There has been a lot that we’ve learned on this journey, that I wish we would have known sooner. Because of that, I wanted to share a few things that (heaven, forbid) might help someone in a similar situation.
Why does this matter?
Because dad’s surgeon didn’t know where the tumor was (despite being the one to actually find it in the colonoscopy so…). Because of this, he ended up slicing through the tumor. When he told us this we were all, “Oh, okay. At least you found it”. NO.
Turns out, slicing through the tumor dramatically increases your chance of recurring cancer in that area.
It is what it is, but just be aware – in the awful case that you will ever need that knowledge.
You must insist that they teach you during your stay, because they are at your disposal while you’re there. Once you leave it is incredibly harder to get help from knowledgeable staff.
I hope that no one ever has to experience cancer or other debilitating illnesses or trials. But it happens. And I promise you, we will be there for you, too. One Team, One Fight.