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2/23/2017 Latest post:
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Having just celebrated a “non stop” Christmas holiday, it was with no real sense of alarm or concern when Carl had some mild stomach aches in January. It was time for his physical so an appointment was made and labs were drawn. When the liver enzymes came back some what elevated he was given assurance that it was most likely due to the cholesterol medication or perhaps even a food borne illness. He stopped the cholesterol medication as asked.
Because the enzymes did not fall, a CT was ordered. Having had a GI evaluation in 2015 due to some reflux and and abdominal pain, he knew he had some gallstones. It seemed that the time had come for the gallbladder to come out. Believing the CT was going to confirm the need for a gallbladder surgery, Carl went ahead and held his aspirin/anti platelet therapy so the surgery could be scheduled promptly
What he was not expecting, nor any of the family, was a CT scan showing a mass in the pancreas. Instead of Gallbladder surgery, on Feb 20, 2017 he had a biopsy showing our worst fear, pancreatic cancer. By this time, (Just about 5 days from when he was told the CT was abnormal) he developed jaundice and on Feb 23, he had a stent placed in the duct, blocked by the mass, causing the jaundice to develop.
We still have a lot of unknowns. He will need staging to help doctors to recommend the next steps. Decisions will have to be made with regards to recommendations. None of this will come easy. None of this will be straight forward.
Carl and his family appreciate all the love and support already shown to us.
Our family asks for continue prayers.
Please pray for the doctors who will need to assimilate a lot of information and provide guidance on the best way forward.
Please pray for physical, emotional and spiritual strength that will be needed by Carl and all of us in the immediate family.
And most of all, please pray for God’s Love and Mercy to shine through even in this most difficult time.
We share with you the Pope’s fitting Tweet of Feb 21, 2017:
God knows better than we do about what we need. We must have faith, because His ways are different from ours.