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Surprise! Surgery

This morning, Gina’s team at MSK gave us great news: her liver has grown back 80% since her liver resection—and the remaining liver tumors have either held steady in size or gotten smaller! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Then they gave us unexpected news: they want her to come back NEXT WEEK to perform the second liver resection. 😬😳😊

To be clear, this is also amazing news, but that’s a lot sooner than we’d been planning for or expecting. So, suddenly we’re making arrangements at home and at work to ensure that everyone and everything is covered—and we’re scrambling to find accommodations in NYC for Gina’s post-surgery recovery.

Our excitement is only tempered by the knowledge that this surgery comes with greater risks than the previous ones—and that the recovery will likely be harder on Gina.

All that said, it seems impossible that just a year ago, the oncologists with whom we first consulted refused to discuss the possibility of surgery with us; Gina’s liver was so taken over by tumors that it was considered to be past the threshold for possible successful treatment. And they were only giving her “a year, maybe two” to live.

But Gina said that she knew better.

And she was right.

Thank you all for being a part of this group. I wholeheartedly believe that Gina would not be where she is today without your love, ongoing support, kind words, and stars.

While waiting for our ride back home at O’Hare tonight, I hugged Gina and told her how proud I was of her and how hard she’s fought to get to this stage—and that I couldn’t believe how much more hard would follow (up to six months of “mop-up chemo”).

She replied, “I know, but it feels like we’re finally at the end of the beginning.”

Here’s to knowing yourself. Here’s to beating the odds. Here’s to getting to what’s next.

Go Gina, Go. I love you like crazy. Let’s Win.


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