We're hugging

We've been blessed.

She's doing well. The surgeon just spoke with us as his team is doing final sew-ups.

Bottomline: They think they got it all

Here are the facts:

1) The tumor was 4 cm and would have been too large to meet transplant criteria, so this was the better option.
2) They removed 16 lymph nodes that all appear to be benign.
3) They removed two benign cysts in the liver or biliary tree (not sure which).
4) They removed sections of the right and left sides of the liver, not the entire right side as previously planned.
5) They removed three sections of her bile ducts.
6) The tumor had encased the portal vein only on the outside and not internally. They resected the vein as a result.
7) The first pathology testing on all tissues removed except for the cancer are benign, and a secondary round of testing will take place as a precaution.
8) Her blood pressure was stable during the surgery, but she had some bleeding and received blood.
9) She'll go into recovery for 2 hours or so.
10) The two main concerns for tonight are: clotting in the resected portal vein and hemorrhaging. This will need to be managed tonight with blood thinners, etc.

So, the surgery went well and the masterful, wonderful, God-sent, lovely and brilliant surgeon thinks he got everything. It could still backfire, but this really scary day is closing with a positive sunny light.

Thank YOU for all of your support.


  1. What wonderful news, what amazing medical care can be had now-a-days. Crying tears of happiness for you!

  2. We want in on that hug! Terrific news! Loads of love, Chuck & Rocket

  3. Wonderful news! Many prayers have been answered today, we will continue to pray for a speedy recovery...Ulysses misses Paulette!

  4. Hugs and kisses and get well wishes are being sent your way!!! Give a couple of hugs for us too!!!! The Lord definitely answered all our prayers but we're not done yet until she is on the Kansas highway headed home !!! God Bless!!

  5. So glad the surgery is over and the recovery can begin. Prayers are still with you all as you wait to get all the results. God is definetly great and doing his job today. Hugs to all.

    Joe Bill & Terri

  6. What great news! I've been thinking about all of you today! Big hugs!


  7. Been in Emporia for 2 days babysitting and away from my computer. First thing I did when I got home tonight was RUN in and check for this update. So glad everything went so well!Praying for all of you. Try to get some much needed rest. Love to you

    Bill and Kathy Mcgill

  8. Oh, Taryn, I am so very, very happy for you guys!


  9. Fantastic news! I have watched the blog all day today waiting for your news. Will be praying for a good night filled with healing and rest for all. Stay strong and keep faith; God heals! Hallelujah!

  10. So happy, honey. Best of luck to all of you.


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