On Tuesday, March 28, Brad called me from his office, which is in walking distance to our house, asking me to come pick him up. When I arrived he was shaking violently and experiencing shortness of breath. I drove him home and got him into bed and called the doctor to see what we should do. It was recommended that we call an ambulance.
When the emergency medics arrived, they examined Brad and said it looked like flu symptoms. However, he had a heart rate of 170, so they decided to transport him to St. Joseph Hospital, near our home in Kansas City.
Nurses and doctors performed several tests on Brad, including a CAT scan, which revealed a grapefruit-sized mass on the left side of his large intestine. On Wednesday Brad had a colonoscopy and a biopsy was taken.
While waiting for the results, it was decided that Brad needed immediate surgery to prevent intestinal blockage and infection. The surgery was successful, however, the surgeon was not able to remove all of the tumor.
We were released from the hospital on April 7 and Brad is resting and recovering well. Friends and neighbors are surrounding us with prayer and support beyond anything we could have imagined.
We will have a meeting with an oncologist next week and we covet your prayers for God’s wisdom as we make decisions.
That is where we are as of today, April 11. God has been so faithful to us and we feel his nearness and grace. We will update as we have the time and as new information arises.
Thank you for your care and concern, and most of all, your prayers. It is our hope that by setting up this Caring Bridge site, we can reach as many of you as possible with information and updates. We are blessed with so many family and friends, that we are unable to communicate individually, much as we would like to.
Please leave comments, encouragements and prayers on the guest book Caring Bridge provides. Brad really enjoys hearing from those who love him.