Late February of 2012 Mark was diagnosed with stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma Cancer. This is written for our family and friends who have so caringly expressed a desire to know of the current situation. We so appreciate the love and support that has been shown to us and we lovingly empathize with and pray for many of you that have had or are currently going through trials of your own. In love, hope and faith, Mark and Ane

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Tumor is Out!

Surgery was yesterday - Friday, the 16th.   Dr. Diego came in before surgery and told us that he hoped it would take 2-3 hours, but that it could certainly be longer.  It was longer - 5 1/2 hours, but all went well and the tumor was removed!   It took longer than expected because Mark has a large spleen and it took a lot of maneuvering to relocate the pancreas and kidney to get to the adrenal gland. The incision for the removal is only 2 inches long with 3 small incisions for the arms of the robot. 

Last night was a bit rough, but today he is doing marvelously well!  The doctor thought that Mark would be discharged on Monday, but another doctor just left and saw no reason that he couldn't go home later today or at least by tomorrow!  Wow, we are SO thankful for modern medicine! Laparoscopic surgery makes recovery so much easier.  Mark should be back in the game fairly quickly, and he is ready!  

Thank you for all of your faith and prayers!!! 

The morning after!! 

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