Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Message 1: Hana's Health

This is the first email message Sol sent out to family and friends after my diagnosis.

From: Suliman Dregia
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 11:40:00 AM
Subject: Hana's Health

Dear family & friends:

We have recently received some very painful news. Hana was diagnosed with cancer of the stomach, late last month, and she is scheduled to have a gastrectomy operation on Wednesday, October 15, at the OSU James Cancer Center . The operation is expected to take 2-3 hours, starting at 12:30 pm, and Hana will stay in the hospital for one week.

The tests conducted so far show only one tumor in the upper part of the stomach. Endoscopy and CT scans do not show any other abnormalities in other organs or lymph nodes. We hope that it is in an early stage, but we will not know with confidence until cell pathology tests are done on lymph nodes and tissue to be taken out in the operation. The doctors say those post-operative tests will take about one week.

On Tuesday Hana's parents are scheduled to arrive from Benghazi, and our friend Magda Fhema from Chicago will also be here to help us through the pain and fear. Hana's older children have been with us since this summer.

I am sorry to bring you this sad news, and in this way. I wish it could be different. But I know we all share in Hana's love and support, and all care deeply about her. Our contact information is as follows:

Hana's e-mail address:
Hana's cell phone:
My cell phone:
Home phone:

I will do what I can to keep you informed of new developments. Please keep Hana in your hopes and your prayers.


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