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December
20
2018

12.19.18

Hello everyone,


I would like to start off by thanking you all for your continued support of my mom. She has remained positive and upbeat, thanks to all of the kind words you have sent her. Surgery over the weekend went very well and she was able to leave the hospital on Monday and return to the comforts of home.


After yesterday’s oncology appointment, the doctor discovered that mom has grade II astrocytoma, a type of brain cancer. Grade II astrocytoma, also called diffuse astrocytoma, is the most common type of brain tumor in adults. Her doctors are hopeful that most of the tumor was removed although the diffused edges make removal much more difficult. In 6 weeks, she will have another MRI and speak with the doctors again to see how things have progressed and from there on more decisions will be made.


At this time, rest and relaxation are the best things for my mom but she also needs company and support. If you are able to stop by and hang out with her for a bit during the coming weeks I know that she would love to see all of your faces, even if she has to take a nap during the visit. Please let Todd or myself know if you would like to stop by or schedule a day with her; Todd knows her schedule best at the moment and when she will need help and can be reached at: 952-249-1000.


Thank you again everyone!


-Rachel

 

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December
18
2018

12.18.19

Sarah is finally home!!! After facing an extremely delicate surgery that took over 4 hours, followed by 24 hours in Intensive Care with a total of 5 days in the oft chaotic hospital, Sarah is home and in fabulous spirits. She repeats just how wonderful life is after making it through surgery. Immediately upon arriving home, her youngest was over and dawned the home nursing cap and took over watching her mom. Tyler was an extremely vital and healthy part of Sarah’s physical recovery in the hospital and will be used and needed more than ever at home as we continue to saunter down a road to the unknown. Sarah’s oldest daughter,  Rachel, has been the emotional rock that Sarah has mimicked throughout. 

 

As we continue to ween Sarah off of the pharmacy of drugs she's been on, its tough to see and  hear her writhing in pain as we couldn't quite make it through the night without more pain meds. So after taking a couple perks, she is back sound asleep until mid morning I would guess and then my mom, LuAnn, will be her safety net…and arts & crafts instructor. Sarah has been wanting to build a gingerbread house and oddly, overtime she asked me I was terribly busy!!! Thanks mom for bailing me out! 

 

Sarah took her first bath at home last night (she loves the tub) and I got to play barbies and wash her hair avoiding her new “tattoo" that stretches from the middle of her left ear 22 stitches later ending at damn near the north pole! Obvious swelling is prevalent but intrinsically better than a day ago. Roth rooter has been called off adding to Sarah’s comfort, intestinally speaking. 

 

We do, unfortunately, have a new appointment with an Oncologist today so by no means is this journey over. In fact, its only just begun. We are hoping to learn more about the pathology and the course of action for the 2nd tumor that is on the right side of her head today at 2:30. Keeping our fingers crossed that maybe they want to try some localized radiation instead of cutting in to her poor head again. Whatever the plan and course of action, we are comforted by the fact that we cannot control this.

 

Please call or text me if you would like to come spend some mellow, relaxing time with Sarah as she recoups at our home her in Wayzata. I need to be present at work and am relying on all our friends and family to keep an eye on Sarah for this first week at home. She is functional and able to talk and eat but she just needs some help with meals and really some mellow company. Her brain needs to heal and low stimulation are the orders…limited “screen time”, limited phone time as both her jaw hurts and she cant hear out of her left ear. She needs multiple walks of increasing distance and not intensity…remind her that as she wants to start running asap. Slow and steady.

 

Just know that Sarah is doing great with an enormous sense of gratitude for just being alive. In fact, if I had to say, she is even funnier, and more giggly than before her surgery. Maybe the surgeon did open the box of wishes I had given him to use to replace the tumor…only time will tell! Her/Our “We got this…with baby steps” motto is alive and well.

 

-Todd

December
17
2018

12.17.18

Momma J is able to leave the hospital today!! Everyone is very happy about this! 
 
-Rachel 

December
16
2018

12.16.18

Hello everyone! 
 
Mom is doing good today! She has high spirits and is feeling great, one more night in the hospital for sure and then they will see what’s next! 
 
-Rachel 

December
15
2018

12.1.4.18

Sort of a tough day. Swelling has increased putting pressure on her speech and so although that being normal and expected, it’s tough to watch and hear, for us both really! Although the room is nicer, we are under orders of no visitors until we see dr again in morning. No stimulus is best for Sarah’s long term health vs our short term needs. There is a host of people that want to see her but they must be kept at bay until we hear otherwise. 
 
Now some good news...she’s decreasing her pain meds. Appetite is growing and she’s passing more of her tests.  All good signs.
 
-Todd 

December
13
2018

12.19.18

She’s out of surgery and in the ICU and doing very well! She’s talking but ready for a good rest! Thanks everyone for their support we will update you as time goes! 
-Rachel 

December
7
2018

Contact Info

As I said before I am Sarah's daughter Rachel. I will be in town next week and if anyone has any questions they can give me a call or send me a message.

Cell Phone: 612-791-1652

E-mail: racheljacobson95@gmail.com