Some of you may remember a request for prayers of some months ago (6 months! I didn't realize it had been that long) for my friend Deenie.
She was already very ill but the cancer is progressing, if you can call it that. Here is the latest note from our mutual friend in Boston:
To all of you who have been sending prayers and positive energy to Deenie ... the latest update: yesterday she had surgery to remove the cancerous growth in her face, which was getting very painful and making it hard for her to speak. According to her brother, the docs had to break her jaw to get in where the tumor was, then replace and reglue (?) the bone. According to the nurse at [name of hospital], she's responsive but still under heavy pain meds and with a breathing tube, which will be removed later today. Once that's done, she'll probably be moved out of the ICU and into a regular room.
Deenie had been living with a relative and doing all right there. I hope she can go back to that family home. She doesn't have too much longer left on this earth and I hope she will be comfortable and surrounded by love. I want very much to see her but I will not be able to get up to Boston till late May, and I hope she will still be alive. Two friends of ours have been visiting her so at least part of me is there with them. Deenie and I spoke by phone some weeks back. She can't speak right now but once she is out from under I will be in touch. Meanwhile, I send prayers, and I will be grateful if you do, too. Pray also in thanksgiving for her excellent medical and nursing team. Thank you!
P.S. The green is for new life and because Deenie is one tough, smart, Irish-American babe.