Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A New Phase in Our Journey

I began blogging in October 2004, just a month and a half after our youngest, Rachel, was born with a facial birth defect. I started blogging to keep our family and friends up to date with her progress and surgery details, recovery, etc, etc.

While the first year and and a half of her life saw three surgeries, her journey for the most part, has been a fairly quiet one the last few years. We saw her plastic surgeon yesterday and we are now entering a new phase of Rachel's Journey.

On November 17th, Rachel will be admitted to the hospital and will have her next major surgery. It's three surgeries in one really. She will have a bone graft to her cleft alveolar ridge (her upper gum), which involves taking some soft tissue from her hip and implanting it into her gum. And then she'll also have some work done to her nose to make it look more perky, instead of so flat on one side.

It's hard to believe we are here, at this phase. For years, we've been saying Rachel's next big surgery will be when she's between the ages of six and eight, and well, she'll be six the end of this month and that new phase is here...


Liz said...

How exciting! And scary & nerve-wracking all at one time! Keep me updated. I'll be praying!

Darcy said...

You're exactly right! And I will! :) Thanks friend for your prayers.