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Sep 13, 2017
In early July Jaci began to have difficulty walking; after a few weeks without improvement, she sought medical care from a chiropractor. Unfortunately, after a few weeks of chiropractic care, there was not any improvement, and they referred her to physical therapy. After three weeks of attending physical therapy, they noticed a decline in her walking ability. On Friday, September 1st, 2017 her physical therapist recommended she go to the Emergency Room at Altru Hospital. At the ER they performed an MRI on her lumbar and thoracic spine, which showed a tumor on her spinal cord. At that time the Emergency room Physician referred her to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. At approximately 10:00 pm on she was flown to St. Mary's hospital. On Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 they did an MRI of her brain to check for any abnormalities/tumors, which fortunately came back clear. After examining the MRI of her spine, the doctors discovered it was two tumors located on her spinal cord in the same spot. On Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 an ultrasound of her liver was performed where they found a hemangioma, which doctors are not worried about due to its small size. At this time it is unknown if the tumors on her spine are cancerous or benign. It is also unknown if the tumor will grow back once it is removed. The surgery to remove the tumors located on her spine is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th at 7 am. The doctors plan to keep her at St Mary's for three weeks or longer after surgery for rehabilitation. She will continue to have follow up appointments after the surgery for years to come to make sure the tumor(s) do not recur. Please keep Jaci and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this journey. As updates are available, we will post them on this page. Thank you.