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4/24/2017 Latest post:
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Background: This is Deanne's 4th diagnosis of colon cancer. Her latest surgery, in 2015, was to remove 11 inches of her colon and 2 tumors. It was a successful surgery. In September of 2016 while in Whitefish, MT, she began to feel extreme pain in her kidneys. The doctors there informed her that she was dealing with some serious kidney issues. Her ureters, the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder were severely blocked. One kidney was only working at 14%. After seeing several urologists and other specialists she was referred to Mayo in Rochester MN. While in Rochester, a CT scan confirmed that the cancer had returned and was inoperable. After numerous tests and doctor visits, she was told that if she was unwilling to undergo chemotherapy, there was nothing else that could be done for her. Knowing that the chances of success with chemo were very slim and would be too damaging to her already compromised body, we found an alternative treatment option and she began treatment at Nature Works Best Cancer Treatment Center in Tempe, AZ in January. She has dealt with nausea and excruciating pain. We tried numerous different medications and nothing seemed to work until we were able to get her into a pain specialist at the University of Arizona Phoenix who found a pain regimen that finally gave her some relief. In the last month since Deanne has been able to better manage the pain, we have seen some improvement in her condition, and feel as if the treatment is having a chance to work. However, it isn't working fast enough. Last Monday (April 17th), one of my mother's doctors found that her colon is about 90% blocked as a result of a small tumor in her rectum. Her doctors are very concerned that if the stool is not allowed to pass the colon will be blocked completely and she would become septic, which is fatal. Surgery is not an option. We know that Our Father has only good plans for us. Jesus, we trust you!