Ryan Wickstrom

First post: Dec 14, 2020 Latest post: May 24, 2023
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Well, I am not really sure how to start this so I will just try to start at the beginning.  The week before Halloween, Ryan was having some rectal bleeding.  As the week went on, the bleeding worsened.  He went to Urgent Care on October 29th and they sent him to a GI doctor.  The doctor scheduled a colonoscopy and endoscopy for the following Tuesday but told Ryan if anything worsened to go to the Hospital.  Well that evening, things got worse.  I took Ryan to the ER and we were seen early Friday morning.  His hemoglobin level was low because he lost so much blood.  They did a CT scan and saw an area of concern in his descending colon area.  They admitted him into the Hospital.  I can't remember everything they did on the exact day but over the course of the next several days (we left on the following Thursday), the doctors found a large polyp in his rectal area (this was causing a lot of the bleeding) and they removed it.  They also found a huge tumor in his descending colon that had also pushed out into some of the nearby tissues.   They biopsied it and we waited.  They ordered a CT scan of his upper torso area.  They found an area of concern there in his left lung.  They scheduled a bronchoscopy and biopsied a mass they found.  At one point we were hoping that Ryan had 2 different types of cancers, but that wasn't the case.  By the time we left on Thursday, Ryan was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that had metastasized to his lung and had a port put in so he could start receiving chemo treatments.  As always, we put our faith in God and know that no matter what He has Ryan and all of his family in His loving arms.