Friday, February 15, 2013
This is not something widely known to those who are not immediate family or very close friends.
At this moment, my dad is in pre-op at a hospital in Sacramento, CA. In an hour (8:00am PST), he will be having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his stomach.
Just over three weeks ago, the results came in. There was a ping pong ball sized malignant sarcoma (cancerous tumor) in the soft tissue of his abdomen/stomach area, as well as a large cyst on one of his kidneys. Xrays and scans show that the cancer had not spread and seems localized in this area. Two doctors will be tag-teaming this surgery. The oncologist is removing the tumor and my dad's doctor will be there to see if the cyst is cancerous. If so, that will go as well, and possibly the kidney, depending on circumstances.
Today is surgery day. I am scared beyond belief. My dad is obese and I worry about him coming out of the anesthesia. I worry because, due to his weight, they have to go in from a different area of his body, which puts him out even longer and they have to move internal organs out of the way to get to it.
I will try to update you after my mom calls me when the surgery is complete and my dad has been moved to recovery. My reason for sharing this with you all is because I *strongly* believe in the power of prayer and the positive juju that we all possess. I believe that we are heard when our voices throw it out into the universe.
My request is that you say a little prayer, do a little dance, cross your fingers, arms, legs, whatever you've got, to let my dad get out of this surgery as healthy as possible, with as few complications as possible and that, after time has passed, we find out that he is cancer-free.
I love you all. Thank you.