There are no words to express how thankful we are to have people in our lives who are willing to pray for us, who think about us, who love us. This is an amazingly beautiful, terrible, and scary thing to be in the middle of. I don’t think we even know what this is that we are in the middle of. Fear and suffering are constantly colliding with love and beauty. I know the world would be a more beautiful place if we all cared for each other the way you all have cared for us. We never want to forget, and pray that we will carry your love with us everywhere we go.
It’s beyond comprehension to know that there were literally thousands of people praying last night for Will. People in different parts of the country and world. Thank you all! Why you all care about us or would want to walk through this with us, we really don’t understand, and many of you we don’t even know. It’s mind boggling. As I sit here thinking and watching Will sleep, I remember how we have prayed for years that we would be able to bring people together somehow. People from different walks of life. People who believe different things. People who come from completely different worlds, to sit down together. Will has always done that so well and I have always admired him in that way and wanted to have the ability to do what my heart desired, but what he so easily did. I don’t know what is going on in our lives or why this has happened the way it has, but in a way I guess our prayer is being answered. I wish it would have been any other way. We thought it would be through music and pray that Will will still be able to bring people together through his music. But, we know that what we have prayed for is being answered, so I guess I just want to say thank you all for being a part of our lives and for being a part of whatever this is. Thank you for caring about us when there is really no reason for you to. I pray with all my heart that the Lord will bless us all with Will’s life for many, many more years to come, with the beauty he brings, and the love he gives, his genuine care for people, and for his desire to create things that will give people an experience they would have never had otherwise.
So how is Will… He seems to be slowly improving each day. He is extremely tired and is still dealing with side effects, but everything is slowly getting better, except for the fatigue. Good news… The doctors believe the infection is gone! They told us today that they won’t be doing a biopsy on his lung as they are fairly confident it is just inflammation! And, Will finished treatment today!!! He was rewarded with a certificate and his face / shoulder mask, which he said he will be wearing as his harlem shake costume :)
Will was also feeling well enough last night that we were able to go to the prayer night. It was amazing to be a part of and to see people again, after not having any visitors for about a month and half or so. We look forward to seeing many of you again soon!
Next Steps… We will have to wait 3-4 months to find out if the treatment worked. Will will have a PET scan and other imaging at that point to see if the cancer is gone. We will be meeting with the surgeons who will do reconstruction during this time, but we don’t know when reconstruction will take place. We will have many follow-up appointments to make sure other issues are okay… vision, hearing, wounds, feeding tube… and, he will slowly start coming off of all the medication. And, once Will is feeling better, we are hoping to have a costume party that is turned all the way up to 11 and party rocks hard enough that everyone does the HarlemShake. Or, we may just enjoy a quiet evening at home toasting each other with a fresh juiced beverage. Either way it will be just like 1999 and we’ll tell you all about it. (Will’s contribution to this update in bold) :)
-Angie (with the help of Will)