After the family trip to Bear Lake, Lauren flew to Seattle to go to EFY all by herself. She had a fantastic summer! July 23rd was a big day. Her post-chemo hair was finally long enough to pull back in a ponytail, it was her first day in 10+ years when she didn't have to take a steroid, and a week before she got braces put on her teeth. Little did we know, it was the last day she would feel very good for a long time.
Lauren was scheduled for right femoral artery bypass surgery on her leg on Aug 6th... supposedly a 2 day hospital stay and a short recovery. Well, she has spent 38 days in the hospital during 7 different admissions over the past 3 months. While other kids are going to school, Lauren has missed 80% of schooldays but finds time to do homework on the 5th floor at Children's Memorial Hospital.
After leg surgery, cellulitis, C-Diff, lots of pain, a colonoscopy, several episodes of dehydration, pancreatitis, lymphedema, blood transfusions, many gastrointestinal problems, multiple antibiotics, eosiniphilic enteritis, and analyzing all kind of bodily fluids, she still smiles and tries to get through each day.