I don’t really know how to start with an update so I am going to start with some thank-you notes.
First my lovely wife Kim. You have been crushing it on the regular taking care of the kids, the house, and taking care of me. I am just so unbelievably lucky that you are in my life. Thank you for your patience and kindness. You are just so very awesome.
To my families the Heidkamps and the Nelsons. You have been so good to us these past three week. Watching the kids, sending funny notes and selfies, taking care of our house (Kevin) the list could go much longer. Thank you for being so kind and generous.
To our friends. I want you to know how much it means to us that you are so willing to help. The offers to babysit (which we will take), the generous donations, the food, the shoveling of our sidewalk. It is unreal to us how generous everyone is being. Thank you. BTW, big shout out to Aaron and to Molly, the tattoo and hair cut look great. Also to Kara and Adam, the house show was a blast.
I want to thank all the people that have given anonymously, and all of those that we don’t even know that have found out about our situation via a mutual connection of ours. It just astounds us that people would so willingly give.
So a month ago I thought that I just had really bad migraines and had double vision most of every day. Turns out, as you may already know, I had a tumor the size of baseball. I have been fortunate in that the tumor was able to be removed. Being able to have it removed has helped me get rid of the migraines and double vision. It is odd that I have serious cancer, but currently feel a lot better than I did 4 weeks ago. As I have said to a lot of people, its just a weird situation to be in.
So, starting the 19th I have radiation and chemo for 6 weeks. I will get radiation 5 days and week and take chemotherapy via a pill before bed. Once that is done I will take a month off from treatment and then get and MRI to see how things look. Based on what they see my oncologist will then adjust the chemo treatment and I will finish out the year with just chemo and a boatload of MRIs. I have to say I feel really fortunate to have the healthcare team that I have at Fairview. They are just amazing.
I don’t really know how to end this post. I think I will say this. I don’t know how much time I have left here on earth, but I do know that I am going to live the heck out if. I am going to Husband, Dad, Son, Brother, Friend like I never have before.
Love you all. Go and give someone you care about a hug and let them know why you love them.