First of all, we Hinsons are completely overwhelmed by the love and support our friends and family have given to us already during this difficult time. Just when I think I’ve run out of tears for the day, I think about how fortunate we are to be surrounded by such love, and I cry all over again. (Those are happy tears.)
I only have a few minutes, so here’s the quick version of what we found out today.
Mary Hazel most likely has what’s called Wilm’s Tumor. As you can read, it’s a treatable cancer, for which we are infinitely thankful. We will not know with 100% certainty what stage we are dealing with until they remove the tumor. We are scheduled to have another ultrasound in the morning followed by a CT scan so the doctors can get a closer look at where specifically the cancer is and make their best game plan. They are planning to remove her left kidney and start a course of chemotherapy for a year. Depending on the stage of the tumor, radiation might also be needed.
Please hope and pray that the cancer is contained in her kidney and has not spread to her lungs. Please hope and pray that the cancer is isolated in only her left kidney. Please hope and pray that Dr. Bryant and her team will nip this in the bud. Please hope and pray that this poor little girl will be cancer free a year from now.
A million thanks to those who have offered help. We *will* be needing it, I assure you. Transportation, especially, might be an issue as we are currently shopping for a “new to us” car with automatic transmission for Russell to drive. I’m sure Poppy and Charlie will also need some play time and special attention. I will certainly reach out to each of you as we need the support. I’m starting to learn to accept help when I really need it. =)
Thanks, John and Earle, for the snacks. Thanks, Barb and Katie, for the sweet visit. Thanks to Krista, DanDaddy, and Gammer for taking care of the possums today. Thanks to Vanessa for buying us milk. Thanks to everyone for your prayers!
P.S. My favorite memory of the day was watching MH’s face light up when she got to drive the cool firetruck down the hall of the cancer ward. Pure delight! I think she made a lot of friends today.