I've never considered a blog but considering my attempt to share information with so many people for the past three days, I have decided this will be easiest. James was diagnosed with liver cancer today at age 27 and here's the story...
7:00 AM - James says to me that his side hurts. He's not much of a complainer so I knew it must hurt pretty bad for him to say something. I tell him he's likely pulled a muscle or is just sore from pushing the boat out of the mud over the weekend.
4:00 PM - James sends me a message saying he's in a lot of pain and thinks he's running a fever.
6:45 PM - James is home from work and in pain. I am thinking its time to see a doc. The pain is on his right side about mid-abdomen so I am thinking appendicitis. Makes sense right?
8:00 PM - We arrive at St. Luke's Emergency Clinic. James is checked in, seen by a doctor, blood work and x-rays are ordered.
9:00 PM - Blood work and x-rays are normal. Doctor orders an abdominal CT scan. By now you are thinking this is pretty impressive for an emergency room. It was amazing!!!
11:45 PM - The CT scan is complete.
12:25 AM - The emergency room doctor delivers shocking results of the CT scan. The scan revealed a 10 cm mass on the liver.
2:20 AM - James is taken by ambulance to the hospital.
3:15 AM - We are in a room and ready for rest that just won't come. I guess knowing prayer had began we fall asleep around 4:45 AM
Its still Tuesday...
7:00 AM - We meet Dr. Angela Coscio, MD. General Oncology. Wait...an oncologist is a cancer doctor. It becomes very real what this could be.
10:00 AM - James goes for a needle biopsy of this mass.
2:45 PM - Dr. Coscio is treating James for liver cancer. We don't have the results of the biopsy but based on her experience, she unofficially diagnoses him. A full body MRI is ordered along with a CT scan of the chest. James' pain has eased a bit.
8:00 PM - Results are back and the MRI and CT scan show no signs of cancer anywhere other than the liver. Praise the Lord!
9:45 PM - The Abells call it a day...a very long day! James is in no pain.
There is not much of a time line to the day. We waited, waited and waited some more.
3:00 - Dr. Coscio delivers the preliminary results of the biopsy. It is liver cancer. It is isolated to one lobe of the liver. It is curable with surgery. Chemo is should not be necessary. And the best news...we can go home.
As of right now, James went to bed with a little pain. He is sleeping comfortably and is at peace with the diagnoses and prognoses. We will meet with Dr. Coscio on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning to discuss the full pathology report. Hopefully, we will see a liver specialist at MD Anderson Downtown by the end of the week or early part of next week. The details of surgery will be discussed at that appointment and I will pass that information on.
Please know that all posts will not be so great in length but I just wanted to catch everyone up~
James and I thank you for love and prayers.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:10-13