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First Round... So many people have asked how we found out about Josh's cancer. My first answer is God! Let me tell you how God used so many sweet Christian people to bring us to this point. Josh and I have been married for 9 years and until this past December, had been using different Primary Care doctors. Over the Christmas break, Josh began having flu like symptoms. He decided that he would see my physician at that time and begin the process of moving his records there. That doctor told him that it was policy to have a physical, once he recovered from that illness, since he would be a new patient. That physical was scheduled for May 2, 2017. At that appointment, he discovered that Josh was anemic and scheduled an appointment with a GI doctor for the next week. Upon meeting him, Josh was informed that he would need a colonoscopy to determine the cause for his anemia. We looked at this as a "starting place" and never expected the news that would follow.
On May 25, 2017 Josh was scheduled for a colonoscopy. The doctor called us back after the 2 hour procedure to let us know that he had found a large mass in Josh's transverse colon. At that point, he felt 95% certain that it was cancer. As many of you reading this can attest because of your own history with that word "cancer", at that moment we all felt overcome with shock and confusion and about 513 questions about how, when, why and what now. This precious doctor could just sense the immediate fear and pulled us close to him. He immediately began to pray! I was already praising the Lord for sending us to this precious man who sought the Lord's guidance in that very moment! He sent Josh for an Xray and let us know that we would receive a call the next day. That call came almost exactly 24 hours later. He confirmed that the initial pathology reports showed 99% conclusive that the mass was cancer. Josh would need a CT scan on Tuesday (since Monday would be Memorial day). The surgeon's call came within just a few moments after. We were scheduled to meet with him for the coming Wednesday.
Over the weekend, Josh was experiencing some dull pain but felt that it was just common after the procedure and did not think it required any attention. However, on Monday at lunch time, the pain became sharp and stabbing. We were told by the on-call GI doctor to take him to the emergency room. He received the CT scan there that afternoon which showed no perforation and he was given pain meds to get him through the night until we could meet with his surgeon. We called the surgeon's office and miraculously they were able to work us in Tuesday afternoon since we already had CT scans completed at the ER!
At that appointment the surgeon informed us that in addition to the large mass in the transverse colon, Josh also has several enlarged lymph nodes that he feels confident are also cancerous. One in particular is located in the part of the colon that sits right on top of his pancreas. He explained that this makes surgery more difficult. There are still many unknowns until the surgery is performed. Thankfully we were able to be put on the schedule for this Friday, June 2. We were just told this morning that he will now be the first case at 5 am. We cannot thank you enough for the prayers that have already been prayed for our little family of four and also our extended family during this time. Please continue to pray for us. Specifically that the surgery will not be as complicated as they suspect and that everything can be removed in this surgery. He plans to remove 40% of his colon and any other cancer that may not be seen on the CT scans. We already know that he will need chemotherapy after but the extent will all depend on what they find.