Sheesh, Gut, I hope this next surgery will get the rest of that bad yolk out of you (great explanation btw...I'm guessing you're a fabulous teacher ).
Lil Rose's first-grade teacher got uterine cancer, and informed her class about it (at a first-grade level). That way, when she lost her hair, etc., they knew what was going on. They loved her anyway, but going through her treatment with her just took everything to a whole new level. They wanted to support her in their small way, and had crazy hair day, crazy hat day, stuff like that to show their love for her. As a side note, Lil Rose has very thick hair, and grew it down to her waist twice in elementary school to donate it to Locks of Love, after learning about cancer and chemo. It was a strong learning experience for her. Additional note: her teacher has been cancer-free for 12 years now and counting.
Gut, you'll continue to me in my thought and prayers.