Oh! and by the way…you have kidney cancer…

I’ve been a lot of places since the plane arrived in Kansas City last Monday night.  All of them have been confined within a 15 mile area between our home and St Lukes Hospital in Lee’s Summit.  Many are morphine drenched dreams but most are just trying to figure out how in the hell this happened to me.

The trip to Belize.  Not great/not horrible/won’t go back!

During lunch Saturday, I started getting this twinge in my stomach – within an hour, I told him that I needed keys to the room that I wasn’t feeling good.  I made it down the steps and approximately 6 steps to our car when I yelled that I needed him to drive me to the room.  I knew I was circling the drain fast and really had no other option than to buckle down – call from my strength within and tolerate the searing pain until we could get back to the states.  The hospital was not even an option especially after I read about the Corozal hospital on-line

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So that is what I did.  I slept – I could make it on very short little walks – airplanes, airports and thankfully wheels down KC.  After the CT scan at St Luke’s Hospital, I was told it was two abscesses/diverticulitis  which were causing the knife like pains….oh, Mrs. Brown, what we also found on the CT scan was an 8cm tumor on your left kidney which has a 90% chance is cancer.  da dada daaaa!

Prognosis is good – several docs have looked at the scan and a later one of my chest and believe that the cancer is contained in the left kidney.  They will take it out and as the urologist said – I should be able to live a long and normal life.

That’s it for now.  As many times as this revisits my head in a day, I’ll be back to talk about it all later.

Until next time….

6 thoughts on “Oh! and by the way…you have kidney cancer…

  1. This is one of the worst if not the worst hospital in the country. It’s a good thing you didn’t go there. We have many other private facilities. Sorry to hear you’re never coming back. God bless you.


  2. Oh girl…so sorry to hear this but glad for the positive prognosis. I will be lifting you up in my prayers.


  3. Well I had a whole comment and it disappeared. I’m glad you’re home safe and sound and with good medical care here. Scarey looking little hospital! Shocking diagnosis I’m sure!


  4. Wow! Good call not going to the little hospital there. Glad you made it home safe and sound and to healthcare closeby! Sorry Belize was less than spectacular. Glad you have a diagnosis, take care!


  5. Oh that is NOT the hospital you want to be in. I am glad you came home however so sorry for how much you had to suffer. I cannot imagine how much pain you were in. Two abscesses. Gives me the freebie greenest just typing it


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