Friends, we didn’t get home yesterday (Monday) until 9 p.m. from Moffitt Cancer Center.
But we did come with good news.
According to my doctors, not every Pancreatic Cancer patient is a candidate for Whipple Surgery.
The Captain and I were praising God when we learned that I am a “good candidate” and the scheduled surgery date of 13th of March is a “Go”.
The doctor moved the date from 17th to 13th.
My oncologist had so many “tests” for me yesterday, along with 4 combination vaccine shots, an EKG and so much paperwork to fill out.
The week before surgery has me drinking supplements of all kinds along with the knowledge that a feeding tube will be added at surgery and remaining in my stomach for two weeks.
Proper nutrition is needed for proper healing.
My doctor also said to keep away from people (crowds)…and don’t catch a cold or flu ….that the window of opportunity is very narrow for this surgery.
The vein that the cancer is so close to, is something the doctor will evaluate and if necessary she will graft a vein from my leg to replace that one.
I had to sign papers agreeing to all the different scenarios that could possibly arise during this 8-10 hour operation.
The doctor said her plan is to remove the neck and head of the pancreas….leaving the tail and body, if the situation agrees.
If that works out, there is only a 10 % chance that I would become a diabetic. However, if she has to remove the whole pancreas …a full blown diabetic would be inevitable.
She will also remove the gall bladder, part of the stomach, the bile duct, part of the intestine…as well as a few other body parts if needed.
She also warned me that I would ‘blow up like a balloon’ due to all the chemo and radiation that is currently in my body….it takes time for it to go away.
I will be in the Moffitt hospital in Tampa about 10 days.
My dear friends, I so appreciate your prayers for my healing.
We have seen God’s work in laying the groundwork for my surgery, and there is no doubt that He will carry me through this.
Blessings to all of you wonderful prayer warriors!