On September 30th Dalton had a seizure while stationed in Hohenfels Germany. Dalton has spent the last month at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland undergoing tests. We found out on Oct 27th that Dalton has brain cancer. The tumor he has is called Oligodendroglioma. The tumor is one that he will fight for the rest of his life. It has a tendency to grow back. The treatment for this type of cancer is to cut out the tumor and treat with chemotherapy and radiation. Then repeat when the tumor comes back.
Dalton had surgery on October 31st to remove as much of the tumor as they could. We are thankful to say that the neurosurgeon said that they had gotten everything that were hoping to get. He will staying up in Maryland for treatment. We honestly feel like he will get the best treatment up there at Walter Reed. We now have to wait about 4-6 weeks for his incision to heal before they can start the next phase of treatment -Chemo & Radiation. We are consistently flying back and forth so he is never alone. The Go Fund Me page we set up has helped up tremendously with all the expenses we have incurred over the last month. Although we had reached the initial goal we had set out for, we have increased it because of the many months we will need to travel back and forth. Anything and everything helps us and Dalton to financially not have to worry.
Dalton has done really good following surgery. We were initially afraid that he would have some issues with some motor skills, but we are happy to report that minus a pretty bad haircut and a nasty incision he is getting back to his old self. Chris and Lexi have been up at Walter Reed for the last month without a break, while i have flown back and forth about 10 times and Lauren is now on her 3rd trip. We are trying to surround him with as much love as possible so he knows that he will not have to fight this battle alone. I do update him when people call or text inquiring about his help. We are blessed to be loved by so many people.