Rollin Without A Colon
Organized by: Claudia Carlos
My husband, Cameron, and I were high school sweethearts, and became husband and wife on January 5, 2012, five years later. Everything seemed to be going very well for us and we were both happy with the direction our lives were heading.
Around the beginning of September 2013, Cameron received news that would change our lives forever. Cameron was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce mucous. The combination of inflammation and ulceration can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent emptying of the colon (Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America). At first, the doctor gave him a few different medications in an attempt to get him to a state of remission but no one knew how bad he really was. He had to quit working immediately, as his job offshore would not allow for the frequent doctor visits required, and he was physically unable to perform his work on land. Quickly realizing the condition was getting worse, medications were changed to the most aggressive forms of treatment available. Still, he lost 60 pounds within two months. He could barely eat, was dizzy and nauseated, went to the bathroom about 30 times a day, and now struggled just to walk across our home. These were only a few of the symptoms that he was experiencing.
In the month of November, we still did not see any signs of improvement and his condition continued to get worse. He was down to 87 pounds and was losing about 1 pound every day. Then one night, Cameron came to me and told me that if he did not have surgery soon, he was going to die. We were both scared and nervous about what the surgery would do. So we prayed to God to give us peace, reassurance, and comfort. The next day we saw a surgeon, and he was immediately admitted to the hospital, and fed through an IV for a little over a week to strengthen him enough for the surgery.
On November 27th 2013, Cameron had his major surgery which consisted of removing his entire colon and having an ileostomy. It was a difficult and painful time for him. He went to the hospital multiple times after that surgery due to complications, but eventually things started to turn around, and thanks to medication, he was able to gain about 40 pounds. Cameron had another surgery on July 15, 2014 to create the j-pouch and remove some of his rectum. Although the surgery went well, his weight has quickly begun dropping again, and he has lost about 25 pounds. Hopefully he will have a third and final surgery sometime in mid-October, to remove his ileostomy, and reattach his intestines to his rectum.
It has been a very challenging experience, especially for a 23 year old man and a newlywed couple to go through. But we know that God is in control and that this will be a blessing in some way, in the future. As you can imagine, medical bills can be very expensive, even with health insurance. With your donations, the money will go towards our medical expenses. Every dollar helps! Thank you for taking the time to read our story and for your contribution.