My Crappy Pancreas

February 10, 2012

Surgery Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — marisaandscott @ 6:24 pm

Marisa says: Thanks to all for the prayers, well wishes, thoughts and good vibes today. I swear I can feel them surrounding us. Surgery went well and Scott is now settled in his room. I would say comfortably, but we are still working to get on top of the pain. However, we will get there. He’s got a gastric tube for today to ensure his stomach stays empty to allow the incision to heal. Hopefully it will come out tomorrow.

Surprisingly, there was no lopping involved! It was explained that the surgeon made a slit in the jejunum and hooked it directly up to the stomach, without detaching the duodenum. So, now the food has a new route and obstruction will no longer be an issue. He also took a look around and saw no evidence of disease in the peritoneum (good!) and lopped off (okay — I guess there was a little bit of lopping) a tumor on his liver “since he was in there.” Very little evidence of metastatic disease in the abdominal cavity, which is a very good thing.

Scott is surprisingly alert given that we had to be up at 4:15am. Just ice chips today. Going for sips of clears tomorrow.

Now to get the healing done so we can work on getting into a trial…here we go!

And as for those BIG prayers…keep ’em coming!



  1. So glad that surgery went well. We are praying for a speedy recovery.

    Comment by Cecy Riva — February 10, 2012 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  2. I love seeing prayers answered. Blessings.

    Comment by Barbara Lore — February 10, 2012 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

  3. Terrific!! I am so glad. Big hugs, and more good energy your way from us here in Portland. Heal on! Go Scott!
    love you,

    Comment by Alicia Zambelli — February 10, 2012 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  4. That’s so great to hear!

    Comment by Kim — February 10, 2012 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  5. HI Marisa and Scott,

    You guys don’t know me but I found your blog quite by accident. A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on January 4th and while looking for information on a certain drug I found your blog. My friend Dave Smith 8 has a blog that his daughter is keeping on and the outpour of love and support has been overwhelming, similar to yours! Nothing like cancer to bring out the love and prayers from friends and family! Anyway I told Dave’s wife Maria about your blog as she is new to this journey. I hope she may get some answers as well as comfort from your blog. Why does cancer reach the most wonderful people on the planet? The rotten bx&#ards live forever. (sorry). Dave was supposed to have the Whipple on Monday but after opening him up they found the tumor was on a major artery. Now plan B includes chemo and radiation. Glad to hear Scott was able to have surgery and is feeling better. I think I read that you too were unable to have the whipple at first. I guess I am writing to let you know that you can touch people all over and that we are all praying for you even thought we haven’t met…only through this disease. Life is precious and everyday is a gift.
    I wish you the best and will continue to hope and pray for you both and your family.


    PS I love the title…My Crappy Pancreas…isn’t that the truth!

    Comment by gerri spear — February 10, 2012 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  6. This is my first time reading your blog. Keeping you guys lifted up in prayer.

    Comment by Tanya Blocker — February 10, 2012 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  7. Marisa – thank you for updating after the surgery. So glad everything went well. We will continue praying big for Scott, you and the boys! Sending lots of healing energies to Scott. *hugs*

    Comment by Kelly — February 10, 2012 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  8. Read the whole thing (missed the last post somehow) and it’s all more clear. Enjoy the broth tomorrow, Scott. Thinking of you all and eager to see you in March.
    Love, Claudine and Ted

    Comment by Claudine Duncan — February 10, 2012 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

  9. So glad that Scott’s surgery went well! Happy dance up in New Jersey! Sending good clean vibes for a speedy and uneventful healing.

    Comment by Kim Karman Dobson — February 10, 2012 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

  10. Glad to hear the surgery went well. PRAYING BIG AS ALWAYS. Love, Aunt Carole

    Comment by Carole Woolfork — February 11, 2012 @ 1:08 am | Reply

  11. So thankful this went so well. Looking forward to hearing how much of a difference it makes once Scott recovers from surgery and can again eat whatever delicious meals Marisa makes or finds. Praying BIG in Maryland.

    Comment by Leslie Overton — February 11, 2012 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  12. Prayers for a fast recovery. Had a great conversation with Nicholas this morning. That is as much as a 16th month old can say. You are often in our thoughts when we talk to, or are with Lance and Kristi’s boys.

    Comment by Dianne & Larry — February 11, 2012 @ 11:12 am | Reply

  13. Sounds like good progress! Thinking of you, often.

    Comment by Audrey Ettinger — February 11, 2012 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  14. So happy for the update! So happy that things went well! Praying Scott gets into a trial! Love how great your spirits sound!

    Comment by Gillian Johnson — February 12, 2012 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  15. You also don’t know me, but I have a friend with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and have been doing some obsessive googling of late. The result is almost 68 pages of Medline abstracts that I’m now in the process of summarizing into a much shorter and more useful version, If you would like a copy to discuss with Scott’s oncologists, I’ll be happy to e-mail you a PDF.. Wishing you and Scott the best.

    Comment by Brenda Moseley — February 15, 2012 @ 2:48 am | Reply

  16. Thank you for the update on this site. Our thoughts are heading your way and hope for a day with less pain and better health! You have many, many people who care.

    Dave Marshall and family

    Comment by Dave Marshall — February 15, 2012 @ 7:50 am | Reply

    • Dear Marissa and Scott,

      Ever since I saw Lance Coleman last year at an Albion event, I have followed your blog, have forwarded the information to some of Scott’s old friends from high school, and have prayed for Scott’s well being. I have two children of my own and Scott’s story about the Lorax touched me. It made me think. Emotions came over me. Marissa, you do not know me, but I have known Scott since I was in 10th grade and he burst on the scene as a complete monster of a football player. We played together for I believe 2 years at Ottawa Hills, and for three more at Albion College. As I’m sure you know, he was such a tremendous football player and leader at Albion College. I remember the day when he and Lance visited Albion and myself and Tom Riva took he and Lance on a tour and helped recruit them. I thought, we have a shot at Lance, but Scott was so talented I thought he was going to play for a much larger school. Although he played defense and I played offense we had that Old School OHHS connection. Anyway, please let Scott know I have thought about him and his fierce battle. I read your blog and think that is Scott. A warrior. A fighter. From what I read he has the perfect soul mate to help him with this fight. I will light a candle for you at church and will say a prayer for you, Scott and your children. If you could, please send me your address. I have been meaning to send something to Scott. Maybe there is an easier way to get your address. You can email it to me as well.

      With much thought and prayer.
      Jon Baarda and Family

      Comment by Jon Baarda — February 16, 2012 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  17. Thinking of you guys today and sending prayers of healing and love your way.

    Comment by Kim Alix — February 17, 2012 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  18. Still here in St. Thomas working at the ER. I read your posting time and time but I realized I’ve never commented. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers, this cancer is giving you guys a run for your money but I could say the same about you!! Best wishes from way down south. Jodie

    Comment by Jodie — February 18, 2012 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

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