Pam, thank you once again for hacking into my blog. And, yes, I think I will let you keep my password. For NOW. But, you ARE on probation! °Ü° Seriously, all of your sweet notes were SO nice to come home to! It is so wonderful to have friends!!!! I am so very grateful for the support, prayers and love. I can't thank you all enough!!!
Friday, my dad went in to have his CT scan. If you remember, we thought all was okay, the radiologist had commented on just HOW MANY gallstones were in his gallbladder. We thought that that (a gallstone) was what was blocking his duct, causing the bile build up in his body. So, we weren't too worried when he went in for his CT scan.
The radiologist, who performed the CT scan at the hospital, told them (my parents) that he would send the results to the Dr. office and they would probably call them on Monday to let them know of the results. My parents left the hospital and went to lunch. Before they got home the Dr. was calling and wanted them to come in and see him. NOT. A. GOOD. SIGN. My mom, freaking out, called my brother to hurry home from work and to meet them at the Dr. office. He called me on route and told me what was up... and that he would call me as soon as he knew more. THAT WAS THE LONGEST HOUR AND TEN MINUTES OF MY LIFE.
He called back.
My dad was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, Klatskin tumors. It is a cancer of the bile duct. You can click HERE to read more about it. (Scroll to the bottom where it talks about Klatskin tumors).
When my brother arrived at the Dr. office my parents were just pulling out of the parking lot. My mom TRIED to tell him what she could remember but she was sobbing and could hardly talk (or remember what his Dr. had told them) so my dad and brother went back into the Dr. office. My family LOVES his Dr. He cried and hugged each of them... He gave them a print out about this type of cancer. Dirk (my brother) basically told me that the Dr. said that this type of cancer is very rare. It is an ugly cancer. It does not respond to chemo or radiation. The tumor is blocking the duct and so tomorrow they are going to go in and put in a stent so that the bile can get through. They will also do a biopsy to see if it is in the liver, etc.
So, we wait... patiently... for more info...
The Dr. did say that if they cut out the tumor it WILL grow back.
But, wouldn't it would give him more time?!! ...not sure how fast it would grow back etc... Anyway, we are fasting and praying tomorrow that it has not spread and that it is operable! THANK YOU once again for all your kind words and prayers!!! You are the best!!! (I feel bad, I know that MANY of you are also struggling with health issues... whether it is your or your family... you are in our prayers too!!!) Life is short and we don't know what each day holds. Hug your family... hug your friends... tell them you love them!
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!!! Every word of kindness means SO very much!
P.S. I am SURE NO one from my parents ward reads my blog, LOL, but... I would like to add a THANK YOU to them anyway!!!!! A member of the RS Presidency came by and brought my mom a "hospital survival bag" tonight. In it was a blanket, chocolate, books, cards to write to family or friends, water bottles and more chocolate. VERY cute. VERY thoughtful. It just made me cry. It is hard being 10 hours away at this time. I will go but not sure when yet... once again, waiting for more info... anyway, my mom said, "We have a wonderful ward family, there were many hugs at church today and many dropped by after church to tell them of their love and prayers." This reminds me of the wonderful quote by Pres. Spencer W. Kimball. I am sure most of you have heard it, but it is a good reminder to us all... Spencer W. Kimball said, "God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs." THANK YOU to my parents ward family!!!
General Conference Treats and Handouts.
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