We are putting this blog together to keep everyone up to date without having to make thousands of phone calls and texts. (we are that popular...seriously). We will try and update this blog as often as possible with progress, feelings, venting, etc. Our phones aren't turned off but don't be offended if the calls are missed or texts are not replied to immediately.
This is a brief overview of everything up to and including July 4th.
As many of you may already know Shannon's health has been a bit of a problem for her since about January. After having some indigestion issues she went to a doctor who diagnosed her with irritable bowel. (IBS)
The issues continued so she tried a Naturopath (due to Daniel's suggestion). After a few tests and far too much money she was told that she has food intolerance's. After completely going off the lists of foods, that apparently were causing the issues, the problems continued to persist. She went to another doctor who confirmed the irritable bowel diagnosis but sent her for some blood work.
After dropping quite a bit of weight and still having the same issues with her digestion she decided to try alternative options. First was a chiropractor who adjusted and adjusted but with no results. Next on the list was some good old fashioned chinese medicine. After some acupuncture she may have felt more relaxed but she still faced the same issues internally.
We decided to try a new clinic to see a doctor. After meeting with a doctor and getting an exam Shannon was referred to see a specialist for a colonoscopy. She was not looking forward to this but at least they were looking into it....literally. By this time the weight loss was over 30 lbs and this was a trigger for the referral.
In the meantime we went and got a family doctor. It was quite apparent to him that it was IBS. He said the obvious solution was going to costco and grab a bunch of mini-cucumbersto eat. We are slowly losing faith in our family doctor.
Shannon went and met with the specialist. He had told Shannon he had suspected that it was an infection of sorts.
So the day finally came when Shannon gets her colonoscopy. After quite an extensive wait the procedure was complete and we waited in a little curtained off cubicle to meet with the specialist. Shannon said that the doctor said "this is not good" so we were expecting bad news.....but not this. The doctor looked as if he was in shock. He said they found a mass... he was quite certain it was cancer.