Two Days Old
My beautiful baby girl was brought into this world and I was so excited
I already knew she was going to be stellar. Those eyes say it all
She helped me build a chicken coop and would sleep though power tools sawing and drilling for hours at a time!
We only want the best for our daughter and us, so we grow almost all of out food with the help of a local CSA. She loves tomatoes and we get a lot!
MAKE OR BREAK
Only days after my 25th birthday was this picture taken. We noticed a lump on her right chin and took her to a doctor. Little did we know what was in-store for us… Prognoses: Desmoid Fibromatosis, Benine bone cancer (yes that’s right) of the right mandible. 1:400,000 Our luck………
Day of Surgery
We arrive at the hospital after MRIs, Cats, Ultrasouds, Blood tests, only knowing what we had been told by the doctors. Wow, how little did we know. We got there at 5am thinking we would be in and out with a 3-5 day recovery… Boy, were we wrong.
After almost 12 hours of surgery we discovered that the tumor was not only horrible, but it caused even more damage than expected. Before thanksgiving (8 days prior to surgery) the tumor was 3cm X 5cm. Day of surgery it was 2in X 2in!!!!! This was unknown to the doctors and called for a change in game plan. Total removal of the right mandible to be replaced with a temporary jaw. Her rib bones. The swelling from this caused a clot that they prescribed LEECHES! Low and behold, they worked.
I broke down. Lost it. Regained my footing as a father and held it together (with help from my awesome wife). It takes a certain type of person to be able to acquire, assess, and over come this.
My little Warrior
No matter the odds… I Will overcome them! Ps I love you mom and dad
My little Warrior 2
MY FIRST CHRISTMAS!
We got to go home but had a very sour Christmas The bone graphs didnt take. Back to the hospital. We spent nearly a month in a room, got released and and to come back. She got lots of toys to bring with… LOTS! We had about a week to cope and recuperate before heading back.
We love our baby!
Waiting to her from the doctors… My wife is incredible!!!!
Last day of freedom ( for awhile )….
Back to the Hospital
Distrator pins now… 2 months…
Feeding tubes, PIC lines, Suction machines… Second birthday is gonna kick ASS!!!!
Babies are resilient. This is about a week after the last picture and yeah… It speaks for itself.
PINS removed! Hanging with dad
YO GABBA GABBA!!!
Her best friend!
Starting to live a nomal life again…
LOOK DAD ONE HAND!
I went to the bathroom and this is what happens…
Quick trip to the ER
Couldn’t get her Trach back in and it ended up as a sticker party!
We are days away from this being over. Only about 1-2 more weeks and we will be able to do WHATEVER!!!! Ill follow up with post op pictures but I’m a long time IMGUR follower with no