Current Conditions

It is now April 2018. Some time has passed since our last update. Some time has passed and some things have changed.

My fissure that you all have read so much about has finally healed. Since it was the chemo and radiation that caused the fissure, it only makes sense that the chemo is what was keeping it from healing. A couple weeks after I ended my last round of chemo, the pain started to subside and the fissure completely healed. I was able to have my ileostomy reversed October 2017 and resume a “normal” life for a while. Yes, for a while.

After I started having regular BMs again, I developed a fistula that caused a few new complications and pain. January 2018 I had another surgery and now have a colostomy bag. We are hoping this one will be temporary also but the pain is gone and life is again “normal”.

I have recovered to the point that I am now looking for work again. I have not worked since October 2016 so this is a huge step and a big change. I have sent out several applications and have even had a few interviews and I have more scheduled. I am confident that I will get whatever job God has planned for me.

We are gearing up for our very first Relay For Life team. We are excited and are having fun with it. Please click the link on the main page and consider supporting our team with donations or time.

I have been through a lot since my original cancer diagnosis August 2016. Life is good and is slowly returning to normal. I may or may not have more surgeries in my future but I know that God has a plan and will tackle those when the time comes.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

After the scope

OK… time to update everybody on this morning’s procedure. The doctor wanted to scope me again to see if he could find any obvious reason why I am still in pain. Apparently, after 3 months of being on pain narcotics he needs to refer me to a pain specialist. The pain level has subsided greatly in this time but it still persists and still requires narcotics to manage it.

I asked the doctor to be gentle. He said he would. He lied.

The procedure itself has caused increased pain and bleeding. The doctor said it should subside in a day or two. I hope he wasn’t lying again. He really is a great surgeon.

The only thing he found is the large, angry, anal fissure. It is not healing. This is what has been causing all of my pain since last October. It calmed down after my first surgery when I had a loop ileostomy to bypass the fissure altogether. I was actually pain free for a couple months between surgeries. My surgery on January 4th to remove the tumor was extremely close to the fissure and aggravated it again. This is the pain I have been fighting since January. Like I said, the pain is getting better but the fissure is showing no signs of healing. The doctor gave me a Botox injection to relax the muscles and hopefully facilitate healing and help with the pain.

We also got to discuss other options to heal the fissure. There are not many and run the risk of causing incontinence. Long term, if the fissure does not heal, chances are high that I will need to choose between diapers or a permanent colostomy bag installed at the bottom end of my colon. I am not fond of either option.

Pain control is important but I really need the fissure to heal. PLEASE PRAY THAT MY FISSURE HEALS.

Thank you