Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Surgery: SUCCESSFUL!

We finally got an update from the surgeon. We haven't seen him yet as they are still closing up.
It took over 7 hours, but the tumor is out. It is ALL out!!! Everything went well. He remained stable throughout the surgery, but as expected, needed blood--3 units and platelets. He lost his left kidney, but kept his spleen. They were able to remove everything that was visible, including the tumor wrapped around his aorta, vena cava, and other blood vessels. Any residual cancer cells are not visible to the naked eye! Hooray! But that's why we still have some more chemo, a stem cell transplant, and radiation left to complete.

William was predicting the tumor was green, Ryan guessed it was gray, the surgeon confirmed it was dard red-ish/purple and I refrained from asking them to save a piece for us to see.

I'll hopefully have pictures to post tomorrow.

27 comments:

  1. This just popped up as I was reading the previous entry! I am SO HAPPY to hear this wonderful news! You should all sleep better tonight! :-) We will be saying prayers of thanks. Love and hugs from the Wrights!

    Addition by Lauren:

    I will sleep better too! I am so happy that William has had all this strength, and I am so happy he has such wonderful parents, brothers, and extended family to help him through this! Let him know that I love him so much and want to see you all soon!!
    Love,
    Lauren

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  2. Congratulations to all of you (but ESPECIALLY William) for giving that doohickey the boot. I can't tell you how thrilled we are at this news!!!
    Love to all,
    Suzanne and boys

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  3. That is so amazing to hear! He is in our thoughts every day.

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  4. Hooray!!!!!! Love to everybody!

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  5. YEAH!!!!!! He has been constantly in my prayers.
    Hooray for the awesome surgeons and for the tender mercies of the Lord. Miracles DO happen. Thanks for your faith and strength. You are a great example to me. Every time I read your blog, my bucket gets filled. I'm so thrilled his surgery was a success. Hugs!

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  6. Thank you for sharing the great news! I was hoping to hear how it went before going to bed tonight. You've been in our prayers and thoughts all day - and will continue to be with much thanks tonight. I love you all so much!

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  7. Soooooooooooo happy things went well. thank you for letting us all know. Now let all keep clair in our prayer too.
    good job!!!!!!!!!
    Jenny W.

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  8. Peace of mind and gratitude have replaced all the concerns I shared earlier. LOVES to all.

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  9. SIGH!!! Yahoo, way to go surgeons and William!! All of you, especially William, have been on my mind all day. A major milestone behind you all!
    Thinking of you all,
    Elmore's

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  10. sooo grateful to hear. so many thank you's to say tonight! i love you!! love you all!!!!

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  11. We have been praying, reading and trying to be positive. We're so happy to hear this wonderful news. Hang in there you guys!!

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  12. What a miracle!!! So grateful to hear happy news for William. Hope the recovery goes well for him and the next steps go just as smoothly.

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  13. Wonder of wonder.
    So happy for William!

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  14. This is great news! I am actually crying because I know that miracles are happening in both of our Williams and I am so thankful for God's mercy and love.

    Our continued prayers and love,
    Loiss and William K.

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  15. That is the most WONDERFUL and AMAZING news. So happy to hear that surgery went well. What a blessing! Can't wait to get updates as they come.

    Love to you all!!

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  16. What a relief! I'm so happy for you. Congratulations on this wonderful success! Blessings to you and your family.

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  17. Congratulations and Hooray! Cheering from Colorado! So happy for you to be past this stage. You guys are doing great. Best wishes to William for speedy recovery.

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  18. That is so wonderful!! Congratulations!! Sending you lots of prayers and hugs.

    xox
    Jen

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  19. William you are an amazing child. You have taught us what it means to endure to the end. Again today you have chosen to endure to the end. You have such a sweet spirit and Heavenly Father loves you so much. I am so happy that today was an amazing day. I am looking forward to many more reports about amazing days. Your strength for hanging in there is so admired.
    Beth

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  20. Fantastic news! You were in my thoughts all day yesterday. So glad to hear such a great result! What a huge hurdle to overcome!!
    Much love,
    Julie and Scott Young

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  21. Yay!!!! So happy to read this :)

    Crystal

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  22. Wow!! All things are possible when we put it in the hands of the Lord. I'm so thrilled. I'm whiping tears from my eyes. I couldn't be more happy!! What a hurdle to have overcome. William is such a strong boy!!! All our love,
    Audrey & Brady Cox

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  23. So relieved and so thankful! Tell William he I may have to send a few more gummy snakes his way. Congrats!

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  24. Defeat to the Doohickey! Way to go, William.

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  25. Hurray!! I was thinking about you all day yesterday, I'm so glad it was successful!!!

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  26. HOORAY!! Prayers of thanksgiving. We love you.

    Sarah and Markus

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  27. Julie,
    You are such strong woman with so much faith and courage!!! William seems sooo special!!! I loved listening to him sing Soul Sister... You are ever in my thoughts and prayers!!! I hope you know you are an amazing example of hard working faith!!!
    Much love
    Emily Brooks

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