This is reposted from Facebook, since I am too exhausted to do much of a blog post right now. Gregg had surgery to remove his left lung on Thursday, and he is doing great! :) The final pathology report came back, and although the tumor was large, the lymph nodes on the bottom of that lung were clear of cancer, and the surgeon got a clear margin all around it. We are looking at one round of chemo even though no cancer has shown up anywhere else, just as extra insurance. That won't be until after he finishes recovering from the operation, though.
To all of our friends and family that have given us support, love, prayers, and help during this difficult time: Gregg and I are grateful from the bottom of our hearts to have so many wonderful people in our lives. It is astonishing and humbling to receive such an outpouring of kindness and concern. Thank you all so much. I don't know how to express all that it has meant to us.
Gregg is recovering beautifully. His surgery went very well and he seems to be healing quickly so far. He is in the CVICU and will be for the duration of his hospital stay. We are hoping he will be coming home on Monday or Tuesday.
I cannot say enough good things about the amazing staff at Mccleod Regional Medical Center. The level of personal concern, professionalism, and attention from everyone has been exceptional. In particular we are grateful to Dr. Vinod Jona and Dr. Gregory Jones for going above and beyond in every possible way. Words cannot express how very, very grateful we are for their skills and the urgency with which they treated Gregg's illness. The entire hospital staff has been absolutely amazing.