Few new folks are reading the blog here on WordPress and over on Google+ and I while I have always realized there are a wide variety of cancers, I am just coming to understand that the treatments vary based on the kind of cancer you have. So I thought I’d give some of the immediate background on the cancer I have.
A colonoscopy in April of this year followed up by one in early August prompted my surgeon to recommend a colectomy. He did not encounter a polyp just a very irritated and enlarging section of colon where the biopsy indicated pre-cancerous. CT scans just before the surgery revealed a mass around the outside of the colon as well as some spots on the lung.
When the surgeon opened me up for the colectomy, he found a large mass which proved to cancerous (he removed much of the mass) but the mess he found prompted the decision for a colostomy instead of a colectomy. So the colostomy bag is now part of my life … with the emphasis on life.
A later needle biopsy into the lung nodule of concern revealed it was also cancerous. So the fact that the colon cancer has spread to other parts of the body means it is in Stage IV. So I have Metastatic Colon Cancer … the metastatic also meaning it has spread to other parts of the body … in this case the lung.
So if you were curious … I am being treated for Stage IV Metastatic Colon Cancer.
And while my oncologist and all the nurses provide incredible care and treatment for this cancer I am battling, while my wife Sheryl is providing incredible love, care and support to me in the midst, I have no doubt the cure, the healing and the number of my days are solely in the hands of God as He has chosen. Trusting Him in the outcome He has planned is an all-encompassing act of faith … one that admittedly I often lose sight of … but nonetheless in my heart know to be true.
I take comfort in this quote I recently encountered in ‘The Prisoner in the Third Cell’ by Gene Edwards:
“Before this present tragedy entered into your life, if first passed through the sovereign hand of God.”
Great comfort indeed …
May God comfort and care for you in the midst of your trials and tribulations!