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.