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Hi Pam,

I'm so happy that Lauren has had her surgery.  Sending you both lots of good wishes for a gentle recovery over the next few days.  Look after yourself too.

Clare

Clare

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Glad to hear from you Pam but totally understand that your focus is with Lauren!  Glad Lauren is on the path to recover but sorry to hear about her rough night.  Just a thought...when I had my liver biopsy I had severe shoulder pain and then I remembered that one oncologist told me that if your liver is 'messed with' it often causes shoulder pain.  Go figure.

I hope the pain eases and she is able to get up and walk around.  For me that was key to recovering from my surgery.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Lauren, and your family.

((HUGS))
-Randi-

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Thanks for the update on Lauren, Pam.  Hoping things improve a little more every day.  smile  Thinking of you both.

Love & Hugs,
Darla

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Pam:
Thanks so much for updating us! I'm so happy to hear the news! Give Lauren all my love snd tell her to keep up the good work!!

KrisJ
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Hi Pam,

So glad to hear that Lauren has had her surgery, great news!! Hoping that she is able to get up and about today and that her recovery goes well!!

Hugs to you and Lauren,

Gavin

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Pam, give Lauren a hug from me...gently! I hope today is a better day and each one after gets easier. Please get some rest so you don't get sick. You are a fantastic momma.
Love ya
Lisa

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Hi Pam,

I've Ben thinking about you and Lauren all week.  Please let's us know if she is continuing to do well.  My prayers are with you.

Mary

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Hi Everyone,

Sorry it has been so long. I will try and update more. Lauren is getting better one small step at a time. I am surprised at how slow the process is. Lauren is the most stubborn person you would ever meet. She does things her way on her time!! I said this to Kristen, my oldest daughter and she gave me this look and said, She is just like you, Mom. She has all her IVs out now and is only on oral pain meds. She is also taking lasix because her legs are swollen with fluid. They wrapped them in ace bandages and that is helping. She can get up and walk to the bathroom and we really wanted her to walk more, so I had to use tough love yesterday with the help of Kristen, Bruce, Gio, and Ryan. She is angry with me, but will get over it. This is all out of love. She has been so drugged up and not really there, so they took away one med and she is only getting the dosage of morphine she got before the surgery at home. I think it took this long to get all the other drugs out of her system. She had help from physical therapy and walked down the hallway. Then we took her on a wheelchair ride all around the hospital. She probably is losing a lot of weight because she is barely eating. Nothing tastes good and she just isn't hungry. She is just puffy with fluid. Gio stayed with her last night and the night before so I could get some rest. It feels so good to sleep in a bed. I am taking care of myself so don't worry about me. We just want Lauren to get strong so that her next surgery on Friday is easier on her. Well, gotta run. Thanks for the concern, prayers, and comfort.

Love,
-Pam

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

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Pam, Lauren has gone through something huge with more coming. I think surgery of almost any kind along with MEDS changes personality and how you eat.
I am still recouping from my bout with UC and I notice that each week what I "crave" to eat, changes. I was a Diet Coke person my whole life and now I can't stand it. When I couldn't hold down water, I craved BBQ ribs, didn't eat them just craved the taste. Yep. BBQ ribs and Kosher hot dogs. Teddy was a chocoholic and could not stand anythng sweet after his Whipple....well, except for me. Hope I gave you some chuckles, take care of Pamela and everything is crossed for Part II. We all
love you and your family.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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I'm so happy to hear that Lauren had her surgery and is recovering. My friend went through all the same things--extreme pain, extreme weakness, tubes everywhere, no appetite, discomfort from morphine, etc. I think it's very common from this surgery, so don't worry. It all passes. But I should tell you that even three weeks later, my friend still feels sharp pain at odd times, and is still using a cane to walk. I'm told it really takes a good six to eight weeks to get back to normal, and I believe it. (He also needed two stents, and that prolonged his recovery.) I pray Lauren is past the worst of it. I'm glad she's strong and determined, and she's certainly lucky to have a mom like you by her side.

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Pam, thank you so much for taking time to give us an update about Lauren. My best wishes for Part II.

