to your family tonight and a restful night too.

Katie said...

Your family is my thoughts. Teresa has been an inspiration to me and so many others. I can't imagine the pain you are going through, but I wish you strength and peace.

Anonymous said...

This precious little angel has stolen my heart ...please lord allow her to receive a miracle from you...i want to someday meet her and i want her to go to disneyworld...never trust the naysayers ...the doctors are always pessimists.. the parents know the value of hope and prayer...follow your own thoughts ...
praying in south california...

Tasha said...

You are a very strong woman and family. Your faith has shown me that in our times of greatest need it really is up to us to trust in our God. Know we are thinking of Teresa and your family all the time and praying for a miracle. Teresa is a light here on earth who has shown so many people around the world what love really is! Always praying! Love from Canada!

Anonymous said...

Thoughts n prayers with you! Hugs n kisses 4 her n prayers

Anonymous said...

Your relationship with God is one we all long for - the trust and love is felt in your lovely words. Teresa is so blessed to have you and Him in her life. Keep singing Teresa!
Love,
Mary, Atlanta,GA

Robin Martin said...

Praying that Teresa keeps bossing her body. She is a princess that needs a Miracle to keep strong! I will keep praying for this miracle for this sweet little girl! I pray for her family this has to be so gut wrenching to try to endure.

Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers to help find peace.

Robin in Iowa

Anonymous said...

This child is amazing! Every night before I go to bed I check your blog to check on her. I find myself thinking of her through out the day and praying that she is okay. In my weak moments when when I find myself lacking patience with my own small children I think about Teresa and all that she has been through and how I have no right to complain or be crabby. This girl has changed my heart! Keep fighting sweet girl!

Life with Kaishon said...

I pray and pray and think of you every day.

The Anderson Family said...

I believe in miracles! My daughter's Godmother was diagnosed two years ago next month with advanced Stage IV pancreatic cancer. She is a living testament to God's answer to prayers! She's still with us. The road hasn't been easy but I can tell you this, she is still with us - having a quality and wonderful life and she is impacting so many people along her cancer journey! She is still even working up to the present. Never give up even when the outlook isn't what we expected or wanted.

We pray that God will listen to the prayers and give that miracle for precious little Teresa. She has been in our family's heart and mind constantly since we heard her story.

We also pray for your family that God will cover them with His love and blessings. You are in our prayers constantly.

Love, hugs and lots of prayers!

D. Streeter said...

Glad to hear that the Princess still is singing; hope the nurse was on key or I am certain Princess Teresa
will be making a comment. I am certain God has a place set up for her, but hope he will leave it open and
allow her to remain with her brothers and sisters. She seems like she has a sparkle about her that needs to
shine and even when it appears to be dire she needs to keep her little light shining. I hope the good doctors can find the right combination to keep her sedated; so she can rest and gain strength. It is a long and winding road and I pray that she will have safe travels for years to come.

Anonymous said...

I do believe in miracles and will continue to ask for Teresa's next miracle as I believe her first was finding her family ... hugs, thoughts, prayers ...
a friend of a friend smg

KTLgirl said...

You sweet Mama! I wish I could give you some relief. God bless you all. I just so want to see that baby get up and walk out of that hospital. But as your last post was titled Thy Will be done! I'm praying still.

Kaidence's Mommy said...

My 6 year old daughter Kaidence recieved her SECOND transplant this last August. She too was on the Berlin Heart as she awaited her 1st transplant and it made such an amazinf difference. Her blog is 4mykaidence.blogspot.com. You will have to archive back to 2007 if you want to read from the beginning of her journey and the Berlin. I must admit, that I was a great blogger but as things returned to 'normal' I started slacking. Keep the faith! Our docs also told us that Miss K wouldn't make it. They wanted us to sign a DNR but we also believed that if she was willing to fight....who were we to tell her the fight was over? Today she is doing well with her 2nd heart. Prayers for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Still praying with you from France. Teresa is an amazing girl, and she was given amazing parents.

sharon said...

I heard of your story from a friend, Wishing the best, hoping and praying for Teresa's miracle.
Sharon

Heidi D said...

