Jun 21, 2021 Latest post:
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Thank you for visiting Kris' CaringBridge site to get updates on his cancer journey. Thank you for your support, prayers, and positive messages. It means a lot to Kris, E-Beth, and Braden.
On Monday, May 17th, Kris went to see his primary physician because of a constant rumble in his belly. In addition, 30 days earlier, Kris tried donating blood but was turned away because his hemoglobin level was too low. It was a first for Kris. Figuring he'd knock out 2 birds with one stone, he went to the doctor. The doctor assumed it was acid reflux so medicine was prescribed and iron pills for the low hemoglobin. 3 days later Kris was contacted by the doctor to see how he was feeling. With no improvement, they suggested a CT scan to see if there was any blockage.
On May 25th, Kris got a CT scan. The next morning (Wednesday), Kris received a call from his doctor stating he needed to see a Gastroenterologist ASAP. The doctor noticed a large mass in the colon and spots on the liver. Due to the sense of urgency, Kris's doctor reached out to a GI and shared the images. The GI cleared his schedule to meet with Kris the following morning for a consult and sent him to get blood work and an MRI the same day. He told Kris he believed it was cancer but would need to do a colonoscopy and biopsy first. The following Wednesday (June 2nd) he was scheduled for a colonoscopy. The following day the GI confirmed it was cancer.
On Monday, June 7th, Kris met with an oncologist to review his medical history, blood work, scans, and pathology report. It was determined he had late-stage 4 colon cancer. He was shocked considering he has never missed a yearly physical in over 20 years and has always been told "You are the picture of health!"
Kris completed a PET Scan and was told cancer had spread to the Lymph nodes in his neck, C7 on the spine, abdominal walls, ascending colon, liver, and sternum.
Kris has met with two oncologists and started his first round of chemo on Thursday, June 17th. He did well but is fatigued.
On Sunday, June 27th, we will fly to Houston to meet with a medical team at MD Anderson. After much research, MD Anderson continued to come up as the #1 cancer hospital in the country. Kris' treatment and the path forward will be determined by the doctors at MD Anderson when they see him on June 30th.
We cannot thank you enough for all of your support. The cards, prayers, emails, and texts have been amazing. They keep him staying positive and moving forward. If you don't already know, Kris is a FIGHTER. He does not give up and will do whatever it takes. Please keep Kris in your prayers. We believe in the POWER OF PRAYERS!
Thank you Merry Cella for the encouragement to create this site.