Monday, December 1, 2008

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

The marathon for life has begun! And Franco's off to a GREAT start. I am overjoyed to share that his surgery went very well today. After 7 hours in the operating room, the surgeon, Dr. August, reported that Franco was the easiest Whipple Procedure patient that he's ever had. Dr. August was cautiously optimistic that they've removed all of the cancer--the most wonderful news we could receive. Thanks Lord! And for all of you "angels" out there---your positive thoughts and prayers were heard and we are so appreciative. I'd like to express a very heartfelt, loving thank you to our ministers and friends, Stephanie and Seth. You've been like the water and food stations along the marathon route--refreshment and nourishment for our minds, bodies and souls.

Franco was in and out of the recovery room in a sprint-like fashion. He was awake and talking to us just hours after the surgery. And he was spewing so many jokes that I thought they might have hit the "funny bone" while in there somehow :-). Not that he wasn't funny before but....

The nurse was talking about getting him out of bed tomorrow to start moving around--amazing. Franco himself is in disbelief that he was so awake and aware tonight. He's tired of course, but looks terrific after completing the first few "miles" of this new race. The light is shining upon him ever so brightly. Go, Franco Go!

I'll keep you posted on his recovery. Much love and gratitude to all of you.

21 comments:

Rali said...

Jacquelyn, Thanks for the update. I am happy to hear that Franco is doing good. Best of luck.
Riad

Ed said...

Good to hear he's doing well. Please let us know when he's back home so we can call. Our thoughts go out to all of you.

Love,

Ed, Nada and Alexandra.

Melissa said...

Wonderful news that the surgery went well and it sounds like Franco is in good spirits! All our best.
--Melissa & Bob

Rob Roesener said...

Great News. When Can I come visit? I'd love to stop by and cheer from the sidelines.

AllenY said...

Fantastic to hear that things went so well! Nice to hear that Franco is at the the top of Dr August's 'easy list'. I hope all future tests come back as good.
So maybe if Franco is feeling okay he can type the next installment from the hospital? Go, Franco, Go!

mickielyn032 said...

This is certainly terrific news!!! Send Franco my love and best!
Michelle

Jennie said...

Jacquelyn,
Thank you so much for the update. We have been waiting to hear the good news! Give Franco all our love and best wishes.

Love,
Jennie, Kevin and James

Kathleen said...

Thank GOD! We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving...
Thanks for keeping us posted.
You are my inspiration with your strength and your faith...
Keep the faith.
Love, Kathleen (and Ralph and Hunter) xxoo

Carol G said...

YEAH!!!! Thanks for sharing this great news.

Love, Carol & Family

Lisa and Stephen said...

Great news, the best news! Thanks for keeping us posted, Love, Lisa and Stephen

Adam Boyce said...
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Adam Boyce said...

Great news! Sorry to be so far away in times like these. Hang in there Franco and keep up the fight!

annmarie said...

Thanks so much Jacqueline for the update. I had checked the blog before your posting last night so I went to St Pat's and said a prayer for you guys this morning. I am so happy to read your great news!! Now I'm looking forward to the jokes from the funny boy:)

Love the new picture too!!
AnnMarie

jess caswell said...

Yaaaay. Was thinking about you guys all day yesterday. Am so glad that things went well in the OR. I am sending lots of love and positive thoughts, Jessica

Ana said...

Wonderful news! So so glad that things went well. We are all sending positive energy your way. Love to you all.
Ana, Scott, Jack and Emma

Peggy said...

Jacquelyn,
Such wonderful news! Hope to see you both soon. Keep the faith, and keep up the fight! Love, Aunt Peggy

Silva, Rick and Gang said...

Hi Guys,
We're thrilled that all went well yesterday. You all have been in our thoughts and prayers and will remain there. If there is anything that you need, do not hesitate.
All our love,
Silva, Rick, Eric, Alex and Daniel

Marie said...

That's so what I was hoping to hear, Jacquelyn. That was a HUGE surgery but I can't say that I am surprised how well Franco is tolerating it. We ae all breathing our first sigh of relief here. Please send Franco our very best. Good job, Jacq as it is also very tough for you. We will continue to pray for you all.

Fran Y said...

Go Franco Go!!!!!

Love,
Fran, Rob, Nick and Jess

MurphGuide.com said...

Good luck in your recovery!

love,
Sean, Jeannie & Colleen

Graciela Duras said...

Dear Jacquelyn & Franco,
Thank god the surgery is over and that was an easy one. What ever the situation I believe in faith and prayers. Thinking back a group of 68 of us including your Mom was praying from Oct. 15 to 21 2008 in Lourdes, France. I believe that our prayers gave you some signals on an very early stage.
Franco, I wish you a speedy recovery. Jacquelyn, you are my inspiration, because I know that this is not an ease road for you.
God bless you all, Love you always Graciela Duras and Family