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Pam....thanks for thinking of us.  Lauren is covered on this end with love and good wishes - you go, Lauren. 
Hugs,
Marion

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Pam, thank you for the update.  You are right to encourage Lauren to be as mobile as possible in between surgeries.  It will be easier on her and will help keep complications away.  My husband had to be tough on his mom after brain surgery too.  Lauren is so brave to go through all this and you are such a strong family.  I know you can do this!  Glad to hear you are taking a little time for yourself.  It is hard to do that when you are going 90 to nothing.  Again, thanks for updating us.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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Hi Pam,

Thanks for giving us an update on how Lauren is doing, and you most certainly do not have to apologise at all! Thats great that Lauren is making progress and I hope that she gets stronger for her next surgery on Friday. My fingers are crossed here for Lauren.

Hugs to you both,

Gavin

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So glad Lauren is moving in the right direction!  Thank you for the update.  Sending love and prayers your way.
-Randi-

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

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Hi Pam,

I'm glad Lauren is going forwards in the right direction.  I know what you mean about the tough love - she'll understand with time.  Good luck on Friday and keep looking after yourself too.

Clare

In the stars now . . . .

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I know it's not easy to see your daughter like that but continue to stay strong Pam.  I know you will get her through this.  I think about you guys all the time and continue to keep Lauren in my prayers.

Mary

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Hi Everyone,
I have been updating on FB and thought I should update you too. Wow! I looked back and haven't updated for a long time. Lauren had her CT scan on Wed. and there was not much growth of the good side of her liver. They had hoped for a large amount of growth, but didn't happen. Lauren is not disappointed at all. She feels she will be better ready for the second surgery after she gets stronger. Lauren got to come home from the hospital last night and we are staying in Ypsilanti with Kristen and Bruce. Gio and Mark came up last night also. They brought a recliner from my Mom and Dad's house for Lauren to sit in during the day. She slept in a bed last night without nurses bugging her all night!!  And no more hospital food!! That was the worst. She has no drains or anything anymore. I give her a Lovenox shot everyday in her stomach and she is on lasix because she has a lot of fluid buildup around her stomach and in her legs. We will probably go home to Ohio on Monday. Lauren got up this afternoon from her recliner, put some pants, robe, and slippers on and went outside and walked around the cul-de-sac in front of Kristen's house. She is doing really well. Dr. Sonnenday called her last night and said that he will re-scan her in 2-3 weeks and hopefully her liver has grown by then. He said she has enough good liver to do it now, but would feel better after it had grown more. Lauren also wants to go to her cousin's wedding on May 4th, so Dr. Sonnenday said the surgery date would be set for after that. I also wanted to tell you that the pathology reports came back from her surgery. The tumors they removed from the left side were all dead! They removed six lymph nodes and only one showed cholangiocarcinoma cells, so hopefully that took care of that. All the rest were clean. Once her right side is removed with the large tumor, it should all be gone!! Lauren is one special girl and has been through so much, but she is strong as ever and ready to fight for the next surgery. Thanks for all your support and I hope everyone is doing well.
Love,
-Pam

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Great news, Pam!!  Wishing Lauren a smooth recovery and lots and lots of liver growth!!


Take care,

Susie

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Dear Pm, GREAT report! Already walking outside. Fabulous! You've gotta be one of the happiest Mamas on the planet! Please give Lauren my love and lets get on with the wedding plans, February will be here in no time at all!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Pam, thank you for giving us an update. So glad to hear that Lauren is doing well.

Sending my best wishes for quick liver growth and surgery #2.

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Hi Pam,

This is such wonderful news.  You are a very strong individual and I wish you and Lauren continued success and many more good news stories for a very long time.

Take Care
Ilias

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I'm happy your daughter is doing okay she is around the same age as me I believe

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Hi pam,

Lovely news to read on a Saturday morning:-).

Take care of you too!

Clare

In the stars now . . . .

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Hi Pam,

So happy to hear Lauren is out of the hospital and coming along well.  I'm sure it must have felt good to her to be able to walk outside.  Sounds like she's a determined young lady - good for her!!!

I will continue to keep the both of you in thoughts and prayers.  I hope you're taking care of yourself so you can stay strong.  I know this must be so tough for you and I'm sure Lauren is thankful for a Mom with such strength!

Peace,
Mary