For those of you who have been following his
story, Adrian was at our Chapter meeting last
night and caught up on some singing and gave us
rundown of what's new and what's coming up.
Here's a synopsis of the next couple weeks and months to come.
To recap, Adrian was our Chapter President and
Show Chair last year. In February 2008 he began
having what he thought was some sort of stomach
trouble. He treated it with the standard
over-the-counter stuff like Tums, et al, but it
persisted. Whatever it was gradually became more
pronounced until April 22nd when the pain took
him to the hospital. After scans and exploratory
surgery the next day, he was diagnosed with Stage
IV colon cancer and given six months to live.
In the past year since then, Adrian had many
different courses of chemotherapy and has been
accepted into a special surgical chemotherapy
treatment at Wake Forest University Baptist
Medical Center. The Comprehensive Cancer Center
at Wake Forest is among an elite group of U.S.
cancer centers designated by the National Cancer
Institute as comprehensive indicating
excellence in research, patient care and
education. He's beaten the original odds so far
and we expect him to continue this trend. His
surgeon got his training from the doctor who
originated this particular treatment option so he'll be in good hands.
Adrian will be traveling to Winston-Salem, North
Carolina, on Friday [April 3rd], arriving
Saturday. He'll be admitted on Sunday and the
surgery is scheduled for early Monday [April 6th]
morning. After recovery, he will be in the ICU
for at least twenty-four hours and then a private
room for another week to ten days. Then there'll
be a week of follow-up and scans to set marks for
comparison and he'll be coming home. Three more
months of recovery and evaluation should put him
back at our Chapter meetings sometime in July or August.
For those of you just tuning in or who missed it,
you can keep up with what's going on and offer
your own communication on a web site with journal
posting by Adrian and Cindy and a guestbook where
you can share with the family and the rest of the world. Just go here:
and catch up and stay informed. You will need to
do a minimum sign-up to get access, but it's
simple and you'll get the news as we do.
Adrian is a big believer in the power of prayer
and credits your input in that arena with getting
him this far. He'd like you to continue praying
for him and his family with everything you've got
and he'll do his darndest to fight this thing
off. If you need a focal point to concentrate
your postive energy, you can do a MapQuest or
GoogleMaps of the hospital. Here's the address:
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA 27157.
Look for something in the Journal [above link]
before they leave for North Carolina on Friday. Adrian's email address is:
Adrian Bourgeois <r26218@...
if you want to send him anything before then or when he gets home.
That's the news. Stay tuned for further updates as we get them.
Getting back to BASSics...
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