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6/24/2017 Latest post:
Family and friends, thank you for visiting Melinda's Caring Bridge site. She appreciates all of the prayers and messages of support she has received so far but felt this would be a better way to keep everyone informed on her progress. Please share this site with others and please continue to pray for her as she has a long few months ahead of her.
If you know Melinda, you know that her faith rests solely in our Heavenly Father who is the ultimate healer. She believes that God will prevail and restore her body. She also knows that our Father will use this situation for His good. Your prayers are coveted and greatly valued! We encourage you to leave your uplifting thoughts and prayers here for her to see. It's been difficult for her to keep up with text messages so this will give her a centralized place to read everything when she is feeling able.
Some background - Melinda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after several long months of troublesome digestive issues. There were many different theories and diagnoses along the way. However, it wasn't until she was admitted into Baylor Scott & White in Lakeway on Sunday, June 4, that a she started to find some answers. An endoscopy revealed multiple cysts on her small intestines and, because of those cysts, the doctors could not scope further down. This concerned the doctors as they typically don't see so many cysts or find them in that particular area. Fast forward a few days and she was transferred to Baylor Scott & White Temple where she had surgery on Monday, June 12. She went into the surgery knowing there could be several possible outcomes. The surgeon did find a tumor on her pancreas which was biopsied and determined to be stage 2B cancer. Not the stage 1 we were hoping for but still very much in the early stages! Also, they found cancer in only 1 or 18 lymph nodes which is additionally very encouraging!
Melinda had a "whipple" procedure to remove the tumor and to reconstruct/reroute bile ducts, etc. This is the most complex surgery they perform at this particular hospital. As of June 22, she is still in the Temple hospital. She is in a great deal of pain and is focused on resting and on healing. Therefore, she is not receiving visitors other than her immediate family. Her nutrition is through a feeding tube and she's getting some medicine to help her manage the pain. The doctors are hopeful she can go home within the next week once they feel she is getting the proper amount of nutrition.
Her loving husband, Mike, has been by her side every minute of the day and night. Her daughter, Sarah, has also been by her side for many weeks watching movies with her mom and just keeping her smiling. Her son, Crockett and his fiance', Jeni, have been holding down the fort at home and have been invaluable to Mike and Melinda.
Please visit this site for updates on Melinda's progress as she fights and wins this battle over cancer!