|Looking good after surgery.|
Our day started dark and early with a wake-up "call" (our alarm) at 4:00 am. We had to be at MD Anderson Cancer Center at 5:30 for Noonie's surgery.
We are so thankful for our niece, Allison, who has been our confidant, guide and advisor during Noonie's seven-month ordeal. She is a P.A. in the breast cancer clinic at MD Anderson. She has led the way for us to assure we get the best treatment possible.
|Allison's girls, Lilly (top) and Delaney (bottom)|
surprised Noonie last night with a pre-surgery
cake that said "Stay Strong."
Today treatment was no exception. Noonie's surgeon was Dr. Kelly Hunt, the chair of the Breast Cancer Surgical Oncology Department at MD Anderson. Allison is her P.A.
Of course, we were a little nervous as we walked into the unknown. But I am proud of my wife, who has exhibited so much courage through the whole process with its many hurdles, both physical and emotional. Today, Noonie looked peaceful and upbeat.
That's amazing, because yesterday she had ten hours or consultations, tests and procedures. We left the Center after 6 pm.
The surgery went very well. Noonie was here to have lymph nodes removed in the area where her cancer was discovered. We were praying that not many would be removed, because the side effects in the future can be bad. She did have quite a few removed, but Dr. Hunt was confident that all the cancerous lymph nodes are now gone. Pathology will give us the official report in about a week.
Noonie will be here overnight. We plan to fly home Thursday late afternoon. Please pray for her recovery to be smooth. She has kept the pain under control and we want that to continue. Pray for her healing over the next couple weeks especially.
We return to Houston in a month for the beginning of a six or seven week stretch of radiation.
Thank you for your love and prayers during this time. We are experiencing God's goodness and presence.