Long time, no blog post. Sorry about that! We have been very busy the last couple of months. And are actually back at Mayo as I write this. Let me catch you up!
Hank the tank.
After Shawn’s [8.5 hour] surgery, he spent 5 days in the Mayo Clinic Hospital. He has a gnarly 18-inch scar, about 39 fewer lymph nodes, and a story to tell! Shawn’s recovery went shockingly well. He didn’t have any complications post surgery and was able to manage his pain really well from the get-go. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, my husband is a rockstar. Shawn was finally able to return back to work the beginning of December after being on leave for 7.5 months. It has been really refreshing to have a somewhat normal life back. We spent Thanksgiving and Christmas surrounded by so many family members and friends. It was wonderful! And we even added a furry little friend to our family. On our 2 year anniversary, Shawn surprised me with the greatest gift, an 8 week old Boston Terrier. We named him Hank! (more…)
Hi guys. Tiah here with some ‘Wifey Thoughts.’ Shawn keeps bugging me to write another post and I just keep explaining to him that I have nothing to write about. Now while that is sort of true, it isn’t exactly accurate. I have a lot of things to write about but none of them seem long enough or important enough to make a blog post about. So maybe I will just combine them all? I guess we will see how this goes. Sorry in advance if this post doesn’t make any sense or if it is all over the place. (more…)
The “C” word. Nobody wants to talk about it. Nobody knows how to talk to someone who has cancer or someone whose loved one has cancer. I get, it’s hard. But want to know a secret? The best thing you can do for someone in this situation is to act normal. Now that doesn’t mean that you have to avoid the topic all together because chances are they want to talk about it. They want to process with someone who has an outside view. What I mean by “act normal” is don’t pity them. Don’t give them the puppy dog eyes as soon as you see them because that is the opposite of what they want. (more…)