Friends of Chris Loderhose
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This page is set up on behalf of Chris Loderhose in order to help with medical and living expenses during his battle with stage 4 colon cancer. Chris is the son of Pete and Jean Loderhose and husband to Michelle Loderhose. He has three grown children, one daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. Chris serves as a flight paramedic for Cox Air Care. He will be starting chemo and is looking at 5+ months of chemo and surgery. The cancer is non-curable. There are a few fees per donation and transaction to use this website so if you would like to help with that cost to make sure Chris and Michelle get the most of each donation you can donate a few extra dollars.

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Here is his story...

In early 2010, Chris noticed bleeding and contacted his doctor. He had a colonoscopy in May where a polyp was discovered and removed. The pathology report showed the polyp was malignant, which means the head of the polyp was cancerous, but there was no cancer in the stalk or colon. A three month follow up colonoscopy showed the colon was cancer free. In November of 2013, a three year follow up colonoscopy found a submucosal mass at 35cm. The doctor chose at that point not to follow up on the mass. Through persistence, Chris had a procedure to possibly biopsy the mass in January. We know now that the biopsy would have caused perforation of the colon so the biopsies that were done were just the lining and negative of cancer. Throughout 2014, Chris' health had continued to deteriorate. In July of 2014, Chris changed his job to Cox Health in Springfield to have health insurance in order to see Colorectal Surgeon Jose Dominguez. Under his care, the mass was seen through an ultra sound colonoscopy. Following that procedure, Chris continued to get sick. On Saturday September 6, while on shift at Cox Air Care Chris woke his partner and walked down to the ER with severe pain. A CT Scan was performed and found diverticulitis and swelling. Chris was admitted to 9W. Over the next week, Chris' colon would not heal with treatment. On Monday September 15, a colon resection was scheduled and performed. After four hours, the doctor came out with unexpected news: Stage 4 Colon Cancer with removal of sigmoid and rectal colon, appendix, and many nodules. 

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