Welcome! I’m Andrew.
I’m 35 years old, and I live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife Alexis and two-year-old daughter Addie. This is my blog about my experience with colorectal cancer.
Last week I sat down with Dr. Dietz’s incredible nurse Vicki for a follow-up appointment. She asked how things are going, and I answered that it’s been a little rough. I explained how one day, I won’t poop at all. (For those with the misfortune of knowing me well enough to know my bowel habitsContinue reading ““So, Does Anyone Ever…Go Back to the Bag?””
Today I had the opportunity to give my first-ever commencement address, at the winter graduation for business department students at Misericordia University, a place near and dear to my heart. While it was a little weird to give a graduation speech over Zoom, in my current physical state it probably couldn’t have happened any otherContinue reading “Cougar Commencement”
Or more pointedly, “Did I learn from this what I was supposed to?” Now that I’m all put back together, that’s a question I’ve found myself asking a lot. With my last procedure in the rear-view, I suppose it’s natural to wax a bit philosophical. Life may still be a few months from normal —Continue reading “What the Heck Was I Supposed to Learn From All This?”
I’m back home! My ileostomy reversal surgery on Monday went very well, and in Addie’s words, “Daddy’s poo-poo bag all gone.” This surgery was light years easier than the original ileostomy and resection. I was nervous about a repeat of the issues I had last time, when it took my intestines many days to wakeContinue reading “All Hooked Up and No Place to Go”
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