As I am on the other side of the world I see your updates quite a while after you post them, I hold my breath as I scroll down to see if she is still fighting. I will keep praying for health & strength for your gorgeous girl & keep hoping that her healing is a miracle here on earth, she seems to be fighting so hard to stay. My thoughts & prayers are with Teresa & your family

connie Hudson said...

Teresa continues to be in my prayers..along with her parents. With God all things are possible..very hard to comprehend what her little body is going through,but she is determined by the sounds of your text. Her will is so important to her recovery...you are a big part of that will...strength and courage and peace dear Sister.

Kimberley Girvin said...

Tears, love and prayers from Michigan.

Jenna said...

Our family is praying here in NH, and sharing on FB for friends and family to pray along with us. We will be praying HARD on Monday. Trusting God to bring himself glory through Teresa's little life- and praying that glory is because of a BIG miracle!!!

Anonymous said...

What a gift God has given you with Teresa, and what a gift you have all given Teresa. I wish you all peace and acceptance with whatever the outcome is. I hold my own daughters closer... And realize how precious life is. Praying for you all.

Esther Paris in Rhode Island said...

Continuing to pray. I hope and pray you don't get to the point where you think it has become too much for Boss Princess Teresa to endure. In such a circumstance, the four-letter word STOP is just as odious as the two four letter words you've already heard (VERY DIRE). I pray for her cure & survival, of course, but I also pray for continued faith and doubt-free hearts for all of you. Doubt and Second-Guessing are cruel taskmasters indeed.

Kate D. said...

Praying so hard with all of you!!!

Jaclyn Carlisle said...

.I have been following your journey only recently and pray for theresa everyday. I also am the mother of two wonderful adopted taiwanese girls. They truly are a blessing to our lives arent they. I pray little theresa gets her new heart and heals completely so she can live her life with her wonderful American Family.God bless. Jaclyn from Florida

Elaine said...

We are praying without ceasing. We will pray Rosaries for Teresa.

Sarah said...

I keep praying! Our precious Jesus is with your little girl (and your whole family) every step of the way. I'm praying that you experience His nearness today.

Susan Samuelson said...

Ann, just wanted to let you know I am still praying. You were on my mind. I am with you in spirit. When Teresa is better, if you all want to visit Kentucky, my home is open to you and your family. I have a horse and a donkey that I know your children would love. Many awesome places to see. Prayers from Louisville, KY. Love in Christ Jesus Susan

Holly said...

I keep thinking of the parable of the woman who went to the unrighteous judge begging for justice. The judge finally gave her what she wanted-not because he was righteous but because she was persistent. Continuing to ask for more miracles for Teresa.

LA said...

Dear Ann and family,

I read this last night and was sad but then saw the positive message of Teresa's strength and perseverance. If Teresa refuses to give up, we should not either. We all must continue to pray. Great miracles come from the times when everything looks bleak, and our hopes are dashed away by what we see and hear. God uses these times to do some of His greatest works ! May this be one of those times!
I will pray a rosary today for Teresa's complete healing on Earth, and for strength for your family.
I , like others, wish I lived closer so I could do more to help.
Praying hard,
Lee Ann and family

Lydia Price said...

I am in tears as I read this. My mother heart hurts for you and your beautiful girl, your children and even the doctors and nurses. She IS so strong. God bless you and your family as you wait on the LORD. Praying for a miracle.
Lydia

Kelli said...

We, too, will not give up our hopes and wishes for Teresa's strong, healthy, beautiful future. Her will is strong and beautiful- and we will continue to keep her in the forefront of all our hopes and wishes

Laura said...

This past fall a teenage boy from our area received a heart transplant. He was a patient at Duke. He had to temporarily have a heart device while he awaited for a heart. Check our his face book page. He is now back playing baseball. The page is Team Jake Danville, Va. I am still praying daily for Teresa and your family.

John M said...

I know precisely what you mean Laura but of course Teresa has never left Jesus's Arms. He still holds her *heart* in His Hand. We'll continue praying. It does seem sometimes like "when will *it* ever end?!" but to agree with you, sometimes it is "another opportunity for God to create a bigger miracle." I continue to think about Teresa, you and your Family. I believe it to be humbling to just take ones mind off their own problems (even fun times) and take time out to pray for and encourage others in the midst of theirs.

Christina said...

We are still praying here in Colorado and asking God for a miracle! ((hugs))