So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
January 16, 2012
We are setting up this blog for all of you who want to keep updated with what is happening with Madeleine. We appreciate your prayers and encouragement. Feel free to write some words of encouragement to Madeleine in the comment area below, and she will read them while she recuperates. Thanks everyone!
As many of you already know, Madeleine has been diagnosed with melanoma. She had a mole taken off last year, and tests revealed that there was melanoma present. The doctors did tests on the surrounding lymph nodes (which came back negative) and took off more from where the mole had been, just to be on the safe side. In the months that followed, however, a lymph node on the same side of her neck began to swell. That lymph node has now been shown to have melanoma as well, and they are now testing to see if it has spread further.
She has an appointment this Thursday (1/19) with a melanoma specialist down at UCSF in order to get his recommendations. On Friday, she is scheduled for a major surgery to have all the lymph nodes taken from the left side of her neck. At this point, the doctors expect that she will be in the hospital for a few days, and then home for further recovery. As soon as she is able to have visitors, we will let you know, but cards, texts, and emails would be great for wishing her well.