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Bryan had not been feeling well for about 6 months but it had gotten progressively worse. His Mom urged him to go to the Dr. to see what was wrong. She knew better than anyone that he did not look well. After many tests, and his Mom by his side, Bryan was diagnosed with Kidney cancer about a week before the 4th of July. They met with his Surgeon on Saturday July 1st to plan his surgery. He had to go through many other tests and get through the Holiday spending time up at his parents cabin, in Osceola, WI, where they all love to be together. Bryan's surgery was then planned for July 10th. Bryan's surgery lasted over 11 hours. The tumor was much bigger and affected more organs than originally thought. Bryan ended up getting his kidney, 2/3 of his liver, half of his colon, part of his intestines and bowel, and adrenal gland removed. Bryan's hemoglobin was 8 when he started the surgery and he needed 10 pints of blood. He still has cancer in his other adrenal gland that they will have to deal with in a couple days. He needs this adrenal gland so they will either have to kill the cancer with chemo or another action. The Dr. stated how strong Bryan is and how he could not believe he had been walking around and functioning with such a large tumor. Bryan was always joking and making others laugh so the doctor was so surprised that what he was doing the morning of his surgery. Bryan is a fighter so he will get through this. He wants to be back fishing with his boys in his boat and spending time up at the cabin with everyone that he loves.