Russell recently went in for a routine colonoscopy on November 28th. Normally routine (occurs at 50 yrs old) but due to family history, me constantly on him about it and his doctor making a referral, he decided to get one done early. This was truly a blessing because the doctor found a tumor in his colon which after several tests came back positive for cancer. After getting a PetScan, a small spot on his liver showed positive for cancer as well. Russell was then diagnosed as having Stage 4 colon cancer. Stage 4 meaning it had moved from its original location. We believe this is still a blessing that they caught it in the beginning phase. The doctors all agree this is beatable since we caught in the beginning stages.
As a result things have been moving very fast for us. For the past month we have had meetings with oncologists and surgeons in Austin and at MD Anderson in Houston. We have made a decision and have been blessed with the right team of doctors locally in Austin. Russell calls them his super docs!! His oncologist Dr Gorrebeeck with Austin Cancer Center and oncological surgeon Dr Declyn Fleming have put together a treatment plan. Russell will start with 4-6 cycles of chemo, which starts Jan 3rd. After the cycles are completed then he will have surgery to remove the tumor in colon and spot on liver followed by another 4-6 rounds of chemo. On Friday we will meet with an oncological nutritionist, Dr Glen Luepnitz, who will help ensure Russell is on the right diet and supplements during his treatment process. All 3 doctors know each other and have all worked together in the past.
Last week, Russell had a port surgically put in under his skin so he can have the chemo treatments via 48hour pump infusions.
We are waiting on results on some additional genetic testing that he had done in Houston that will determine the risk for our boys as well as other family members.
Russell is in great spirits and has been very positive about the whole thing. He says this is just a small bump in the road and we will get through it quickly. We have come across and heard from many people that have had this same diagnosis and are now living cancer free. He feels this is truly been a blessing to find out at such an early age and stage.
Thank you to all of our family and friends, near and far, who have helped us in this past month. It truly feels like fake news at this point. I’ve been keeping busy by staying organized (shocking) and getting our family ready for the journey ahead. We will post updates to the caring bridge site and my sister will put together a care calendar if we need one. At this point, we are asking for prayers and positivity surrounding us and the boys. The boys know what is happening, but at this point, there are a lot of unknowns on how Russell will react to the chemo and what surgery will look like.
So, January 3rd is day 1. We are looking forward to being on the other side of this bump and are ready for the journey ahead.