Our daughter, Tia had hip surgery, requiring bone
grafting for a benign bone tumor in Akron, Ohio on January 17th. She is
recovering well and should be returning to school in two weeks. Tia is not
permitted to put any weight on her left leg and will continue to be on
crutches tentatively for the next 3 months or until the bone starts to heal.|
I'm ashamed to admit she first mentioned pain in her hip last March.
Because she is so active, I assumed she had probably pulled a muscle.
During volleyball season last fall, the pain became more intense and I asked
her doctor to x-ray her hip. Needless to say, I was totally unprepared to
learn there was a tumor on the femur bone, in the hip area.
Her doctor referred her to an orthopedic surgeon in Parkersburg, who in turn
sent her to an orthopedic oncologist in Akron, Ohio the day after Christmas
for further evaluation. We spent Christmas a little unnerved by this, not
knowing what to expect. The doctor in Akron was fairly comfortable in
assuring us the tumor would be benign and suspected it to be one of 3
different types of tumors, although the tumor was not what he expected it to
be. It was a chondroblastoma tumor, a rare painful tumor normally found in
younger people primarily males. Dr. Scott Weiner has an excellent
reputation and although this tumor can re-occur feels the changes of that
are only 10%. She will have to have x-rays every 3 months to ensure the
tumor does not re-occur.
Tia had lost the use of her leg by the time surgery was performed and was
experiencing a great deal of pain. Thankfully surgery took care of both
We are very grateful to God for answering the many prayers for her recovery
and her many friends for calling and stopping in to visit keeping Tia
cheerful. Tia has been so blest to receive cards, candy, flowers, visits
and my personal favorite, (as I got to share and enjoy with her) a full