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Apr 15, 2017
Leyton has surgery tomorrow and she is in good spirits, which helps this whole process. Let's back up a bit. Our chiropractor noticed a "mass"/lump on Leyton's neck the end of January and our lives have changed from being a busy normal family; to a busy family juggling life with doctor appointments, medications, and surgery. Leyton had a mycobacterial infection in her lymph nodes in her neck and cheek. Her surgery in February went well. Her doctors felt good about the surgery with the combination treatment of surgery and antibiotics. About a week and half after surgery her neck started swelling and the "mass"/lump reappeared in the same area. After more doctor appointments, tests, and a hospitalization in Madison we ended up at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This is where she will have her next biopsy and surgery done. Her doctors have been great! Her doctors at Mayo aren't sure this is the same mycobacterial infection or something else this second time around. This bacteria is very slow growing and this appears to be growing too fast. This bacteria is very resistant to antibiotics, so surgery is the best option in combination with antibiotics. Leyton's masses have been too large to solely treat with antibiotics. There are lots of unknowns at this point as to what is this mass and if it is the same why is it reoccurring? Hopefully after tomorrow and biopsy results come back will get a treatment and cure. Having a kiddo that is sick is tough, but when the doctors aren't sure what is exactly wrong it gives you a very uneasy feeling. They have been upfront with us at Mayo and cancer is one of the top diagnosis they are looking at. Just typing that makes my heart sink, but all I can do is have faith and hope she doesn't. And if she does, we will deal with that too-you are never given more than you can handle right? I keep thinking this could always be worse. She is such a trooper and in great spirits so that helps. We have a great support system of family, friends, coworkers, and daycare provider who have helped out more than they know during the past few months! Thank you for your continued support and prayers!