Friday, January 30, 2009

Final Surgery Update

Well, Samantha’s surgery was a complete success! We were so scared after meeting with the surgeon this morning, he didn’t have much confidence that he would be able to remove the entire tumor…but that is exactly what he did! With his expertise and the help of some very sophisticated equipment, he was able to go in, cause absolutely no neurological damage and remove the entire tumor from her head. We are just so pleased with the results! Sammy is in the ICU now and is doing so well, the nurses have already fallen in love with her sweat personality and best of all she is moving both sides with ease and is talking with no trouble. We had expected the weakness on her right side to worsen initially, but she has already gained some strength. I was also worried that brain surgery would in some way change her personality, but she has already demonstrated that she is her old self. She wanted to eat fruit snacks this morning and she wasn’t able to eat anything due to the surgery, but I had told her that after the doctors take the booboo out of her head, she can have some fruit snacks. Well she was barely awake and I told her that I was so proud of her, that the doctor had fixed her booboo and she bolted upright in bed and asked if she could have her fruit snacks now! That’s my girl!The doctor indicated that he still did not think that the tumor was cancer, bBut we won’t know for sure until the pathology comes back in the next couple of weeks. We will still need to meet with the oncology team to determine if any further treatment is necessary because the surgeon did indicate that there were some stray tumor cells still in her brain…so some sort of therapy may be necessary, but for the time being, she is out of danger and we have plenty of time to figure out what treatments are necessary if any.I want to thank everyone for their support through this and ask that you continue to keep Sammy in your prayers as we still may have a long road ahead of us, but this surgery couldn’t have been more successful. I really believe that is due in part to all of your positive thoughts and prayers…thank you for helping to save our girl!I plan to continue to update this blog with Sammy’s progress so if you are interested in following her please do!THANK YOU ALL!!!


  1. did she get some of her fruit snacks yet? she must be ready for food!!!! :)

  2. I am so happy to hear this news. You have such a strong little girl. I can see that she gets that from her strong, courageous parents. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if you need ANYTHING.

  3. Hey Guys....what a difference a day makes!!! We just couldn't be happier for all of you, and what a little trooper Sammy is - you go girl!! And how about that awesome surgeon - a big "thank you very much" goes out to him (and staff too!). Simply amazing what they can do, isn't it? Sammy, and your entire family, will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers until all is truly well again. One more thing, and Zach give yourselves a big ole pat on the did great!!!
    Love, Uncle Peter & Aunt Jodie

  4. We were so happy to get the news last night! We thank God for this wonderful outcome. Eventhough we couldn't be there, we were with our thoughts and prayers. Great Gramma was very happy for you all as well! Thank you also for the updates/news. Love, Aunt Eva, Uncle Bob and the rest of the family.

  5. This is wonderful news! I am so glad all of our energy & positive thinking paid off, she deserves it all! We will keep thinking of Sammy & your family & remember, we are less than an hour away if you need anything; even a home away from home:)

  6. Amanda,
    I am so happy for you and your family! Congratulations on the big success. Now you can take a little time to rest, relax and enjoy your little girl.

    Take care,