We are pleased to welcome Christine and Ricardo as bloggers to our jpouch.net family. Ricardo is our resident FAP jpoucher, and Christine is his amazing wife. Together they documented his story, surgeries and experiences. They will be sharing their story with us, but below is a brief introduction. Be sure to give them a warm welcome!
The Chavez Family November 2008
It was the middle of December when my husband had went to his yearly physically fitness check up, this is required for his job so he goes yearly to see his Doctor but it was this time he actually mentioned his family history and followed through with getting his colonoscopy done. The colonoscopy was scheduled in the beginning of January and from that day on we have been on a whole new level. He went in for his colonoscopy and came out 2 hours later still groggy mind you I have not talked to anyone I was waiting to be called back but instead he came out, so I thought everything went well, so I ask him “how did it go?” He responds, “Not so good they need to remove my colon otherwise I will die.” I was shocked, although we knew this was a possibility we were praying he didn’t have it and after talking he would say “Babe, I’m fine I don’t have no problems going to the bathrooms and I have no symptoms.” So we thought no he would be fine. Unfortunately we were wrong, it so happened that he had hundreds of polyps which a couple needed to be biopsied because they were large in size, there was too many to remove and if he didn’t remove his colon he would like his father get colon cancer and have a slim chance of surviving it. That ride home was hell, I was so hurt, it was something I had been dreading to hear and he was I think so drugged up he wasn’t all there yet, he was acting like nothing, I think also he just was thinking o’well I have to do what I got to do nothing more to talk about, which is like my husband so I dropped him off at home and went to pick up our son and once he shut the car door I drove away breaking down, I couldn’t even catch my breath, this was life changing and at the time I wasn’t thinking for the best. Days past and we overcame the finding out phase and next was the Doctor appointment for basically confirmation of what they found and to discuss our options. His sister who also has FAP and myself and Ricardo went to the appointment, the Doctor explained how the surgery was going to take place and that it should be done asap.
*check back soon for rest of Ricardo’s story
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