On May 6, 2016, Father Connall underwent surgery to reverse a loop ileostomy which he had for nearly seven months. The ileostomy was a necessary part of major surgery to remove a stage three cancerous tumor. The ileostomy gave Father the necessary time to allow his colon to heal properly and to give him the opportunity to receive 16 cycles of aggressive chemotherapy.
Father continues to make slow but steady progress as his body adjusts to the surgeries and trauma from treatment. He is currently be treated for peripheral neuropathy which is a side effect of the chemotherapy. His medical team indicates that it will take at least 6 to 12 months for him to fully heal and reach a "new normal." That new normal will be here in May of 2017.
Recent scans and tests have revealed no signs of metastatic disease. Any stray cancer cells that were present in his body following the tumor removal should have been killed through the chemotherapy protocol. This was necessary to give Father the best survival rate possible. Regular tests will continue for another 5 years to monitor his progress and to engage in early detection should any cancer return.
Father continues to invoke the prayers of Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and Pope St. John Paul II for a complete healing. One of the greatest sources of consolation for Father Connall is all of your prayers and acts of kindness. Although he cannot respond to everyone, feel free to leave a message of support below.
Thank you very much!
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