Prayers for Lidia

InstagramHi everyone I’m a friend of Lidia’s, and wanted to share an update since I know so many of you are keeping her in your thoughts and prayers. She’s been is so very appreciative of all the prayers and encouragement she’s received over the last couple of days. She keeps saying she doesn’t know what she did to deserve so many amazing friends and supporters and it’s nice to see her smiling through the tears as she reads the kind words you have all been sharing. Also a huge thanks to Rachel Vanoven for starting the instagram hashtag #ohsoposhstrong … this has seriously given her some light in the midst of this cloudy day.

If you would like to send a card or words of encouragement to Lidia or Isadora, they can be sent to the hospital at this address:

Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Lidia Grigorean
6200 W Parker Rd
Building C
Plano, TX 75093

Just to give a little history on what she’s been going through recently for those of you who aren’t aware, she’s been struggling with a variety of health issues since last October. Among other things she’s been fighting kidney stone, kidney infection, bronchitis, excruciating back pain & migraines and mysterious bruising all over her body. On Tuesday she went back to the doctor because this latest round of back pain was not lightening up, and they immediately admitted into the hospital to run a series of tests to see if they could find an underlying issue for this string of occurrences. Of course we were just praying for rotten luck.

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Yesterday afternoon they uncovered that the infection she’s fighting right now is being caused by a C. Diff infection which was likely caused from the antibiotics she was on. C. Diff nearly took her life whens he was pregnant with Isadora, so it was hard to hear that she came down with it again.

PETScanThe next blow of bad news came from the results of her PET scan which showed a significant spot on her lower rib (shown in the photo), right where she’s experiencing the pain. The doctors are concerned because it looks like cancer, so they are doing an MRI on her right now to see if they can get a better look at the bone & tissue to see what all is affected. The next step from here is likely a biopsy to test for cancer. We don’t know if this is breast cancer metastasized or bone cancer. Of course we are all praying that by some miracle this is NOT cancer.

Isadora has been really struggling and missing her mama, and she’s very scared about what might be happening. It doesn’t help that Lidia has to be careful about how many visitors are in the room with the infection she has, and any visitors that can come in need to wear a gown and gloves to be near her. Lidia does not want to mention the scary “C” word to her until they have all the information, but it’s clear that Isadora senses something isn’t good. But even in the middle of this she has been so incredibly sweet, loving and encouraging with Lidia… wise beyond her years just like her mama:)She’s staying at home with her dad, and Lidia’s sister is flying in from Romania this weekend as well to be here with her.

I will keep sharing updates on here to keep everyone informed as we receive results from the ongoing tests. In the meantime I know she appreciates the continued prayers and warm thoughts as she faces the unknown…



efrat - March 6, 2014 - 12:49 pm

she is in my heart, and we pray for her and Isadora. hopping to read good news soon. i have been following her journey from Israel, amazing photographer and a beautiful soul. stay strong.

Chris - March 6, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Thank you for the update. You are a wonderful friend. Sending many good thoughts and prayers to Lidia and Isadora.

Patsy Lander - March 6, 2014 - 4:05 pm

glad to have this update on Lidia. Relived to hear that Isadora is with her Dad and that Sister will be here this weekend! Nothing better than family to surround a very wise and precious little girl with! Thank you for the information! Godspeed prayers to all of you!

Jessica peters - March 6, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Please contact me via a go fund me account that we want to start and promote all for Lidia and isadora .. I don’t want to post all my thoughts publically but I have received many emails of support staying please do this

Eliza Daniels - March 6, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Praying for you, Lidia! My heart aches to know you may have to travel this road again. I have been following you for years, and have enjoyed getting to know you through your posts. Stay strong <3

Tiffany hatch - March 6, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Thank you for the update and I’m praying for Lidia and family. Big hugs from Colorado.

Shannan - March 6, 2014 - 4:16 pm

She is an inspiration to so many in and out of the photography world. She is a mother, a fighter, and a survivor. We are sending our prayers and hugs to her and her family.

