Gayle Spears

First post: Sep 20, 2018 Latest post: Jan 14, 2019
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As I was driving to the cabin I noticed two lanes equaled four and three lanes six with cars in all of them.  After a visit to the Ophthalmologist he determined I had peripheral vision deficits.  He then ordered an MRI.  The MRI revealed a brain tumor in the mid-brain between the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, pressing on the optic nerve.  My first step was to get a full body CTSCAN in case there was a primary tumor elsewhere that could be biopsied.  Relief! No other tumors were found, and support for a benign tumor. 

After learning of the tumor my vision (no pun intended) was to see the neurosurgeon and have the surgery the following week.  After a week of recovery we’d be off on our much-anticipated whirlwind tour of Europe beginning August 31st.  Unfortunately, Europe will have to wait.  Surgery is currently scheduled for Thursday, September 20th.  Given the location of the tumor the surgical team will have to do a craniotomy, a complicated and involved 4-hour surgery.  

Thank you for the prayers, Masses, good wishes, positive thoughts and love poured out to me recently and moving forward.  As I move through this journey we’ll continue to update this site.