I can breathe again…


at least until Monday.

Dave met with the colo-rectal surgeons yesterday.  And the news is good, mostly.  This has been caught early.  This is still serious.  He will have more tests today, more biopsies will be taken and this time those little tissue samples will get shipped all over for further evaluation.  There will be some genetic testing done, some more pathology and who knows what else.

After all the results get in, and after the surgeon has a chance to take another look inside Dave’s plumbing, we will know more.  Dave will meet with the Dr. on Monday to discuss results and treatments. 

So, we don’t know all I would like to know, but we know a little more. 

The surgeon was quick to assure Dave that this is not life-threatening.  And just about as quick to assure Dave that this is most certainly life-altering. 

Who knows exactly what that means.  Maybe altered means we just wake up everyday singing like the birds.  Maybe altered means we now won’t ever forget to praise God for His faithfulness. (wouldn’t that be great!).  More likely it means that Dave will have his rectum removed and sometimes we will both be mad that things are different, wondering why it has to be.

But really, overall, altered sounds great.  I am all for altered. Having Dave, a little less of him than before, is sure a lot better than the thought of having no Dave at all.

I know that the next few months won’t be easy.  There will be a lot of Dr appointments.  Lots of questions.  Lots of less than perfect days.  Lots of emotions.  Lots of pain. 

So, don’t take us off your prayers lists just yet…


About Sandie

A little background: A mother of 3, two boys and a girl. Married young to a good man. No longer young, but he is still a good man. Grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, lived several years in small town Alaska, spent a couple years in the city of Madison, currently residing not too far from down town Anchorage. Drink a crazy amount of coffee. Fiercely loyal to my friends. Truly rabid in my defense of family. Beyond thankful that my God loves me enough to allow me to doubt and question.

4 responses »

  1. Our little Katie remembers to pray for Dave and your family every night – she will most certainly keep us praying for you every day as only a child can. In her words ” God help them to not worry.”

  2. Hi Sandy,
    My step-mom has been going through treatment/tests for rectal cancer since April. Consequently, I have become well versed in the subject. Let me know if I can be of any help with info/resources. Pete, the kids, and I are keeping you in our prayers!

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