I received the big news on July 2nd, 2008. The doctor came into my colonoscopy exam room and told me that the biopsy they took during a sigmoidoscopy exam two days earlier came back positive for cancer.
Not the kind of news you want to hear after they have just administered some drugs into your system via I.V. I met with the surgeon on July 8th and he said that the CT scans showed that the cancer had already moved into my Liver also. It was official, I had Stage 4 Colon Cancer.
I had the malignant tumor removed from my colon on July 31st. I had a 2nd colon surgery on Sept. 18th(our 9th wedding anniversary) to fix the colon as it had collapsed. I did 16 rounds of chemotherapy. Many of the tumors shrunk or disappeared. I had liver surgery in July of 2009. They removed 70% of my liver. The remaining part had two tumors still on it. After recovering from the surgery, I then went back on chemotherapy to shrink the 2 tumors and prepare for a 2nd liver surgery.
This blog has been created to keep friends and family updated as I take on this challenge.
I really appreciate all the love, support and prayers for Karen, the boys and me.
For those of you with morbid curiosity, below are the scars so far to my chest and abdomen(Oct. 2008). The bump on the upper left area of the chest is the Port. They access the Port with a needle each time I do chemo. The Port has a tube connected to it which feeds into a vein in my neck. The tube is easiest to see by a red bump right below my neck. The red line on my abdomen of course is from both of the colon surgeries. The first surgery scar was all below my belly button. Now the scar extends about 2-3″ up and around the belly button. He essentially went right over the top of the old scar. The faint scar to the left of the red line is my scar from when I was a week old. During my first week of life I already was in trouble with the doctors as the pyloric valve on top of my stomach wasn’t open, so that scar has grown with me for 40 years. Not sure why they haven’t just added a zipper to me yet, it would be a whole lot easier.
Chris passed away on March 15th, 2011 at about 6:05 in the morning. Both his parents(Darrell and Karen), his brother(Dave), his father-in-law (Chuck) and his wife(Karen) were by his side as he left this world for Heaven. He had gone into a hospice house for about two weeks prior to his passing after the doctors had told him his liver was failing and he only had days to a couple of weeks to live. He left a huge hole in our lives and in our hearts and we miss him every day. He was buried at Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN on March 19th in the Walnut section of the park. We still try to update the blog as our lives continue without Chris.