A Not-So Good Update For Today


I had a post almost halfway done for today by Wednesday night. I had planned to finish it on Thursday night and have it up here today (Friday). But sometimes life has other plans.

When my wife, Susan, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in early July, we made the decision to publicly share it immediately. I said then that there was no way I could keep up the Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule that I had been maintaining for over eleven years. As it turns out, about the only time I’ve missed throughout this time was when we went to the Mayo Clinic at the end of October. Well, today will be one of those days.

Thursday morning, Susan got the call from the Mayo Clinic that we didn’t want. They told her that she is no longer a candidate for the radical surgery that would have removed the tumor completely. It’s not for the reasons you would think – all scans show that there has been no spread and the tumor is still contained within the pancreas. All of her blood work and all other reports are good. We knew that there was a lot of involvement with surrounding blood vessels that was going to make surgery more difficult, but we were still hopeful she would have surgery sometime in February.

Yesterday’s phone call ended that hope. While everything still looks as good as it possibly could regarding her tumor, the images from the laparoscopic procedure she had at the Mayo Clinic indicated that her liver had been severely damaged by the chemo – to the point that they said she would not survive the fourteen-hour surgery.

So now we look to Plan B. We know what that is, but it’s too involved to get into here. It is something called the NanoKnife, if you want to google it. We are both still in good spirits and still have hope. But to say we are taking this in stride would be a stretch. In all honesty, I was in no frame of mind to finish my post last night. Most likely, I will finish it over the weekend and post it here on Monday.

Thanks for your patience, your understanding and please continue your prayers for Susan.

George Phillips

18 Responses to “A Not-So Good Update For Today”

  1. Leslie Bissell Says:

    You and Susan have my continuing prayers. Onward to Plan B!

  2. Continued prayers of course. There have been some clear successes with Nano Knife, so I hope that is a great outcome.

  3. Tough news. Continuing to send positive energy to both of you. Have to think Plan B will work.

  4. James T Suel Says:

    So sorry to hear that her surgery has been canceled. You can count on continuing prayers. All the best, keep fighting.

  5. Thank you for sharing this very personal information with us, I am sure it’s not easy to do. Although most of us never met we still feel a kinship with your family . We continue to wish Susan and you all the best in this fight , Susan our thoughts are with you

  6. Praying for you and Susan George.

  7. We love you guys and will continue to pray for you.

  8. Tony Massey Says:

    God bless. Praying for you both.

  9. Susan & George, continued prayers heading your way as this long difficult journey continues. I know it’s not the news you were hoping to hear. Praying that it points you in a better long term direction. God bless.

  10. Often Plan B proves to the successful plan. I know all of us here are expecting that to be the case for both of you now.

  11. Matthew Lawrenson Says:

    Susan & George – both of you are in my thoughts as always. I can only wish you the best through this difficult time.

  12. Well, damn. That is so disappointing. On to Plan B. We all wish you the very best in this new plan of attack. Bless you both.

  13. billytheskink Says:

    Prayers continue, George and Susan. Always.

  14. I’m so sorry to hear that Plan A isn’t going to work out, but I am encouraged to hear that Plan B has some real potential. I’ll continue to be thinking about both of you every day.

  15. George, all I can do for the both of you is pray. But rest assured that I will do.

  16. Tom from Lake Forest Says:

    I pray that God would show His goodness to you and to Susan and to all of us who share your concern.

  17. So very sorry to hear this sad news. Words are always hard to gather at times like this. Your strength and convictions and knowing you have so many friends that you can lean on for support, hopefully will help. Please stay safe and stay strong.

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