Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Where to begin?

Vanessa has had what we thought was a cyst in her left wrist for many years. About two years ago she had an MRI done and was told it was a cyst that could be removed now or it could wait until later if it caused her more pain or loss of range of motion in her fingers. That time had come where the pain was too much and her range of motion had decreased in her fingers. On August 17th she had surgery to remove the cyst. The cyst was sent for pathology as it usually would be after surgery and a week later in a huge blindsiding blow they informed us it was a cancerous tumor. More specifically it is a synovial sarcoma which is a very rare type of cancer. We are told only a few doctors treat this consistently in the United States and fortunately one of them practices nearby at USC Medical Center. This doctor is an orthopedic oncologist who specializes in this type of rare cancer. We have our first appointment with him this Thursday. We will know much more about the course of treatment Vanessa will have to undergo and will begin testing to see if the cancer has metastasized to any other part of her body. Vanessa or I will blog again after the appointment to let you know where we go from here. The appointment will be Thursday at 2 pm our local time so throw up some prayers and good energy for us between now and then! Thank you all for your concern and love!

My beautiful Ness on her 26th birthday last November at Buca Di Beppos! It's her favorite food place!


  1. I had no idea Vanessa! I will be praying for you and your family!

  2. P.s. This is Melissa (Lund) Smith from way back when...

  3. Our prayers will be with you,I know you will get thru this with the help of God..

    Emmy Deleos & Family