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While in the hospital, I was unable to access my blog page and update everyone of my surgery. Well the surgery was successful. The surgeon was able to remove the tumor from my lower lobe in my right lung. She was able to use my previous surgery entryways to access the tumor. I will wait four weeks and then go back on chemo. I’m looking forward to going back on chemo because, in the past, tumors have grown when I’m off of chemo. I had a PET scan the Monday before surgery and it only showed the tumor that was in my right lung. I’ve been in this situation four times previously only to have my world turned upside-down. This time I’ve learned not to get ahead of myself and appreciate the present moment.

The complicated thing about this surgery had nothing to do with me. It actually involved my children, my wife and a stomach virus. My surgery was Wednesday, March 25th and my daughter Katie had a stomach bug beginning Sunday night. She was better by Wednesday, but Anabel became ill on Wednesday night. Followed by Janie getting the bug on Thursday afternoon. I was ready to leave the hospital on Friday, but couldn’t go home. My aunt, Nurse Ratched, and uncle, Dr. Murray Ziggleman, offered their home to me and provided excellent patient care. Last night I had the green light to return to a sanitized, virus-free home.

I included Janie’s facebook post from the hospital with this blog because it incorporates a little bit of everything.

Kevin’s surgery was successful. The surgeon was able to remove the tumor and said his lung looks great. She was amazed to see hardly any scar tissue from his previous three surgeries. I want to thank all of you for your constant support, love, acts of kindness and friendship. We cannot fight this without our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, doctors, church and most importantly faith. We did not think that we would have surgery as an option again. In October of last year Kevin was even told by one of his main doctors that there was nothing else they could do for him. We were devastated and scared because we felt like we were living our best life full of positivity, love, and hope in an almost normal way. Did she really just tell us to give up? We felt like she gave up on us. We then went to our local oncologist and team of doctors where they brainstormed other combinations of treatment, fought for him on tumor boards, and most recently fought for the option of surgery. I believe these doctors are like many of you and me in that when we look at Kevin, we see a better version of who we want to be and then do whatever we can to help him, or in a doctor’s position, save him. Kevin is so likable and lovable because he truly likes and loves everyone he meets…Except for the Dallas Cowboys, and most times he dislikes the New England Patriots, except when the Patriots are playing against the Cowboys. So let’s keep fighting and living our best life. We will give more updates as we begin to recover. Love and hugs to you all. xx, Janie

A friend of mine passed away last week from colon cancer. She too was in her 30’s and had two children, ages 6 and 3. She was the first person I met who was like me. I followed her example on how to fight this disease. She inspired me to create a blog and share my story. Please hold Leah, Bryan (her husband), Elly (her daughter), and Drew (her son) in your thoughts and prayers.

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2 Responses to Back Home

  1. Meli says:

    So glad it went well for you. Still in my prayers

  2. James Driscoll says:

    Fight on Weino!

    Love the Driscolls

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