Richard Budynas Richard Budynas Fight

First post: Jun 30, 2018 Latest post: Jul 20, 2019
This is probably the hardest story I've ever had to write. I really don't even want to be writing it, but in fairness to all the people that love my dad, I feel the need to keep you all informed. When I say "dad", that is not a word I use lightly because for those of you who know our family dynamic, he is legally my "step-dad". I don't consider Dick my "step-dad". He has been a dad to me for my entire life. He has always been there for me and has taught me all the lessons I needed to learn to become a loving, productive member of society. That's what dads do for their children.They are there for them.

Well, now it's my turn. I am here for you, Dad.

Dick was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma (Pancreatic Cancer) in early June. Since then, we have been trying to get his course of treatment started and have run into road block after road block. His first road block began this past week with a trip to the Emergency room for continuous vomiting. After CT scans, chest X-rays, and blood work, it was discovered that the cancerous tumor had grown large enough to be pressing on the duodenum (that is a passageway from his stomach to his small intestine) so nothing was getting past his stomach. It was all trapped there.

They kept him in ER overnight at Strong and finally today (June 29) they were able to attempt surgery to open that passageway from his stomach to his intestine. Once this happens and he can finally eat, then chemotherapy will be able to start for him. That is the goal. Well, today's surgery was unsuccessful. So we now move on from here. Our hope is to first fix the blockage and then Kick Cancers Ass!