Hi guys – this is Jamie again. Jen asked me to update all of you who have been so kind to text, call and pray about her radio surgery which took place today. The good news is that the procedure literally took about 8 minutes (SHORT) and she came out of the operating room looking like a rock star. That is, if a rock star wears a mask like this.
Seriously. Don’t we love our Jen? And even though we keep tossing around that it’s ‘only 8 minutes’, let’s be clear that 8 minutes might not feel so short if you are relegated to this position.
And in this room.
And even though Baylor has valet parking (so I heard), don’t let that fool you. It’s still a hospital. And whether you are there for 8 minutes or 8 days, you usually don’t let the door hit you on the way out so to speak.
For those of you who like the short version (i.e. all the guys), all you need to know is the surgery was ‘uneventful’ and Jen will have a follow up MRI in 3 months to make sure the lesion hasn’t grown (best case scenario is that it has shrunk or even disappeared).
For those of you who like the longer version, let’s get to it. (The teachers at FBA who taught Jen and me would confirm that neither of us is short on words, so this blog serves as the perfect outlet. You can decide if that’s fortunate or unfortunate).
Jen’s posse arrived at Baylor close to 2:15 today (SWEET) and quickly moved outside the intended waiting room due to all of the stares from the other patients. (It’s clear that Jen approaches cancer differently than most others and may be known to cackle loudly or smile excessively.) Even (especially) prior to brain surgery.
We quickly discovered that our landing area had amazing light and we all started taking pictures with Jen. (No wonder she owns that rock star persona).
Jen & Sheila
Jen & JuJu
Jen & Jen
Angela, me, Jen & Amy (the chemo crew)
Jen & Scott
(Several other sweet friends were in attendance but showed up after the impromptu photography shoot. Let’s just say I bet now they are glad they did.)
I was deathly afraid to look back into the original waiting room (just on the other side of us through the FULL GLASS PANES) to see how many patients were now staring at us for other reasons.
After about an hour and 45 minutes, they finally came out to get Jen for her procedure. Sweet Ramona made sure to brief the
obnoxious crowd group on what was about to happen.
And poor Ramona didn’t know that she was about to fall victim to a good lighting scenario.
Jen went back for surgery, where she just happened to meet the physicists who worked on the formula for her brain radiation. I’d say these were pretty important people, and apparently Jen thought so too, so – shocker – she got her picture with them as well.
Jen & Andre
Jen & Dana
Unfortunately the basement doesn’t provide ideal lighting, but we are so grateful for these geniuses that we will overlook that.
Once the surgery was finished, Jen walked out with a huge smile on her face and a grateful heart (I didn’t actually confirm this, but I know her well enough to know this is probably the case). We all prayed in a circle and thanked God for no complications and for the love of friends & family. With each step on this path, gratitude is ever present.
Thank you again for all of your prayers and encouragement. I know they are felt and appreciated by Jen, Scott & little Linc.
In closing, I will leave you with a verse that continues to come to mind throughout this journey.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
Much love to you all,