Hello, my name is David. I, and most of my family, reside in Florida. My father, 63, was diagnosed w/ chalangiocarcinoma just last month. His onset of jaundice was the only indication that something was wrong. After ideas were tossed around w/ the local doctors (hepatitis, etc), we were put in touch w/ the wonderful doctors at Mayo in Jacksonville, FL. After a few trips to Jax, Dr. Wynne (sp, pronounced Winn) decided that since the tumor was seemingly localized in the bile duct that a resection was the best option, followed by a RNY procedure. As many of you may know, that is removal of a portion of his liver (his left side), removal of gallbladder, surrounding lymph nodes, and rerouting the the duct(s) to his gut. Well the procedure was completed last Tuesday (4-4-06), exactly one week ago, and he is still recovering in the hospital. He endured severe pain the first couple of days and the confusion that comes along w/ the pain meds. Around the 3 and 4th days he had gas build-up in his stomach and chest (due to the anaesthesia we were told). That seemed to pass followed by an impaction in his intestine (basically constipation). Well he has since begun to use the bathroom again and is feeling a bit better. The doctor told my mother today that it had spread, somewhat, to his lymph nodes and they plan to follow w/ chemo. They had him walking and doing breathing exercises the day after surgery. The biggest issue now is to get him to eat! He has no appetite and really needs nutrition. Eating used to be his favorite pastime! hehe. Well, despite the circumstances, and the above description, he really is fighting hard and I am so proud of him.
He is a father of 5 and we have always been real close. We would talk on the phone each night. He has always been my fiance and my best friend. This has certainly hit our family hard. You just always think your parents will live forever. Our faith has been the glue that holds us together and I am at peace with it. "If He brings you to it, He'll bring you through it." We are to be married next Dec. and he is supposed to be my best man. He will, one way or another. I trust in the Lord and know that it is not our will, but His. Thanks, and God bless you all.
-David in Gainesville, FL