Amputation

Dr. Rapp signs the leg to be amputated to ensure no mistakes are made!

First and foremost I want to thank you all for the incredible outpouring of love, prayers and support as I faced this monumental event in my life. It is truly humbling and I appreciate each and every one of you who took the time to reach out during this.

The surgery went well yesterday and we had a six centimeter margin, which is very good. My surgeon, Dr. Rapp, told us that the tumor was quite large, about the size of an elongated softball!

There is definitely a lot of pain that comes along with the amputation, but we are working to get my pain meds right and get that under control. The phantom pains are actually really interesting. I can feel exact places on my missing right foot or leg that will itch, but when I go to scratch it, it is obviously not there! Right now my knee has some pain, but again, there is no way to alleviate it or ease it into a better position.

With my mom in the recovery room right after surgery

Thankfully the phantom “pains” haven’t been hurting me too much, so I can observe the interesting aspects of it. The most frustrating thing I’ve found so far is when I have the urge to wiggle my toes on my missing foot. It feels like my foot is there and just won’t respond, which just makes me want to try harder! I have found that I just have to fight the urge from the start and it isn’t too bad.

I’m heading to bed now, but thank you all again for the incredible prayers and support during this fight to get cancer free!

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5 Responses to Amputation

  1. peggy redfern says:

    I’m so happy to hear the surgery went well. I sang an ancient sanscrit prayer for you and your doctors just before the surgery started. It’s for protection and grace.

    I think you had an entire army praying for you!

    Keep up the good work. You need to get up and moving in preparation for the Masters!

  2. Eric Gray says:

    Hey Man
    Its been awhile but my mom and this blog has been keeping me up to date. I just want you to know that if there is anything I can do just let me know. I currently work with wounded warriors in which I have seen every amputation possible. If you need ideas on adapting equipment, driving equipment, adaptive sports equipment, amazing opportunities for people with amputations or anything else just let me know. I even have a good friend that runs the amputee clinic here in Augusta that you can bounce ideas off of if needed. As a fellow cancer survivor I know you are going to continue to be able to do amazing things with your life!

  3. Jessica says:

    Love you Rob! So great to “hear” from you already–you’re a rockstar! Keep us updated–praying for healing and comfort!

  4. Ellen Knox says:

    Rob – thank you for the uplifting update. I am a friend of your mom’s. Your courage and grace during this trying time reveal a lot about the phenominal person you are. As a fellow cancer survivor, I can say that cancer changed my whole perspective on life & that has stayed with me these 15 years since my battle with the disease. In the healing process, just focusing on one day at a time and rejoicing in small progress each day was so helpful for me. And knowing that God was with me and had a plan. I believe His plan for you is going to be remarkable! You have a very large fan base out here – including people you don’t even know! Thank you for your entries – they mean a lot to those of us who care about you & your family. One other thing: miracles unfold in the most mysterious ways. Lots of love, Ellen Knox

  5. janie redfearn morris says:

    LOVE this picture of my precious sister and my awesome nephew!!!! You are such an inspiration to us all. I think I see angels around you two as well!!!! They ARE there, whether we can see them or not! Continuing prayers for you all! Love you. Janie

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