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2019 sure has been a journey for the entire Asmus Family. The year began with Andy's parents both needing 24/7 care. This put all of us on a fast track to try and figure out how to turn a very tangled mess into something that was manageable. After Andy's dad's fall that left him with a brain bleed and skull fracture, things took a turn for the "more complex" for him as well as the family. Andy's sister Angela and her husband Paul moved in to care for Barry in April, so that has been a huge blessing. His mom, Mandy, was recently admitted to a group home in NE Phx where she is getting the individualized care she needs as well.
Then this August, Andy started to struggle with his own health. After visiting the primary care a few times he was sent to a specialist. Trying not to be too concerned that this doctor was at Arizona Oncology, we went to the appointment. We thought that it may just be that this was the first colorectal surgeon that our doctor could get us into. And yes, that was the case! But, within 20 min. into the appointment that doctor stopped to share that he believed Andy had cancer and needed to take a biopsy immediately.
We had to wait 5 business days for the news that came back as "severe dysplasia" but the doctor was still very concerned. So, he ordered a surgical biopsy. Trying not to panic (but we were) we wanted to get this scheduled with the best surgeon and treatment team, so we contacted Mayo. Only to find out 5 more days later that the next appointment was on January 6, 2020. So, to avoid losing anymore time, we scheduled the biopsy with the original surgeon. The biopsy was on October 1, 2019 at 7:00am. But, after 2 hours of waiting, we find out the clinic had forgotten to schedule the anesthesiologist, so he was rescheduled for 12:00pm, which meant 5 more hours of waiting in the surgery center. Thankfully we have an amazing community of friends, so we didn't wait alone. Nicole's parents took care of Emilee for the day and our friends cared for us.
The doctor came out and confirmed his suspicion of cancer. He had already put the order in for a CT and MRI that the medical and radiation oncologists will need. Also he was going to get all arrangements made with Arizona Oncology for Andy as soon as final pathology arrived in hand.
The CT/MRI are scheduled for October 8, 2019.
We are again in the moments of waiting to see how the next scans will look to confirm the staging of the cancer. Currently the cancer is colorectal cancer and we are praying this is right where it will stay and disappear from! For now, he is considered stage 2 until the next rounds of testing comes back.
We are so grateful for many of you asking how you can help and asking what we need - for now, we are not even sure ourselves. One of our very best friends has set up a Meal Train to help for now and that is just so kind and helpful. It just feels so unnatural to ask for help, but the links for help are above in “ways to help”
Thank you so much for taking this unexpected journey with us. We sure hope this is a short journey to complete health and restoration for Andy!
Update: Andy is diagnosed with Stage 3a Colorectal Cancer. Treatment will be chemo and radiation/proton beam.
Update March 30, 2020. Andy's Dad, Barry Asmus passed away & his mom continues to be in a care home close to us.