We arrived at the Huntsman this morning at 7:00 am. At about 8:00 Trent's mom showed up and waited with us for pre-op. We spoke with all the docs and anesthesiologists and they all seemed really great. I asked the doc if I could see the tumor when he got it out. He promised me he would have pictures taken. They all laughed that I wanted to see it but seriously, I have been tending that thing for the last month and a half and I am really curious!
We said our goodbyes and they wheeled him away. I didn't even tear up at all. I was feeling really good. When we stepped out to the waiting room Court and Jill were there with their two little girls. We talked and visited for quite a while. I had grand plans to get a lot done during the surgery but had a way better time talking to them. Around 2:30 my parents showed up and later Josh came. Then finally at about 5:30 they called and said the tumor was out and the doc would be out to see me in fifteen minutes.
I opted to see him all alone first. He told me the surgery went off way better that he had expected. He removed a tumor that was a little larger than a college size football and he felt like there were negative margins which means he thinks he got all of the cancer. He was surprised at how much healthy tissue was left. He did have to take most of the muscles but was able to leave the minimus gluteous. Trent will have a limp but should be okay to get around by himself. He will be in the hospital for about 5 days. They will give him some time to heal and then start the chemo again around the first of August. Because we know the cancer did not respond to the chemo the first time it is paramount that Dr. Gouw finds the correct chemo this time to attack the spots on the lungs and whatever microscopic cancer is in Trent's body. We will now focus our prayers and fasting on Dr. Gouw and his ability to prescribe the correct regimen.
Trent has done beautifully today. He came out of the surgery way better than they had hoped. He looks great. It is amazing to see his body without the tumor. He has been in good spirits and pretty comfortable. We know the next week will be tough but we can make it. We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father for guiding the surgeon today and allowing such a positive result. It has truly strengthened my testimony in the power of the priesthood even more. We are counting this as miracle number one for this phase. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and fasting!