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My son has been diagnosed with Colon Cancer.  What started off as unbearable stomach pain quickly turned to that word, Cancer.  Alex is 21 years old and still has so much to share with this world.  He is witty, adventurous, generous, and just full of goodness.  Alex fills a room with laughter and has such a creative mind.  Those of you that know him, are reading this with a smile........that's because Alex has this affect on everyone he meets.    Now that we've gotten the diagnosis, things are moving fast for us.  No time to absorb all the news; no time to react, you just have to keep moving right along.  ER room, cat scans, colonoscopy, blood work.  Primary physician, GI Specialist, Rectal Surgeon.  The train keeps going and on.   Oh and by the way, there is still colitis to deal with after surgery. On February 23rd,  Alex will undergo his first surgery.  He will eventually have his colon removed.  Chemo will follow for the next 26 weeks.  This is just the beginning and we hope to have a favorable outcome. 
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He can officially say he 'had' cancer. He came home on 3/16 weak and underweight. That was ok because at least he was HOME!!! He used to weigh 150 lbs and was down to 120 when he came home.

Today we met with the oncologist. After reading all his history and studying his lab tests he put Alex at stage 2-a. What is the treatment for this stage? Surgery. He does not recommend chemo. The effects of it would not benefit him. Alex is already ahead of the game because this was caught early on. Instead they will continue to monitor him with blood work, cat scans and colonoscopies for the next 2 years. Thats our next goal: to still say he's cancer free in 2yrs and then again in 5yrs. I know nothing is guaranteed 100%

Alex has said the 3 weeks in the hospital were the worst of his life. I'll agree the boy went through a huge trial. As a parent this was very difficult to deal with too. This journey continues for us but less grim than before.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support. Your concerns, your interest in helping and your prayers....all have meant so much to me personally.
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So it's been an up and down experience since last week. They removed the nasal tube but bowel was not moving on its own. Then a tube was inserted at the stoma and this seemed to help. However doctors were still not seeing the bowel do its thing without the aid of the tube.

This week there was talk of surgery. The doctors didn't seem to agree on things but they did agree most Alex has a kink in his intestine. Surgeon recommends surgery to close out the stoma. Basically the 2nd surgery due at the end of chemo would occur now. Pro: no illeostomy bag to maintain and takes care of kink. Con: it's too soon after surgery. Dr feels confident about this though. Surgery next Friday, 3 weeks from 1st surgery.

Another bit of good news: He had his first meal finally!
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Some good news today. The pathology came back today. All of the tumor was removed and a total of 32 lymph nodes were removed too. The nodes were negative for cancer. This is as plainly as I could put it. Hospital doctor put Alex back at Stage 2. Surgeon still needs to read results. We needed some good news!

Final diagnosis, staging and treatment will be the Oncologist' s call. We are still looking at 26 weeks of chemo to kill any microbial cancer cells.

Alex's hospital stay will be longer than expected due to the bowels not moving on their own. His state fluctuates with how nauseas he gets. After 2 days of feeling ill they finally put the NG tube. He can't really talk with the tube in. Today the doctor said patience is needed. I just want my baby home again. I'm sure he's hoping the same.

It was so good to see him smile last night. Unfortunately he was right back at being nauseas today. Hopefully things will begin to turn around for him again.
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We had a small setback yesterday and today. Alex was extremely nauseas and weak from it. The nausea meds were not working for most part of the day. Today he felt slightly less nauseas but pain was setting in at site of his surgery.

They said this was normal but would have a nutritionist look at him tomorrow to see how to get him to take some food. He's only had the small water sponge sticks.

How I wish I could take all of this pain and disease away from him.
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