It’s like a breath of fresh air. Literally, like I can breath a little deeper and see a little clearer. Lately, I have to admit I’ve been starting to suffocate. Gasping for air. Trusting….but even through the trust knowing I can’t know what’s next and feeling a little helpless. This journey is all a bit overwhelming.
But today. Today was a good day. Praise the Lord.
We saw Kevin’s surgeon today for a follow up. He again told us he was so happy with how the surgery went. He admitted he (the dr.) needed pain killers for several days after the tedious 12 hour surgery. But it went very well.
Then he told us the pathology of the tumor/masses/lymph nodes that were removed. And here is the best news we’ve heard in close to one year. Everything came back as fibrosis, or DEAD/SCAR TISSUE. There was no active cancer in any of the retroperitoneal area. Did you hear that? It was all dead. These areas had a complete response to the chemotherapy. I do believe in miracles. At the beginning of this journey people would ask me if there was anything they could do, and my standard response was give me a miracle. So I know lots of you prayed that for me. THANK YOU.
There are still some questions, and we’re not completely out of the woods yet. But definitely feeling a huge victory today. There is still lots of ‘stuff’ in his lungs. Doctor said there is 70% chance that what is in the lungs will be same as what was already removed. So basically we watch and monitor his blood and his chest and hope things either shrink or stay the same.
In the meantime, Kevin is on the road to recovery. He gets a little stronger everyday. Due to the removal of the lymph nodes and the section of the inferior vena cava, he continues to have a ton of swelling and fluid accumulation in his legs and his abdomen. This is all to be expected after this type of surgery (though we didn’t know that until now!) and it should continue to improve some each day. He continues to experience quite a lot of pain, but is getting stronger and stronger each day. The road to recovery is still long, but we can see the light. And it’s looking beautiful!