Donna has been fighting breast cancer for 22 years and recently the disease spread to her lower back with tumors in her spinal column and pelvic region. Last week an MRI showed that there was a fractured vertebra caused by a growing tumor that has destabilized the bones in the lower spinal column. There is also another tumor attacking the femur ball joint. She was admitted to Greenville Memorial Hospital last Friday, December 16, and up to today, the main goal has been to manage the excruciating pain from the fracture. After several adjustments, a team of doctors has been able to help her take the edge off the pain and be able to sleep at night, but still searching for a better solution.
Donna began a radiation treatment yesterday, that will continue for the next 10 days. This will target the two tumors and by shrinking them, the pain will be reduced.
Today, December 20th, with the help of the physical therapist, Donna made a major advancement and was able to sit up in a chair for a short period of time. She is very excited and relieved to finally get out of bed after four days. If she continues to make progress in movement and pain management, there is a slight chance that she will be home for Christmas. If not we will celebrate our Savior's birth surrounded by beeping machines, tubes and all manner of medical devices and still feel the joy of the season and Emmanuel with us.
All along, our God has been present, providing strength, comfort and a loving touch through the doctors, nurses and visiting family and friends. Thanks to so many who have called, texted, visited, sat with Donna to free up Howard for a few hours, and most importantly prayed for her healing.
We were blessed with the birth of our first grandchild, Nathaniel Robert Brown, and Donna was able to see him and spend a little time with him just before she entered the hospital. She now has one more reason to keep fighting.