A year ago today…

Thank you for all of your prayers and support.  My surgery was successful.  During the five-hour procedure, the doctor removed three tumors, many lymph nodes and my middle lobe.  The procedure was fascinating.  They collapsed my right lung and the surgeon went over my entire lung with her fingers looking for possible tumors which were too small to be detected on CT scans.  The pathology reports came back with two of the three tumors being dead and the third tumor was cancerous.  All of the lymph nodes came back non-malignant.  Recovery has had its ups and downs.  During the first three days in the hospital, I had an epidural that made the pain tolerable.  Once the epidural was removed, I was in a lot of pain.  I’m feeling much better and will be going back to work next week.  One procedure down, and one more to go.   On October 24th, I’ll have a resection of my colon.  Please continue to keep my family and me in your prayers. 

When I was younger, birthdays were about toys and slumber parties.  As I grew older, birthdays were more like milestones, and after I reached 21, birthdays were a day to reflect on what I wanted from my life.  This Thursday I turn 37, and when I think back to this day last year, there was much excitement in my house.  My youngest daughter, Anabel, was born on September 27, 2012 (the day after my birthday).  What an amazing gift.  I feel indescribable joy when I think about her birth.  As I watched my daughter Katie hold Anabel in the hospital, I felt my life was complete in every way.  At this time last year, we were a beautiful family, full of love, and unaware of what was in store for us.

Early on, during my fight with cancer, I realized things happen for a reason and that there is a bigger plan out there.  If my cancer had been found earlier, Janie and I would not have considered having more children.  Anabel has been a blessing throughout this journey.  Anabel is our little miracle baby who has made a beautiful family full of love, more beautiful and more loving.  Now for every birthday I will reflect on how fortunate I am and what a blessing it is to celebrate another birthday with my family.  I will sorely miss eating an entire lemon cake with lemon frosting.  I can’t eat cake because of my dietary restrictions; I would usually eat the entire cake because no one else likes it.

Katie holding Anabel for the first time.

Katie holding Anabel for the first time.

 

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18 Responses to A year ago today…

  1. Marlene Krahn says:

    HI KEVIIN I’m so glad you are feeling better – thinking of you every day.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many many more. Miss you all xoxoxox

  2. Clark Shay says:

    Happy Birthday Kevin! & to many more to come! Thanks for keeping us updated & know that you are in our thoughts & prayers.

  3. Abbe says:

    Happy Birthday! Praising God for another year 🙂 Enjoy your day with your family.

    • weinkp1 says:

      Hi Abbe this is Janie- Thank you for all of your prayers and support. We cannot thank you enough. We believe this is a miracle in the making and are so glad you are a part of it. Thinking of you guys too and hope you are feeling great!

  4. Janet Holloway says:

    Happy beautiful birthday today Kevin! You and your family will continue to be in my prayers.

  5. Sam Best says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Kevin! You have been in our thoughts and prayers! I am so happy that round 1 was successful. Sending lots of positive healing thoughts your way for round 2 of your surgeries. You are such an inspiration to all and a true example of the power of positive thinking. I was especially touched by your post on your faith. A beautiful written piece of art!

  6. Kevin, Happy Birthday!, I’m happy to hear your “Good” news

    Your Brother-in-Christ, Richard Agnello ( your Mom bible class friend)

  7. Melissa Cummins says:

    Happy Birthday Kevin!! Hope it was a great one despite not having any cake…
    Glad you are recovering well and I know you are glad to be home resting. Take it easy and will see you soon!!
    Many Blessings,
    Melissa Cummins

  8. Cameron Von St James says:

    Hey I have a quick question about your blog, could you email me when you have a chance? Thanks! -Cam

  9. Michael Gordon says:

    The 24th is a great day. My father’s B-day. My grandson is expected on the 24th. My aniversery is the 24th. But most of al the ” All Mighty” will be Preforming another great miracle.

  10. So happy and relieved you are being blessed with recovery. Thank you for posting your experiences and journey. Continued prayers.

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