Well, the day arrived for your surgery. We had so much hope hanging in the balance that this would help cure the cancer ravaging your body. This surgery might keep you here with us for many years to come.
I had a moment…
where I could feel and see all our loved ones who have left us come together at this moment surrounding you, Lexi, and me during this procedure. Your parents, both sets of my grandparents, your grandparents, and lil’ Makenzie, Matt and Susan’s little girl they lost way too soon. Their love and guidance was overwhelming.
We were also blessed to have Lexi there with us. It definitely helped restore my energy. Zach was with us in spirit. I often feel like he has the hardest part in all of this, since he isn’t able to get away from work.
The waiting Lexi and I had to do was excruciating.
We were the second group in the surgery waiting room, and the last to leave. In fact, all the waiting areas around us were all dark and closed. That did not help our anxiety. The reason for this delay was that post-op was having trouble getting your pain under control. But the great news came when Dr. Gupta stated the surgery was a success. We were so relieved to hear this! We were so anxious to see you. We needed that reassurance that only touching and seeing you could provide.
You have been so brave during this cancer struggle. I know there were many times up to this point when you would have liked to have quit because of how sick and fatigued you had become. You are my Superman!
Remember what you said before we went to the hospital the morning of your surgery?
“I’ve been thinking about my life, lately, and this is what it comes down to: I was blessed to grow up in a loving home; I had brothers who always had my back; I got to marry the woman of my dreams; I have two beautiful children, a boy and girl, whom I love and am so proud of; and my last prayer has been answered, too. I always prayed that if something “bad” was going to happen, that it would be me and not someone I love and care about. I am a lucky man!”
This sums up the wonderful person you are! My Simple Man. That is your song. The motto you live by. I am so very grateful to have you in my life, making me a better person.