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KTeacher
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Hi All. I am KTeacher's sister. I am reporting to you on her surgery, which occured last Thursday, and her recovery from same.

The oncologist removed her eye and much tissue surrounding the eye and orbit area. He followed the optic nerve back as far as he could.

Reconstruction surgery went great. The microvascular plastic surgeon moved alot of fat from her arm into the void made from the removal of the eye, took a vein from the underside of her arm to reconnect the blood supply, and took a piece of skin from her arm and made a "flap graft", almond-shaped, to cover where her eye was. He then took a piece of skin from her thigh to cover the spot on her arm. At the point on the thigh they were able to just pull it together. They said she withstood all well.

Report on the cancer removal not so good. Doc followed the optic nerve all the way back to her skull and never found "clean margins". Took out as much diseased tissue and nerve as he could. We will not really know the results, though, until pathology comes back. Hoping to "zap with a pinpoint" with radiation the spot where the optic nerve goes into the skull and "scatter it" around her cheeks. Might not ever know if the cancer is radiation resistant, was missed by previous radiation, or what. Still don't know whether or not they will do chemo.

The first 72 hours are critical in watching the graft over where her eye was. They had her in a special unit and monitored the graft every hour. There is a 90% success rate on the flap graft, blood clots and infection being the main issues to watch for. She is expected to be in the hospital for one week.

On Saturday they decided the graft was swelling too much and full of blood. The doctor removed sutures under the graft and inserted a tube into the eye socket to drain. He removed a few blood clots that were starting. They left the graft open, to drain, until Tuesday. It was resewn and all looks well.

Her arm was initially put into a cast. It was removed today and is in a brace, to inhibit movement, but removeable so she can put ointment on it and keep it moist.

She is healing very well. So well, in fact, that they sent her home (to my house, which is closer to the hospital) today. She will rest, heal, be treated with TLC, and go back to see the microvascular plastic surgeon on Tuesday. It is our understanding that she will be given the pathology report at that time. The preliminary plan is to do radiation (again) with the hope that this time it will get rid of the nasty cells.

Will update when there is anything to report. She sends her hellos to you all.

luvofmylif
Posts: 344
Joined: Sep 2012

I am thinking of her and her loved ones. She is one strong woman and hope the future will be long and healthy for her. Thank god she has such a caring sister.

Joan

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Billie67
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Joined: Jul 2012

What an ordeal, she is an amazing woman to have gone thru all of that. I will continue to keep her in my prayers for a speedy recovery and the best pathology possible. Thanks for keeping us posted and give her a huge hug and cheers from southern California!
Billie

katenorwood
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Joined: May 2012

KT'S Sister,
Please send her our love and let her know our support and prayers are always here for her and all of her wonderful support system ! (YOU !) Tell her I'll be thinking only positives and what a wonderful inspirational fighter she is ! Katie

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CivilMatt
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Joined: May 2012

KTeacher,

Hoping and praying for good outcomes and better days ahead.

Best,

Matt

Hard12Find
Posts: 203
Joined: Sep 2012

Thank you for taking such good care of our friend......she is such an inspiration...
Jim

Vikeman10
Posts: 62
Joined: Jul 2012

My thought and prayers for recovery and hope radiation can get the rest of it.
Randy

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D Lewis
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Joined: Jan 2010

We are holding Bev close in our hearts, and hoping for the best possible outcome. Send her our love.

Deb

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Pam M
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Joined: Nov 2009

Wish there could have been better news up-front on the cancer. Good to hear that she has a strong support base - bless you - it makes us feel good to see that one of our own is cared for. Hoping the healing continues to go well.

yensid683
Posts: 225
Joined: Apr 2012

What an ordeal, please let KT know that she is in our thoughts and prayers. God never gives us more than we can handle, but there are times that I think he believes our capabilities are much greater that we would like.

KT's lucky to have the strong loving and caring support network. Please let her know that we are all thinking of her and wishing her a speedy recovery.

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hwt
Posts: 1881
Joined: Jun 2012

Prayers for Bev and her family continue. Thinking of her daily, she is an inspiration to all of us.

Candi

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tommyodavey
Posts: 353
Joined: Nov 2011

Thank you for the update. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you dealing with her terrible cancer.

Tom

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phrannie51
Posts: 3669
Joined: Mar 2012

and am relieved to know she is out of the hospital and in her loving sisters care. Praying that the rads will destroy any remaining cancer cells.

p

KTeacher
Posts: 909
Joined: Jan 2011

She is now home at sister's house. Sister is not her MAIN GREAT caregiver but it is her wonderful husband, Don. Bev says thank you for all the thoughts and kind words. Getting stronger each day. Shirley (seeing-eye caregiver)

ditto1
Posts: 630
Joined: Mar 2012

say we are keeping track of your updates and want her to know we wish her well and she is in our prayers.

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Crazymom
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Joined: Nov 2011

Praying for you! Ann

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Grandmax4
Posts: 583
Joined: Dec 2011

is such an inspiration to me, I pray that she heals and is able to get on with her life, a good, healthy life..she deserves it

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Tim6003
Posts: 1490
Joined: Nov 2011

Such a wonderfully strong women ...enjoy her posts and we miss her.

Be sure and tell her hugs and love from her online family...prayers are continuing for her, her husbanc and her entire family.

Best,

Tim

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