Thursday, January 28, 2010

Background

First of all we want to thank everyone for the tremendous amount of love and support that all of you have offered in the past two days. We are incredibly humbled by all of this kindness and are so grateful for it.

Tim has had problems with acid reflux for some time now and decided to get scoped in order to figure out what the problem might be. During his colonoscopy this past Monday the doctor found a mass in his lower colon. Dr. Idris recommended that he go see a colon surgeon immediately as he suspected Tim may have colon cancer. We went to go see Dr. Robbins on Monday afternoon who recommended that Tim have a resection of his lower colon next Wednesday. His words in regard to whether or not this may be cancer were that "Colon cancer is like your Aunt Mary. When you see her, you know her." Since that time, Mr. Bright has been in touch with the Chief of Surgery at GHS who said that the use of the word cancer may have been used a little earlier than necessary. He gave us some great insight as to what to expect with the surgery and the recovery period.

On Monday Tim will be going to Memorial for multiple tests to make sure he is ready to go through the surgery as well as a CT scan which we hope will get us more information. He will go home for Monday night and Tuesday while they review all of the results. Once he is cleared through that process he will go into surgery around 2:30PM on Wednesday afternoon. During the surgery they plan to remove 1 - 1.5 ft of Tim's affected lower colon. They will perform an end-to-end anastomosis where they will reattach the two healthy ends of Tim's colon to one another. The entire surgery should take approximately an hour to perform.

Tim will remain in the hospital for 4-7 days after the surgery in order to make sure his colon begins working properly again. We hope that this surgery will take care of everything and will allow us all to return back to our normal lives.

Thank you again for all of your support through this difficult time, it means the world to all of us. 
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