Thank you for stopping by and checking in. We set this page up to share Robert's journey through his fight against lymphoma. His initial diagnosis was in November 2016. After six week long rounds of chemo he was found to be in remission in April 2017. In September 2017, it was discovered the lymphoma had returned. He had major surgery on Sept. 29, 2017 to removed the new mass from his left upper lung and to "sew down" his diaphragm (the original tumor paralyzed the left side of his diaphragm). He started new chemo in October 2017 and the Stem Cell Transplant took place on January 10 at MCV after being admitted on January 2. We were so blessed when he was able to come home on February 7. Shortly after he had a very scary bout with septic shock that got him a helicopter ride back to VCU but he was able to recover from that and return home only a week later! In spite of all this, he remains positive and strong. He's a lifelong fan of rasslin' (even training at a real wrestling school back in the day) and many of the things we use to keep him encouraged is related to that mess 😹
On a serious note though, Robert is one of the best men I know. He's been my best friend and husband for over 29 years. He's an awesome Daddy to our two kids-Wheeler, 15 and Hanna-Lynn, 12. He's also a son to Claude, a brother to Jerry, brother in love to many, nephew to some of the best, uncle to a whole herd of kids, cousin to an even bigger herd of adult kids and a friend to anyone who meets him. He's a US Navy Veteran-having served active duty as a Boiler Tech and then in active reserves as a Firefighting Instructor. He worked many years at Newport News Shipyard helping build and repair naval ships. Because of his cancer he had to take early (and unwanted) retirement after serving the community as a Professional Firefighter for 17 years. Now he’s trying to stay busy with family stuff and finding his new routine.
He looks like a tough guy but he's really a big ole teddy bear and he needs all the support from family and friends that he can get. While our personal faith is Christianity, we are blessed to have friends with many different faith backgrounds and we covet any prayers, good thoughts and positive energy sent out on his behalf.
I wish I could thank each of you in person by hugging your neck and fixing you a sandwich and some sweet tea but until that can happen please accept our heartfelt gratitude for being a part of this trip.