During a recent vacation to Hawaii Steve was injured while boogie boarding. He was sure he had broken some ribs but in classic “Doc Link” form Steve didn’t think an x-ray was warranted since there is no treatment for broken ribs. After a couple of weeks passed and being pressured by me Steve finally agreed to have an x-ray to confirm what the extent of his injury was. We were surprised to learn that not only had Steve broken 4 ribs, one of those ribs was displaced. The x-ray also revealed an ill-defined mass in the left upper lobe of his lung. At this point Steve felt this was trauma related from the hit he took and we made the decision to re-x-ray his chest in a couple weeks to see if it had improved or resolved.
This past week concerns arose when a CT scan showed no change in the mass. After contacting a chest surgeon and getting his opinion we were told that this mass was not the result of trauma but instead possibly lung cancer. A PET scan on Friday would confirm our worst fear.
Steve will have surgery on Tuesday, 3/7 at Fairview Southdale Hospital. A left upper lobe Lobectomy will be performed which removes a section of his lung. His hospital stay length will be determined by the outcome of the surgery. Steve will then recover at home.
We ask for your prayers for Steve and our family. Specifically for God to cover every aspect of Steve’s care, to bring healing to Steve’s lung and body, for our faith to be strong and to have a deep sense of peace and trust in God.
We believe strongly that God has his hand directly in this. Without the rib injury, the mass would not have been detected until potentially too late.
The out pouring of love and support from our family and friends has been so touching. We feel your love!
I will post regular updates as we have new information.