Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Hi, I’m Lisa, Doug’ wife. I’ll be writing most of these entries, you’ll see why. This journey started around August 15. Doug realized that several times while he was typing the words didn’t make sense, even though they were words. So he would delete and rewrite. About a week later I noticed he was speaking more quietly and less often. He would start a sentence and stop talking. Sometimes he would continue if prompted. He had been acting ‘off’ -not himself. Over the last weekend of August I determined to get him to the doctor. It took from Monday 8/26 to Thursday to get him a brain MRI. The doctor emailed me Friday morning and said he'd like to speak to both of us. We called him and he said that there were 3 tumors in Doug's brain. He had spoken with Neuro Oncology and they said to go to Stanford ER and be admitted from there due to the holiday weekend. So we arrived about 3 pm, 8/30, waited, got in and Doug got lots of tests. He was diagnosed with aphasia due to a tumor pressing on the speech center. The thing with brain tumors is they can come from a cancer elsewhere in the body. His body is clear below the brain- no detectable cancer. The only way to move forward to a Treatment Plan is to do a biopsy of one of the tumors in the brain. (Oh No! Not the brain! That's my second favorite organ!) The Plan to make a Plan is for Doug to be seen in the Neurosurgery Clinic on Tuesday 9/5, and have the biopsy as soon as possible after that- Tuesday-Thursday. We saw the MRIs and since they have not found any possibility of cancer elsewhere in the body, they are assuming brain cancer. They admit it’s TOTALLY Weird that there are 3 masses in different places in the brain - Left, upper left center, and Right, and none of them are connected. . Medical detectives will love this case. Where is House when you need him? So we have a great team of neurologists and neurosurgeons. And we see what they find out next week. Needless to say we are all stressed and freaked out. I want to b the Queen of Denial, but have to keep organized. We are trying to stay in the moment and enjoy the family, good weather, and whatever God’s grace brings us. We appreciate all your prayers for healing, patience, and love. We love you!