The Day of Reckoning 02/25/2014
Trip Start Feb 12, 2014
20Trip End May 05, 2014
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Munson's Interdisciplinary Cancer Center
Bill needs some space right now to digest all of the news. So please do not write him, call him or expect replies, at least until he is in a better mindset. He does not want me to continue to email everyone with blow by blow details of this battle. He wishes I never told anyone. This is a natural reaction. And this too shall pass with time.
But I want you to know this and then I will stop for awhile. Bill has a very serious cancer in stage 2 or 3 (we won't know until after surgery, but stage 4 is the worst). He will undergo chemo once a week and the latest photon radiation five times a week for 30 sessions. He will then rest up and gain weight before surgery after about another 5 weeks. He has been assigned two outstanding thoracic surgeons (a young woman and an older man) that will perform the surgery together as a team to remove his esophagus, upper stomach and many surrounding lymph nodes. They will pull up the remaining stomach, some small intestine and attach it to his throat...via two large incisions, one in the neck and one in the stomach area. He will be in the hospital for 10 to 14 days. The surgeon said that Bill's surgery is considered more complex than open heart or lung surgery. We are so thankful for Bill to be able to remain in TC for all of these treatments. They are scheduling his treatments early so that he can still continue to work as long as he is able to, up until surgery. And he gets to come home each night instead of staying in a hotel/hospital in a distant state. When we were advised that Bill could die during surgery or post surgery due to complications, I asked what would be the prognosis if he does nothing and the answer was he will die. So surgery it is. You are welcome to write me or call me when Bill is working if you want to (text me before if you want to know if the coast is clear). He's off Wednesdays and most Sundays. And certainly don't hesitate to talk to one another for support. I am planning to join two support groups myself soon. One is for anyone going through this journey and the other is specifically for caregivers (my new title). For all of us that love Bill, this is a process for all of us to go through in our own individual ways. And we will somehow make it through it all...day at a time. As Bone told us, "There are no bad decisions."
Your support, thoughts and prayers are really appreciated. Thank you.