Edie Cotton

First post: Jan 22, 2017 Latest post: Feb 24, 2017
It was discovered in March 2015 that Edie had a meningioma tumor, which are typically benign, 
about the size of a ping-pong ball, in the right temporal
lobe of her brain, just over her ear in the “skin” surrounding the brain.

An MRI was ordered (after Edie suffered episodes of vertigo)
and the tumor was discovered. During the last many months, Edie has had several
more MRIs, the latest of which shows swelling (edema) surrounding the tumor,
signaling what could be a more aggressive tumor, hence the call for removal of
the tumor / craniotomy surgery.

The good news is that the tumor is in the outer layers
versus deep within the brain. The location, however, is next to the carotid
artery and optic nerve and, thus, poses risks. Edie is scheduled for surgery on January 31st
at 9 a.m. The surgery will last for approximately four hours, with a hospital
stay (ICU and room) for 3-4 days.

After discharge, she will require three weeks of intense
healing, which will demand a calm, quiet, sterile environment to reduce the
risks of blood clots, infection, and seizures. Though we are certain to feel
your love and prayers from afar, visitors at the hospital will be limited to
immediate family only, and we are requesting no home visits until we are
settled and send notification that Edie is ready to receive visitors.

We have set up this page on CaringBridge so that family and
friends can check in to see Edie’s status; we will routinely post updates here.
This will allow for her caregivers to better focus on her care versus
answering phone calls, texts, and emails during this critical time. We are so
very grateful for your support and prayers, and we humbly ask for your prayers
to continue for Edie and those who are caring for her.

Thank you all for your time and concern,

Edie, Gary, Sarah, Joe and family

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