Over the Christmas holidays my husband was diagnosed with cancer – squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil. Before he could begin treatment he had a ruptured brain aneurysm and was airlifted from St. Mary’s (our local hospital) to Jefferson Neuroscience Hospital in Philadelphia. He’s been there in critical condition in the ICU for 19 days.
During John’s first week there, while I was on the train on my way to see him, my dad died. It was January 25th at approximately 9:50am. I didn’t even get to say goodbye. :(
So needless to say, this year is off to a rough start.
I started a GoFundMe page to help alleviate some of what’s going to be astronomical expenses, and I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of support! If you’d like to donate, or read more about what happened click on the following picture or CLICK HERE. Thank you in advance!
I do have good news as of this afternoon! John’s brain drain was removed on Sunday night/Monday morning. They closely monitored him for 48 hours and then did a follow up CT this morning. It was clear!! John is getting released tomorrow and gets to come home!
He’ll have to do some in-home PT, and take it easy for a couple weeks before having another follow up CT, but after that we’ll be able to get his cancer treatment started.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. ❤️ Thank you.
22 thoughts on “Where Do I Even Begin…”
Big hugs!! I know what it’s like not to be able to say goodbye…it happened with both of my parents.
Hugs!! I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to your parents :(
When you posted about your Dad, I truly couldn’t believe it was YOUR Dad. No one should ever have to go through what you’ve gone through. You are both tough cookies and definitely are in my thoughts all the time.
Thanks Judy ❤️. Hopefully things will start getting better now!
How are you guys doing?
Pretty good considering. Yesterday was a little rough, but today has been much better. He’s still on so many medications that are mostly narcotics, so he’s sleeping a lot. Of course that’s the best thing for him right now!
Thinking of you still. Hoping things are going well.
Thanks Judy <3
I am so sorry about the terrible things that have happened to you. I will keep you and your husband in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sorry about your father. I lost mine without saying goodbye and it leaves an empty hole in your heart. I hope your husband recovers quickly. Keep positive!
Thanks Charlotte ❤️. I’m sorry you didn’t get to say goodbye to your dad either. :(
oh wow my heart pours out to you. We also have had a terrible and unthinkable few weeks with my sister unexpectedly passing away from flu complications. I sure you are feeling lots of the same feelings that I am. skirt sports hugs to you
Thanks Deborah ❤️. I’m so sorry about your sister. I can’t believe all the fatalities with this strain of the flu. It’s so devastating :(
Hey Laura. I tried to donate but got a message that the campaign was not ready and that you had been notified. I can’t imagine why they would say that when others have clearly donated. I’ll check back. Hang in there. I can’t even imagine what you are going through.
Hi Caron! Thank you so much ❤️. I don’t know what’s going on with the GoFundMe. I wonder if it didn’t update the link? Maybe try this: https://www.gofundme.com/jmflral
Hi again Caron, I just spoke with someone at GoFundMe and they assured me the link is working now. Let me know if you have another issue. And thanks again!
Sending lots of love and hugs your way! So sorry for your loss and all that you’ve been dealing with lately.
Glad to hear that your husband is getting to go home. You will be in my prayers!
Thank you, Shannon! <3
I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending positive vibes your way for your husband’s recovery and cancer treatment!
Thank you so much! <3
Jeebus, Laura. I knew about hubby, but not the part about your dad. I certainly hope the year is looking up now. I’m keeping you and John in my thoughts. <3
Thank you, Heather <3