(The above picture is as they were rolling Emily into surgery. Still with a smile… the drugs may have helped…)
After our third long day in the hospital (12 hours today), here is what we know (I will try to keep this brief):
- The biopsy confirmed my 19-year old daughter, Emily, has Osteosarcoma – bone cancer. It still doesn’t feel real.
- Last night’s CT chest scan results came back inconclusive. There are some small, pulmonary nodules that showed up on her scan. They could be caused by many things like pollution, allergies, or cancer. But they are so small, they won’t take a biopsy. Instead, they will use it as a baseline and see what happens over three months. They want to be sure no new nodules appear. They will check again in three months. That is down the road. Plenty to focus on before then.
(This is a look I’m used to getting from Emily.)
Blessings of the day:
- One of the biggest blessings this week is that two months ago I decided to surprise Sue and fly Ali down for three days to visit. And by God’s design, she came on Wednesday, our first day at MD Anderson. It has provided more support and joy during these difficult three days.
- We woke up this morning to snow on the ground. Snow in Houston! It hasn’t happened in years. It was a reminder of home and all of our Rochester friends who are praying for us.
- God gave us the grace to get through another day. And we rest in the reality that he will give us more tomorrow.
- The staff at MD Anderson is amazing. They pretended to never get tired of my questions.
- We had a friend whose daughter is suffering from brain cancer sit with us through the surgery.
- We had a family that Sue has been babysitting for visit us in the hospital in the afternoon just before another appointment (picture below).
- They were able to do a biopsy with a needle instead of opening her knee. They were prepared for an open biopsy, but the needle gave them a sufficient specimen, so the surgery was pretty quick today.
- Although we didn’t get a clear CT scan report – at least there was nothing obvious or clearly cancerous.
- Emily continues with her sense of humor by suggesting that if amputation ends up being the best option, she is wondering if she will get a 50% discount on pedicures. Love her sense of humor… That is not our only option, but one of three options.
- The best news of the day is that the doctor feels that amputation is not required. She believes because of the type and size of the tumor, it is an option to remove the bone and replace it with metal. She will keep her kneecap and hopefully, she can eventually walk without a limp.