Our Prayers Have Been Answered – No Chemo!

After a roller coaster month, and Tony’s colon cancer surgery last Tuesday, on Friday we received the best news we could have possibly have gotten.  I wasn’t there when the oncologist came to see Tony, but basically he said “we took out all the cancer and I see no reason for you to do chemo.”  Hallelujah!  Prayers from relatives, friends and all of your positive thoughts paid off and we could not be happier!

But, he still had a rough weekend in the hospital.  If anyone has spent more than a couple days in the hospital, you know that its the last place that you can get any type of rest.  His vitals needed to be taken every four hours because his blood pressure was high, he also has high blood sugar which is typical after his type of surgery, so he’s been getting insulin as well.

The problem with the type of surgery Tony had is that it takes a long time for things to start, ahem, moving in the right direction.  One of his doctors described his surgery as a tornado.  Say you are in your house and a tornado rips through your town.  The storm passes and you walk out and you see trees uprooted, debris all over.  It takes time to get things back in order.  Sadly, if it can’t go down, it goes up and out – so he was sick most of the weekend. 😦

I have to give a shout out to my office who sent flowers and sent a card to the house:

They have been so supportive of my absence from work and have picked up the slack – and thankfully a trial my boss was supposed to have in March got postponed indefinitely, which was huge!   It’s nice working at a smaller law firm because its much more familial than the huge law firms I worked at in Chicago. 😀

But I have a confession to make.  It was actually a comment that Debbi made that I couldn’t let slide:

Who sticks to their diet when their husband has surgery?! You so rock! Hugs!

Um, while I had every intention of staying on program, and even eating the WW food at the hospital – it was once I got home that all bets were off.   Below are just a sampling of items I had last week that somehow didn’t make it on my eTools.

at least Hannah split this with me 😀

I had chicken fingers on the days that the WW meal was fish

and maybe once instead of oatmeal my mouth said "sausage biscuit and a large coffee with 2 creams please"

And Saturday, after spending the morning with Tony, he was super tired and told me to come home for a few hours and take our dog for a walk.  There is a place on the way home from the hospital called Mr. Beefy’s – they have the best chicken pitas, and the fries come with it! 😀

for the record though, on my plate was 1/2 of the pita and I threw out 2/3 of the fries

After I ate lunch and took our dog on a half hour walk, I came back and knew I wanted to make a soup to bring back to the hospital for dinner.   A quick check of the deep freeze, fridge and pantry, I ended up making a cauliflower cheese soup with bacon.

Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Bacon (printer friendly version here)

  • 4 servings – 1 1/2 cups per serving: 242 calories, 12 fat, 12.5 carbs, 3.6 fiber, 16.9 protein =  6 PointsPlus

Ingredients:

  • 1 20 oz. bag frozen cauliflower
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces cheese of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons bacon bits (for garnish)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cooked asparagus (for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Microwave the bag of cauliflower and press “frozen vegetable.”
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat and add garlic and cook for a couple minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth, milk and cooked cauliflower and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Using a stick blender, puree soup.  Remove from heat and add the cheese (I used 4 ounces of cheese ends), salt and pepper and stir until cheese is melted.
  5. Spoon into 4 bowls.  I had leftover cooked asparagus, so I chopped the asparagus, zest and bacon bits and divided them equally between the bowls.

simple goodness in a bowl! 😀

I found out where the microwaves were in the cafeteria and heated this up for my dinner Saturday night – so much better than hospital food! 😀

And now I have to thank all the wonderful nurses who have been taking care of my Tony.  I can’t imagine how difficult it has to be to put your trust in the kindness of strangers when you are lying in a hospital bed.  Each and every one of them has been kind, gentle and happily get Tony’s sense of humor!   On more than one occasion a nurse has come back on a shift, walked into the room and said “so the wise guy is still here!”  I will forever be grateful for them taking care of him when I am not there.  😀

Still not sure when he will come home yet – but hopefully in the next couple of days.  Thanks again for your continued support, prayers, emails and cards – what a wonderful blogging community! 😀

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58 thoughts on “Our Prayers Have Been Answered – No Chemo!

  1. Yay! Thats awesome Biz, what a relief that is to hear in regards to no Chemo! I will continue to keep praying for you and your family 🙂 PS the pizza and soup look amazing!

