Scott Schwerdt Schwerdt Strong

First post: Jul 23, 2017 Latest post: Nov 7, 2017
This is from a previous Facebook post of Scott's.  We are now into this process by about 7 weeks.

Many have asked, what's going on, Scott? Well, about 3 weeks ago I noticed some serious physical changes taking place (the left side of my face went numb) and I went to the doctor to see if he could tell what was going on.

For the past year, various changes were occurring that the doctors I would visit chalked up to lots of flying and sinuses. Thankfully, Dr. Jihwan Kim was much more inquisitive and decided to do a blood test to see if that would give him some insight. And, it did. He called me to let me know that something serious was going on inside of me and he immediately ordered an MRI, and that's when they found the golfball-size tumor under my brain--way in the back. 

I was immediately referred to Huntsman Cancer Center in SLC and we are so grateful to have the best care and best minds in cancer research in the world by our side. Last Wednesday, I went into the hospital for a CT Scan and a surgical biopsy. 

Friday afternoon we received the news from our doctor. The type of cancer I have is very rare and it is malignant. Unfortunately, it is located in a very difficult area in my skull. The cancer is called Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. I've stopped personally researching this cancer because it is too depressing. My wife and children are doing a great job screening the stuff I read. LOL 

We will be heading back to Huntsman Cancer Center on Thursday to find out where else it is located because the doctors are sure that the location where it is now is not where this began. Once we know where else it has spread, then we can work with the team of doctors at Huntsman to figure out the best way to go about this. As we begin this fight, because I've quickly come to realize that even though the cancer is inside of me, it affects a lot more people than just me, we feel so much love and support from each of you. Your prayers on our behalf have been so humbling. 

Some have asked, "Why?" We don't know. The doctor said you're very healthy and sometimes these things just happen to healthy people too. We know that in life there are lessons to learn and this is our lesson to learn. We'll figure out what those lessons are thoughout this experience. There is one thing that has become increasingly clear to me--life matters, family matters, the small things matter, and for me to take time to enjoy those things while I can. 

We love you!

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