Monday, May 17, 2010

I'm So Thankful

As I write this I'm not at home but rather at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota waiting for my dad to wake up from surgery. It's been a whirlwind of a week ending with many blessings to be counted. My dad was diagnosed with a very rare, aggressive skin cancer called Merkel Cell Carcinoma. It showed up on his right leg below his knee over a year and a half ago. Not knowing what it was he went to his family physician where his doctor burnt it off not knowing what it was either. It metastasized and came back showing six additional growths and then was directed to see a dermatologist about a week ago. That's when we learned of the serious cancer. Last week was his PET scan which miraculously showed that it did not spread and today was his surgery to remove the cancer. The great news today is that it did not spread to his lymph node system which was determined through a biopsy. I am so thankful for the support of family and friends and the technology that enabled us to update everyone and receive support and, cell phones, Facebook, CaringBridge, and wifi laptops. The power of prayer was most certainly at our side considering the alternative results. Now we hope for a speedy recovery...

mom and dad