Well it sounds like my oncologist, Dr K, managed to get ahold of his buddy at VGH and arrange for my surgery to be expedited somewhat. I saw the surgeon, Dr S, today and felt good about him right from the get go. So did Wendy. He was a very nice guy and appears to know his stuff. He is good friends with my oncologist and made arrangements to rush my surgery and remove my shitty, deformed kidney-like organic blob. He went so far as to show me what the tumour looks like, where it is, how it will be removed and what the incisions will look like. The incision will look kind of bad-ass so I’ll have to figure out a tattoo design or something to compliment it. Yay!
It sounds like a big operation (there is nothing small about my tumour) and should be complication-free, although I was warned about some sobering possibilities that I will keep to myself. He is confident it will go well. I would feel better if I could coach him through it a bit, but it turns out I will likely be asleep for the process. Let hope so!
I’ll have to stay in the hospital for about a week and then will be sent home to recover for 3-5 weeks before any other treatment will be considered.
My surgery is set for June 8, which gives me time for succession planning as I like to call it. No I’m not looking for suitors for Wendy, just making sure that if shit goes sideways, she will have everything she needs.
I have to admit that I’m scared but recognize that the surgery is definitely a necessary evil. Having met the tool wielders involved, I feel confident that things will go well and that I am in good hands. I am looking forward to moving ahead and getting this deformed mass out of my body.
The other tumour located in the sacrum is another story altogether. I will have to deal with that some other way. It’s in a very bad spot and could cause major life-altering complications if the growth is not halted. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this but Wendy and I have joined a cancer support group called InspireHealth.ca and will be following their life healing plan as a complement to the Western Medicine. Both my oncologist and my surgeon fully support it as well. I’m really looking forward to that process because it gives me a sense of control over the outcome. I will do everything in my power to make sure my body has the best chance at healing itself.
Wendy and I have also decided to participate in an 18 month study through the Samueli Institute. They will be tracking our progress through treatment in order to collect and collate the information and results with the end goal of being able to show what may or may not work in terms on alternative treatments. There is a lot of anecdotal “evidence” out there that ends up being downgraded to “medical mysteries and folk tales”. They are trying to make sense of it as much as they can to see if these miracle recoveries, remission therapies or modalities have real-life applications and are replicable. I am more than happy to be their guinea pig. Oink oink. Lol!
Well, it’s time to get my day going…later