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11/13/2016 Latest post:
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Cynthia was diagnosed with a rare tumor called an cranial epidermoid cyst (check it out in Wikipedia - a bizarre brain tumor that forms in utero) in 2010. She had two surgeries while in Portland to remove the tumor. They managed to get 80% out--but reassured her it would be 10 or 15 years before it would be a problem. When her left eye began to shut down after her 60th birthday this summer, it was discovered the tumor re-growth was causing more problems.
Fortunately the surgeon who did her initial surgery had moved to Swedish Hospital in Seattle, renown for its neurology unit. When they reconnected in a pre-surgery interview 5 years later he told her he remembered her clearly because she had the largest epidermoid cyst he'd ever encountered in his 25 years of neurosurgery! She was reassured that he was the right surgeon for the job. Surgery was set for election day. Cindy is not a Trump fan.