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Two Surgeries In One Week

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-08-2009

A few weeks ago I was shopping with my lovely wife and her Mother in Jackson, Ms.  I bumped into a rack of clothes with my chest and it was painful, very sore.  I got to feeling around why I was sore and discovered a lump on my right breast. 

Surgery #1

A few days later I saw a doctor and then another and got scheduled to have surgery.  Tomorrow morning, (Wednesday August 19th 2009), I will be having a procedure called “Subcutaneous Mastectomy”.  Basically the tissue or whatever alien object that is in my breast is going to be removed.  At first I thought cancer, but the doctor gave me the odds that men get breast cancer is 1 in 10,000.  It happens, but apparently men get these lumps more often than most people think.

Surgery #2

Sunday morning I awoke from Devlink 2009 at the hotel in Nashville, TN and it felt like my eye had something on it.  I thought it was a dirty contact lens or something like that but it didn’t go away.  Monday it was worse and my eyes watered all day.  By today (Tuesday) I had had enough, it wasn’t getting better.  Eyes are something I don’t mess with.  I went to the eye doctor and got an immediate referral into a specialist to look at my eye.  It was fast too.  At 4:15 EST I was in the office and by 4:30 I had already seen the doctor and was on my way to the specialist.  Turns out I have a detached retina.  What the…..!  The doctor said he wanted to operate on my eye right then and there or the next day (Wednesday). I explained I was already going in for surgery the next morning so we scheduled it for Thursday.

That is TWO major surgeries in one week.  What in the wide wide world of sports is going on!?  At first I wasn’t going to say anything about my mastectomy but now that I have to have two surgeries, blogging is the only way I can peacefully cope with all of this.  Too much for one person for one week.

Keep me in your prayers the next several days.

Comments (31)

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Good luck Keith!

Positive vibes and prayers your way. Hang in!

Sorry to hear that. I know the Elder will bounce back!

Will for sure be praying for you man!

Hoping the collective community energy helps you through this tough week. Rest and get well!


As one who has been through serious medical issues with my daughter Miranda (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mirandabeamer), I can somewhat understand what is going on. You are definitely in my prayers.

Peace and Grace,

Good luck Keith. Hope both of the procedures go well.

Praying for successful surgeries and quick recoveries.

What a swing of emotions over a week. From the highs that come from a conference like DevLink to the challenges and concerns when faced with these kinds of health concerns. I hope all goes well and we’ll be seeing you back to your jovial, uplifting self again.

Hang in there bro, these things are just speedbumps in the big driveway of life.

Well, next week is likely to be better, or at least the week after.

I’ll be thinking of you as you recover from these two surgeries.

It was great to see you at DevLink!

Hang in there. You are certainly in our prayers.

Best wishes and hope you get well soon and are back to 100% in no time. This too shall pass!

You’re in my family’s prayers as well, Keith! Get well soon!

Keep up the fight brother!! We are all thinking and praying for our great friend to be back better than ever.

Dude! What are the odds of that?! I hope everything goes smoothly and you have a quick recovery.

Give me a holler if I can do anything.

Get Better Soon! Your family and the community need ya! *prayers your way*

I wish you well – hope things turn out “right”

I hope you have a quick recovery, this is a lot to get through in one week!

Man I’m sorry you’ve hit a bad run of luck. Will keep you in prayers and thoughts today and tomorrow. I hope everything goes well and you’re back to yourself in no time.

thanks for great times at devlink too.

Hope everything goes well and we’ll keep you in our prayers.

Best of luck to you, Keith.

Keeping you in our prayers. In Jackson if you need anything.

Good luck, hang on 🙂

Good luck, Keith. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

You weren’t kidding when you said you were falling appart. 🙂

Feel Better.

More prayers from VA…hang in there, Keith!

Prayers and positive waves your way, Keith. You’ve got friends all over the place who are wishing you a speedy recovery.

Sounds like you are having a rough week, so sorry. That’s a lot to go thru in such a short amount of time. Keeping you in thoughts / prayers and hoping for a fast recovery.

Wow, I’ve had bad weeks before, but this one’s a challenge. I really hope you heal fast, and I believe that quick action is key to that process. By not waiting, you’ve got the best chances for a full recovery.

If you need anything, I’m just 2 hours East of you in Mobile.

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