In Sept 2021 we climbed Angel’s Landing for Andrew
Andrew’s Kidney Cancer Story
“In 2020, I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma at age 74. My urologist in Raleigh, North Carolina, admitted that surgical intervention was “above his pay grade” and suggested I seek consultation at a major medical center. I left his office feeling my fate was arduous dialysis or death. A complicating factor is I was born with only one kidney. Although my wife and I live in North Carolina, I immediately thought of Cleveland Clinic where I had received superlative care in the past from Matthew Walsh, M.D., for miraculous stomach saving surgery, and, more recently, from Scott Steele, M.D. for colostomy repair which exponentially improved my quality of life.
On October 27, 2020, my brother and I met with Christopher Weight, M.D., to consider options for intervention. We were immediately taken with his quiet confidence, humble demeanor, clear communication and unflinching eye contact. After a thorough discussion of all options, we elected to pursue kidney sparing robotic surgery. My wife joined us in Cleveland for the surgery scheduled for November 6, 2020. Discharge from hospital was November 11, 2020. After recuperating, I was never so glad to void in my life! Dr. Weight continues to monitor my progress.I often thank him for allowing God to use his hands.
By way of background, I was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, while my father fought in World War II. I contracted polio at age five and walked on Lofstran crutches for many years before becoming wheelchair dependent. After college I obtained a master of social work. The bulk of my career was at the county child welfare in Akron, Ohio. It was there I met my wife, also a social worker. We have one daughter who teaches in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. During my time in Akron I attended law school and became a licensed attorney.
In 2008, we retired to Raleigh, North Carolina. I enjoy international travel with my wife, dog walking, reading, mahjong and church volunteer work. We recently moved into a continuing care retirement community where any future medical needs can be met.” ~Andrew Miller