  2. YAY!!!! No chemo!! That’s great news! And you have incredible will power to have thrown out some of those fries 😀

  3. yeah for tony, i was wondering from the begining why chemo when usually for this just surgical,tony will be back to normal sooner than you think, just gettting him home, my girlfriends husband had the same surgery and he had more bowel almost 80 percent of his bowel removed and within a month he wasnt even following his diet restrictions..have you gotten the list for that, im sure you will come up with some great ideas to make tony happy, even you can make the blandest of bland better..so happy to see he is getting better…i agree all bets are off on diets when hubby in hospital, yes food is a great stress reliever and if thats what you need right now, go for it..thanks for the update, i know being at hospital and worrying leaves you drained and you still find the time for us..thank you…

  4. BEST NEWS I HAVE HAD ALL WEEK! [why, yes I am screaming over here in VA – can we add a HALLELUJIAH! too- and no, I evidently can’t spell either.]

    That rocks Bizzy.

    Tell the wise guy to get better soon and get home. 🙂 Love and hugs to you all.

  5. I was so happy when I saw the title of this post! Sounds like he had one of the “best” kinds of cancer. I hope for a speedy recovery. So glad all the comments from everyone helped, nothing like having a whole mess of invisible friends to help!

    Make him some of your carrot/chipotle soup. That’s hot enough to get anything moving!! 🙂

  6. How wonderful Biz! That is the best news ever!

  7. Such great news for Tony!!! I thought of you a lot over the weekend!

  8. That is amazing news, Biz! I’ve been keeping you guys in my thoughts.

  9. Still sending prayers your way Biz. That is positively fabulous news!

  10. DiningAndDishing

    I am so happy for you guys!!! What truly great news :).

    No worries about not sticking to your diet – you had WAY bigger things to worry about. You’ve been a loving and supportive wife throughout the whole ordeal and that is 100% what matters most.

    – Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  11. No chemo! That is SOOOO fabulous. VERY happy to hear it 🙂 And stinky that Tony is not able to get much sleep and has been so sick to his tummy. I hope he is feeling better and better each day. Junk food happens. You’ll get right back on that horse- I know it. Glad you have so many loving & caring people if your life ❤

  12. Yipee for answered prayers!! What awesome news for you both! Keep hanging in there and Biz I think you should “eat” anything you wish 🙂 Focusing on your sweet hubby is all you need to do! Have a blessed day 🙂

  13. Biz, I am so thrilled for you and Tony!! Give him a hug for me and tell him that I’m so happy because chemo is a pain in the… :).

    I saw something that made me think of him this weekend, so if you feel comfortable sharing your address, shoot me an email and I’ll send it off. If you don’t, I won’t be offended, but I was thinking of you all!

  14. such great news to report! Wishing Tony as speedy and painless of a recovery as possible and for your lives to get back to normal as quickly as they can!

  15. WHAT FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!!!!!! Whheeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
    And who cares about the diet. Cut yourself some slack – you’ve had way more important things happening in your life right now. You’ll get there!

  16. Yay!! Best news ever!

    I hope he gets to come home soon so that he can get some real rest.

  17. SUCH WONDERFUL NEWS!!! I’m so happy for you guys! And i’m with that commenter – you’ve done quite a great job at sticking to the diet!! The new soup looks great, too. 🙂

  18. I’m so happy about your good news!!!!

  19. erintakescontrol

    THANK GOD! I’m so happy for you guys! 🙂

  20. best.news.ever!

    Tony sure is a fighter!

  21. fitandfortysomething

    gosh you guys have been through so much. yay for more chemo. i have no idea how you could possbily stay on a diet through all this…..be easy on yourself and do not worry about food right now 🙂

  22. fitandfortysomething

    i meant no chemo!

  23. OMG I am so happy for you and Tony!!!!!!! This is such great news.

  24. Fantastic news – I’m so happy for both of you!!! A week is a long time to be in the hospital…I sure hope Tony gets to go home soon. Healing thoughts still going his direction. 🙂

    Don’t blame you one bit for the stress eating. The good news is that you will get back to normal soon, and even if some of your meals are in the healthy range, hey, that’s good, too. I have been doing pretty good for the past week, but yesterday I was setting up a Caring Bridge website for my mom, and when we had to write her “story” (intro) I kept getting up and popping dark chocolate squares into my mouth. It is what it is…

  25. Awesomeeee! LOL and i love that you still took pics of the food, even if it might not have made it onto Etools ;D

  26. Oh man – this is such great news! I am so happy for you all.

  27. So glad everything is looking good! Hopefully things start “moving” again soon. After my daughter had her back surgery, it was two weeks before she was able to go, and it really worried me. Given that Tony’s surgery was related to that action, I imagine it must be a really difficult thing to get back to normal!

  28. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! So happy about that! Woot-diddly-doot-diddly-woot-woot-woot! Things are looking up. I’m looking forward to the post where you say Tony is able to eat again.

