I had two surgeries: one in June to remove the malignant mass (tumor) and the other to cut out a few dozen lymph nodes from the back of my abdominal cavity that the cancer had spread to. The second one was pretty rough. The week in the hospital wasn’t horrible with the help of some amazing doctors, nurses, and friends that kept on visiting during my recovery. In the days leading up to the procedure, and around bone marrow biopsies, lab tests, and scans, we had as much fun as possible to make things a bit more bearable. I had two days between getting out of the hospital and going back for my first chemo treatment… which was super fun, of course, with nauseating toxins and a fresh incision.