Robin odom - March 6, 2014 - 4:18 pm

You and Isadora are in my prayers.

Pam nugent - March 6, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Melanie, Thank you for this blog. Lidia, know so many people are rooting for a speedy recovery, and hoping and praying for the best. Much love from San Diego, CA!!!

Laura Bailey - March 6, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Praying so hard for you, Lidia! I know your sweet girl needs her mama! I sure hope you are well soon and a miracle comes your way! Much love!

Cassandra - March 6, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Praying for this amazing Mom and her beautiful daughter, thanks for the update!

Genevieve Thompson (Jennifer) - March 6, 2014 - 4:21 pm

God will meet you right where you’re at. I fought the Cdiff 3 times back to back within 6 months time and fought the life threatening kind. I understand the pain and the panic. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that God is going to see you through. My family and I are standing in the gap for you along with everyone else’s prayers. You are so loved. God has Isadora in the palm of His hand, just as He has you. God has not left you. You will walk THROUGH the shadow of death! Do you hear me? YOU WILL WALK THROUGH….remember this…ITS ONLY A SHADOW.

Saundra - March 6, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Praying for Lidia and her family all the way from Canada!

Stephanie Elzinga - March 6, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Thank you for the update. I don’t know Lidia personally (only through her website) but I’m sending my prayers. I will also be sending a card and invite others to do the same. In fact, I will pay for the card AND the postage. You see, I am a distributor for a greeting card company. So if you would like to send Lidia a card, please go to and put in username: cards4lidia and password: lidia

I am paying for all the cards and the postage (these are REAL card sent in the mail). The website is fairly easy to navigate but if anyone needs help please contact me at and I can walk you through the process. You can also add photos to the cards if you wish. March is “pay it forward” month for me and I would love to shower Lidia with cards of encouragement.

Jennifer Howe - March 6, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Praying hard for you, Lidia, and for your precious daughter as well. May God hold you both in the palm of His hand while you go through this and always.

Lisa Wurzelbacher - March 6, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Thank you for the blog and update. Sending my love and prayers. Hugs from Ohio ♡

Donna - March 6, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Thinking and praying for you at this time prayers from Newfoundland, Canada.

Beata Chipman - March 6, 2014 - 4:33 pm

My prayers and thoughts are with Lidia. I battled cdiff while pregnant and right after delivery of my daughter so I know how difficult that can be alone . I can’t imagine all the scary things happening at the same time !!! God Bless

Kelly - March 6, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Lidia is such a strong woman, prayers for healing sent her way!

Katie - March 6, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Once a warrior, always a warrior. Fight hard my friend, fight hard!

Peggy McAllister - March 6, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Prayers for Lidia are going up to the ultimate physician. May God Bless her and the rest of her family with his pure grace. Much love from Arkansas.

Janice - March 6, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Lidia, I love your pictures and you and your daughter I am praying for you and asking God to get you thru this. My prayers are with you and Isadora, I know that God is watching over. I send healing love and light to you.
Be Strong.

jackie Vieira - March 6, 2014 - 4:43 pm

My prayers and thoughts are with Lidia. Stay strong Lidia! Big hug from New Jersey!

Tracy - March 6, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Thank you Melanie, my heart just breaks for all they have been through. I will continue to pray for them both.

Debbie Davis - March 6, 2014 - 4:46 pm

I have always enjoyed her photography page…I am a very amateur one. She a beautiful lady and mother. Very inspirational…. praying for a healing… thank u Rachel for keeping us posted. Fan of you both…oh and Isadora…..

Brenda King - March 6, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Praying that it is not cancer. If it is I pray Gid gives her strength to fight it.

Crystal - March 6, 2014 - 4:59 pm

You are in my thoughts and prayers! Im also a doTerra user and used DDR Prime/Frankincense to treat my Grandmothers stage three lymphoma. It worked wonders! Please keep using yours daily and set up a routine. If you dont have DDR get it asap and apply to the area where they are finding the possible cancer. hugs and lots of love from California!!!

