Operation Date Confirmed

(For those just catching up, I put together a Cancer Timeline a couple of weeks ago.)

After various bureaucratic difficulties, the date for the operation on my liver has been confirmed for Friday 21st December at 2pm. I go in to the Cromwell Hospital, south-west London, on Friday morning. The expected recovery time is 7-10 days so I hope to be out in time for New Year.

I’m still not certain exactly what they are removing – could be anywhere between 1/8th and 1/2 of my liver. I still haven’t had a chance to chat with my surgeon. However, God willing, the rest should take over the job both in size and function within a few months.

Once I’m done, all I’ll need is an operation to the left front of my body and I’ll be able to take my shirt off and say “Hey, kids, God made me in two halves” :-)

10 thoughts on “Operation Date Confirmed

  1. My family and I will be praying for you specifically about the surgery and also for your recovery during the Christmas holidays… Godspeed…

  2. I’m sure they’ve already explained to you that the liver is capable of regrowing. I received a split liver transplant (ie a young child got part and I got the other part) in 2004 (when I was at the point where I probably only had a week or two left to live) and it has since regrown to normal size and functioning fully.

    As you’ve reflected elsewhere, facing these challenges helps us to better understand and appreciate the important things in life. My thoughts and prayers will be with you on Friday.

  3. I’ll be thinking of you. (If you are interested to know, part of what I’m working on at the moment is to do with how livers regrow when they have pieces cut out.)