Oh the lengths that people will go to for a Central Park view in Manhattan… Ever-creative Emily scored one by signing up for major lung surgery! One of the reasons Miles and Emily selected Dr. Raja Flores and traveled all the way to New York to live for months away from work and friends and their little dog Ginny, is that Dr. Flores is the international expert in a surgery called extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP). In the event that this is what Emily needed, they wanted the best. Plus, Dr. Flores is one of the kindest human beings to walk the earth.
The biopsy this past Monday was to determine if Emily would have part of her lung removed, the entire lung, or the entire lung, lining, and a few extra bonus parts (i.e. the EPP). When she awoke from the procedure, Dr. Flores was there to deliver the news. He told Emily he had expected news and exciting news. The expected news was that that the cancer had indeed covered the entire lung and lining, as previously diagnosed. The exciting news was that it all appeared to be dead, a remarkable response from her six months of chemotherapy.
Wasting no time, Dr. Flores scheduled Emily for the big EPP surgery this Friday, February 8th. Today, Emily will be released from the hospital where she has been recovering from Monday’s procedure. She will then rest up for a few days at the hotel and be back to bid farewell to any remnants of cancer on Friday.
Friday Prayer Service: No matter your faith background – as long as you believe in Emily – please join us this Friday, February 8th at 6:45PM at St. Monica’s Church located at 725 California Avenue, Santa Monica, CA.
Please email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be able to attend so we can plan accordingly. Feel free to bring friends or family and encourage those who love Emily but do not live in Los Angles to join us in prayer from their homes on Friday evening.
Address Requests: The Bennett and Taylor families are at the Courtyard Marriott Upper East Side (410 E 92nd St, NY, NY 10128) and will be there through Emily’s stay in the hospital. Deliveries for Emily during her one-week hospital stay are not recommended until she is admitted and assigned a room. That information will be posted here on the blog, or you can call 212-241-7383. Please note that flowers cannot be accepted as they interfere with Emily’s breathing exercises to expand the lucky lung that gets to stay inside her.