It’s not an anniversary I would like to celebrate. The anniversary of the beginning of this nightmare of a year. The first day Kevin’s cancer was confirmed. The day we ‘owned’ the dreaded words, testicular cancer.
I can not believe it’s been a year. In some ways, it seems like longer. I have trouble remembering what life was like before this storm. In other ways, it seems like only yesterday. Time is weird like that. This year has been a test for our family. But, by the grace of God, we have survived it. And dare I say even thrived a bit. There have been 100 days as an inpatient in the hospital, countless doctors appointments, thousands of blood draws, 9 rounds of chemotherapy, 3 stem cell transplants, 2 surgeries and a pulmonary embolism ( not necessarily in that order!)
My children have spent 100 days this year without their parents at home. I have been by Kevin’s side almost every single day. Almost 30% of the year. I can’t imagine what that was like for them. But they have been amazing. Staying focused on school, keeping their grades up, excelling in all they do despite the major disruption to their lives.
Kevin is recovering well. He is a pillar of strength. Each step in the treatment and recovery process he does with the end goal of getting back to work. Getting back to his other family. The family that has supported us and loved us through this ordeal. We are forever grateful and no words can accurately express how much this has meant to us. To each of you reading this, your prayers, visits, trips to costco, good thoughts, gifts of service, meals, rides for kids, building bicycles, and more…..we are forever thankful. THANK YOU! We never would have made it through this without you.
This past week, Kevin has had the privilege of getting back in his uniform. It was great to see him up and moving and exciting to hear his passion as he had the privilege of providing support instead of the receiving it.
At this moment in time, Kevin is done with active treatment. He is recovering from the trauma his body has been through this past year. He will be watched closely and monitored to ensure that the cancer is dead. The large tumor and involved lymph nodes have all been removed and after the last chemo treatments all the tissue was necrotic (dead). He still has ‘stuff’ in his lungs. It is likely that it is ‘dead stuff’ ….aka scar tissue and that is our hope. Kevin will have scans and blood work next checked at the end of April. Until then, he is working on getting stronger and excited to be working modified duty and be connected again with his fire family.
Our motto has been Keep Calm and Kick Cancer’s Ass….Kevin has done this all year!
We believe that God does answer prayers. We don’t understand why he allows us to go through the hard things. But we do know that he is faithful.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
With Love and Gratitude,