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Posted 2015-08-03T02:23:48Z

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.

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!


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Comments (10)

  • Leigh Kramer
    Leigh Kramer

    I'm so sorry to hear this and disappointed with you. Keeping you guys close to my heart and in my prayers. xoxo

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Christel Prezalor
    Christel Prezalor

    I grieve with you in this time of continued suffering. I am praying that God will give you the peace that passes understanding (truly!). I am also praying that God gives the doctors wisdom about the best timing to do the surgery. And finally I pray for complete healing in Adam's body. Y'all can beat this!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Kimberly Peterson
    Kimberly Peterson

    Adam and Allison, My heart is grieving for all you have been dealing with and for this very difficult update. Praying for God to supply all that you need as you grapple with the news of another surgery. I was praying for you guys in church this morning and for God's complete healing in Adam's body. Hugs and love

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Maggie Turner
    Maggie Turner

    Whoa... what a HUGE punch in the gut! That'll leave you spinning for a bit. I hated reading this, if you know what I mean. The disappointment and weariness is palpable, AND that along with so much more is incredibly understandable and oh so valid! Taking a few bites of pretzels with Trader Joe's cookie butter with you tonight. Much love and grace and peace to you both!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Samuel Abraham
    Samuel Abraham

    We are praying for you both and especially for Adam as the doctors wait and watch. Blessings.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Emily Serven
    Emily Serven

    My heart is heavy for y'all. I cannot imagine how weary you both must be. I am praying for Adam's doctors and for his complete healing. And praying that God would give you both the grace to continue to glorify Him through all of this. Love you both.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Rachel Smith
    Rachel Smith

    Well, that just sucks! It's especially discouraging after such relief, hope, and celebration immediately following this past surgery! But I'm grateful for an ever present God who is acquainted with our suffering as well as our triumphs. Praying the armor of God guard your hearts and strengthen your minds and bring the sweetest comforts for your souls. I'm going to eat a few bites of pistachio gelato now... Love you both! (PS- in utterly unrelated news, be looking for an invitation in the mail soon... ;)

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Anna Lee
    Anna Lee

    Grieving with you tonight. Praying for the morning to bring new mercies, whenever that may be.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Diane Wyckoff
    Diane Wyckoff

    Dear Allison and Adam, So sorry you have to face another surgery. Prayers that all will turn out well. It was great to see both of you at the Full Moon Pickin' Party last Friday. Glad you are able to get out to some fun events now.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Betty Rosenberg
    Betty Rosenberg

    Tears and prayers are on their way. Have prayed daily for Adam and feel this last one will be benign. Hugs to you all. Betty

    4 years ago · Reply