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6/1/2016 Latest post:
The day that will change our lives forever was March 15,2016. Clint had a colonoscopy, not for any special reason, just because the Dr. thought it was a good idea, since he was 3 years over due for one. There was a large polyp in his colon, which the Dr. removed, as much as he could. While Clint was still in the recovery room the Dr. came to talk to me, and show me the pictures they had taken. I could tell he knew more than he was telling me. But, he said they would send the biopsy off. We had an appointment with him 2 weeks later. He wasted no time in telling us it was cancer. I think I can say it was the worst moment of our lives. The next thing he wanted to know was where did we want to get treated. How would we know? We never had cancer before. We didn't even know we had a choice. Thus, began our long journey into many unknowns. Clint has had numerous procedures at different places all over Houston to determine where and to what extent the cancer has spread. At first the diagnosis was colorectal cancer. Recently, it was changed to rectal cancer. We were very relieved to find out after his CT scan that it had not spread to any other part of his body. It has broken through the rectal wall and is in the next layer, which is the fatty tissue. Therefore, the plan of treatment is 6 weeks of chemo & radiation on the same day, every day of the week, Monday-Friday. The chemo will be taken in pill form. After that there will be a rest of 8-12 weeks. Then he will have surgery. They will take out his rectum and reattach what is left to his colon. They will slice his small intestine, and bring it to the outside of his body, which is called an ileostomy. He will have an ileostomy bag for 4-5 months while he does more chemo. Then he will have another surgery where they will reverse the ileostomy. All this will take a year to do. It seems more than we can comprehend. But, we know God will be there, and open each door on our long journey.