Leica - March 6, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May the joy of the LORD be your strength during these times of hardship.

Hollis Bella - March 6, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Lifting you and Isadora up in prayers. You have been such an inspiration in my photography pusuits. You are an incredible photographer and seem like an even more incredible mom. We will keep you in our prayers.

Jenny - March 6, 2014 - 5:19 pm

I am an amateur photographer that discovered Lidia’s amazing work a little over a year ago and have followed her posts and have most of her photo shop actions and absolutely love them. She is an extremely talented young woman and very inspiring. Love reading her posts on Isadora and reading all her inspirational post. She is truly an amazing woman. Sending prayers to you Lidia and Isadora from Wisconsin.

Denise Mahaney - March 6, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Keeping Lidia and Isadora in my prayers every day. I am a new photographer and I am inspired by her work. May GOD bless you as you travel down this road.

Johanna - March 6, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Hello, Lidia. Not if you read a message you send to facebook, I recommend you do 60 days of green juice (only consume juices), it is a wonderful program called DAR, the videos are on youtube. I’m from Venezuela. All the best, life and health to enjoy with your little Isadora. kisses

Fran Salamone - March 6, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Thank you for the update and for sharing such personal information. Will continue to keep you and Isadora in our prayers and that it’s not cancer again..if it is I pray God helps you to conquer it again. You are such an inspiration and such a strong beautiful woman.

Laura Davis - March 6, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Thank you I just know Lidia and Isadora thru her post.. but I am heartbroken for her.. I will continue to keep them in my prayers…

Sincerely Laura

yolanda - March 6, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Prayers for you Lidia and Isadora! Praying God give you both the comfort and peace you need now! He will be right there with you!

Regina bray - March 6, 2014 - 5:46 pm

My prayers are with the whole family! I have always enjoyed following her page on Facebook she has encouraged me thru her words an photos an inspired me thru her beautiful images. Prayers for healing an peace.

Ashley - March 6, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Sending prayers and positive vibes from Pittsburgh!

Dunia - March 6, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Hello Lidia, I’m Cuban living in Canada and I’m following you in Facebook since Isidora was very sick, now I’m reading your struggling history and its a hard breaking. I know that this is not time to think about money but I was thinking to give you a website where you can post your history and ask for donations for any expenses you may have, I know that in the state the health is not free, and also it will help you with any extra expenses your family is having, the name of the name of the fundraising is Gofundme, its free to register and you can spread your words in there, Its very good, I used for my cousin’s cancer treatment, unfortunately she passed away a month ago but the donations we received we will give it to hers children. No sure how much I can help you and I thought this can be one of the ways….prayers and good vibes on your way!!!!

Didi - March 6, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Praying for Lidia and Isidora. My God wrap his healing arms around Lidia. Thank you for the updates

Erin - March 6, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Praying and praying stay strong and positive Miracles do happen !

zita - March 6, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Stay strong lidia, you are a warrior!

Deesha Lornes - March 6, 2014 - 6:14 pm

To start, I want to say that everyone who knows you, whether in person or through the internet, is praying for you. I am sure of it. You are and have been an inspiration for all of us. And your sweet, sweet daughter has grown up before our very eyes. Praying so hard that she keeps her beautiful Mommy on this earth for a very long time, to watch her marry that man that she is beginning to dream about.

Secondly, I wanted to tell you how you have impacted my life. The first time that I saw a post online from you, was on my newsfeed, as a friend of mine had shared a post of yours. I was in my own deep despair and broken-hearted, as it was around the winter Holidays in 2012 and I had just lost my husband to a very horrible and unexpected accident. The specific post of yours that I saw was the one where you shared a video of the poem, “A finger, two dots, then me.” This video spoke volumes to me about the fact that I would see my husband again someday. It gave me a sense of peace, that I had been unable to find ANYWHERE else. And the fact that you shared it because Isadora loved it was even more precious to me. She seems like such an amazing and wise child.

