Wayne Watson

First post: Aug 6, 2022 Latest post: Aug 25, 2022
Knowing how much Wayne is loved and respected, I honestly don't want to miss anyone who would like to keep up with his progress since receiving his cancer diagnosis. As you can imagine, it's all a bit overwhelming right now.  We thought this would be the best way to communicate and keep you all updated, with the same information, as we begin this journey.  So many of you have reached out and we truly appreciate your many prayers, love and support.

 On June 21, 2022, Wayne was diagnosed with malignant, Pseudomyxoma Peritonea, a slow growing mucinous cancer that usually spreads in the abdominal cavity.  Luckily, Wayne's growth is encapsulated on the left side of his abdomen.  While this cancer is very rare (2 cases/million), it is considered to start with the appendix. To be perfectly honest, we were told back in 1995 that they did an incidental appendectomy while doing his colon cancer surgery, so you can imagine our surprise when we learned he still had his appendix! 

Dr. Michael Nerney did Wayne's biopsy and when he shared the diagnosis with us, he had already researched who would be the best physician for the job.  Dr. Nerney had a folder prepared for us, to include Wayne's CT scan, information about the doctor and other papers to take to his evaluation with Dr. Edward Levine on July 20 in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a surgical oncologist that is an expert with this type of cancer.  Of course, I did my own research and could not find anyone of Dr. Levine’s caliber. We are so blessed to have Dr. Nerney in our community!

Wayne had his appointment with Dr. Levine on 7/20.  The facility at Wake Forest is top notch and operates very efficiently. We definitely feel he is in good hands, with Dr. Levine. He has performed over 400 of these procedures.  From what we understand, if a surgeon performs 3-4 in his career, it is a lot. Wayne is scheduled for removal of the tumor, excision of the abdominal wall and possible colon resection in a couple of weeks. After this procedure, we will have more information on his cancer, his recovery and what next steps will be. 

We are so thankful for our faith, as we know God will give us the strength we need over the next several months. As a friend of mine says, “God is good all the time, all the time God is good”!  With Him walking by our side, I know we can handle all that comes our way.   All prayers appreciated as we continue on this journey and know that you are in our prayers as well.

We are also grateful to our family, friends and the wonderful physician's that are helping us through this.  At this time, we will be somewhat isolating ourselves, doing our best to keep Wayne Covid free for his surgery, so you may not see us out and about very much.  I will post again as we near his surgical date. 

Thank you again for the kindness you have shown and may God Bless each of you.