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Hello everyone...first off, I never thought I'd be making one of these for my mom but here goes nothing.  Since about November of 2012 Karen has been suffering from random migraines and blurred vision.  In true KP fashion she prolonged getting it checked out mostly due to the chaotic lifestyle she was living.  Who knew teaching, finals, a new job, and a family trip to Disney would leave you with minimal time.  Anyways, about three weeks ago symptoms started getting worse and she began seeing a chiropractor.  Some days were better than others but mostly things were just remaining constant and not resolving.  She had already been through many blood tests prior to starting with the chiro but on February 13th she went back in to have things looked at again.  Gina (her chiropractor) had pushed Karen to get an MRI and have things looked at closer due to a pressure point on her neck making symptoms worse.  Her general practitioner wanted to do a vision, hearing and more blood tests but with enough persuasion she was able to get an MRI scheduled.  

Stephen brought her to that appointment in Coon Rapids and within an hour of leaving the clinic she got a phone call that she needed to head to the hospital due to a mass that was found on her brain.   We don't know a ton of information right now.  We know it's approximately 4.9 centimeters. We know it's on the back left side of her brain/skull, they're hoping it's confined and not going to spread.  They've ordered a biopsy and that is currently scheduled for Friday the 15th and will be starting prep at about 7:00. I'm hoping that's a good thing that they didn't rush it and it's not as severe as we're fearing but for now it's just the waiting game. It will still be a while after the biopsy before we have results from that but will pass info along as we get it.

In the meantime she is in the ICU at United Hospital.  They moved her there last night after being admitted to give her fluids to make sure no swelling in the brain occurs or causes any sort of hemorrhaging.  

Karen has the best support system possible.  My dad, myself and my brother will be by her side through all of this.  For now it's a day at a time until they get the results of the biopsy.  I will keep everyone posted to the best of my ability.  For now we ask for your prayers and thoughts to help her pull through.  She's the strongest woman I know and has many angels that are going to get her though.  

If anyone has any questions or messages to pass along to Karen feel free to post questions here and I will update as quickly as I can.

I'll be back with another update soon.


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