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June
20
2021

June 19, 2021

Hey everyone, now that we have gotten information back from my
oncologist I thought I’d provide an update.
I just finished my 11th treatment of 12 overall. It kicked my butt once again. Since I don’t feel like eating or drinking for the 2 days I’m hooked up, I’ve been having pretty bad abdominal cramps related to gas that’s in my body. Hopefully tomorrow I start my way up towards feeling better.
The 12th treatment that I’ll have on June 29th will be my last treatment. My oncologist saw my pathology report and I wouldn’t be undergoing maintenance chemo. I will get some scans and will continue to be monitored to check for any cancer that may come back, but for now I can’t explain the relief knowing that, for the time being, I only have one more treatment until getting a great break from everything.
I start back at work (working from home) this coming Monday, so I’m excited to be getting back to normal.

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May
26
2021

May 25, 2021

So today was a little weird in terms of my mental state. Abbey and I were sitting around the living room this afternoon and I went to readjust my gauze on my incision from the HIPEC surgery. When I pulled the gauze up, the top of my incision seemed to have pulled apart quite a bit. I could see deeper into the incision than I was comfortable with. After 30 minutes of waiting for a call back from the University of Chicago, they ended up telling us it should be fine as long as we reinforce it with steristrips to allow for the skin to grow together. 
Towards the end of the call my doctor mentioned that the pathology looked good so we wanted to start the chemo ASAP to clean up anything that might be left behind. We hadn’t heard the results of the pathology yet so I asked if she could elaborate on what “good” results I had received.
Everything that they biopsied came back negative for cancer besides one spot on my rectum and a spot on my pelvis, both of which they removed during the surgery. That means the chemo was extremely effective in killing the cancer cells that were leftover from my original surgery in November.
So overall we went from being in a really stressed mental state to being extremely happy and hopeful within a matter of 30 minutes.
I start clean up chemo next Tuesday, but we haven’t discussed future plans yet with the oncologist so things still aren’t set in stone. But the main point is that the chemo worked really well and it’s another small step towards beating this monster.

May
6
2021

May 6, 2021

This morning, on the day of HIPEC, I’m feeling incredibly scared. I couldn’t sleep very much last night, and when I did fall asleep all I could dream about was the surgery. I don’t want to feel like I did back in November. I hated all the tubes they had to insert into me, all the staples in my abdomen, all the scars left behind, and all of the time I knew that I would have to spend recovering, both mentally and physically. This whole process has been completely draining and I’ve tried to suppress as much as I could as possible.
I don’t like to point out how bad my situation is or how scared I am because I know a lot of colon cancer patients aren’t lucky enough to get to this point. Even though I feel like a cow being led into the slaughter, I am still thankful that I have gotten to this point to try and cure the cancer.
The reason this is so nerve wracking is because, even though this surgery is planned and being performed by an incredible surgery team, there is still so many unknowns. Will I get my ostomy reversed? Is there more cancer that they didn’t see on the scope or scans? Will this even prevent the cancer from coming back? Etc. For most of you that I interact with on a daily or weekly basis, you know that I have stayed relatively positive and upbeat through all of this. But with so many unknowns and struggles that I can’t dodge in the coming hours, I find it hard not to get emotional.

For everyone that has been apart of this journey, everywhere from a stranger who is donating to me and Abbey, to my closest friends, I want to say thank you and I love you. There has been so many important people in my life that have carried me through this. I won’t name specific names at the risk of forgetting anyone that deserves thanks, but you know who you are and cherish every ounce of your friendship and love.

To my family, I want to say that I’ve tried to remain as strong as possible through all of this and I can’t imagine doing this without you. And lastly to Abbey, even though I’m currently laying right next to you, I want to brag about how strong and resilient you have been through this whole process. You are the strongest, most loving, and the best friend I could ever ask for and I should never take for granted everything you have done for me. Hopefully this surgery is the first step towards us finally getting back to living a normal, boring life that will allow us to build and family and grow old together.
This post is more of a venting session to try and calm the nerves before surgery. I don’t know if it worked or not, but it’s something I wanted to get out there so that people know that I am always thinking about them and am appreciative of everything.
I don’t know how the next 24 hours and beyond is going to treat me, but I am hopeful and I pray that God will sustain me through all of this impending hardship.

