Good morning girls!
A few weeks ago we had some terrible news. I closed my blog because I just couldn't talk to you about it at that point but I feel like now's the time.
My lovely Jenny has been suffering with blinding headaches and sickness, all day, every day for 10 weeks. I took her to the doctors over and over but they thought it was a migraine. Eventually she was referred to a specialist, who examined her thoroughly and admitted her to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital immediately. That night she had an MRI scan and it showed that she had a massive tumour in her brain.
Jenny was given steroids which immediately relieved the headaches and sickness. A team of neuro- surgeons were brought in from Hope Hospital and two days later they operated to try to remove as much as possible of the tumour to send for biopsy. They did a fantastic job.....she has the weeniest scar. The surgeon, who has daughters himself, didn't shave her head but carefully plaited her hair out of the way for her. I love that man with all my heart.
We had an excruciating 10 day wait for the results and sadly when they arrived they were the worst. Jenny has a grade 4 aggressive cancer. To complicate matters it's an extremely rare form which is normally found in the body but not in the head.
She made a fantastic recovery from her op and has since had a second op which was to remove more of the tumour. Now that they know what it is, they are fighting for her life and the surgeon went in more aggressively. There was a risk of damage to her motor skills but Thank God yet again he came up trumps and she has fully recovered again. She's home with me and we're relieved to have some normality again.
She'll now start the long battle of radiotherapy and chemotherapy and we have to pray with every fibre of our bodies and souls that they can get rid of this thing (I'm afraid Jenny and I call it some rather unladylike names!)
She will lose a lot of her hair, so we're busy making scarves and bandanas. Thankfully Jenny looks great in headgear.
My girl has amazed me. Right from that first awful night when the doctor told us she has been soooo strong and brave. She has such dignity and grace. I already knew what a special girl she was but even I am in awe of how she's handled this. She never complains....just keeps busy and happy. Everyone who is helping to look after her has just fallen totally in love with her.
I guess for the foreseeable future this blog will be pretty much about Jenny but we'll try to throw in some Making as well. Jenny is knitting a gorgeous cotton bandeau for her hair and she's found knitting a very good thing to do when she's bored but too tired to do much. Good old crafting eh?
Remember her in your prayers will you girls. Thank you so much.