She is going into yet another lung surgery today for tumor removal before she can undergo more treatment.
I thought I would let you read what her mother wrote on her Caring Bridge site today:
Hi. We left for the hospital just after 5 am. J. was in good spirits. She is not in surgery yet, but now that she is 18, the parents aren't invited to be with her as much. They will call us back before she goes in. We already know that this is going to be more involved than we first thought. We got 2nd and 3rd opinions from friends of ours who also happen to be in radiology. Looks like the operation today will involve Both lungs now. The left will require the big incision, but they might be able to do the right with a scope. If not, she will have the 6-7" incisions on both sides of her back. It makes for 2 chest tubes and a longer recovery,, in any case, but we want to make sure that all measureable cancer is removed before she goes to the stem cell transplant in late Jan. Sooo, please pray that the surgery goes well and gets all the cancer. Pray for the surgical team and for a recovery without complicatio
ns. Thanks everybody! She will be in for many hours, so don't freak if you don't hear back before 3 or so. Thanks! Mary
J. is such a nice girl who has undergone quite a lot of treatment over the last two years but kept very positive. Just keep her and her family in your mind today during all the holiday whirl. She could be any of our children . . .