Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Consultant appointment update

Consultant appointment at the hospital this afternoon - operation will take place in late April - probably either 23rd or 30th. Karena will be in hospital for ~5 days, then can't do a lot for a month (no lifting etc) and recovery is 6-12 weeks. She will have a hysterectomy providing the cancer hasn't stuck the uterus to anything else (otherwise they will just remove the ovaries and omentum). There's also a possibility that there could be some bowel removed if there is any cancer there (but nothing showed up on the scan on the bowel). Following recovery from the op, they are now saying that they would plan to do another 6 bouts of chemo - this was quite hard for Karena to hear as she thought she was half way through the chemo's - now they are planning to do more which could take us the best part of the year to get through. The good news in that is that they want to do more because she has responded so well to the chemo so far. On examination, the consultant couldn't find the lump in her abdomen with her hands (this is so far away from where we were just a couple of months ago). In herself Karena is really well, she has energy and is still pain-free. She is really looking forward to being able to spend some time with the children over the Easter holidays.

Stuff we're thankful for :
  • The good news that we've had so far - an early op, pain-free, improvements in health and energy
  • A great lady consultant we saw today who will do the op
  • Our children who continue to take everything in their stride despite some challenges
Stuff to pray for :
  • Operation to go well - full hysterectomy to be possible, both lumps to be removed, no other traces of cancer elsewhere
  • Karena to recover quickly post-op
  • An enjoyable few weeks before the next phase of the battle
Thanks so much. Love to you......x


  1. oops....realised I had mispelled it all...DUH

    Just wanted to say thank you for updating us as you walk this journey....I am praying for you both......

  2. Thanks for the update Craig. Thinking and praying for you all.

  3. Hi Mackays!
    So glad things are getting back to normal and that you've been able to get down to the seaside. You both make me feel so humble with your strength and positivity! I just know with all the support from friends and family (as well as all the prayers coming your way), that you WILL get through this!

  4. What wonderful news. It's all looking positive for you guys! Your faith and strength is incredible. I am praying for you all.

  5. Great news, well done to you all. Keep it up! We are with you all the way, Gary