Thank you for visiting this site. I am using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Unfortunately, our strength has been put to the test once again. Jim had an emergency tracheostomy on Friday, September 8 after experiencing breathing difficulties. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday, September 12, to recover at home. On Monday, Jim and I were traveling to North Memorial for further tests. On the way there, he coughed up blood through his trach. We pulled over to a nearby gas station and I called 911 for an ambulance. Once Jim arrived to North Memorial, he was rushed into surgery. The source of blood was found to be an artery bleeding near Jim's heart that feeds into his brain. The artery has been clamped, but during surgery the doctors discovered a new tumor in that area. The tumor is growing down his airway which is why he's been having trouble swallowing and breathing Sadly, this tumor is inoperable. We truly appreciate your support during this time. It truly means the world to us. We are blessed with amazing friends and family.