Surgery Update

Good afternoon family and friends. It’s Andrea, your guest blogger for the week. I will warn you that I’m not a great writer, so don’t be expecting writing even close to Ryan’s. He is amazing and I have no idea how he does it!

First, I want to thank everyone for the emails, phone, calls and texts yesterday and today. It’s lifted both of our spirits during these tough days.

We made it to the hospital at 6:00 am this morning. It was a very tough morning for both of us. The walk to the hospital was just about unbearable. I can’t tell you exactly how Ryan was feeling, but I can tell you that my blood pressure had to be off the charts. I had so many flashbacks of his surgery 2.5 years ago. I don’t think Ryan remembers the first few hours and days after surgery, but I sure do. I remember every detail like it was yesterday and that has been the hardest part for me. To watch someone you love go through so much pain. I put myself in his shoes and I don’t know how he was even able to walk here. I know the risks of this surgery and Ryan always tells me that I need to be prepared for the worst and be realistic, but the only way I can function is to be positive. I know his surgery will go well and I know he will make it through. For me there just aren’t any other options. It may not be the best way to cope, but that’s what I do.

It’s 11:30 am and we got word that Ryan is out of surgery and everything went well! 🙂 The surgery was suppose to last 3-4 hours, but it ended up only being about 2 hours. Thank goodness in this case that was a good sign! The surgeon was able to take out the whole tumor and get good margins. The largest tumor was attached to the pericardium (outer covering of his heart), so that was also removed. He was also able to remove all the lymph nodes in the mediastinal area and said that none looked enlarged, which is a great sign! They will be sent to pathology though. He is now in recovery and hopefully in a couple hours he will be out and I will be able to see him. The were able to remove the breathing tube, so he won’t have to be moved to the ICU. We also just got word that I will be able to see him in about an hour. Ryan will also be very happy to know that they followed his wishes and took a picture of the tumor and lung.


Thank you all for the kind words and prayers today! I feel like I can breathe again. 🙂 I will keep the blog updated today if there is anymore significant news. If not, I’ll post in a couple days as to how his recovery is going.


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32 Responses to Surgery Update

  1. Kimberly Grafuis says:

    Oh Andrea – that is such great news! I am so happy things went so well! Sounds like the best case scenerio possible!

  2. Stephanie says:

    This is wonderful news!!!! Love @ Prayers to all of you!!!!

  3. Kathy says:

    Prayers are being answered:) Thanks for the update! You are a Wonderful Young lady, wife and Mother:):)

  4. Dawn Craig says:

    Thanks for keeping us informed. It’s great to finally hear such wonderful news.

  5. Alyssa Marble says:

    This is great to hear! Many blessings on yourself, Ryan and your family.

  6. Marilyn Zalewski says:

    Thank you so much for the update. Tears of joy are streaming down my face. I’m so happy things went well. He’s such a fighter. You and the boys give him so much to fight for!

  7. Keri D says:

    Andrea, this is GREAT news!!! So glad to hear things went well and look forward to hearing about a speedy recovery 🙂

  8. Michelle Fish says:

    YAHOOOOO! Of course, there is still a long roe to hoe, but I am happy to hear that this part went so well. Thanks for the update. All my best to you, Ryan and your family. We’re all still out here praying for you. 🙂

  9. Barb says:

    Thank you so much Andrea for the update. Why does it not surprise me in the least that Ryan asked them to take a picture of his lung and the tumor?? LOL. So glad to hear this great news. Continuing to keep you all in my prayers. xxoo

  10. Donna Burnham-Gauthier says:

    Oh Andrea: I’m crying, having just read your post.
    And I’ve never met you and only met your hubby when he was a young boy.
    Feel the love dear from everyone praying for you all. You are every bit as remarkable as Ryan. I can only imagine that impossible walk to the hospital this morning, and your life thru this journey.
    Take care of yourself as well. Prayers are never ending for Ryan and you all.
    Please give Shirley a huge hug from me.
    Love Donna (Burnham-Gauthier) one of the northern Ontario cousins xxx

  11. Briana Kunisch says:

    Than you so much for the update. I’ve been thinking about you guys all morning and telling my coworkers about your family.

  12. Rachel Peters says:

    This is AWESOME!!!.. I have been praying and thinking of you both all day long!!.. The news just keeps getting better and better, first that the cancer did not spread as initially expected without the chemo and that it actually SHRANK and now the fact that the surgery went as perfect as it could go… I am thanking God and trying not to burst into tears of joy and thankfulness while sitting at my desk at work.. PRAISE GOD … HE TRULY DID ANSWER OUR PRAYERS!! (If I could yell that out loud here at Flagstar, I would…LOL.. I am so happy!) Happy Birthday Andrea!!

