I am excited to let you know that I am being discharged tomorrow as the doctors feel confident that my heart is stable and think it's best that I am back home (and I agree!). I feel a little sick today (mostly tired with an upset stomach) and I guess that was to be expected...but I wasn't to sick to watch the Bills beat the Chargers, which was awesome.
So here is the plan. I won't know much, other than how I feel, until the end of November or early December. I will be getting the chemo treatments weekly for six weeks and then the doctors will take all the pictures again (I am going to need to be sedated if I am to spend another 1 hour, 40 minutes in an MRI machine) and evaluate how the chemo is working. If the chemo is working I will probably come back here in early December for open heart surgery, where they will remove a piece of my sternum and the tumor in my heart (as well as rebuild my right atrium). Soon after I will need another surgery to resect my vertebrae and then will likely need to undergo more chemo to ensure that the cancer isn't still spreading. There are obviously other scenarios, but I am not considering any of them because I still believe I will beat this...so this is the only option at this point!
I will continue to update this if people continue to read it! Not sure what news I will have to share (other than how I am feeling, but no actual medical news) but I guess I have some perspective to share, and though it's hard putting my feelings out there, I kind of want to.
I want to thank the people again who have given me the strentgh I need to make it through these eight hectic days. All of the people who have come here and commented(EVERYONE!!!) have helped. All the calls, texts and emails have helped...I mean it. I also have to thank my wife Shana, who hasn't left my side in 8 days. We have had spent some great time together during this time (and some had some difficult time as well). My mom, dad, brother and sister have held me up through all of this and I love them so much and Shana's entire family has been amazing. Thank you for being here for both of us...I can't tell you guys what it means.