So we met the surgeon this morning at 8am; having completed the operation she said that Karena's response to the chemotherapy was "amazing" (do doctors say that kind of thing?). Her ovarian lump was actually about 5cm (past tense - it's now gone !); the omental lump was "very small" (past tense also - it's now gone too). There was another small nodule in her pelvis (yes, you guessed it.....it's now gone too!). So they completed the full hysterectomy (which they were not sure would be possible depending on the condition of the cancer). One of the things they prepared us for pre-op was that there could be further spreading like "sprinkled rice" - they found no further evidence visible to the naked eye.
The surgeon said that before the operation she expected Karena was going to be her most difficult case of the day but in reality she was actually one of the easiest ! She also said that she was "really delighted" with how well the operation went.
Time for some more tears after that lot !
The plan is to still complete the 6 sessions of chemo post-op as a 'mop-up' for any microscopic cancer cells still remaining.....so the path ahead is still a long one and frought with many challenges - but as I see it currently, where we are at today is just about as good-a-place as we could have possibly imagined...hey....celebrate with us !
"Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power and love
Our God is an awesome God"