The Beginning

Josh sent this email out to our friends and family on July 9, 2013, at which point we knew with absolute certainty that I had colon cancer (despite the slight hedging in the email). Those first days in the hospital were dark, full of shock, pain (physical and otherwise), confusion and, most of all, fear. Josh and I still relive those days, hours, minutes and seconds in our own version of post traumatic stress syndrome.

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I wanted to let all of you know that Julie is facing a very serious medical situation.

Last week, we came out to LA on vacation for a family wedding. Julie had been having intermittent bouts of nausea, cramping, constipation and vomiting over the past month and had seen a GI, but nothing appeared to be seriously amiss. While we were still in LA, Julie had a very serious attack of vomiting and stomach pain, and ultimately we took her to the ER.

After a series of tests, a colonoscopy revealed a mass in her mid-transverse colon; the colon is almost entirely obstructed. We do not yet have the biopsy results, but the reality is that the doctors think it’s likely cancerous. The (very tentatively) good news is that the doctors who reviewed the CT-scan do not see any evidence that the mass has spread, but we won’t know for sure until they go in.

After much battling, we were able to get Julie transferred from the ER in her parents’ neighborhood to UCLA Medical Center, which is a world-class institution. We are confident that she is receiving the best medical care available.

Julie is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow. It goes without saying that we’re facing a serious and frightening situation, but we’re optimistic and are committed to fighting this with everything that we have. My only request is that you please keep us, our daughters Mia and Isabelle, and our families in your thoughts and prayers.

Julie’s hospital contact information is as follows:

UCLA Medical Center
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA
424.259.6230
Room 4224

Best regards,
Josh

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