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A Long Overdue Update

Sunday marked Adam’s 2-year “cancerversary”. We shared a lot of tears, memories, and hugs throughout the day. We also shared gutter cleaning, garden-winterizing, and grocery shopping. Yesterday marked the day that Adam started chemo 2 years ago. We shared crabbiness, bad memories, and a retrospection-gag-reflux. We also shared long workdays, errands, and couple-calendar synchronizing.[...]

Cheers to Community!

They say, “Never say never” but we think we’re safe in saying that we will never be thankful for Adam’s cancer. Yes, we will be thankful for lessons learned on this journey, but we’re too close to the sickness to recognize all of the lessons, much less wrap them up with a nice gratitude bow.[...]

State of the Buzards Address

Hello friends,

We wanted to give an update on both Buzard’s health. Allison is in much better shape since our last update. Her recovery has been speedy and uneventful. She took a week off of work and has bounced back well. She can’t lift anything over 10 lbs for 6 weeks (3 more weeks) but otherwise, her mobility is normal and her pain minimal. [...]

We Just Can’t Stay Away…

…But this time it isn’t because of cancer. Wednesday morning Allison started to feel a little bit of pain in her stomach. As a person who lives with celiac, she didn’t think this was out of the ordinary, but by mid day the pain had become unbearable. Finally in the late afternoon, she allowed me to take her to the hospital in hopes that we could find some relief. She was admitted through the ER and via a CT scan and some IV fluids, it revealed that her appendix had gone all Grinch’s heart on us (it grew too big) and they wanted to do surgery immediately. [...]

Wait What?

Hey there friends,

We wanted to share an update with y'all.  We wish that it was as positive as the last few updates have been, but this one is a discouraging update. So grab your ice cream or potato chips (or Kale Chips if you're one of those kind people) and read on.[...]

Home Sweet Home (Again)

Hello from home!  Last Tuesday, Adam was discharged from the hospital – a week after his surgery.  A 7-day hospital stay felt like a breeze compared to last go-around’s 16-day marathon. As promised, Adam is in a lot of pain between his fractured rib, nearly foot long incision (none of this laparoscopic wussy stuff for Adam) that goes from under his arm up around his shoulder blade, the sites of the former chest tubes, not to mention the lingering abdominal pain he still has from his last surgery. Oral pain meds don’t work like the IV kind so Adam has been suffering through that transition.[...]

Bring On the Emojis and Hilarious Celebratory Gifs!

I still can’t find any words that describe the feelings around the following statement – maybe because our feelings haven’t caught up with us entirely. Feelings present or not, the fact is that as of yesterday afternoon, Adam is tumor-free! DID YOU HEAR THAT? ADAM IS TUMOR FREE! Go ahead and shout, dance, or throw up those praise hands; this is the sort of thing that inspired emojis, I think.[...]

The Final (Surgery) Countdown (but for real this time)

We wrote a post in late February just before Adam’s last surgery entitled “The Final (Surgery) Countdown” because we thought that he was headed in for his final surgery. Unfortunately, because of some major complications, they were not able to get the last grouping of tumors in Adam’s body. So, tomorrow (7/7), Adam heads into his 6th surgery this year to remove tumors in his chest for what should be his final surgery on this cancer journey.[...]

#MonthOfFun

No need to be humble: We were pretty smart to plan in a month of fun before this next big surgery. It has been a year full of lots of not-so-fun things that have been dictated to us by (our very competent) medical staff. But we wanted June to be different, and we’re so glad we pushed back the next surgery date for a few weeks and were intentional about planning in some fun. It has been really restorative for us in a lot of ways. Thank you to those who cheered us on, treated us to fun, donated to fun, supported our having fun, and participated in our fun. You really are the best people.[...]