  29. Again, sooooo glad that Tony is cancer free and won’t require chemo. I can’t imagine having to have the inevitable “first shit” after such a surgery – (excuse my French but I’m a nurse for Godsake – it’s all we speak!). I hope everything “works out” okay – hahahaha – and I know it will. Eventually all that operated on tissue wakes back up and starts working again.

    And if I were you, I’d be eating a sackful of donuts daily – you’re doing great!

  30. Yay for no chemo!!! Hope Tony is feeling better soon! 😀

  31. Hi Biz! OMG, this is the BEST post!!! SOOOOOOO happy for you and Tony. Hopefully he’s feeling MUCH better soon and his vitals are all managed so he can think about heading home!!! You keep taking care of YOURSELF too, ok?? Hugs still coming down your way from Vancouver to Chicago!!

  32. I’m so glad to hear no chemo! Give Tony a big hug from your blog friend, Amanda!

  33. Best news!! So happy for you! Good things happen to good people 🙂 Wishing Tony a speedy recovery and some healthy “movements”. Hey, I’m a dietitian, I get these things! 🙂

  34. I am so happy to hear that Biz! Such wonderful news!

  35. Although the recovery will be hard, it’s so much better to think that he doesn’t have to do chemo!! SO happy about that for you guys (and you Tony!) Get well soon!!

  36. Great news for Tony! Hope he is feeling well enough to enjoy his recuperation soon.

    Best,
    Bonnie

  37. Great news! I am feeling a little tearful. I am so glad things are going, I was going to say in the right direction, but perhaps that would have been a bit premature. I do believe that the tornado will right itself, hopefully soon.

  38. Beth I am SOO happy for you and your family. THank goodness you guys dont have to go through chemo…THANK GOD! I apologize for not having commented to show you that I”m here for support and cheerleading because school has been a sucker but believe me when I say i read through ALL Your posts and say a prayer for you guys through all of this. I’m sorry that Tony had to go through so much pain and surgery, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel!

    GOod luck with everthing…Healing is also a long journey ahead so stay upbeat and positive like you always have!!!

  39. What amazing news!! I will keep Tony in my thoughts for a quick(ish) recovery and coming home soon! And, no one can blame you for enjoying a little fried/pizza delight…with all the stress you’re under, you need the extra pick-me-up of something a little naughty!

  40. That is AMAZING news! Hooray!

  41. Yay!!! So glad to hear that you got some good news!!!!! 🙂

  42. I am so happy to hear that news, such a relief for you all. It is nice to have an understanding work place, would be rough to get through this without it. Hope Tony is back at home soon and getting some rest. I always felt like the hospital rooms are like revolving door of people in and out of the rooms.

  43. YAY!! Praising Jesus, that is great news!! Will be praying that he can go home soon!!

  44. Oh, Biz!!! This is WONDERFUL news and very much deserved of you two!!! I’ve had a bummer of a day but this totally put a smile on my face. I hope Tony feels better and all stays well – your positive attitude absolutely rocks!! 🙂

  45. Thank you so much for sharing your joyful news! My thoughts are with you and your husband!

  46. Wonderful, wonderful news. So happy for you all. My mom had lung cancer and the same thing happened, no chemo. This is still no fun for either of you, and you will definitely be in my heart and my prayers. Best to you all.

  47. A word of encouragement: my husband had colon cancer 10 years ago last August, and by the grace of God, is doing well. He had a year of chemo and has frequent colonoscopies (the time between is increasing with each “clean” test). I know how we clung to every report we heard of patients making full recovery, and love to give hope to others going through what we did. Blessings.

  48. Congrats on the good news. Glad your home now, hospitals are a no sleep zone which makes it hard to recover. Even with 2 boys i get more sleep at home than the hospital. Glad all went well. Hope the recovery goes smoothly.

  49. Awesome news, Biz! Best of luck on the rest of recovery for Tony.

  50. Yay!!! Happy for your family!! what great news!

  51. Having been the sole caretaker for my sister who went through daily radiation and several rounds of chemotherapy, I understand the agony you had to face before getting your wonderful news of no chemotherapy. Thank you for sharing your precious time with all of us so that we can hopefully stay on track trying to lose weight the healthy way.

  52. That is fantastic news Biz! I am so happy for you and your family. As someone who has cancer survivors in their family I know what a relief those words can be.

  53. WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!! Come on…like cancer ever had a chance! 🙂 So happy to hear that Tony is improving with each passing day!

  54. That is wonderful news! Happy for you. Hope Tony gets to come home soon.

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