Update and Surgery Scheduled

Good evening to all you beautiful people! A few things, and then I will disappear into the night.

First and foremost, thank you for your steadfast messages, notes, emails, texts and phone calls. I do not have the energy, yet, to respond to all, but I promise you I read them instantly and smile wholeheartedly. You are amazing, and please don’t stop. If you wish to text or email me anything at all, please don’t hesitate – 517 242 8146 and r0humph1@gmail.com. It’s never a bother, and always needed and necessary. One thing I have learned is to never hold back, express what you are feeling, and have no regrets.

As for us, we are doing okay. I am asymptomatic, and that is what we are riding on right now. It’s all internal, and not producing any outward signs – yet.

I had my first of what I can only assume many break downs and emotional outbursts today. I drove to a parking lot to be by myself and cried uncontrollably at life for a little over an hour; at all things about my future; about my sons; and about my beautiful wife. For the time being, I’ll spare you my various, wide reaching thoughts and fears. I’m sure you can imagine what they are.

Stereotactic radiosurgery (gamma knife) has been scheduled for February 5 at MD Anderson in Houston. We have to be there on February 4 and stay for 24 hours after surgery which brings us to February 6.

I have an amazing group to call my personal medical team. They are far reaching, and I am very blessed and humbled by what they do for me. I’m not sure why or how, but I am forever grateful to God for each and every one of them.

My doctors, Dr Ravi and Dr Tap, both called me on their way home tonight and seem cautiously optimistic about treatment of my brain lesion. They are both confused as to why it happened in the brain, but it seems we caught it very early.

One step at a time, and we’ve been here before. Focus on the now, form a plan, execute the plan, and no looking back – no regrets.

As for Cycle for Survival, the surgical pre- and post-op paperwork says I can resume normal activity 48 hours after surgery – it’s a good thing Cycle is 3 days after! I have my priorities straight.

Thank you for supporting our team, and please continue to spread the word and donate.

It’s been a very long, emotional, and exhausting 3 weeks, but you carried us through. Strong willed and with immense courage, we march forward again into the unknown to beat the odds for the third time.

Thank you to God for giving me, yet again, another chance to fight. Thank you for pushing me to get a random scan. Thank you for a plan and for protecting my family and me. Thank you for the support group of epic proportions that you have brought to our journey and to our battlefield.

I love you all. Have an amazing evening, and hold those you entrust your lives with and who you love more than life itself extra tightly for us.

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2 Responses to Update and Surgery Scheduled

  1. Leann Kirkendall says:

    What can I say that will be helpful to you and Andi at this point? I just think about you so much…you are there on my prayer list first thing in the morning and the last thing at
    night. I pray that God will guide the doctors and that God will give you great strength to weather this storm.
    Love and prayers in Jesus name,
    Leann and Glen

  2. The Briones Family says:

    I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. — Psalm 59:16

    So many things in our lives can be stolen away by natural disasters, illness, aging, and death. Satan could be appropriately called “The Thief of Always.” But God is immovable and unstealable! We can invest ourselves in him and know our spirits are secure in his care. He is a fortress and a refuge.


    O Great Rock of my salvation, thank you for being unchangeable and faithful. Thank you for being the source of security and future in a day of chaos and change. Thank you for being God. You are my God and in you I place Ryan’s life, his hopes, and his future. May you be glorified in him today. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

    Dear Ryan and Andrea, may God give you strength this week. Praying for you!! HUGS!!

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