Last, I just want to tell you that after the video, I checked in on your Facebook often, this is why I say that I feel like we have watched Isadora grow up before our very eyes. I love how your whole life seems to be committed to her. And how she is just as crazy about you. It is beautiful. One of my favorite posts is the picture of her and the Giant Moon. It reminded me again of how you led me to the poem and the peace that it brought. So, in these incredibly difficult times, I would just like to remind you of that poem. And hope that it will again bring peace and reassurance that we will always be connected to those that we love. Trust that everyone is praying hard for you and God will pull you through this once again.

Love and blessings,
Deesha Lornes

Christa Yost - March 6, 2014 - 6:20 pm

I have been following you as a photographer, and your story as a mother.. your journey has touched so many people, you and Isadora are in my thoughts and prayers.. hugs from Ontario, Canada.

Jennifer Hines - March 6, 2014 - 6:37 pm

I love you Lidia!!! I am praying hard for you. Being a photographer myself, you have been such an inspiration. You are amazing and I know GOD has this!!!! Prayers and love!

Michelle Pierce - March 6, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Lidia you have always been an inspiration to me and I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Lori - March 6, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Praying for you. Stay strong..

lorri - March 6, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Deesha, what a thoughtful and meaningful comment. Lidia, you are braver and stronger than you know!!!

maria - March 6, 2014 - 6:54 pm

praying for you and your daughter, you are an inspiration, stay strong!

Becky - March 6, 2014 - 6:57 pm

I have always admired your strength and the love you have for Isadora. In fact I loved your post of Isadora’s daily lunches and the thought and work that went into them. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. If anyone can get through this, it would be you.

Kay Conrad - March 6, 2014 - 6:58 pm

I will continue to pray for her and for her daughter. Such a strong woman, with a huge heart. She will will fight and she will win!! <3

Diane - March 6, 2014 - 7:00 pm

I struggled with c diff for 3 horrible years. I know what that is like. I am so sorry you had it too and I hope the news you get is good news! I know being brave and putting on a happy face can be hard and you must be scared. Please know that many people are praying and hoping this comes out ok.

Michele - March 6, 2014 - 7:06 pm

I pray for you. You are in my thoughts throughout the day. I wish there was more I could do – however, right now, I will continue to pray.

Daisy - March 6, 2014 - 7:16 pm

This story is so close to my heart. CANCER is a horrible word to hear, to ponder, to consider. You are a survivor and know that you can beat whatever is coming your way. Sending you a million hugs, you are in my deepest prayers. Dios santisimo, te pido que tengas a esta bella mujer y a su hija en tu voluntad. Eres todo poderoso, y lo puedes todo. Mantenlas en tu virtud y no las dejes caer. Amen ♥

Alvida - March 6, 2014 - 7:19 pm

What the hell ! Come on Lidia! You can beat this! You are atrong enough to beat anything! Show the world you are to beat any illness !!!! You are the strongest person I know !!!! Don’t ever ever ever give up! On anything!!!
Love and prayers from me
- a

debbie - March 6, 2014 - 7:21 pm

There aren’t two kinder gentler souls who have capture

debbie - March 6, 2014 - 7:26 pm

There aren’t two kinder gentler souls who have captured the hearts of so many. Please dear Lord hold Lydia and Isadore in your powerful hands. Please provide them with strength, peace and healing. Lydia my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Dona Campbell - March 6, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Lydia you have been such an inspiration to me. Praying for you and your sweet daughter. Fight hard sweet lady. You are not alone .

