Visit Rebekah's Page to get updates, read messages and send messages to Rebekah and her family through comments. This is a public "diary" of a family whose little girl started a battle with inoperable cancer in April 2005. In December 2007 our house burned down. And in September 2009 Mommy was diagnosed with a terminal disease (a genetic form of ALS) that took her to Heaven in July, 2011, leaving Daddy and two young girls to make it on their own. Over several years of ups and downs, you will get into our hearts, minds and souls as we share joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read. We hope it is also uplifting. Please find joy in what you read here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Surgery Results

Rebekah got to come home a bit earlier than they were expecting, her surgery only lasting about two hours. In addition to the other work they did, they had planned on potentially pulling several of her baby teeth to make room for/encourage her adult teeth to come in and fill in some spacing. So the good news is that she didn't get some teeth pulled.

Unfortunately that is also the really bad news. They didn't pull the baby teeth because they are possibly the only teeth that Rebekah is ever going to have, at least of her own. The adult teeth behind them have no roots attached to them; if they came in now they would die. There is the slightest possibility that they could still grow roots, especially since Rebekah is on growth hormone but the doc really didn't hold open any chance of this actually happening.

We knew there was a chance that the radiation could have some effect on her teeth, but that was so low down on the list of things that could be affected that we were not really worrying about that. In addition to being low on the list, we also only thought there was a possibility of it affecting the left side but in reality it has affected every one of them. Rebekah is different in many ways, why shouldn't she be the only 8 year old we know with dentures?

The doc is going to be consulting with some other colleagues about some choices and then get back to us in a few weeks. We will go from there. Please pray that miracles happen, roots grow and she can actually have real teeth that work and can live.

I do VERY MUCH want to thank those of you who have donated to rebekah's trust. (See By some coincidence, or miracle as we recognize them, a single donor donated a HUGE amount that, combined with the several smaller donations just about covered the potential out of pocket costs of the surgery.

On a different note, A LOT got done on the bathroom remodel today. Here is how it looks after day one:

It really is beautiful. The floor and the wall hung counter top/sink will have the same tile on it.

3 Shared:

At Tuesday, April 20, 2010 7:08:00 PM, Blogger Deb Left a thought...

I am so disappointed to read that Rebekah's permanent teeth do not have roots...however, I know that our God is indeed a God of miracles and I will join you in praying that those teeth start growing roots and that she will have a full set of permanent teeth as she continues to grow!

At Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:56:00 AM, Anonymous Leanne from Pa. Left a thought...

We have seen God work miracles in Rebekah's life before and I am agreeing with Deb that He will give her teeth roots that will make it possible for permanents. I will continue to pray for you. God bless and strengthen you always.

At Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:27:00 PM, Anonymous Darlene Left a thought...

Thank you for continuing to share so we can lift you up to the Lord with clarity... even though He knows what we need even before we ask!


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