As we start this journey and start sharing it with our friends and family, we can feel a circle of strength and protection. Each one of you adds to our strength. Each one adding to the choir of prayers being constantly prayed over Chris and our family. It’s a very humbling experience. To lean into the love of God so hard that we are keenly aware of Him breathing life into us to keep us moving forward. To lean into the love and care of God, friends and family is a comforting place to be.
It became concerning after Chris got the dreaded Minnesota cold this last fall and just never could get his energy back up. Sleep was becoming a major issue so he went in for a physical. The doctor said that he most likely has Beaver Fever (Giardia). Made total sense, he was waist high in a beaver dam at Superior 100 mile fall of 2017. He didn’t have any markers of it being anything to do with prostrate, colon cancer, etc. All things lined up to Beaver Fever. So we were very confident that this was going to be the diagnosis. However, he was very anemic so he started iron supplements and they scheduled him for his routine 1st colonoscopy. In the meantime test results came back negative for Beaver Fever.
January 2, Chris went in for the colonoscopy where they found a tumor, took a biopsy and sent him immediately over for a CT Scan. That afternoon we heard back from the initial reading of the scan that it has spread into his liver and there were some spots on his lungs.
January 7, met with his colonoscopy Doc who confirmed that it was cancer and we viewed the CT Scan.
January 8, met with an Oncologist in Waconia. He told us that he has incurable stage 4 cancer. His recommendation was a round of chemo, check scans and then chemo maintenance until…the end. Well, I guess he didn’t know who he was talking to! We have a big GOD, FAITH, FAMILY, and so many PRAYERS covering us from so many amazing FRIENDS. We have HOPE. With the amazing friends that Chris has through Team RED, of course God would provide the hope that our family needs to move forward with an aggressive plan of attack to get this cancer evicted.
Where we are today, we will be meeting with another Oncologist on Friday. In the meantime that Doc is reviewing the records and hopeful that he will have direction in that Friday meeting. This Doc suggested chemo as soon as possible along with a very aggressive surgeon to remove what would be remaining after the chemo. He believes that there is HOPE. Chris is physically feeling well. We are all still in shock. Many tears but mostly from the out-pour of care and love from all of you.