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On Tuesday, July 31, Burma noticed some strange behavior being portrayed by Eric. Mostly, loss of time in things he had to do. Thinking it could be a stroke, Burma took him to Overland Park Regional ER. After a few tests, the results that we never imagined could strike our family twice were confirmed. Eric had a mass about 4.6cm in length in his front right lobe. He had nearly the same tumor that Marin's husband had 8 years ago. (Fortunately, Bobby has been cancer free for 7 years.) Eric was admitted to the hospital and doctors started making a plan. Surgery was scheduled for Friday, August 3. The surgery went well and the neurosurgeon, Dr. Davis, was able to remove the tumor. We went into the surgery knowing it was pretty certain that it would come back malignant. On Sunday, August 5, that was confirmed. You can prepare for it all you want, the words still sting. The good news was Eric felt good, he was 100% physically, passing all walking exercises on first try. He passed his cognitive tests on Monday and was released to go home. We will meet with the radiation oncologist on August 22 for the next step. In the meantime, he needs to let his head heal from the surgery.
Before we start the journal entries, a couple things of note: 1. As of Wednesday, August 8, he was conducting some work for his job still, doing what he can when he feels like it. 2. In the journals, things may be posted by Abbey, Marin or Burma. Eric may be referred to as Dad, Dave, or Eric. 3. He has a full appetite and social energy, so feel free to join them for meals or visits or both. Text messages, calls, prayers, thoughts, are all appreciated as well. 4. This will be the primary place for updates, but if we post on social media search the #pray forBEAM 5. BEAM means Burma Eric Abbey Marin 6. You may see pictures of a creepy panda...his name is Crun...he belongs to Eric. 7. I always end things in a 7 because that's my favorite number! Thank you for your continued prayers and strength around us. We will beat this together with each other and with you!! ~Abbey