Ty Dutcher Exploratory Surgery

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A few weeks ago there was a prayer request for my friend, Ty – “I go in for surgery on the 25th of this month and hopefully all will work out… if not… What a damn ride!!! I’ve been a lot, seen a lot, and loved far more than I deserve.”

Day One (day before surgery):

“I’m feeling quite anxious, scared. Due to the weather (of course it’s going to snow the day before and the day of my surgery) we came down on Wednesday, two days early. Thought maybe I could spend some quality time with my owner (wife) but the pain and the surgery prep is making it hard to be joyful and happy.

I hope I have set things up well enough so my, Way-Better-Than-Me-Half, will be ok for a while if things go south during surgery. Payed all the bills, payed off my credit cards and made some important phone calls, so she will have nothing to worry about for a while.

One of the hardest parts was doing a Power of Attorney and Will. Made me think about all the crap I’ve collected and thought I needed. How do you leave a note saying that I want my wife to have things that meant a lot to me but probably not to her? What will happen to the family photos and things I have that were my parents. I don’t want people hassling her over things no one wanted while I was alive….

It’s sad, the snow is falling, the mountains are beautiful and my best girl is here with me and all I can think of is how I don’t want the world to go on without me, how I don’t want her to suffer the rest of her life alone. She has given me the best times, the happiest times and has made me so happy these last seven years… and I may have to leave her being sad and scared and I won’t be there to protect her. I won’t be able to do my job.”

Few Days After Surgery:

“Just got home today. Had complications (it’s my life, I expected them). I opted for an eight inch cut so they could look all around and make sure there was nothing more, instead of a little cut right where the tumor was. They found five more cancerous lymph nodes. They ended up taking about one-and-one-half feet of both my colon and my intestines. Thank you for all you prayers and good vibes, I know it helped…

I have an appointment on the 12th to find out about Chemo. I feel pretty good except for the pain. I ended up with 21 staples on the outside of my stomach and multiple (I’m guessing about 30-40) stitches inside. Most painful thing I have ever experienced… but the alternative is worse…”

Ty is hoping that his posts will reach someone who may be going through the cancer journey as he is or will resonate with those who have walked the journey.

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19 thoughts on “Ty Dutcher Exploratory Surgery”

  1. You have been given a second chance. Follow your bliss Ty Dutcher. You know what is important now, not the collections, not the photos, go digital, easier to store, not the worries or the fears, just the the future for you and your lovely wife, your family.

  2. years ago when I was in my early 20’s I was your wife, now again in my late 60’s I may be her again. We are waiting for a second opinion on a biopsy my husband had done. We to are married only a few years and not ready to leave each other. Keep fighting and keep a positive attitude. Just know that God is in charge, and he is the ultimate physician. All things are possible through him. Praying comfort and most of all peace for you and your wife.

  3. Been there…done that…still doing that. My faith has carried me through, and continues to carry me through my battle with the beast, and l hope that he carries the two of you through yours. I discovered the hard way that ATTITUDE colours each day, and that a positive one, that allows you to appreciate some tiny little thing each and every day, helps to make life better in every single way. Don’t allow fear or anger or depression to ever take over your spirit, or your wife’s spirit. Take life one day at a time…or even one hour at a time, or even one minute at a time…whatever works for you at the moment. Just do whatever you need to do at the moment to keep yourself on the upward journey. Know that you can do this together. I pray that God blesses you with relief from your pain very quickly. And may you successfully battle this beast into submission in the near future. 🙏❤️🤗🌿🌸🍃❤️🙏👏👏👏

  4. I was your other half 9 years ago! My prayers for your recovery as God wills.. your story has touched my heart and will lift you in prayer as well as your wife and family!

  5. Praying for you and your family!! You are a strong man and wisdom in your words. People find out later in life that all the material things are worthless at the end of our lives. Love is the only things that matter. I thank you for speaking out!!

    1. Getting ready to go through with this except it’s the bladder. Can’t stand the thought of leaving my husband of 41 years. But, I know God is good and he will see us both through this and we will have many more years together to love and live.

    1. I am praying for you during this painful time. It sounds like you have a very strong, loving wife to help you in this recovery time and that makes a big difference! Let her love you and let her know how much you appreciate her.

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