Today is the day!! Cole has been cancer free for five years today. First, sorry the last post was so long and so similar to the post last year on the same day. I should have checked that first and tried to find something else to say!!
Cole had a decent time in the hospital before his surgery - I mean, he was hooked up to all kinds of stuff, but people were coming to see him and bringing him treats!! He loved that. I think he just began to expect that each person that came in to visit would have a toy for him!! He spent most of this time in the bed playing or watching movies. But we spent lots of time in the floor of our teeny tiny PICU room putting together puzzles. I bet we did 30 puzzles in those days in the hospital. It almost became a test to see how many puzzles we could find that he could put together. You know, those little puzzles that are around $3 and have 25 pieces. We had them all!! Seriously!!!
Surgery went fine. They completely removed the tumor. We had some issues to deal with - nerve damage - but hey - he was okay! The cause of all those problems was gone. This was just the beginning of his journey though. I think I was pretty naive to think that the surgery was the hard part. There was so much more that was difficult. But that's another story for another day!
Anyway - five years cancer free is amazing. We are so thankful for that. God truly carried us all through this journey. There's no doubt in my mind about that.