Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hemangioma musings...


Just a little fall picture. This shows how big her hemangioma is. I really don't even notice it anymore, but every now and then I'm like, wow, that's big! I try to see, when we're out, if I notice people looking at her. They do. But then, when I put a hat on her and the H is covered up, they also look (presumably because she's JUST THAT CUTE). So since people look regardless, it's become no big deal. Except when kids say something. Now kids are kids, but man can they be tactless. So, I am glad we are having it removed. Except I really do think she's going to look...different. Sigh.

6 comments:

The Chapples said...

We have a friend whose litle girl has a hemangioma on her right cheek. She's had treatments since she was tiny (she's 3.5 now) and it's barely visible now. If you'd ever like to talk to our friends, let me know. They can shed some light on the treatment and how it's affected Vivian's life.

<3

Nitsirk said...

It will be different but it's just a physical thing and she will still be the same little girl. I had a very small one on my leg my whole life and got it removed when I was in my 20's. It was weird at first not seeing it there but now I don't even notice. I am sure in a few years you will look at pictures and think "oh, remember that?" I think it's the right decision because kids will be mean and it's hard enough growing up without any additional challenges.

Angela and David Kidd said...

The good thing is she's so little she'll never even know the difference and won't be spending hours looking in the mirror after it's over wondering how much it's changed her.

And my guess is she gets lots of looks because she's adorable. But kids are pretty funny and tactless, aren't they? I am just dreading some of the things that are going to come out of Zach's mouth one day.

DC Running Mama said...

My sister had 3rd degree burns on her arm and they had to do skin grafts and she's left w/ pretty severe scarring. Kids said awful things growing up, but she always had a funny retort: "I got in a fight w/ an alligator and he lost." I am glad, though, that you are getting it removed...although watching her be put under will be really tough!

Gregory said...

Hi and thanks for sharing your photos. It is important to help others learn that while these are benign vascular tumors, they can obviously grow large and cause noticeable changes in appearance. In my experience, these typically leave a residue of tissue and skin and can be usually removed in a single excision to restore normal contour and appearance. Please let me know if I can answer any questions.

Best regards,

Gregory Levitin, MD
http://www.vascularbirthmarkcenter.com

Mnowac said...

She is super cute and they defnitely look b/c of that too.