Sheryls CC Adventure

I can do this!
8/30/2013 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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Friday, Aug. 30, 1:40 PM

I feel extremely grateful to my Heavenly Father right now.  Words can't express how happy and grateful I am.  With that said, I have some GREAT news to share with you!

As Dave and I listened to Dr. Kim tell us about what was happening in my body and what needed to be done, all I could think of as he talked, is "I can do this" or basically I can deal with this.  I know a few things about myself and one of them is that I can do hard things.  This doesn't even seem that hard but I'm sure it will be harder than I think but still I know I can do this!!  I feel so happy right now and optimistic!

First, it feels so good to know a lot more about everything in my life, than I knew about 3 hours ago.  That alone feels good. 

Here's the plan:

Sorry Raena, but it looks like I'll be in the hospital on your birthday, 9 - 11.
I'm going to Lake Powell next week, Thursday, Sept. 5, as scheduled!!!  That will lift my spirits!
I am so excited I don't have to cancel this trip!!!
I'll return by mid-day on Monday, Sept. 9.
I'll be admitted into LDS Hospital sometime on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and have the surgery.
The surgery will last approx. 2 hours.  
I'll be in the hospital approx. 3 - 4 days, at LDS Hospital with Dr. Kim performing the surgery.
Before I am able to go home, I have to be able to 1) walk around  2) eat 3) have a bowel movement. 
So I personally won't be leading any of my hikes during the month of September. I WILL take it easy, since I know it will lead to a quicker recovery.  
NOTE:  The hiking schedule will NOT be changed due to my absence.  I have others who are well qualified to lead my hikes.
I am excited to hear that Dr. Kim feels like I will do great and that this is a clean operation.  I'm excited to hear that I will be able to start walking soon after surgery.
Within 3 - 5 days after surgery, they will know, from studying about 20 lymph nodes, which will also be taken out at the time the cancer is removed, whether chemo is necessary.

What Dr. Kim will do in surgery:

Dr. Ryser who performed the Colonoscopy last Monday, put some tattoos on my colon to mark where the cancer is so Dr. Kim can more easily see the cancer. 
This is laparoscopic surgery, which means he'll cut 3 very small "pinky finger wide" incisions - one is above and to the side of my belly button and 2 others below and on each side of my belly button. The surgery will be performed through these 3 tiny incisions, however, the cancer won't fit through these incisions when it is removed.  These 3 incisions will be further away from my belly button but still surrounding it.
There will be a 4th incision through my belly button, which will help reduce noticeable scar tissue.
This 4th incision will be determined once he sees how large the cancer is and what it will take to get it out. 
It will probably be around a 10 - 12" piece of my colon that he removes by the time he gets the bad part AND all the lymph nodes including a main artery that goes to that section of the colon.  It's only 1/6 of my colon.  I started out with 6 feet, now I'll have around 5 feet!  

After examining me further, my life style and my medical history Dr. Kim feels like I will do really well with this surgery and said there is less than a 5% chance of it returning.  He feels like I will bounce back quickly and get back to my normal exciting life!!  

I call this GREAT NEWS!!!

Thank you SO much for all your prayers and thoughts in my behalf.
Keep them coming for the next few weeks if you would.