We are just back from Sloan Kettering where we saw Dr. John Healey, FACS, Chief of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Orthopaedic Service, and a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Healey read yesterday’s MRI and said that indeed, Debbi has cancer in one of the bones of her left shoulder.
Naturally, we had our doubts… after all, the shoulder biopsy came back negative and the bone scan said “clear” but Dr. Healey touched Debbi’s shoulder at a certain spot and that exact spot was the center of Debbi’s pain. He then had a human skeleton brought into our examining room and coordinated the image of the MRI and the bone scan as he indicated the exact location where he feels the cancer is rooted.
If I have it correct, Dr. Healey says the involved bone is called the Coracoid Process, at the edge of the projection, a part of bone that is not needed. Dr. Healey plans to do a biopsy on Tuesday May 6th, fully expecting to find the cancer he pointed out to us, and upon finding cancer, he plans to remove a section of this bone the size of the tip of the pinky finger, freeze exposed surfaces cryogenically, and do whatever else is necessary to treat the shoulder cancer aggressively.
Once again we have found such benefit from our Engineer, Dr. Zelefsky who arranged the consult from Dr. Healey. Before we had even gotten back to the West Side, Dr. Healey informed Michael of his decision and Michael wrote us an email concurring. As Dr. Healey mentioned, a coordinated effort from many directions is needed to beat this, and with Dr. Zelefsky’s quarterbacking, it is evident that we have an awesome team to do battle with this cancer.
Also on our team, thankfully, are all our loyal friends and family who have been calling, writing, saying tehillim, saying prayers beseeching G-d to bring healing to Debbi and to all who are suffering.
After reading Debbi’s previous post (Today’s Gift), I really see where Debbi got the strength to face Dr. Healey upon hearing the news and reply, “OK, lets go after this. I have the wedding coming up and a grandkid on the way. Lets go.”
Bonnie Fertel conveyed the message of hope and success overcoming cancer in her scapula. So, when Debbi heard the news concerning her own shoulder, she really took it in stride. As Debbi wrote, (HELLO…IS THIS G-D TALKING?). Debbi is certainly a strong and amazing woman, a great role model for our children, and I feel extremely fortunate that she is my wife.