On January 13, 2014, Phil experienced sudden language, perceptional and motor difficulties on his way to work. He was taken to the United Hospital emergency room where he underwent a biopsy and brain surgery that revealed an aggressive brain tumor. About 95% of the brain tumor mass was removed from his left parietal lobe during surgery and he had good responsiveness after surgery. He received a diagnosis of Glioblastoma-multiforme,stage 4 brain cancer and was then treated with proton radiation, chemo therapies and undergone extensive rehabilitative therapies. He continued with Speech/Language,Cognitive/Memory and Physical Therapies with promising results. After participating in a yearlong clinical study with experimental treatments in Chicago, he continues to receive “stable” MRI brain scans every 8 weeks. He has been getting stronger, was able to retire and has been enjoying time with his family and friends. The family asks for your continued prayers, and thanks everyone for all the support.
They feel truly blessed !
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Phil went into the hospital unexpectedly on Monday, January 13, 2014. He had finished a physical therapy session that morning and had gone to his car, but returned to the office because he was having difficulty operating the car. His speech was slurred and he was taken to a hospital emergency room. On Tuesday, January 14th, he underwent surgery for a mass on his brain. About 90% of the mass was removed during surgery. He has shown good responsiveness after surgery. There are still far more questions than answers at this point as the results of the biopsy revealed an aggressive brain tumor.
Terri and their children, Noah, Emma, Rachel and Hannah have joined the family at Phil's bedside. Hannah’s boyfriend (Zak) and Rachel’s fiance (Gary) flew home from a work trip to join the family. The family asks for your prayers and thank everyone for all the support. They feel truly blessed by the immediate care he's been provided. We will try to keep you posted as we learn more.