Monday, June 20, 2011

Round One Goes to Nicole

Well, the reconstructive surgery is now complete, and Dr. Cohen informed us that Nicole came through with flying colors.  Everything went as expected.  She is currently in recovery – a little groggy but doing just fine.  We will be able to see her in a couple of hours.

It struck me this morning how often we have spoken about this as a “fight” against cancer.  In many ways, that is exactly what it is.  Being the sports fan that I am, I am looking at this as a heavyweight fight; and today is Round One.

Everything Nicole has gone through leading up to today has been her training.  The tests, the research, the blogging, the prayers, the mental preparation have been her training for “The Big Fight.”

On all scorecards, Round One went to Nicole.  She took cancer’s best punches, but she kept punching back.  Of course, it helped that she had an amazing surgical and O.R. team in her corner.  For that, we are beyond grateful.

We are all aware that this is only the first round.  In the coming rounds, she will take more punches from the chemo, etc.  But we all know that she will eventually win this fight by a knockout.  And when she does, her prize will be more than some silly gold-plated belt.  It will be many decades of health, happiness and laughter.

How do I know she will kick cancer’s ass?  It’s like Harry Potter said at the end of “Order of the Phoenix” – I have simply replaced the name “Voldemort” with the word “cancer” (which is appropriate since this disease is a treacherous agent of darkness): “Even though we’ve got a fight ahead of us, we’ve got one thing that cancer doesn’t have … something worth fighting for.”


  1. YES. Nic, you rock! Can't wait to talk to you later in the week. Love you, my dear! :o)

  2. I am thrilled that everything is finally done-and Nicole achieved Round 1!!!!!!!!!! Nicole, you do most definitely rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will hopefully talk to you soon. In the meantime, get plenty of rest, and follow the doctor's orders-as I know you will. Thanks for the update Frank-my continued thoughts, prayers, and tons of love are with you and your family, especially with Nicole.

  3. "Its not about how hard you can's about how many hits you can take and still move forward." -Rocky Balboa

    Love you Nic,

  4. Love, love, love all of the great news and positive energy coming out of today. And I think it's great that Frank quoted from Harry Potter on this one, because the "small army" comment now makes me think of Dumbledore's army!

  5. Oh boy what a day,I bet every one is glad it is over,and she is the winner of round 1. What a fighter she is, your big cousin is proud of you. Rest up my dear, I will see you soon. Love ya

  6. So glad to hear this great news and LOVE the HP reference. Keep the positive news coming!

  7. I've just found this block and it's gonna take me some time to catch up. For now, Nicole you have the spirit, determination,and will to fight this battle. When you need a little extra lift you have a tremendous support team ready to help you. Prayers are already being lifted up on your behalf. Stay strong.

    Frank - Thanks for keeping usup to date.

    Love to all,

    Cousin Nick