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10/22/2016 Latest post:
On Tuesday October 11, 2016, we found out Eric had a tumor in his brain stem and spinal cord. He had been having some numbness on the right side of his face, along with a stiff neck. An MRI comfirmed a tumor. He had surgery on Thursday, October 20th, and they were able to remove a good portion of the tumor. Unfortunately, it proved to be an astrocytoma. We were really hoping the tumor was an apendamoma because they are easier to remove. He will need radiation and possibly chemo to shrink/ get rid of the remaining tumor. He is shocking everyone by how far he has come since surgery. He is moving all of his limbs (the right side is significantly weaker), but he does not have much feeling below his neck. We are hoping this improves with time and inpatient rehabilitation (probably aroud a month). I will be posting updates here (hopefully daily). He has a long raod ahead of him, as he will have to re-learn how to eat, sit up, walk, etc. I am not afraid to pray the big prayers and ask God to completely heal him so he can operate again. He had only worked for about 3 months when this happened. It breaks my heart to know that after all of his hard work in medical school, residency and fellowship, he may not be able to operate. Thank you for following along with our story, and as always, keep the prayers coming.