Dannielle - March 6, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Praying! Praying for peace that passes ALL understanding, praying for complete healing and trusting the mighty King of Kings is walking along side you and will carry though this stronger than ever before! Xo

Kathy Leamon - March 6, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Praying for healing for you! So sorry that you are having to face that monster we know as cancer once again, my heart hurts for you! Just remember we worship the great physician and he has a plan for you, just trust him! He will never leave you or desert you, be strong and kick cancers butt again, I hate cancer it took three of my brothers so I will rejoice even greater when I hear you kicked its butt!! Praying ,

Adriana Janky - March 6, 2014 - 8:08 pm

I am praying for you Lidia and pray that you heal up and that it is nothing serious. You are such an amazing person! You are a huge inspiration to everyone around you. Praying for you always!

Tasha Briwnsey - March 6, 2014 - 8:32 pm

I have been following you for a couple years now and find you so inspirational, you find the goodness in everything. You are an amazing mother to Isadora and teacher to all of us. You are in my thoughts and prayers, you can beat whatever this may be, you are a fighter! Sending love to both you and Isadora xo

Angie - March 6, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Thank you so much Melanie for this update, I am so grateful to know that our dear friend is in such good hands…..Lidia you are a beautiful, brave warrior. This THING has NOTHING on you, girl. Much love from Costa Rica, I can’t wait to get home and hug your neck. So many prayers……….

Tabitha - March 6, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Thank you, Melanie, for the update! Sending warm hugs and many prayers for Lidia and, of course, Isadora as well. Please keep us all posted and make sure Lidia knows we are all praying for her!!!

Monique - March 6, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Just wanted to send you love, big hugs and positive thoughts in this very difficult time. Your devotion and love for Isadora is breathtakingly beautiful. She is very blessed to have such a beautiful and strong momma looking out for her. Stay strong. We are all praying for you. God bless you.

Shannon - March 6, 2014 - 9:44 pm

What can one say that hasn’t already been beautifully stated…you touch so many lives on a daily basis….from your amazing photography work to your daughters lunches-you have inspired so many! You truly are loved, and I know so many prayers and positive thoughts and well wishes are surrounding you from all over the world- God is so good, and as scary as this new journey is, you are NEVER alone….I have no doubt you will continue to rise above your circumstances, and inspire and encourage others, when all we are trying to do is offer that to you….. I’ll be praying for you, and though we’ve never met, I feel you’re an old friend…. God Bless you and Isadora

Kathy L - March 6, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Praying for you and little Isadora. Know that you are loved by many my dear. POSITIVE THOUGHTS!

Nany Lopez - March 6, 2014 - 11:47 pm

God bless you Lidia and your sweet Isadora, You will be in my prayers.

Fawn - March 6, 2014 - 11:51 pm


I am praying for you and your sweet daughter through these dark times. God bless you.

Kimberly - March 6, 2014 - 11:56 pm

Lidia, Praying for you through out the day and night. Our God is a wonderful God!!! Prayer warriors are on your side, and we will not stop! Our faith is strong and will continue to grow as your army of support grows.. May your fear turn to faith, and May God go before you in your biopsy and find favor in you… Life isn’t waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain! Dance my sweet friend.. Dance!!
Love in Christ

Cindy - March 7, 2014 - 12:25 am

Prayers and hugs.

Ana Rocha - March 7, 2014 - 1:39 am

Lidia, you amaze with your strength and I know so many of us are creating this huge chain of love around you , sending you the best energy and prayers.
We will continue to keep this chain of love around you now and forever.
Isadora is very lucky to have a mummy like you and she will have the strength to endure too!

Much love


Holly - March 7, 2014 - 3:19 am

Oh Lidia, if anyone can do this, you can! Your strength and courage is inspirational! I don’t comment often but follow you and your wonderful colourful life on FB and Instagram and LOVE how positive and full of light you always are. I’m thinking of you and your beautiful Isadora and wish you all the love, luck and best wishes in the entire world. My thoughts are with you at this dark time. Much love x

Leanne - March 7, 2014 - 6:38 am


A friend of mine just shared this post on her fb asking all of her friends to pray for you. I don’t know you in any way, but I do have faith in the Lord and will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers…along with your beautiful daughter. Stay strong and faithful. God bless you.

