Slowly but surely, things are improving and we're beginning to see a possible light at the end of the tunnel.
Gregg had surgery to remove his left lung on Jan.5, and he is now at home recovering beautifully. His one week follow up with the surgeon (one week after discharge from the hospital) went very well! He is healing quickly and should be almost back to normal in 2 to 3 more weeks.
Although no cancer has been found anywhere else in his body (even the lymph nodes at the bottom of the lung they removed were clear) we will be meeting with an oncologist and Gregg will most likely have one round of chemo. This is just extra insurance that they got it all. They said he can have plenty of time to get good and recovered from the operation first.
I am so very thankful that Gregg is probably going to be ok. This has been a horrible, traumatic experience and I hope that by this summer we can put this behind us and get back to a somewhat normal life. Gregg quit smoking cold turkey before the surgery, and has done very very well with it! So hopefully between that and a super healthy lifestyle he can live a long, cancer free life. Of course, he will have to have frequent checkups to catch any recurrance early, but they said that besides the tumor in his lung (most certainly caused by cigarettes) that he was amazingly healthy and strong. The doctors and respiratory therapists also continue to reassure us that he can live a very normal (even active!) life with just one lung. The human body is an amazing, adaptable thing!
I am so very, very thankful. More updates to come....