Monday, June 20, 2011

The Big C

Do you ever think about how much your family means to you?

About how much the people you love mean to you and what your life would be life without them?

I think it's pretty easy to take those people for granted and sometimes things happen that make you take stock of your life and realize that our time here on earth is precious...and relatively short.

And that we really need to cherish the people that mean to most to us.

Troy was recently diagnosed with melanoma.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer.

It's been a scary time for us...and not knowing or having answers has been really tough.

But through it all, Troy has been a rock. Solid, Sure. Confident.

I, on the other hand, have been a wreck.

Troy likes to say that he has no need to worry because I do enough worrying for both of us.

Which, as loathe as I am to admit, is actually true.

Fortunately, Troy is at stage 1. We caught the cancer very early and Troy has surgery scheduled for Wednesday morning. If everything goes as planned, this should be all the treatment Troy needs.

I think that any time you have trials you have to be grateful for the good that comes from it.

One thing I hope that will come out of this is that we will each take the opportunity to check ourselves and our loved ones for the early signs of skin cancer.

I actually found the growth on Troy while cutting his hair and I urged him to see a doctor.

If you know Troy, getting him to go the doctor was no easy task.

But...he has also come away with the knowledge that he must always wear sunscreen and/or a hat.

I am hoping that each of you will take similar precautions.

Additionally, I have really had the chance to reaffirm to Troy how very much I love him and how much he means to me.

Life would not be the same without Troy in it. (Although I could definitely do without any more "dead husband" jokes from my dear sweet "still living" husband.)

We will keep you posted with how things are going.


Melanie said...

I'm so glad it was caught early. Although I'm sure it was hellish during the weeks you didn't know. We love you guys and hope the procedure goes well on Wed. I guess you can't make fun of me anymore for slathering on sunscreen all summer at the waterpark! LOL!!

shannon said...

My heart sunk when I saw this post title before I even read it! So sorry to hear this, but also glad you caught it early! Thank goodness you urged him to get it evaluated! Thinking of you all and praying for the best. Keep us posted!

Hilary said...

My dad was diagnosed with agressive prostate cancer in the fall. Needless to say this year didn't need any more stress.
I do worry enough for an entire village.
It's endearing, I hear. :)

Lara said...

What a scary time this must be for you. I'm glad that you found it early and glad that Troy is staying positive. We'll be praying that his surgery goes well.

EmmaJ said...

Oh my goodness! I just know everything will be ok. You'll be in our prayers

Pressed Petals said...

I know I don't comment as much a s I read, but can't pass this one up. Glad you caught it early. These type of things do tend to put it all into perspective. Praying for you guys.

onehm said...

VERY SCARY! So glad that you guys caught it early!
I'm trying to learn from others trials, as much as my own...thank you for sharing yours here.
Prayers going your way. :)

Anonymous said...

Seriously? And with a jillion other things going sure does put life into perspective. Big kudos to you for noticing it and for 'making' him go to the doctor. You are both amazing and wonderful and we have our fingers and toes crossed for everything to go well today.


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