May
3
2021

May 2, 2021

Alright everyone, this is the week. I will be undergoing cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC this Thursday at the University of Chicago at 10am central time. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t worried and scared. This surgery is aiming at a cure for me, but the last 4 weeks without having to go through chemo or massive surgery has been awesome. I’ve been playing golf, hanging out with friends, and enjoying my time overall.
My preoperative scope showed a minimal amount of disease in my abdomen. I received a PCI score of 6, which indicates the amount of tumors seen during the scope. For reference, anything under 10 is a good score going into surgery. My surgeons said they haven’t had a case with this little of disease in a long time. My colonoscopy also came back clean and my GI doctor said that there was no reason to hold off on my ostomy reversal. Obviously this provided me with some much needed positivity and I’m looking forward to working back towards a normal life.
I’ll have three rounds of chemo once I have recovered enough from this surgery, and hopefully I’ll be done for a really long time.
This past week I was given signed balls from both Trey Mancini and Joey Votto. The support I have received from the Orioles and the Reds has been amazing and I hope my story is able to help others, both who are fighting this disease and also young men and women who may have this disease and don’t know it yet due to the lack of early detection.
As always thanks for the continued prayers and support as we continue going through this. Abbey and I are extremely appreciative.

April
1
2021

April 1, 2021

So we have everything scheduled for HIPEC. We decided to go with a doctor at the University of Chicago who is a leading provider for HIPEC. This comes with a lot of things I have to do beforehand though. I have to do another round of chemo this coming Tuesday, per doctor recommendation. I have my scans this coming week as well. I will need to schedule a colonoscopy in Indy. I’ll have my pre-HIPEC laparoscopy on April 21st in Chicago. If all goes well and looks good, I’ll have my cytoreductive surgery, HIPEC, and ostomy reversal (based on colonoscopy results) on May 6th.
I’m glad everything is scheduled because that takes a huge burden off our shoulders, but I’ll have to do three rounds of chemo after surgery too. I’ve already moved past the chemo mentally so it’s going to be hard to get back into that mindset. Also not looking forward to all the surgeries but if it means potentially being cured, I’ll push through and take it.

March
23
2021

March 23, 2021

Last chemo treatment today before a six week layoff leading up to surgery. I think we have made the decision to go to Dr. Sardi in Maryland for my cytoreductive/HIPEC surgery. The hospital is well-known and he is extremely experienced. He does about two of these surgeries a week so he’s trustworthy in that aspect.
Hopefully I can get through this chemo treatment without any problems so that we can stay on schedule for surgery. I also hope it doesn’t kick my butt as much as it has been the past three times.
I’ve been living a normal life the past two weeks. Watched a lot of basketball, went bike riding, played pickle ball, and played 18 holes of golf. I’m hoping to play in a couple softball games during my 6 week break.
Thanks for all the support!
March
1
2021

February 28, 2021

Update after my 6th round of chemo: chemo still sucks massively. I barely moved out of our bedroom until I got disconnected from my pump on Thursday. I got my appetite back late Saturday/early Sunday. Abbey and I made the split second decision to go to Florida this week from Monday to Friday. Got some buddy passes from Abbey’s sister and brother-in-law on Allegiant so we are looking forward to a week away in the warm air of Florida. Hopefully this trip will help keep my mind off of things before my 7th treatment. There’s only two more rounds left before taking our next steps towards finding a surgeon for HIPEC, but two more treatments still feels like a massive hill to climb. We continue to appreciate all the prayers. The only thing I’ve been able to hang my hat on is the continued sustaining power we have gotten from God. No way I’d be able to make it through physically or mentally without it.

February
23
2021

February 22, 2021

Hey everyone,
Starting my 6th round of chemo tomorrow and again I find myself worried about it once again. I’ve been playing a lot of video games to keep my mind off of things. During my last treatment we got some good news on my scans showing that I am responding to the chemo. My oncologist said that I may not have signet ring carcinoma and that it may be poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma. While the prognosis for this type of cancer is still lower than 50%, it is much better than the prognosis for signet ring.
Abbey has still been taking great care of me but the stress has definitely taken a toll on the both of us. We continue to appreciate all the prayers and support. I can’t wait till I’m done with my chemo regimen and we start to think about the next steps.