  13. Electra Nicolaou says:

    Andrea, I am so happy that all went well. Prayers are still coming your way to all of you. Take good care of yourself, Ryan needs the best nurse possible, you!
    Much love, Electra

  14. Brett & Crista Figgins says:

    So happy everything went great. Been thinking about both of you all morning! Will continue to pray for a very fast recovery!!!

  15. Matt willerick says:

    Absolutely wonderful news. Thank you for the update! This is great news. Still praying and you two are amazing.

  16. Michael Brennan says:

    So happy and releaved to hear the great news!

  17. Joy Sullivan says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Have been watching the clock, praying, and waiting to hear the good news!
    Andrea, I know you can’t wait to see his face!

  18. George Poulos says:

    YAHOOOOOOOO! Enjoy your day with him!:)

  19. Briones fam. says:

    Thank God!! We’re so happy Andrea!

  20. laura Murra says:

    Wwwooooohoooooo!!!!! Oh gosh that’s the best news ever!!!! Still praying for a speedy recovery! Ryan you are an amazing fighter and God is good!!! Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”

    Lots of love
    Laura and Neil

  21. Christine says:

    So glad to hear the good news! Thanks for the update…..Love and prayers to you all!

  22. Marelguij Briones says:

    What a great birthday present! So glad to hear it, our prayers have been answered! Thank God. 🙂

  23. Leann says:

    Thank you so very much for keeping us updated on his progress.
    Your news is so good. It makes me want to give one praise after
    It sounds like a lot of prayers were answered!
    Thank you for letting us know!
    I am just going to keep on praying.

  24. Pam Laughlin says:

    So glad to hear that surgery went well. My prayers are with Ryan and family. Give him our best. — the Laughlin family, Kansas City.

  25. ROBERTA EVANS (Bobbie) says:

    God is good. Praise the Lord for your health to get better everyday. You have a beautiful family to take care of, God, your family, and all the special people that love you will be the strength for you to carry on.

  26. Renee Levasseur says:

    AMEN! Words can’t describe how happy I feel for your family right now. PRAISE GOD. GOD HEARD ALL THE PRAYERS FOR RYAN. Will still keep praying every night for all of you. You two have been through so much. I believe God used Ryan to keep us all in-check…what’s really important. This is such awesom news. And, Andrea , God gave you the best Birthday present ever. God Bless All of You(s)

  27. Patrice says:

    PRAISE GOD!! Andrea, I have to be totally honest with you… I am LOST for words out of pure JOY AND FAITH THAT GOD HAS HEARD EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US!!!! Please get some rest yourself and I will continue to pray and thank God for his guidance and help to see Ryan through this day. I’m overwhelmed with joy for ALL OF YOU.. please give Mrs. Stepek a huge hug for me and tell her I love her and KNOW that prayers DO work!! God Bless you all and may he continue to keep Ryan by his side as he continues to recover from this miraculous surgery. All my love to you all. xoxoxo God is soooo good!!!

  28. Alli says:

    Great news!!! Wishing you all the best!

  29. Deb Manning says:

    I’ve been traveling all day today, but I don’t think my thoughts strayed too far from prayers that Ryan’s surgery went well. What a relief when I got to my computer and saw your post that it went well. I’m sure we all had a collective sigh of relief, and will be eagerly awaiting your posts over the next few days. My continued prayers are with you and your family. Please enjoy each other’s company over the next couple days and stay just as positive no matter what. Clearly, that is working. Y’all have been incredibly inspirational in my life-to the point that I see so many things differently and with a new appreciation of the people in my life as well as people in general. You really have brought out the best of so many people, and have taught us that tomorrow is never promised. You have taught us to appreciate all the people and things in our lives no matter how inconsequential or trivial they seem. You have also helped me build a much stronger relationship with God, and the faith that ALL things are possible through Him. What a wonderful gift you have given me, and I am sure so many others share my sentiments.
    You have my prayers, love and support eternally- please continue to fight with all you have, and continue sharing your inspirational journey. You are making the world a better place!

  30. Tommy Washburn says:

    Shalom Ryan and Andrea,
    I am so happy to hear the good news. I have been praying for all of you and it thrilled me to when my father forwarded a text to me while I was at work, that had come from Mr. H. Updating us on Ryan’s status!!! And then to talk with my sister Sarah, everyone is rejoicing that everything went well!!! We will continue to pray for a speedy and healthy recovery!!! Love to all. Tommy Washburn

  31. Easter Barber says:

    great news, thank you God for protecting the family

  32. Tamara Amato says:

    I’m so happy to hear the good news! My husband and I don’t know you personally, but we went to school in California with Josh Elkins. His wife Katey asked for prayer for your husband yesterday, and we were lifting him and your family up to God often. So thankful that he is doing good after the surgery. We will continue to pray for healing and peace. God Bless! The Amato family

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