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What We Haven’t Told You

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!

Recovery

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…)

Thanks From Trials

This has been a challenging year. I never imagined I’d have to deal with cancer, yet here I am getting ready to return to work next week. It’s a little cliche to do a generic thankful post on Thanksgiving like everyone else, but I’m doing it anyway. Here are some of my thanks from trials this year. (more…)

Remission

remission definitionIt’s been a long year, and I’m tired, of everything. When the cancer bomb dropped back in April it was VERY optimistic of me to think I could be back at work in 3 months. After surgery, my wife noted that she hadn’t realized just how much chemo took everything out of me until I had started acting more like myself these past few weeks, a good 10 weeks after my last chemo treatment. It does seem as though we are actually getting to the light at the end of the tunnel, with one of our doctors at Mayo telling us those wonderful words: “You are in remission.” Which is to say, you are cured, the cancer is gone, but we are going to closely watch you because it could come back. (more…)

Surgery Day

SurgeryToday is surgery day. We drove out to Rochester on Tuesday, which was a great decision as Tiah’s family had to fight the weather driving here on Wednesday. We also wanted to be able to relax a bit before a couple pre-surgery appointments. They told us to call in between 8:15 and midnight to find when to be at the hospital.

5:45 am

It’s a bit of a cruel joke. Sure I’ll be put under and essentially be sleeping half the day, but I still didn’t want to be awake right now (4am). I didn’t sleep well though, so I suppose it’s a moot point. We’ve become familiar with the Mayo Clinic Campus, but the surgery will be at the St Marys hospital, so we’re making sure to be up in plenty of time to figure out where we’re parking and get where we need to be. Hopefully the weather in ND yesterday hasn’t made it over here during the night.

Prayer

So that leaves us with how you can pray in the coming days.

  1. That the surgery goes smoothly and without complications.
  2. That the following days of recovery are amazing and I spend as little time here as possible.
  3. That Tiah will leave the hospital on occasion. Anyone might feel guilty for doing something else when a loved one has been admitted for surgery, but it’s not healthy to spend all of your time there with them.

Short Notice Trip

Quick Trip

September has gone by too quickly. Inspired Woman Magazine hosted their first conference in Medora the beginning of the month, and TIah was all prepped to head out for the Wednesday – Saturday trip. Mayo had other plans though, they called us on that Tuesday evening to let us know we had appointments scheduled first thing Thursday morning. The short notice was unfortunate, but thankfully Tiah already had things worked out at church with her plan to be gone those days. (more…)