It’s been quite a week, month and year…
I’ve had jaw pain this entire year, as many of you know. After seeing multiple dentists, buying and using five retainers and going through four weeks of physical therapy, I still had unexplained pain. I went from eating sandwiches and full meals, to eating only smoothies and frosty’s. I went from being a fully functional wife, mother and full-time employee, to barely making it through the day, missing all soccer games on the weekends and declining all social events as it was too painful to talk for five minutes.
Wednesday, 5/24, Dave and I arrived at Riverside at 5 AM for a biopsy. We all believed, including the ENT Doctor, we were ruling out cancer so we could move forward with healing my jaw. Turns out, the TMJ issues were masking a sneaky tumor growing in my tongue. The biopsy procedure started at 7 and by 8:30 AM, the cancer diagnosis was confirmed and I had a team of doctors waiting for me at James Cancer Hospital. By 2:30 PM, my team of doctors, Dave and I had a plan of action. Starting with surgery, the tumor would be removed and I would begin the healing process. After a month, radiation and, potentially, chemo would take place for 4-6 weeks. Then, normal… right?
The diagnosis brought relief to me but a wave of emotions for Dave. While I was prepared for the worst, turns out I was the only one. Once diagnosed, many calls were made and the whirlwind began. Thursday morning, I walked into Nationwide and delivered the news to so many close friends and co-workers. It took about an hour before the most important realization hit me… This battle is not mine, it’s ours. While the cancer is in my body, everyone around me is impacted. We are all in it together. How very sad, yet completely awesome, is that?
We’ve received letters, emails, cards, text messages, Facebook messages and more. The comments and donations on the gofundme.com site bring tears to our eyes. We’ve had so many visitors, hugs and lots of laughter. We continue to be completely humbled by the overwhelming support – it’s hard to even know how to thank everyone. But, we will absolutely try.
The bag is packed, our kids have their runners for tomorrow, meals are scheduled until September and we have support pouring into our home in so many ways. Tomorrow at 7:15 AM the rude eviction of said tumor, Earl, begins. You can absolutely look forward to hearing about the successful removal as soon as we can get to the computer. We have our champions on call and ready to communicate updates to our friends and family.
We know Thursday will be the worst day of this year. Friday will be tough. Saturday will be easier. And, everyday after that will only get better. We’re ready and so very excited to start the healing. With all of you supporting us and in it to win, let’s get in there and do this.
With much love, Stephanie
A special note: Two very special friends, Moriah and Bryce Davis, created this website. Thank you from all of us to the Davis Family for creating this forum for us to gather.