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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sorry I have been a little awol. 
Just to let you know what has been going on with Emma. A few weeks ago we noticed another lump in her neck.... She had an MRI on Monday and ended up back in theatre Thursday for removal of what they thought was just an inflamed lymph node. It was not a lymph node at all it was another tumour. Surgery was to take only 45 minutes but due to the fact that thanks to her previous 8 surgeries they were faced with loads of scar tissue. During the excision they had to remove her jugular and during this process they accidentally cut a 3mm nick in her carotid artery (this is the one that carries the blood to the brain) The 45 minute surgery ended up taking 3 1/2 hours. The surgeon told us that she was very close to dying on the table and he thought for a moment that he had lost her. Praise God that was not the case and she is still with us.

Basically she now has to start again. It is possible that they will repeat the 5 week radiation therapy which she found harder than the chemo and they will start her on another dose of chemo. They are very concerned as her bone marrow is so very tired from all the chemo that she has already had. We will just have to see what happens. They are still reasonably confident that they can get rid of the cancer so that is a good thing.

Holy cow this kid of mine has certainly been through the wars. Surely her luck must start to change soon, you would think wouldn't you.

Anyway just thought I would let you all know. 

I have a few layouts to share over the next couple of days. Can you believe that it is almost the time of the year when I finish as a Kaisercraft DT member. It has gone way too fast and I don't want it to end...... I will have to see what I can do.

Anyway am off to the cinema as Emma would like to see the Hinger Games. Al still not convinced that it will be suitable for 12 year olds but I guess we are about to find out.

Leanne



Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.
Leon Bloy

6 comments:

Kerryn said...

May you, your family and especially your daughter be granted the strength to beat this setback. You must be immensely proud of your girl, she is certainly an inspiration. All the best for the journey ahead.
x

Lizzyc said...

Oh dear Leanne. I was praying for Em a couple of days ago and realized I hadn't seen you post on your blog.. I was trusting that everything was ok and you were just busy..... totally not thinking more bad news... Dear God I do pray you all will get through this.. Em is sooo strong and God is soo big, I will continue to pray and hope and trust for you all... take care of yourself too Leanne...

scrappinallie said...

Sending prayers and very positive thoughts to Emma - may she have a smooth recovery. From reading your blog, she amazes me with her bravery and attitude, this will get her through.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So sorry to hear that she has to go through all of this again :( I am also so happy that she made it through surgery!!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Praises for Emma making it through a very scary surgery! She is such a fighter! Thanks so much for the update; you can be sure that there are a lot of prayers going up for Emma and the entire family! Hope Hunger Games was all you expected...I've heard it's fantastic.

Alanna said...

OMG. I held my breath through that entire first paragraph. I pray your family finds strength and hope through these unbearable times. I have no idea how your little one can stay so strong through all this, and you, well you are just amazing Leanne. Thoughts and prayers are with you always.