"I can tell you with 100% certainty you'll be dead in five years if you don't have this surgery."Well, that pretty much settles that. That's what my doctor told me yesterday in answer to my question, "What happens if I don't have this surgery.". Cancer sucks. A statement like that certainly puts your world view into perspective.
So, what's next? Well, nothing imminently. I have a couple more tests in December but the doctor agreed to wait until after the holidays to operate so right now the target date for surgery is early January 2015. After I recover from the surgery I'll be doing more chemotherapy for the next six months.
That's the new reality. There's no more theorizing about what if's. The reality is the surgery will take place in January and the chips will fall where they may. Early 2015 looks like it will be a trying time so please continue to keep me in mind.
God bless everyone who has donated and sent kind emails, cards, and such. Words can't express how grateful I am and how helpful it's been, especially right here headed into the holiday season. My family and I are appreciative beyond words.
- Karl Stern