Greetings. My name is Mark. I am just starting my journey with Kidney Cancer. I have a 7 cm tumor on my left kidney. I am 48 years old and have always lived a happy, healthy life up to now. I eat healthy; I am in the gym every morning and I run almost every day at lunch. Every year I try to get in at least one triathlon (sprint). When I got hit with something like this at such a young age it was quite a shock.
Two weeks ago I landed myself in the E.R. with an infected appendix. They did a CT scan to verify before cutting me open and found an extra surprise. 2:00 am, I was curled up in the fetal position shaking in pain and my wife sitting next to the gurney shaking in fear, the emergency room dr. drops the news on us like he was telling us I had a cold then walked out never to be seen again.
My appendix is no longer a problem. The Dr. that took it out did an outstanding job and I was back at work full time in 3 days. Never took a single pain killer after surgery.
I had my first Consultation at Sloan Kettering. My Dr. is great. He is running more tests to see how much damage the tumor has caused in hopes to salvage at least some of the organ. Surgery will not be for a couple of weeks to allow my appendix incisions to totally heal.
I’m feeling pretty positive about my situation but am worried about my wife. She is smart and strong and extremely willful. I’ve never seen her look so defeated and scared. Any suggestions as to what I can do to put her mind at ease.