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Cancer “I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar!  (Katy Perry)

And cancer did hear me roar!   When I checked in with my surgeon, I found out that the chemo-radiation treatments reduced my tumor to invisibility!  I was pretty excited!   Although they can’t see the tumor, they still have to remove that area so the cancer won’t come back.   What’s that mean?  I have surgery coming up on November 12.   The surgery I am having is a low interior resection and I will be hospitalized in Des Moines at Methodist Hospital for 7 days.  The surgery itself will take about 3 hours and I will need to be off work for 3-4 weeks.  I will have a loop ileostomy to allow everything to heal.  Then, depending on the results of the biopsy, I will start chemo 4 weeks after the surgery.  After chemo is complete, I will wait 4 weeks and then hopefully have the ileostomy removed and everything put back together.

I can’t say enough in gratitude for all my supporters for the prayers, the meals, books, a cuddly quilt and a “Be Brave” bracelet that I wear often, especially on the rougher days.  I know I have withdrawn from many of you and I miss you, but I am gathering strength and facing fatigue.  Thank you so very much for your understanding and support!  Let’s keep roaring on!

“1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
  91 Psalm 1-2 New International Version (NIV).

Beating cancer

Joy beats cancer!