Who is Rosie Messmer?
Rose Marie Messmer, a beautiful and vibrant 13 year old girl, is a 7th grader at Ridgeview Junior High School. She is the 7th child in a family of 8 children and considered the “entertainer” in the family. Rosie is always “creating a song & dance act” featuring herself and a few of her 80+ cousins, on any given day. With dreams of becoming a singer one day, she is constantly “performing” for everyone and anyone willing to listen. With a social life that’s bigger than most people, Rosie loves to be in the center of it all. Whether it’s a high school game or an afternoon of shopping with her older sisters, Rosie takes it all in…enjoying everyone who is with her.
On February 1, 2012, Rosie was diagnosed with Leukemia. The physical signs were similar to what her doctor suggested, dehydration and fatigue. She was very tired. As the days went on, we realized Rosie wasn’t getting any better. After a quick visit to Diley Ridge Medical Center, they quickly told us to go directly to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. When we arrived at Children’s, miraculously, Rosie was able to walk on her own right into the emergency wing. After blood tests, the Doctors were in shock. Why? Because of her white blood cell count. Normal white blood cell count is usually 5000 – 10,000.
For a child that is very very sick, the level can run as far as 150,000 – 200,000. At this level, many children will suffer a stroke, classifying them as “critical.” Rosie’s white blood cell count was nearly 400,000. This is why her doctors are calling her their “Miracle Patient.” At 87 pounds, Rosie not only walked into the hospital, but remained fully aware of everything that was going on. Today, she is stable, responding perfectly to all her medicine and with everyone’s prayers, will have a full recovery.
Today, Rosie is progressing quite well. In fact, just this past weekend, they still label Rosie as their “miracle patient” at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Although the medicines she must take can be extremely painful and sometimes nauseating, Rosie continues to pull through and beat the side-effects every time. We still have a long long journey ahead of us, but with your continue prayers, and Rosie’s amazing strength, she will be back to a normal life one day.
As some of you may know, on February 29th, as she was sitting next to Rosie’s hospital bed, Rosie’s Mom, Renita suffered a massive stroke. Initially, Renita was left with one side of her body paralyzed. A blood clot that developed in the right side of her brain brought on the stroke that left the “left side” of her body from functioning. They expected several months of therapy before she could begin leading a normal live again. However, like her daughter, Renita has had miraculous progress, too. In just three short weeks of very very aggressive therapy, Renita is now walking by herself with just a cane. She’s able to move her left arm and hand, even able to grasp a medicine bottle this morning with her left hand. This, too, is unheard of in the world of “strokes” because they said the last thing that would “come back” was the ability to use her left hand and fingers. With your continued prayers and moral support from family, friends and the miracle workers of Mount Carmel Hospital, Rosie’s Mom will be joining the ranks with Rosie…enjoying full recovery within the next several months. Please keep Rosie and Renita in your thoughts and prayers as they are needed and very appreciated.
Please visit The Messmer Family blog for more updates @ rosie-posie.org.
A special thank you for The Messmer Family for sharing their story with our community, students and friends