Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Yes, I am still alive. I know people have been worried by my prolonged absence, but all in all the operation seems to have been successful and I am now home. As far as I can tell there was very little objective change in their operative findings, with the cancer restricted to an area surrounding the ileo-cecal valve. It is a fairly slow-growing cancer which is being restrained by my body's reaction against it. Part of that reaction is to lay down a network of fibrous tissue which enmeshes the cancer cells. This fibrous reaction and scarred down and caused an obstruction in the bowel. The surgeons by-passed this by joining ileum to transverse colon.

Unfortunately, just like last time I had a prolonged ileus (bowel paralysis) so that it took until the day before yesterday for even liquids to start passing through properly. It was very painful as parts of the bowel were contracting while others were silent, but eventually things began to pass and they were able to discharge me.

I am still very weak having lost a lot of weight when I wasn't eating. I need to build up my strength and muscle bulk and I doubt that I will be blogging much over the next few weeks.

Thanks for all the good wishes that have been sent me and especially for your prayers.


George said...

Having you back healthy is all we need. Let CLL rest for a while.

Anonymous said...

It's good to hear your doing as well as can be expected. I had ileuses? three times from recurrent hernia repairs. Take it slow you don't want to rip anything open.

john liston

Brian Koffman said...

Welcome home

Praying for Refuah Shleima, a complete healing.

Mike said...

Good to hear you're on the road to recovery Terry. Take your time and regain your strength best you can. Strawberries and cream are nice this time of the year.

Richard said...

Very pleased to hear you are out of hospital.

You will now be able to watch the final match of the World Cup!

Wishing you a speedy recovery,


Anonymous said...

You have certainly had your exercise in patient's side of disease.

I have often wondered, as a cancer consultant, how you manage? I know you are a Christian. And that you trust our Lord in all things. But does this not stretch your faith a bit? religion or who have no hope in our Lord?

Patricia said...

So glad to see you back on line Dr.! Will continue to keep you in our prayers!

Deb Light said...

Continued prayers!
It was was good to wake up early this morning and see you had posted on our CLL Christian site!
We have been concerned and many prayers have been said for you.Thanks for all you do for us and please take it easy and regain your strength and some weight!

Deb Light

Chonette said...

So happy you are back home and on the recovery path, just take things easy and do just what you like.

Terry Hamblin said...


If I thought this life was all there was I would consider things terribly unfair for:

The Lord maketh it to rain on the just and on the unjust fella;

But more upon the just, 'cos the unjust man has usually stolen the just man's umbrella.

Happily, I believe in a God who will bring a later judgement. However, I would not trust my good works to save me; rather I know that my redeemer lives. The blood of Jesus Christ shed for me on the cross is sufficient to cover all my sins; God has demonstrated that it is sufficient by raising him from the dead. Therefore, whoever believes in him, and that includes anybody reading this, shall not perish but have everlasting life.

Grateful said...

Glad to hear you are home. Thank you for continuing to blog and answer questions from us CLLers during your ordeal.

ravengirl62 said...

Welcome home Dr. Hamblin! I bet the food is much better now that you are home :) We have all been watching your progress and praying for you and are happy the worst of it is over. Wishing you all the best.
Wendy Shores

Anonymous said...

Very good to hear that you are doing OK.

Jorge said...

Glad to see you back home.
Wishing you total recovery.

justme said...

I'm so glad to hear you're home and recovering now! Will continue to pray for you.