Welcome to our CaringBridge website for Carolyn Nabakowski who was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in December, 2019. Since Carolyn's family members and friends are in many different places across the world we will post all important updates on this site.
We are asking for prayers for Carolyn during her journey that we feel isn't insurmountable given her incredible strength and resolve.
A little background on Carolyn's Diagnosis: Carolyn was experiencing Right Upper Quadrant pain in her abdomen and a few other non-descriptive symptoms but enough that it sent her to the ER in early December. A CT scan revealed a mass in her Ascending Colon. A Subsequent colonoscopy determined that Carolyn has a cancerous tumor that is partially obstructing the Cecum and Ascending Colon. The diagnosis came completely out of the blue.
After the diagnosis, scared, numb and frankly mad as hell we spoke with the doctor about the upcoming plan for care. He referred us to a highly regarded Oncologist and Surgeon. We were highly impressed by the Surgeon, Dr. Charles. Built like a starting running back but with an incredible bed side manner that made us both feel like Carolyn was literally in good hands. He wanted to schedule surgery as soon as possible due to the fact that the tumor was partially blocking Carolyn's colon. So, her surgery is scheduled for Monday, January 13th, 2020. Exactly one month to the day of the diagnosis. Carolyn plans on kicking cancer's ass on this day as well, with the help of Dr. Charles. The stage of the cancer and the prognosis will be determined after the Surgery but a recent PET scan revealed that Carolyn will need chemo after the surgery.
We are asking for prayers for Carolyn for a successful surgery as well as strength for the family as she goes through the potentially long healing process. Our girls are doing as good as to be expected during this hard time. We created this page to mainly provide updates on the surgery and her journey to recovery. I married an incredibly strong women 24 years ago and no challenge has been able to beat Carolyn. This one won't either. She has gotten stronger as we have grown together and I continue to be in awe of how amazing of a woman, Carolyn is and will continue to be. She is one of a kind and will continue to be the greatest wife I ever could have hoped for. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts during this trying time. Please keep on sending them and know that Carolyn will beat the hell out of this latest challenge to her life. Carolyn has pledged to "Battle Like a Biatch!"