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.
On Thursday, we met with Adam's surgeon for a follow up appointment to make sure everything was healing well from the last surgery. Thankfully the incision is healing as it should and Adam's lungs are doing great! Unfortunately, we learned that Adam still has one more tumor.
Yep, let that sink in and take a comfort bite.
We've known since diagnosis day that Adam had tumors throughout his trunk and some suspicious spots on his lungs that could be tumors or could be scar tissue. The plan has always been 4 tumor removal surgeries and "wait and see" about the lungs. We didn't love that plan - but we trust the docs. When the surgeon was rooting out the last batch of tumors, he said that he didn't like the look of the lung "spots" so he removed them anyway. We thought that meant he removed all of them. Unfortunately, Adam had 2 spots on his left lung (the spots that were removed) and one on his right. Because of the nature of the last surgery, they couldn't remove the spot on Adam's right lung. We didn't know that until Thursday.
Pathology results revealed that the two spots were post-cancer tumors. Which means the "spot" on the right lung is the same scary stuff and it needs to come out. While it's currently benign, it could become cancerous again at any time. Adam needs another surgery.
Take another bite.
The doctors want to wait a few months for Adam to recover from the craziness that his body has been through. They are going to wait and monitor any growth - surgery date is still TBD.
We are super discouraged. Adam has been through so much this year emotionally and physically and we were so looking forward to a break in the action - hopefully a long break - hopefully a permanent break. And at the same time, we don't love the thought of a ticking timebomb just sitting in his body. We're battling wanting to stick our heads (or at least toes) in some tropical sand far far away from doctors and wanting to beg the doctors to rip it out tomorrow.
Cancer is awful. It really is. But we already knew that.
Adam is still working on healing from his last surgery. Rib fractures are no joke. Sneezing and laughing are the present enemies and sleep is being coy. But overall, Adam is getting a little better each week and gaining strength.
Thanks for trekking with us in both the good and the hard updates. Take a few more bites of that comfort food, pray for us, and have a good night of sleep.
Much love to all of you!