Story #1. As most people are aware, Gary has been in treatment for a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since September 2014. And most people are also aware, that he underwent a stem cell transplant in October of 2016 and has been deemed in remission since February 2017. According to recent test results, remission is ongoing.
Story #2. Fast forward February 2019 came a diagnosis of colorectal cancer in its 3rd stage. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed until May 2019. In early June 2019, testing determined that these treatments were only 20% effective.
With the projected stage and location of the cancer in the colon and minimal effects of chemo and radiation, removal of the sigmoid colon and annus would be necessary. So, here on Friday July 12, 2019, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO, Gary is undergoing a major surgery estimated at 6-8 hours or more. He will be hospitalized approximately 7-10 days and then be moved to a rehabilitation center for approximately 2 weeks. Rehab is to teach him how to get out of bed because he will not be able to sit on his backside for 6 weeks. He can only stand or lie down.