Dec 30, 2020 Latest post:
Jan 17, 2021
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Though we wish we didn't have to put this in words, Joel has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma...grade 4. The Friday after Thanksgiving, Joel had a headache and felt a little "foggy". He left work early and went to urgent care for a CoVid test (because...you know...everything is CoVid.). He received a shot and got some headache medicine for a week. The headache was better, but as the week went on his clarity was diminishing. Simple tasks were hard to complete and he noticed the headache was behind his eye. After that went on for a week, we made a doctor's appointment for Dec. 7th. They ran a sinus cavity x-ray and bloodwork thinking it was sinus related. All tests came back clear including bloodwork. Monday evening, around 8:30 p.m. he was really struggling with surroundings...not knowing where he was, etc. I said that we were going to the ER, Joel said "nope"...but I insisted and he agreed.
At the ER, they ran another CoVid test, and the ER doctor decided to run a CT scan. The results came that there was a large mass on the front right lobe of Joel's brain. He was admitted with the intent to do surgery the next morning; however, due to swelling, it was postponed to Friday, Dec. 11th. They were able to remove as much as they thought they'd be able to so it's considered a "success"; however, Joel has a long road ahead of him with radiation and chemotherapy beginning on January 11th. As you can imagine, this is a really difficult and scary time; however, Joel's attitude and resolve to fight is strong. He keeps calling this an opportunity (I don't necessarily see it this same way), but we know that this positivity will carry us far! Please join us in praying for the best outcomes possible!!