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.
Sometimes it’s hard to articulate our own thoughts and emotions, especially since we've been articulating them for nearly a year and there are only so many words to describe cancer feels. But music… music can really give expression to our emotions. If Adam could pick an artist, album, or song to describe his feelings heading into another surgery it would be Calm My Soul by Paper Route. Close second goes out to No Scrubs by TLC. You know, because he doesn’t want to see no more scrubs after this year.
Allison has decided that the artist duo Tears for Fears is a good band name to summarize her feelings about this upcoming surgery. The last surgery was so scary and there were so many complications that she’s having a really hard time being rational about this surgery. Note: Panic at the Disco was the runner up band summary of her feelings.
So, here are the details about tomorrow's surgery: The surgeons have informed Adam that had he not had his last surgery, he would think this recovery was perfectly awful. But (silver lining?) since he had “the most major surgery someone can have” in March PLUS unforeseen complications, this one will feel “better than the last one.” So, take from that what you will.
The surgeons will enter through Adam’s ribs on the left side of his body behind his heart, removing the tumors and then pulling them back through his ribs (likely needing to fracture them to get the tumor out). Woof. They estimate Adam will be recovering in the hospital for 5-7 days (which is what they quoted us last time – we’re marking those days in with a pencil this time but praying they are right.)
We are feeling a pretty healthy mix of fear and dread going into this. We’re not able to think about “after the surgery” just yet because we’re focused on this last monumental mountain. Please keep praying with us and trekking with us. We will post updates as we are able to.
For those who have asked, “What can I do?” (and there are so many of you – we are so thankful to have the best people cheerleading with us on this journey), here are a few thoughts:
1. Pray: Adam’s doctors have been sharing with us just how scary his last surgery was and how close we were to losing him. We are asking for some miracles during this surgery: We want for them to be able to safety remove all the tumors, for there to be no complications, and for Adam to recover well and rapidly.
2. Keep encouraging us: Feel free to send us texts, emails, messages, etc. We won’t necessarily get to read and respond in a timely manner (especially Adam depending on how he's feeling), but we love knowing that y’all are praying for Adam and thinking of us! During long nights in the hospital, messages and encouragements are a lifeline!
If you bought a t-shirt, please wear it on Tuesday and send us a picture or post it to social media. (PS, can we just say THANK YOU to all who bought T-shirts? Reading that list and getting a check to help with medical costs was such a huge gift to us! Thank you, thank you, thank you!) Or if you don’t have a t-shirt or can’t wear it to work, feel free to share a favorite picture of Adam and ask your people to be fighting with us tomorrow.
3. Food: We are still stocked up on Chipotle and Starbucks gift cards from the last surgery. THANK YOU for your generosity to us – we are just so blown away by your practical love toward us this year! If you feel compelled to feed us because you just want to do something nurturing (Allison gets this full-well) Adam loves Jamba Juice post-surgery and our friend Natalie will be posting a meal schedule when we get home from the hospital so be on the lookout for that.
We love you all! We are SO grateful for this army of friends that are holding us up when we are weary in battle.
A & A