On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Aaron went in for a MRI as he had experienced a weird tingling sensation on the left side of his face and down his left arm to his fingers. He also had been getting several intense headaches with nausea, which we thought were migraines. The MRI showed he had a 2 1/2 inch by 1 inch brain tumor on the right temporal lobe of his brain. Dave, Aaron, Zach and I met with the Surgeon on Friday, March 31st. The Surgeon said the tumor had been there for sometime and seemed to be slow growing. Also the weird tingling sensation on his left side was a mild seizure.
On Thursday, April 13, 2017, Aaron had surgery to completely remove the tumor and the diagnosis of this brain tumor was:
1) Name of the tumor: Anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, WHO grade 3. The short name for this high grade cancerous brain tumor is PXA. This is a very rare type of cancerous brain tumor, which has a high rate of coming come back.
2) He also tested POSITIVE for the BRAF V600E Molecular. This is a mutation cell that damages other brain cells.
On May 22, 2017, Aaron had his first of 32 proton beam radiation treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and his last one was July 6, 2017.
On Friday, September 22, 2017, Aaron's MRI scan showed that there were 2 small brain tumors located in the same area of his last tumor.
On Friday, September 29, 2017, Aaron had his second brain surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. The surgeon, who did his first surgery, removed the two small tumors, the area around the tumors, and also cleaned up the area where Aaron received proton beam radiation treatment
Please keep Aaron in your thoughts and prayers as he continues on his journey. Thank you for visiting.