I became acquainted with Alexandria through the same place I've met so many of you -- Photostory Friday. And now I'm honored to call her a friend. She is a devoted, and obviously loving, mother to her two beautiful children, as well as wife to the man she calls Duckman (I've never figured out where that comes from, by the way...). And she's VERY kind -- as all Canadians are! And I am truly flattered by the meaning behind the award.
But more than that, Alexandria has been so supportive and kind -- as have so many of the rest of you -- as my family has begun this journey into the unknown, this past week. And knowing that you are out there, thinking and praying for my wife, and our little family, does so much more for us than I can express.
Thank you, Alex.
An update: we saw the oncologist Friday, and now we are waiting to hear from the surgeon's office. Likely we'll schedule surgery for removing the tumor some time in the next week or so. After that, Sharon will probably be on a medication called Gleevec for the next couple of years. It is something of a wonder drug, and is helping to make great strides in the treatment of GIST. There are some moderately uncomfortable side effects (possible rashes, some cramping and swelling etc...), but nothing like chemotherapy or radiation. So we're grateful for that. Once they get the tumor out, they'll be better able to determine the likelihood of recurrence.
So we move forward. Cautiously optimistic.