On the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend, 2008, at the urging of his friend and coworker Kelly, Mike went to the emergency room. He had been having blurry vision for about 2 months, and had multiple eye doctor appointments. He ended up with reading glasses, but the problem continued. He was also experiencing some strange sensations on the left side of his body, like numbness and tingling. Also, those of us close to him knew something was going on because he just wasn't himself, but it was easy to write off as depression brought on by recent work/life changes.
In the emergency room, the doctors gave him a CT scan and identified that there was a mass in his brain. Following an MRI, the neurologist, neurosurgeon, and GP all made their rounds to see Mike. After more scans of his body, it was evident that the mass in his brain was not secondary. It had started there. It is also in a very tricky spot to operate on, so Mike, along with his family, decided to do a biopsy only. The biopsy determined that Mike has GBM, the most aggressive type of brain tumor.
Mike sought out second opinions on surgery and treatment, which led him to Dr. Edward Arenson, neuro-oncologist. People come from all over the world to be treated by Dr. Arenson. (See the Links page for more information about the doctor and his clinic.)
Mike completed radiation therapy and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, including Avastin, a very promising angiogenisis-type drug. (Please see the Links page for information about this treatment.)
Mike's greatest wish is to "get back to normal." For everyone who knows and loves him, this is our wish too.