Well, 7/24/12 is gonna be my day of reckoning. I will be going under the knife @ USC's Keck Medical Center for left kidney, radical nephrectomy, and left leg fibula modification, due to metastatic Renal Cell cancer in the upper knuckle. It's going to be a 6-7 hour tag-team surgery in one OR. But, let me fill you in on the path to this point.
Late in January of this year, after returning from a weekend of target shooting, I was unloading my Jeep, and lost my balance, getting my left leg trapped between my trailer hitch ball and rear bumper. Fortunately, just before the lower tibia bone snapped, my left foot was leveraged off of the ground. I limped around for several weeks, performed the usual ice pack/ heating pad sequence, even purchasing an ultrasonic massager, in an attempt to repair what I could. All this offered no relief, so I began going to my GP doctor. An initial set of X-rays, proved inconclusive, so then it escalated to MRI's both with contrast and without, CT scans, again with and without contrast, then a PETscan,brain scan, and several pelvic CT scans, and a biopsy of the damaged left leg. Conclusion, a 4mm Metastatic Renal Cell tumor of the left kidney, that is blocking the exiting vein, and infecting that same vein. At this point, the cancer has not yet reached the aortic artery (thankfully), but in addition, the cancer has attacked the left leg fibula bone (apparently resulting from the leg injury. This is the medical communities, justification, but we think the fibula may have been infected previous to the injury).
Initially I was scared to death, but quickly overcame that, reading nearly everything that is medically accountable on line. I am thoroughly confident in the USC Norris Cancer Center staff, and at this point, just want this S#*T out of my body, so I can get on with my life, which includes RV'ing, off roading, hiking, fishing, and anything else outdoors. I am a contributing member of several RV websites, so posting is well understood. It looks like the RV is gonna be sitting high and dry for a while. I, (we), welcome any/all responses. Thanks for your time folks.