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Good news

Joost's surgery took well over 6 hours to complete, but in the end the surgeon was able to remove both of the tumours, the parent and the one that had metastasized from it. At Joost's insistence, he's also removed a margin of healthy tissue, in the hope that this will slow down the rate with which the tumour will grow back, as it has done 4 times already. It does mean he now has a permanent problem with the motor function on his left hand side; however, this morning he took his first steps with the aid of a Zimmer frame, and all indications are that if he continues to do well, he'll be going home before his daughter's sixth birthday on Feb 12th.

Thank you, all of you, who have left messages of support, sent across good vibes, and offered your prayers for his recovery.

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scatterheart
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
That's so good to hear! :)
gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
It's the best news we could have hoped for. Thank you!
tori_x
Feb. 2nd, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
That's brilliant!!!!
gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? We're all so pleased.
curiouswombat
Feb. 2nd, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oh that does sound hopeful - I am so pleased for them.
gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. We're all so thankful to have him still with us. When 24 hours before surgery, the doctors discovered the second tumour and debated whether going ahead with the surgery was still an option, we were preparing ourselves for the worst -- but they went ahead and he's come through it and now he's doing better than expected...it's wonderful!
anonypooh
Feb. 2nd, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
yay I say!
so pleased to hear this news :)
gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: yay I say!
We're all very very happy too, is all I can say! ;-)
married_n_mich
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news!! Thanks for the update.
gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your support. ;-)
married_n_mich
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Anytime!
deborahw37
Feb. 2nd, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that it went as well as could be hoped. Your friend sounds like a fighter and I wish him well
gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
You're right, he is a fighter, has been ever since the tumour was first diagnosed. Thanks for your continued good wishes.
xionin
Feb. 2nd, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
that's great news!
gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for thinking of him. Joost is one of those people who believes in the power of positive thought. ;-)
kathy1975
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
I am glad to hear that the surgery went well...what a terrible ordeal to go through. I am at a loss of words, but I indeed want to send lots of good vibes!

I hope the recovery will go well and that the tumor won't grow back at all or at the very least will not grow back for a long time!! And I really hope that Joost will be back home for his little girls birthday.

gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
and that the tumor won't grow back at all or at the very least will not grow back for a long time!!

Amen. It will come back, but for now Joost and his family have been given a reprieve and I know they will make the most of it.
enigmaticblues
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that he's doing well!
gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you. We're all very happy at the news.
__kali__
Feb. 2nd, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
I bet that was a relief to hear!
gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Not half!

It's all we could have hoped for, and more.
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