Posted on December 3, 2014
Posted by Jamie Shetz
Since March 25, 2013 life has changed. Although one thing that has remained the same is Nicki's strength, determination, and feistiness. But, she won't want to hear any of that because she will undoubtedly say,"I have no other choice." Despite all of the surgeries and pain associated with them, she is the most dedicated Mom I have ever known. Being her twin sister, I am in awe of the way she has dealt with all of this. I use to look at her as my equal but not anymore. She is a force of nature and someone to be reckoned with. I suppose you never know what someone is capable of or even who they really are until push comes to shove.
Since the last update, we have decided to change doctors and Nicki will be under the care of a reconstructive surgeon in Tucson, Arizona. Although, the doctors did express that she is a challenging case we feel very secure and optimistic with her team of surgeons. On September 19th, a 12 hour surgery was completed in order to build a foundation for the reconstruction. The next surgery will be a 10 hour surgery on December 9th. Again, this surgery will be focused on building a foundation and increasing the elasticity of her facial skin by inserting expanders. So how many more surgeries after this and when is the next one? Her next surgery is expected in the spring and at this point the doctors have said that her surgeries will hopefully be done in a year.
The most important thing to take away from this update is that Nicki is C free! I refuse to give power to actual name so I just say "C." In other news, Bryce turned 3 in October. He won't stop moving for a minute, is not phased by any of this, and is a happy little munchkin. Please keep up the prayers and positive energy you have all been sending Nicki's way. As Nicki and I say, we are "Locked and Loaded," for this next surgery!