Monday, June 22, 2009

Update on Surgery

We got a call this morning not long after 8am that the surgeon was going to work Jeremy in at 3:30(this is thanks to my stepmom who works for our family doctor, what a blessing!). Jeremy and I met with the surgeon for over an hour. He was so good about answering all our questions and fears. He said this is very uncommon for a 32 year old man and in the 25 years he has been practicing he has not seen colon cancer in a man Jeremy's age esp with no trace of it in his family.
He scheduled Jeremy's surgery for this Wednesday at 1:30. We will arrive at the hospital at 10:00am to do preop labs and xrays. The surgery itself will last at least 2 hours. They will remove one whole section of his colon and take 2 lymph nodes. This is the part of the colon the cancer had stemmed off of. He went through the process of everything that would happen and he answered all the questions we had. Jeremy's doctor called and had a consult with the gastrenologist and the pathologist while we were in the clinic. He was very thorough and it was one of our first answered prayers because God put a surgeon in our life that is not only amazing at what he does, but also very compassionate. While in the hospital Jeremy will also see an oncologist who will discuss with us if he will need further treatment after the surgery.
Many of you have asked for specific prayers that we need. Obviously our first and foremost prayer is for the pathology reports to come back cancer free, showing they got it all out. We also ask for prayer for strength, this is difficult on our entire family but obviously in different ways for each of us. We pray for guidance and wisdom for the doctors that are performing surgery and treating Jeremy while in the hospital.
We have praised God each day of this journey for the amazing friends, family, and even complete strangers that are praying for our family. The continuous emails, text messages, facebook messages, and blog comments have been such a blessing to us. We know that God is with us through this journey and we know we WILL make it with a stronger faith, family, and friendships.

4 comments:

Sherry Valentin said...

I know you have such a huge support system... but we are here if you need anything! We love you and are praying always for you and your family!

Reba said...

I am so glad you were already able to get in and see the surgeon. And I am thankful it was not only a competent physician but a compassionate one. Answered prayers! Will continue to pray...

Reba

Kristi said...

Oh Jill, you and Jeremy are in my prayers!!! Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God! He has a plan for us all & will protect you!

Leah said...

Love you! We are praying!!! I wish I could be there to give you a big hug!