Sunday, July 18, 2010

Remission and Knee Surgery

It has been a long time since I last updated, but I owe it to my readers who check in periodically to report on Megan's progress.

Megan's treatments for the GIST tumor were completed a few months ago -radiation and chemotherapy.  I traveled to Kentucky twice in order to be able to take care of her and her family.  Her husband was still in the states, but I went because I knew it was difficult for him to face deployment, take care of two children, and sit and watch his wife lay on the couch sick from the effects of her treatments.  I could be support by cooking, playing with the children, and helping wherever was needed.

The photo that I posted sums it all up. But she has survived round two of cancer, and is once again in remission.

Then at the end of June, she had to undergo surgery for damage to her knee, which was probably a result from her service in the Army, which included jumping out of planes.  There is also a cyst on her femur which has weakened her bone, necessitating a bone graft, but that is for the future. The knee has to heal first before this secondary, less painful surgery can take place.

I spent two weeks being nurse, cook, grandma, and whatever else was needed, then flew Alanna back with me to NY.  We had a wonderful time, and I flew her back here where I have been for several days. This time not for illness, but as a guest.

I fly back to NY tomorrow, and I have to say, after a month of being responsible for others, I am looking forward to being alone, working in my studio and my house. I can only hope that she has a long spell of good health and that future visits will be ones in health, not in sickness.



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