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Mayo Clinic

The visit to Mayo Clinic this week was fairly productive I think. The urologist I saw there is certainly willing to help me figure out what the underlying problem is, rather than just saying it’s such and such and expecting someone else to fix it (that’s the case locally). As such, when my stent is… More

The NED Life

Today officially marks 3 years since I finished active treatment for stage iv colon cancer. Now to the uninitiated, that may not seem like a big milestone, but it is. My chances of recurrence have now decreased significantly and will decrease sharply again at the five year mark. I consider July 19 to be my… More

2021

Wow! It’s been a year since I updated this blog. 2021 was a very difficult year. That January surgery did not go well. When all was said and done, I spent two full weeks in the hospital. That stay ended with massive panic attacks. Without goinginto full detail, I spent more than 9 weeks in… More

Ovarian Fragment Update

I was instructed to be at the hospital at 6am Wednesday morning for an 8:50 surgery. We knew there were risks, though we figured the biggest risks were to the ureter. We knew, but had forgotten, that there were risks to they bowel as well. Initially surgery went well, though not as expected. My colorectal… More

30 Months

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the length of time that is 30 months. It’s two and a half years. It can seem a long time or it can go by in a flash. 30 months is also the median amount of time that stage IV colon cancer patients typically live after diagnosis. December… More

Choosing to Trust

I’ve been trying to write this post for weeks now, but the words just weren’t there. I couldn’t seem to put into words what choosing to trust the Lord really means. It’s been on my mind for a few months now, and I think I finally know what I want to say. What does it… More

Finding Routine

Over the last month, life has found a certain rhythm, a routine if you will. My day begins around 9am, with breakfast and meds right after. By 10, I’m getting hooked up to my fluids – 1 liter of lactated ringers. By 11:30, my fluids are done and I’m ready for a nap. Some days… More

A Neverending Cycle

Sometimes my life feels like a neverending circle of doctors. I’ve not even been in Florida six months and already I’ve had one surgery, two separate hospital stays, and parts of 17 days in the hospital. And now I’m on IV fluids at home for the foreseeable future. My ileostomy is still dysfunctional, nearly six… More

Hospital Stay #2

Yep, for those unaware, I had a second hospital stay recently. I was discharged from my initial hospital stay on July 20th and had an appointment the following Monday (27th) to see my surgeon for a followup. My stoma didn’t look great, but that’s a different conversation. Otherwise, things were going well enough when I… More

My Hospital Stay, Explained

Now that I’ve been home a bit, I thought I’d explain how an expected hospital stay went from 2-3 days to 12 days. Surgery was on Thursday, July 9th. The day before I had to do a bowel prep, which I expected. Bowel prep for surgery isn’t that different from the prep for a colonoscopy.… More

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