Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I'm Home With Incredible News!!!

We arrived home at 4:35 this afternoon. As soon the car door was open, I heard the waterfall & stream and just got teary eyed. It is so good to be home. Surgery is such an exhausting and powerful experience. I did have a concern about coming home too soon. However, Dr. Cagir felt it was safer to be home and away from the hospital, than to be at the hospital where "super-germs" are known to thrive. So home we came.

25-minutes after we arrived home, Dr. Cagir called to inform us that the biopsy done on the tissue removed from my body was complete. ALL OF THE TISSUE THAT WAS REMOVED FROM MY BODY - TUMOR INCLUDED - IS 100% CANCER-FREE!!! What that means is the chemotherapy and radiation treatments, killed, dissolved or melted away 100% of the cancer that has been alive in my body. And what that means is that at this moment, I am currently 100% cancer-free. I can not begin to express what I am feeling in my heart right now.

Minimally, I will tell you that on the ride home I was dreading the coming chemotherapy and radiation treatments I will receive once I am recovered from surgery. Right now my only thought is that I will do what ever it takes to be cancer-free. My head hurts from the tears that have been streaming down my face for the last four hours. And I am so tired I can't write anymore and I have to close my eyes and go to sleep. I am sure I will write more tomorrow.


  1. Bert,
    That is truly incredible news. We've been waiting for it... How wonderful! We are so glad to hear you're home! Sleep well, and congratulations to you & your family. See you soon,
    Jim & The Girls

  2. Bert,

    I am so, so, so, so, so happy for you! And glad you are home!

    I totally identify with the happiness at hearing that you have been declared cancer-free, and the willingness to undergo whatever treatment it takes to be cancer free.

    I know it wasn't easy, and you still have a ways to go, but I am glad that your treatment has been so successful.

    You continue to be in my thoughts.

    Maria Brown

  3. ALL GREAT NEWS. Congratulations and keep on with the recovery! Thank you and your family for sharing your story and continuing to inspire.

  4. I'm so happy for you and your family. All the decisions you've made and the battles you've overcome all seem to be showing there importance now. Yesterday my wife and I took our 3 year old to preschool registration. We decided non-like some of the parents to not sit at the table with Dylan while they tested him. When he pointed to the back of his neck for where his ankle was Kim and I just smiled. Right in the middle of his second teacher he looks over at me watching him and says “Daddy I love you so much” It was one of the most wonderful, proud days I’ve had in a long time. These are the reasons I quite smoking, try to eat better, exercise. Why we fight sickness, CANCER. For the thousands of “Wonderful” moments we will spend with the one’s we love. You’re in my thoughts. Fil

  5. Hallelujah! All the angels, in their many forms, are rejoicing with you.
    This reader thanks you again & again for taking us along this journey.

  6. Thank God you are cancer free!

  7. Is that more than you possibily even dared to hope for? OMG waaahooo! Now just keep going right on with life. What a great feeling!

    Love ya (loved Danielle's updates, lol!) - Jen B.

  8. Congratulations! Your story fills me with hope! Please continue to blog!
    Take care!

  9. THis is AWeSOmE!!! As a family memember of a cancer survivor I can be more exited to hear that you are well. When I first heard the news early last year I felt a deep pang, even though I only know of you through your sister.

    Be well and live life. That is how my mother survived cancer for 26 years now!

  10. hey bert...so glad to here your wonderful news!!!take care and God bless!!! jims sister kari

  11. It looks like all my praying worked.

    No need to thank me, though. I try to be selfless when I pray.

    Glad to hear that God met my demands!

    Love to you and yours!

  12. INCREDIBLE...you give us all hope in so many ways - thank you!

  13. Cried and cried when I read the words.
    Oh Bert, such a long hard road to hear those waited words.
    Light and love and rest now. The last stage just ahead. You are amazing.
    Love to the whole family