Thursday, February 10, 2011

Our little fighter indeed

Ty is out of surgery and doing well.  He remains intubated until tomorrow, but his doctors feel that his vitals and repiratory signs are very strong, so we expect him to be extubated after an MRI tomorrow.  We were prepared for him to be intubated for a much longer period of time, so this is really terrific news. 


The surgeons were able to debulk and resect tumor without any damage to Ty's cranial nerves or his brainstem - which were the biggests risks associated with this surgical approach.  THANK GOD!  They also feel they were able to remove up to 90% of the existing tumor, which is pretty amazing.  The only downside is that the tumor was right up against his brainstem and "sticking" to it, so it was too risky to scrape away at the disease in that area.  Not sure what that will mean as far as whether or not radiation is an option as a next step or if we need to consider additonal chemotherapy to see if we can get some sort of a margin between the tumor and brainstem (and if that is even a possibility).  Lots of unknowns, but we are taking this day by day and today we are very relieved.  Our little fighter is amazing.  He is in and out of conciousness right now, and he looks us in the eyes nodding when we tell him how much we love him. 

We look forward to updating you more following a number of post-op imaging and conversations with his various doctors.  Thanks so much for your prayers and keep 'em coming :)

23 comments:

  1. Ty, all day I held you high in my heart and mind. You are an amazing little boy. Keep the fighting spirit.

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  2. This is such great news. Thank you so much for sharing it. The power of prayer is absolutely amazing.

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  3. So relief! You know I see Ty running in your house and these days are a memory of yesterday. We acknowledge how precious life is! We thank Our Lord for the guidance given to the doctors with Ty.

    If possible, rest tonight and gather your strength.
    Both of you are angels for Ty, and he is for you! Love is the BEST medicine from now on; and we ALL our sending our share your way! Feel it and rejoice in it.
    Know that we love you.

    Remember:

    Sleep is the best meditation. -Dalai Lama

    If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm. -
    Mohandas Gandhi

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  4. Cindy, glad to hear the news. Tears of relief came rolling down my cheek when I saw your post. I thought of you ALL day and we will continue to pray. You Campbells are FIGHTERS and we're with you all the way!

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  5. Thank you so much for the update... THANK YOU JESUS.... THANK YOU JESUS......... KATHY BRUNELLE

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  6. We are happy that Ty's surgery went well! We have had him in our thoughts the entire day. We don't know you personally, but my family has been praying every night since we started following your blog.

    Rob, JoLaine, and Robbie Ross

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  7. Thank GOD. I'm so happy that Ty's surgery went well and will continue keeping you all in my daily thoughts.

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  8. Okay great! This is a good report. 90% is awesome and we still have unknowns up the wazoo but hey - we'll work with it. At least we know for sure he is still here with us. As for the future we can only project...and we project nothing but the best news EVER!

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  9. thank you for taking time out of your busy and stressful day to update the blog with info about ty's surgery. i know so many of us have been thinking about him and you all today. i pray for a restful night and more good news tomorrow.

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  10. Ty and your family were in my thoughts all day. I offered up little prayers in between all the moments that made up the day. I'm so grateful to hear that his surgery went well. My children and I continue to pray for Ty and all of you as you keep up this fight against cancer.

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  11. I thought about Ty all day today and was relieved when Mary told me the good news. Keep fighting, you have an army of support!

    XO - Julia

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  12. Thanks for the update! Ty was in my thoughts and prayers all day long -- as were you. I'm so happy to hear the surgery went well. What a gorgeous little fighter Ty is. I hope one day soon -- these past few months of pain and stress, become a little "blip" in his long, beautiful, joyous lifetime...

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  13. I thought about all of you all day today, kept checking the blog. SOOOO happy!

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  14. Thank God. I love this angel.

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  15. That is wonderful news. Ty is such a fighter, and I know that you are channeling so much strength together as a family that he'll keep giving the cancer tha "one, two punch".

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  16. My family and friends have been praying for Ty. We will continue to everyday. My five year old wished upon a star for him last night. God bless all of your beautiful family.

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  17. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee Ty!!!! So happy that Ty is out of surgery...the prayers will continue to be coming your way...fast and furious! Hope you are holding up through all this!! Thinking of you all constantly...XOXOXO, Juliet

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  18. Still praying for all of you. Ty certainly is a fighter! I know the power of prayer and it is working - can you feel it? Still praying for a miracle and can't wait to see it come true!

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  19. I have tears of joy.
    Last night I woke up at 3am and couldn't go back to sleep. I automatically starting thinking of Ty and praying that this operation went well. I am so glad to read your latest news. Lots of love...Grace and Rossano

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  20. What wonderful news! Stop, take a breath and allow yourselves a moment to revel in it. Ty still has a long road ahead, but thanks to today's good news he has already taken a few more steps on his journey to recovery.

    xoxoxo,
    Maria

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  21. Great news! Keep fighting the fight! He will overcome this.....Prayers and good thoughts

    The Savlick's

    Brian, Maria and Alex

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  22. Any updates?? I hope he is doing well. Kathy Brunelle

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  23. Such great news. I was thinking about your family all weekend and said many many prayers for Ty. He's so strong and looks wonderful. Thinking of you in the days ahead.

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