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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Lancaster County, PA
I've been a member for a while and have done some posting, but am not really known on here. I have been aware for quite some time of the close-knit friendships that are on this site, and I am impressed whole heartedly. As more of a shy member, I definitely read a whole lot more than post, and I will tell you that I visit the site everyday and look forward to it in the evening after I am done with work, cooking, looking after our kids, etc. What better place to go to for what I am requesting...
My husband was all scheduled to have a hernia repaired tomorrow, and at the appt with the surgeon, he spoke up and told him about some pain he was having in his lower right abdomen, convinced he was having an appendix flare up. To play it safe, the surgeon ordered a CT Scan to rule out anything else going on. There was an incidental finding of a left kidney mass that we had absolutely no idea was there (all the other organs were fine, including no appendicitis). This led to an MRI, which led to another thin-enhanced CT Scan, which diagnosed him with a 5 x 5 cm mass on his left kidney. We saw a urologist, who told us that he is 85-90% certain it is a renal carcinoma, based on size alone. On Dec. 3 my husband will be having his left kidney removed. We were blessed to know that there appears to be no cancer anywhere else in his abdomen and lungs, and his kidney function is normal, despite the fact that the mass is large enough to be displacing some of the internal parts of the kidney. What we don't know is the unknown, obviously. The mass appears to be all contained, and I believe it is the urologists hope that once the kidney is removed, he will be "cured" so to speak. My husband is holding up pretty good. In the time leading up to getting a concrete surgery date, he was having a really hard time. I am a nurse, and my head was so engrossed in getting him diagnosed and knowing exactly what we were dealing with. Now that we have a date established, my husband seems way more relaxed and now I am having trouble coping...all the while life and work and taking care of kids and house goes on. I am just scared and worried...about him going through surgery, about the outcome and finding out exactly what we are dealing with, about the future. We have two kids, 14 and 12. We're both 37 yrs. old. It is just so surreal to know that we would have never known this was here...
We have my husbands family for support and we're all leaning on each other. Some of my friends and neighbors have my husband on their church prayer chains.
I am asking that if you can, please keep my husband and my family in your prayers. I would really appreciate it.
Thank you so much. God Bless!