Eight surgeries, two amputations, a month in rehab, four rounds of chemotherapy and seven months later, we got the good news, he was cancer free.
But life as we knew it would never be the same again. We had to sell our tri-level home with its huge yard we had worked so hard to get "just right" and move into a ranch style home. Tito had to retire from his job. We had to purchase a new vehicle so it was easier from him to get his wheelchair in and out. Everything we did was different.
But we were blessed. We were referred to an excellent surgeon who was out of our insurance system but was approved. She was kind and caring and tried everything she could to save at least part of the leg. We had friends and family rallying around us to help with anything we needed. We were able to sell our house in a short period of time - at a time when the market was beginning to slow down and homes could be on the market for over a year. We were able to purchase a home that was still under construction and make changes in the layout and doorways that would allow a wheelchair.
And Tito was blessed with a wonderful attitude and a determination to be able to do what he wanted to do. In addition to doing most of the housework and cooking during the week (which is a blessing to me) he
works in the garden
clears the snow
travels (this was in Mexico and he had tears in his eyes the first time he was able to go to the beach and put his toes in the sand)
attends the annual camping and fishing trip with his brothers
and rides his motorcycle. He had his motorcycle converted to a trike and even rode to California by himself last year. I don't have a picture, but he also has a recumbent hand petal bicycle.
He is truly amazing, his can do attitude is remarkable. I am not sure I could have done what he has.
Our life did change, but God has stayed with us and has blessed us in ways we could not imagine that day five years ago.