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6/3/2017 Latest post:
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On May 3, 2017, Doug received the preliminary diagnosis of stage 3B renal cell carcinoma on his right kidney from an abdomen CT scan ordered from our PCP, due to his extreme fatigue and bloating. All of his blood work and other tests came back normal, so you can imagine our shock as we sat in the office to hear the news. Our new PCP ( that I had just met for the first time) said the mass is a large one, the size of a football. He also has a mass on his left kidney that's about the size of a golf ball. To date, we are still not sure about the lesions on his lungs as to whether or not they are malignant. Doug has lost about 20-25 pounds in the last month since diagnosis.
We were referred to an oncologist at Texas Oncology and asked to get several more tests including MRI 's, more CT's , a urine study, a bone scan, and more blood work than anyone should have to get. We were referred to a surgeon at USMD Cancer Center and he was not able to perform the surgery because of the size of the tumor. We were then sent to a different surgeon in the same practice and he was very encouraging believing he could remove it. We have since learned that the cancer is also in the vein that travels to the heart ( vena cava) and will require a cardio thoracic surgeon as well for the surgery. We are very happy with our surgeons as they all have an excellent reputation that precedes them and have worked together as a team many times.
It has been almost impossible for Doug to continue working, and as most of you know, he is self employed which makes that a challenge in itself. We know that the men he has in place to keep the business going will rise to the occasion, and make Doug proud. We have tried to stay as normal as possible as long as we can, until we just can't anymore.
Our life as we know it, is not the same...not sure it will ever be. But we are so unbelievably grateful and thankful for the outpouring of love and suppport from such amazing people. I told someone today that I have always had Faith, but when you receive a monetary donation from a complete stranger from a post on FB, my faith will never be the same. I have seen Jesus in so many people and I don't have the words needed to express how I'm "almost" thankful for what is going on, because I am in such awe of the love we have received and have watched people be the hands and feet of Jesus in this awful mess. God is so good! All the time!
Doug is scheduled to have surgery to remove the right kidney, the tumor and his right adrenal gland on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 1:30 at Harris Methodist in Ft. Worth. He will remain in the hospital for 5-7 days minimally and then have a pretty tough recovery at home for a several weeks. Treatment for anything after surgery will be determined at a later date. We have run into a little struggle with insurance coverage, but we are believing that God is going to provide...as always. (:
Thank you all for the prayers, wisdom shared, and love of our family....it is truly amazing!