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Oct 19, 2017
To our Friends and Family These past couple of weeks have been a time of overwhelming disbelief and bewilderment. It all began with Chuck experiencing some memory lapses and noticeable personality changes. I took him to a doctor, then to the emergency room where a battery of tests were done. An MRI revealed a large mass in the frontal right lobe of his brain. A Frontal Craniotomy was performed at the Neuroscience Center of Swedish Hospital in Seattle, February 16, 2016. The pathology report soon followed indicating a Glioblastoma (stage 4 malignant tumor) Treatment will be radiation and Chemotherapy given concurrently and beginning in mid-March and continuing for 6weeks. The radiation treatments will be done here in Sequim and the Chemo is done orally. We plan on doing our follow up with our medical professionals in Seattle, once a month. While in his prime, Chuck played soccer in high school and for Western New England University. Sports have always motivated and energized him and taught him that the truths of the successes on the playing field extend to all areas of life. He has also been taught that the mental game is half the battle of any victory. He has courage, determination, discipline, a winning spirit and a good sense of humor. The love of his family, friends and myself gives him the will to appreciate the good things in life and the strength to fight against the bad. He also has a strong faith in God and together they will help him beat the odds with this surmountable dilemma. Chuck has two children. A daughter Sarah who lives in Richmond VA , married with two children and a son Matthew, living in San Francisco. Chuck is a loving, caring and playful Grandpa. It's such a beautiful sight for me to watch him with his grandchildren. He enjoys them so much. He looks like a little boy when he frolics with them--and they love being with him. In conclusion, I feel that Chuck is prepared physically, mentally and spiritually to put up a good fight. I keep reminding him that "It's hard to beat a man who never gives up." I am committed to be by his side every step of the way. Our goal is to have faith, work hard, be strong and maintain a positive attitude. We know that this journey will require a tireless effort and endless prayers and support from our family and friends. We look forward to a successful outcome and waking up to see what the new day brings. From time to time ,I will share with you all the milestones of this journey. Love and Angels, Chuck, Carole and Cooper (woof!)