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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,


7 Comentarios

anne marie romano
By anne marie romano and family
so happy for Edward...prayers on the way for Grampy!!
you are such a wonderful and strong family..an inspiration to us all
Debra Knox
By Mrs. Knox
YIPPIE!!!! What great news Edward-you keep on truckin'. Of course we will also add Grampy to our prayers for his quick and complete recovery, I leave both Edward and Grampy in His Loving and Healing Hands.

May God bless and protect each one of you~
jim beale
By jim beale
MiMi Olsson
By MiMi Olsson
Rejoicing for Edward and praying for your Dad...

With Hope, MiMi
marie leonardis
By The Leonardis family
So happy for Edward, always the trooper! Definitely sending strength and healing prayers to your dad for a speedier recovery.
Great news for Edward and we will pray for your dad. Hope all gets better