Topic: Lauren's 2nd Surgery News

Hi Everyone,

Sorry to take so long to let you know how Lauren is doing. The answer is GREAT!!!!!! Prayers have definitely been answered and miracles have taken place!! I am sitting in the ICU as Lauren rests comfortably. We were up at 3:30am. We were at the hospital at 5:45. Lauren's surgery was scheduled for 7:30. They started her surgery at 8:37 and it wasn't over until 3:45. They resected the right side and had to fix a few things that weren't exactly right. We were told it was a very, very difficult surgery. Lauren had to have 8 units of blood. The surgical fellow said it was the most technically difficult surgery he had ever assisted in. Thank God for the brilliance of Dr. Sonnenday. He gave her the best gift: a chance to live. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them. Right now I am pretty much emotionally and physically drained. But, I had to let all of you know that Lauren is doing well and hopefully on the road to a full recovery. Thanks for all of your prayers and support.

Love,
-Pam

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

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Pam,

So happy for you and Lauren. I hope you can get some rest now.

Suzy

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Dear Pam and Lauren, BRING on the WEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am happy, thrillled, elated, walking on air and emotionally charged! No questions  as the most important one has been answered. Get some well deserved rest. I am so pumped not sure I can sleep tonight. Love to you all, it's like all  the Good and Fun Holidays are rolled into one big May bash! Can you tell how hard I am trying to express my happiness and words just don't fit! And to Dr. Sonnenday a standing ovation.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Pamela - I am so excited for you and your daughter.  What fabulous news.  Do you mind if I ask a few questions?  Did your daughter have any cancer in her lymph nodes?   I don't think so because I have looked back at your previous posts, but I am just curious.  My husband does and I just don't know if the chemo ever kills this cancer.  Meaning will chemo alone get it out of his lymph nodes?  I know that no one has the answer, but I guess I mean does it EVER happen?  I know that you are tired and I don't want to bother you too much.  I am going to also post a general question about this, but you seem so helpful so I thought I would go straight to you:).  I hope that Lauren's recovery goes just perfectly.  My prayers are with you and your daughter.  Carrie

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Pam and Lauren... XOX!

Carrie, though not common, I've definitely read of people on this site becoming eligible for surgery after chemo kills cancer in lymph nodes but I can't tell you who. Somtimes lymph node tumors die faster (are more sensitive to the chemo) than tumors in liver and vice versa...so variable! And the kind of chemo that works for one may not for another. Tiff has had good luck with GTX though my sisters onc says its "very strong" and doesn't think my sis can withstand side effects like severely depleted platelets for one. Hope this helps.
Willow

Willow

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Willow - Thank you so much for answering.  Whether it is common or not it makes me feel better to know it has happened.  Now I can go to sleep tonight and be thinking maybe it will happen for my husband:).  We start chemo tomorrow.  First treatment.  We are praying hard.  Carrie

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Croberts, I just wanted to wish you the best luck in the world for tomorrow's Chemo.
Hope Hubby does real well and that good things are going to be popping up for him!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

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Pam....I am thrilled to hear that Lauren has made it through this difficult surgery and is now in recovery.  Wishing for all to get some rest and that Lauren's recovery will move forward as quickly as one can hope for.
Hugs and a sigh of relieve on this end.
Marion

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big_smile big_smile big_smile xxxx

"Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician."

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Pam....What wonderful news!!! Hoping for a speedy and uneventful recovery for Lauren....What strong people you are!!
Nancy

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This is fabulous news Pam!!  I saw your post in FB and felt so much relief and joy that Lauren had made it through and is on the road to recovery.  She is truly a miracle. You must be exhausted both emotionally and physically after the day you had.  Take care of yourself.  I wish a speedy and (as Nancy said) uneventful recovery for Lauren.  On to the wedding!!

Hugs
-Randi-

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

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based only on my personal experience as a cancer survivor. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Pam,

Praise The Lord!!!  I'm so happy to hear the good news!!!  I hope you and Lauren were able to sleep comfortably last night.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you both. 

Hugs and Love,
Mary

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Allehuia!! Sooo excited for you and Lauren, what a great birthday gift Dr. Sonneday gave you!!! Happy happy belated birthday!!
Lots of prayers for an easy and quick recovery-Cathy

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Hi Pam,

Brilliant news!! You just made my day!! Hoping that you can finally go and get some sleep now and also hoping of course that Lauren's recovery goes very smoothly!!

Hugs,

Gavin

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Thank you everyone! Lauren had a fairly uneventful night in the ICU and is resting comfortably. As long as she has her cup of ice chips, she is happy!! I am trying not to hover as much this time and it is working very well!! She received platelets and plasma all night. She seems less druggy this time, not as irritable, and just more comfortable. The doctors are hoping she will go to a regular room later this afternoon. I will update as anything new happens!! Love to all.



Carrie- Lauren had many lymph nodes removed during her last surgery. She had some tissue removed this surgery as well. One of her lymph nodes that she had removed last surgery had CC in it. They never knew if she had it in her lymph nodes, but some were always swollen, making them suspicious.

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

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Such good news Pam!!!  Lauren is one strong young lady - she continues to amaze me as do you!!!

Please take care of yourself and know that you and Lauren are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary

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Lovely news - just lovely:-). I am so happy for you Pam.

Clare

In the stars now . . . .

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Great news Pam!!

Keep us posted on her recovery!

Take care!

Susie

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Great news! I'm following on Facebook!! How are things today? I hope you post something tonight because we are ALL waiting to hear!!
Thank God for his blessings!!

KrisJ
"Don't just have minutes in the day; have moments in time."
Any opinions I give are based on personal experiences, and are not based on medical knowledge. I strongly suggest receiving medical care and opinions.

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Lauren had to be taken back to the OR very early this morning. The doctors were watching her labs very closely and didn't like what they saw, so they are checking her liver. They are leaning toward a blood flow problem that can be repaired. I will update as soon as I know anything.

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

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Pam how worrying for you and the family.I am hoping this all goes ok for Lauren and fixes whatever needs fixing......but please look after you during this stressfull time too      x

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Sending lots of prayers Pam! So glad the doctors are on top of everything. (hugs)

~Tiffany~ 31 years young wink Fighting CC since 10-27-2011
Wife to Brian; Mommy to Carter (8) and Madison (4)
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Liver transplant 7-9-2013

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Pam, heart and soul are with you all!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

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Sending lots of prayers!!

KrisJ
"Don't just have minutes in the day; have moments in time."
Any opinions I give are based on personal experiences, and are not based on medical knowledge. I strongly suggest receiving medical care and opinions.

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Praying for Lauren.

Willow