Here is the latest update. If you missed the first one, you can find it HERE.
We left our home at 6:30AM and got home at 7:30PM. We had more meetings and tests than I can count. Here is the bottom line:
- All of this started about nine days ago with an X-ray because of pain in Emily’s left knee. It resulted in an MRI and a scary phone call on Friday.
- After an entire day at the hospital, we are told that it is almost certain that Emily has a cancerous tumor. They will do a biopsy on Friday, but each person who saw the results said it is presenting exactly as Osteosarcoma would. The biopsy will tell us, but it is almost certain that Emily has bone cancer.
- Good news: there are two major concerns they have about it spreading. First, they did a full-body bone scan and they found no clear signs of tumors in any other bone. That is great news.
- Tomorrow night at 8:10PM – there will be a chest CT scan where they will look for issues in her lungs (the most common place it would likely have spread). If that test comes out negative, then it is localized and we can focus on that.
- It looks like she will be facing 9 months of chemotherapy that is quite overbearing. It will require two weeks in the hospital with every five to six-week cycle and that will go on for 9 months.
- Surgery will be required and it sounds like a pretty aggressive surgery. But I will share more about that once we know more.
Today, we cried and laughed a lot. The picture above was taken while we were meeting with the chemotherapy doctor and her PA, who were wonderfully kind, and answered more questions than is probably reasonable. But I caught this “off-the-cuff” moment when Emily started laughing hard at something that happened.
I think her joy and laughter is more infectious and powerful than cancer.
And although my ultimate hope is not in doctors or medicine, I am SO glad that God uses them to do His will.
More tests tomorrow. I will update sometime tomorrow.