As most of you know, my granddaughter Addison, identical twin sister of Avery, has begun the long, tough battle against pediatric osteosarcoma of the right distal femur. She was formally diagnosed from a biopsy taken at Duke University just two weeks ago, on August the 16th.
She had been having some random night leg pain, and had started to favor that leg when playing outside. Her mom took her for an xray on August the 7th, and later that afternoon her pediatrician called with the news that the results were suggestive of osteosarcoma, and referred her to Duke that day.
Needless to say, the past three weeks have been filled with appointments, tests, procedures and scans. They have also been filled with fear, uncertainty, sorrow and prayer. Addison's pre-school quietly set up a GoFundMe page, and the outpouring of support has been extremely appreciated, because Addison is going to need either her mom or dad with her almost continuousy during surgery and treatment from eight months to a year. It has also been touching in ways that would be impossible to convey here. We have friends and family everywhere praying for her. She is at Duke Children's Hospital, and she has wonderful doctors and caregivers. We are hopeful.
I have been sending update emails that began with immediate family, then grew from there to extended family and dear friends. Almost daily requests for inclusion have been heartwarming, and comforting. Every prayer matters, so I have been adding names every day.
I will continue to write and send them as Addison's journey progresses. I will also post them here, and will start with the first two I sent to the extended family. You may also see posts from her mom and dad, and from her twin sister Avery, every now and then.
Addison is a happy, go-lucky child. She has a great sense of humor. I pray these two qualities will help her find her courage.