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Edward’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We created it to keep friends and family updated about Edward. As most of you know, Edward was diagnosed with bone cancer on January 4th, 2011.  As of January 21st we had a new diagnosis, Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma.  The good news is that, it is confined to just the one bone, the right femur and it is treatable.  Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26th.  Edward will have a difficult journey over the coming months.  Prayers and support from family and friends are what will help carry all of us through this difficult time in our lives.

Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma is treated first with surgery, then with chemotherapy.  We have the pre-op visit with the orthopedic surgeon and the anesthesia department in Philadelphia on Monday. Edward will be at school on Tuesday.  Surgery to remove the tumor and replace the bone is scheduled for Wednesday.  This will be followed by chemotherapy to eradicate whatever cells might be left.  Our goal, which I've been told is reachable, is still to have Edward walk into 5th grade as though nothing happened.  Please check in periodically for updates.  Again, your prayers and support are what will help carry us through this difficult time.

Latest Journal Update

No More Wheelchair (or crutches)!!!

Edward saw Dr. Dormans on Thursday and got the go ahead to start walking again.  He crutched in for the appointment and walked out carrying his crutches!  His next follow up with the surgeon will be in December and the next follow up with Dr. Murphy (oncologist) will be in January.

In the meantime, I'd like to ask a favor...would everyone please pray for my father, Bill Welsh (Edward's Grampy)?  He had open heart surgery on Wednesday to:  repair one of his heart valves, remove his atrial fibrillation and bypass two arteries.  He is in the ICU at and is making steady (but very slow) progress in his recovery.  

I thought...who better to ask for prayers than the "prayer army" that has been with Edward every step of the way.  So, thank you all for all of your prayers for Edward and for his Grampy.

With Love,