Friends of Robert
Organized by: Robert Wogan
Hello Family and Friends,
Some of you may know all or part, and some none, of the story I am about to share. It is another crazy turn of events that no one ever believes will happen to them, but here I am sharing my story.
On January 13th 2016, I had a colonoscopy, and as I awoke from a propanol fog of anesthesia, the GI doctor came into the room with a nurse to discuss his findings of the procedure:
“I am 98% sure you have rectal cancer”.
Not anything I would have ever imagined hearing and what does someone say?
So begins my journey on the cancer expedition. Over the next few weeks, I received the MRI and PET scans that not only confirmed the initial diagnosis, but that also determined the cancer’s progress. The cancer, which was initially thought to be contained in my rectum, is at stage T3b, which means it has spread to my pelvic lymph nodes and a spot on my liver. What is so hard to swallow is that I’m in the best shape I have been in 10-15 years.
So, where did this silent disease come from and why is it here to plague me? It’s now time to make some decisions on how to move ahead. I know that I am about to begin a year-long medical marathon.
Tomorrow, February 23rd. I will begin heavy duty chemotherapy. The first drug is called Folfox and is used to battle colorectal cancer cells. After rounds of chemo and radiation, and if all goes well, I am scheduled for surgery in the Fall. I am told that it is the only way to survive this disease. It seems crazy that just over a month ago that I was in some discomfort but I NEVER imagined that I was in a situation that could threaten my life.
So, why have I created this blog? I have been told that there is nothing more important than staying positive and focusing my energies on my health through this tough and unknown time. And to focus my energies, I will need your love and support to get me – and my beautiful wife and three children – through the next year.
So, to all of you -- my family, my friends, my acquaintances, any of you who are involved in our lives in any way, or anyone who follows this blog – I thank you in advance for sharing my journey with me and for helping me win this race.
This blog will be my LIFELINE to all of you – to share updates, to share my story, and to gain your enduring support. This is not a time that I can see people. I can’t be exposed to public spaces – I can’t be near people who are sick – my immune system will be compromised.
The blog allows me to stay in touch, while being out of touch. It is a removed way to feel everyone’s love and attention. With my posts, I will show how someone moves through cancer. And in return, you can all reach out when you can, how you can, and at your convenience. Thank you in advance for your support and love, Robert