Welcome to Doug's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Group text limited me to 27 people and we are so fortunate to have many more people care and concerned about Doug's status so thought I'd create this site. I read him every text and email that he receives, so thank you for all your support and words of hope and encouragement!
As many of you know Doug and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and chose Utah for a little adventure. We got a lot more than we expected. After what he said "could be the best day of his life" he woke up at 4am with excruciating abdominal pain. For those that are close to him, know that he has had a persistent cough for about 8 weeks, he's had unexplained weight loss and just hasn't been feeling his best. We saw 3 different doctors in Minneapolis - all who said it will pass. So we proceeded with the trip to Utah - only to discover that he had stage 4 colon cancer that has metastasized to his liver and lungs. Devastating, incomprehensible, but we had to act fast. He was in surgery within an hour to repair the perforation in his colon. They ended up removing 2.5 feet of his colon, a tumor and part of his stomach. Instant superhero status.
A few days later, he was still struggling with internal bleeding so we were moved to a much more sophisticated hospital out of Park City into Salt Lake City. They are amazing here. We are still in ICU and he is getting stronger and more stable as the days go on. I will post journal entries here so as many can keep up to date as needed and show him the love. He absolutely loves hearing from each and everyone of you!