Aug 30, 2012 - 1:21 pm
Hello. I have been reading the posts here for a few weeks as I try to get a handle on this whole Renal Cell Carcinoma thing.
I was diagnosed August 3rd with a large mass on my left Kidney 10cm, and ever since then it's been a confusing ride of tests, guesses, and assumptions. I have been trying to learn everything I can about this disease. It's not looking pretty from the Internet reads.
It appears that the cancer is restricted to the renal area. The PET Scan came back only showing that left kidney. The Doctor "seemed" to be happy with that scan result, but to be honest, he does not say much.
They determined they need to get that sucker out of there, and I am scheduled for a radical kidney removal tomorrow morning 11:00 AM. As I understand it, the game plan is to do it with laproscopic surgery, unless a condition on the fly mandates open surgery.
Frankly I am terrified, but put on the "no problem face" in front of the kids. Being a single Dad is hard enough without this complication. Not sure if I am more worried for me or for them. Probably both.
Since Dads are not suppose to whine in front of their kids, I guess I am doing my whining on here.