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Living with Cancer
Archive: May, 2011
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Beads of Courage
Tue, May 10, 2011, 6:19 PM
Today was a pretty big day for me. It is exactly one week since my limb-salvage surgery. The doctors removed the drains (vacuum-like tubing...
I'm mobile again!
Mon, May 9, 2011, 11:14 AM
Sunday was a big day. Ms. Kristen, my physical therapist, came by to help me get out of bed. She brought a recumbent wheel chair (that’s...
Feeling good enough to go (online) to school
Fri, May 6, 2011, 6:17 PM
This morning I woke up and for the first time since my surgery, I had an appetite for some food. I had grapes and pancakes with some orange...
The daring young girl on the trapeze
Thu, May 5, 2011, 2:27 PM
This morning I woke up feeling very tired. I also wanted to scooch down in my bed a bit, but it's really difficult to reposition myself in...
CHOP surgeon says Rachel's cancer operation went "beautifully"
Thu, May 5, 2011, 11:33 AM
Hi, my name is John Dormans, and I am Rachel’s orthopedic surgeon. I was asked by Rachel to write a brief update on her surgery and her...
No Pain, No Gain
Wed, May 4, 2011, 3:34 PM
I’m not a complainer, but last night after my surgery, I was in a lot of pain. Around 2 a.m, I started having terrible muscle spasms...
Waiting is excruciating
Tue, May 3, 2011, 11:10 AM
10:34 am Hello, my name is Kurt Kovach. I’m Rachel’s father. Rachel is undergoing her limb salvage surgery as I type this from...
On my way to Children's Hospital for surgery tomorrow
Mon, May 2, 2011, 8:26 PM
I’m in the car with my parents right now on my way to CHOP. It’s about 1:45 pm and I need to get to the oncology clinic to get...