Saturday, May 7, 2011

Izzy Update: May 7, 2011

A sneaky, silly moment

My, oh my what a grand day...
We celebrated J's birthday at the park under mostly sunny skies. The kids played and laughed while creating sidewalk art, blowing bubbles, swinging, running, doing the zip-line, watching softball games, riding bikes, playing with dolls and eating delicious cake. I love days like this...spending quality time with friends and family, sharing joy.

Izzy was true to form... laughing, socializing, being ornery at times, eating plenty of strawberries and cantaloupe, running to catch up with her big sisters, playing "hair-do" with one of J's very patient friends as well as enjoying the playground in-between. You may notice in the photos something on her's a heart "painted" on there by her sister. I think it was done with lipstick. God is good. He continually restores her spirit; her zest for life and enjoying each moment is amazing and contagious.

She had a busy day today, plenty of activities scheduled, as her parents want her weekend to be filled with happy, lighthearted memories.

Patiently waiting for the cake to be cut.

On Tuesday, May 10th, Izzy goes back to the hospital. This time it isn't for chemo. She is scheduled to have her left leg amputated. The following is the update my sister, Jenny, put forth to friends on FaceBook a few days ago:

"As you know, Izzy had a full -body PET scan yesterday to check for any spreading of the cancer. By the grace of God, there was no sign of the cancer anywhere else in the body except for her left leg. Unfortunately, they found another tumor growing in the same area as the previous one ~ which means the chemo is not working. However, considering how fast-spreading and dangerous this cancer is, and considering that the chemo was not doing it's job, the doctors are a bit stunned at how this cancer stayed contained to the leg. We're not ~ There's no doubt in our minds that our Lord knows exactly what he's doing and he's the Ultimate Physician ~ without him and without your prayers, we would not be able to get though this tough time.

On May the 10th (next Tuesday) at WVU Children's Hospital, Izzy will be having an amputation of her left leg. Although it's such a drastic measure, we feel at peace with this decision. As of right now, we don't know if chemo will continue or not after the surgery.

I thank you sooo much for lifting us up in prayer and I just ask you again to please continue to keep Izzy and all of us in your prayers ~ it sincerely means the world to us right now. Thanks so much with love and hugs ♥♥♥♥♥ "

Riding her bike

I know beyond doubt that there are many, many people praying for this little one. As strange as it may sound to you, this decision has been one that I am completely at peace with, too. I feel like I should be crying, but the emotion just isn't there.
I am only rejoicing for the gift she is to us. For the fact that the cancer is only located in this one place.
There is no doubt she is in God's care and with faith in Jesus Christ, all shall be well...all manner of things shall be well.
Thank you for praying... please also pray for her surgeon as well as my Dad.

Thank you
Blessings always †


margaret said...

Oh, Amy, I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm glad the cancer has been contained but awfully sorry to hear that the treatment has come to this. I will keep praying for her, she looks so happy and healthy in her photos.

elizabeth said...

Lord have mercy. Will pray. She is beautiful. HUGS.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. We will continue praying for her. Thank God that the cancer is contained in the one leg. May God grant her and her family, peace, strength, patience, a successful surgery, and blessing beyond measure.

In Christ,


Melissa Kincaid Zickafoose said...

Hope Izzy's surgery was a success. Will keep praying for her. She is a beautiful girl.

amy said...

Thank you all for praying and commenting here -- that in itself is such an encouragement = ' )

God Bless you <3

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