Thursday April 13th my best friend Bill had bleeding issues that led us to the Lee's Summit Medical Center. By Friday morning the staff decided a larger, more specialized hospital was needed, so Bill was taken by ambulance to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Initially, a procedure to cauterize the ulcer was done. Unfortunately , the bleeding continued causing a team of doctors much concern. Bill was given a blood transfusion (eventually 13 units were given) The specialists consulted and quickly decided a very complicated surgery called The Whipple was needed ASAP! The family was told it could take from 2-8 hours. Imagine my surprise when the lead doctor called my cellphone before even 2 hours had passed. Something went either very wrong, or very right. In the short phone conversion I learned the team of doctors did not need to do the complicated surgery but only needed to take out the softball size stomach tumor, and also a small piece of the duodenum. I mentioned all the prayers that had gone into that surgery room and the doctor agreed that he believed the prayers had made all the difference. Praise the Lord!
Since the surgery we have learned the tumor is stage 3, grade 1. Bill will begin a daily chemo pill that will kill any cells that might have been left behind. The doctors believe his cancer is very treatable and with the pill, and possibly radiation, the chance of it returning is less then 10%. What a praise!
During the week Bill was in the hospital, over 30 friends and family members came and lifted his spirits as they prayed over him and simply loved on him. One of the lead surgeons blessed me greatly by grasping my hands and saying a prayer over the surgery. My Aunt Sally Buchanan came all the way from Washington State, and Krista (our oldest) flew in from Texas. Sean got off work and school in Manhattan Kansas to be with us. Another highlight was the children all laying hands on their Daddy and praying aloud for his healing. Though this is a difficult journey, we can see God's hand over Bill and all of us through each step.