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Posted 2017-12-10T05:09:13Z

Holding pattern

I'm sorry it's been awhile since I've posted an update but Kelsey is waiting for a confirmation on a new surgery date and there hasn't been a lot of news. Kels did meet with the neurosurgeon on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Dr. Zager, like everyone one else we've dealt with at UPenn Med is excellent. He explained to  Kelsey that his job is to stimulate the nerve fibers around the tumor so that they'll know where to cut in order to avoid nerve damage. The final pathology report confirmed that Kelsey has a benign schwanoma but they'll still submit the entire tumor, once it's removed, to make sure there isn't a chance for malignancy. There is also a chance that Kelsey will suffer damage to her femoral nerve which could affect walking and, if they need to leave some tumor behind, there's a possibility of radiation therapy in the future but this is such a slow growing type of tumor that they would wait to see if there was renewed growth before starting radiation therapy. 

The possibilities are unsettling but as Kelsey told me, they are a heck of a lot better than a cancer diagnosis. She's handling everything well and is busy studying for finals which start this week. 

When we were in the neurosurgeon's office, they mentioned that there's a Dec. 21 surgery date listed in Kelsey's file but she's been unable to confirm that with her primary surgeon. Despite the fact that Kelsey may spend Christmas in the hospital, the 21st would work well with her school schedule so we're keeping our fingers crossed that the date is real.

Thank you again to all of you for your concern and thoughts and prayers. 


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Comments (4)

  • Tammy

    I still have you all in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do for you here at home let me know. Pick up mail and papers? Water plants? Walk a dog? Call me if I can be of any help...(757)870-0386. Say hi to everyone.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Merri Dillinger
    Merri Dillinger

    I have been thinking of Kelsey and wondered how things were progressing. Thank you for the update, and I continue to hold all of you in my thoughts.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa Flagg
    Lisa Flagg

    Thanks for the update. Kelsey has a great attitude about this and that is a blessing. I know she'll come through this scary surgery with flying colors! Let me know if you or she need anything at all.

    2 years ago · Reply

    I'm just seeing this. So sorry you all are going through this - esp. at Christmas. Your last post is very encouraging however! I hope all continues to go well and a rapid recovery is soon in the past!

    2 years ago · Reply