It’s been one week…

since I have been released from the hospital. Guess it is time to get back to life. I have been on the couch most all of the week. The pain is coming and going and is very strong at times. Have had a few take your breath away moments with the pain, but am pushing through it. The appetite is coming back very slowly. At least the sight of food does not disgust me anymore and I am trying to eat more. The wound on my incision is healing nicely. It will take a few more weeks to heal, but the infection is gone and the healing process is moving forward.

I would be remiss if I did not take the time to thank my wife for everything she has done and is doing. Being at the hospital everyday, just being there for me. Now that I am home, she has the house and kids to deal with, an me on top of it all. She faithfully changes the dressing on my wound, makes sure I am eating, makes sure I am on top of my pain meds, makes sure I am resting, etc. I absolutely would not be able to walk this journey without her. I cannot thank her enough. She is a strong woman, but even strong women need prayer. Please pray for Sandi that she has the strength and sanity to take care of everything she needs to. Love you, Babe!!

I would also be remiss if I did not thank all of you who visited me. It was great to see all of you and I am sorry if I was a little strung out on my pain meds when you were there. I know I drifted in and out of sleep on some of you during our conversations, so sorry about that. Yes, the pain medication that I was on gave Sandi some memorable and laughable moments at the hospital. Just ask her to share some stories!

Right now, we are doing ok. I would ask for prayer support on the following:

1. Physical and mental strength to continue to fight this battle. It is getting harder to fight.

2. Growth of appetite.

3. Complete healing of wound at the incision site.

4. Regaining of strength to make it through the day.

5. Complete remission/eradication of the cancer.

Thanks, again, for the prayer support and everything else you have done for us. We do not take it for granted and we appreciate what people are willing to do for us.

Take care and stay tuned.


11 Responses

  1. I would have to agree with you! Sandi also amazes me in all she does and with the strength she shows while doing it! I know you thank God for her everyday and love her more than she knows. I also want to let her know what a great friend she is and how much her love for you and your kids has impacted the lives of those who are touched by you both. Love you both- Jen

  2. I am praying for all of the above! Glad to hear from you!
    Refuse to Lose!
    Fight to Win!

  3. Steph and Sandi-
    We are praying for your list also, and for Sandi’s continued strength and endurance. Stay strong! Refuse to Lose!!!!!

  4. Glad you are home and recovering, Stef! May God provide comfort, healing and strength. You and your family remain in my prayers.


  5. The Roy clan is praying for you and yours daily! Hang tough! In tough times, I am reminded of several scriptures (i.e Phillipians 4:13), but also a line in the movie, The Hunt for Red October. “Each new day brings new hope”…spoken as only Sean Connery can speak it. We, as christians can truly live out this phrase because of who lives in us. I am always encouraged by your comments and the amazing hope that is within you. Keep the faith!


  6. What a wonderful wife you have! She is lucky to have you as well!
    What a great marriage you have – giving each other such love and
    support, especially at this difficult time. God truly challenges us!!
    I am still praying for all of you!!! Glad to hear things are getting better and
    hope it continues!!
    Lots of Love! Julie

  7. Hey Stef, when the pain is bad, remember the breathing techniques you learned in Lamaze. I’m serious!

    Mary Lynn

  8. Stef, God is bigger than your pain or appetite!!!!! We continue to pray for your healing and for comfort. Thanks for keeping us all updated even when your not feeling good. I dont even know Sandi but I have a great deal of respect for her as a wife and mother, your a very blessed man to have such a wonderful caring person by your side!!!! I continue to pray for her strength through this also! Take care.


  9. Stef & Sandi,
    Again, we, my family continue to pray for you and your family. Please continue to fight the good fight.
    Steve & Ellen and the Ulrey family

  10. Continued prayers and blessings to you and yours!

  11. Sandi IS a stong woman! I’m praying for all of you! With all that life brings your love for each other will carry you through! You have touched so many lives!

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