After spending far, FAR too long haggling with the insurance company and the medical group, I'm headed to the Stanford ER this morning to check myself in (with the assistance of my parents) so we can get surgery done as soon as possible.
I don't know how long I'll be down at Stanford but please direct all your positive prayer and energy in that direction. I'll let everyone know when I'm out of the hospital and back home (or at one of my parents' homes).
There have been many kind offers of help and I thank you all for that. Stanford care cannot be covered by my HMO insurance -- for some reason it took the medical group several business days to impart that bottom line to me -- but we'll figure out the expense situation later.
In the meantime, the only focus is to get tested, operated upon, and set up a treatment protocol with the experts at Stanford so I can get most of this cancer removed quickly and figure out how they can attack the remainder of it.
It's going to be complicated but with the experts running the show, and everyone else providing many different forms of support, I'm nothing short of 100% confident that I will beat this thing.
That's all for now. Next update will come when I'm out of surgery and sober enough to write. Until then, good health to all of you and keep the positive thoughts and prayers flowing my way!
With much love,