“I was a senior in High School when my father was diagnosed with cancer”
Most of us has read or at least heard this statement, or you may have even said it yourself, I just never thought my youngest son would be uttering these words…
Yes, my husband of 23 years was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer, actually, the cancer is located in his small intestine. Small intestinal cancer is an uncommon cancer that comprises about 1% to 2% of all gastrointestinal cancers. As you read this post, he and I are meeting with the physician who will be performing the surgery.
Ironically March is Colon Cancer Awareness month and although it is recommended you start having a colonoscopy at the age of 50, I ask that you consider beginning it earlier, especially if you have any symptoms. My husband never smoked, drank or ate “bad” foods, he stayed active and continues to workout on a regular basis but cancer doesn’t care!
He started having colonoscopies at the age of 45 and although he had many of the symptoms it was only recently diagnosed with a endoscopy. I trust and believe that the surgery will remove all of those cancerous polyps and ask that you pray for him and our family. I will keep you posted as more information is gathered.
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He was born way too early – 3 months premature weighing only 2.8 pounds
Then he was FIVE – last surgery to repair his esophagus…first solid meal…removal of feeding tube
Then he was TEN – struggling in school but surviving…facing all odds..learning new things
Then he was FIFTEEN – a teenager…tall and lanky…still unsure of himself
Then he was TWENTY – a young man…a high school graduate…first job
Today he is TWENTY ONE
HE GREW UP WAY TOO FAST!
HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY TAYAIR ISHMAEL BLAKE !
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I am on staycation today but it’s not being spent lying poolside, instead it’s in and out of doctor offices. Tayair had dental appointment for two cavities on his front teeth and then an orthodontist appointment to put the wires back onto his braces. He usually goes solo to his appointments but I needed to go for a consult with the orthodontist. Now that Tayair is 20, he will be undergoing facial surgery to correct his elongated jaw bone. Age 20/21 is the normal time that a person face has reached it’s lifetime size.
Tayair was born 3 months prematurely with a myriad of medical issues so he is used to surgery, but it has been 15 years since his last procedure and I am a little nervous. The surgery is considered routine by the surgeon but cosmetic so the cost will be out of pocket. We have to do what we have to do, and it will be an improvement for him so it’s worth it (hello more debt).
Heading out shortly for my annual GYN appointment in Wilmington. Depending on what time I get done I may stop at the Christiana Mall for tonight’s FNO activities.
Hope you are having a fantabulous day!
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20 years ago today, I gave birth to a 2.5 lb, 3 month preemie who wasn’t supposed to live;
hospitalized until December 1, 1992;
RSV, pneumonia, asthma, respiratory distress;
too many surgeries and out patient procedures to remember;
NICU, PICU, Nurses n Kids
feeding tube inserted until he was five;
Nebulizer, inhalers; Pulseox
Barium Swallows, Xrays, MRI’s
Prayers, Prayers and more Prayers is why he is here today celebrating his 20th birthday.
Happy Birthday Tayair Ishmael Blake
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!
- Last years high school graduation – 5.21.11
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAYAIR!!!!!!