After experiencing significant weight loss and intestinal struggles, Ed went to the doctor for a physical. On February 28, the doctor called with an initial diagnosis of colon cancer. Ed began working with the doctors to confirm the diagnosis by scheduling a colonoscopy. To complicate things, on Saturday March 11, Ed noticed some swelling in his leg. Resting over the weekend did not provide relief and he went to Bergan Mercy on Monday, March 13. He was hospitalized with a significant blood clot in his groin and clots in his lung. They immediately began treating him for the clots and were able to begin to focus on the colon cancer.
The colonoscopy, CAT scan, and MRI were conducted on Wednesday, March 15. The results were not what we had hoped. They found a 13cm mass in his rectum and determined that the cancer had spread to his lungs and liver. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Over the course of the next many days, a PET scan confirmed the diagnosis and the spread to the lungs and liver, but did not indicate any additional movement. Additionally, Ed has undergone procedures to put in a mesh filter to keep the blood clots at bay and has had a port inserted. On March 21, they conducted a biopsy of the liver.
Ed has a positive attitude and many friends and family providing prayer and support. We welcome your support and messages of encouragement for Ed, Carla, Alyssa and Cody, and Phillip.
Some have asked, "How can I help?" If you would like to make a financial contribution to Ed and Carla, you can click on the 'Ways to Help' button and then click on Ed's Go Fund Me page. Prayers and well-wishes are also most appreciated. Thank you!