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IT Crowd

IT Guys

It was great seeing all the IT Guys and everyone Andy Works with
@Kalamazoo College. Andy can’t wait to get back to work!!
(seriously, he has ants in his pants to get back to work)

Jaakan: yes Indiana Jones is an AWESOME movie!
Peter: your phone is cool too
Blurry guy with glasses: your identity is safe
Cooper: sorry my phone cropped you out

Chemo is over (for now) and andy is Free to do whatever he wants! November 26th is the surgery date at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, anyone is welcome to come say hi while he’s in the hospital or to sneak smoothie mixes into his feeding tube;)

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It’s inconceivable…I don’t think that word means what you think…

A picture is worth a thousand words!
It’s only a holding area for food….some people elect for this surgery. Total gastric bypass surgery.
Mind blowing but it is possible to live a full life after..

The date is set…November 26th 5am arrive.
Now then that just means November is party month! And party we will…any and all food will be eaten..(maybe not squid though, it’s not that great, fact).


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What’s that? Another small container of jelly bellies squirreled away in the gray car.
Oh Andy…you are a squirrel and I love you.

Dr. Mccahill is great…we are going to stay in Grand Rapids for the surgery, thank god!!!!
No Detroit shoot outs!

We are feeling confident in the surgeon, he has done this before and is super smart:) yes those are doctor technical words.

Our hearts are heavy today from hearing the sad news of no more stomach but at least we feel better about the surgery location and the skilled hands we are putting Andy with.

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The fuzzy therapy kids


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dont poop in da pool

Success! we got our nurse Katie to say Poop twice today:)

It’s the little things that keep us giggling.  Try saying, POOP, its funny isn’t it?

Our plan is after Nov 1st when andy is freed from his chemo pump that we will run away and escape to an indoor waterpark somewhere in the MidWest. Why you ask? well because it’s really hard to enjoy water when you have a chemo pump attached to your chest 24/7 so we are going to Treasure the time apart from Phillipé de pump.

One last hurrah with a stomach together…and hopefully no poop found in the waterpark pool. Our nurse said to not worry about urine in the pool because the chlorine kills it within 7 seconds, and vomit you can dodge, but poop is a show stopper.

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Gift package


Sweet jacket!
Thank you IS dept…
Andy was feeling extra sick today so it brought a smile to his face…
Plus it’s freezing in the house

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Birthday and many more

Happy Birthday Andy..

No matter what happens or what the world throws at us we will always be ‘Us’. Nothing, not even #$!!%& Cancer can tear us apart. I didn’t fall in love with your stomach, I fell in love with you and all of you. When we get low I will pull us back up, when you get sad, remember the fun times we have had and that we will always be One-of-a-Kind!

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Crazy Andy


Another chemo day done. Last one for this round too!
Now we wait another 3 weeks before more ct scans…and then….surgery!

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My stomach is moving

Andy is eating again! And not just my amazing smoothies that he really really loves.
We have had steak two nights in a row. He has eaten a full 6 inch sub from subway again and ….wait for it….he had Hardee’s breakfast twice!

This past weekend was The big bike event and i managed to do only 78 miles:(
Andy chilled at the hotel with the pups and rescued me once with a sub from jimmy johns…it was almost like a normal adventure we used to have.

Tonight we are going to a friends to have a dog birthday party and free food!! Yessss! No cooking!

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can you just imagine

Close your eyes…breathe in…fill your lungs up and then exhale.
Now open your eyes and smile because you are alive.

Every day that passes is another day of breath..
Don’t take for granted being healthy..
Don’t take for granted seeing your loved ones healthy.

With every step into a cancer center it hits us like a concrete wall that a lot of people are sick, the larger facilities have so many patients waiting around. Waiting for what? to know that they can live or to know that they have only so much time…

Imagine being told your life will never be same and that we hope Chemo works, that it contains the cancer cells, that we can remove the stomach, and you will live a full life. Now imagine its YOU being told this or that you are sitting next to your husband, as the full force of what is to come, HITS you. The room spins and you cling to anything, to anything that sounds positive…. Breathe….

tomorrow is another day…another day of trying to wake up and LIVE

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