We are going home!! After a very long month in Houston at MD Anderson, We are finally waiting in the airport to head back to GA. We arrived in Houston on August 16 and praise the Lord we are going home today, September 15.
So let’s backtrack a little to how we got here!
It happened at my regular 3 month check-up in July. My scans revealed a new tumor at the site of my original mass. The news took me by surprise. As the doctor explained the size, location, etc. I truly felt like I was in a fog. We had always been so concerned with my lungs that I had totally lost sight of the fact that it could recur as the site of my original tumor. That is exactly what had happened, A 1.5 cm tumor that would have to be removed. Sounds pretty easy, right! Oh No, my friends, nothing is ever as it seems!
What we thought would be a minor surgery to remove a tiny tumor became an over 8 hour surgery with extensive plastic surgery to move enough skin and tissue around to cover a much larger area than anticipated. The orthopedic surgeon made a game time decision to remove the entire scar bed from my first surgery. I received 8 units of blood and had to be RE-admitted for pain management after being discharged initially. Not being able to walk and stand and move on my own has been rather frustrating. It will come back with physical therapy but not fast enough for me.
Throughout my ordeal, I have so much to be thankful for. As always, Todd has been the perfect caregiver. Helping me in and out of bed, pushing me around in the wheelchair, doing wound care, and so much more. He does all of this while still working full-time remotely. I am in awe of his dedication and resolve. My new friends Cary and Anne Goss for taking such great care of us. My dear friend, Karen Edwards, who jumped on a plane to come help with me in the hospital, all of my friends and family who showered me with flowers and cards and calls and prayers. You have no idea how much it means to someone dealing with any sort of serious disease to know that someone is praying for them and thinking of them.
I also want to say a very special thank you to my colleagues and management at the Hilb Group. I am so fortunate to work for a company that not only says that their employees are their greatest asset but lives that belief every day. I love my job and what we are accomplishing to promote growth and a better Hilb experience for our new agencies and associates. It is important to me to continue to work as much as I can even during something like this. I am able to rise above my disease to focus on something more important. It is an exciting time at Hilb and I am so fortunate to be in the midst of it.
Throughout all of this I have prayed for God to help me find strength without understanding the why or what or how. By the grace of God, I continue to do all that I can to live the fullest life possible despite Sarcoma. It is part of my life, yes, and at times dictates everything. However, by prayer and faith I know that God has a purpose for me in this. So, everyday I pray that God will direct my path, give me strength to handle what the day brings and thank him for what I do have and what I am capable of. #faithoverfear