Glen Martin | CaringBridge

Glen Martin

First post: Jan 29, 2018 Latest post: Feb 14, 2018
Jan 13, Glen went to the ER with severe chest pain. Cardiac problems were ruled out. Glen asked for an MRI which was an unusual request, but the doctor complied. It revealed that Glen has a 2 centermeter tumor on his pancreases. A biopsy was done and confirmed that Glen has Neuroendocrine Cancer..., and so our life took a sharp left and our new journey begins.  When the GI doc confirmed Glen had cancer, he suggested 2 top doctors in Houston for us to contact. One of them was Dr. William Fisher. (This is the part when sometimes God lets you know he is with you). Dr. Fisher "Bill" as I know him, is my daughter’s best friends Dad.  I am an acquaintance of  Bill and Maureen Fisher since the girls were grade school age (Lexi is 26 now). I knew he was a surgeon, but never gave it much thought.., and now 10 + years later after we  have left that neighborhood, our paths cross again. I called my daughter and asked her if I could have Amy (Dr. Fisher’s daughter, Lexis best friend) number to see if maybe he could talk to us. 5 minutes later the phone rings and it’s Bill Fisher. “Can you come this Friday?"  “I'll tell my nurse to set up an appointment for you...,”" I don't think our insurance covers you?" "Don’t worry about it."  Friday we were in his office." I'll set up the PET scan (a scan to see if the cancer has spread), your surgery; a surgery called a Whipple, is scheduled for Feb 6. I’ll take care of everything from here!"  So here we are waiting to do the PET scan Jan 31 and surgery is Feb 6.  All of this happened within 2 weeks..,our lives have been redefined. I feel like we are in a storm riding big waves with low troughs, just holding on to each other not knowing what the next wave will look like, BUT with a very positive outlook. We found the tumor early, it is small in size, it appears to be encapsulated (looks like it hasn't spread) ,the tumor is not close to any major veins or arteries,( making him a great surgical candidate), we know the top surgeon in Houston, he's getting us in ASAP. I say if you have to have pancreatic cancer SO FAR Glen has a lot of positives going for him! 

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