Our family had a pretty big scare a couple weeks ago. My sister-in-law, 28 years of age and mother of a 2-year old, went in for surgery and they found a lot of cancer once they had her cut open. It is a very rare kind that won't react to radiation or chemo. The doctor told us that had they not found it, she wouldn't have lived another 6 months. They had to remove her entire bile duct and stretch her small intestine in it's place. They removed half of her liver and a third of her pancreas.
Her scheduled surgery should have only been about 2-2 1/2 hours long and they ended up being in there for almost 8 hrs. As family members sitting in the surgical waiting room you can imagine how anxious everyone was. And for myself and my husband, "not" being in the waiting room seemed even more difficult. We all knew it wasn't going to be good news when the doctor came out, but we were not prepared for the news we were told.
She was in the hospital for 11 days while she fought infection, controlled her pain, and got her liver enzymes under control. As of this weekend though, she is finally home and recovering, with her husband and son being her biggest cheerleaders.
Needless to say....it was scary (and still is). But, being reminded that LIFE IS SHORT does a mind good sometimes. We are all trying our best to make the most out of each and every day, knowing that it could be our last.
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