I decided to start this page to keep all of our friends and family up to date on Jonathan’s latest cancer diagnosis. I don’t want to be doing this at all, I wish this wasn’t happening, but the reality is that it is happening and there are a lot of people that love our family and that love Jonathan.
Jonathan was diagnosed in 2016 with colon cancer at the age of 42. He underwent 2 major surgeries and 6 months of chemo that year. When he was done with his treatment, and recovered from surgery, he was told he was cancer-free. Of course he would have to see the oncologist a few times a year, and continue to have scans, but that just goes with the territory.
2017 was fairly uneventful, but in 2018 a CT scan showed something in Jonathan’s upper-left quadrant, close to his spleen. Next came a pet scan to get a better view. There was definitely something there but not sure what. It was watched-it didn’t go away, and it didn’t grow bigger or smaller. His surgeon decided to perform exploratory surgery. This took place in July 2018. The surgeon couldn’t find anything! So he sewed him up and they continued to watch it.
Fast forward to fall of last year, 2019. A pet scan showed the area in the upper left quadrant was a bit “hotter”, and they were concerned with something on his colon.
The surgeon confirmed there was a cancer reoccurrence in Jonathan’s colon. Surgery was scheduled for December 19 and the plan was to remove much of his colon on his left side, including the tumor. Unfortunately once he got inside, he found more tumors that weren’t seen on the scan. He didn’t remove anything that day, as it didn’t make sense to at the time. This was not the outcome we’d expected.
Before the surgery, Jonathan did genetic testing. We have since learned that he has Lynch Syndrome, a rare genetic mutation that can cause colon cancer at a much younger age than most. He has an aunt who tested positive for the same, so we weren’t surprised by the results at all!
Three weeks after surgery we saw his oncologist. She recommended we get a 2nd opinion and referred us to MD Anderson in Houston, TX. Three weeks after that, we finally got the call to see the doctor out there. We leave tomorrow and he has his first dr visit on Wednesday at 9 am.
We are nervous, we are anxious, and we are tired! So begins Jonathan’s 2nd battle with colon cancer.
I will continue to update when I can with anything we learn. Thank you for all the love and support.❤️