First off I truly believe this email and the news I am sharing with you all would not have been possible without all your love, support, thoughts and prayers!!! Lily has made it through the surgery (step 2) of this long uphill battle she will be going through!!! The surgery started at around 2pm and lasted about 2 1/2 hours. Dr Loudon was able to take all the tumor out and the preliminary CT Scan from last night shows that there is no swelling and bleeding. Hearing that Lily made it though the surgery and was in stable condition and that they got the whole tumor out was such a welcome relief, we were finally able to smile for a change. I feel like I haven't smiled for days!!!
Since Lily's journey to recovery is just beginning and we are still on a take each day as it comes please still keep Lily in your thoughts and prayers. She's a fighter but she is going to need every ounce of strength she has to get to each milestone to full recovery.
Yesterday my friend Mark came to see us. He is doing his residency in hospital chaplaincy. So when we were going through the events of the past 4 days (felt like years) it was amazing to see God's hands in everything even the smallest things like Sammy reassuring me that Lily made it though the surgery 5 minutes before we got the news that she actually did. Or the fact that CHOC had called Dr Loudon to come take a look at Lily that first night even though they basically thought there was nothing they could do for her. Or how the 20% of the tumor had quarantined itself, etc...
These past few days have been humbling with all the things you guys have done out of love and support for Lily and our family. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and family and to have made new friends along the way. Also to hear that Lily was being thought of and prayed for by people that we don't even know. OK I'll stop before I wet the computer and short circuit it. :-)