Wednesday, August 31, 2011


We have been so slow about updating the blog!  Sorry!  We got home about 2.5 weeks ago and Shane has been slowly recovering.  He is still extremely sore and taking it very easy.  He went back to work last week and said it was his best medicine yet;)  (I think staying on the couch all day was getting really old!).  His next surgery is scheduled for Oct. 20th and that will be taking out more lymph nodes in his back that they didn't have time for during his last surgery.  Our hope and prayer is that they can also do his neck surgery that same day so we can be all done with this!  But that will depend on if the neck surgeon is okay with that.  (We are still waiting to hear back).

That is all for now!  Thank you for all the food, texts, visits, fun gifts and prayers!  We love and appreciate you all!  We can hardly keep up with all our thank you cards!  Sorry if they are late=)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hospital Stay....

Our amazing double room they gave us! 
 We both got a hospital bed and the room was HUGE!

Thank you for the company!  We love you guys!

1st Surgery.....Removing Mass from Abdomen

Shane had his first surgery August 11th at Swedish Hospital.  It was a 7 hour surgery to remove the tumor mass in his abdomen area.  After the surgeon spent 3 hours from trying to remove the tumor around his kidney, it ended up having to be removed.  They are going to have to go back and remove some lymph nodes in his back and he will also need the lump on his neck removed.  (So 2 surgeries left!)  Those will happen in the next couple months.  
Shane's first few days were miserable for him.  He was in a ton of pain and could hardly move.  Slowly, each day he was able to move a little more.  

Thank you to Brian and TAnya for keeping me company during the 7 hour surgery!  
We had a fun day in Seattle!  What wonderful friends!!!  

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

And the Surgeries Begin......

August 11th (this Thursday) Shane will have his first surgery.  (He is expected to have 2 total).  His lymph nodes will be removed from his abdomen.  After being on chemo, it causes his tissue to be really sticky and difficult to work with.  The surgery will begin robotically, but Shane will most likely have to be cut.  If he is cut open, his recovery is longer, more painful and there are more side effects with that go along with it.  Our prayer is that it can be done robotically and that Shane has no complications.

Our friends Jessika and Steinar created a website so Shane is covered in prayer for 30 hours: before, during and after surgery.  If you would like to be a part of that, please check out the website and sign-up=)
After he is recovered from this surgery, he will then have his 2nd (and last) surgery to remove the lump on his neck.  That should happen sometime in September we would guess=)

Thank you again for your love and support!  
We have needed it and greatly appreciate it!