[PLEASE BE AWARE that all the funds donated to this site go entirely to Caring Bridge to maintain their services. It’s very nice they host this site for free, however, Auden’s friends set up a GoFundMe page for anyone interested in directly supporting him. It’s linked on this profile under, “Ways to Help” 😘.
To catch you up: After a month or so of symptoms (mild headaches/fatigue), on July 1st Auden was taken to the Emergency Department upon experiencing a worsening headache, vision issues and vomiting.
A CT scan revealed a 6cm brain mass in his right frontal lobe. He was later transferred to UCSF where he underwent brain surgery where >98% of the tumor was removed.
Unfortunately the pathology showed the mass was a Grade IV, Glioblastoma (GBM), a particularly aggressive and incurable brain cancer that, without treatment, has a life expectancy of 3-6 months.
Luckily, Auden is in the care of one of the top ranked, most prestigious Neurosurgery/neuro-oncology teams in the world (at UCSF) and is recovering well from surgery. He’s building up strength to prepare for further treatments which will entail radiation, chemotherapy and one clinical trial.
Despite the inconvenient timing of the global pandemic, which prevents him from having visitors, Auden feels surrounded by so much love and support by his family and friends. Although he admits that “air hugs” will never replace real ones.
He and his partner, Brieanna, are focusing on taking it day by day and controlling the controllables: eating healthy meals, staying hydrated, staying active and positive, practicing for their debut Zoom concert, laughing and cuddling a lot and trying to keep up on electronic correspondences.