Prayer is requested for former Grace Brethren pastor and retired Navy chaplain, Jack Galle. He will be having surgery tomorrow at Hershey Medical Center. Below is information from Jack and shared with his permission. Jack currently serves as a Veteran’s Affairs Chaplain in Lebanon, Pa.
“I had acute pancreatitis the end of October (2016). A CAT scan revealed a cyst on my pancreas. The cyst is not cancerous but could change so there is urgency to remove it.
Met with the surgical oncologist yesterday (Feb 3), also had blood tests yesterday and MRI.
Will have a Whipple procedure, removing 1/3 of pancreas, some of stomach, gall bladder removed, some of duodenum and then reattach it all – procedure will take between 4 – 8 hours, longer if they run into any problems.
Priority for scheduling surgery is given to surgical patients with cancer, at this point I do not have cancer. However, the surgeon had a cancellation and offered it to me. I will have this surgery on Tuesday, Feb 7 at Hershey Medical Center. Judy will be able to stay with me in my room the first night.
Doctor anticipates I will be in the hospital for 8 days and then home recuperating for 6 – 8 weeks. I am so accustomed to exercise and unaccustomed to pain – this will be new to me.”