May 10, 2013 10:16 AM by Tracy Wirtz

Update on St. Jude Patient Annalise

A couple of weeks ago, I told you the story of little Annalise Arnaud, a toddler from Breaux Bridge, who was diagnosed in January of this year with hepatoblastoma. It's a cancerous tumor that formed on her liver and spread to her lungs. She has gone through chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and, on Thursday 5/9, went through surgery to remove the remaining portion of the tumor.

Her mom Tara was kind enough to share their journey with all of Acadiana, and asked for prayers as this has been an unbelievably trying time. Tara and her husband Drew's faith is strong, but she said she has felt an extreme sense of peace due in large part to the compassion and expertise of the St. Jude staff.

Tara posted the following update immediately following surgery and wanted to share it with everyone. She was, understandably, relieved!

"Expected to be a 5 hour surgery was cut in half; expected to remove close to 2/3 of the liver, only took 1/4; expected to have to transfuse blood, still didn't hav...e to; tumor started the size of a coke can and was down to the size a little bigger than a golf ball! Who can say one blessed angel touched by God's healing hands! I can, I can! Words of surgeon... "I wish they all went this well"!!!!!"

This morning (5/10) Annalise is still in ICU, but Tara tells me it is only because there is a lack of beds on the floor at the hospital. In her words, "Annalise is phenomenal!" I already knew that! Her sweet smile lights up a room.

Annalise's medical journey is far from over, but we hope and pray that the worst is behind her. As of right now, she will receive three more doses of chemotherapy and then follow-up visits to monitor her. We will continue to pray that she remains cancer-free. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be with her for as long as it takes to make sure she stays that way. GO ANNALISE!

If you'd like to help continue the work of St. Jude, tickets for the Dream Home are on sale now. The St. Jude Dream Home in Grand Pointe Subdivision off Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette will be open for tours Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:00. Anyone who visits the home can register for a $5,000 Visa Gift Card, compliments of The UPS Store. You can purchase your ticket there or by clicking here.


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