I arrived home late last night from my trip to
North Myrtle Beach
(still very sick with a terrible cold)
woke this morning to hear the sad news that
a very dear friend , Lee Santoro , from Florida
had lost her battle with cancer last night
her family gathered around her
She had battled this terrible disease for two years
I know she is in God's arms now and no longer suffering
I will miss her terribly
she was one of those people that always made you smile
she always had a good joke, a funny story to tell
My heart goes out to her husband , her kids, her grandkids
her whole family
& then tonight I was scrolling down my blog list
and noticed a story that Robelyn ( red.neck.chic)
had posted about this beautiful family....
The Schmitt Family
( Jessica is the precious blond peeking over her Mom's head)
After a couple of weeks of Jessica not eating well, Jessica’s mom, Chandra, became worried. Jessica's stomach felt bloated and Chandra felt it was due to constipation. After a visit to their doctor on the morning of December 21st, they were immediately sent to the hospital for more tests. After a few hours their worst nightmare was confirmed; sweet little Jessica had cancer. That evening, Jessica, her parents, and her baby brother Jacob were on a flight from St. George to Primary Childrens Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Jessica has been diagnosed with Wilms Tumor. After a needle biopsy Wednesday morning did not reveal enough information, a surgical biopsy was performed Thursday and a portion of the tumor was removed. Due to the size of the tumor the doctors want to start an aggressive form of chemo so that the tumor will pull away from other organs and be easier to remove. The biopsys will help doctors to pinpoint the exact type of Wilms and to choose the specific chemotherapy that will be most effective.
Wilms Tumor is a cancer of the kidneys that typically occurs in children age 3 to 4. Since Jessica's cancer has spread beyond the kidneys, it is considered Stage 4 . This sounds pretty scary and there may be a long road ahead, but with faith, prayers, and great doctors and nurses at Primary Childrens, we are hopeful for a full and speedy recovery.
For updates on Jessica go here...
Please pray for Jessica's healing
and also for my dear friend Lee's family