It's now been three weeks since my surgery and I am finally getting down to writing my first post.
First, I'd like to thank Nancy, Sean, and JoAnne for all their help. I couldn't have made it without y'all.
Adjusting to the drastic change in my plumbing has been quite difficult. Trust me, human technology is no substitute for the human body, as "designed" by millions of years of natural selection. The notion that this is how my body is going to work for the rest of my life is taking some getting used to.
So far, my last year of cancer treatment has resulted in a distinct decline in my quality of life in return for a purely theoretical extension in my life expectancy. I guess I won't know for some time how the calculus comes out in the end, but, right now, it's not at all clear that the cost/benefit ratio is less than 1.