Topic: Green light on surgery!

Hi all, I met with Dr. Michael Hart of Swedish Hospital today.  He wants to go ahead and do surgery to resect the tumor.  I'm not sure exactly when that will be yet, as he and Dr. Raish want me off chemo for a bit before they cut me open.  They are probably going to take out half of the liver to make sure that they get all of the cancer.  I guess I'm not going to any wine tasting parties any time soon! 

I'll also be losing a few more body parts - gall bladder and bile ducts.  Part of my intestine will be rerouted to drain the liver directly into the small intestines.  This is a complicated surgery, and I'll probably be in the hospital for one-two weeks and off work 6-8 weeks.  But thanks be to God, I can hope for a complete cure.

So my message to you all is - never give up hope!  Six months ago I was given 3 weeks to live.  I'm still alive, kicking, and in good health, looking forward to my new live as a cancer survivor.

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Lisa...You've made my load lighter this evening....your courage, strength and determination have inspired me...to know that there is hope in such special people like you...I maybe able to actually go to bed without crying myself to sleep tonite...we are DEFINITELY going to check out Mayo...we have heard nothing but excellent things from their end...but as you know...only the best will do for people like you and my husband.  Thank you!!!

Heather

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Hey Lisa:

What absolutely wonderful news.  I have been following your posts and am so very happy for you.  My friend Ron had resection surgery back in August.  He had done exactly what is planned for you.  The first few days after surgery were difficult but he was up walking laps around the hospital on the third day.  He had one complication after surgery.  His bowel collapsed and as result had a blockage.  This is pretty common following major surgery so after that was corrected he started healing very quickly.  He had to end up being at Sloan Kettering for 10 days.   He was working at home within 3 weeks and was back to work in 8 weeks traveling up and down the east coast.   He just went for his 6 month follow-up  and he is cancer free now.  We are hoping and praying it stays that way.  He did have follow up Gemzar just as an adjuvant measure.  I know there is mixed opinions on how much good that does but he took the stand he would rather be safe than sorry.  He tolerated it very well. 

I will put you on my prayer list and look forward to reading your posts to see how things progress.

Hugs,
Nancy

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Woonderful news Lisa! Best of luck on the surgery and recovery.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

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Hello Lisa,

We will pray that all goes well with your liver resection. This is quite the complicated surgery so don

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Awesome News!  I will pray that all goes well!

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Lisa- Wishes and prayers for the best outcome possible.  You'll do just fine.  Will certainly be thinking of you.
God Bless,
Jeff G.

Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)

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Lisa,

We are thinking of you and hoping you have a quick recovery.

Many hugs coming your way~

celoi (Charlene Eloi) daughter of David Cook

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Oh
what wonderful news Lisa.   All the best to you.  We'll be here waiting for word from you and I will have 2 glasses of wine in your honor!!!
Patrice

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great news Lisa...I'm sending prayers for a speedy recovery!  I have great news as well, my brother has been cleared for surgery also, for next Tuesday.  We're really liking the new doctor at University Hospital.  He and his staff and associates have been so on top of things.  Done a number of tests all in the interest of making sure he's in good shape for surgery and now he's good to go.  I'm sure he's very nervous about it, but it's the beginning of a new, more hopeful time! 
Candy

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Lisa,

Good luck with your surgery. My dad just had surgery on Tues. Had his bile duct removed, his gallbladder and they reconstructed using part of his intestines. Slight fever the first few days (which is normal after surgery) But today something clicked and he had no fever and was walking, with help. They removed all of the cancer so think positive that you will have a similar experience. Good luck!

Linda

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Lisa,
How great for you.  I didn't even know they could usse intestine for replacement of bile duct.  I will be praying for you in the upcoming days that all goes well and God will be with you as you recover from this cancer.  Mary Anne

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Lisa,
good luck with your surgery...passing on some good news, my brother just had his surgery Tuesday and I think it's the exact same surgery you're going to have.  He's doing beautifully, came through it very well and is now getting bored in the hospital.  Was up next day and didn't really have much pain.  Could have been the heavy drugs, too, though (ask for Dilaudid).  Probably will be sent home in another day or so.
So, hoping your surgery is just as trouble-free and you're on the road to healthy days!

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Candy, I'm glad to hear that your brother is doing well.  I think we are having the same surgery, too.  I'm getting anxious about the surgery, so it's so good to hear YOUR good news.

I'm going in on March 18th.

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Lisa, I hope you will be checking in in a while with good news. Hope the surgery went well, and that you are doing OK.

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Lisa, I'm thinking of you and wishing you a successful surgery and speedy recovery!