Ok, all together now, breathe in, breathe out. Deep, full breaths. Yes, for the first time in 4 weeks I feel like I can breathe (when my eyes aren't filling up with tears, that is).

Em's tumor is benign. At least that's what they're saying at this point. There is a small chance it's a form of cancer but it seems to be contained and it can be removed. It WILL be removed as soon as she gets an appointment with a surgeon. You know, life is never smooth. There are ups and downs and sometimes it feels like it's just downs and more downs. This past month has been one long breath-holding waiting period. And now, finally, the news is positive. That sound you hear is my heart as it starts beating normally again.

Thank you all so very much for the support and love. It has made this a little easier knowing all the positive energy that has flown our way. Surgery isn't fun but at least there is a plan and Em can look forward to getting back to her normal (or what passes for normal in her world) life. And I can go back to my normal life. But things won't be the same. I won't take things like health for granted. I've felt like we've lived a charmed life in that department with only minor things going wrong. But that feeling is gone. I feel vulnerable and it'll take some time to get over that.

Kate is coming in to Philadelphia to have lunch with me today. I'm looking forward to that. If we're lucky, Pk will be able to come and have lunch with us. If not, we'll wing it. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of laughter and joy.

Comments

Dianne said…
I am so happy and relieved at the diagnosis! Hopefully she can get that alien baby out very, very soon! [[[hugs]]]
amy said…
That's great news, Donna Lee. We'll continue to send good thoughts through the surgery and recovery, too. :)
Roxie said…
Oh, I do hope you are lucky and can have lunch with PK as well. And thank goodness the allien baby is benign!
Galad said…
I'd guess you won't fully relax until the surgery is over and Em is recovered, but this is great news.

Hope you have a wonderful, happy weekend!
Geek Knitter said…
Oh, big happy tears and hugs to you all!
Julie said…
You've weathered this with extreme grace and calm. If it were my kid, Valium would have been a fifth food group by now. I am so, so, SO glad for you and all of your family that it is benign and your family is so close it has caused you to circle the wagons and help each other out. (You may not believe me, but ten years from now, there might be good memories that came of this.)

Big hugs to all of you.
teabird said…
Oh, how wonderful! I'm so happy for you both!
Caffeine Faerie said…
whew! what a relief.
Good to hear you can take the time to just sit a breathe without worrying.
Bells said…
so so good. Just wonderful.
Rose Red said…
I was so glad to read her post yesterday and have it be ok - so glad for all of you.
MadMad said…
Oh, I'm so thrilled. I can't even begin to imagine how stressful these past few weeks have been. When I think of how my frequent imaginary health scares send me into such a tailspin, I can only think the real thing must be that much more awful. Thank goodness, though, thank goodness.

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