Round 1: The Fight Begins

Steph had her first surgery yesterday to put in her port and remove two lymph nodes. Thankfully, both lymph nodes show no signs of cancer. The doctors are running more extensive diagnostics on her lymph nodes to determine if there are any microscopic traces of cancer cells. We should have those results early next week.

Yesterday’s surgery was round one in Steph’s fight against cancer. Typically in a boxing match, each round is scored by the judges. The way I see it, this round goes to God. I know Steph is the one in the ring fighting cancer. But I believe yesterday’s outcome was a result of God stepping into the ring and fighting on her behalf.

After we arrived back at the house, we were once again overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and kindness. Gifts from our church, band family and Steph’s work arrived at the house. Josh had to go to his band concert, which was difficult for Steph since she has never missed one of the kid’s activities.

Last night we were absolutely exhausted. I felt so bad for her because she’s sore and can’t get comfortable. We got up around midnight, and I put her in my recliner hoping it would be more comfortable than lying in the bed. I slept on the couch so I could be near by in case she needed me. I don’t think she rested well because the dog and I sacked out on the couch and tried to out snore each other. It’s amazing how loud a three-pound Yorkie can snore.

After the kids got off to school, we both went back to sleep, and got up around 9:30.

She is still having soreness, especially in the area where the port has been placed. We’re icing her down to get the swelling to subside and keeping her adequately medicated.

Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement and support. I’m asking that you continue to pray for Steph because next week, the bell will sound to signal the beginning of round 2 – chemotherapy.


  1. gladell says:

    Rick,I am so proud of the husband and father that you are.The love for your family shows and is felt by others.
    You and your dad are so much like Jesus.The love you give your family is felt by others.
    Jesus is in the mist of the fire with you to fight the battle.
    proud mom.

  2. Paula Prevette Starnes says:

    Just wanted Steph to know that I am thinking and praying for her. Praying all of you as well. I am so happy that there was no Cancer found. Hopefully there will be no trace evidence as well. I know she has a tough battle ahead. She is a strong woman and has a loving/supportive family. I know that God is with all of you right now. Just lean on him and he will lift all of you up. I am not working right now. If she needs anything please let me know. I can even come stay with her if you need to go to work.

    All my love,


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