This is what I sent out to the 28 folks on my "Friends of Amy" email group.....
The picture shows Steph, Michele and I visiting Amy tonight (the day of her surgery). She explained that the pain she is feeling is different from what she's experienced in her neck - more in her back, which gives me a great deal of encouragement that the surgery did what it was supposed to and the pain she is feeling is a result of the invasion on her body and not a continuation of the same old discomfort/pain she's had for so long. In fact, she was pleased to report that her grip strength is already stronger - and as we touched her feet - she now is more ticklish again - an area she had obviously lost sensation as time had gone on. Not that one rejoices in being more ticklish - but I'd say that is a VERY good thing!
She was in outstanding spirits - and feels a tremendous amount of hope now. She knows the next 6 weeks will be a trial - as swallowing is indeed an issue right now - and will be until the swelling subsides - but the anxiety over the surgery itself is gone and that is very big.
Once again, can't thank you all enough. This show of support is so profound, I feel honored to be a part of it all.