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Our Dad, Bill Bovard, was diagnosed with a brain tumor the end of March. It's been quite a roller coaster. Things have settled down and Dad is resting comfortably at a hospice house in Lincoln - The Monarch. Madelyn has moved in as well (that was his one wish, that they be together). It allows them to be together in an assisted living type environment. Madelyn continues to be his primary care giver, but help is just a button away.
This is likely a glioblastoma brain tumor. At the time of diagnosis there was some question/decision about doing a (risky) biopsy and possibly treating the tumor. Because Dad was on blood thinner, it wasn't something they could immediately do. Over time, and a second opinion that confirmed the first, Dad decided not to treat the tumor. Without doing the biopsy, we can't really know 100%, but all symptoms and the quick progression support the initial diagnosis. This is a fast and aggressive cancer.
Dad is in no pain. The area it is in is the Left Parietal Lobe (processing language, touch). It's also (likely already spread to) the corpus callosum (connects the left and right side of the brain) -- thus causing confusion. He has really done well with this overall. There just hasn't been any pain and he's been pretty mellow. He is very thankful to all the people around him that are caring for him, as well as the family and friends that support him.
Any thoughts or memories you post here, we would be happy to read to him. He is coherent. He understands when we talk to him - he nods and smiles. Cards to them can be sent to their attention at 'The Monarch, 4201 S. 78th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68506'. That would be to Bill and Madelyn Bovard (they were married on April 4th :-)).