Wow, what a week and a half it has been. Up to this point, I can honestly say this change has been amazing. My family, friends, and I are all adjusting to Little Leni. I have not had any negative thoughts about the decision I made to have rotationplasty surgery.
The first thing I remember after waking from surgery was telling my surgeon, Dr. Lewis, that I loved my new leg. Many people have asked me if I freaked out the first time I saw Leni and I can honestly say that all I felt was a sense of relief that the cancer is gone. Knowing that the tumor is no longer in my body makes my heart very happy.
The day after surgery I was doing very well so Physical Therapy came in and allowed me to get up and to sit in a chair. Well, Leni didn’t like that … I was put on bed rest for the next day due to intense swelling. Leni was 70 cm around. I was downgraded from an ICU patient to regular room on Day 2 and was finally moved from ICU room to a regular room on day 3.
I am pretty sure I had the most visitors at MD Anderson than any other patient during my stay. I am so Blessed for that and cannot Thank my friends and family enough for coming. My visitors definitely make time go by a lot faster. I’ve heard my parents tell everyone that I love visitors and I’m here to tell you that is so true.
God has worked some amazing miracles in my life these past 5 months and I am truly thankful for that. The anxiety that we all had before surgery quickly subsided when I came out of surgery. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off of our shoulders. Yes, I had many people who supported me on my decision, but I also had people who questioned me and tried to talk me out of having rotationplasty. Now that it is all said and done I am so glad I stuck with what my heart was telling me and went with it.
I know that it might be a little while before I get into a prosthesis but I can not wait until that day comes. Leni and I are ready to start rocking and meeting all the challenges that we will face. I know it will get rough at times but I will NOT give up and will have my family and friends pushing and encouraging me the whole way.
Thank you all so much for being patient with me on my post. I know they are at random times but like I have said before I like to wait until I have something to talk about. I also do not like to ask for prayers for myself but I would like to also thank yall for the prayers and I’d like to ask them to keep coming not just for me but also those who are battling this nasty battle.
My parents and I met several new families while we were in Houston. Some who have been battling for a while and others who have recently been diagnosed. I ask for prayer for comfort, strength, and positivity for these families and children. Thank you in advance.
” Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.