#2 MRI Required

Just got home from the meeting with Surgeon.

We learned a lot about the most likely options and paths, but still more testing is required to know what specific stage of cancer it is.

Essentially, that means they need to determine how much, if any, it has spread within the rectum and lymph nodes. This requires an MRI as soon as we can get one scheduled. We hope to have that done in the next week or so. But much of the direction going forward will be determined by the MRI, specifically what treatment plan comes in which order.

The location of the tumor also means a more complex type of surgery then we originally anticipated. And, the big learning today was my specific situation is likely to require a much longer process than we had hoped for. So, there's lots more things to figure out related to this.

You might be wondering how I feel after today's meeting.

Initially, I'm impatient. I wanted a more clear path forward today. And, then, frankly a little discouraged. I hoped that the tests done already would have been more conclusive. But, at least I know the potential paths. So, that's good.

Plus, I'm feeling fine. No pain. Just some discomfort.

We will keep you posted as we learn more. We don't expect any new information for a few weeks, so in the meantime, "no news is good news."