Dawn Wolcott - March 7, 2014 - 7:35 am

Dearest Lidia ~ Hubert H. Humphrey said “The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love” ~ sending you both, along with a sprinkle of laughter to help lighten your load and keep your heart and soul strong.

Crys - March 7, 2014 - 4:10 pm

I’m praying for you, Lidia, for your daughter, family and friends. I have been a fan of your page for a few years now and love to read your inspirational posts. Stay focused on that sweet child of yours and stay strong and never lose your faith. ♥

Yuliana Upchurch - March 7, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Lidia my heart hurts for you. Know that you are loved even though I have not met you in person. I’m joining everyone else in prayer for you and Isadora. God Bless You and Isadora oxoxox

Sarah Walton - March 7, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Lidia, I have been following you on fb for a couple of years now and you are such a kind caring and inspirational person. You are so positive and the relationship you have with your beautiful Isadora is just the most beautiful thing! While your about to jump a series of hurdles again, I thank you for sharing your life with us and allowing us into your family. I wish you all the best and I look forward to the day when your in remission again and back home with your amazing and beautiful daughter. Strength, Hugs and best wishes to you and Isadora xxx

Melissa - March 7, 2014 - 10:38 pm

life’s a bitch…but you’re the strongest woman I know and if anyone can get through this, you can. hugs to you and Isadora.

Tamara Bedard - March 7, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Lidia, you are an angel, and an inspiration to so many people. My heart aches for you and Isadora and I truly wish you strength and love from the bottom of my soul. If I could hug you and Isadora and give you the confidence you need to get through tomorrow, I would certainly do that. Just know the world is praying for you right now and sending strength, love and white healing light. You can do this! xo

Audrey - March 7, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Psalm 46, even just the first two verses.

Praying for you, Lidia!

Jennifer Berge - March 8, 2014 - 11:23 am

Many prayers and blessings go to you and your sweet girl! Your an inspiration, Get well soon♥

Kim - March 8, 2014 - 6:21 pm

Lydia your a true inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful daughter. Wishing and praying you well❤️

Heather Lickliter Larkin - March 8, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Lidia, I wish this were not happening to you or your family. I don’t know you, but I very much hope that you get good news.

Amanda - March 9, 2014 - 10:55 am

Mark 11:22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.
Psalm 107:20 He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.(sickness)
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.( <–This is what I stand on)
I am so very sorry.. But I know that God is in the healing business. And I also know that all who believe in Him can and will be healed. Live by faith not by sight. I will be following, and will be praying for the day she announces she is no longer sick…

Nicole Atzen - March 10, 2014 - 12:07 pm

im praying for her & the family. godspeed hoping for the best. sending her strength & love.God Bless her & the family.

Caroline - March 12, 2014 - 2:08 am

Looking through this post brings it all rushing back. I have that same scar on my back, and traveled down this same path, crippled by pain when the cancer returned in my bones. I truly hope that this is not your path. But, I am here to tell you that, if it is, you WILL fight it again. Your inner strength will once again build up, and fight this beast if it has to. And your darling daughter will be there as a daily reminder of what you are fighting for. It is so hard to look at our children during this fight and process all the “what ifs”, but know that she is resilient. She is full of the same inner strength, and she will be right there waiting with open arms and loving kisses every time you need them. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only option.”

Sending you much love and strength. Eff Cancer. ;)

Jessica Perez - March 13, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Hi Lidia! Praying God’s healing touch for you, I know how scary of a time this may be, but rest assure, you are not fighting this battle alone! God is with you every step of the way! May He bless you and keep you strong and full of peace, strength and encouragement!

Leah Woodard - June 7, 2018 - 12:08 am

Hi, just curious how Lidia is doing? Sending love, light, prayers and healing energy for her ❤️

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