A few weeks ago there was a prayer request for my friend, Ty – “I go in for surgery on the 25th of this month and hopefully all will work out… if not… What a damn ride!!! I’ve been a lot, seen a lot, and loved far more than I deserve.”
Day One (day before surgery):
“I’m feeling quite anxious, scared. Due to the weather (of course it’s going to snow the day before and the day of my surgery) we came down on Wednesday, two days early. Thought maybe I could spend some quality time with my owner (wife) but the pain and the surgery prep is making it hard to be joyful and happy.
I hope I have set things up well enough so my, Way-Better-Than-Me-Half, will be ok for a while if things go south during surgery. Payed all the bills, payed off my credit cards and made some important phone calls, so she will have nothing to worry about for a while.
One of the hardest parts was doing a Power of Attorney and Will. Made me think about all the crap I’ve collected and thought I needed. How do you leave a note saying that I want my wife to have things that meant a lot to me but probably not to her? What will happen to the family photos and things I have that were my parents. I don’t want people hassling her over things no one wanted while I was alive….
It’s sad, the snow is falling, the mountains are beautiful and my best girl is here with me and all I can think of is how I don’t want the world to go on without me, how I don’t want her to suffer the rest of her life alone. She has given me the best times, the happiest times and has made me so happy these last seven years… and I may have to leave her being sad and scared and I won’t be there to protect her. I won’t be able to do my job.”
Few Days After Surgery:
“Just got home today. Had complications (it’s my life, I expected them). I opted for an eight inch cut so they could look all around and make sure there was nothing more, instead of a little cut right where the tumor was. They found five more cancerous lymph nodes. They ended up taking about one-and-one-half feet of both my colon and my intestines. Thank you for all you prayers and good vibes, I know it helped…
I have an appointment on the 12th to find out about Chemo. I feel pretty good except for the pain. I ended up with 21 staples on the outside of my stomach and multiple (I’m guessing about 30-40) stitches inside. Most painful thing I have ever experienced… but the alternative is worse…”
Ty is hoping that his posts will reach someone who may be going through the cancer journey as he is or will resonate with those who have walked the journey.