Danville Community High School boys’ basketball coach Brian Barber knew something was off.
Feeling similar pain he felt in 2006 when he had a kidney stone, the 14-year Warrior coach went to his family doctor. But his doctor was on a rare vacation, so Barber decided to take a trip to the emergency room. The doctor in the E.R. did a CAT scan where they found a mass on his kidney that was not there in 2006.
The benign tumor was the size of a closed fist and was located on the middle of Barber’s horseshoe kidney.
A couple of weeks later, doctors completed surgery the old-fashioned way because of Barber’s attached kidneys, which included an incision from the breastbone to beltline.
The removal of the tumor went as planned but during the recovery he developed blood clots in his left calf and lung. The blood clots made the healing process trickier and longer as he spent a week and a half in the hospital.
Barber’s recovery time totaled six weeks from August through the middle of October where he rested and stayed away from school.
“I’ve got a different perspective on all of that stuff now,” he said. “That slows you down a little bit.”
Barber now has to watch his diet closely by eating bland foods and staying away from anything spicy. He has lost 30 pounds and the outlook is positive.
“I feel like a new person,” Barber said.
While Barber was on the sidelines, his coaching staff and seven seniors picked up the slack in preparation for the 2012 basketball season. He praised his coaching staff for their response when he was out recovering. Assistants Mark Artman, Matt Stewart, Rick Foster, Todd Hanni, Jerry Allen, Greg Barber, and Chris Collins all helped Barber out.