It’s funny how things happen. July 19, 2012 Lyris was just 6 years old and had her very first surgery to remove the tumor from her right femur. Who would have known 5 years later July 20, 2017 Lyris would be having her lower leg REMOVED by a process called Rotationplasty.
You think because the chemo is finished, the hair has grown back and the cancer is gone, life is GREAT! Welllllll, life IS great because we are alive and kicking. However, it’s emotionally draining on the entire family when we have to keep going in/out for surgeries. It’s especially hard on Lyris when she is unable to simply be a kid. Lyris right leg is shorter than her left, so she walks with a limp and has multiple shoe lifts. Lyris can’t run and jump. Lyris used to LOVE to roller skate, she can’t right now. Lyris has a bike, but she can’t ride it because she can’t bend her knee. Lyris can’t go to bounce houses and trampoline parks. WHY? Her knee doesn’t work and if she jumps her leg will break AGAIN. (We tried it once and that’s when we went in for another surgery last year in March) Everytime you have a surgery their are risks. Last year Lyris ended up with a staph infection after surgery.
People always say, “If I had known then what I know now” I would have done things differently. Honestly, in this situation, I think we would have done the same thing. When you hear the word “amputation” you automatically gasp and your in a state of shock. The first thing you ask about is other options. We tried the other options, they failed.
By the way, you just said Lyris name about 10 times. Please keep saying her name and lifting her up in prayer. Thank You!!