Chris is a 38 year old loving husband and father of four beautiful girls...and one beautiful granddaughter. He is one of the most kind,caring andselfless individuals I know and if you know him you know this is a true statement.
That is why his story is so hard to tell...it doesn't seem fair! I just keep remembering that God is in control and telling myself this is happening for a reason.
So here it goes, a couple a weeks ago Chris started having bad headaches that did not seem to ease, he went to the walk in clinic and they told him it was a sinus infection gave him antibiotics and steroids and sent him on his way. He kept doing different things to try help with the pressure like saline spray and using the nettipot but that didn't help either.
On Wednesday 2-1-17 while at work Chris got dizzy and vomited twice and said to himself this is enough and drove to a local ER; there they did a CT and then a MRI where they discovered a tumor. That ER (Parkridge) sent him to Elanger Medical Center, and the neurosurgeon there said because of the location of the tumor it would be a very risky surgery. He said Chris could loose his sight, speech, have a stroke and even death, so he referred him to UAB to see Dr. Fisher.
Chris was released from Erlanger on Thursday 2-2-17 and we where at UAB by 12:30pm on Friday 2-3-17. Dr Fisher seen him right away and said he could do the surgery that following Monday. They admitted him Friday because of swelling on the brain and the risk of seizures.
Monday's surgery went great with no complcations, he was talking and functioning just fine...which was a miracle! We actually had to ask the family not to visit for an hour because Chris would not rest. Chris wanted to communicate with everyone who visited, which was causing slot of pain.
Post surgery the doctor said they removed most of the tumor and we would know more of which type of cancer he had within 7-10days.
On 2-7-2017, he was officially diagnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma.
The following day Chris had another surgery to assist with the brain swelling and pressure. After surgery, the swelling wasn't going down as quick as they wanted so a shunt was surgically inserted to help with drainage. Again, he did great with another intrusive brain surgery.
Those that have been around him since February 1, 2017 know the positive attitude he has had with the news of the tumor...well guess what when the doctor told him today that he had a couple of years to live...he had that same positive attitude!!
This man is amazing!!! He said I have been blessed????? He is a fighter and knows God is going to heal him...so believe with him and pray with him!
Chris loves people and loves words of encouragement!! So please share any and all with him!!! Please anyone with prayer needs please share also. He loves praying with others! Matter of fact the Chaplin saw him yesterday and when she left he said"that is what I want to do". So, you might just see him at our local hosptial roaming the halls praying for those that are suffering...he has already been Praying for the weak!! His two favorite sayings this week have been "strong like a bull" and God is good all the time, all the time God is good!! Amen!!
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