Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it as a platform to keep family and friends updated in one place, provide a centralized calendar for helping tasks (can be found by clicking the Planner link under Ways to Help), and provide a forum for receiving your love, thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. If you have any problems navigating the site, there is a help feature at the bottom. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Last Spring Scott heard the words nobody wants to hear, words that we all fear the most. "You have cancer." The C word. It entered our lives insidiously. From the return of some heart arrhythmias, to a CT, to detection, to biopsies...to those three little words. Not the three little words we all want to hear, the ones that make our hearts warm, like "I love you," but the three little words that feel like a knife to the heart. We have been on a journey since that day...one filled with ups and downs. These three words really make a person think...facing your own mortality or that of ones we love will do that. While we have gotten our affairs in order as responsible people do under these circumstances, we have chosen to really try to focus on the positives...on all we have to be grateful for. We would like to thank all of you for making up a huge percentage of that pie. So many of you have called, visited, brought food, built and donated to a Go Fund Me, prayed, donated hours, sent positive thoughts and juju...really, without all of you we aren't sure how we would have fared over the past year. We realized that over the years we have built an army of friends, hence our recent #meandmyarmy hashtags. Old friends, new friends, work friends, friends of friends who have become friends, and friends who have become family. And now it's time to really dig in, we need our troops to deploy. We are hopeful for a good outcome, and with your help we can get through this in a much more manageable way. Scott and I are stronger together, and with all of you...we are the strongest together.
Scott is scheduled for surgery on February 20th, that is just a short TWO WEEKS away. He is having a Whipple Procedure, as indicated for pancreatic cancer. It's a major, complicated surgery, recently referred to as "The Olympics of Surgery" by a surgeon who overheard me talking about it. Six hours on the table, minimum, and a seven to ten day hospital stay. If you are interested in further details on the Whipple Procedure, google has some articles and images that will give you an idea of the type of reconstruction that happens, as well as complications and the long process of recovery.
We will keep you all updated through this page. This allows for a more efficient conduit for communicating with you all, and it's private...which you all know we appreciate. You can send comments, sign up for tasks, ask questions, and keep updated all in the same place. We have added our daughter Geneva as a co-author, and she can help to answer questions as well. We may need to add a couple more, so those who have offered, stand by. :) We are grateful for the Caring Bridge site creators and administrators, and we are grateful for you.