WAVERLY, MN – Faced with a rare and potentially fatal disease, Kristen Soley of Waverly trusted that God’s plan was perfect, even though she didn’t understand.
The family of Kristen and Nate Soley of Waverly includes Andrew, 13; Elizabeth “Libby,” 10; Mary-Francis, 2; Thomas, 6; William, 11; Patrick, 4; and Charlie, 8.
The journey began shortly after Christmas 2014, when Kristen noticed little red spots on her feet and shins, and swelling in her ankles.
She was also bruising more easily than normal.
“Yes, being a mother of seven, ages 13 on down, spotting them in gymnastics and engaging in a family wrestling match can provide its bumps and bruises, but I had no memory of so many bumps and bruises in the past,” she recalled.
Concerned, Kristen scheduled an appointment with her family practitioner at the end of January. The doctor concluded Kristen had Schamberg’s Disease, but asked for blood tests to be certain.
By the time Kristen got home from the lab, she had missed at least two calls from her doctor.
“When he did reach me, he spoke in a bit of a hurried manner, explaining that all of my blood cell counts were low – dangerously low,” Kristen said.
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