When I finally met with my oncologist Dr. Beck, his recommendation was to get 12 treatments over a six month period. I have to admit, I wasn't excited by this number, but I was excited at the "Fully Cured" prognosis at the end of it. Then he went into the potential side-effects.
I know what you are thinking. Everything sounds good, why is Randy acting like President Trump and screaming, "Fake News"? Well, as it turns out once they were able to dissect the part of the colon and lymph nodes my surgeon removed they discovered something shocking.
November 26, 2019 was the first time I have ever been under the knife so to speak. I will admit two things surprised me on this day. First, how nervous I became as I started being prepped. I was as cool as a cucumber at first, but the coolness quickly left. Oh I never doubted God, but I sure wished He had me at Disney World or at a Chinese buffet instead of the operating room. The second thing to surprise me was all the people that came to see me before the surgery.
After spending the day on the mountain some of the dates have become harder to remember, but it seems like I waited for an eternity to have my imaging appointment scheduled. To be fair it probably was a combination of taking a while, plus my anxiousness to get the results. Then before I knew it, I was doing a 24-hour prep to get ready for the imaging. Sadly the prep was almost as bad as preparing for the endoscopy/colonoscopy.
Later, on the same day I got the news the biopsy was cancer, a sweet friend came over to hang out with me. She thought it would be a good escape for me if we went to Cheaha State Park the next day, I agreed. I didn't realize this meant she would be driving or I may have politely said, "No!" :-) By the way, Cheaha State Park is definitely a must if you are looking for a cool experience and love the outdoors.
I woke up on Tuesday, November the 3rd scheduled to work out of town, but a small whisper kept telling me not to go. I convinced myself there was no way I'd get a call this quick, so I picked up my boss and another coworker and off we went. It was approaching lunchtime when I received a telephone call from a familiar number. I excused myself from the conference room table, asking the gentleman we were working with if I could use his office for a moment.
Most of you that know me, know this about me. I love Jesus! I love to joke and I like all things Bama. Well, when my doctor recommended I get both, a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. I scheduled them both for 10/31/2019, thinking I would never forget having this done to me on Nick Saban's birthday. Well as it turns out I would never forget this day for another reason.
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