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10/25/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and will be using this site to keep you all informed as to how he is doing. Thank you for visiting.
If you have not heard Cindi speak about cancer,
a recurring theme has to do with the irrational fear of cancer, and what happens when you first tell someone that you have cancer. "I am so sorry" most people will say.
"Sorry" is not the word that a survivor wants to hear. Instead, we believe the response should be: "That sucks!, and what are we going to do about it?"
I bring up this topic because I find myself in this same situation. I need to let you know that I have cancer. My cancer is an adenoma, the most common form of colon cancer. Yes, it sucks. And no, I do not want you to feel sorry for me.
Instead, I want you to know that I am doing something about my cancer.
Being 50+ years old, I recently had a cologard test, which provides information on colon health, without a colonoscopy. The test came back with some irregular results and a colonoscopy and biopsy was performed. It was confirmed to be adenoma.
Based on the colonscopy and CT scans, It appears that the adenoma is limited to a lesion about an inch above my appendix.
Colon cancers do not use stage 1-4 levels. Instead they have a different scoring system that is not determined until surgery is performed.
I am scheduled for laparoscopic surgery this week at Community South Hospital. The surgery is called a right hemicolectomy and is typically a 2-3 day hospital stay. I will get the staging after the lesion is removed and examined. And will find out at that time if additional treatments are needed.
I wanted to share this information with you. I will be unavailable for a while I recover. Assuming all goes as we expect, I should be back to normal in about 4 weeks.